Lynn D. Allison, 59, died April 4 in Long Beach. She was an administrative services manager for the CSULB Ocean Studies/Southern California Marine Institute on Terminal Island, and worked for the university from 1987-2006. Allison also received her B.A. in history in 1987 and her MPA in 1992.
Donna Boutelle, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at CSULB, died on Jan. 17, of cancer. Boutelle came to CSULB in 1967. She retired in 1996 and immediately returned to teach part-time until 2004. In addition to her teaching duties, Boutelle served the university as an associate vice president for Academic Programs and Services from 1975-77.
Her field was Medieval (Carolingian) History and in the late 1980s she began research on civilian prisoners held by the Japanese in Indonesia during World War II. In the process she amassed what is probably the largest collection of documents on the camps, which she donated to the Pacific War Studies Group in Carlsbad. Boutelle believed that it was one of her responsibilities as a professor to identify and encourage what she termed the next generation of historians. Several of the people thus identified did join the profession, some teaching here at CSULB. Boutelle had a dedicated group of students, some of whom not only studied with her but also worked for her as discussion facilitators for her classes. She will sorely missed and will long be remembered by those whose lives she touched.
Elizabeth Piper "Libby" Deschenes, passed away on April 20 following a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 54. Libby attended Colby College and earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, before moving to California. She retired in the summer of 2007, following a 14-year career as professor and graduate advisor in the Department of Criminal Justice.
Deschenes brought increased recognition to her department through her teaching and mentoring skills, her detailed program analyses and evaluations of correctional programs, and her many publications and proposals. Her recent accomplishments included increasing and expanding the department's graduate program, overseeing the Orange County Drug Court Program, and procuring a grant of more than $1 million for the evaluation of repeat offenders. Prior to CSULB she worked as a research consultant at UCLA and the Rand Corporation. In addition to her many accomplishments in academics she was a life-long swimmer, a successful sprint tri-athlete, trail runner and an active member of the Hash House Harrier running club.
“I worked very closely with Libby for many, many years and she was a friend and colleague,” said Ron Vogel, Dean for the College of Health and Human Services. “There is a lot that can and should be said but my words are in a knot of memories. Suffice it to say that she was an outstanding scholar, athlete, and friend. She will be sorely missed by all her friends and colleagues.”
Deschenes is survived by her husband, Raymond of Orange, her mother Peggy Piper of Hanover, N.H.; sister and husband, Stephanie and Larry Ralph of Manchester, Maine; her brother and wife, Charlie and Diane Piper of Foxboro, Mass.; godchildren, Erik Christensen of Ipswich, Mass. and Alexis May of Encinitas; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held on April 27 at the Japanese Garden. Please check Libby's Journal site www.caringbridge.org/visit/libbyd for additional information on the memorial service and scholarship contributions in her honor.
Edward Lovell, who was the university’s master landscape architect and chosen to design the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at CSULB, died at home on April 5 at the age of 89.
"I think he was very respectful of the Japanese tradition of Japanese gardens," said Jeanette Schelin, director of the garden."He was a marvelous man, very gracious and generous with his time. We were always consulting him about the Japanese gardens."
The 1.3-acre garden, which was dedicated in April 1981, was built with contributions made by Lorraine Miller Collins in memory of her late husband, after whom the garden is named. After three years of planning, Collins chose Lovell to design the garden.
Throughout the years, Lovell worked closely with Ed Killingsworth, who was the campus’ master plan and principal design architect. Together, they filled nearly 150 acres of landscaping with more than 80 species or ornimental plants, 75 acres of bonsai double-dwarf fesue turn grass and at least 15,000 trees of more than 40 varieties. Also, they are in large part responsible for the 3,000 flowering peach trees that enhance the campus grounds.
"He was an extremely thoughtful person and extremely knowledgeable about plants," said Schelin of Lovell’s touch in the garden. "In 27 years, they have grown and matured and I think that's a reflection of his skill."
The garden is only one of the many landscapes in Long Beach that was designed by Lovell. Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Community Hospital of Long Beach, Pacific Hospital and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center Long Beach all display his handiwork. Lovell, who worked with architects like the firm of Killingsworth, Brady and Smith and Hugh Gibbs, was a longtime member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from Long Beach Heritage in 2003 and was also very active in Long Beach Beautiful and the redevelopment of the downtown area.
Lovell is survived by his wife of 66 years, Betty; his sons Edward III, Richard and Lawrence Lovell; and his grandchildren Christopher, Carly-Lou, Christina Helga, Budd, Talei, Dustin and Chantal. There will be a celebration of his life on Wednesday, June 4, at the Japanese Garden, from 4-6 p.m. and a service at Forest Lawn Sunnyside, 1500 East San Antonio Drive in Long Beach, on June Friday, June 6, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that all donations be made in Lovell's name to the Japanese Garden.