Evelyn Pellaton, Pioneer for Women's Sports at Cal Poly, Passes at Age 96

Evelyn Pellaton, Pioneer for Women's Sports at Cal Poly, Passes at Age 96

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Dr. Evelyn Inez Pellaton, Cal Poly's first director of athletics for women in the mid-1970s, passed away on Monday, September 4, 2017.

Dr. Pellaton was 96.

Dr. Pellaton became an associate athletics director at Cal Poly after the men's and women's athletics programs merged in the early 1980s.

"She should be recognized for her selfless efforts and personal donation to the athletics department. She was instrumental in guiding women's athletics at Cal Poly into what it has become today," said then-director of athletics Dick Heaton. "The late 1970s and early 1980s were difficult times and was a new beginning for women's athletics."

Dr. Pellaton was a physical education professor at Cal Poly from 1966-82. She was a gymnastics coach for three years and track and field coach for nine seasons. She also served as acting head of the women’s physical education department and was a student advisor.

Dr. Pellaton is a 1950 graduate of San Francisco State with a bachelor’s degree in physical education and earned her master’s degree in 1953 at San Francisco State and a doctor of education degree in physical education curriculum in 1975 at Laurence University of California. She played basketball, field hockey and softball while attending San Francisco State and was a player on several softball teams which won state and national championships in the 1940s.

Among her many other accomplishments, Pellaton was director of the Cal Poly Physical Education Workshop in 1967, was named Citizen of the Year by the Cayucos Chamber of Commerce, served in the United States Naval Reserve as a chief personnelman from 1960-81 and was a drummer in numerous bands.

She was inducted into the San Francisco State Physical Education and Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the Cal Poly Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

Born June 29, 1921, in Oakland, Calif., to Ami and Adelaide Pellaton, Evelyn was one of five children. She attended Castlemont High School before earning her degrees at San Francisco State and Laurence

Dr. Pellaton was involved in many community activities, including 1990-1992 President of Cayucos Advisory Council, 1991 Cayucos Citizen of the Year, member of the Cayucos Chamber of Commerce, 1992 President and Founder of the Friends of the Cayucos Library, 1994 Member of the Pier Plaza Committee and Leader of "Something Very Special Band," 1996 Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteer Patrol, 2000-2004 Cayucos Land Conservancy Board, and Vice President of St. Joseph's Church Council.

Evelyn joined the United States Naval Reserve as Chief Personnelman for 20 years, retiring in 1981. She also restored a 1954 MG TF.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Lorriane; and brothers Ami and Raymond. Evelyn is survived by her brother, Donald.

A funeral service mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at St. Joseph's in Cayucos, Calif.