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Recent Emeriti News

(Send news items to for inclusion.) See the CSU-ERFA "newsbox" at the right (or above) for links to news of interest to all emeriti.  Members who have moved or changed their email address recently are encouraged to send their new information to so that we can update our records.

President Mildred García cordially invites members of the Emeriti and their guests to the CSUF Emeriti Luncheon Wednesday, September 16, 2015 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Fullerton Arboretum Pavilion, California State University, Fullerton Fullerton, CA 92834. There is no charge for this luncheon but you must RSVP by Wednesday, September 9 if you plan to attend. Call the President’s Office at 657-278-3456 or email to RSVP.

The Emeriti Center is moving from its current location in Pollak Library South to PLN-433. More information about the new Emeriti Center will be posted when it becomes operational.

We have received the sad news that Ernest Works, Professor of Sociology Emeritus, passed away on August 3rd.  Professor Works was born in Little Rock, AR in 1929.  He received his B.A. degree from Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois.  He taught at Bowling Green before joining the CSU Fullerton faculty in 1964.  In addition to teaching, he served as Chair of the sociology department.  Professor Works received emeritus status in 1989. His research publications included several papers on inter-group prejudice.

Professor Works was a Korean War veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart.  He is survived by his wife Future, a daughter Valerie, and a son Jason.  Interment was at Riverside National Cemetery.

We have received the sad news that Eula Mae Stovall, Professor of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, Emeritus passed away on August 11, 2015. The following obituary for Eula is from the Amarillo Globe-News:

TUSTIN, Calif. — Eula Mae Stovall, 87, of Tustin died Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Amarillo, Texas.

.... Eula was born Oct. 3, 1927, in Carson County to A.L. Stovall and Lela Mae Burrell Stovall. She graduated from White Deer High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in education from Colorado State University before teaching a year in Detroit Public Schools. She then served as a social worker for two years assisting in the flood areas of the eastern United States. She joined the Navy serving three years active duty as a fitness instructor and 17 in the Naval Reserve. She retired in 1987 as one of only six women ranked as captain.

Eula returned to complete her Master’s Degree at San Francisco State University, and earned her PhD in Physical Education from the University of Southern California in 1966. She later taught at California State University Fullerton until her retirement in 1989.

Eula used her vacation time to return to the family farm in Panhandle for three weeks each June to help her family by driving one of the John Deere combines for wheat harvest.

Survivors include her sister, Allene Stovall of Panhandle; two nephews; a niece; and eight great-nieces and great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be to Allene Stovall Scholarship Fund, WTAMU Foundation, WTAMU Box 60909, Canyon, TX 79016.

We have received the sad news that J. Bryan Moffet, Professor of Teacher Education Emeritus passed away on June 17th at age 93. Professor Moffet received his A.B. and M.A. degrees from Miami University, and his Ed.D. from U.C.L.A. He taught at Ohio University before joining the CSUF faculty in 1968. Professor Moffet published a number of articles and the 1977 book Teaching Elementary School Social Studies. He also was a member of the California Association of Professors of Elementary Education, the California Council for Social Studies, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Professor Moffet was granted emeritus status in 1985.  Professor Moffet was a veteran of World War II, and saw action as a U.S. Navy officer aboard a destroyer during the Battle of Okinawa.

We have received the sad news that Charles F. Williams, associate professor of teacher education emeritus, died April 29 at age 89.

Williams joined the campus in 1967 as an assistant professor of science education after earning his doctorate at the University of Texas, Austin, where his dissertation was on "A New Approach for Teaching the History and Development of Scientific Concepts in Junior High School Science." Prior to joining the University, Williams was a secondary school teacher.

During his 23 years on campus, Williams was appointed to the statewide Committee to Evaluate and Suggest Revisions of the 1970 Science Framework for California Public Schools and served on the California Department of Education's Science Instructional Materials Evaluation Panel. During his CSUF tenure, he wrote two books that were used as textbooks in junior high schools.

