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In Memoriam

Cramer Schultz, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy and one of the Physics Department’s founding fathers, died Aug. 19. CSULB offered Schultz a faculty position in 1953, prior to him completing his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from USC in 1955. When he joined the faculty, the college was only 4 years old and had no physics department. He helped plan the original department curriculum and took over teaching the astronomy program, adding it to the department in 1962. In the late 1960s, he did work on x-ray emission spectra; in the late 1970s, he directed his attention to observational astronomy and studied the light curves of asteroids. Schultz also served as department chair from 1971-74. 

Alvin Lawson, professor emeritus of English from 1962-90, died Sept. 8 at the age of 80. Lawson was born Oct. 11, 1929, in Fort Bragg, Calif. After transferring from San Francisco State, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 1952, and a master’s (1958) and doctorate (1967) in English from Stanford University. Along with teaching his primary literary interests in Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, short stories and children's literature, Lawson taught a class in unidentified flying objects (UFOs) literature for 10 years. He spent decades studying UFOs and questioning the beliefs of people who said they had been abducted. Lawson’s findings are in his May 1977 essay “What Can We Learn from Hypnosis of Imaginary Abductees?” In the 1970s, he started the UFO Report Center of Orange County.    

Buddy Collette, a Los Angeles jazz saxophone player and bandleader, died on Sept. 19. He was 89. Collette helped merge the black and white musicians’ unions in L.A. and mentored many African-American musicians. He was active in preserving and promoting L.A. jazz history and worked with such legends as Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughan. As an educator, Collette held positions on the faculties of Loyola Marymount University, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State Long Beach, where he served a term as director of Jazz Studies. Collette was instrumental in helping to create the California Institute for the Preservation of Jazz, later serving as the institute’s executive director. In 1998, L.A. Mayor Richard J. Riordan designated Collette “A Living Los Angeles Cultural Treasure.” Collette’s autobiography, Jazz Generations: A Life in American Music and Society, was published in 2000.

Jeanne E. Bader, associate professor emerita of family and consumer sciences from 1992-02 and Gerontology Program director, died Sept. 20. Prior to her career in California, she held positions at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center, the University of Minnesota and the University of Oregon. As a champion of the aging and disability communities, she was a mentor to students and professionals in the field, and many organizations benefited from her knowledge and volunteerism.

Kee DeBoer, librarian emeritus, died Nov. 29. DeBoer began his career at CSULB in 1977 and retired in 1992.

C. Thomas Dean, professor emeritus of industrial education, died Dec. 27. Born in Humboldt, Neb., in 1918, Dean was the first in his family to attend college. He enlisted in the Navy during WWII and served in both the European and Pacific Theaters, retiring as a captain with the Reserves. After completing his doctorate at Iowa State, he joined the CSULB faculty in 1952. Dean became School of Applied Arts and Sciences dean, serving until he retired in 1980. At that time, he was the longest serving dean in the CSU system. Active in the Long Beach community, Dean was an elected member of the Long Beach City College school board and served on the board of directors of Pacific Hospital and the American Red Cross for many years. He also was a 32nd Degree Mason. 

Stephen G. Werlick, professor emeritus of art from 1964-95 who was instrumental in building the sculpture program, died Dec. 29. Born in Bronx, N.Y., Werlick completed his studies at Cooper Union Art School, New York, studying with sculptors Milton Hebald, John Hovannes, K. George Kratina and Leo Amino. Werlick received his M.F.A. in sculpture from Tulane University (Newcomb Art School), studying with George Rickey. He received a Fulbright Fellowship (1956-58) and studied sculpture and bronze casting with Heinrich Kirchner in Munich, Germany. Werlick was also awarded the Rome Prize Fellowship (1961-64), American Academy, Rome, Italy. Along with several commissioned works located in Southern California, Werlick created the FINA Prize Sculpture for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games swimming award. The sculpture is currently located at the Fort Lauderdale Sports Hall of Fame Museum, Florida.