• Thomas Bernard Debley (’67), the founder-creator of the history program at Kaiser Permanente's national office, recently published a biography on Kaiser Permanente founding physician, Sidney R. Garfield, titled “Dr. Sidney R. Garfield: The Visionary Who Turned Sick Care into Health Care.”
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  • Horacio Eduardo Gavira (MS ’78) is writing a six-part book with the help of his wife on mathematics and history.
  • Gary Studebaker (MA ’70) published two new poetry books in the last year, “Piercing Truths” and “Choice Words.” Both are available at online retailers and through Publish America.
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  • Ronald Black (MS ’89) co-authored “Justice and Security – Divergent Government Experiences and the Future of Innovation in Bangladesh and the United States.” He is Chief Inspector for Administration, Special Enforcement and Emergency Services of the Los Angeles Housing Department Code Enforcement Division.
  • Beverlyn (Gonzalez) Mendez (’87), the chief operating officer of the Easter Seals Southern California was awarded the prestigious Lou Lowenkron Award in May 2009. The honor, bestowed by the National Easter Seals headquarters, was in recognition of leadership in the area of employment for all people with disabilities.
  • Rita Pardue (’87, MA 90), the production manager at Southern California Radio was recently awarded with her team members at the station the 2009 Gold ADDY award in the category of Radio Self-Promotion for the “Think Elections, Vote Smarter” campaign they produced.
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  • Pankit J. Doshi (’99), an attorney with the national labor and employment law firm Jackson Lewis, LLP, was elected president of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California and to the board of directors of the North American South Asian Bar Association.
  • Portrait of Susann Terry-Gage.Susann Terry-Gage (PH.D. ’98) was named the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Administrator Award for the Education Services Division of the Arizona School Administrators.
  • Ute Van Dam (MS ’91) was recently elected to the Moorpark Unified School District Board of Trustees. She works as a school psychologist for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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  • Henry Fimbres (’02) was appointed as the assistant chief of the Exposition Park Department of Public Safety in Los Angeles.
  • Portrait of Vanessa Sheldon.Vanessa Sheldon (’01), a music instructor at the College of the Desert, was crowned Miss Greater Palm Springs in February and went to compete in the Miss California pageant in June.

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In Memoriam

  • Elliot Ray Barton (’64) an alumnus of the business and accounting program, made a successful career for himself in Southern California’s banking industry. After retirement, he moved to Shreveport, Louisiana where he enjoyed caring for his yard and sharing stories of Cal State L.A. with his neighbors.
  • Kenneth C. Brasher (’62), an alumnus of the chemistry program, he had been living in Pinehurst, North Carolina.
  • Allen P. Bristow (’52), an emeritus professor of criminal justice, was honored with the Outstanding Professor Award for 1967-68, and was elected to membership in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Bristow is also the author of more than a dozen police science textbooks.
  • Lucille H. Burgess (’72), worked for 40 years with Cal State L.A., helping many students and touching several lives with her wit, devotion and love. Burgess most recently worked as an Administrative Analysts Specialist with the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Susan Campoy (’63), a caterer, restaurateur, and gourmet-market proprietor, spent more than three decades creating food for celebrations large and small. Lauded as one of California’s most talented cooks, Campoy was the founder and chef of the two-decade-old Julienne restaurant in San Marino.
  • Robert M. Garcia (’95), a former Los Angeles County Deputy Probation Officer, dedicated his career to providing service and opportunity to L.A.’s inner-city youth. His leadership and vision for the betterment of youth had a positive impact on the community, and his achievements were recognized with awards from organizations throughout the city.
  • Herbert Goldenberg, an emeritus professor of psychology, developed the master’s level program in clinical psychology at Cal State L.A. and taught graduate and undergraduate classes in general psychology and family therapy.
  • Marjorie Morrison Mitchell (’49, MA ’58), a trained educator, was a lifetime member of the CSULA Alumni Association. Several years ago she endowed the Marjorie Morrison Mitchell Scholarship fund for Cal State L.A. students studying for their teaching credential.
  • Paul Kaepler Rowan, an emeritus professor of sociology and a former associate dean of the School of Letters and Science, almost completed his entire career at Cal State L.A. In addition to working as a professor of sociology from 1956 to 1990, he served as department chair and graduate studies coordinator in sociology, and as an at-large member of the Academic Senate.
  • James T. Sullivan, an emeritus professor of English, is recognized as being one of the most knowledgeable and dedicated teachers at the University, with an exceptionally wide range of literary study and nearly infallible memory.
  • Portrait of Marian Wagstaff.Marian Wagstaff, a teacher at Cal State L.A. from 1952 to 1976 who generally provided an endowed fund to support University student scholarships.
  • John B. Willis (’56), a business alum who had been living in Los Angeles, was one of a handful of individuals to provide scholarship support for the University’s Honors College, opening in fall 2010.
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