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Volume 58, Number 6    September 20, 2010         

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In Memoriam

Zoe Cardoza Clayson
Professor of Health Education Zoe Cardoza Clayson passed away June 25 at the age of 68. A member of the Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) board of directors since the organization’s founding in 1989, Clayson was instrumental in developing HPP’s strategic plan and successful outcomes for families. Her deep commitment to and compassion for serving communities in need was a hallmark of her distinguished career at SF State and around the globe. Clayson was a committed scholar, dedicated teacher and relentless advocate who worked both vigorously to influence public health and quietly behind the scenes with a keen eye on diversifying the public health workforce at all levels, at home and abroad.

Her recent projects included work on the Agricultural Workers Health Initiative, the Centerforce Women’s HIV/AIDS education project, and climate change education in collaboration with the Hanoi School of Public Health in Vietnam. In May, her creative approach to visualizing research, storytelling, engagement of the community, and respect for the community’s wisdom was recognized with the InVision 2010 Pioneers Award: Changing How We See. Most recently, Clayson was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship and had planned on going to Vietnam next year. A memorial service will be held in the Vista Room between 4 and 6 p.m. on Sept. 28. To learn how to make a contribution in her name, contact the Health Education Department at or ext. 5-3969.

Mark Linenthal
Professor Emeritus of English and Creative Writing Mark Linenthal passed away Sept. 4 at the age of 88. A U.S. Army Air Force veteran, Linenthal was shot down over Germany on his first mission and spent the rest of World War II in a German prisoner of war camp. He joined the SF State faculty in 1954, after earning a doctorate in English from Stanford University, and retired in 1992.

Linenthal's poetry was published in two volumes, "Growing Light" (1979) and "The Man I Am Watching" (1987), and in various literary magazines. He was director of the Poetry Center from 1966 to 1972 and testified on Allen Ginsberg's behalf during the obscenity trial over the poem "Howl." Linenthal was previously married to fiction writer Alice Adams and later Frances Pain (aka Frances Jaffer), a feminist scholar and poet who passed away in 1998. He is survived by his son Peter, and stepsons Lincoln Pain, Duncan Pain and Louis Pain. A celebration of Linenthal's life is planned for January 2011. For information on how to make donations in his memory, visit the Poetry Center website at

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