President's Office

Loss of a Pioneer Albert Zoraster 1906-1995

I am sad to announce that Mr. Albert Zoraster, civic leader and longtime friend and supporter of California State University, Northridge, passed away on April 10, 1995, after a long illness. He was 89 years old.

Mr. Zoraster was a member of the California State University, Northridge Advisory Board, the CSUN Foundation Board, and a founding member of the President's Associates. He also gave generously to the institution over the years, establishing the Zoraster Valley Pioneer Scholarship Fund and the Zoraster Endowment for Adaptive Physical Education. His most recent contribution created a grove of 19 redwood trees, planted just last week, according to his wishes, on the knoll southeast of Science I.

Mr. Zoraster was also actively involved as a community leader in the San Fernando Valley. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association for many years, and served as President of the West Valley Associated Chambers of Commerce. In 1975, he received the Valley's coveted Fernando Award for his work and philanthropy. Mr. Zoraster had many interests and involvements, including transportation, education, and the history of the Valley and California.

The university community wishes to share its deepest condolences with Mr. Zoraster's wife, Chris, and his many family and friends. His devotion to the betterment of the university, the community and California will be deeply missed.

Blenda J. Wilson