H. Eric Streitberger, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry, died Feb. 3, of pancreatic cancer. He was 81.
Streitberger joined Cal State Fullerton in 1968 and taught for 30 years. His area of expertise was science and teacher education, where he served as director of the University’s Science Education Program for 12 years. In science education, he taught physical science for elementary school teachers and received various grants for projects such as the “Armchair Chemistry Program” for middle school students and teachers.
In 1996, he was awarded the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Last year, the Fullerton resident was the inaugural recipient of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry’s Alumni Day Award. With a $75,000 donation, he and his wife established the Eric and Alyse Streitberger Science Education Endowed Scholarship in 2014, awarded to chemistry majors pursuing a career in middle or high school science education.
Streitberger earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and his master’s degree and doctorate from Oregon State University. He is survived by his wife, Alyse, and two sons.
Donations to the Streitbergers’ scholarship fund may be made by contacting Michael Karg, senior director of development, at 657-278-3348.