In Memory Archives for the year 2007
We have been informed that Kermit Smith died January 31, 2007.
We have received word that Mary Hanna-Swanson passed away on April 20, 2007.
Born April 28, 1940 to Ruth and Clarence Poe in Taft, CA, Arthur "Maurice" passed away peacefully at home with his loving daughter Kristi and son Nick on November 20, 2007 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Maurice leaves behind his wife, Cheryl; sons Ryan and Nick Poe; daughter, Kristi Poe-Munson and son-in-law Sean Munson; sister, Sara Poe-Walton; brother, Andrew Poe and sister-in-law, Jeanne Poe; and countless other relatives and special friends.
Maurice earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Jose State University in 1963. He continued on at San Jose State and received his Master of Arts Degree in 1966. He continued his education at the University of Oregon, and in 1969 received a degree of Doctor of Education.
In 1969 Maurice moved to Sacramento, CA. to start his 37 year career with CSU, Sacramento. Maurice served as Associate Dean for the College of Education for 16 years and 1 year as Acting Dean. While in this position he was responsible for making sure that students needs were being met in the best way possible. While he was Associate Dean, he led the beginning distance education programs initiated by the college. These included highly successful graduate programs, offered through television and through on-line instruction.
Beginning in 2001, Maurice returned to his first love, teaching. For six years he taught a televised children’s literature class. His work in reading and in literature also included another one of his loves, writing. He wrote both reading texts and children’s literature that were much used in elementary schools throughout the nation. A character that he created in the poem, Willie MacGurkle, came to be a figure that showed up in his teaching.
Maurice and Willie each liked to have fun with students whether they were in primary grades or at the college graduate level. His incredible and zany sense of humor and zest for life was infectious to all who knew him. He was filled with unending kindness, compassion and loyalty and will remain an inspiration to us all. He loved to travel and enjoyed golfing, fishing and playing poker while spending time with family and friends. He touched many lives and will be greatly missed.
Colleagues and friends arranged a funding drive to construct a memorial to him. A memorial bench and bronze plaque was placed under the redwoods just outside the courtyard entrance to Eureka Hall and an endowed scholarship was set up for graduate students in language arts at CSUS. A celebration of Maurice’s life took place in Spring of 2008 at which the memorial was unveiled.
MEMORIAL to MAURICE POE
by Steve Gregborich
Dr. Maurice Poe taught courses in the College of Education at Sacramento State. He was known for his enthusiasm and his willingness to do practically anything to inspire his students to write creatively. He visited public school classrooms, sometimes dressed as Willie MacGurkle, a character from one of the children's books he co-authored with Barbara Schmidt.
Maurice was often worked in partnership with his colleague, Dr. Barbara Schmidt. They produced tv classes together, he dressed as Willie and Barbara dressed as the cheeky Frannie LaDoo. The team worked together for many years: book tours, classes, publications and even visits to the homes of friends to enthrall their children with the wonders of literature. Barbara passed away on May 14, 2006. See the Barbara Schmidt Memorial article in the 2006 In Memoriam archive.
Maurice was also a good father -- loving, caring, and actively involved. He encouraged his children and drew the best from them. In the same way, Maurice established genuine relationships with his students, often keeping in touch with them many years after they graduated. Steve Winlock, Associate Superintendent of the Elk Grove Unified School District, is one of Maurice's inspired students who has never forgotten the personal interest Maurice took in him.
Faculty and staff around the University tell the same kind of stories, how Maurice encouraged them when they were down, listened to their problems, even doing secret things to help a colleague's courses go well in order to raise their spirits and give them confidence -- things no one was ever supposed to know about. Eventually, many of his friends began to think of Maurice as a model of the faithful friend, the dependable father, the good professor.
Maurice served as Associate Dean for the College of Education for fourteen years, as Acting Dean of the College for one year, and Associate Dean again for two years. One of his greatest administrative accomplishments was the establishment and expansion of the College of Education Awards Banquet with his colleagues Jose Cintron and John Cotsakos. The Awards Banquet continues to provide scholarships for deserving students and recognition to the University's community partners.
After a long struggle with cancer, Maurice left us on Tuesday, November 20, 2007. Friends of Maurice Poe gathered together to raise funds for a unique memorial and scholarship at Sacramento State in his name. The memorial is situated beneath the redwood trees on the courtyard next to the Eureka building which houses the College of Education on the CSU Sacramento campus.
