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In Memoriam: April 2013

Published: April 2, 2013

Jose “Joe” Lopez, professor emeritus of Chicano Latino studies, died Nov. 18. He was 72. Born on June 14, 1940, Lopez was raised in East Los Angeles. Growing up in an area plagued with gang violence, he was able to gain insight and knowledge on gangs and their activities. He received his Ph.D. in political philosophy from Claremont Graduate School. In 1969, he taught as an assistant professor at Cal State Fullerton. Lopez began his career at CSULB as an assistant professor in 1970 and was later promoted to associate professor. According to department Chair Jose F. Moreno, “He was a beloved teacher, and students still talk about him when they visit. He was always connecting students to the community.” He was also known for his strong opinions, Moreno added. Lopez retired in 2001 from CSULB followed by five years in the Faculty Early Retirement Program. Known as a political scientist, criminologist, and a recognized expert in the field of juvenile gangs and Chicano communities, he also served as an expert witness for trials in Los Angeles, Kern, San Bernardino and Orange counties. In Orange County, he was very active working with youth in anti-gang prevention programs, especially in getting people to understand why youth joined gangs.

Joseph F. Seewerker, professor emeritus of computer engineering and computer science, died July 28. He was 81. Born in Los Angeles, he lived most of his life in Long Beach-Belmont Shores. He began his career at CSULB in 1967 and during his tenure helped write the first curriculum for undergraduates on computer science. He found joy in travel, vacationing whenever he could while he taught and even more after his retirement from the university in 1992. In recent years, he had taken up lawn bowling and was active in several gay social groups.

Herb Tyrnauer, professor emeritus of industrial design, died Oct. 2. Born in Pittsburgh, Penn., he served in the U.S. Navy. In 1955, he graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) with a B.F.A. degree in industrial design. From 1955-57, he worked in New York City at Bertell Display Exhibition, Raymond Spilman Associates and Warner-Swazey Research Corp. He graduated in 1958 from Cranbrook Academy of Art with a master’s degree in design and became assistant professor of interior design at Texas Women’s University until 1961. He then joined CSULB as discipline director of the Industrial Design Program, a position he held until 1993. In 1962, he formed Tyrnauer Holzman Design Associates and conducted private practice concurrently. From 1977-78, he was industrial design chairman of the Center for Technical Education, Holon, Israel. In 1985-86 and again in 1989-90, as the Industrial Design Program achieved Department of Design status, he acted as its interim chair and, from 1993-95, was department chair. An outstanding educator, he was highly respected as a mentor by many of his talented students and by many in the design community. Tyrnauer joined the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) in 1965, holding a number of offices, including serving as a member of the board of directors. In 1974, he became an IDSA fellow. He was a participant in three U.S. Information Agency tours to the Soviet Union in 1968, 1977 and 1990. In 1993, he won IDSA’s Education Award, one of only seven educators nationwide to receive the honor. He and his wife, Francesca, lived near CSULB in the Surfside colony in an oceanfront house they designed and built themselves and which served as the site of many student potluck dinners featuring professional guest speakers. Tyrnauer retired from CSULB in 1999.