Dr. Kenneth R. Tremblay, Jr., professor in CSU's Department of Design and Merchandising, died peacefully at home with his family beside him, on Feb. 12, after a yearlong battle with cancer. Ken was born April 2, l953, at Quonset Point Naval Air Station in Wickford, Rhode Island, the son of Kenneth and Joyce (Brown) Tremblay. He traveled extensively throughout his youth as the son of an army officer. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and his master's and Ph.D. from Washington State University.
Ken began his 30-year career at Colorado State University in 1985 after teaching at universities in South Dakota, Nebraska and Arkansas. He had an exemplary teaching, research and service career. Ken authored nearly 300 publications, including many books. He had a passion for teaching and served as an adviser and mentor to nearly 100 students seeking advanced degrees. He was active in the Housing Education and Research Association and served as editor and president. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of housing education and research, the association recently presented Ken with its Distinguished Service Award.
Ken leaves behind his parents, Joyce and Kenneth Tremblay of Mansfield Center, CT; daughter Tamara Multanen, son-in-law Jay, and granddaughter Lucie, of Garden City, ID; son Kenneth "Rick" Tremblay, III, and daughter-in-law Brandy of Loveland; and partner Malinda Sloan. He also leaves behind his brother Keith Tremblay, sister Karen (Mitchell) Perlstein, sister Kathryn (Dave) Baber; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. Ken will be dearly missed.
A celebration of life will be from 3-6 p.m., Thursday, May 21, Aylesworth Hall, dLab. For more information regarding the celebration, contact Malinda Sloan at firstname.lastname@example.org. A private memorial service will be held for family and relatives in Connecticut this summer.