Ruth Hicks Afflack, 75, died July 31. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., in 1932, she was a professor in the mathematics department at CSULB from 1966-92, designing and implementing educational programs to increase the participation of females in mathematics. Afflack was among the network of faculty, students, staff, and community members who shared values of peace, social justice and environmental sanity and helped originate The Peter Carr Peace Center.
On Jan. 30, Greet Kershaw, 85, passed away after a brief hospitalization. Born in Amsterdam and raised in the Netherlands, Greet spent her early adult years as a social worker, many of those in East Africa during the 1950s and 1960s, later becoming one of only a handful of ethnologists with detailed, painstakingly collected data about the lives of the Kikuyu people who were at the center of the Mau Mau movement. She earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago and was professor of anthropology at CSULB from 1966 until retiring in the late 1980s.
Andrew Stern passed away unexpectedly while visiting his family in New York recently. Stern, a professor emeritus in the Department of Economics, joined the faculty at CSULB in 1967. He was a monetary economist and taught courses in macroeconomic theory, monetary economics, forecasting, international trade and history of economic thought as well as the usual services courses in the curriculum. Stern retired from the faculty in 2004, but continued to teach in the department as a part-time lecturer. He received his undergraduate and M.A. degrees from New York University and his doctorate from Columbia University.