In Memoriam Archives for the year 2005
2005 was the first year of the SilverLink website. The website was under construction for the months of April and May and was open to the public in June. Consequently, the first Emeriti passing recorded on our website was Merle Vance on May 10 of that year.
Records of other emeriti who passed away before May 10 may be found through a search of the Silver Bulletin Archives which go back to 1995.
Merle Vance passed away peacefully at home, May 10, 2005, aged 88. Merle served in WWII in the U.S. Navy as a CPO Rehabilitation Director. He earned his PhD at the University of Oklahoma. He was a Full Professor for 26 years and Professor Emeritus at CSU, Sacramento in the College of Education. He helped pioneer innovative teaching programs in socially responsible settings, particularly to benefit disadvantaged communities. He retained his keen wit and intellect until his passing.
He loved Lake Tahoe, his home garden, and his wife, sons and grandson. A private family graveside service was held at Sierra Hills Memorial Park. Memorial Donations may be sent to:
TheSociety for the Blind
2750 24th Street
Sacramento, California 95818
Born on March 19, 1909 in Pembina, North Dakota, the eighth of eleven children, to Eugene Derwin Booker and Emily Simonson Booker. He passed away May 14, 2005 in Sacramento. Jim served as Registrar at California State University, Sacramento before working as Dean of Admissions, Dean of Guidance, teacher and counselor at the three campuses of Los Rios Community College District. Jim retired from the Los Rios Community College District in 1974. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer's Association, Centennial United Methodist Church or Heifer Project International.
Paul R. Waldo, professor of theater emeritus at California State University, Sacramento, was born December 31, 1934, died of pneumonia May 20, 2005. He was 70.
Paul is survived by his wife Kathy Burleson of Fair Oaks; daughters Laurey Shanck of Sacramento, Suzanne Evans of Germany and Sarah Riley of Yuba City; sisters Betty DeBelloy of Oregon and Kathleen Gambel of Juneau, Alaska; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. June 18 at the California State University, Sacramento, University Theater in Shasta Hall, 6000 J St., Sacramento. Remembrances can be sent to CSUS Trust Foundation, with a memo to the Paul R. Waldo Memorial Scholarship Fund, CSUS College of Arts and Letters, 6000 J St., Sacramento, CA, 95819-6049.
Eletha Martelle, born May 2, 1923, passed away from heart attack in her home overlooking Point Reyes on May 3, 2005. Lee is fondly remembered by faculty of the College of Education where she supervised student teachers for many years.
Lee was a person who always took the high-road in life. She was known for her ability to work with student teachers in a constructive way that imparted skills and built confidence. Many student teachers benefitted greatly from her supportive personality and maintained contact with her throughout the years. In the same way, her colleagues valued her friendship, professional commitment, humor, energy and advice.
Lee is survived by: two daughters, Mayree Lowman of Sequim, Washington, and Jan Colette Hansen of Bend, Oregon; a son, Harold "Mike" Martelle of Sacramento; sister Glendice Morgenson of Baytown, Texas; and a granddaughter, Chloe Hansen, of Bend, Oregon.
A private service is scheduled for Saturday in Point Reyes.
Madlyne MacDonald passed away July 25 due to complications from a brain tumor. Madlyne earned a law degree and taught in the Communications Department at California State University, Sacramento for 25 years.
Her death came as a surprise to the campus. Her friends will miss her energy, enthusiasm and proactive personality.
Madlyne was born July 6, 1940. She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer MacDonald of Walnut Creek and her son, Daniel MacDonald of San Francisco.
Ted Hornback, who was Chair of the Department of English at CSUS for 28 years (1969 to 1997), died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage on Thursday, September 22, 2005. Ted was my close friend and colleague for nearly 40 years, and was one of the first people to befriend me when I joined the English faculty in the fall of 1966.
We hit it off immediately, partly because we had a lot in common: we were both still relatively young, had both been in the service, had met and married, respectively, two wonderful young women, had then obtained our Ph.D.s, had first taught elsewhere before coming here, had begun our families, and had come to Sacramento State, all at approximately the same time (with Ted and his wife Trish coming a couple of years before us; and thus they were able to help my wife Shirley and me in a friendly and unobtrusive way adjust to our surroundings).
During those early years I was very fortunate to have Ted as my office mate, and we got to know each other very well, largely because of Ted. He was a great guy in so many ways. In manner, Ted was very informal, naturally friendly and open, with a wonderful sense of humor. One of his best traits was his knack for making any person that he had just met feel comfortable and accepted, as if that person had been his friend for a long time.
Although we all make judgments about others, Ted had a talent for reserving judgment. You felt immediately that he wasn't there to judge you, but that he was ready to like you and was interested in what you had to say and what you were doing. In part, this trait was related to another one: his sense of humor.
Ted loved to tell stories, particularly humorous ones. Although Ted could easily hold his own in any debate on cultural, political, or educational issues, he much preferred to reveal his beliefs, his attitudes, and his ideas subtly and indirectly through the humorous, folksy stories he told. In fact, telling you indirectly about himself was one of his reasons for telling his stories. It was also important to know that Ted was born and raised in Kentucky, an area that is rich in the folk-tale and story-telling tradition.
