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Rachael Yvonne Tayar, Ph.D. ’80, attended by her loving family, died Easter Sunday at the home of her sister in Oceanside, California. A native of Oklahoma City,

Rachael was born October 12, 1939, the daughter of the late Rod and Jouree Blakemore Tayar. Rachael lived a rich life, punctuated by her many travels with family and friends; her love of the outdoors; her love for her dogs; her passions for music, drama and movies; her interest in technology. She is survived by her sons: Brian Anderson of Charlotte, North Carolina; Tait Anderson of Sacramento, California; and Rod Anderson and his wife Amy of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her four grandchildren are Jensen and Hal Anderson of Charlotte and Mary and Meg Anderson of Chapel Hill. She is also survived by her sister, Rodene Gosselin of Oceanside, California and by Rodene’s children and grandchildren.

Rachael attended Oklahoma State University, Trinity College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a Ph.D. in sociology. In addition to teaching sociology and statistics for a number of colleges, she worked for many years as a training specialist for the state of California. She had lived in Sacramento, California for almost 25 years. Rachael loved dogs and tolerated cats and would be honored by contributions in her name to the ASPCA or Humane Society. In June, Rachael’s sons will host a memorial service for her in Sacramento. Details are still pending.