Chico State confirms passing of longtime professor

Mar 3, 2015 11:06 AM by News Staff

Chico State officials have confirmed that the professor who passed away in his Butte Hall office Monday was longtime political science professor Willis Geer.

Geer, who is 66-years-old, was found by a janitor in his seventh floor office around 6:30 p.m. Monday. Investigators say his death does not appear suspicious.

Willis began teaching at CSU, Chico in 2007. Classes he taught included Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Criminal Law, Criminal Justice Ethics, Justice System Administration and Corrections.

Among his survivors are his wife, LaDona Knigge, an associate professor in the Chico State Department of Geography and Planning.

"Willis will be remembered for his selfless devotion to his students and colleagues, his gentle spirit, and his humility and dedication," said Professor Ryan Patten, chair of the political science department. "He was known for the long hours of work that he put into his teaching and his numerous contributions to the Chico Chapter of the CFA. He arrived early, left late, and was always a positive presence in the department. Our thoughts are with LaDona."

Chico State is offering counseling services to students at the Counseling and Wellness Center in the Student Services Building Room 430. The building is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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