Born in Philadelphia, she was a resident of the Sacramento Area for 51 years. She was an active violinist in the Sacramento Area. Preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Daniel Kingman, she is survived by three daughters and seven grandchildren.
Those who remember Professor Earline Ames as a tough, straight-shooting educator will not be surprised by the terms of her bequest to Sacramento State. An initial distribution of $300,000 from her estate has established the Earline L. Ames Scholarship in the College of Education. Intended for students studying to become teachers, the gift came with the stipulation that all funds in the scholarship must be entirely spent within a 10-year period—or forfeited. Beginning next fall, the College of Education plans to make annual awards to students from each of its six departments who are working toward becoming teachers. Awards will continue until the funds are exhausted—but in any case within 10 years.
Professor Earline Ames served Sacramento State from 1968 until her retirement in 1983. She was a respected member of the faculty in what was then known as the School of Education, where she also served as chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences in Education. She was later appointed Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Ames’s faculty colleagues recall her forthright communication style and her vibrant leadership.
Earline Ames received her undergraduate degree from Baylor, master’s degree from San Francisco State, and Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her career in teaching lasted 36 years. She continued to take on new challenges even in retirement; in 1998 she co-authored When Grandma Learned to Fly, A Flight Instructor’s Nightmare, about her experiences gaining a private pilot’s certificate at the age of 75. Dr. Ames passed away in Rocklin in August 2007.
A Memorial to Dr. Earline Ames
by Barbara Arnstine and Sharon Alexander,
Professors Emeritus, College of Education
Earline Ames, Ph.D., Educator, Scholar, Department Chair, Dean, Vice President, certainly looked the part. Impeccably dressed, conservative in speech, perfect manners – you were convinced that you had met a lovely lady who would take notes at every meeting and do what the "Big Boys" said.
That impression lasted about three seconds. Behind the lovely appearance was a dedicated scholar, a formidable intelligence and a no-nonsense decision maker. Earline was a person who worked efficiently and who felt that the vigorous standards of university life applied to students and faculty as well. Anyone who adopts this position is in for a fight and Earline was a fighter.
During her tenure, it was not a fair fight. Her career paralleled the growing dismay Americans felt when they realized that the 1965 Civil Rights Act included women. When Earline was indignant, she was called hysterical; when she was, she was furious, she was called menopausal; and she was usually the secretary of the committee, or "acting" in the position.
On the other side, she would not go braless, smoke pot, or lower her standards for scholarship or teaching simply because someone was from an "under represented population."
She was never the poster girl for political causes, progressive zealots or the powerful establishment. Her agenda was solely the improvement and execution of the university's mission of teaching and scholarship. She was not an advocate for causes; she was an advocate for students, particularly students preparing to be teachers. Earline Ames came to work with a passion and commitment; those who were prepared to do less were not particularly fond of her, but everyone respected her efforts.
Earline gave so much to Sacramento State, that many thought she had only that avenue of work and expression in her life. But Earline's energy and intelligence carried her into an exciting and fulfilling retirement.. One of the highlights of this time was acquiring her pilots license at the age of seventy-five. Always a scholar, she even wrote a book about her experiences, "When Grandma Learned to Fly, A Flight Instructor's Nightmare" with Roy Richardson, in 1998.
Earline Ames left a practical as well as an intellectual legacy to this University. She left an endowment to support students through their teacher preparation programs. It is an endowment that is not to become a nest egg- it must be spent in the next ten years, Typical Earline. Wanting to get things done right now that will help students. Her faith in the future was her faith in her colleagues to step forward and carry on the vision of scholarship and learning that she worked so hard and so well to sustain.
A Memorial to Dr. Earline Ames
by Steve Gregorich, Dean Emeritus, College of Education
My best memory of Earline had to do with how she dealt with people. Often business-like and direct, I recall that people sometimes were a little intimidated. However, there appeared to be some quality in her directness which caused us to be unable to criticize her for it. It took awhile, but eventually I realized what it was. She never exaggerated, used name-calling, or any type of verbal punishment. She based what she said on direct information and never conjecture or bigotry. When new information revealed one of her conclusions as incorrect, she was quick to admit it openly. In other words, Earline got away with being very direct by scrupulously following the rules of constructive openness.
