Lois M. Agnew
April 27, 1904 - July 11, 1996
One of Crawford's earliest vice-principals, Lois retired in 1967. She died in her sleep in a Santa Ana retirement home. She was 92. "She was a giving, caring person as far as the kids and the staff were concerned," said Emma Leisure. "If anybody needed help she was there."
Homer H Badgett
Sept. 3, 1921-Feb. 8, 2002
H.H. "Bus" Badgett lived in San Marcos. He was born in Mount Vernon, Ill. Mr. Badgett was an aerospace design engineer for Teledyne-Ryan. He was a member of the Liberator Club and had served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
Dr. Mary Barr
October 22, 1926 January 6, 2015
Mary passed away unexpectedly in her home in El Cajon. She taught English at Crawford from 1964 to 1968.
August 18, 1905 March 10, 1993
Richard V. Bertain
July 4, 1930 - September 13, 2000
"RV" was the Class of 1962 Advisor, a job he resigned from in order to pursue a scholarship at Harvard University,where he received his Doctorate in Educational Administration in 1964. Previously he had received Bachelor Degrees in Philosphy and English in 1961 from Saint Mary's College and, later, a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from San Diego State College in 1960. He worked in the Beverly Hills, Inglewood, El Segundo, Palm Springs, Glendale and Culver City School districts in various administrative capacities. In 1990 he was appointed by President George Bush, and confirmed by the United States Senate, as Associate Director of Domestic and Anti-Poverty Operations. He passed away from cancer.
Much-loved social studies teacher Richard A. Brosio passed away January 8, 2015. I received word from his former wife Anna Weiser. Mr. Brosio taught World Affairs for years at Crawford, then went to Patrick Henry; then returned to his alma mater, the University of Michigan, where he earned a doctorate. He then taught at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, for many years, and spent the last years of his career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mr. Brosio was well known as an impassioned, highly articulate and erudite teacher who expected much of his students and gave much in return. I know many of my former schoolmates who felt as I did: that he was easily the most influential teacher we had known. RIP, Mr. Brosio, and thanks for lighting a fire that has never gone out; with any luck, it never will -- Phil Catalfo 68
Frances LaMora Kaar Archibald
(also known as Mrs. Francess Brownell)
June 11, 1911- December 24, 2012
My mother lived in Cuba much of her young life. She was sent back to the United States by her parents when she was sixteen, to
become familiar with the nation of her birth. She attended Monticello Seminary, a private girls academy in Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois in 1934 with a Bachelors Degree in Spanish and Linguistics. The university offered her a teaching position immediately following graduation, where she remained until relocating to California for health reasons. Frances moved to Southern California, and earned a Masters Degree from USC, where she also did work on her doctoral studies. She left USC before completing her doctorate, in order to care for her mother, who had returned from India to recuperate from an illness. Frances became a Spanish teacher, teaching at both high school and college levels. She was named Teacher of the Year at Crawford in 1963, and was active in the American Field Service. She often traveled with students to Spain and Mexico on summer study excursions. On her 100th birthday, a mariachi band was hired to serenade her. Frances knew all the songs, and joined in the singing -- in Spanish, of course. Many former students came great distances to honor a teacher who had left an indelible impression on them, more than fifty years before. Frances received dozens of e-mails from all over the world, including a former student in a kibbutz in Israel, one in international banking in Central America, and and one living in Buenos Aires for thirty years. She heard from the mother of Soul Surfer, Bethany Hamilton, who was also a former student. Many of her students commented on Frances colorful mode of dressing, and her pink Ford with green interior. (She had it painted to look like a rose.) All recalled her skill as an instructor. She inspired students to master another language, go see the world, and be better human beings. -- Steve Brownell 64
"Joe" met his wife, Bea, on the tennis courts at Morley Field during WWII. She was an art teacher and convinced him to stay in San Diego and to become a teacher. He dedicated a half a century to improving public education in the San Diego Unified School District. Joe and Bea never missed a chance to participate in a school dance while he was the Vice Principal at Crawford (1956-1962), Principal at Mission Bay High (1962-1965) and Madison High (1968-1973). Joe became a Director of Secondary Education in 1973. Although he retired in 1982, he continued to do special assignments until March of 1997. He has two children and two grandchildren.
