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Your Memories

Welcome one and all. This is a page dedicated to memories shared by all of our Golden Grad alumni.  By sharing some of your most memorable moments as a student at Long Beach State College, we hope to keep our alumni connected to the rich history of our university.  You can also send us photos of your college days and we’ll be happy to post them for you!

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49 Responses to “Your Memories”

  1. Richard (Dick) Marley Says:

    “Long Beach State” as it was known in 1950, when I
    transferred from Santa Ana College to begin my final 2 years of college, had nothing more than an apartment house for a campus, with the bedrooms as classrooms. The second year(51-52), classrooms were in quonset huts.

    All students at that time were “Commuter” students. Actually, we felt like true 49′ers in the sense that we were pioneers!

    My major was Social Science, with a minor in
    Music. I enjoyed all my classes at this new
    university, but especially the music-related
    ones. Dr. Peterson, the Music Director (not the
    president at the time) was a great and enthusiastic instructor. I was a member of the
    university choir during those years, and used
    the training I received at Long Beach State to
    advantage over the next sixty or so years in
    several church choirs as my career moved me
    around the country.

    The downside of being a commuter student was that
    I was not able to establish any lasting acquaintances because I had to work, and was not
    a local resident of Long Beach.

    We now live in Central Illinois in retirement, having spent 38 years with State Farm Insurance
    Companies, ending up in Corporate Headquarters.

  2. Dr. Gerald Menefee Says:

    In 1970-71, Dennis Murray and I got together with the CSCNorthridge Asst. to the Pres. (which is what Dennis Murray was for LBSC then) and a guy from Cal State SLO and formed a State CSC Alumni group. We met with the UC Alum leaders and challenged why they were against CSC becoming CSUniversity. They were concerned (of course) that CSU would want to push into their coveted Ph.D. programs. We met with Glenn Dumke, then Chancellor of CSC and he agreed that CSU would not go after doctorates, and we were able to get the UC support we needed to change the name. We were and are very proud to have accomplished that!

    Gerald Menefee, BS (1962), MBA (1968), staff 70-71
    Ed.D. USC 1975

  3. Paul S. Says:

    I graduated in 1960, the first engineering class to do so. I have many fond memories and would like to communicate with someone in the engineering class.

  4. Larry Andrew Says:

    I graduated with a Poli Sci degree with an emphasis on Public Administration. Dr. Millsap was my mentor and steered me into my professional career as a County Administrator and City Manager. One of those teachers who come along in life and make a difference. He, Dr. Lorch and a couple of other professors were the early developers of the public administration program at LBSC.

  5. David Wall Says:

    In the late fall of 1958 I had a 4:00 o’clock class, and when it let out I crossed the upper campus to find my car. All was quiet but the occasional burst of laughter from a distant classroom where Ken Rhodes, LLB, CPA, was teaching a late Law class after dusk. The man was funny and I thought then I would never forget him, nor the wry humor he used to teach us.

  6. Robert Gibson Says:

    After I transferred to Long Beach State from Long Beach City College I majored in Elementary Education and eventually earned the BA and California State K-8 credential. I did this while working nights at Douglas Aircraft as a tool designer and later at Autonetics as a reliability engineer. Switching to a teaching career was the best decision I could have made.
    Long Beach prepared me for a long and exciting career in education. After teaching in Norwalk, I moved to Palau in the Caroline islands where I worked as an EFL teacher. This led me to an MA in Teaching ESL and a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Hawaii. I’ve taught in Japan, Palau, Saipan, Cairo, and Hawaii. I retired from the Second Language Studies department at the University of Hawaii three years ago where I was director of two bilingual education projects, Department Chair, and dean of the College of Continuation Education and Community Service. Thank you to all my professors at Long Beach.