Earline was a great inspiration to me. I tried very hard to become skilled at using constructive openness, but never succeeded as well as she. Often these days we are more likely to appreciate strength in women much more so than we did in the past. But still today we do not distinguish very well between the kinds and qualities of strength in both men and women. Earline's strength was a very special kind that is, I think, very hard to acquire. It was not the strength of being loud, or over-bearing, or dictatorial, or rude, or self-serving. It was the strength of service, reason, and a fine sensitivity for the human condition. And she inspires us still.
Age 84, born of George N. and Grace K. Briggs on February 11, 1923, in Lamoni, Iowa, died on October 9, 2007. Survived by two stepsons, Mack McVey (wife Vera) of Raymond, Calif., and Denny McVey (wife Jonell) of Lodi, Calif. He was predeceased by seven brothers and sisters. He was a graduate of Lamoni High school, Graceland Junior College in Lamoni and the University of Chicago, where he received his Masters degree in Business Administration. He was owner of The French Way dry cleaners in DeMoines, Iowa, for eight years. He married Mabel McVey in 1951. She predeceased him in 1989 after 37 years of marriage. The family moved to California in 1955. He taught accounting at Humboldt State College in Arcata, Calif., for two years before being employed by CPA firms in Eureka and Oakland. He was awarded a certified public accountant certificate by the State of Calif. in 1960. He then taught accounting in the school of Business at Sacramento State University for 21 years. He retired in 1983 with a designation of Professor Emeritus. He lived in Sacramento for the rest of his life. He married Edna Houlton in 1991. They separated in 2005. His body was cremated, and at his request there will be no memorial service. Remembrances may be sent to the Community of Christ Church, 4044 Pasadena Ave., Sacramento, CA 95821.
Columbus Edwin Tootle (Ed) grew up in Okeechobee, Fla., as one of the five children of Levi Tootle and Flora Baldwin. Levi was a commercial fisherman on 700-square-mile Lake Okeechobee and also ran the City Waterworks for many years. These were the frontier days of colorful local characters like Sheriff "Pogey Bill" and others. Ed grew up doing many odd jobs, including labor for job sites near the water; occasionally he dove and searched underwater for tools accidentally dropped by carpenters and other workmen (for which he received the princely sum of 50 cents per recovered tool).
The Tootles survived the devastating 1928 Hurricane, with Ed and his father clinging tightly to the grass to avoid being swept away and eventually crawling into the Waterworks doorway for shelter. The next day they found the family residence intact but blown a hundred feet from its original location. After graduating from high school at age 15 and finding out he was not yet ready to succeed in college, he held a number of small but important jobs - one with the U.S. Weather Bureau in Tampa and another controlling the complicated ice-making machinery at the White Belt Dairy in Miami, where he earned a dollar a day plus room and board. Ed was able to consistently keep the ice temperature down to about 40 degrees below zero, quite an accomplishment for the time. Ed also assisted engineer Carl Dougherty (for whom his first child is named) on various projects, including a pipeline that delivered water along a 1200-foot surface with changing elevations to the home of writer Charles Francis Coe.
In the 1930s he entered the Army Reserve, serving initially with the horse-drawn artillery and eventually advancing to second and then First Lieutenant. During WWII he served in Panama. He remained in the Reserves after the war and later joined the newly-formed Air Force, where he taught at the Military Institute of Technology. He then entered the University of Chicago and obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
In 1948 he married Roberta Helen Morrow, who passed on in 2002, the couple's 54th year of marriage. They are survived by five children, Carl, Ellen Harrison, Robert, Mark (Tracy), and Mary, as well as eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Ed's Air Force career included four years in Japan during the 1950s and a stint as Chief of Procurement at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, where he supervised defense contracts aggregating many millions of dollars. He retired as a full Colonel after 20 years of service and began his next career by first obtaining a Ph.D. from Ohio State University (his doctoral thesis contained an in-depth analysis of convertible debentures) and then teaching for 20-plus years at the Sacramento State College School of Business Administration in the fields of finance, risk and insurance. During his professorship he became a Chartered Financial Analyst. In the '80s he began his third full career, investing in tax certificates in Okeechobee and surrounding counties.
