Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU, Chico


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We value our members in life and in death and welcome your personal comments about a friend or colleague after their passing.

Willa Perrine died April 12. Peer leader Jim Smith and members of his Writers’ Workshop class, which Willa regularly attended, shared their thoughts: “Willa embodied the discipline and intelligence necessary to express herself with the written word… What wonderful writing and critiquing skills she had and freely shared with all of us… She will be sorely missed… I just reviewed the corrections Willa made on my latest story where she noted, “I have a crazy brother, too!”

Maureen Louise (Mort) D’Elia, 1938-2014. Maureen, an OLLI member and friend to many, died in May after a short battle with cancer. She was a long-time Chico resident and graduate of Chico High School and Chico State College. She loved being a teacher and taught for many years in Corning and Paskenta elementary schools. She treasured the time she spent with family and was a noted cook, bringing everyone together for “awesome” pancake feasts and holiday meals—all, like Maureen, to be long remembered and appreciated.

Victoria Lynn Hunt, 1953 to 2014. Victoria was born in Mt. Shasta, California and moved to Chico when she was two years old. She was a resident thereafter for 59 years. She was an accomplished author and nature lover and led two classes for OLLI last year.

Sandra (Sandy) McLean,1935 to 2014. Her life-long career as an educator began in Germany where she taught high school. She met her husband and the love of her life, Ltc. Raymond O. McLean at Ft. Polk, Louisiana, where she taught vocational counseling. Following their marriage, they moved to Portland, OR and later to Chico, where she earned her MBA. Following graduation, she taught at Chico State University in the College of Business. Her interests included her Scottish Heritage, music, speech and drama, reading, cooking and sewing. She also loved to travel and toured many countries across the globe.

Charlotte D’Amico, 1929-2014. Charlotte, a long-time OLLI member and friend to many, died peacefully on August 11. After spending her early childhood years in China, Charlotte’s family returned to the U.S. in 1939 to escape the Japanese invasion. She lived in Iowa for a year and relocated with her family to Butte County in 1940, where they had olive groves. Charlotte graduated from Oroville High School in 1945 and from Mills College in 1950 with a degree in Education. She continued her love of learning later in life through her active involvement in OLLI.