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In Memoriam: October 2011

Published: October 17, 2011

Linda Adair Day, an artist and assistant professor of painting and drawing at CSULB, died at her San Pedro home on Aug. 2, following a long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She was 59.

Day was born in Worcester, Mass., on July 23, 1952. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Maine and a master of fine arts degree from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., before embarking on a career that saw her work exhibited at galleries throughout the country as well as collected privately and by museums, according to her husband, David Scardino.

Among her awards were grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and multiple residency fellowships at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, N.H., and Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Before earning tenure at Cal State Long Beach, she taught at UCLA, USC and Otis Institute of Art in Los Angeles.

Day’s work is on display in two exhibitions: a solo show, “OU-BOUM,” at “another year in LA,” a West Hollywood gallery; and a group show, “5: on paper” at the Warschaw Gallery in San Pedro.

Aside from her art, Day had a keen interest in design and she put considerable work into the design of their San Pedro home, according to Scardino.

“She didn’t leave anything in the locker room,” he added. “She took everything to the field.”

Day is survived by Scardino, of San Pedro; her mother, Jean Bonnell Day of Damariscotta, Maine; her sisters, Elizabeth Day Flynn of Gansevoort, N.Y.; and Amy Day Chase of Center Sandwich, N.H.

A memorial service was held at “another year in LA” gallery in the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on Sept. 9.

In addition, an endowed scholarship in Day’s name at CSULB is taking donations, which can be sent to Arlene Kauppi, College of the Arts, CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840-2004. Checks should be made payable to “CSULB Foundation” and clearly marked “For Linda A. Day Endowment.”

James Richard Williams, a former dean for College of Engineering (COE), passed on Aug. 18, at age 70.

Williams earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1962 and 1964, respectively. He received a master’s degree in nuclear engineering in 1965 and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering in 1967, both of which were also from Georgia Tech.

His research interests were in the areas of renewable energy (well before it became fashionable), nuclear power and propulsion, energy conversion and environmental aspects of energy generation.

At Georgia Tech, he conducted experimental research on heat transfer processes in nuclear reactors, advanced nuclear reactor concepts, nuclear electric power and analysis of reactor shielding performance. After 13 years at Georgia Tech, he started Independent Living, Inc., a solar energy corporation, but ended that venture after his friend and business partner suddenly died.

Richard then joined Idaho State University and served as its dean of engineering for three years before coming to CSULB in 1983. He served 17 years as the dean of engineering at CSULB. After his time at CSULB, he served as the dean of the College of Engineering at the United Arab Emirate University in Al Ein UAE for five years, followed by a brief tenure as Engineering and Mines Dean at University of Alaska at Fairbanks in 2005 before retiring at the age of 65.

“Richard was a gentleman. He was humble and never spoke to you in an authoritative manner. Even when asking you to do things, he simply came across like he was advancing an idea or promoting a viewpoint,” said Hamid Hefazi, professor and chair of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at CSULB. “He was very accessible. He had an open-door policy and you could talk to him at any time. Most importantly, in dealing with him, you felt that he genuinely cared about you and wanted to be helpful.

“He had a commanding presence in meetings,” added Hefazi. “I recall being in a meeting with him with close to 20 guests in attendance. He knew every one of them by first and last name, who they worked for, and something about them. These and many other great qualities helped him to accomplish a lot at CSULB. “

One of his most noteworthy attributes as dean of the College of Engineering was his ability and interest in developing proposals, programs and funding sources. His first major accomplishment in this arena at the COE was to secure more than $5 million in cash from the National Science Foundation and $8 million in kind from industry in support of the Southern California Coalition for Education in Manufacturing (SCEEME). While this initiative had limited success in promoting manufacturing engineering at CSULB, the funding that Williams had secured provided major resources and equipment for the college. This initiative also led him to several other major accomplishments including the establishment of the Center for Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technology (CCDoTT) and the METRANS transportation center. These institutions are still active and have been responsible for millions of dollars in funding and numerous projects supporting CSULB faculty and student research.

Williams and his wife, Barbara, have five daughters—Stephanie Santos, Laura Williams, Karen MacPhee, Andrea Sorensen, and Rebecca Maietta. He was also a grandfather to Britt Schwartz, Chelsea Santos, Jack, Annika and Alle Sorensen, and Alexandria Maietta. Most of his daughters were educated in engineering, but have gone on to work in a wide range of fields that include law, medicine, management and music production. Two of the Williams sisters are COE alumni. Rebecca graduated from mechanical engineering and Stephanie is an electrical engineering graduate.