Dorothy Dell Dobbin Callaway
October 18, 1922 -- September 5, 2003
Margaret G. Covey
July 10, 1915 - June 6, 1993
Girls' Vice Principal, 1959
October 24, 1927 - October 3, 2014
We shared the same birthday (different years), so I had the pleasure of celebrating many times with her -- Joanne Dewey Urban 72
August 24, 1906 - January 25, 1996
Faculty member from 1958 to 1972, she died of congestive heart failure. She was a founding member of Crawford, teaching English and counselling gifted students. After retirement she travleed extensively and, in 1988, moved to Casa de las Companas, a retirement community in Rancho Bernardo. She was 89.
James T. Gibbs
October 30, 1921 - September 29, 1988
Mr. Gibbs died at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, following an apparent massive heart attack. Mr. Gibbs was stricken while returning by bus from a trip to a Japanese art and culture show in Los Angeles. He was taken directly to the hospital but could not be revived. He was born in Independence, Kan. He studied at Tulsa University and UCLA and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate School. He served in Europe with the Army Engineers during World War II. Mr. Gibbs settled in San Diego and joined the San Diego school system at the close of the war. He taught art in Dana Junior High School, Pacific Beach Junior High, Hoover High School and Crawford High School before becoming professor of art at City College.
Naida May Carlstrom Groff
Naida died May 14, 2015 at age 74. She was born in Rockford, Illinois. She attended the University of Iowa and later transferred to San Diego State University to complete her Bachelor of Science and Masters Degrees. During her teaching career she taught Biology, Chemistry, Physiology, Psychology, and Mathematics. Naida also served as a mentor teacher, helping to guide and develop the skills of many aspiring educators. Students and colleagues remember Naida's nurturing and supportive personality as well as her dedication to the academic and personal success of all who entered her classroom. Naida had many interests including beach adventures, travel, fishing, nutrition, but most of all was her family and friends.
January 7, 1925 - February 25, 2009
Dons family moved to San Diego from Colorado in 1935 and he attended Hoover High. After service in WWII he graduated from Occidental College. He received his MS from SDSC in 1953 and PhD in 1969 from USIU. He co-authored a popular series of math texts for Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company entitled "Mathematics for Individual Achievement."
September 2, 1918 - February 7, 2014
Walt was born in San Diego and was raised in the Normal Heights area. He attended Hoover High School and played on the football and track teams. It was at Hoover that he met Cora-Meome, his future wife. Walt went on to earn his teaching degree from San Diego State College, graduating in 1941. He served in the U S Navy during WWII. After the war Walt went into teaching and coaching, starting in 1946 with Holtville High School in the Imperial Valley. He moved to La Jolla High School in 1948, Lincoln High School in 1953, Crawford High School in 1957, and finished his career at San Diego City College as a student counselor, retiring in 1978. Walt was one of the original inductees into the San Diego Hall of Champions Coaching Legends. Walt and Cora were married in 1942 and were together for 69 years until Cora passed away in 2011. Walt leaves behind his son Samuel Harvey II, grand children and great grand children.
Coach Harvey, acting as a counselor and not as a coach, is the one who encouraged me to go to Stanford even though my father was against my going there. I now have two degrees from Stanford that I would not have if coach Harvey had not encouraged me.--Dan Lewis '62
December 1, 1927 - March 7, 2012
Dick was born in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota and moved to San Diego at the age of ten. His life was dedicated to teaching -- both in Bishop and San Diego -- playing, coaching, and supporting basketball; fishing in British Columbia and Alaska; and enjoying friends and family. Having met Constance Karge while attending Occidental College, they married June 17, 1950. Dick and his extended family enjoyed many years in the Sierras and on vacation travels.
Jessie N. Johnson
October 26, 1931 October 7, 2004
He was born in Orange, California and passed away in Alpine. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. Survivors include his wife Marlene; daughter, Jody Stratton and Wendy Wheeler; sisters Betty Flora and Carol Hendricks; brothers, Marvin Johnson and Bob Johnson, and four grandchildren. There were no services. Donations: Sharp Hospice, P. O. Box 3739, La Mesa, CA 91944.
