Affectionate farewell: emeritus professor of political science Jon Ebeling

Professor Emeritus Jon Ebeling, who has been teaching political science for more than 30 years, died on July 25 at the age of 83.

Born on September 23, 1938 in Queens, New York, he grew up in Southern California and after graduating from Santa Monica High School in 1956, he worked for a few years for Hughes Aircraft before taking classes at Santa Monica College. He graduated from San José State College in 1962 with a degree in history and joined the Peace Corps, spending two years in rural Ethiopia teaching high school and working on various projects.

When Ebeling returned to the United States in 1964, he enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed his master’s degree in African history. He returned to Ethiopia for two years to work as a Peace Corps staff member before moving to Pennsylvania to attend a doctoral program at the University of Pittsburgh, eventually earning his doctorate in economic and social development in 1974.

Ebeling was hired as a Chico State faculty member in 1971, teaching statistics and other courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Department of Political Science.

Political science professor emeritus Irv Schiffman recalls that upon Ebeling’s arrival on campus, he immediately improved the department’s course offering in the undergraduate and graduate programs. He also played a critical role in the public administration program, particularly with his he important and popular public finance courses.

“Jon’s students profited greatly from his teaching and advice and many of them have told me personally. In fact, alumni visited him long after his retirement to let him know how much he has contributed to their lives and careers, “he said.” Jon encouraged his students to take part in government service and the importance of give back to one’s community “.

Now retired after many years of working in the local government, George “Scott” Tandy (MPA, ’73) still credits Ebeling for his career. It all began during her first class with him in the fall of 1971, where she inspired Tandy with tales about East Africa and her feelings about the value of public service, and continued decades later, when Tandy sought advice before an interview for a boss. administrator role.

“In retrospect, having him as a professor changed the course of my thinking and was a stepping stone to my county government career,” said Tandy. “He taught me the importance of relationships and the value of an internship to gain practical experience. It has been a great pleasure to reconnect with him in recent years ”.

After Ebeling founded the Regional and Economic Sciences firm, he and his wife, retired economics professor Frederica Shockley, worked as consultants to state and local government.

Ebeling retired from Chico State in 1998 but continued to teach courses for more than a decade. For several semesters she taught the terminal course for the completion of the bachelor’s degree in economics, Economics 495, as well as a course in statistics in the leisure administration program.

Outside of the classroom, Ebeling enjoyed swimming, biking in Bidwell Park, traveling the world, and actively engaging in local and state politics. She was also a talented photographer, a lifelong hobby that she shared with Frederica. Their beautiful landscape photographs were on display in their home and could be seen at the monthly Chico Camera Club meetings.

He is survived by his wife, Frederica. There are no services.

Commemorative contributions in his name can be made to the Public Administration Course of the Department of Political Science.

On Tuesday, August 16, in his memory, the flag of the University will be lowered.

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