Fresno State’s national and state flags will be posted at half-staff Saturday, Jan. 26, in memory of Dr. Theresa R. Perez, a professor emeritus from the Kremen School of Education and Human Development and a community activist.

Perez was instrumental in Fresno State’s La Raza program, which later became the Department of Chicano and Latin American Studies. She also played a major role in developing the Chicano Youth Conference. In 1975, Perez was the first Latina to run for Fresno County’s Board of Supervisors.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Lisle Funeral Home (1605 L St., Fresno), followed by rosary vigil at 7 p.m. A Mass and burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at St. Alphonsus Church (351 E. Kearney Blvd., Fresno), followed by interment at St. Peters Cemetery (264 N. Blythe Ave., Fresno). In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her name to be sent to the ALS Association Golden West Chapter. (P.O. Box 565, Agoura Hills, CA).