Margaret S. Woyski
Department Chair and Associate Dean
Dr. Woyski joined the campus in 1967 and served for 25 years in a number of positions that included not only associate dean, but also acting director of academic advisement and chair of what was, in the 1970s, called the Department of Earth Science. She earned her master’s degree and doctorate in geology from the University of Minnesota, was a member of several local and national geological associations and authored the textbook “The Scientific Method in Physical Geology.”
Woyski is survived by her four children: daughters Betsy Stuck and Wendy Woyski; and sons Bill and his wife, Jen, and Ron and his wife, Denice; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark.
Jerry was a dedicated teacher, a devoted researcher and a leader in the Department for many years. He passed peacefully due to complications from a brain tumor on Monday, July 11.
Jerry was a member of the Department from 1976 until his retirement in 2004, including seven years as Department Chair. His expertise was volcanology, particularly the mapping and interpretation of complicated volcanic structures and eruptive sequences. He was an accomplished mineralogist and ore petrologist who taught courses in field geology, mineralogy, and petrology. He and his wife, Shira, were dedicated antiques restorers; Jerry particularly loved finding and collecting plein air paintings of California.
Jerry is survived by his wife Shira and 2 children, Matt and Lindy. Jerry had many friends at the University and in the community. He will be missed by all. Department Chair.
John D. Cooper
John was a legendary figure among geology students at Cal State Fullerton and a giant in the field of Sedimentary Geology. He touched many lives and will be sorely missed.
Dr. Cooper’s research concerned stratigraphic analysis of Neoproterozoic and lower Paleozoic rocks in the southern Great Basin and Eastern Mojave Desert provinces. He was an expert in the use of sequence stratigraphy to investigate paleo sea-level, regional stratigraphic correlations, and continental margin evolution, and had supervised the theses of almost 60 students at Cal State Fullerton. John had served for several decades as a driving force in S.E.P.M., the Society of Sedimentary Geology, serving as Treasurer and Managing Editor for the Pacific Section at the time of his death. In recent years, Dr. Cooper had led efforts to create a curatorial facility for the Orange County Archeology and Paleontology collection.
John's wife has asked that interested friends, colleagues, and alumni be directed to make a donation in his memory to the John D. Cooper Field Camp Award in lieu of a public memorial service. Donations can be made online by following this link .