Class of 1959
Cecilia Abbott Kounaris
December 15, 1940 -- January 9, 2016
Paul Christian Anderson
September 20, 1941 - June 6, 2011
A third generation San Diegan, Paul was born at Mercy Hospital. He attended San Diego State, earning a BS in Biology. Paul spent time teaching in Uganda, returned to San Diego State and earned a Master’s Degree. He then spent 26 years teaching in the San Diego City School system.
August 18, 1940 - April 15, 2013
It is with great sadness that I let you know that my brother Louie Anaya died last night. He had been sick for a long time, and life had been challenging for him for many years. He died of complications due to diabetes and kidney failure. He SO appreciated the calls that came to him in the last year from his old Crawford friends. One of his greatest moments in life was being named "Mr. Football" his senior year -- Lulu Anaya Bayless '63
November 4, 1958 article in the Evening Tribune
June 3, 1941 - October 30, 2017
Don was born in San Diego and kept in touch with the Colt "original" athletes for 58 years. When he returned home from the Army in Germany in 1965 he married Sharon Bentley. He worked for the Union-Tribune for 33 years and was in the San Diego Track Association. He retired in Murrieta where he played senior softball and ushered for the Lake Elsinore Storms.
Don was the glue that held the "Colt Originals" together. Each year I would get an email from Don checking to see if I was still here. God bless you Don you did good. Thank you -- Jerry Dean '59
Hymie Bobrof Lubey
July 15, 1941 - April 7, 2008
December 14, 1941 - February 14, 2006
Linda passed away suddenly. She will be greatly missed by her many friends and former colleagues in the greater San Diego area. After receiving B.A. and M.A. degrees in English and Creative Writing from San Diego State University, Linda taught poetry at UCSD and Mira Costa College from 1973-1990 and had many contacts in the poetry community. She had recently retired after 28 years of service at the San Diego Public Library as a library assistant, where she first worked at the Rancho Bernardo Branch and, since 1991, at the Benjamin Branch. At the Rancho Bernardo Branch, Linda instituted the first Braille collection in the City's library branches. At the Benjamin Branch, she conducted pre-school story times and created displays for National Poetry Month every April. She scheduled art shows in the community room, showcasing local artists, and also used Benjamin as a venue for poetry readings. Linda served as moderator for the Library's book club and provided reference and other library services to the Allied Gardens community. In 2004, La Jolla Poets Press published Linda's "Journey with Beast: Poems 1970-2004." The April 2004 book debut party at the Carmel Valley Branch featured a pianist and vocals interwoven with Linda's reading of her poetry. Linda is predeceased by her parents, William I. and Margaret L. Brown, and her brother, Alan Brown ‘62. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Lauren R. Brown ‘64 and Beth Davis-Brown, of Washington, DC.
Anne Brownell Sarsfield
May 27, 1942 - March 15, 2013
Born in Colorado Springs, Anne and her family came to live with her grandparents in San Diego when her father joined the Army in WWII. A '63 San Diego State grad, she was delighted to have President John F. Kennedy as her commencement speaker.
April 26, 1941 - January 29, 2016
May 9, 1942 - November 13, 1960
Just wanted to let you know that Glenn Carraway sadly passed away the summer after graduation. He drowned at La Jolla Shores while at a beach party -- Gayle Nikkenen Pierce
Carol Lee Collins
Paul Edward Cooper, Jr.
June 3, 1940 - March 4, 2004
Robert Lloyd Craig
April 8, 1941 - August 6, 1994
My brother died after a 30-year battle with cancer
-- Suzanne Craig Christensen '66
Sandi Craig Allen
January 14, 1942 - April 3, 2010
Sandi was born in San Diego. She worked at a hardware store in San Diego before moving to the Los Angeles area. There she worked as a clerk-secretary in Compton and Long Beach schools. She returned to San Diego where she became a secretary for the San Diego Unified School District. In 1971, she married Roy, her husband of 38 years. They lived in San Diego and Santee for 22 years. They resided in Menifee for the last nine years. Sandi really loved to travel, especially to London and the rest of the UK. She was a tour guide to London for many years.