Ed was a child of the Great Depression and abhorred waste of any kind. He was a staunch believer in the power of education as the most important way to a better life. His faith in education was exceeded only by the strength of his conviction that every person should act according to the highest ethical principles and do their "dead-level best." "After all," he would say, "that's all you can do."
A Memorial Service will be held on September 29, 2007. For those wishing to attend, please notify the family at 916-628-1455 by September 13.
Clyde Enroth earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and taught English at CSUS for 41 years, retiring in 1997. He served in the US Navy at the end of WWII and during the Korean conflict, retiring as a Lieutenant Commander. His love of language, literature, and travel took him to Cairo, Egypt, and Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Fulbright fellowships. He was instrumental in the professor exchange program at Nottingham University in England and the student exchange program in Middlesex University outside of London. He married Jerry Fitzer Piper in 1987 in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, after a six-year loving courtship. Together they traveled extensively in their beloved Italy as well as through other parts of Europe, Canada, India, Japan, and Hong Kong. Clyde's love of the sea took them on cruises in Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean, and through the Panama Canal. Clyde is survived by his devoted wife Jerry, children Daniel and wife Caylin, Kate and husband Ernie, Sarah and husband Joe - all of Portland, Ore. He is also survived by stepchildren Kevin Piper and wife Kathy of Corona, Calif., Brad Piper of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Stephanie Weisburg and husband Jeff of Colorado Springs, Colo., and four grandchildren. In addition he leaves behind his former wife Theresa of Portland, Ore., and several nieces and nephews. Donating his remains to the UC Davis Medical School, Clyde continues to teach. There will be no service. Remembrances may be made in his name to either The Dominic J. Bazzanella Literary Awards or Calaveras Station Literary Journal c/o the English Department, CSUS, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6075.
Commemorative to Clyde Enroth
by Elizabeth Hanson-Smith
I knew Clyde Enroth for over 30 years. He and my husband, Jack Thompson, became good friends over the years, trading anecdotes and tall tales over champagne on the deck and in front of the fire at Christmas. Clyde was not an easy guy to get to know, as he had a great deal of the Scandanavian reserve in him. We often kidded him about the Norwegian farmers and the Garrison Keilor complex. His dry wit was legendary.
As a foursome with his wife Jerry, we spent many summers together in Italy, staying at Bellagio on Lake Como, traveling through Tuscany and Umbria, and at the apartment the Enroths rented in Todi, a tiny hillside village with great views, wonderful restaurants, and serious history. Clyde studied Italian as a hobby over the years, and in his soft-spoken way became a master of it, as he was of so many curious side trails in life. I will always retain an image of him strolling down to the piazza in the evening for an aperitif.
One of those areas Clyde knew well was wine. He was a partner in a wine bar for some time, and we had a number of lovely afternoons sampling his cellar. Naturally, he also loved good food, and his wife Jerry, an absolutely first class chef, made us some remarkable dinners to share under the shade of the gorgeous old tree shading his patio, the lawn he had freshly mown gleaming in the gathering dusk.
A voracious reader, Clyde was interested in the many varieties of the language, and founded the Canadian literature studies program in the English Department. His students were always impressed by his prodigious grasp of any subject at hand and his knowledge of authors and literary movements. But perhaps less well known was his interest in engineering and all things mechanical. His son's on-going project was to send him some new and intriguing device each Christmas that would spin wheels, roll balls, operate levers, and set other objects in motion. I like to think he is now figuring out the inner workings of the universe firsthand.