Jesse was a teacher at Crawford when I was a student at Crawford and was still there when I returned as a teacher in 1984. He retired during the course of my ten years there -- Nancy Alumbaugh Bailey '60
My father, former Crawford math teacher, Robert Juel, died on December 9, 2011. One of the last things my father said to me before Parkinsons robbed him of speech was, The one thing I know I did right in life was to become a teacher. He told me this partly because I work at Stanford with those studying to be elementary teachers, and he wanted my students to know how he felt about teaching even after all these years. He appreciated so much the letters and e-mail he received through the years from former Crawford students even the student who was still upset about a long-ago grade. His mind remained curious about the world until the end. He loved the history channel on cable television and even rode his electric scooter all the way to the Stanford bookstore to see what calculus textbooks they now used. He felt the textbook was too expensive, so he just drove in day after day to read it at the bookstore. Eventually his body was overcome by the Parkinsons to the point that the stubborn, independent, Norwegian with the ever active mind was stuck inside his rigid body unable to leave bed. We were fortunate in finding the VA hospice program. The color photo above was taken about ten years ago when my father was sailing in Cape Cod. Sailing on the sea was his passion. He remarked on this day that he hoped I could get a job in California before he died. He wanted his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean, and he got that wish. The scattering will occur at sea off the Marin headlands this coming week. Take care and enjoy life whenever you can -- Connie Juel 67 (December 17, 2011)
Sgt. Erwin Kaltenbach
October 2, 1904 - January 10, 1992
Dorothy T. Kuhn
October 26, 1910 - January 9, 2006
Dorothy was born in Columbus, Ohio, and was an art teacher at Crawford. Survivors include her nieces, Suzy Urrea and Emy Center; and a nephew, Robert Kuhn.
Charles Orton Lewis
May 2, 1921 - June 28, 2005
He was born in Michigan and served in the Marine Corps. Survivors include his sons, Daniel Lewis of Santa Rosa and Craig Lewis of Encinitas
A popular PE teacher, Karen died March 6, 2015 in Lakeside. My tennis partner Teresa OMalley and I kept in touch with her after high school and, Teresa more than I, knew her family. I believe she died from a lung related disease and had been fighting it for some time. There is no service planned and her brother from Phoenix is handling her estate -- Linda Dederman 69
September 25, 1923 - December 5, 2010
A native of San Diego, Lavier graduated from Hoover High School, received degrees at San Diego State University and a Masters Degree in Chemistry at Notre Dame. Lavier taught at Notre Dame, several San Diego High Schools, Mesa College, San Diego Evening College and San Diego City College. He was a Medical Entomologist at Yale University and author of "Introductory Experimental Chemistry". An active longtime member of the Lions Club in La Mesa. A kind and devoted husband, Lavier will be deeply missed by all who loved him.
August 31, 1921 - April 14, 2001
Richard N. Martin
October 1, 1924 November 10, 2006
Virginia MacMaster Polk
January 5, 1920 - February 21, 2007
Nancy McAlister Beauchaine
May 29, 1932 May 25, 2010
Nancy passed away peacefully in the company of friends following an illness. Her legacy as a counselor, teacher, writer and friend lives on in the lives she has touched. Born and raised in Henrietta, New York, Nancy left to attend the University of Oklahoma as a drama major. Upon graduation, she taught in Oklahoma City before moving to Riverside and then to San Diego where she taught English and Speech at Crawford High School
Marion "Mac" McAnear
October 18, 1927 - April 19, 2013
Born in Shamrock, Texas, Mac served as an occupation soldier in Germany, where he met Helga Doerbecker, whom he married and brought to San Diego to raise a family and begin his career in education. Teaching English and German, and coaching boys' soccer, he was known affectionately to his students as "Herr Mac." He retired in 1994 and became a prolific, award-winning poet; he also published two novels. He travelled extensively with Helga, who passed away in 2007.
Merrill "Mac" McLaughlin
Mac passed away on May 1, 2014, just six days after his beloved wife Eleanor lost her battle with Alzheimers. They were 94 and 95 years old, and lived in Georgia near their daughter. Mac and Eleanor were both born in Illinois, and met at a dance while Mac was in college. He graduated in 1942, joined the Navy, and married "the only girl I ever loved". They came to San Diego where Mac served at North Island, training motor machinists to keep the planes flying. After the war ended, they made San Diego their permanent home. In 1946 Mac began a long career with the San Diego City Schools, teaching industrial arts at Roosevelt Jr. High and Kearny Jr-Sr High school. After earning certification as a counselor, he went to Horace Mann Jr. High School, and began spending part of his day as counselor, and part teaching wood shop. In 1957, Crawford High School opened, and Mac moved there with the Horace Mann graduates, and continued as their counselor as they became Crawford's first graduating class. Mac stayed at Crawford, teaching wood shop and history, counseling and coaching many sports until his retirement in 1980.