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February 11, 1942 - July 15, 1994
Carol Drogin Hill
December 27, 1941 – October 30, 2007
Carol "Sunni" Hill of Bonita died suddenly and unexpectedly of heart failure. She was vivacious and active to the end. Carol was born in New York and came to San Diego in 1948 with her parents Leonard and Miriam Drogin, her brother Harry (all now deceased) and brother Steve. She taught in many schools and is remembered by students and their parents. She owned Sunnyhill Realty in Bonita for several years.
Carol passed away suddenly on October 30, 2007. She was a very dear and special friend. She and I had just spent a fabulous week in Montana and enjoyed the changing of the leaves. We took long walks enjoying the autumn weather and carried on about deer sightings as if they were the first ever. It's shocking and painful to lose a very close childhood friend. There are few people who are as genuinely kind and caring as she was. Many of us lived in Drogin homes that were built in the Crawford area in the ‘50s and ‘60s -- Diane Dawson
Mary Ann Edwards Morago
July 25, 1941 - June 3, 2015
I tried to get her to come out for our 50th reunion, but she had some health issues and wasn’t up to the long trip from Texas. She passed away peacefully in her sleep. I’ve kept in communication with her over the years. God Bless her and her family. She is at peace now -- John Blackwood.
December 15, 1941 – March 21, 2000
Larry died of cancer -- Roy Boughton '59
Robert A. Forrest
September 19, 1941 - June 19, 1999
Sherry Frazier Skidmore
May 29, 1942 - November 7, 2008
A dear friend and classmate, Sherry died after a valiant battle with cancer. She grew up in the Rolando Village neighborhood. Her daughter Kaye and son Joe were by her side when she passed away -- Sandi Craig Allen
Pamela Gartz Ruiz
December 22, 1941 – October 27, 2003
Delores Gerger Smith
November 10, 1941 - December 20. 2001
My dear friend, Delores "Dee" Gerger Smith passed away from lung cancer the end of December 2001. Her husband, Marion "Smitty" Smith was in my class but went into the Navy before graduation. They own a vineyard in the hills east of Sacramento, and Smitty is carrying on the work. I saw her a couple of years ago and now I'm sure glad that I made that trip! -- Charlotte Thompson Gruessing '60
November 25, 1941 - December 8, 2011
A research physiologist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, Jeff died of cancer at his home in San Diego. Born in Portsmouth, VA, he received a B.A. degree in zoology in 1964, and an M.S. degree in biology in 1967, both from San Diego State University. He received a Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1970. Jeff served on the scientific staff of the Smithsonian Institution and was a professor of zoology at San Diego State University prior to joining Scripps.
I was saddened to hear the other day that Jeff Graham had passed away. Jeff and I played football together. We periodically would alternate as right defensive tackles for the Colts. Gee that was 53 years ago. After being gone from San Diego for over twenty years I returned and opened up a business. One day Jeff came in and said hello as if I had never left. It touched me deeply. Jeff was an all around good guy and a gentle giant -- Jerry Dean ’59
Barbara Hobart Willhelm
June 16, 1941 - September 7, 2001
Barbara was born in Minnesota and was employed at Barona Casino. Survivors include her companion, Don Frost; sons, Rob, Mark and Shawn Willhelm; sister, Beverly Pegg; and three grandchildren.
January 26, 1942 - May 9, 2009
Doug and I were never married, but lived together for the past 30 years. He passed away after a long battle with cancer. His brother, Dennis Hroza, was with him when he passed from this life to the next – Colleen Taylor
February 19, 1941 - August 31, 1982
I was surfing through the obits and noticed that Greg Hunter was listed as having died from a gunshot wound while in the FBI. He was a neighbor and I knew him and his parents pretty well. He was in the FBI but actually died of a melanoma on his back. It was a shock to everyone who knew him. I still remember he and his brother, Doran, deciding to see what it was like to be in a real gunfight and shooting at each other with .22s across a canyon. He had a thing with guns and I was on a camping trip with him when he wanted to show us how fast a draw he was with his Colt .45. He was quick -- the gun went off while still in the holster and left a 16" hole in his leg where the bullet passed through. If I remember correctly he left a young wife and two small children when he died. -- Peter Knudson '61
Alice James McCapes
Alice, of Hemet, California, died January 4, 2017. She was very involved with her community. She was a senior officer in the TOPS weight loss support group where she helped countless individuals and was highly decorated. She was also active in the American Legion, post 53, with her husband, Arthur. Alice never let a moment go to waste. She was a swim instructor, Cub Scout leader, supported Little League, and was a dedicated and very hard-working dance mom. She was a very gifted crafter, and excelled in anything she attempted. She was, also, a master seamstress and loved making jewelry. She is survived by her husband Arthur and a whole lot of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
October 17, 1941 - December 29, 2014
John died, with family at his side in Nampa, Idaho of natural causes. He retired as a construction superintendent, relocated to Lone Pine, California then moved to Caldwell, Idaho in 2008.
