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In Memoriam: July 2015

Published: July 1, 2015

Clyde Allan Crego, Jr. passed away on June 16.

He served as Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at CSULB from 1983-2005 and was an adjunct professor of counseling psychology at USC from 1987-2004. Prior to coming to CSULB Grego was the chief of counseling services at University of Missouri 1971-83 and held faculty positions at Washington State University and the University of North Carolina.

“Clyde was a wonderful man. I several times went to him for counsel and received valuable guidance,” said CSULB Provost David Dowell. “He also helped me deal with some critical personnel issues I faced as a dean. I loved his sense of humor. He was a brave person who contended with some significant life challenges. I will always remember him warmly.”

Crego was highly regarded in the field of counseling psychology and university mental health. He was elected as Fellow in the Society of Counseling Psychology and the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy for his outstanding contributions to the field. He was also a widely published author.

While at CSULB, Crego was responsible for CAPS becoming the first accredited internship training program for psychologists in a CSU counseling center, helped in the development of new campus-based consultation and outreach services, and minority student programs.

In addition, he was the director of CSULB’s Employee Assistance Program and served as the interim director of Student Health Services from 1996-97.

Crego loved his Missoula hometown, Crego clan and fly fishing the rivers of Western Montana. As teenager he loved to ski in Germany with boarding school buddies, was an enthusiastic fan of his alma maters–University of Montana and Michigan State University–and devoted to his counseling and teaching career to bettering the lives of others.

Crego, is survived by his wife of 36 years, Marilyn, a former dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Education; son Allan and daughter Terri Jo, as well as their extended families and a multitude of friends and colleagues.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations online to University of Montana Foundation or by mail to “In Memory of Clyde Allan Crego, Jr.” P.O. Box 7159, Missoula, MT. 59807-7159

Radheshyam L. Das, May 27, emeriti faculty, electrical engineering

Harvey L. Kendall, Nov. 24, emeriti faculty, Romance, German, Russian Languages and Literatures

Joy Thomas, 69, of Eureka, died peacefully at home on May 26, of metastatic breast cancer which she had had for more than six years. Her husband and several friends were with her at the end. Thomas had served as an assistant librarian at CSULB, retiring in 2003.

Thomas was born May 19, 1946 at Camp LeJeune, N.C., to Harold and Marie (Burton) Thomas. She was the oldest of four children. Her father’s career in the Marine Corps bounced the family around from coast-to-coast and by the time she graduated from Vista High School in 1964 she had attended six schools. She obtained a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 1969, a master’s degree in library science from the University of Southern California in 1972 and a masters in anthropology from CSULB in 1984.

She spent 35 years working at public and academic libraries in Southern California before retiring in 2003 and moving to Humboldt County. It was then that she found her passion in beekeeping. She studied, took classes, attended conferences, mentored several new beekeepers, was president of the Humboldt County Beekeepers Association 2007-09 and culminated this experience by co-teaching the beginning beekeeping class at HSU this past spring.

Thomas is survived by her husband of 25 years, Stephen Sottong, as well as her brothers Steven and Mark Thomas, of San Jose and Washougal, Wash., respectively, her mother Marie Thomas, of Vista; her nieces and nephews Cassandra Iams, Heather Farrell, Jane Thomas, William Thomas and Spencer Thomas. She was predeceased by her younger sister Patricia Iams and by her father.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Humboldt or to Miranda’s Rescue.