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In Memoriam: December 2013

Published: December 18, 2013

Gene Kalbus, professor emeritus of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, died in December 2012. He was 81. Kalbus joined the department in 1957 as a freshly minted 26-year-old Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. For almost half a century, all department graduates took an analytical chemistry course that he either taught or designed. Several of the experiments he developed, often in collaboration with Professor Van T. Lieu, were published in the Journal of Chemical Education and adopted into the chemistry curriculum across the U.S. Outside the classroom, Kalbus ran for many years an energy institute that was sponsored by Southern California Edison for high school teachers. The institute took the participants to sites of energy generation and disposal (nuclear) across California and Nevada. He retired from CSULB in 1999.

Thomas Tombetas, professor emeritus of political science, died in Greece on Nov. 3. He was 88. A long-time member of the Political Science Department faculty, he joined CSULB in 1961 and retired in 1989. Tombetas specialized in comparative government, teaching courses in western European governments and Roman jurisprudence, as well as the graduate seminar in comparative government, in addition to the freshmen-level American Political Institution course. A native of Greece, he actively worked on the politics of his native country and, later in his career, European Union political and economic problems.