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In Memoriam: October 2014

Published: October 1, 2014

Arnold T. Schwab, 92, passed away on July 1, at his home in Westminster. Born Jan. 5, 1922, in Los Angeles, he was the only child of Samuel B. and Sarah Schwab.

A poet, biographer, educator and philanthropist, Schwab authored several books including the recently published One-Night Stand and Other Poems. He graduated from Fremont High School in 1939 and received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in 1943. After serving as a U.S. Naval Officer in the Pacific for three years, he returned to get his master’s degree and his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1951.

Schwab was a professor at CSULB until his retirement in 1980. He enjoyed playing tennis and was captain of the UCLA varsity team in 1943. He was both an avid bridge player and Los Angeles Dodger fan.

Psychology Professor Robert Thayer passed away on Aug. 25 at the age of 79. Thayer, who was on full medical leave during the spring semester, marked the completion of his 51st year as a faculty member at CSULB last year.

A graduate of the University of Rochester, Thayer was a renowned expert in mood and recognized as an author of a Citation Classic, the designation provided to the most cited articles in scientific literature. He authored three books on mood, including Calm Energy: How People Regulate Mood with Food and Exercise, which Psychology Today said “provides a practical set of guides for functioning up near our best, and feeling like it.” His research was often cited by both news agencies and the popular press, including such outlets as Weight Watchers, Newsday, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, Vogue and New Scientist.

“He always had a good sense of humor,” said Martin Fiebert, also a long-time psychology professor at CSULB and a close friend of Thayer’s for more than five decades. “He had a wonderful career. He was an international renowned scholar and his work on mood is seminal. He was widely respected and widely cited.”

Fiebert also made note that Thayer’s Citation Classic was from his 1996 book, The Origins of Everyday Moods, and was listed as one of the 50 most significant and important publications in the history of psychology.

Thayer, who instructed students in his upper division course, “Self Observation and Self-Development,” taught his last class in December. “He told me the students got up and applauded, which was very touching,” said Fiebert. “At some level, they might have known.”

Thayer, a resident of Seal Beach is survived by his two daughters, Leah and Kara.

A campus memorial service will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, at 10:30 a.m. in the University Student Union, Room 202 (Newport Room).

Dewayne Wolfe, born July 26, 1952, in Springdale, Ark., to Robert L. and Shirley Jo Wolfe, died on Aug. 21, at the age of 62.

From 1971-75, Wolfe was involved with family plumbing businesses, the last being Wolfe & Sons Plumbing in Rogers, Ark. In 1975, he moved to Fullerton where he worked in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning fields until 1984 when he became Director of Facilities Management at CSULB. He retired in 2003 after 19 years of service.

In September 2003, Wolfe married Celestine Tine Elliott in Clearfield, Utah and they made their home in Bristow, Okla. for more than eight years before moving to Farr West, Utah.

Wolfe enjoyed fishing, traveling, playing games with his family, watching NASCAR and doing mission work for his church. He was a large part of the rebuilding of Clearfield Community Church after it partially burned down in March 2013.

Wolfe was preceded in death by his father Robert L. (2012) and mother Shirley Jo (2013). He is survived by his wife Celestine Wolfe, Farr West, Utah; two sons Ayton (Amy) Wolfe Hart, Collinsville, IL, Noel (Michelle) Hart, Sanford, Fla.; one daughter Sandy (Adam) Stack, Medford, Ore.; five grandchildren—Jacob, Ryan, Zachery, Cole and Elizabeth; one sister Ladonna Muir, Claremore, Okla.; sister-in-law Christine (Robert) Rebmann, Farr West, Utah; as well as loving cousins, nephews and a niece.

Wolfe requested no memorial service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to the American Cancer Society or his home church, Clearfield Community Church 525 East 200 South, Clearfield, Utah 84015.