November 25, 1940 - June 16, 1990
October 4, 1941 - July 1, 1960
Frank died in a car crash on 54th Street and Pirotte Drive –- Don Ball
August 16, 1941 - December 29, 2013
February 25, 1940 – October 31, 2002
October 1, 1941 -- February 27, 2010
Neal was born in San Diego. He attended San Diego Community College for several years. He served in the Army and was honorably discharged on March 25, 1970. On July 4, 1982 he married his wife Shelley in San Diego. Until his retirement for medical reasons Neal worked as a consultant in Assistive Technology. He was active in AFSM and the Lions Club. He enjoyed gardening, especially roses and glads, biking, camping, fishing and the outdoors in general. He is survived by his wife Shelley, sisters Bonnie Westergren ’61 of San Diego and Lynn Stroud ‘66 of Springfield, MO. Memorials are suggested to the North Branch Special Olympics, Box 181, North Branch MN 55056
Just to let you know that Neal passed away last Saturday. It was sudden. He woke up on Friday with a broken hip and passed away the next day. The kids and I were with him the entire time -- Shelley Meskimen
Patricia Naish Johnson
April 29, 1941 -- July 13, 2014
Pat’s father was a Navy dentist. The family lived in ten different homes during her childhood and attended schools in California, Washington, and Florida. Pat graduated from Texas Christian University in 1963 and took a teaching job in Vista, where she met her late husband Harold. Pat taught English, Social Studies, Spanish, and study skills at the junior high level and Spanish at the high school level. She retired from teaching in 2001.
July 20, 1940 - June 11, 2013
Gerry Nash '61 informed me that his brother Dick passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family and close friends. He had bravely confronted and fought a courageous battle with a condition called Amyloidosis. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Eileen, his son Stephen and daughter Jennifer and four grandchildren. Dick was born in San Diego. After graduating form Crawford, he attended Oregon State University and majored in Forestry. Upon graduation he went to work for the US Forest Service in the Eldorado National Forest and lived in Placerville, Ca. He joined the Navy and served on an Oiler in the South China Sea off of Viet Nam for two years and returned to the Forest Service. He met his future wife Eileen on a trip to San Diego for a vacation and ended up moving to Los Angeles to be with her. Dick lived in Los Angeles and worked for the Building Industry Credit Association from 1972-2008 and served as President from 1979-2006. Dick enjoyed camping and hiking, outdoor photography, sports and jazz.
October 4, 1938 – February 15, 2009
Diego Native Husband of Alma, Father of Marjean, and Grandfather of Anastasia and Dorian. A devoted family man. A Friend and Mentor to thousands. Robert contracted polio at age five, but did not let is stop him from enjoying life! He liked to dance, camp, drive (including a dune buggy) and fix cars and electronics. He inspired many through his strength and sense of humor. Robert had a 45-year career at Delta Design. He was enthusiastically involved with many organizations. His door was always open. He promoted a positive attitude towards disabled persons by sharing his strengths with all he met.
December 18, 1941 - June 1, 2004
A third generation San Diegan and honors graduate of San Diego State University, Steve's enduring interests included family (first and foremost, his wife and best friend, Linda of 27 years), friends, reading, conversation, classical music, humor, world history (especially archaeology), cinema, television (Law & Order was a favorite), crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, writing, automobiles, stamp collecting, Trivial Pursuit, logic-defying slot machines, and the oft challenge-ridden San Diego Chargers.
Martin Real Raborn
August 28, 1942 - May 3, 1964
Susan Schmith Rabasco
June 24, 1941 - August 2, 2000
Susan away unexpectedly, after raising four children and sharing her love of life and laughter with all. She also touched hundreds of students' lives as a teacher of English as a Second Language in the local community college system.
