Associate Professor of Biology Diana Smith-Beckerman passed away Jan. 26 at the age of 53. Smith-Beckerman came to SF State in 1995 after working as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. At SF State she sat on the thesis committees of 49 graduate students, while conducting research on cellular proteins in normal, benign diseased and malignant cells. She earned her doctoral degree from the State University of New York, Roswell Park Division in 1987. "As a research mentor, Diana was much valued and appreciated by her students," said Associate Professor of Biology Lily Chen. "She copiously cared about her students and was a hands-on mentor who was engaged at all levels of planning and execution of her students' research."
Professor Emeritus of Counseling Jim Winfrey passed away Feb. 5 at the age of 77. A 30-year member of the Department of Counseling, Winfrey held leadership positions in several regional and national counseling associations. During his career, Winfrey served as the treasurer of the American Counseling Association. He also served as president of both the Western Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors and the American Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors. "We will all remember his house parties, his anecdotes, his class and his connections with the many leaders of our profession," Counseling Department Chair Robert Chope said.