Dr. James Orrin Morse, former director of CSULB Student Health Services, died Sept. 3, 2011, at age 81 in Morro Bay, Calif., where he moved shortly after retiring. He served the university from 1976 until the early 1990s. Dr. Morse was born in May 1930 to Fremont and Molly Morse. He spent much of his youth on the beach at Mission Beach, Calif., and was a track standout at La Jolla High School. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of California, his Doctor of Medicine from the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago, and he spent many years as a pediatrician in San Jose. In 1955, he married Marillyn Moran from Sound Bend, Ind., and they had four children. Dr. Morse was a whittler, woodcraftsman, boat maker and a “Beezer” builder. He enjoyed kayaking in Seal Beach and Morro Bay. He also enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors as he walked his dogs, Tuppence, Duchess and Bella. Dr. Morse is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 55 years, and his four children, who are all CSULB alumni: Thomas F., Kathleen Schiller, David R. and Mary.
Don DePree, a CSULB physical education instructor from 1968-92, died Jan. 22 at the age of 69. DePree, a resident of Fountain Valley, Calif., was best known for his expertise of and love for the sport of Shotokan Karate. The sport was introduced to the CSULB campus in 1961, and DePree headed the club from 1968 until he left to become the executive director of Shotokan America. DePree started his first martial arts training in 1965 while attending Long Beach Community College and learned karate under Bob Lopez. In 1968, DePree, along with Caylor Adkins, re-established the Shotokan Karate Club at CSULB, with Adkins as the club leader and DePree as his assistant instructor. Through DePree’s strong leadership and commitment the club flourished, and in 1972, DePree was hired as a faculty member to teach self-defense and karate classes through the Physical Education Department. DePree would go on to build and strengthen the club, producing many new black belts, and for more than 20 years, he continued to take the club to new heights by making it a respected dojo. In 1992, DePree passed the leadership of the CSULB Shotokan Karate Club to Sam Abboud in order to head the Shotokan Ohshima Dojo building project for Shotokan Karate of America (SKA). Since then, DePree had served as the SKA executive vice president and became the central pillar to the Shotokan Ohshima Dojo and the organization. He continued to teach karate on a national level, spreading his wisdom and knowledge to all martial artists. DePree is survived by his wife, Gwynne, daughter Darcy and son Dusty.
Charles D. Hamburger, professor emeritus of management/human resources management, died Feb. 24 at the age of 79. Born in 1932 in Detroit, Mich., he and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was 14 years old. He earned a B.S. degree in psychology and an M.S. degree in counseling at UCLA. While pursuing a Ph.D. in statistical psychology, he worked briefly at IBM. He also earned a clinical psychology license. His love of an academic environment led him, in 1965, to join the CSULB faculty, where he taught in the College of Business Administration (CBA) for 35 years. He also worked for a United Way agency while he was teaching, supervising marriage and family therapy interns, and led a men’s anger management group. According to his friends, Hamburger was a frequent voice of wisdom and kindness and a lifelong learner. He was an avid reader with an interest in highly intellectual subjects and loved listening to classical music. As a runner, he participated in 5Ks. Hamburger is survived by his wife, Doreen, who set up a CBA student award at CSULB in his name; daughter Marianne Hamburger Ridsdale (Kevin); son Glenn; and three grandsons, Ian and Jack Ridsdale and Luke Hamburger.
George Vincent Betar, professor emeritus of English, died March 24 in Ivins, Utah, at the age of 82. He was born Nov. 16, 1929, in Albany, N.Y., to George and Jane Betar. In 1962, he earned his Ph.D. in English from USC and held teaching positions at Temple University and CSULB, where he served from 1963-81. Betar is survived by his wife, Amy Lyn DeZwart; children Margaret Powell, Bonnie Vandagriff, G. Joseph (Pat) Betar, Heather (Jack) Foster, Nicholas Betar and Thomas Betar; brother Karl; sisters-in-law Lee Ann Platschorre and Danielle Veenstra; and his faithful friend, William Linehan.
James Arthur Neal, a staff emeritus who served as director of test services, worked in the Career Development Center and whose last position on campus was with the Division of Student Services, died March 25. Following his retirement from CSULB in 2003, he remained active on campus for the rest of his life. A graduate from Pasadena High School and Pasadena City College, Neal received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from CSULB. In the late 1970s, as an active and well-liked psychology graduate student leader at CSULB, he applied a sophisticated statistical method, generalizability theory, to student ratings of instruction for his master’s thesis and had related work published in a refereed journal. Remembered by friends and colleagues as someone who was willing to dedicate his time and effort to helping people even after retiring, he volunteered his time to assist nursing students with statistical analysis for research projects. He enjoyed numerous outdoor activities in his earlier years and hiked, skied and climbed all over the Sierras, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. He also was a sailor, canoeist and scuba diver. Neal is survived by his parents, Richard and Betty, of San Gabriel, Calif.; sister Christine Bennett of Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers: Bruce of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Greg of Cranbury, N.J.; as well as eight nieces and nephews.