  7. Steve Shinn Says:

    Memories of Long Beach State College; I am amazed that my fellow classmates can limit themselves to only one or two lines. Here are a few of my fond recollections.
    Alamitos Hall; “The Men’s Dorm” with our house mother Mrs. Smith, was my home for four incredible years of living on campus. The events that transpired were at once an insane mixture of quiet studies and wild events rivaling anything seen on “Animal House”. I cannot claim innocence nor should I declare participation in these happenings. These ranged from a coed group from our 2 dorms (aka the GDIs) , winning first place for competition the Spring Sing in a scene right out of “Glee”, from “the Greeks” (I think they never held it again..) to the “panty raids” which resulted in fire and police department intervention. The endless memories for this part of my life are rich and would easily fill several volumes but will not be included here on advice of counsel… aka my wife.
    You will all recall that we had a football team back then and it is still sorely missed at any mention of “homecoming”. The games with 49er Days made the season.
    Saga food service, ah yes, they dished up our meals and were the butt of many jokes but the fare usually beat instant soup heated with an electric coil in our rooms and meal time was a daily social event.
    The area now covered by parking lots and the Japanese Garden was vacant and was the site for “the hanging tree”, many parties and other unscheduled events. Our favorite campus cop, “Pappy Copeland” was always there to lend gentle guidance and his kindness earned him a protected status from any trouble he encountered while on patrol. Once, a bunch of jerks were seen giving him trouble late in the evening. Some of the guys spotted it and hollered that Pappy was in trouble, yanked the alarm and the marauders were suddenly surrounded by a large a crowd of angry “dormies” that included several members of the various athletic teams. Speaking of teams one is reminded of the Toilet Races and the ERF or Elephant Racing Team that competed with others from far and near.
    Upper Campus had some really fine instructors but there were others who seemed to be escapees from the V A next door. Among the superstars I would include Drs. Keith Dixon, Leonard Towner, Jack Bradley, Nick Hardeman and several others. Thanks for your patience and dedication.
    College Chorus took a lot of time but the presentations we did with the hard work of faculty and volunteers really enriched the standing of the school.
    We give thanks to the librarians who helped us in the days of card catalogues, the college staff that kept the place running in spite of our ignorance,
    Hopefully these few recollections will bring other memories to this page. It was a wonderful life!
    I am today, among other things, a husband, a dad, a semi-retired science teacher, private pilot, scuba diver, real estate agent and wildlife photographer. I can be usually be found on google and, occasionally, at Joe Jost’s.

  8. Carolyn Chapman Says:

    While I attended Long Beach State I was a member of the Orchestra club and the Wesley Foundation.

    After I graduated from Long Beach State I was a teacher for 43 years. I was a taught kindergarten thru college levels. I also an a tutoring business- 10 years; The Tutoring Team worked for the Methodist board of Missions as teachers in Canden, SC and Santurce, Puerto Rico, Ran a grocery store in Riverside, CA.

  9. Beverly Loranger Says:

    While I was at CSULB I was a Tri Delta and an Officer in the Student body Government. My sophomore year I was Class president. I really enjoyed my political science classes. My political science teacher taught me how to be a student.

  10. Barbara Swedell Says:

    I loved going to the 49er days on campus. Back then they would make a little olden day town from 1849 and people would dress up. They had different competitions during 49er day and I won the cow milking contest 3 years in a row!

  11. Thomas Lewis Says:

    My fondest memories at CSULB involve going to the 49er days. The 49er days had a western theme back then and both clubs and frats had booths you could visit. I fondly remember going to LBSU football games and was even part of the intramural sports on campus.

  12. Richard Roodzant Says:

    While I was at CSULB I really enjoyed covering events for the Art Department and the Forty-Niner Newspaper. I was responsible for going to Senior and Journalism banquets. I even received an award for the Best Reporter.

    Since I have graduated from CSULB I have been working as a Newspaper editor for 10 years, 20 years as a public relations specialists, and 10 years in shipping.

  13. Dennis Iverson Says:

    While I was at Long Beach State I was the president of the Math Society. John William was our faculty sponsor.

    After graduation I worked as an Actuary for Pacific Life Insurance from 1964 thru 2001.

    Today, I am retired and a treasurer for my church in Irvine. I travel Hawaii, Europe, and other US destinations.

  14. George M Palmer Says:

    Going to Long Beach State was a great experience. It really help me grow up. I treasure my experiences there. It opened many doors for me like USC law school.

    After I graduated I went on active duty in the navy.

    I was a practicing attorney for 35 years and I am now retired. Right now I am selling my house in L.A. and moving to Laguna Beach.

  15. Terry Heyer Says:

    My fondest memories are CSULB are being taught by wonderful teachers and professors. I worked full time in Inglewood and went to CSULB at night over the old highways (Imperial Blvd) while San Diego freeway was under construction.

