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Stanislaus founding faculty member, former Journal reporter dies at 74
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Roy Wilson, one of the founding faculty members of California State University, Stanislaus, who also went on to serve as a county supervisor for Riverside County, died Wednesday. Wilson was 74.
Wilson had an extensive career in civil service, education, and journalism, including a beginning stint with the Turlock Journal.
Wilson was a professor of journalism at CSU Stanislaus from 1961 to 1967 and served as the editor for the university’s first student newspaper.
After leaving CSU Stanislaus, Wilson taught journalism and mass communications at the College of the Desert in Palm Springs, where he remained until his retirement in 1995.
Wilson is the author of “Mass Media/ Mass Culture: An Introduction,” and in 1995, he was inducted into the Community College Journalism Association’s Hall of Fame.
Wilson’s first foray into civil service was in 1974, when he served on the Palm Desert Planning Commission. From there, he was elected the Palm Desert’s City Council and served as the city’s mayor for four years.
In 1994, Wilson was elected to a supervisor’s seat in Riverside County. According to the Los Angles Times newspaper, Wilson was a strong supporter of public safety, highway improvements, and better living conditions for migrant farmworkers.
Wilson resigned his seat just a week prior to his death because of declining health.