At CFA, we were devastated to learn that a pillar of our CFA family, Dr. John Halcón passed away on July 20. Dr. Halcón’s devotion to anti-racism and supporting youth of color played a key role in helping CFA become what it is today.
“My fondest memories of John were his welcoming of new CFA leaders and activists. He always offered sage advice and mentorship with such warmth, generosity, and humor,” wrote Charles Toombs, CFA President. “Long before CFA moved to anti-racism and social justice, John’s advocacy for BIPOC faculty and students helped to prepare CFA for its transformation. He helped us all to be better people and to be better activists.”
Dr. Halcón received his Ph.D. at UC Santa Barbara in education and taught for nearly 40 years at various universities, including CSU Bakersfield, CSU Monterey Bay, and CSU San Marcos where he retired.
Dr. Halcón was an active member of CFA and served as the CFA secretary. His leadership extended beyond the CFA, having been elected to the Board of Trustees of Palomar Community College for eight years.
A video on CFA’s YouTube page in June 2014 features Dr. Halcón advocating for a raise, arguing that it would improve service, research, and teaching levels.