College of Science & Engineering Alumni Newsletter

Fall 1997

In Memoriam: Biologist Crellin Pauling

Prof. Crellin Pauling, who served as Chair of the Department of Biology from 1982 to 1992, passed away on July 27 after an eight-month struggle with cancer. His sixty short years of life were joyful and productive.

Sensing the end was near, he obtained a minister's license and officiated at the marriage of his son, David, in April, running the service with passion and joy despite a continuous assault with chemotherapy. He died peacefully at home, surrounded by family and friends.
Striving for excellence in the shadow of his father, Linus Pauling—the only person ever to win two unshared Nobel Prizes—Crellin obtained his baccalaureate degree at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, and his Ph.D. in genetics at the University of Washington, Seattle. After serving on the faculty at the University of California, Riverside, Crellin came to San Francisco to chair the rapidly-growing Department of Biology. Under Crellin's able leadership, the department became a visible force in research and an innovative center for teacher education.

Just nine days before his death, Crellin received two awards from the California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB), in recognition of his long service to that organization and his immense contributions to biotechnology education.

"Crellin has had an inestimable impact on CSU biotechnology," writes A. Stephen Dahms, Director of CSUPERB. "His over 16-year commitment to excellence in the CSU will stand the test of time, setting standards for those to follow."

Crellin is survived by his wife, Kay, seven children, and fourteen grandchildren. Donations in memory of Crellin Pauling may be sent to the Crellin Pauling Student Teaching Award Memorial Fund, Attn. A. Stephen Dahms, CSU Biotechnology Program, 5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego, CA 92812, or in care of the Department of Biology at SFSU.

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