In Memoriam: May 2011Published: May 16, 2011
Francis (Frank) Patrick Brennan, an Information Technology Services staff emeritus, died March 13. Brennan graduated in 1967 with a B.S. degree in math from CSULB and began work at the university in 1969. As CSULB’s first systems administrator, he initially served both this campus and Cal State L.A. From CSULB’s first batch computer, a Control Data Corp. (CDC) 3150, to other mainframe machines such as the CDC Cyber 750, IBM 4341, IBM 4381, IBM 3090 and IBM 7060, as well as minis and PCs, he was well versed in the information technology field. In 2001, he retired as a computer and systems analyst. After retirement, Brennan continued his education in Irish history and the Celtic language. He also remained in constant contact with his working companions, visiting the university often.
Lorraine D’Abate, a Student Services staff emerita, died March 15. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1944 to Joseph Clinton and Genevieve Viggiano Clinton, she graduated from Malvern High School and studied botany in college. In 1973, she moved to California, where she spent most of her career working in sales. She worked at CSULB six years prior to retiring in 2009. Many Long Beach organizations benefited from her willingness to volunteer time and donate resources, including the Belmont Heights Neighborhood Association’s tree project, St. Mary Hospital Foundation and CSULB’s Peach Tree Replacement Fund. In February, she co-chaired a silent auction for the Long Beach Memorial Care Breast Center’s mentoring program. Her favorite charity was the Cuddler’s Program in the St. Mary Medical Center’s Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit. In 2008, President George W. Bush recognized her with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. She lived by the mantra, “You need three things in life: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” At the time of her passing, almost every item on her “bucket list” was completed, including walking the Great Wall of China and writing a book, Is it Hot in Here or Is It Me?, published in 2000.
Kee Kathleen DeBoer, librarian emerita, died Nov. 29. DeBoer was born July 22, 1928, in Arlington, S.D., to C. G. DeBoer and Judith (Dokken) DeBoer on their third wedding anniversary. She graduated from high school in Arlington and went on to get a B.A. degree from Augustana College in Sioux Falls. For a few years, she taught high school then moved on to banking jobs in New York City. Later she moved to Denver, Colo., and worked for the Child Research Council. She obtained a master’s degree in library science from Denver University. Her next move was to Colorado Springs, where she served on the library staff at Colorado College. While in Colorado, she earned a second master’s degree in history. DeBoer moved to Long Beach in 1977, when she was offered a job at CSULB’s University Library. She retired from that position in 1992. All during her working career and after retirement, DeBoer traveled extensively, and after retirement, she became even more active in organizations including the Christ Lutheran Church, American Association of University Women, Sierra Club, Friends of the Library (Los Alamitos-Rossmoor), We Care, Protestant Campus Ministry, Long Beach auxiliary of the L.A. Philharmonic and Ovation.
Raphael M. Hanson, professor emeritus of psychology from 1961-86, died Feb. 11. He was 82. Born in Stockton, Calif., in 1928, he settled in Long Beach in 1961 and was a founding member of CSULB’s Psychology Department after earning a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. His work emphasized statistical rigor in the social sciences. During his tenure, he chaired the department and remained active on campus for many years. Hanson was a much-loved teacher, mentor, brother, uncle and friend. His interests included economics, politics, classical music, Asian art, philanthropy and tennis. His donation to the CSULB University Library’s Special Collections, the Raphael Hanson and Judy Hanson Argyres Collection of Asian Art, was named in honor of his late sister, a CSULB student and member of the clerical staff for 10 years. The collection includes 19th century scroll paintings, Tibetan tankas from the 19th and 20th century, a rare 19th century Japanese woodblock album of print, a bronze 19th century Thai head and a stone Khmer-style Cambodian sculpture.
Carolyn Sandusky, a Department of Design staff emerita, died Feb. 18. Born on Dec. 7, 1941 in Hilo, Hawaii, to Roy and Marie Hopper, Sandusky had the distinction of being the last peacetime baby born in the Pacific before the attack on Pearl Harbor. In 1959, she graduated from Grand Junction High School and went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. In 1995, she earned her master’s degree in counseling from CSULB. For 18 years, she was married to Robert Sandusky, Jr. She worked as an administrative coordinator in the CSULB Department of Design and served on the Staff Council, Campus Climate Committee, and was a longtime chair of the Staff Development Committee. After her retirement in 2005, she took classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Sandusky had a deep love of animals and for the fine arts. Her extensive volunteer and humanitarian work included the Girl Scouts, PTA, American Association of University Women, CSULB’s Fine Arts Affiliates, Best Friends (a pet rescue organization), PEO (a philanthropic organization) and the church choir. A member of the Los Altos United Methodist Church for more than 30 years, she initiated the program Get on the Bus, which strives to reunite children with imprisoned parents.