Allan crossed the river peacefully on June 3, 2007, with his wife Madalynne by his side. Allan was born July 4, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York and he was laid to rest at Beth Moses with his family in Pinelawn-New Avalon (Farmingdale), Long Island, NY on June 10, 2007. Allan grew up in Far Rockaway, NY and enjoyed a wonderful childhood as a Boy Scout and was honored as New York's Eagle Scout of the Year in 1956. After attending high school in New York, Allan received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Public Communications from Boston University and set forth a long, rewarding and satisfying career in educational and public television and distance learning. His distinguished career spanned 45 years, first at WGBH TV in Boston, then at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and the past 31 years at California State University Sacramento. Allan was preceded in death by his mother, Pauline D. Hinderstein, and his father, William Hinderstein. Allan is survived by his wife Madalynne, his three daughters Angelica J. Holiday, Rina H. Reynolds, and Meredith Carrleigh McCurdy; his sons-in-law David T. Kennedy and P. David Reynolds; grandsons William E. Reynolds and Thomas R. Reynolds; nieces Lara Hinderstein and Nikko Hinderstein; cousin Sidney J. Rosenthal (wife Ellie) and many more cousins; brothers Barry Hinderstein (wife Carro) of Black Mountain, NC, and Martin Hinderstein, wife Penny of Garden City, Long Island. Allan's profound devotion, abiding love, rich humor, loyal friendship, creativity, and timeless teaching shall be deeply missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and students. Allan scripted, directed and produced a life well lived. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Allan's name to either planting trees in Israel (Jewish National Fund http://www.JNF.org) or to the University. Family, friends, colleagues and students are invited to attend a special celebration of Allan's life on Sept. 28 at 2:00 PM in Library Room 52 at the campus.
Commemorative to Allan Hinderstein,
Friend, Colleague and Professional Administrator
Richard F. Kaufman, Ph.D
When asked to offer comments on the life and times of Allan Hinderstein, I was at first taken aback, and at a loss of what to say. Here was a person so trustworthy, devoted, and courageous that it is hard to put into words, and I could not possibly add up all of the attributes of his career.
As the director in the University Media Center in 1979, Allan first came to me with an idea to put my classes on television. He wanted to develop a TV learning center that would transmit business classes to Grass Valley, Auburn, Roseville and elsewhere. The idea was new but I went along with him to develop a first for this university, and in the process, we became close friends and colleagues. He provided the groundwork for bringing the media into the classroom. I could not count the times that my TV classroom presentations went on the transmitter with Allan Hinderstein being there to handle the many technical problems that arose
Later he became involved with teleconferencing, and working with university administrators. The new technology in the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s was not well developed, but he stuck with it to expand a new program at this university. Another was his idea of the media screen for computers in the classroom. Working with Bill Budge of the Library and me on the BICC (Business Instructional Computer Committee), Allan provided unique assistance for the classroom environments and introducing personal computers to the classroom. He seemed to have that sixth sense as to what instructors needed, and was always one jump ahead of us to introduce the screen idea. That system is used today in the Business School and elsewhere. It always appeared that Allan was consistently a step ahead, even before we presented the problem. As frustrated as one might become, he always had a direction and answers to the many technical problems for those early days in classroom media instruction.
Recently, I again had the privilege of benefiting from Allan’s help in contacting the Richard Rogers Estate. His personal association with New York media celebrities was phenomenal, having come from that Broadway Musical environment before joining the faculty here at Sacramento State University. He single handedly contacted Nancy DiTuro of the Richard Rogers Estate to achieve a license for me to use the music from the Victory at Sea film. He even put me in touch with Mary Rogers herself, the widow of Richard Rogers.
Licensing musical rights was his profession, and he knew all of the angles, including those important people on Broadway. On one occasion, he convinced the BMG Music Group to provide me with syncopation rights for the entire RCA symphony; all of this without paying a dime. I think that the remarkable ability of Allan Hinderstein, was his “stick-to-itiveness”, and his understanding of the other person’s problems. He was indeed my friend, my confidant, and my mentor. I will miss him.
Dr. Paul Huber, a former Communication Studies professor at California State University, Sacramento, passed away on May 1, 2007. He was 87 years old. A native Ohioan born in Akron, he is survived by Irma Huber, his loving wife of 61 years, his daughter Dr. Paula Wendy Huber of Kaiser Permanente, his son-in-law Francis Sheehan, and granddaughter Amanda Sheehan, as well as numerous nieces and nephews by marriage.
During World War II Paul was assigned to the Army's Criminal Investigation Division in Europe where he served diligently both during the war and in the army of occupation. After leaving the military he decided to prepare himself for a lifetime career as an educator. He earned degrees from Muskingum College, Emory University, and the University of Michigan. Subsequently, he accepted teaching positions at Georgia Tech, Arizona State University, and California State University, Sacramento.
Paul was happiest during the 30 years he spent teaching CSUS classes and conducting specialized consultancies for California State Employees. He was a man with great integrity and high standards. He cared deeply about his students and his goal was to elicit from them a superb work ethic that would carry them successfully through life.
