In Memoriam: Former English Professor, Administrator Al Aschenbrenner


In Memoriam: Former English Professor, Administrator Al Aschenbrenner
Former Cal Poly Pomona English professor and administrator Al Aschenbrenner died Dec. 16.

Albert Aschenbrenner, a pioneering English professor and administrator, died from complications from a stroke on Monday, Dec. 16. He was 89 years old.

Aschenbrenner worked at Cal Poly Pomona for 28 years before retiring in 1975. He began teaching in the English department in 1947 when the campus ? then an all-male branch of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with only a few hundred students ? was located in San Dimas. Later, he served as dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences, now known as the College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences.

During his tenure, Aschenbrenner served in various administrative capacities, including admissions officer, registrar and associate dean for counseling and testing.
In 1962, Aschenbrenner was selected as the first chairman of the Kellogg Campus Faculty Senate and was later named one of two campus senators to the Statewide Academic Senate. He also served as a counselor for foreign students and as an advocate for all students, according to Cal Poly Pomona officials.

?Ash was one of the most student-oriented administrators I ever came in contact with while attending Cal Poly Pomona and later during the years we were both employed at the university,? says Ron Simons, administrator in charge of University Advancement. ?He had a wonderful sense of humor, was compassionate about always wanting to hear ?your side of the story? and would go out of his way to assist in any way possible. I will always treasure having known Dean Aschenbrenner for more than 40 years as both a student and a collegue.?

After retiring, Aschenbrenner donated several gifts to the historic Kellogg House Pomona including a collection of nearly 200 Victrola records and several antique furniture items.

Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, in 1913, Aschenbrenner lived most of his younger life in Nampa, near Boise. He earned an undergraduate degree at Whitman College in Walla Wala, Wash., and later received a masters and doctorate in education from USC.

Aschenbrenner served as a captain in the U.S. Army during World World II, where he earned two Bronze Stars.
He is survived by his second wife Lorraine, sons Michael Aschenbrenner and George Skaryak, and daughters Dorothy Nash and Joyce Skaryak.

A viewing will be held Thursday, Dec. 19, 4-8 p.m. at Stone Funeral Home, 355 E. 9th St., Upland. A rosary will be held Friday, Dec. 20, at 9:40 a.m., followed by a Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 2110 N. San Antonio Ave., Upland.