    After I graduated from CSULB I attended Graduate studies at CSULA, UCLA School of Journalism, Brigham Young University School of Library Science. I taught elementary school, was a librarian at LDS hospital, salt kale city reference librarians, and SL community college. I worked back in 1950-1964 and did reports for Inglewood daily news (days full-time) and earned degree by driving every night to CSULB. B.A. January 1964 in social sciences composite major in US history, sociology and geography. Continued at CSULA completing a masters degree requirements and elementary education certification requirements. Worked on journalism masters at UCLA but no evening classes were offered so i was unable to complete that degree. Taught elementary school in Hawthorne, then became a curriculum developer at Consultants in Total Education (CITE) writing science curricula for school districts with children who’s parents were on the Navajo Indian reservation were seasonal migrant farm workers from Mexico. English was not spoken in their houses in both cases so we developed a controlled vocabulary “script” for teachers. English vocabulary “rules” of grammar were taught and then teachers used only that vocabulary to teach, reading, writing and arithmetic, science, history and other school subjects required by state laws. Vocabulary was taught first and teachers were not to suppose that children had already picked up other words. Somehow, the program was developed with funds provided by congress. Unfortunately a new administration and new congress were elected and the new administration scrapped the program.

  16. Sara Maynard Says:

    Some of my fondest memories at Long Beach States are participating in 49er days, building floats and Dr. Shanks drama class

    After Graduation I taught first grade in Long Beach, while living in L.B., Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo. I Married John in 1964. We have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. I taught preschool for 20 years. I have been retired for the past 14 years.

    Today I enjoy visiting with my family and friends, attending bible studies/church, taking exercise classes, trips, camping and otherwise, doing ministries at church, reading.

  17. Larry Nash Says:

    Dr. Frank Vivian was head of the engineering department. He was very approachable. Engineering was new (in 1958). He would seat you on the old sofa in his office and discuss your concerns.

    Dr. Vivian had been head of engineering at USC. They had a mandatory retirement age of 65. He was an active athletic man and not ready to retire. So the story (as I heard it from others) was that he approached the new LB State and asked them if they would like him to set up a school of engineering? They jumped at the chance. That was a smart move on their part.

    Dr. Vivian brought with him some of the older (but very good) engineering professors from USC.
    USC may have had second thoughts….

    Engineering was on lower campus, in wooden “temporary” unairconditioned buildings that we shared with womens’ P.E.

    Some of the classes were only available at night. During break we would find a rabbit and start shrinking a circle (of students) around it. It would always get through the circle easily. (We had no plan for what we would have done if we had caught one.)

    I’ve been in engineering since ’61. I’m still active, with my own one-man consulting business. Cal State Long Beach (that will always be it’s name as far as I’m concerned) gave me a good solid engineering education. I’m grateful for that.

  18. Max Groussman Says:

    The LBSC President climbing onto a tractor following a storm to pull student’s cars out of the muddy parking lot below the cafeteria.

  19. Lawrence Burnight Says:

    Here are my funniest and warmest remembrances of Long Beach State…

    -Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pledges “stuffing” themselves into a Volkswagen Beetle. This actually made it into LIFE magazine as a centerfold photo.

    -Taking “College Chorus”(with many friend”) for an easy “A” and participating in a very memorable performance of Handel’s “Messiah!”

    -Warmest memory of all was meeting my wife of 47 years! She graduated in 1962.

    -Lawrence, ‘61

  20. Terri Elders Says:

    I came to LBSC in January 1956 as a transfer from Compton College. My first husband, Bob Elders, and I had married in June 1955, and he was one of the graduates of the first Police Science class. I was a feature writer for the ’49er…and interviewed many professors.

    I had several classes with Dr. Richard Lyon who taught me how to really understand literature. After our son was born, I returned to State and got a BA in English in 1960 and a General Secondary Credential in 1961, and taught English and journalism at Long Beach Jordan H.S. for a few years before becoming a social worker.

    My son, Steve Elders, in the early ’80s earned his BA in journalism from CSLUB, and had been managing editor of the ’49er. For the past six years he’s been chief copy editor of the Los Angeles Times Sunday Calendar.