Of course, we all have reasons for what we do, but what I admired about Ted is that he most often had very good reasons for his behavior and for his decisions. He had thought about them, and didn't feel the need to rationalize them the way the rest of us often do -- that is, to find morally and socially acceptable explanations for what we are going to do anyway.
Ted had other admirable personal qualities in addition to his friendliness and sense of humor. To begin with, he was entirely trustworthy and dependable. There were a number of Department faculty members (I include myself here) who daily formed a kind of parade into Ted‘s office. Each would come individually, wanting something. If what they wanted was legal and ethical and consistent with Departmental goals, Ted would more often than not tell them that he would try to get it for them or at least that he would look into it and, to my knowledge, he always kept his word.
Ted was also a very good listener. He invited and welcomed suggestions and ideas for improving the department. Moreover, he would never betray any confidences you told him. During the latter part of Ted ‘s long tenure as Department Chair, I served as Personnel Coordinator of the Department, and Ted often consulted with me about personnel issues, just as he consulted with Professor Mark Hennelly, at that time the Vice-Chair of the Department, about faculty scheduling and a host of other topics, and just as he consulted with Professor Linda Palmer, who was then Composition Coordinator, about the Department‘s writing program as well as many other problems. I believe that I can speak for both of them as well as for myself in saying with assurance that Ted, even though privy to many faculty confidences, never revealed a single one to us or to anyone else. Not that we wanted to hear about them anyway, but if we had, we would have been disappointed, because Ted was absolutely dependable in keeping such knowledge to himself.
Ted was the same about making decisions. We trusted and depended on him to make good decisions. He would consult with many of the appropriate faculty members about various policy issues, and he often agreed with their respective points of view, but he made the decisions himself. Again, he had a real knack for making these decisions without offending the faculty, even though some of the decisions might be unpopular. His long tenure as Department Chair illustrates immediately how effective he was and how much the faculty admired and respected and liked him. It is no exaggeration to say that Ted Hornback was primarily responsible for shaping the department into the highly professional and greatly respected organization that it is today.
Not only did he professionalize the department; he also democratized it and, in so doing, humanized it. He brought about these changes primarily because of a strong personal quality in Ted that Professor Mark Hennelly, in his very moving talk at the funeral service held for Ted’s passing, identified as Ted’s “compassion.” It was Ted’s sense of compassion together with his humaneness, his generosity, and his trustworthiness that was behind practically everything he did. He was not the least interested in gaining more power or more authority. Instead, he gradually delegated authority, creating or re - vitalizing coordinator positions for the numerous and various programs offered by the Department. I have already mentioned three of these coordinator positions: Vice-Chair (who functions as Chief Coordinator), Composition (now Writing Programs), and Personnel. The coordinator positions for the other programs offered by the Department are as follows: Graduate Studies, Undergraduate Studies, Film Studies, Basic Writing, Teaching Credentials, Creative Writing, Tutoring, Teaching Associates, and TESOL (the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages). Finally, Ted worked very hard with Professor Joan Bauerly in seeing to it that the administration of the Writing Proficiency Exam was housed in the Department of English.
I am not trying to suggest that Ted single-handedly established these programs and positions; he certainly did not and would never claim that he did. What he did was to consult with appropriate department faculty and invite their suggestions, participation, and help in creating or re-organizing them, and then delegate the authority to oversee these programs to the same faculty who had participated in their formation or re-formation. Meanwhile, in areas where the Department lacked specific expertise, Ted and the Department’s coordinators became very busy advertising for and hiring new faculty members with the appropriate training in specific program areas. In this way, individual faculty members developed a genuine pride in the Department and in the contributions they themselves were able to make in improving the Department. But it was Ted Hornback who enabled the faculty to have more authority in the ongoing work of the Department.
I will always feel indebted to Ted and I believe the majority of my colleagues who knew him will feel the same for the legacy of accomplishment that he left us, both as a faculty member and as Chair of the Department of English. And I will never forget his friendship, his compassion, his openness, his talent and intelligence, together with his respect and regard for others.
Sara Green passed away on Monday, September 26 of pneumonia. Sara was born on April 10, 1921, in San Francisco. She graduated from UC Berkeley, where she was a Tri Delt. In 1945, she married Robert Lowell Green (deceased 1993). She is survived by her daughter Nancy Green and son-in-law Jerome West, of Torrey, Utah, son Toby Green and daughter-in-law Meg Oldman of Pt. Arena, CA, grandson Jared Green of San Francisco, and her beloved cat Smoocher.