June 17, 1905 - August 11, 2001
Mary McMullen graduated from San Diego High School, then went on to San Diego Teacher's College on Park Boulevard. She accompanied the school to Montezuma Mesa in 1931 when it changed its name to San Diego State College. "Her smile and charm are an inspiration to all who meet her," said an article in the school yearbook from the 1930s.
Long before she became Crawford's first principal Mary McMullen was acting dean at San Diego State College. In 1932 she organized 12 female seniors into the school's first chapter of Cap and Gown, which later was renamed Mortar Board. She served as Dean of Women at State from 1932 to 1938, then left to become vice principal at La Jolla High. In 1951 she opened Lincoln High School. The Lincoln football field was named in her honor.
(Thanks to Emma Leisure for sending the above information --
and Bob Richardson '61 for the photo taken by his father)
January 30, 1904 - November 19, 2007
Walter was born on on a farm six miles outside the town of Harper, Kansas. After graduating from Harper High School, he went to Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas where he played trombone in the band and was on the track team. Walter began his 40 years of teaching in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and then came to San Diego in 1934. He earned a Master of Education degree at USC. He taught at Roosevelt Junior High next to the Zoo until 1955, when he came to Horace Mann Junior High. In the fall of 1963 he went to a new school, Muirlands Junior High in La Jolla, retiring in 1969, always teaching band and orchestra. After retiring from teaching, he began a second career in real estate sales, retiring from that at the age of 85. He continued to drive twelve miles to the church where his son is pastor and play in the brass quartet until he was 96. He passed away at Alvarado Hospital, just a mile from his home since 1953. He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Margaret Troxel Mentze, also a music teacher, his daughter Joan Mentze '67, biology laboratory technician at SDSU and son, the Rev. Dr. Robert Mentze '70, pastor of the Lakeside Community Presbyterian Church.
April 22, 1918 - January 27, 2005
Originally from New Jersey Helen was the first of four siblings. She was the daughter of Hungarian immigrants Andrew Gaydos and Anna Kall. She eventually would work as a secretary for Trenton State Teachers College where she met her future husband Claude Fell Merzbacher. During 1942, while still a secretary at the teachers college, she temporarily worked as a newspaper model to support war fund raising efforts. She began attending Trenton State Teachers College at this time and received a B.A. degree in Commerce in 1944. She married Claude F. Merzbacher in 1945 in Pas-A-Grille Beach, Fla. During that busy year she commuted to Trenton from their residence in St. Petersburg, Fla., to complete her teacher training. They yearned for the drier climate of Southern Calif. and moved to Encinitas, Calif. in 1946. While working to support a family she would find herself as a single mother in the late 1960s. She would work and return home to be a parent each day. She persevered to raise her two sons who would eventually grow up and became educators in the San Diego area. In 1977, Helen was suddenly forced to retire with a debilitating stroke. Her sister Margaret Gaydos soon retired as an English teacher to give care and support for Helen. Although Helen could speak only a few words she survived, independently, for nearly 30 years, in her own home, eventually traveling accompanied by her sister to Budapest in 1980. She loved nature and gardening. She was a dog lover and could be seen daily, walking through the Allied Gardens neighborhoods, smiling and greeting others for 15 years with her dog Hemingway. Helen is succeeded by sister Irene Anderson and family of Princeton, NJ, brother Irving Gaydos and family of Pittsgrove, NJ, son Jeffrey Lee Merzbacher and family of Ramona, Calif., son James Merzbacher and wife Marlene of Spring Valley, Calif., two grandsons Sean and Chase of Carlsbad, Calif.
October 9, 1922 - January 24, 2009
A longtime San Diego and Borrego Springs resident, Chuck was born in Shady Side, Ohio. In 1953, the Mobleys moved with their young daughter Jayne to San Diego, California where Chuck served as the Vice Principal at Horace Mann Junior High School. While at Horace Mann, Chuck earned his Masters Degree in Education from San Diego State University. He later held administrative positions at Pacific Beach Junior High School, Wilson Junior High School, Crawford High School and Madison High School. Chuck also served as the Assistant Superintendent of the San Diego City School District. Chuck commented many times how much he enjoyed interacting with his students and what a pleasure it was to be an educator. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Boys and Girls Club of Borrego Springs. A private ceremony is being planned for family and close friends.
