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In Memoriam

Kee Kathleen DeBoer, librarian emerita, died Nov. 29, 2010. DeBoer was born July 22, 1928 in Arlington, S.D. After graduating from high school, she went on to earn a B.A. degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls. For a few years, she taught high school then moved on to banking jobs in New York City. Later, she moved to Denver, Colo., and worked for The Child Research Council. Her next move was to Colorado Springs, where she served on the library staff at Colorado College. While in Colorado, she earned two master’s degrees: one in library science from Denver University and a second in history. DeBoer moved to Long Beach in 1977, when she was offered a job at CSULB’s University Library. She retired from that position in 1992. DeBoer traveled extensively, and after retirement, she became even more active in organizations including the Christ Lutheran Church, American Association of University Women, Sierra Club, Friends of the Library (Los Alamitos-Rossmoor), We Care, Protestant Campus Ministry, Long Beach auxiliary of the L.A. Philharmonic and Ovation.

Claudia (Hoffer) Gosselin, part-time lecturer of French in CSULB’s Department of Romance, German, and Russian Languages and Literature for 18 years, died Jan. 21 at the age of 64. Daughter of Henry and Rose Hoffer, Gosselin grew up in New York and attended Hunter College High School before going on to Barnard. Having lived in California for more than 30 years, she was always a New Yorker at heart, finding joy in politics and the arts and feeling anxious whenever driving. As a lecturer at CSULB, she influenced countless students and colleagues around her and found time to help anyone who needed it.

Raphael M. Hanson, professor emeritus of psychology from 1961-86, died Feb. 11 at the age of 82. Born in Stockton, Calif., in 1928, he settled in Long Beach in 1961 and was a founding member of CSULB’s Psychology Department after earning a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. During his tenure, he chaired the department and remained active on campus for many years. His interests included economics, politics, classical music, Asian art, philanthropy and tennis. His donation to the CSULB University Library’s Special Collections, the Raphael Hanson and Judy Hanson Argyres Collection of Asian Art, was named in honor of his late sister, a CSULB student and member of the clerical staff for 10 years. The collection includes 19th century scroll paintings, Tibetan tankas from the 19th and 20th century, a rare 19th century Japanese woodblock album of print, a bronze 19th century Thai head and a stone Khmer-style Cambodian sculpture.  

D. Jeane Bright, staff emerita from 1969-07, died Feb. 12. Born in Long Beach, Bright attended Millikan High School and Long Beach City College. Her CSULB career began as a clerical assistant in the Department of Microbiology. In 1973, she was promoted to department secretary in the Microbiology Department and, in 1985, became the assistant to the CNSM dean. While employed at the university, she attended many Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden and Carpenter Center events.

Carolyn Sandusky, a Department of Design staff emerita, died Feb. 18. Born on Dec. 7, 1941 in Hilo, Hawaii, Sandusky had the distinction of being the last peacetime baby born in the Pacific before the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1959, she graduated from Grand Junction High School and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. In 1995, she earned her master’s degree in counseling from CSULB. For 18 years, she was married to Robert Sandusky, Jr. She worked as an administrative coordinator in the CSULB Department of Design and served on the Staff Council, Campus Climate Committee, and was a longtime Staff Development Committee chair. After retiring in 2005, she took classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Sandusky’s extensive volunteer and humanitarian work included the Girl Scouts, PTA, American Association of University Women, CSULB’s Fine Arts Affiliates, Best Friends (a pet rescue organization), PEO (a philanthropic organization) and the church choir. A member of the Los Altos United Methodist Church for more than 30 years, she initiated the program, Get on the Bus, which strives to reunite children with imprisoned parents.

Francis (Frank) Patrick Brennan, an Information Technology Services staff emeritus, died March 13. Brennan graduated in 1967 with a B.S. degree in math from CSULB and began work at the university in 1969. As CSULB’s first systems administrator, he initially served both this campus and Cal State L.A. From CSULB’s first batch computer, a Control Data Corp. (CDC) 3150, to other mainframe machines such as the CDC Cyber 750, IBM 4341, IBM 4381, IBM 3090 and IBM 7060, as well as minis and PCs, he was well-versed in the information technology field. In 2001, he retired as a computer and systems analyst. After retirement, Brennan continued his education in Irish history and the Celtic language. He also remained in constant contact with his working companions, visiting the university often.

Lorraine D'Abate, a Student Services staff emerita, died March 15. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1944 to Joseph Clinton and Genevieve Viggiano Clinton, she tragically lost her father when she was 6 years old and her mother at 13. D’Abate graduated from Malvern High School and studied botany in college. In 1973, she moved to California, where she spent most of her career working in sales. She worked at CSULB 6 years prior to retiring in 2009. Many Long Beach organizations benefited from her willingness to volunteer time and donate resources, including the Belmont Heights Neighborhood Association’s tree project, St. Mary Hospital Foundation and CSULB’s Peach Tree Replacement Fund. In February, she co-chaired a silent auction for the Long Beach Memorial Care Breast Center’s mentoring program. Her favorite charity was the Cuddler's Program in the St. Mary Medical Center's Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit. In 2008, President George W. Bush recognized her with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. She lived by the mantra, “You need three things in life: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” At the time of her passing, almost every item on her “bucket list” was completed, including walking the Great Wall of China and writing a book, Is It Hot in Here or Is It Me?, published in 2000.

Vivian M. Sucher, professor emerita of the Departments of Nursing and Gerontology, died April 21. She joined the campus in 1962 and retired in 1986. Known as a strong-willed woman and excellent teacher, Sucher taught at the undergraduate level in gerontology and served on numerous Department of Nursing committees. While living in Long Beach, she was very involved with the Unitarian Church. Following her marriage to Sam Crabtree, they moved to Santa Barbara, Calif.

Staff emeritus Maurice Harari, former CSULB Center of International Education dean, died June 20 in Palo Alto, Calif., at the age of 88. Born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1923, Harari spent 6 years serving in the British Royal Air Force during World War II. In 1946, he came to the U.S. to study at Columbia University in New York City, earning his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in political science and international relations. His career included teaching positions at Columbia, Dartmouth, Hunter, CSULB and Kyung Hee University in South Korea. He served as a program executive in the Ford Foundation Division of International Training and Research, executive vice president and director of studies at Education and World Affairs, executive director of the Overseas Education Service, vice president for international programs of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and secretary general of the International Association of University Presidents. Harari was knighted in 1984 by the Republic of France as Chevalier des Palmes Academiques and was an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations, to which he was elected in 1964. Throughout his career, his primary focus involved internationalization of higher education curricula and issues of international conflict and peace.