Helen Newcastle, professor emerita of teacher education, died on April 9 in Huntington Beach, Calif. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1937, Newcastle taught for 30 years in the Graduate School of Education. She was recognized as an expert in reading. After retiring in 2000, she became a member of the Michael E. Rodgers Seniors’ Center in Huntington Beach, where she taught and played pinochle. She was a member of Phi Lambda Theta and belonged to the CSULB Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association. Newcastle was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Ann Newcastle; her stepmother, Virginia; and her dear friend, Professor Barbara Ward.
Donald F. Reed, associate professor emeritus of physical education and head football and golf coach, died April 9. He was 91. As an inductee in the inaugural 49er Athletic Hall of Fame class of 1986 and a World War II veteran, Reed began his career at CSULB in 1957, coaching the 49er football team from 1958-68 and compiling a 57-47-2 career record. Reed’s 1964 and 1965 teams combined for a 17-3 record and were ranked among the nation’s best in offense and defense. He was the head coach of the men’s golf program for six seasons and was extremely proud of mentoring 49er great Mark O’Meara. In 1980, he retired from the university. Reed loved to go on family vacations, casino road trips to pull on some slot machines, good food and watching sport games from his recliner, especially Duke basketball. He also loved his family, friends and students, and often reminisced on his past experiences. He is survived by his children Jerry, Lisa and Bob; and grandchildren Amy, Charles, Zack, Kyle, Patty and Ashley.
Walter B. Crawford, professor emeritus of English, died May 6 at age 93. Born in Chamberlain, S.D., Crawford graduated from Union College in Lincoln, Neb., in 1941 and pursued graduate studies in English at the University of Nebraska. Drafted in 1942, he trained as a medic and was posted to a U.S. Air Force base in Manitoba, Canada, as assistant to the base commander. Discharged from the military in 1945, Walter earned his M.A. degree from Columbia University in 1947 and Ph.D. degree from UCLA in 1961. Crawford had multiple careers, including serving as an English instructor at La Sierra College; executive director of the alumni association at Loma Linda University; vice president of Meditron, a medical electronics company; and, beginning in 1963, as a professor of English literature at CSULB. His life changed in 1967 when he and his wife began editing a major annotated bibliography of the works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Crawford also published other books, including “Research Activity and Writing” (1967), “A Portfolio of Twenty Drawings Commemorating the Bicentenary of the Birth of Coleridge” (1972) and “Reading Coleridge: Approaches and Applications” (1979), as well as numerous scholarly journal articles. After retirement in 1985, he participated in CSULB emeritus faculty affairs. With his wife, he took up ballroom dancing, again making new friends, and continued his life as an intellectual, bon vivant, and inspirational and well-loved resident of Westminster Village, Calif. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Ann Crawford; son Eric, his wife, Mary, and their children, Jonathan, Jennifer, Caroline and Christopher; and son Todd and his wife, Krista Fogleman.
Robert L. Romano, staff emeritus, died on June 23 in Georgetown, Ky. He was 86. Born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Aug. 3, 1925, he served as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Force from 1943-45. In 1968, he moved his family to Long Beach and began his career at CSULB, where he worked for 22 years as a building engineer in the Housing Department. In 1994, Romano and his wife relocated to Prescott, Ariz. He is survived by his wife, Gwen (Cato), daughter Karen Pinterpe (Sam), sons Mark (Kathleen) and Scott (Tina), his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Gary Lynn Peters, professor emeritus of geography, died Sept. 4. Born in Marysville, Calif., in March 1941, Peters grew up in Yuba City. When he left, he joined the U.S. Navy, where he was a radio operator. He attended Yuba Junior College and then transferred to Chico State University, where he majored in geography and met his future wife, Carol. The couple’s adventures took them to the University of Iowa for one year and then on to Pennsylvania State University, where Peters earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in geography. He was offered a position at CSULB, where he taught geography for 30 years. He also served as department chair and associate dean. He finished his academic career at Chico State University. During his academic tenure, Peters wrote 10 books and had many articles published in academic journals. During summer 2003, Peters and his wife moved to Paso Robles. Peters loved to play tennis and took up golf when he got a set of clubs for a retirement gift. He also enjoyed the traditions men’s reading group. He is survived by his wife, Carol; son Jason (Karla) of Whittier, Calif.; and daughter Erica (Brent) of Paso Robles.