January 13, 1914 - January 1987
July 31, 1916-December 30, 2002
Clarence S. Overstreet
May 29, 1925 May 30, 2002
December 19, 1916 January 22, 2010
George was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Riverside and Brea. He graduated from Riverside Poly High and Riverside Junior College and, in 1940, San Diego State. He was co-captain of the track team and a member of Omega Xi fraternity. While there he met the love of his life, Averyl Troge. They were married in 1942. She predeceased him in 1996. They lived in Talmadge Park for 60 years, where they raised two children. George earned his master's degree at San Diego State in 1954. He was a long-time employee of San Diego City Schools, where he became principal of Wilson Jr. High, Crawford High and Point Loma High. He is survived by his son Tom Parry 62 and his daughter Candy Parry Tickson 64, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
August 5, 1921 - April 19, 2013
Coach Jerry Pease passed away at his home in Melbourne, Iowa. He coached baseball and football at Crawford from 1957 to 1962, and other schools for an additional 15 years. Prior to becoming a teacher he was in the Navy from 1939 to 1952. His duty tours included being at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. He was a Chief Gunner's Mate on the USS Santa Fe, a light cruiser, seeing action in the South Pacific and ending up in Tokyo. He was also in the Korean War. He is survived by sons Walter 64 of Pleasant Hill, California, Edward 64 of San Mateo, California and Fred of Virginia.
Services for Mimi, who taught Business Education, were held February 4, 2009.
She died of complications from pneumonia Sue Burnight Mason 68
Sally Hayes Remington
Sally's photo in the 1963 Centaur; Sally, Lois Tidwell and Jerry Smithson at the Class of '63 2008 Reunion
June 29, 1927 - August 7, 2009
Born in Pago Pago, American Samoa to USN LT Thomas F. and Rena I. Hayes, Sally lived in La Mesa since 1931. She was a graduate of Our Lady of Peace Academy and San Diego State College, where she was an active member of Alpha Phi sorority. Sally was a popular teacher and counselor at both Crawford and Serra High Schools. An avid Padres fan, she was devoted to her lifelong friends and family. She is survived by son Richard of Reno NV, granddaughter Hayes of Bakersfield CA, and sister Dorothy Kinsella of La Mesa.
J. William Rieker
November 4, 1920 - February 7, 1988
Warren B. Rose
Florence Perry Schwada
1908 - May 9, 2000
Wiley Freeman Shaver Jr.
October 19, 1915 - March 18, 2002
Mr. Shaver was born in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama in1933. He served in Europe during WWII, receiving the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1962. Mr. Shaver taught at Crawford High School until 1977, receiving the Teacher of the Year Award in 1974 -- Lorraine Labozzetta Taylor '68
August 12, 1927 - September 4, 2000
Gale Sheldon was one of the best teachers I ever had the privilege of knowing. He was also a fine person. He taught a team-teaching class with another excellent teacher, Sam Turner. It was because of teachers like Mr. Sheldon that Crawford was considered one of the best high schools in San Diego. Gale Sheldon cared about his students and was always a gentleman -- Rob Wilcox '69
Emmett Skirvin Jr
January 2, 1920 - January 27, 2011
Emmett graduated from Santa Barbara College in 1948 with a degree in industrial arts and on June 20th of the same year married his sweetheart Jeanette (Jan) Senay. They moved to San Diego shortly thereafter and had sons Glenn and Robert in 1950 and 1952. From 1948 until his retirement in 1985, Emmett worked for the San Diego City Schools, first as an industrial arts teacher and then for the majority of his career as a career development counselor. At various times he worked at Wilson Jr. High, Lincoln HS, Kearny HS, Crawford HS, Morse HS, Hoover HS and University City HS, helping guide young men and women in the formative years of their lives. Emmett was predeceased by his sweetheart Jan in October 2010 after 62 years of marriage and is survived by his two sons. He taught at Crawford from 1957-1965 and again from 1983-1985.