    I eventually went to UCLA for an MSW, worked for many years for Los Angeles County DPSS, and eventually, at age 50, joined the Peace Corps, spending 10 years overseas. In 1998 I returned to the States and worked at Peace Corps Headquarters. In 2003 I was made a Distinguished Alumna at UCLA, and in 2006 I received the UCLA Alumni Association award for Community Service for my work both with Peace Corps and with domestic programs such as VISTA.

    I’m now retired in NE Washington State, where I serve as a public member of the state medical board, and am current president of the Colville Branch of American Association of University Women. I’m also a frequent contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul and other anthology series.

  21. Richard L. Marley Says:

    I transferred from Santa Ana College with an Associate’s Degree, to Long Beach State in the Fall of 1950, the second year of its existence. It was based in an apartment building at that time, as no campus had yet been acquired. The “Student Union” was housed in the garage of the Apt. complex, and most of us studied in our cars.

    I graduated in June, 1952, with a BS degree in
    Liberal Arts (Social Work) and a minor in
    Music. I was a commuter student like most others
    of that era, and my only extra-curricular activity was singing in the LBS Choir, led by
    Dr. Peterson (Not the college president).

    Now retired and living in Bloomington, Illinois
    after a 38-year career in Data Processing with
    the country’s largest insurance company.

    Dick Marley Class of ’52

  22. Norman and Dolores Puckett Says:

    Our memories include parking at the bottom of the campus and “hiking” to the top of campus to get to class on time.

    Also, Fellowship trips related to Joshua Tree and working with Dr. Loomis, Dr. Rainey, and Dr. Sleeper. Accompanied by Willie Wren, (now, Dr. Wren), Dick Davis, and Bob Stevens.

    -Norman Puckett, ’61 and Dolores (Vigil) Puckett, ’61

  23. Don Reed Says:

    I feel great warmth toward my years at LBSC/CSULB (its name changed while I was a student there). But too many years have passed for me to remember specifics of my time at the University. I am proud to have made the President’s list for both my B.A. and M.A.

    -Don, ’61

  24. Bill Bennett Says:

    I always enjoyed “Forty-Niner Days” and the Spring Sing. We had a strong fraternity in those days and we participated in everything.


  25. Wayne Hadland Says:

    The warmest remembrance I have of my years at Long Beach State College was meeting my wife-to-be, Martha June Smith. We were married for 44 years and had 3 kids. Martha passed away a few years ago. I was one of the first Engineering students who began at LBSC as a freshman, attending all four years and graduated in Engineering.

    -Wayne, ’61

  26. Ken Atherholt Says:

    Have some recollection of LBSC beating UCLA (and the wizard of Westwood) in Basketball and classes being held in the wooden “temporary” buildings at the bottom of the hill.
    -Ken Atherholt, ’61

  27. Gloria Sall Says:

    I was a member of phi kappa phi. I was a married woman with two children when I attended LBSC. I was a commuter student and did not have the opportunity to participate in organizations. I always said the hardest part of attending classes was the struggle to get a parking space in time for class.

    -Gloria (Abrams) Sall,’61

  28. Tom Sering Says:

    Because of a shortage of units to graduate in June, I was persuaded by a friend to take the “Aviation Education for Teachers” summer school class. Had choice of doing a term paper or helping to put together a piper cub airplanes. (Duh!) My friend and I bought the plane after the instructor (Jay Ackerman) flew it off the football field. I’ve been broke ever since and still fly.

  29. Chet Harris Says:

    In my statement, I did not include my graduation date of 1961 with a MS in Business. I was an Assistant and Associate Professor from 1962 – 1970 and Roger Stanton was one of my students.

  30. Chet Harris Says:

    I have very good memories of my days (nights) at CSLB and my favorite faculty members were Chris Heise, Art Metzger and Art Laufer. I stayed and taught on a part time and full time basis for a number of years. Roger Stanton was a class mate and a student. As with any school, the real value of the education often is a direct relationship with the quality of the faculty and those three were great.

  31. JoAnne Sullivan (Jo Benton) Says:

    Class of 1961 – BA in Education

    I was one of the first residents of the first women’s dorm, Los Cerritos. The rooms were very sparse, with only a twin bed, desk and dresser, and small closet. There was one pay phone on each floor, plus a universal phone in the hall where we could receive calls. We were not supposed to have any food in our rooms, but we sneaked it in anyway.

