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Volume 60, Number 9    October 8, 2012         

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In Memoriam

Norma Louise McCoy
Professor Emerita of Psychology Norma McCoy, who taught at SF State for 44 years, passed away at her home in Palo Alto on Aug. 22 after a lengthy illness. McCoy was born in Galveston, Texas. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at Stanford University, followed by her master's degree at the University of Minnesota, where she also earned her doctorate in psychology with special emphasis on the social development of young children.

In 1963, McCoy joined SF State where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in child development, development psychology, experimental child psychology and social learning. She was a strong proponent of Bandura and Walters' social learning theory. Her research and interests led her to study human sexuality. Working with Professor of Biology Bernie Goldstein, she helped establish an interdisciplinary program in human sexuality at SF State. She is best known for her studies relating to women, birth control, estrogen and pheromones.

McCoy retired from the University in 2007. She is survived by her husband Joseph Matyas, son Robbie, daughter Julie, granddaughter Isabelle and sister Doris Vail.

Barbara McLauchlin
Professor Emerita of Classics Barbara McLauchlin died in August at the age of 63. McLaughlin specialized in Anatolian archaeology and was a protégé of Crawford Greenwalt at University of California, Berkeley. She taught widely in the classics curriculum, covering Greek culture, Roman culture, archaeology of death, and ancient epic and Greek language. She also created a course titled "Myth, History and Movies," a perennial favorite with students. McLauchlin was a devoted member of the Classics Department for many years, served as department chair and was a popular instructor throughout her tenure.


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