Frank P. Smith
August 30, 1926 - July 5, 2004
Frank was born in San Diego and was a coach and district counselor for the San Diego Unified School District. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Survivors include his wife, Frances
July 19, 1919 - December 9, 1997
April 28, 1910 - May 23, 2013
Lois Tidwell was my English teacher and a very nice lady -- Merle Betz 61
I had Mrs Tidwell and have nice memories of her. Didn't she have a Southern accent? Bernadine Berlin Temple 62
Wow, I also had Ms. Tidwell, hard to believe that she was 103 -- Sharon Stevens Leibl 62
I saw Mrs. Tidwell several years ago at a fund raiser at the UCSD faculty club. She insisted she remembered me, which I doubt. But I will always remember her. It was our senior year and it was called "Honors English." I guess today it would be an AP course. Harriet Silverman Bossenbrock sat next to me. Those were the good old days, for sure. To this day I can quote, in Olde English, the lines from Canterbury Tales! Thanks for the update -- Gayle Wishnek Wise 62
I had Mrs. Tidwell for Honors English in 12th grade. She was very supportive of creativity and made us also learn the opening lines to Canterbury Tales in Old English I can still do it! She had previously taught at Hoover and was the favorite teacher of another friend of mine who is a bit older than us -- Barbara Bright Wilder 62
Sorry to learn of Lois's passing. She was my English teacher, too and also taught my older sister Carole (Bob Richardson's wife) and my younger sister, Sally. She will be missed -- Jerry Smithson 63
October 12, 1930 - March 31, 2009
Jerry passed away after a long bout with cancer. We taught and coached
together for 28 years. Jerry retired in 1990 and I in 1991 Dick Draz
David Van Buskirk
Mr. Van Buskirk and his wife Betty perished when EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed into the waters off Nantucket, Massachusetts on October 31, 1999. Mr. Van Buskirk spent most of his career teaching English and drama at Crawford.
Mary died on September 23, 2011, at the age of 96, after a short illness. Her life was dedicated to education and counseling the young and the old. She was a P.E. teacher in several High Schools in San Diego and finally Vice Principal at Horace Mann.
February 29, 1924 - September 24, 2012
Ray was born in Philadelphia and earned his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania before moving to San Diego to begin a 27-year career at Crawford. He then worked as an archivist for the San Diego Air & Space Museum and authored many books and articles on aviation history. He is survived by his wife, Mary, three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorial will be private and the family requests donations be made to the San Diego Air & Space Museum where he will be inducted into their Hall of Fame Class of 2012 November 17, 2012.
November 26, 1926 - September 1986
January 12, 1918 - December 22, 2003
Marguerite Jeanette White was born, and passed away, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She attended Eau Claire High School where she earned numerous athletic accommodations. After high school, Marguerite attended Eau Claire Teacher's College. After graduation, Marguerite taught for four years in the Eau Claire school district, and in 1944 she moved to San Diego, Calif., until returning to Wisconsin in 2000. In Marguerite's tenure with the San Diego School District, her love of education brought her to be a teacher and counselor at Dana Junior High, a Teacher Consultant for the San Diego Schools, a teacher and counselor at Crawford High School, a Vice Principal at Lewis Junior High and Clairemont High School, and the Principal at Dana Junior High until her retirement in 1982. Marguerite earned her Masters Degree while in San Diego.
Virginia Urbani Wilcoxson
April 15, 1914 - February 7, 2014
Virginia passed away peacefully, nine weeks shy of her 100th birthday, surrounded by her loving family. Scholar, teacher, businesswoman, world traveler, wife, mother, grandmother and volunteer, she was truly a renaissance woman. Born of immigrant Italian parents at Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest, Virginia enjoyed growing up in the sleepy Navy town of San Diego, graduating from San Diego High School's Class of 1932. Intent on a career teaching languages, she studied French, Spanish and Portuguese, adding to her already fluent English and Italian. Immediately upon receiving her BA at San Diego State in 1936, she was hired to teach French and Spanish at Hoover High School. Ten years later, she took a sabbatical to earn a Master's Degree at UC Berkeley and perhaps meet that 'someone special' and raise a family. Virginia hosted many French dinners at Berkeley's International House and it was at one of these that she met her future husband, Walter Wilcoxson. He was a student at the University and the two hit it off but it was his long distance love letters in French that won her heart. In 1948 they were married by then Bishop Charles Francis Buddy at St. Joseph's Cathedral in downtown San Diego. They settled in Mission Hills in 1956. During the nearly 60 years of marriage that followed, they raised three children, Virginia taught full time, invested in real estate and cared for her elderly parents. In 1979, she retired from San Diego Unified ending a 40 year career as an inspirational educator at Hoover, Crawford and Point Loma High Schools.
