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In Memoriam: September 2015

Published: September 1, 2015

Suzanne “Suzi” Charlton died on July 25 at the age of 72. Born on Nov. 3, 1942, to George and Ruth Huffman, her dad was a superior court judge in Fresno and her mother a college professor. As a child she was “Sunkist Suzi” with her smile gracing the pages of Harper’s Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post, as she advertised their oranges.

She enjoyed spending summers at the Buchenau cattle ranch and working at her grandparent’s Nurmi bakery in Fresno, and the rest of the year attending school in Long Beach, where she pursued her passion for learning and surfing.

She began college at the University of Southern California where she met her late husband Phil and they soon had their first two sons Brad and Cooper. The family traveled extensively before settling in Spain, where she studied at the University of Madrid. The family returned stateside for the birth of their third son John, Charlton received her bachelor’s degree from University of California, Irvine (UCI), and they bought their first home in Laguna Niguel.

The family then moved to Mission Viejo where Phil was employed as planning director for the Mission Viejo Company. With his position and her background as a Spanish teacher, she was personally responsible for naming many of the streets in the city. In 1974, the family bought 110 acres in the foothills of the Saddleback Mountains and founded Rancho Sonado. She raised her boys there, splitting time between work and school in the city, and life in the country. She received her master’s degree from UCI and later her doctorate from Claremont College.

Charlton dedicated her life to education, first teaching Spanish and International Studies at Mission Viejo High School (1972-86) where she was responsible for starting their Model United Nations Program, and while there, received the distinction of being named California’s Teacher of the Year in 1983, an award which took her to Washington D.C. where she met Ronald Reagan at the White House.

She then spent the next eight years at CSULB in the Center For International Education where she was director of Global Education Perspectives Studies Association in the 1980s, and was a foreign language methods and field experience instructor. For more than 20 years, she was part of the UCI Foreign Language Project COACH (formerly CSULB COACH project). She ended her career at UCI as a lecturer in the Department of Education from 1993 until her retirement in 2008 when she was also given the Hal Wingard Life Time Achievement Award by the California Language Teachers Association.

Charlton took high school students on numerous trips to Spain, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, and also ran multiple summer foreign language institutes in Chile and Costa Rica. Speaking Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and some German allowed her to travel the world with ease and confidence.

After retiring from UCI, she stayed active and took up painting, displaying her work at Laguna’s Sawdust Festival in 2012. She also enjoyed singing with her son Brad in the Laguna Beach Chorale, and also was a substitute teacher for a water aerobics class for arthritis sufferers in Foothill Ranch. In 2014, she was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia but even that did not stop her as she journeyed to Africa just weeks after completing her chemotherapy. That same summer she traveled down the Colorado River with three generations of Charltons on a four-day, white water river-rafting trip.

Charlton was diagnosed with ALS in April and passed peacefully in her sleep in July. She is survived by Brad of Laguna Beach; her son Cooper and his wife Erica of Rancho Santa Margarita; her son John and his wife Alisha, and their son Quinn of Mission Viejo; her sisters Betsy and Gini, and brother Bill of Fresno; her brother and sister-in-law Ed and Diana Van Deusen of Dana Point; and a huge extended family of incredible friends.

Catherine (Cathy) Goodman, who spent 26 years as a professor in the School of Social Work before retiring in 2011, passed away on July 13.

Goodman earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles. Her incredible research career began in 1984 when she became a research associate at the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California. Soon thereafter, she became project director and principal investigator for a federal demonstration and research grant on caregivers of family members with Alzheimer’s and the director of an Administration on Aging project on enhancing day care for people with Alzheimer’s.