    I remember having to hoof it from upper campus to lower campus for gym classes, and then having to make it back up in 10 minutes for a class. That was tough, but sure kept you in shape.

    I taught kindergarten in the Long Beach Unified School District for 6 years before “retiring” to start a family.

    -Jo, ’61

  32. William Barnes Says:

    To correct your records, I graduated with the Class of 1956. When I returned for graduate work and to complete a Secondary Credential, I was informed that I had not taken a required class (although I had more than enough units). I took that class along with the credential classes and received both a BA in Business Administration and a BS in Business Education in 1960.

    I was President of the Junior Class in 1954/1955 and was then the ASB President in 1955/1956.

    I won’t be able to attend the Golden Graduates reunion. I lost the use of my legs when I stricken with Transverse Myelitis (an inflammation of the spinal cord). Traveling is just too much of a difficulty for me now. However, I do want to say a big HELLO to all my friends and associates. If you wish to contact me, please email

  33. Ann Jackson Cantrell Says:

    Reading these other memories makes me want to share some of my own. I arrived at Long Beach State in Jan. 1953 as a Junior, after completing 3 semesters and summer school at LBCC. That fall, as president of the Women’s Educational Honorary, I attended the college’s Leadership Conference at Camp Oongo, near Lake Arrowhead.

    Previous conferences had been held in Catalina, but the combination of alcohol and the rough channel proved disastrous for some of the “leaders”. As Oongo was a Christian-run camp, reached by bus, it was believed it would be a more productive location. (Those in change didn’t consider the possibility of smuggled bottles of booze in sleeping bags.)

    The outstanding memories of that weekend was meeting my future husband, Richard (Tex) Cantrell and shinning flashlights on the student body president who was skinny-dipping in the freezing pool at midnight.

    As for outstanding professors, my picks would be Dr. Wiley, philosophy; Dr. Alhquist, history; Dr. Koeber, sociology and Dr. Thompson and Dr. Martinson in education. I was so fortunate to get such a well-rounded education with outstanding teachers and small classes. Although we had to stand in long lines for registration, I always got my classes and graduated with the exact required 124 units.

    I started teaching at Whittier Elementary in Jan. 1955. With 36 first graders from non-readers to grade level, it was quite a challenge, but with the excellent preparation, especially for teaching reading, I survived. Richard and I were married in August, 1955, and thanks to my being able to teach in Long Beach and later Culver City, he graduated from UCLA Law School and became a workers’ compensation attorney in Long Beach. Richard served on the Alumni board in the early ‘70‘s and was a supporter of the school until his death in 1992.

    Our 4 children are all products of the Long Beach school system and college grads, although only one from CSULB. We have 9 grandchildren, ages 6-26, one of which graduated from college this year. (Anybody have a job for an English major?)

    Although I quit teaching when our second child was born, I have been a Docent at the LA Natural History Museum for over 30 years, which provides all the joys of teaching without any of the problems. I also am active in a number of organizations concerned with open space and environmental issues. One of my many hobbies is expressing my opinion in print–watch for my letters in the Press-Telegram and on

    Ann Jackson Cantrell
    BA 1955

  34. Paul Milosevich Says:

    I enrolled at LBSC in 1960 and got a job as a full-time night janitor there. In 1965, after receiving an MA in Art, I started teaching art at Odessa, TX, College. From being a janitor to being a college professor was quite an adjustment! The LBSC degree has facilitated my career as a teacher and portrait painter. Examples: Next month I’ll visit CSULB for the first time in 45 years — with my grand daughter, who is considering enrolling there. I wonder if the building I cleaned at night for 5 years (Liberal Arts 2) is still there?
    Paul Milosevich
    Santa Fe, NM

  35. Virginia Benson Says:

    Hi Guys!
    I graduated in 1953…and do not see my name in the roster of classmates!…where am I? I arrrived at LBS (as it was known then) in 1951…was V. Pres and then President of Women Students in 1952-3 (I think)…am I lost???
    Please help me!!!
    Best awishes,
    Virginia Benson (Ginny)