He was a life member of the National Education Association and National Science Teachers Association, as well as a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Science, National Association of Biology Teachers and Phi Delta Kappa. He was president of the Association for the Education of Teachers of Science, Southern California Section from 1969-1976, and president of the California Science Teachers Association from 1980 to 1981.

When he retired in 1990, he was given a commendation by the campus chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, which he founded in 1976.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, four children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The Emeriti Center , which had been inaccessible for several months owing to earthquake damage to the first floor of Pollak Library South, is once again available to members of the Emeriti who do not have office space on campus and need a quiet location for research, committee work, or volunteer activities.  For information on how to access the center download this document.

Joe Arnold speaks to Emeriti.

Joe Arnold, Professor of Theater Emeritus, addresses members of the Emeriti at a reception following a presentation of the play SMASH in the Hallberg Theater of the Clayes Performing Arts Center.

CSUF Emeriti members joined with active faculty at a theater party and reception on March 8, 2015 sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Additional pictures from the event are available on our Emeriti Flickr site.  (Many thanks to Patrick O'Donnell, University Photographer Emeritus, for providing these pictures.)

News Flash: Silas Abrego, Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs has been nominated to serve on the CSU Board of Trustees by Governor Brown.

Our last Emeriti event of the spring 2015 semester will be a luncheon at Morningside Retirement Center in Fullerton on May 19, 2015 starting at 11:30 AM. The lunch will be hosted by Morningside. Our speaker will be Dr. Steven Murray, Emeritus VP of Academic Affairs and Professor of Biological Sciences Emeritus, who will speak on the climate-change-related topic: "Changing Coastal Seas: Ocean Acidification and Sea Level Rise."  While there is no charge for the luncheon, we do need an accurate count for the staff at Morningside.  Please RSVP to Richard Deming by May 14th.  Download this flyer for details.

We have received the sad news that Wilma J. Traber, Professor of Nursing Emeritus passed away recently at age 88.  Professor Traber was instrumental in the development of the nursing bachelor's degree here at Cal State Fullerton.  A memorial service is scheduled for 2 PM on April 7, 2015 at Carlos Mexican Restaurant in Dana Point, CA.

We have received the sad news that John G. (Greg) Pierce, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, passed away on January 28th from cancer.  Professor Pierce was well known for his work applied mathematics and mathematical modeling.  He was instrumental in the development of the applied mathematics master's program at CSUF. Additional information is available on the campus news site.

Estate of Russell V. Benson makes major gift to CSUF.  We have learned that the estate of Russell V. Benson, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus, has made a substantial contribution to the university to establish three separate endowed scholarship funds, and also to support a lighting project for the Fullerton Arboretum.

An initial gift of $1,476,000 will fund the Dr. Russell V. Benson and Betty L. Benson Endowment Fund for Undergraduate Mathematics Students, the Dr. Russell V. Benson and Betty L. Benson Endowment Fund for Graduate Mathematics Students, and the Dr. Russell V. Benson and Betty L. Benson Endowed Emeriti Scholarship Fund.

The Benson estate also donated $246,000 to the Fullerton Arboretum to support a lighting improvement project.

The criteria for awarding scholarships from the Benson Endowed Emeriti Scholarship Fund will be the same as for our current Emeriti scholarships.  More information will be provided about the Benson Endowed Scholarships when it becomes available.

  In Memoriam
A complete list of deceased Emeriti is available in the Emeriti Directory, which is mailed to all members annually.
Here we list those members of the Emeriti who have passed away since the 2014/15 edition of the Directory was published.

Ernest M. Works
, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus
Eula Mae Stovall
, Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Emeritus
J. Bryan Moffet,
Professor of Teacher Education, Emeritus
Charles F. Williams
, Associate Professor of Teacher Education, Emeritus
Wilma J. Traber
, Professor of Nursing, Emeritus
John G. (Greg) Pierce
, Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus
Gordon M. Bakken
, Professor of History, Emeritus
Glyndon D. (Glyn) Riley
, Professor of Speech Communication, Emeritus
Harvey Blend
, Professor of Physics, Emeritus
James D. (Jim) Young
, Professor of Theater, Emeritus