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In Memoriam: May 2012

Published: May 15, 2012

James Arthur Neal passed away March 25. He had served as Director of Test Services and worked in the Career Development Center. His last position on campus was as a Student Services Professional working for the Division of Student Services. Following his retirement from CSULB in 2003, he remained active on campus for the rest of his life.

A graduate from Pasadena High School and Pasadena City College, Neal received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from CSULB.

An active and well-liked psychology graduate student leader at CSULB in the late 1970s, for his master’s thesis he applied a sophisticated statistical method, generalizability theory, to student ratings of instruction and had related work published in a refereed journal.

Remembered by friends and colleagues as someone who was willing to dedicate his time and effort helping people, even after retiring Neal volunteered his time to assist nursing students with statistical analysis for research projects.

Neal enjoyed numerous outdoor activities in his earlier years and hiked, skied and climbed all over the Sierras, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. He also was a sailor, canoeist and scuba diver.

He is survived by his parents, Richard and Betty, of San Gabriel; sister, Christine Bennett of Charlotte, N.C.; brother, Bruce of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brother Greg of Cranbury, N.J.; as well and eight nieces and nephews.

Helen Newcastle, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1937, passed away on April 9 at home in Huntington Beach.

Newcastle, who held a Ph.D., was a professor emeritus of CSULB where she taught for 30 years in the Graduate School of Education. She was recognized as an expert in reading.

She was a member of the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center in Huntington Beach where she taught and played pinochle. Newcastle was a member of Phi Lambda Theta and belonged to the CSULB Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association.

Newcastle was preceeded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Ann Newcastle; her stepmother, Virginia; and her dear friend, Professor Barbara Ward.