Sara was a Professor of Home Economics in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department. Her husband, Robert, also taught part-time in the FACS Department. Sara started as a part-time faculty in 1965 and taught as a full-time faculty from 1970 to 1984 when she retired. Before and after her retirement, she was active in many organizations, including Town and Gown, World Affairs Council, and PEO. She served on the Board of the CSUS Friends of the Library. Known for her generosity, hospitality, and many friendships, she was an avid mystery reader and collector, movie and theater fan, and an enthusiastic player of Scrabble, bridge, and dominoes. She was an accomplished knitter.She enjoyed New Orleans Jazz and the Ashland Shakespeare Festival.
No services are planned; please send any remembrances to the charity of your choice.
Don Hinde died unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, October 11th. He was born January 4, 1933 in Sandusky OH, the only child of Thomas J and Violet (Wikel) Hinde of Huron, OH. He graduated from Huron H.S. in 1950 and worked a year before entering Bowling Green State University in 1951. He married Noel Greenhill on August 28, 1955, two days after he graduated. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in August. They have four children, Lee (Jeanine), Jay (Lori), Lynne (Andy) Sohn and Laurie (Mike) Lecours, and seven grandchildren, Lilah and Molly Hinde, Garrett and Megan Hinde, Jeffrey and Marissa Sohn and Emily Lecours. His uncle, Raymond Hinde of Sandusky Ohio and three cousins, Judy Halter, Jan Fortune and Georgia Hinde also survive.
From 1951 to 1972, he was employed by Bowling Green State University and in 1958 joined the staff of the new BGSU University Union as Building Engineer. When he left in 1973, he was Assistant Director. He came to California State University, Sacramento as the first Director of its soon to be built Union. He oversaw two expansions of the Union, and served on several University committees. He was a member of the Association of College Unions, International (ACUI) and very active in Region 15 of that group, serving as session participant and leader. He retired as Director of the CSUS University Union on January 1, 2000. Upon his retirement, the University named the Auditorium after him and ACUI Region 15 created an honorary service award named for Don and Noel.
Don was an active member of the National Carousel Association and enjoyed learning and experiencing antique and historic carousels all over the United States. He enjoyed anything mechanical or electronic and was a constant "tinkerer." He loved his toys. If you wanted to know the time, he was the man to ask. He loved the Pacific Grove coast line, the 17 mile drive and lunch at the Lodge and staying at Hillside in Carmel. He traveled extensively with his wife with Ireland being a favorite destination. A memorial service will be held in the Hinde Auditorium in the University Union at Sac State at 2pm on Saturday, October 15. Inurnment will be private. For more information: www.hinde.net/don. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: School of Veterinary Medicine, Canine Cancer Research, Memory of Donald Hinde, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616-9734, Checks payable to the UC Regents or The Salvation Army.
Charlotte passed on to eternity peacefully November 8, 2005. Her husband, Stephen Walker, one of the co-founders of California State University, Sacramento, preceded Charlotte in death on July 7, 1997. Charlotte was born Aug. 8th, 1913 in Seattle, Washington to James & Ethel Brownfield. Survived by her sister Patricia Lincoln of Oroville, Charlotte was a graduate of Mills College. In 1938 Charlotte & Stephen were married. Their love for the arts and their passion for traveling provided a wonderful life together. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial service on November 18, 2005 at 11:00AM at Trinity Cathedral Church, 2620 Capital Ave., Sacramento. In lieu of flowers,memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the California University Memorial Fund or the Trinity Cathedral Memorial Fund."
A Memorial to Charlotte Walker
Written Cooperatively by Several Association Members
Charlotte and Steve came to Sac State in 1947 as part of the original group of founders. Steve was the founding Dean of Instruction, the position that eventually became, through a couple of title changes, the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Steve continued in that role until shortly after Guy West retired in 1965.
When West retired, Blair Mayne, then the Vice President for Administration, became Acting President. Shortly after that, Blair had a heart attack and had to give up the role.
Steve was named Acting President while the search for a permanent president continued. He was the third president of Sacramento State and served for almost a year. Not long after that, Steve retired.
He and Charlotte, however, remained active in the university community up until the early 90's when they sold their home not far from the campus and moved to Eskaton. Steve died about 1997.
Steve and Charlotte did not have children. They were the kind of couple who "lived for each other." They were very active in the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
Charlotte taught part time at Sacramento State for a number of years. She was in charge of the courses in ceramics. She also was a part time instructor at Mills College, also in ceramics, and commuted between the two institutions.
Charlotte had humorous stories about the opening of the College in 1947, including the detail that the rooms they were using for classes at the City College site had no numbers, so about 6 A. M. on the first day of classes she and other faculty spouses showed up to put numbers on doors so the students could find their way.
In more recent years Charlotte would bring flowers to various offices on campus.. After Steve’s death she made possible a formal rose garden in the quadrangle north of Douglass Hall and this was formally named to honor Stephen Walker.
Charlotte was in the category of very gentle souls. Gracious could be a good adjective. She and Steve (whom she always called and referred to as Stephen) had a good deal to do with setting the stage for other important events in the CSUS history. They were a most significant couple in the history of our campus, and Charlotte takes her rightful place as among those whose lives spanned the growth of our campus from the beginning right to the present.