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Ralph Tomlinson memorial set for Oct. 1

September 20, 2011

Among Ralph Tomlinson's legacies to the university is the exhibit of antique toys he donated to Leatherby Libraries.

A memorial service for devoted Chapman University friend and supporter Ralph Tomlinson has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 in the Wallace All Faiths Chapel at the Fish Interfaith Center.

Tomlinson, an enthusiastic toy collector whose generosity made possible the extraordinary antique toy exhibit at Leatherby Libraries, died July 7. He was 83.

Tomlinson was a member of the university’s Board of Governors and the Leatherby Libraries Board, and formerly served on the American Celebration Committee. He also had served as an advisory member on the President’s Circle. Tomlinson will be remembered for his charity, energy and zeal, said Sheryl A. Bourgeois, executive vice president for University Advancement.

“Ralph was a force of nature, always enthusiastic and ebullient, never less than fascinated by life and everything around him.  He changed the lives of literally hundreds of people through his humanitarian interests and his giant, giving heart,” Bourgeois said.

Cards and condolences to the family may be sent in care of Rachael Gottlieb in University Advancement, 1 University Drive, Orange, Calif, 92866.

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