  36. Susan Upson Herring Says:

    Attending Long Beach State College in fall of 1954 was a unique experience. Sheep grazed on what would become upper campus while classes were held in bungalows along Anaheim Rd. Many of us who had just graduated from high school were challenged by the seasoned Korean War veterans who resumed their education on the G.I. Bill. Since LBSC was a commuter campus, many students scheduled classes around jobs and other obligations. Those who participated in campus activities were a close-knit group, eager to develop programs and events. It was an exciting experience to serve in student government and know the ideas that came from our discussions would chart a course for the school in years to come. Campus organizations were formed and grew with room for everyone to contribute to their development. Athletic events, including football, drew students to campus with associated activities including decorated floats and Homecoming Queens. Sororities and fraternities organized on campus, encouraging strong friendships among members, many who lived miles apart. My Alpha Phi sisters are very special friends, more than fifty years since our installation.

    Eventually, the sheep were sent to another pasture and construction of the permanent campus began. New classroom buildings changed the landscape quickly. I was impressed with state of the art equipment we used to produce “The 49er” newspaper. One of my fondest memories is of taking part in the production of “Carousel” in the beautiful New Theater. The new library provided me, not only a job on campus, but a place to study with typewriters available to use for a dime. Professors came from many other colleges and universities to teach at State. Academic expectations were high, but my instructors were always accessible and helpful.

    I’ve retired from teaching and, now, paint and exhibit watercolors. My husband of almost 50 years, Wally Herring, (BA Sociology ’58) retired as Chief Probation Officer for Butte County. We have two children and five grandchildren. Our home is in Paradise, CA, a town in the Northern Sierra foothills. We send greetings to all the people we wish we could see again from our class of 1958. Susan Upson Herring (BA English ’58)

  37. Jacqueline RR Carter Says:

    BJacqueline Carter's portrait

    Remarkable Experiences at CSULB in the early years.

    CSULB students enjoyed visits by a variety of celebrities and remarkable people during my two years there (B.A. 1959). As a Reporter/Columnist with the Forty-Niner student newspaper, I had the privilege and pleasure of meeting and interviewing many of these individuals. This includes Former First Lady (columnist, humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt (JFK appointed her head of the Commission on the Status of Women in 1961), Louie Armstrong, celebrated drama critic John Mason Brown, Sir John Gielgud, (director and famed Shakespearean actor), Drew Pearson (commentator and syndicated columnist (–“Washington Merry-go-round”) and Bennett Cerf (publisher, writer, columnist, humorist, lecturer and the urbane end-man of TV’s “What’s My Line”–now shown in re-runs).

    Meeting and interviewing Mr. Cerf was made more memorable by how we met him. He had commented on his TV show that he was going to be on a speaking tour to a hick college (CSULB) in Long Beach. So we decided to play a trick on him. We borrowed an old ugly, Model A to meet him at the posh Beverly Hills Hotel. Of course we had the president’s limo following us and planned to take a photo of his consternation and then show him to the limo. He was delighted with the prank and insisted that he ride all the way to Long Beach in that tiny car. In fact that evening before his lecture he shared the details about our “delightful” prank and his car trip and said, “It was so snug in that car that I have a permanent indention on my hip from the mole on Jacqueline’s hip.”

  38. Bernie Brown Says:


    I was told after my first year at Long Beach State, I couldn’t continue because my grade points got below C average. At the time I majored in business and accounting, transferring in from L.B.C.C. I was taking 16 units and working three part-time jobs, plus romancing my future wife to be. I failed Zoology with a D.

    I didn’t want to waste three years of college, so I reapplied with a letter indicating I would only take 12 units and quit one of my three part time jobs. Upon being reinstated to L.B. State, I took a class I thought I would like, in Industrial Arts Education / Printing (Graphic Arts). Thanks to my instructor, Dr. James Ryan, he noticed how much I liked his class with me spending extra time working on my projects. He asked me about changing my major, to become a teacher. (There wasn¹t much of a Counseling Department or Services in 1953.)

    Bernie Brown's portrait

    I changed my major to become an Industrial Arts Teacher (Shop Classes) and started loving it. I also, became more involved in student government, and became Student Body Treasurer. My grade point average became 4.0+ and I received my BA Degree and teaching credential (Life General Secondary, which is no longer given out.) My first year of teaching was at Jordan H.S. and then for 5 years at Whittier H.S. teaching printing.

