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#112---May 12, 2000
Contact: Ted DeAdwyler
phone: 415/338-1665

Susan Taylor, S.F. State Dean of Undergraduate Studies
and popular Administrator, dies after a long illness

San Francisco, CA, May 12, 2000---Susan Taylor, San Francisco State University's dean of undergraduate studies and a popular administrator on campus known for her expertise in academic policy, died May 12, 2000 at Summit Hospital in Oakland after a long illness. Taylor, a resident of Oakland, was 52 years of age.

Visitation will take place Monday, May 15, from 4-8 p.m. at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland. Services will be held at the chapel on Tuesday, May 16 at 1 p.m. A CampusMemorial program for Taylor will be held on May 24 at 4 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

"Susan Taylor shone in spirit and in intellect. She moved through our community with grace, generosity, serenity, and humor. No wonder, then, that she was truly beloved," said SF State President Robert A. Corrigan. "Susan was, at the same time, one of the most gifted and hard-working administrators I have ever known. She worked tirelessly on complex academic issues that affected all of our undergraduate students. For Susan, our students and their academic success was always her first priority. She touched many on campus, and her death leaves us all with a profound sadness."

Added SF State Provost Tom La Belle: "Her contributions to the University as a faculty member in psychology, associate dean in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences as well as in Academic Affairs have been immeasurable. She will be greatly missed by students, staff and faculty."

Taylor, who earned her doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Minnesota, joined the faculty in 1984. She was an expert in human resource management, organizational change and development, conflict resolution, leadership and group processes as well as statistics, measurement, needs assessment and program evaluation.

Taylor served as acting chair of the Psychology Department at SF State and was associate dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences from 1993 to 1997, when she was appointed dean of the undergraduate studies.

Taylor had served as a member of the Liberal Studies Council, the General Education Advisory Committee and the Course Review Committee. Her campus experience also included work in areas such as general education, student advising, the Liberal Studies Program, curriculum development and review processes and student petitions.

Taylor is survived by her husband, Patrick; her sons Marcus and Matthew; her parents, I.W. and Velma Hartman of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and a brother John Hartman of Concord, CA.

NOTE: For more information, call SF State administrator and family friend Hollis Matson at (510) 530-1295 or cell phone at 608-3609.


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