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BIANCHI, CSUN ADMINISTRATOR, SERVED CSUN FOR 37 YEARS.

Byline: Mary Beth Alexander Daily News Staff Writer

Donald E. Bianchi, the dean of the School of Science and Mathematics since 1973 at California State University, Northridge, died Thursday. He was 62.

Bianchi died of heart failure after struggling three months with a bacterial infection, campus officials said.

Bianchi began his career at the campus as an assistant professor of biology in 1959, when Cal State Northridge was known as San Fernando Valley State College.

In the next 37 years, he served as researcher, dean and, for two years, as acting vice president for academic affairs.

"Don Bianchi was a central force in building this university," Provost Louanne Kennedy said in a written statement. "The School of Science and Mathematics and the science complex are a result of his vision."

In 1972 he was named Cal State Northridge's outstanding teacher. The next year he became the first dean of the School of Science and Mathematics. He kept that post during the rest of his tenure - even when he was concurrently acting vice president in 1991-93.

As a researcher, Bianchi specialized in fungal physiology. He and a fellow Cal State Northridge professor, Philip Sheeler, co-authored a widely used textbook, "Cell Biology."

Bianchi also served on the governing boards for California State University's Ocean Studies Consortium, the Desert Studies Consortium, and the Associated Western Universities. He also was a National Science Foundation fellow in Geneva.

Bianchi is survived by his wife, Georgia; three children and five grandchildren. Instead of flowers, the family has requested contributions to the Donald E. Bianchi memorial fund, School of Science and Mathematics, Cal State Northridge, Northridge, 91330-8238.

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Date:Mar 15, 1996
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