President Joseph I. Castro ordered Fresno State’s national and state flags to be posted at half-staff on Sunday, Nov. 17, the date of an on-campus celebration of life Dr. Stephen Rodemeyer, professor emeritus of chemistry and director emeritus of the Smittcamp Family Honors College.

The celebration of life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the University Dining Hall. Dr. Rodemeyer passed away on Oct. 16. Dr. Rodemeyer (1940-2019) joined Fresno State in 1967 after earning his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.

He served at Fresno State for 42 years where he taught organic chemistry and was the inaugural recipient of the Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994. Click here to read more. A memorial mass and reception are planned at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at St. Paul Catholic Newman Center (1572 E. Barstow Ave.), directly across from Bulldog Stadium.