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In Memoriam

Steve Kemp, who began teaching in the Science Education department at CSULB in 1999, died on March 28. He taught science and science methods classes for prospective elementary teachers in the early evenings after teaching a classroom filled with elementary students of his own during the day.

“Steve had a love of reading and learning new things, an amazingly positive outlook on life and a smile that would light up a room,” said Laura Henriques, associate professor and chair of Science Education Department. “Part of his legacy is the love of learning he passed on to his elementary students and a joy for teaching science that he engendered in his CSULB students.”

Dolores Racobs, who retired from the university in 1996 after almost three decades of service, died on Feb. 4. Initially she split her time between two departments – athletics and housing, spending the last six years in housing as the department secretary.

“I worked with her for the last 20 years of her tenure,” said Stan Olin, the current director of Housing and Residential Life. “She was, quite simply, a wonderful person totally devoted to her family. At work she was a charming, caring person with something nice to say to everyone. She was meticulous with her record keeping. If she had a fault it was that she worried extensively over even the smallest detail. Then again that was her trademark – if Dolores did it, it was going to be correct. A truly sweet lady, we all missed her when she left.”