His favorite academic interests were courses in Creative Problem Solving and Listening and Memory. He, himself, developed an extraordinary memory only to find it melting away due to Alzheimer's disease in the last years of his life. Blessed by an undaunted nature, he accepted the un- anticipated handicap with grace and found solace in the skills he had nurtured in others.
Paul often indicated a wish that no public memorial service be held at the time of his death. He asked, instead, for prayers of thanks to Almighty God for the innate potential for productive lives and good works instilled within the human spirit.
Died of natural causes this Saturday, April 28, 2007 at 2:00pm in the afternoon. Jack Jossi, born in Portland, Oregon in 1919 came to California at the age of 2. Jack was known to the public for his career in tennis. At the age of 17, Jack began his journey, at Lake Merrit in Oakland, CA. Within one year, Jack was sought out by respected professional Tom Strow and his career was launched winning the Pacific Coast championships at the age of 19 going on to National competition in Forest Hills, New York. Jack was married to Barbara K. Litteral in 1941 and with Barbara "Bobby" at his side went on to rank No. 7 among the National Amateur men in the United states 1944. Upon Jack's return from New York, his career turned professional and he traveled with top ranking pros as Frank Kovacs, Bobby Riggs, Bill Tilden, Don Budge and Fred Perry. Jack finished his professional career after touring South America and took the head pro position at Sutter Lawn Tennis Club and by 1948 joined Sacramento State University to handle the Tennis program. Jack is survived by Wife, Barbara Jossi, Daughters Sandra Price and Kathryn Silberstein. Grand Children Brandi Fairbanks, Mathew Huckaby, Toshua Price and Shawn Simonin. Great Grand Children, Tambrina, Saber and Dutch Fairbanks, Haley and Blake Huckaby, and our youngest Brooklynn Price. Although the public knew Jack for his professional career, his grandchildren knew him for Jiffy Pop Popcorn, Candy Land board games, drive in movies and our first cars. He will be missed.
Earl Kymala passed away Jan. 10, 2007. He was a loving husband, father, grandpa, and uncle, caring for everyone around him. He was a dedicated math professor at CSUS for 37 years. Earl will be deeply missed. A celebration of
life will be on 4/21/07.
Nandy Fiore has informed us that her mother, Joyce Sullivan, passed away on October 20, 2007. Joyce was the Radiologic Technician in the CSUS Health Clinic for many years.
Willard was born November 10, 1913 in Emporia, Kansas, son of Abert Carl and Ida Schultz Mead. He died February 7, 2007 at the age of 93. He married Ruth Vander Schaaf on December 23, 1941. His wife, their children, Dr. Edward Thompson and wife Diane, daughter Helen Hudson and husband Gerald; grandchildren, Dr. Daniel Thompson and wife Julie, Sam Thompson, Elizabeth Hudson, and five great-grandchildren survive him. His younger sister and brother are deceased. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA and MA and earned an Ed. D from New York University. In Sacramento, he helped start Sac State, also known as CSUS. As a professor he taught business courses. Sabbaticals were spent as a visiting professor at NYU, University of Alaska and UC Berkeley. Sales training courses were developed for PG&E, Pacific Bell, and Commonwealth Edison. He authored textbooks published by McGraw Hill and John Wiley that were printed in Japanese and Spanish. He was listed in ''Who's Who'', was a member of Sales and Marketing Executives, Book Collectors, Historical Society, Writer's Club, etc. His love of history was a great source of enjoyment in retirement, writing articles for the Sacramento Bee, Union and various magazines. A 50 year member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento he was active as a Deacon, Elder and on many committees. He was in the US Marine Corps from 1942-1946. He served on Guadalcanal and Guam where he earned a Purple Heart and then was part of the second wave invasion of Iwo Jima. He returned to Guam to learn Japanese in preparation to invade Japan. The atomic bomb was dropped and his life was spared. Habitat for Humanity was where he worked for ten years getting financial sponsors and also helping build the homes. His memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 15, 2007 at the Veterans Home Memorial Chapel, Yountville, CA. Treadway & Wigger Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Napa is serving the family of Mr. Thompson and friends may relay condolences online at: