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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.

L. Donald Shields, University President Emeritus, was honored by the Fullerton Arboretum on July 19, 2014.  President Shields received the Golden Oak Award at the Arboretum's 17'th annual Midsummer Night in the Garden gala in recognition of his efforts to establish the Arboretum.

We have received the sad news that our colleague Jerry Rothman, Professor of Art Emeritus, passed away on June 5, 2014.  Jerry received a BFA from the Los Angeles Art Center School and an MFA from Otis Art Institute.  He joined the CSUF faculty in 1970 and was awarded emeritus status in 1997.

Jerry was a sculptor who was known for his work in commercial design and fine art.  An extensive article describing his contributions was published in the Los Angeles Times Obituary section on June 16, 2014.

The 2014-15 Emeriti Directory is being prepared now for distribution in July.  Betsy Gibbs has volunteered to carry out this task following the passing of Ruth Nycum last month.  If you are a member of the Emeriti, please check your listing in the 2013-14 Directory.  If any corrections or updates are needed please send them to Betsy.


Picture of Prof. Melinda R. Pierson.

Professor Melinda R. Pierson, Chair of the Special Education Department in the College of Education at Cal State Fullerton spoke to 45 members of the Emeriti and their guests at our May 20, 2014 luncheon, which was hosted by the Morningside of Fullerton Retirement Community.  Dr. Pierson's talk was on the Globalization and Reform of Education in America with an emphasis on the new Common Core Standards and the controversy surrounding them.  This very interesting talk generated a number of questions from audience members.  Additional pictures from the luncheon are available on our flickr page.

We have received the very sad news that Ruth A. Nycum, Librarian Emeritus, passed away on May 3, 2014 at age 88.  Ruth served for many years as Coordinator of Emeriti Records and later as Editor of the Emeriti Directory.  She joined the CSUF faculty in 1967 and received emeritus status in 1984.  She held degrees from Kalamazoo College, USC, and Cal State Fullerton.  Ruth is survived by her four children; Steve Nycum, Pattie Holder, Ken Nycum, and Sue Pintus.  At Ruth's request no services will be held.

Important Reminder for emeriti faculty with email addresses!  You now must change your password at least every four months.  If you have a university email address, you must change your password by May 15, 2014.  For more information about how to change your password, and how to create a strong password go to and follow the instructions.

Emeriti Luncheon - May 20th at Morningside.  Our next Emeriti event will be a buffet luncheon hosted by Morningside of Fullerton on Tuesday May 20th, 2014.  We will gather at 11:30 AM and lunch will begin at noon.  Our speaker will  be Melinda Pierson, Chair of Special Education at CSUF who will speak about the "Globalization and Reform of Education in America."  The talk will include a discussion of Common Core standards and the controversy surrounding them.

There is no charge for the lunch; however, the maximum number that can be accommodated is 80.  Please RSVP to Dorothy Heide ( by May 14th so that we can tell Morningside how many people will attend.  Note that Morningside is providing valet parking for this event.

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.

Picture of L. Donald Shields

President Emeritus Don Shields was the featured speaker at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (formerly CLE) 35th anniversary luncheon that was held at the Coyote Hills Country Club in Fullerton on April 5th.  President Shields spoke to a capacity crowd about the founding and early days of CSU Fullerton's Continuing Learning Experience, which later became OLLI.  He provided interesting anecdotes and insights into the work of Dave Walkington, Betty Robertson, and Leo Shapiro that made lifelong learning at CSU Fullerton a reality.

This semester's Emeriti Theater Party will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2 PM.  A block of tickets has been reserved for the matinee performance of Legally Blond in the Little Theater in the Clayes Performing Arts Center on campus.  Tickets are available for the discounted price of $15 per person if purchased by Monday, April 7th ($18 if purchased by phone).  After April 7th tickets will be available at the regular price of $20 ($23 if purchased by phone).

There will be a reception following the show with the director and the choreographer.  The cost of the reception is $5 per person.  Please download this flyer for details.

Eric Spitz addresses 2-4-14 Emeriti Luncheon

Eric Spitz, President of Freedom Communications and co-owner of the Orange County Register addressed 70 Emeriti members and guests at our Febuary 4, 2014 luncheon at Alta Vista Country Club in Placentia, CA.  Mr. Spitz's talk "Going Against the Trend: The Revitalization of the O.C Register" generated lively discussion during the Q&A session.  This picture was taken by Pat O'Donnell, University Photographer Emeritus.  More pictures from the luncheon are available on our Flicker page.

A memorial for our colleague Giles T. Brown was held on Friday, February 21, 2014 at the Alumni House on campus.  In addition to several members of the Emeriti and others from the university who worked with Giles, three members of Giles family were in attendance.  Several speakers shared remembrances of Giles back to the founding of the university.

Marvin J. (Jerry) Rosen, Professor of Communications Emeritus, passed away recently at age 84 following a lengthy illness.  Professor Rosen's specialty was the use of photography and digital imaging in communications, and he was the author or co-author of a number of books in this area.  A celebration of Jerry's life is being planned.  Details will be provided when they become available.

We have received the very sad news that Dorothy "Dottie" Young wife of Jim Young, Professor Emeritus of Theater and Past President of the Emeriti passed away on January 7, 2014.  Both Dottie and Jim have been very active in Rotary International and a beautiful tribute to Dottie is available on the Rotary District 5320 website.

The dance Vendredi 13 by Robin Johnson, Emeritus Professor of Theater and Dance, was chosen to open the Southern California Dance Invitational at Golden West College on Feb. 1, 2014.

A very interesting exhibit of Presidential photographs taken by Patrick O'Donnell, University Photographer Emeritus, is being shown at the old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana.  More details are available on the University news page.

We have received the sad news that our colleague Giles T. Brown, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Professor of History, Emeritus passed away on December 28, 2013 at age 97.  An extensive remembrance of Giles recently was published in the Daily Pilot .

A tribute for our colleague Dean Jerry Samuelson combining remembrances written by Millie Heaton and Joe Arnold has been added to the Book of Tributes.  To view it click on the "Tributes" tab at the top of the page, then click on any of the links on the left of the page and scroll down to Jerry's name.  Click to download the tribute in pdf format.


Picture of string quarted performing at 2013 holiday party.

Sixty-five members of the Emeriti gathered at Alta Vista Country Club in Placentia, CA on 12/12/13 for our annual Holiday luncheon.  Entertainment was provided by a string quartet from the CSUF Department of Music.  Additional pictures from the 2013 Emeriti Holiday Lunch can be found on our Emeriti Flickr photo site.  Thanks go to Ed Sowell for contributing to this set of pictures.

  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 2013/14 edition of the Directory was published.

Jerry Rothman
, Professor of Art, Emeritus
Ruth A. Nycum
, Librarian, Emeritus
Marvin J. Rosen
, Professor of Communications, Emeritus
Giles T. Brown
, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Professor of History, Emeritus.
Elizabeth B. (Betty) Robertson, Director Emerita of Community and In-House Programs, Extended Education
David W. Keirsey, Professor of Counseling, Emeritus
Paul C. Obler, Professor of English, Emeritus
Max Nelson, Professor of Speech Communication, Emeritus
Shirley E. Stephenson, Associate Director/Archivist Emerita, Oral History Program
Fred Katz, Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus
Kinje Ken Yada, Associate Professor of History, Emeritus