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In Touch Marriages, Births, In Memoriam

Marriages

Charissa Jefferson (2004, B.A., women’s studies) and Nathan Connors were married in Las Vegas on Dec. 23, 2012. She is a research librarian at the Milken Institute.

Rebekah McClain (2009, MSW) and Evan Woolery were married at the Albertson Wedding Chapel in Los Angeles June 14. She is a licensed clinical social worker.

Births

Garret W. Baker (2005, B.S., business administration–business operations management) and Andrea L. (Russell) Baker (2005, B.A., communication studies) were married on April 7, 2012 in Santa Ana after an eight-year relationship. On April 2, 2013, they welcomed their first child, Kaitlyn Ava Baker.

Anastasia (Hronas) Brown (2001, B.A., biology–physiology; 2003, MPT) and her husband, Rhad Brown (2003, MPT), announced the birth of their third child, Lucas William Brown, on April 30 in San Diego.

Katherine Greenberg (1999, B.A., interpersonal communication) and Edward M. Hernandez (1999, B.S., business administration–finance), with big sister Rachel Hernandez (Class of 2031), added Sarah Corrine Hernandez to the family on Oct. 22, 2013, born in Castro Valley.

Jorge L. Hurtado (1997, B.F.A., illustration) and his wife, Thao (Dang) Hurtado (2004, B.S., business administration–human resources management), welcomed their daughter, Siena Lynn, on March 10 in Anaheim. Jorge is lead art director for new media at CSULB and Thao is a human resources recruiter at Jacobs Engineering.

Derrick B. Smith (2004, B.A., recreation and leisure studies) and his wife, Leah R. Smith, celebrated the arrival of their son, Kingston Charles Smith, on Nov. 30, 2012. Derrick is a U.S. Forest Service firefighter and Leah is with Trader Joe’s. They live in San Luis Obispo.

In Memoriam

Carolyn G. Pechstein Brockman (1966, B.A., social science) died at age 68 on May 17 in Long Beach. She was a former schoolteacher and later became a community philanthropist.

Berend D. Bruins (1973, M.A., political science) died Sept. 26 in Victorville at 72. He earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University and taught at Cal State San Bernardino before returning to CSULB as a political science lecturer from 1994 to 2004.

Wilma Jean Dallam (1970, B.A., psychology; 1983, MBA) died July 6 at age 85 in Ventura. She was a retired telephone company sales manager, and her two children, Patricia and Terry, also are CSULB alumni.

John Fitzpatrick (1970, B.A., history), retired superintendent of the Las Virgenes Unified School District, died Aug. 17 at age 68.

George A. Johnson (1969, B.A., physical education) of Redondo Beach died May 26 at age 74. He was retired from TWA, where he had worked for 35 years.

William H. McGowan, professor emeritus, philosophy, died Aug 14 at age 82. He joined CSULB in 1967 and became emeritus in 1996. He also taught music part-time.

Robert A. “Bob” Rodgers (1981, B.A., geography; 1987, M.A., education–instructional systems technology) died June 11. The longtime CSULB Audio Visual Services technician earned Employee of the Year and Staff Community Service awards for his numerous campus and community activities.

Raymond Rodriguez (1952, B.A.; 1953, M.A., elementary education) died June 24 at age 87 in Long Beach. He taught elementary through college courses, eventually becoming dean of personnel at Long Beach City College, and was active in a variety of educational organizations.

Weston B. Slifer (1966, B.S., mechanical engineering) died April 5 in Bellevue, Wash., at age 79. He formerly was with the FAA and later worked in aerospace.

Clarence Smith (1976, B.S., recreation) died Aug. 12 at 82 in Long Beach. He was a Long Beach city councilman from 1986 to 1992 and spent 35 years with Long Beach Parks and Recreation.

William Van Cleave (1961, B.A., political science) died March 15 at 77 in Idyllwild. He was widely recognized as a U.S. defense expert, including as a senior defense advisor to President Ronald Reagan. He later was professor of international relations at USC and Missouri State University.

Lelia “Lee” Wright (1976, M.A., communicative disorders) died April 8 in Long Beach. She retired as a speech therapist for Long Beach Unified School District in 1988.

Larry V. Zabel (1956, B.A, fine arts) died Sept. 11, 2012, at age 82 at his home near McAllister, Mont. After a career in aerospace and government service, he retired and became a well-known Western artist.