    After 5 years teaching at Whittier I quit to open my own printing business (Apple Graphics) in the Anaheim area. After 22 in my business I decided to sell it and went through a divorce. I applied for a teaching position in Santa Ana to teach ROP (Regional Occupational Program) Graphic Layout Artist Courses, using the old method of paste-up, glue, and T Squares. My daughter, Suzy, an Electrical Engineer Graduate from Cal. Berkeley, introduced me to the Apple Lisa Computer in 1983. On Super Bowl Sunday 1984, Apple Computer Introduced the New MacIntosh Computer, with a 9″ Black and White Screen. From that day on: HISTORY WAS MADE IN THE PRINTING INDUSTRY.

    I realized the importance of this new computer, and convinced my ROP Director to order these Mac Computers. This changed the whole printing industry concept. I had to write my own curriculum and changed the course name to: Computer Graphics (having a printing background helped.) and my classes exploded. ­ I had to turn away students. I taught ROP Computer Graphics for 25 years (1983 – 2008), and retired in 2008 from teaching.

    I married my present wife, Della Olson Brown, in 1998 with her 3 adult children and my 5 adult children giving us a blended family of 8 with 5 grandchildren. We have settled in Oceanside, CA. We both work together now, traveling in Southern California with our new RV trailer, developing and producing “Guest Services Directories”, (Site Maps) for the RV Camping Parks which is a perfect job, traveling and, using my computer experience.

    Life has been good to me, and I would never go back and change things. The one thing I found that is important: “To Like What You Do” and everything will come to you.

    Bernard A. Brown
    BA degree 1954, MA, 1956

  39. Donna (Weber) Ray Says:

    Wow, how great “Golden Graduates” I am honored to know that I am part of that group graduating in 1959. The four years I spent at “Long Beach State” as it was then, were some of the best years of my life. I was very involved in many student activities and organizations, including Delta Zeta Sorority, CSTA (future teachers), yearbook, Califias (womens honorary), and others. I was honored to receive one of the four “49′er” Awards given to graduating seniors. As I read some of the memories I also remembered Dr. Shipley as a great teacher and one who made me aware of nature and the natural world around us. Also, the rains of 1955 were so bad that finals were postponed and cars that were parked on the hill slide down to lower campus. What a mess it was. Some of the most fun was had during “49′er Days” which was held in the Spring of each year. Each sorority, fraternity, and clubs had a booth. We all tried to outdo one another. One year all the members of Delta Zeta dressed in identical brightly colored Mexican dresses and I think we sold natchos (but not sure about that.) There was always a Black Bart, Lotta Crabtree and a parade. I will close for now, but I want to write more later. I still live in Garden Grove and am a retired Garden Grove school teacher.

  40. Dr. Curt Hayes Says:

    It is so nice to hear from It has been a long time. jAter leaving Long Beach State, I went to MIT and Harvard. I had a very good time (the professors were strong), and the time was worth it, as I was asked to work with various people who were working with ships and various people from abroad. I tought it was risky at first but nothing stood in my; way. I was away from the US for years, but one day, when I returned to Long Beach, I met my bride to be, Marialice. We have been married 44 years, have older kids, and they have kids (some of whom will be at Long Beach State soon). Working with the governmeat overseas, I was able to learn Japanese and other languages. Now, Marialice and I are situated in San Antonio, Texas. Our kids are all graduates to various universities, and they have kids. By the way, my favorite professor was Dr. Janet Sawyer (there were others as well). Dr. Sawyer started me on the way of becoming associated with the US government Take care, and Thanks. Dr. Curt Hayes (favorite professor at Long Beach: Dr. Janet Sawyer (We still hear from each other). Best wishes to Long Beach State University.
    Dr. Curt Hayes.

  41. Dorothy O'Brien Says:

    Oh, yes, I have fond memories of being a part of the beginning years of such a major university. Who knew back then?
    As in 1919, when my mother went to Los Angeles State Normal School, she never guessed it would turn into a major university after it moved from the Vermont Ave. campus, which is now named Los Angeles City College.
    My 2 older children went to USC. They will always hear that grandma went to what became, when the school moved to the “new” Westwood campus, California State University, Southern Branch. Then became, can you guess?


