Ronald Lee Applbaum, 62, of Pueblo, Colo., died peacefully of lymphoma on Nov. 16, with his wife of 38 years, Susan, at his side. Applbaum began his teaching career at CSULB. He was a communication scholar and lecturer, earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from CSULB and a Ph.D. in speech communication from Pennsylvania State University. He served on the faculty of speech communication at CSULB before moving into administrative roles.
Applbaum was a dean of Humanities, provost, and was a president at three universities, most recently at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Prior, he had been president at Westfield State College in Massachusetts and Kean University in New Jersey. His specialty was organizational communication and he wrote six textbooks and hundreds of scholarly articles. In addition, he served as president of Word Communication Association and was proud of his numerous publications in the communication discipline. Applbaum was buried Nov. 20 in a private ceremony in Costa Mesa. In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Lee, and a daughter, Jennifer, both of Pennsylvania.
John “Jack” Minar, died Nov. 23 at the age of 80.
Minar, who began teaching at CSULB in 1968, retired in 1989 as a professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies (RLS). During his tenure, he established the “Recreation in the Ocean Environment” course, a weeklong class on Santa Barbara Island. Also, he gave “Eat the Campus” tours of CSULB, sighting the edible flora and fauna on the campus.
Born on Sept. 21, 1926 in Long Beach, Minar received his B.A. degree in Recreation from Whittier College and completed his M.S. degree in Systems Management at the University of Southern California.
He began his career in recreation in 1949 as a playground director with the City of Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine before moving up to Director of Special Activities, then Recreation Center Director and, finally, District Supervisor.
From 1959-62, Jack served as a civilian recreation director for the U.S. Air Force in England, followed by a stint in Germany until 1966. He returned to the United States and worked as the recreation section chief for the 92nd Strategic Aerospace Wing and U.S. Air Force Survival School at Fairchild Air Force Base in the state of Washington until 1968.
Minar was an active member of the European Recreation Society, Toastmasters International, National Recreation and Parks Association, and California Parks and Recreation Society, and held offices in each of these organizations. He received a “Special Citation for Outstanding Contribution to the Armed Forces Recreation Program from 1963-1967” from the American Park and Recreation Society and an “Outstanding Contribution to the Recreation Profession” award in 1974 from the National Recreation and Parks Association.
He and his wife, Viva (“Vi”), who passed away in January 2006, were active volunteer leaders in community organizations and shared a passion for Japanese culture. They supported the activities of the Japanese congregation of their church and Jack was a founding member of the Friends of the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden and served on its volunteer council for many years.
Minar is survived by his son John, daughter Jill of Fresno and four grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held on Jan. 20 in the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at 2 p.m. In support of Minar’s legacy, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to either the RLS or to the Japanese Garden. For additional information, contact Sharon Cruz of RLS at 562/985-4071 or Jeanette Schelin of the Japanese Garden at 562/985-5930. In addition, you may contact the family by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.