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In Memoriam: June 2015

Published: June 1, 2015

The following is a list of the recent death notifications.

Irmgard Bartenbach, April 2, faculty emeriti, Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literature

Michael Dillard passed away on May 4. Dillard began his time with CSULB in February 2000 in Physical Planning and Facilities Management (PPFM)and worked as a project planner in Design and Construction Services his entire tenure. He worked on many projects and interacted with many of the staff within PPFM and throughout the campus community. His impact and dedication can be seen in the multitude of the projects he’s worked on from large scale dormitory building renovations to simple office remodels.

Dillard was born on Dec. 18, 1952 in Winston-Salem, N.C., and his family moved to the Los Angeles area in 1956. He graduated from Locke High School in 1971 and was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as a truck driver. Upon leaving the military, Dillard pursued a career in architecture and his professional career took him to Hughes Helicopters, Jet Propulsion Laboratory and various architectural firms before landing at CSULB. He officially retired from CSULB last December.

Dillard, who lived in Buena Park, is survived by three brothers and one sister. His extended family includes an uncle, four aunts, 18 nieces, and eight nephews, plus a host of cousins, friends, and co-workers. Services for Dillard were held at Grace Episcopal Church in Moreno Valley and at Riverside National Cemetery.

Charles Johnson, deceased date unknown, retired staff, university theatre

Harvey L. Kendall passed away on Nov. 24 in San Antonio at the age of 81. After graduating from Indiana University, he served in the U.S. Army in Germany in the Secret Service. After his military duty he returned to Heidelberg to study German. With his doctorate in hand, he taught in the Department of German and Russian at CSULB, where he instructed the full spectrum of German language and literature courses. However, his favorite and most popular course was one which he established on the German composer Wagner. Kendall was also an avid Botany student and loved growing bromeliads, even having one plant named for him.

Alice C. Littlejohn, passed away on March 2 while on a travel adventure fulfilling a dream vacation to the South Pacific, including Easter Island. Littlejohn served for 22 years in the United States Air Force and for 21 years as a librarian at CSULB. She is survived by her son. Her husband, Jim, was a career Army man and preceded her in death. A resident of Yountville, Calif., Littlejohn was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C.

Rosalinda O’Brien, passed award on Feb. 27 after a long and brave struggle with ovarian cancer. Born on March 12, 1948 to Rosalie and Miles O’Brien in Bridgeport, Conn., O’Brien received her undergraduate degree from UCLA and her master’s degree from CSULB. She was employed in non-traditional jobs for women such as machinist and coal miner, from 1973-82. From 1985 to her retirement in 2013, she was employed at CSULB most recently as Director of Special Projects for the College of the Arts.

O’Brien loved the arts, travel, hiking, gourmet cooking, fine wine and her garden. She is survived by her son, Paul Hovland; her sisters, Tina, Rosanne, Kathleen and Julie; her brother-in-law, Jim and many loving friends.

Perrin Reid passed away unexpectedly on May 5 after a short illness. Reid, who served as CSULB’s Director of Equity and Diversity from 2004-11, worked tirelessly to protect the rights of faculty, staff and students; bring greater diversity to faulty hiring; and helped increase the influence of the campus in Sacramento and Washington D.C. Most recently, Reid was serving as the Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion at California State University, Fullerton.

Reid is survived by her husband, Peter, her mother, brother and sister. A memorial service for friends and family was held on May 16 from at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Covina. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Heart Association in Reid’s memory.

William J. Traynor, April 11, faculty emeriti, human resource management

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