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In Memoriam

Portrait of Dan Bailey

Long-time CSULB athletics trainer Dan Bailey, who retired in August following a 36-year career at Long Beach State, passed away on Nov. 16. He was 60 years old.

Bailey spent 36 years as a 49er trainer beginning in August 1971 serving as an assistant trainer under Tom Oxley. He was hired in physical education to work as an athletic trainer half time and in the Student Health Center as a physical therapist, half time. In 1974, he became the head trainer and went on to work with countless teams and athletes.

Bailey is survived by wife Kay; his son Ryan, a professional water polo player in Europe; Joe, a former shot putter at UCLA; and daughter Dana Vander Ploeg, who resides in Victorville.

On Nov. 20, approximately 1,000 people attended a memorial service for Bailey in the Walter Pyramid.

In lieu of flowers at the memorial service, the family requests donations be made to fund a scholarship in Bailey's name at Long Beach State. Please call 562/985-5402 for more information.

Harold K. Becker, 74, a retired professor of criminology at CSULB, died Nov. 21 at his home. He was 74 years old.

Born in Los Angeles, Becker was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard for eight years. He received his bachelor’s degree from USC in 1959 and a doctorate from UC Berkeley in 1971. He worked as a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department from 1959-63 and was a was a professor of criminal justice from 1963-2000 at CSULB and continued to teach classes there until retiring in 2005. 

In addition, he was an adjunct professor at the Center for Politics and Policy at the Claremont Graduate School from 1989-96.

Portrait of Dave Bradley

David W. Bradley, a statistician and Web programmer for the Library and Academic Technology Services, passed away on Nov. 22 at the age 58.

Bradley joined the staff of CSULB in 1973 as a statistical consultant to faculty and graduate students. His skills broadened to faculty support coordinator, systems programmer, systems analyst, UNIX systems administrator, and eventually Web/Internet programmer in the Academic Computing Services department until his retirement this September.

He graduated magna cum laude in mathematics from UCLA in 1970 and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa. He continued his education at UCLA where he earned an M.S. in biostatistics in the School of Public Health in 1973.

Bradley took a partial leave-of-absence from CSULB in order to pursue his doctorate and graduated from the University of Southern California with a Ph.D. in 1989. His professional service to biostatistics and mathematics involved serving as a reviewer for numerous journals as well as acting as associate editor for the journal Computational Statistics and Data Analysis between 1990-99.

He was an active participant in 11 scientific societies and presented papers at dozens of local, national and international scientific meetings. In addition, he authored or co-authored 18 scientific papers in areas as diverse as demography, psychology, ornithology, genetic analysis, growth-curve analysis, and animal behavior.

In his 33 years at CSULB, Bradley advised faculty from almost every department at the university and mentored hundreds of M.S. students, providing experimental design and statistical consultation.

He often wrote completely new applications to solve particularly vexing analytical problems. His expert facility with almost every software application and programming language made him one of the most sought-after advisors. Dave was the primary architect in the growth of Internet services at CSULB where, thanks to his efforts, the campus now uses an online learning management system to supplement classroom education.

In 2003, he received national recognition from MIT and Accenture as a collaborator for the Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive Web site. The Digital Government Award in the Higher Education Innovator category was in recognition of Bradley’s innovative Web interface which can be visited at He was also a committed environmentalist and skilled naturalist, enjoying wild nature, traveling extensively to view birds and wildlife, and was a lifelong supporter of habitat and species conservation worldwide.

Bradley is survived by his brother, Richard; loving companion, Jayne Howell; stepmother, Virginia (Ford) Bradley: stepbrothers, Larry and Loren Ford; and stepsister Marla Ford.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the David Bradley Conservation Fund at El Dorado Audubon Society, P.O. Box 90713, Long Beach, Calif. 90809-0713 or in his name to the Nature Conservancy in California, 201 Mission St., San Francisco, Calif. 94105. If you choose to donate to El Dorado Audubon Society, you must make the check out to "El Dorado Audubon Society" and put David Bradley Conservation Fund in the subject/notes line of the check.

Rick Bradley and Howell invite you to a wake for Dave in lieu of a formal memorial service. The wake will be held at the home of Clare and Nancy Rayner on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 2:30-6 pm. RSVP to Rayner by Tuesday, Dec. 4..