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In Memoriam

Richard Wilcox, who had been a librarian at CSULB since 1967, died March 19 at the age of 69. Wilcox was the library’s most senior librarian, having been appointed in July 1967 after receiving his library degree in Kansas. For several years he worked in technical services and in the 1980s became a reference librarian, specializing in physical education and military science. Most recently, he had been conducting a building-wide inventory of the collection and his work helped improve the labeling and physical condition of many items in the collection.

There will be a memorial service for Richard on Saturday, April 19, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Belmont Heights United Methodist Church at 317 Termino Avenue in Long Beach. If you would like to make a contribution to the library in Richard’s name (CSULB Foundation/Richard Wilcox Fund), contact Arlene Ugalde in the library office at 562/985-4047.

Robert Henry Breunig Jr., who served as the Director of Public Affairs for CSULB from 1974-83, died Dec. 30 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born May 12, 1926, in Philadelphia, Penn. and he lived in Pleasantville, New Jersey. Volunteering for military duty at age 18, Breunig was in the First Army, Second Infantry Division, in Europe and served in the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes, Belgium. He returned in 1945 and married Ruth Carolyn Cole of Jersey City, N.J. on Aug. 30, 1947. Breunig graduated from Indiana University in 1950 with a B.A. in Journalism and went on to get his Ph.D. in Education from The Union Institute. He went on to work for the Atlantic City Press, U.S. State Department, and University of Maryland prior to his stint at CSULB.

Breunig was passionate about reading, and served as a volunteer and board member for the Friends of the Library in Seal Beach. He was an active volunteer counselor and presenter for the Long Beach SCORE chapters for more than a decade. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth, daughter Lynn, and sons Mark and Christopher. His son, Eric, died in 1960. A proud grandfather to Katherine, Andrew, Adam and Ellis, he particularly loved spending time with them in the tranquility of his courtyard.

A memorial service will be held at St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, 6201 East Willow Street, in Long Beach on April 5 at 11 a.m. with a reception to follow in Francis Hall at the church.

Image of nameDouglas “Doug” Tally ─ an alumnus, emeritus, longtime volunteer and supporter who touched many lives in the CSULB community with his story telling, generosity and wry sense of humor ─ passed away suddenly at his Seal Beach home at age 88. 

“He loved the university,” said his widow Marge Tally, whom he met at CSULB. At CSULB, one of his main responsibilities was coordinating the class schedules as the administrative assistant to the dean of instruction.

Although he retired in 1980 after working for 22 years, he stayed active and involved with the university. The 1958 graduate in business administration was the chair of the Association of Emeriti, and was most recently treasurer of the Emeriti Retired Faculty Association. 

He and Marge were longtime volunteers with the CSULB Alumni Association, assisting with its various programs. They also attended and supported many campus events at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, College of Education, University Theater, athletics, as well as the Alumni Association.

In 2003, he was the Grand Marshal at the College of Education commencement ceremony in recognition of his emeritus status and support. In 2006, the couple was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Alumni Association for their overall volunteerism and support to the University.

Marge recalls with fondness their 22 years together. After Doug’s first wife passed away after a long battle with cancer and her husband passed away, they began dating. He proposed to her on Valentine’s Day and they married in 1985, the day after she retired from CSULB as part of the clerical pool. They moved into his home in Alamitos Heights that he built some 27 years earlier.  

Together, they volunteered, helping with several friends who were disabled, and traveled the country and around the world. Two weeks prior to his passing on St. Patrick’s Day, they had returned from Costa Rica, which was the best trip of their lives, Marge said.

Beside Marge, he is survived by daughters — CSULB graduate Anne Crowley, and Lynne Huck; son-in-law Dave Crowley; step daughter-in-law Alison Eilerman; and 16 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to the CSULB Alumni Association.