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First Employee Of Ventura County University Dies

Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 3:33pm

She worked for California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks even before it had a campus, or students.

Ethyl Beyer was the very first employee of CLU, when the decision was made to create it more than a half century ago. The Camarillo woman died this week, at the age of 104.

Beyer went to business school, and worked for a petroleum company before working for the red Cross during World war Two. In 1957, she was hired to be an administrative assistant for the new university being created.

CLU opened in 1961, and she stayed with the university for 40 years, before retiring in 1997. But, she continued to volunteer at CLU, and even paid for the university’s 50th anniversary party. An only child who never married, she created a music scholarship at the campus, and left her estate to the university for the future construction of a performing arts center.

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