October 18, 1931 - January 20, 2014
Paul was born in Coshocton Ohio. In 1950 he left for South Carolina to attend Central Wesleyan College where he fell in love with Betty Lou Henderson, his wife of 63 years. With the start of the Korean War, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving 4 years on the Rendova and Bon Homme Richard aircraft carriers. From 1960 to 1996 Paul taught Physics and Chemistry at Crawford, starting the Advanced Science Program for San Diego County. When not in a classroom, you could usually see him digging in his garden, repairing one of his rental houses, or involved in a construction project at his church.
HORACE MANN FACULTY
Horace Mann Coach
August 15, 1922 -- November 22, 2009
Horace Mann Coach and Counselor
Bill was born on August 15, 1922 in Mishawaka, Indiana. He enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II and fought in the Pacific, including Bougainville and Guadalcanal. After the war, Bill graduated from San Diego State. Bill became a respected educator at various schools in San Diego. He was principal of Mira Mesa High School at the time of his retirement. Artist, athlete, man of good humor, and friendly, Bill remained to the end a good-looking son of a gun. Bill was preceded in death by his wife Florence Herberg Fansler and his son Robert Fansler. Bill is survived by his pal and companion of over 25 years Dorothy Wilcox and her family, his children Thomas (Diana), Leslie Harrelson, and Richard Fansler. At Bill's request, there will be no service. Anyone wishing to honor Bill could do so with a donation to San Diego Hospice.
Charles Russell Henzie
December 8, 1917 - July 23, 2016
"C. Russell" Henzie was principal at Horace Mann Junior High in the 1950s and 1960s.
William T. Olive
February 26, 1927 - January 23, 2002
Horace Mann Shop Teacher
April 16, 1924 - July 10, 2013
Mr. Petersen died in Gilbert, Arizona from Parkinson's complications. He lived in San Diego for 45 years. He earned a Master's Degree from SDSU in Education. He worked 35 years for the San Diego Unified School District as a teacher, principal, and Director of Secondary Education. He retired after 23 years in the Naval Air Reserve as a Captain.
Florence Theskin Carson
My mother died February 15, 2014 at her home in Nevada City, CA at the age of 90. She was a math teacher and counselor at Horace Mann Junior High from the early 60s to the early 70s, then moved to Pacific Beach Junior High as vice principal. I remember Mom telling me that girls with "short" skirts were sent into her Horace Mann office by teachers. My mom would ask the girls to kneel on the floor, and if the skirt didn't touch the floor, the girl was sent home!! She had been living in the Nevada City/Grass Valley area for the past 30 years with my step-dad Stew Carson -- Joseph Jay Thesken 69
May 8, 1919 - June 27, 2013
During WWII, Don served in the Navy in the Asiatic-Pacific. The family is blessed to have heard his accounts of his experience first-hand. While in New Zealand, he met the girl of his dreams and future wife, Sylvia Jean Delaveau. After the war, Sylvia joined him in the U.S. and they married. They settled in San Diego where they raised their three children. Don was an educator in San Diego for over 30 years. Don also kept informed on issues of fitness and health throughout his life. In the early 1960s he began jogging at Lake Murray and daily hikes up Cowles Mountain. The last time he climbed to the top of Cowles Mountain he was 87 years old.
Donald Tice taught the Horace Mann Seminar group for several years and was greatly beloved for his digressive teaching style, which enabled us to coax long, rambling stories out of him that would take up the entire class period with almost no pertinent work being done. He was, however, a self-acknowledged "grammar nut," and instilled in all of us the fundamentals of sentence diagramming and proper syntax. He was a wonderful man and a memorable influence on his many students -- Mary Ellen Whelan Cain '71
OAK PARK FACULTY
Robert K. Rice
May 30, 1925 - July 25, 2013
The father of Sally '74, Barbara, Joyce and Jean -- all '76 -- Bob seemingly taught at every elementary school in the district, serving as principal at Beale, Grant, Oak Park, Sessions, Crown Point and Cleveland.
(Thanks to Mary Gale Rogers '67 for many of the above dates)