Goodman joined the Department of Social Work in 1985 where she taught human behavior, practice and research courses and served as a thesis advisor. The walls of her school and home offices were covered with collages of her thesis students’ photos. Notably, she was the recipient of the most prestigious research award offered by the National Institutes of Health, the RO1 grant, for her three-year study of grandparents as parents. During this period, she was also the winner of a California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) grant on kinship care. Finally, she was co-principal investigator of the CalSWEC II Initiative, funded by the Archstone Foundation, to enhance the geriatric social work labor force in California. During her career, Goodman published 36 peer-reviewed articles, presented at 49 statewide or national professional conferences and developed 10 media/educational materials. She was on the Board of Directors of the Grandparents as Parents (GAP) support group program and primary planner of this organization’s annual conference. These activities represent a fraction of her research and service contributions to geriatric social work.

Goodman loved to travel, her trips taking her to Belize, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Myramar and Tibet, among many other locations. Given her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts, it is not surprising that she created many paintings, bronze cast sculptures and illustrated a children’s book. She is survived by her son Sasha and sister Meg.

Jerome E. Lance, a well-regarded former chief of the Long Beach Police Department, died July 25 after battling cancer. He was 72.

Lance worked for the department for 38 years, serving as its chief from 1999-2002. He began his career with the department in 1964 and worked various assignments before his promotion to chief.

Lance dealt with several difficult issues during his tenure and led the department through the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and into a new era of technology. He was responsible for several projects including the refurbishment of the public safety building, construction of a new communications center, relocation of the crime lab and property section and upgrading the police academy. Lance also helped put the department’s first boat patrol unit into place.

After retiring from the Long Beach department in 2002, he served as interim chief of police for the Oceanside Police Department from March through December 2005.

Lance received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from CSULB and was head of the CSULB Center for Criminal Justice in 2003 and continued to teach and consult in the law enforcement community until 2014.

Lance is survived by his wife, Margaret “Bunny” Lance; sister Patricia “Pat” Chapman (Oberg); daughter Pamela Jane Crandall (Lance), her husband, Brett, and children Mackenzie and Brayden; his son Long Beach Police Sgt. Darren Jerome Lance, his wife, Nancy, their daughter Sierra; and many nieces and nephews.

Rebecca Lopez, known to her loving family as Nina Becky, died at age 66 on June 23 at her home in Mountain View. Lopez was born in San Francisco to Ernest (pre-deceased) and Rose Lopez. She is also survived by her three sisters—Rosemary Alvarez, Linda Lopez, Michelle Rangel (David)—and her brother, James; and was aunt to Anthony Chavez (Susie), Joseph Alvarez, Nicholas Chavez, Michael Alvarez, Andrew Alvarez and Alejandro Chavez. In addition, she was a great-aunt to Jazelle Pulido, Anthony Chavez, Andrew Chavez and Mateo Chavez.

Lopez was a graduate of Sequoia High School, the University of California at Santa Cruz and Brandeis University where she earned her Doctorate in Social Work Policy. At the University of California at Santa Cruz, she was involved with various community-based projects and participated in developing a literature project working with the incarcerated at Soledad State Prison. Upon returning to the Redwood City community, she devoted herself to the advancement of the Latino population. She worked for Probe Community Center providing employment opportunities and career development.

Lopez founded El Concilio of San Mateo County which was a coalition of individuals and organizations, both non-profit and corporate, committed to improving the quality of life for Latinos and affecting policy change for Latino communities in San Mateo County. From 1982-92, Lopez was a U.S. congressional aide to Rep. Tom Lantos (D) in California’s 12th District, working to bring resolution to immigration issues. In 1992, she accepted a position at CSULB and as a professor in the School of Social Work continued to work in promoting affirmative action and equal opportunity on campus and in the community. She was a member of the Human Relations Commission in Orange County and coordinated Latino faculty support networks.

At CSULB, Lopez was promoted to the position of Director of the School of Social Work and was a strong advocate for the recruitment of more Latino faculty and student opportunities to pursue higher education. She was a model and a mentor to the Latino students at CSULB and, after 22 years in Long Beach, retired in 2012 and moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area.

Lopez loved to cook, plan events, was a talented seamstress, loved to sing Karaoke, a genealogy enthusiast and a collector of Mexican art. She was a champion for the Latino community throughout her life, and, above all, she loved her family first and foremost.