Fresno State teacher dies following medical issue on campus

She was rushed to an area hospital from Fresno State

FRESNO, Calif. - A Fresno State lecturer died last week after being transported to a hospital from the university, school officials said.

Diana Herrington, a teacher in the math department, died May 17 at St. Agnes Medical Center after being transported there from the Fresno State campus, the university said. She was 66.

She is described by colleagues as a passionate and talented teacher, the university said. Herrington was also an influential advocate for math education statewide.

She is survived by her husband Ken – a retired math teacher from Grant Middle School in Reedley, and her daughter Kendia – a chemistry teacher at Buchanan High School.

“Diana embodied the ideals that Fresno State strives to achieve. She worked tirelessly as an innovative educator, an inspiring teacher and a caring, compassionate mentor,” said Dr. Robert Dundas, interim dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Fresno State.

Herrington came to Fresno State in 2013 following a 30-year teaching career at Clovis High School. She was a critical component of the university’s Liberal Studies program teaching hundreds of future elementary school teachers.

“She has been so influential in the state of California and the U.S. in the field of teaching mathematics. She has written and been the lead on just about every math exam the state of California has given,” said Alice Keeler, who along with Herrington co-authored the book “Teaching Math with Google Apps.”

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on June 3 at Farewell Funeral at 660 W. Locust Ave. #101 in Fresno, and it will be followed by a celebration of life at Clovis High School at 1 p.m.

Fresno State said a scholarship fund for aspiring math teachers has been established in her honor. Donations can be made at California State University, Fresno Foundation at 4910 N. Chestnut Ave.

For more information on the scholarship, contact Javier Morales at (559) 278-5995.


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