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In Touch Marriages, Births, In Memoriam


Brenda Willis (2007, B.A., liberal studies); her husband, Bryan; and their daughter, Chelsey, welcomed Courtney Richelle Willis into their family on Aug. 2 in Mission Viejo, Calif. “We are all happily adjusting to life as a family of four,” she said.

In Memoriam

Larry Allison, who attended Cal State Long Beach in the 1950s, died Oct. 30 at age 77. He was the former editor of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, where he began as a reporter in 1957.

Albie D. Burke, professor of history, died in Long Beach on Dec. 24 at age 79. In 1967, he joined the campus, where he founded its Honors Program, taught U.S. legal and constitutional history and edited the History Teacher academic journal.

Marylou (Hovlid) Crouch (1953, B.A., elementary education) died Oct. 1 in Everett, Wash., at age 78. She became involved with a painting group after moving to Washington in 1987.

Don DePree, physical education instructor from 1968 to 1992, died Jan. 22 at age 69. He taught martial arts classes and was former head of the campus Shotokan Karate Club. He later served as executive vice president of Shotokan Karate of America.

William A. Eaton (1993, M.S., criminal justice) died at age 44 on Jan. 13. He was a Los Angeles Police Department captain and commander of the Van Nuys Division.

Gregory Paul Franck-Weiby (1973, B.A., philosophy) died at age 61 on Nov. 11 in Silverton, Ore. He was an artist and numismatics expert who made historical replica coins for the Society for Creative Anachronism and the HBO television series, “Game of Thrones.”

Jesus F. Guzman (2010, B.S., computer engineering) died at age 24 on Dec. 21 in Los Angeles.

Arthur J. Johnson Jr. (1962, B.S.; 1969, M.S., civil engineering) died Dec. 4 in Long Beach at age. 71. A former manager with the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, he also was a past president of the 49er Athletic Association and a member of the 49er Athletic Hall of Fame Committee.

Pamela L. Lauer (1981, B.A., English literature) died at age 54 on March 23 in Newport Beach, Calif. She had worked for the Irvine Co.

George Eric Massey, professor emeritus, philosophy, died Nov. 15 at 92 in Ashland, Ore. He began at the university in 1959 and became emeritus in 1983. He was Philosophy Department chair for six years and founded the campus Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Honors Program and Student Advisory Program.

Flint H. Morrison (1962, B.A., elementary education; 1967, M.A., educational administration) died Oct. 30 in Prescott, Ariz., at age 80. He was a long-time administrator in two Orange County school districts and later served as president of Orange County Personnel Commissioners Association and the State Personnel Commission. He is survived by his wife, Adrianne (Erickson) Morrison, (1959, B.A., elementary education).

Beverly (Opsahl) Nyden (1958, B.A., elementary education) died Dec. 12 at age 75 in Bend, Ore. She was a Cal State Long Beach homecoming queen and taught school in Long Beach before moving to Oregon.

James Richard Williams, who served as dean of engineering at CSULB from 1983 to 1999, died Aug. 18 at age 70 in Orange County. During his tenure, he oversaw significant growth of the college, both academically and in facilities. Two of his daughters, Rebecca and Stephanie, are CSULB engineering alumnae.