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In Memoriam: February 2011

Published: February 15, 2011

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.

Claudia (Hoffer) Gosselin, 64, passed away on Jan. 21, after a long but brave battle with cancer. Daughter of Henry and Rose Hoffer, Claudia grew up in New York and attended Hunter College High School before going on to Barnard. She was a part-time lecturer of French in the Department of Romance, German and Russian Languages and Literature at CSULB for nearly two decades, influencing countless students and colleagues around her, finding time to help anyone who needed it. Survived by her children, Elisabeth and David, Claudia will be remembered for her gentle, caring and warm personality and her generosity to not only those who knew her but to anyone she encountered.

Stephen G. Werlick, professor emeritus of art from 1964-95 who was instrumental in building the sculpture foundry program, died on 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 MFA 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 in Florida at the Fort Lauderdale Sports Hall of Fame Museum.