Chico State journalism student dies


Robert McClanahan was earning his degree in public relations at Chico State before his passing Photo credit: Molly Sullivan

George Johnston

Robert McClanahan, a Chico State student, died of natural causes Feb 7. in San Francisco.

Born in Mombasa, Kenya, McClanahan moved with his family to California to further his education. He attended Chico State and was pursuing a degree in public relations and journalism.

“Robert was a gentle giant who was unfailingly friendly and made an impression on everyone he met. His good spirit and endless curiosity will be greatly missed.” said Chair of the Department of Journalism & Public Relations at Chico State Dr. Susan Wiesinger.

While attending Chico State, McClanahan also worked at The Orion as apart of the public relations team.

“He was my first friend in this department,” said Whitney Urmann, Content Manager of The Orion. “Robbie was a teddy bear. He was one of the most genuine and kind people I have ever met and we could talk sports and TV for hours. I’ll adore him forever.”

George Johnston can be reached at [email protected] or @gjohnston786 on Twitter.