Longtime English Professor Katona dies
November 9, 2016
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Professor Emeritus Cynthia Lee Katona, who taught 34 years at Ohlone, passed away Saturday evening, Oct. 29 at her home after a brief illness.
She was an integral part of Ohlone, starting with her hire in September 1975 as a member of the English Department. Her contributions included new courses, innovative delivery systems, and courses designed for the needs of specific student groups, such as Vietnam veterans.
In addition, she worked extensively in the Journalism program, was adviser for the student magazine The Legend for many years, and established the Women’s Studies program.
Active in Study Abroad, Katona guided many students through travel and study in other countries. She was known for her dedication to her students, to high academic standards and to the college. She worked on many accreditation reports, served four tours of duty as Faculty Senate president, and worked on the AB1725 Committee, which established the governance roles at the college.
Katona retired in 2009. She will be interred in the mausoleum at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward. As she requested, there will be no funeral service; however, there will be a celebration of her life at a later date.