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In Memoriam: October 2012

Published: October 15, 2012

Dorothy Louise Fornia, 94, passed away on Friday, Sept. 21, at her home in Long Beach after a brief illness. A longtime resident of Long Beach, Fornia was born Feb. 12, 1918 in Youngstown, Ohio. After graduating high school, she earned her B.A. in 1941 and her master’s degree in 1944 at Ohio State University. Majoring in physical education she taught at the Ohio Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphans Home along with Bowling Green State University. She moved to California to pursue a Ph.D. in education administration at USC while she worked as a teacher’s assistant. After completing her education, Fornia secured a position with CSULB in 1956 where she remained until retirement in 1992. While at CSULB she was professor emeritus in physical education, coordinator of graduate studies (1962), director of the gerontology program and a founding member of Senior University, now known at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). She was also a founding member of Scan and chairman of the Council on Aging. She was a longtime member of the Soroptomist International of Long Beach along with Delta Kappa Gamma “Eta Chapter”. After retiring she remained “active” at the university. Her hobbies included gardening, photography, theatre, travel and walking. She leaves behind a niece, Marjorie Morley of Seal Beach, her longtime care giver, Aurara “Baby” Estacio and extended family members including dear friends and colleagues. Donations may be made to the CSULB Gerontology Scholarship Fund or the OLLI in memory of Dorothy Louise Fornia.

Avery Goldstein, who taught for 22 years at CSULB in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), passed away on Aug. 17 after a valiant fight with metastatic breast cancer. Goldstein received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from UCLA in 1982, her master’s degree in psychology from University of the Pacific in 1984 and her Ph.D. in child development and family studies from Purdue University in 1989. Her research and scholarship focused on developmental issues of adolescence and parent education in early childhood. She loved bright colors (especially orange), James Taylor, cooking, creating art, country fairs and travel. She was passionate about fairness, diversity and social justice. She touched the lives of many students and faculty deeply and is survived by her sisters, Kimberly and Jennifer, her father Max (Linda), numerous colleagues, friends and relatives, and her greatest joys, son Sawyer (10) and daughter Sadie (6), for whom she was the sole parent.

“Avery’s passing is a loss for our campus and for all who knew her friendship, scholarship and caring attitude,” said FCS professor Gail Frank. “Avery loved children and families. Having her own children and bringing them to her office to see how her day at campus played out was important to her. The children met many students and faculty who came for mentoring or meetings and they saw how their mom was sincerely interested in the well-being of the students.”

“While Avery was our colleague, she was a very private person,” said Lydia Sondhi, an associate professor in FCS. “Many of us were unaware of the insurmountable odds that she fought to overcome in her struggle with cancer. We saw a committed and dedicated faculty member who was sidetracked with this illness but we also saw the joyful mother who went to great lengths to adopt two beautiful children. She will be in our memories as an outstanding example of courage, hope, perseverance and love.”

Gary Lynn Peters, professor emeritus of geography, died Sept. 4, at the age of 71. Born in Marysville, Calif., in March 1941, Peters grew up in Yuba City. When he left, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he was a radio operator. He attended Yuba Junior College and then transferred to Chico State University, where he majored in geography and met his future wife, Carol. The couple’s adventures took them to the University of Iowa for one year and then on to Pennsylvania State University, where Peters earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in geography. He was offered a position at CSULB where he taught geography for 30 years. He also served as department chair and associate dean. He finished his academic career at Chico State University. During his academic tenure, Peters wrote 10 books and had many articles published in academic journals. During summer 2003, Peters and his wife moved to Paso Robles, Calif. Peters loved to play tennis and took up golf when he got a set of clubs for a retirement gift. He also enjoyed the traditions men’s reading group. He is survived by his wife, Carol; son Jason (Karla) of Whittier; and daughter Erica (Brent) of Paso Robles.

Donald F. Reed, associate professor emeritus of physical education and head football and golf coach, died April 9. He was 91. As an inductee in the inaugural 49er Athletic Hall of Fame class of 1986 and a WWII veteran, Reed began his career at CSULB in 1957, coaching the 49ers football team from 1958-68 and compiling a 57-47-2 career record. Reed’s 1964 and 1965 teams combined for a 17-3 record and were ranked among the nation’s best in offense and defense. He was the head coach of the men’s golf program for six seasons and was extremely proud of mentoring 49er great and PGA standout Mark O’Meara. In 1980, he retired from the university. Reed loved to go on family vacations, casino road trips to pull on some slot machines, good food and watching sport games from his recliner, especially Duke basketball. He also loved his family, friends and students, and often reminisced on his past experiences. He is survived by his children Jerry, Lisa and Bob; and grandchildren Amy, Charles, Zack, Kyle, Patty and Ashley.

Robert L. Romano, staff emeritus, died on June 23 in Georgetown, Ky. He was 86. Born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Aug. 3, 1925, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1943-45. In 1968, he moved his family to Long Beach and began his career at CSULB, where he worked for 22 years as a building engineer in the Housing Department. In 1994, Romano and his wife relocated to Prescott, Ariz. He is survived by his wife, Gwen (Cato), daughter Karen Pinterpe (Sam), sons Mark (Kathleen) and Scott (Tina), his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.