Mary Lous Smith Erwin
June 15, 1941 - May 9, 2014
May 20, 1941 - April 18, 2017
Bob was born in Davenport, IA on May 20, 1941 to Dean Snyder M.D. and Eulon Ritz Snyder. He earned a masters in History from San Diego State University. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his boys and was an avid student of history, especially the Civil War period. He was a beloved husband to Sharon (Deluhery) for 53 years and grandfather to Gabriel Snyder of Colorado Springs, CO. He is also survived by sisters, JoAnn Ames and Carolyn Nelson; and nieces and nephews.
Joanne Sorrells Morton
August 14, 1941 - October 17, 1985
I think she passed away of Lou Gehrig’s Disease. -- Don Ball
December 28, 1940 - January 12, 2005
Ted Suggs passed away from pancreatic cancer. He had been diagnosed in June 2004 and had been able to remain at home through most of the illness. His niece Jennifer was at his side when he died. -- Alice James McCapes
August 14, 1941 - July 7, 1985
Ted graduated from SDSU, receiving a doctorate in education. His passion was Herpetology, and along with being a much beloved high school science teacher, he worked part time at the Natural History Museum as a reptile specialist. He also proudly served in the Marine Corps . He will be greatly missed by his wife, Lulu Anaya '63, and their two sons.
Janice Walstad Nichols
September 1, 1941 - June 27, 1986
Donald Michael Waters
July 9, 1941 - May 31, 2004
Don joined the United States Army Security Agency in September 1961 and was on active duty until 1964; he served in Vietnam from July 1962 to July 1963 and then was posted to Thailand until his discharge from the Army. He graduated with a degree in Political Science from SDSU in 1966 and received a Masters degree in Economics from the American Institute for Foreign Trade (Thunderbird) in Phoenix, AZ. Don was a market analyst with Copley International after graduation, then worked in politics for several years. Active in many civic clubs, including the Rotary Club, he was president of Mission Bay Associates when the San Diego Crew Classic was begun. He eventually joined his father's company, Waters Consultants, having been an Engineer-in-Training since the fifth grade. He obtained his Professional Engineer designation in corrosion in 1976. Don is survived by his wife Ingrid, his 3 cats, his brother John Waters and his sister Holly Duran, uncle John Thrasher and cousin Rosemari Thrasher, all in the San Diego area, cousins Patricia Storsteen, Tom Thrasher, Jim Thrasher, Janice Noss and Sue Mansker in other parts of the country.
John "Bud" Webb
January 5, 1942 -- May 26, 2006
John was born in Charlotte, NC and came to San Diego with his Navy family. He attended San Diego City College and San Diego State, where he played football and ran track. He was the only male in his Business English class, where he met Janet. They were married in 1963. He is survived by Janet, their children Lauri and Erik, and six beautiful grandchildren.
April 17, 1941 - March 1, 2015
Dave passed away unexpectedly at Kaiser Zion Hospital of heart problems. He was a San Diego native whose parents were first generation Americans from Norway and Sweden. He was very proud of his Viking heritage. After graduation, he went into the Army for a brief stint that included Korea, and then returned to San Diego, graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in Accounting. He worked for Advanced Rehabilitation Technologies for over 30 years, and had his own income tax business that he just gave up a few years ago. Survivors include brother Donald Weim ’63
March 13, 1940 - May 28, 2007
James was born in Long Beach and served in the Army during the Vietnam War. Survivors include his wife, Lorelei Welch; daughters, Bridget Gunn and Gina Ludwig; son, David Gunn; and two grandchildren.
July 29, 1940 - January 20, 1967
John died in a car crash by a drunk driver on Highway 395
at the Washington Street overpass -- Don Ball
May 20, 1941 - April 2, 1964
August 24, 1941 - August 29, 1970
Big John stood out way over the rest of the world. Probably because he was a six foot seven inches tall. He checked out of this world way too early: 1970 – Dan Worona ‘62
Clifford J. Wynne
December 12, 1941 - December 12, 1996
Passed away after a long illness. He is survived by wife Laurie, parents Burl and Bettye, and brother Jeffrey '63
(Thanks to Mary Gale Rogers '67 for many of the above dates)
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