Robert E. Osborne '26 died in April at the age of 92. As a UC Davis student, Mr. Osborne played varsity football for three years and was student body president. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in animal science, he went to work for Knudsen Creameries, eventually becoming president, CEO and board chair. An avid outdoorsman and member of the Little Walker Lake Association, Osborne was also a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Infantry, having served in the WWII campaign in Italy. Long a campus supporter, Osborne was a UC Davis Foundation trustee, a charter and life member of the Davis Chancellor's Club and a life member of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association.
Ernest W. Meyer, who attended UC Davis in the 1920s and received a degree from UC Berkeley in 1930, died in San Francisco in April at the age of 89. Meyer grew up on a family fruit ranch in Lemoore and camped each summer in Giant Forest, experiences which led him to later serve as a Yosemite park ranger. In 1946, he founded the Golden Gate Petroleum Co. Mr. Meyer was a member of the Davis Chancellor's Club and a major contributor to the campaign to construct the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center. He is survived by his daughter, Margaret Barron Thompson, his grandchildren, Noel and Felicity, and his nephews, Fred and Tom Hutchinson.
Carolyn B. (Hall) Tolley '71, Cred. '72, died in January at the age of 46. Tolley had battled health problems for many years, but still enjoyed her family and friends, and wrote a children's book using a special-needs computer. She had taught in the Orland elementary school system before marrying John Tolley in 1973 and retiring to raise a family. Ms. Tolley is survived by her husband, their sons, Christopher and Jeffrey, and many other relatives.
Susan Hattie Steinsapir '80 died in January of complications following a heart transplant. A Sacramento attorney, Ms. Steinsapir chronicled her struggle on a web page, http://www.smartlink.net/~hiller/susan/, which received nearly 12,000 visits by the time she died. Ms. Steinsapir is survived by her husband, Andreas Ramos.
Cynthia J. McLin '89 died in December at age 29. She had had a successful career at Charles Schwab in San Francisco since 1990.
Adam Darling, a UC Davis student in the 1980s, was killed in a plane crash over Dubrovnik, Croatia, in April. He was 29 years old. The military T-43 jet was carrying U.S. Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, to whom Mr. Darling was a confidential aide, on an economic development mission to the war-torn Balkan nation. Mr. Darling attended elementary school in Davis before moving to Santa Cruz, but returned to the community for his first two years of college. He then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1990. Mr. Darling joined the press office of the Commerce Department in 1993.