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Samuelson’s Admirers to Join Family Sept. 22 for Tribute to Late Arts Dean

Sept. 17, 2012

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Jerry Samuelson applauds remarks made during the dedication of the Clayes Performing Arts Center on campus.

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The extraordinary life and times of Jerry Samuelson, emeritus dean of the College of the Arts who passed away in April, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in Meng Concert Hall.

The College of the Arts, which Samuelson led for an unprecedented 34 years as dean, is hosting the event, in conjunction with the Samuelson family. Campus and community members are welcome.

A program of remembrances and music is planned, featuring presentations and performances by faculty members, students and alumni.

Class of 2002 graduate Erin McNally, a regular on stage at many of CSUF’s signature events since her student days, will sing with accompaniment by Robert Nafarrette (B.M. ’93). Also scheduled to pay tribute to the late dean, though performances, are the University Singers and Grammy-winning composer Bill Cunliffe, professor of music.

Comments will be offered by Carl St. Clair, music director of the Pacific Symphony, which got its start at CSUF; alumnus Jeff Bacon, a former student of Samuelson’s who made his mark in the entertainment industry through the design firm he co-founded; and Steve Samuelson, son of the late dean.

Samuelson’s longtime campus colleagues also scheduled to make remarks include Joseph Arnold, who succeeded Samuelson as dean; James D. Young, founding chair of theatre and dance; Don Lagerberg, emeritus professor of art; and Robert Istad, director of the University Singers and associate professor of music.

The indelible mark Samuelson left upon Cal State Fullerton was highlighted in an article marking his retirement, after almost five decades of service to the campus he joined in 1962 — then known as Orange County State College — and never left until his passing this spring.

By: Paula Selleck, 657-278-4856

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