Timothy A. Woodhull (1949-2009): Former Media Relations Director Brought Journalistic Integrity to CSU Dominguez Hills
Timothy A. Woodhull, former media relations director at California State University, Dominguez Hills, died on July 17 while recovering from heart surgery at his home in Long Beach. He was 60.
The Los Angeles native served as a liaison between CSU Dominguez Hills and the media from 1999 to 2001. He also wrote features for a print publication, Inside Dominguez Hills. Prior to working for to the university, Woodhull was a reporter for 20 years, writing for the Daily Breeze, Orange County Register, Daily News and Glendale News-Press.
Pamela Hammond, former director of University Communications and Public Affairs, says that Woodhull had a lot in common with iconic broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite, who died on the same day.
“[Tim] was trustworthy and straightforward to a fault, and a compassionate and caring man — a great colleague and representative for Dominguez Hills,” she says. “He had years of ‘real-world’ journalism; he always felt CSU Dominguez Hills was part of that real world. I recall going to community meetings with him in Carson and what a warm reception he received. People loved his writing and style. They felt confident he would tell it as it is.”
Woodhull was born on Feb. 26, 1949. He graduated from Glendale High School and earned his Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Linfield College in McMinville, Ore. After leaving CSU Dominguez Hills, he became print media advisor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Woodhull is survived by his wife, Marcy and their dog, Karma Katrina. A memorial reception is being planned. In honor of his love for dogs, his wife requested that donations be sent to Best Friends Animal Society.