    So, we both, mom and I, had good memories of college days, being part of new, growing, expanding, exciting schools. I remember when we finally could attend classes in the “real” buildings on “Upper Campus”, and had decent parking lots, instead of the one I described on Lower Campus when it rained.

    My son’s memories of being part of the USC Marching Band, and getting his Master’s Degree in music and teaching credential with one of my old Commodore computers, and my daughter’s memories of getting a law degree at University of Colorado, Denver, with another Commodore computer and an old XT MS-DOS computer, remind us how computers have changed.

    I remember typing term papers on a manual typewriter, trying not to make a mistake, then having to get another piece of paper, and retyping a page. Again and again. I knew how to type, just wasn’t perfect. Sooner or later you gave up, gather the best looking pages, put them together to make the teacher happy, and hope for the best. Nothing like today’s results thanks to professional types of software.

    I have shared the alumni magazines with others. I have a friend who helps with the Bolsa Wetlands, and was interested in the article relating the university with caring about wildlife.
    I also enjoy the information I’ve been getting via internet articles. I hope to be more active in alumni activities.

    Thank you for your encouragement, and research into the old barracks.
    El Camino Community College, in the Torrance/Gardena area, is still using one of it’s old barrack buildings for janitorial supplies or some such thing. It’s like an antique!
    Los Angeles County Hospital, Harbor-UCLA, on Carson St. has quite a few of the old military hospital barracks buildings from World War 2, still in the same locations. Imagine! “Temporary”, thrown together in haste, but still in use over 65 years later, as out-patient clinics, helping disabled children, etc.

  42. Marilyn Simpson Otto Says:

    Favorite professor- Dr. Graves-favorite spot-The Quad-special moment-Graduation. this was sent to me from a friend that was there at the same time as I was.
    Marilyn Simpson Otto

  43. Rosalie Avzaradel Behar Says:

    Rosalie Behar's portraitSome of my favorite memories at CSULB. My favorite professor was Dr. Bertram McGarity. He led the orchestra and taught other music classes.

    A special moment was when, what is the upper campus today. was being dedicated and the first shovel was of soil was being dug for the new campus.

    They were running around the music bungalows asking for anyone to grab and instrument and help with the dedication I took along cymbals. It is such a grand campus today. Mrs. Bixby was part of the dedication.

    My favorite meeting place on campus was the quad where students and faculty met together. those are a few of my very happy times at CSULB

    Rosalie Avzaradel Behar class of 54

  44. Kathryn Urbon Says:

    I remember well the great time I had as Editor of the 1957 PROSPECTOR. I was especially pleased with our Divider Pages. I and my Art Editor, Joyce Van Every, went up to USC and went through their old glass negatives for appropriate pictures. If you look back at a copy you can enjoy the vintage pictures we found and used. Kathryn Childs Urbon “57.

  45. Dorothy O'Brien Says:

    I have good memories of my cousins when I was growing up. One became an original faculty member, in chemistry, at Long Beach State College.

    Don told me about this new college campus not so far from my home down PCH, got my interest, and I decided to transfer to where I had family.

    Don was one of 2 very bright brothers, son of a teacher, grandson of a teacher, principal and county superintendent of schools in CO. My cousin was very studious. He had advanced degrees from important universities. He had been a scientist on the original atom bomb. He built a model plant for the city of La Verne that converted garbage into oil, which Occidental Oil bought and then made him a Vice President. He went to Russia and built several of those plants on the Volga River. Long Beach State was an experience along his path.

    He has many patents, has been written up in professional magazines and journals. He is still alive, living in Ojai. He would make an interesting person to feature in some article, either about the “garbage into oil” or his work on oil shale, or water treatment.

  46. Dorothy O'Brien Says:

    Some semester, back in 1955 or ’56, but I think ’55, during finals week, it rained. Actually it POURED! Probably for DAYS! At least, for the days I had some finals.

    I say ’55, because there wasn’t much of “Upper Campus” then. LBSC was a bunch of left over Army barracks in “Lower Campus”, along Anaheim Rd. It was a small, close grouping. It was also not paved well. Put a lot of rain in the air, falling downward to Lower Campus, onto a dirt parking lot topped with some gravel, mix in students with supplies for finals and lots of cars looking for parking, well, just imagine!!

    I drove a big, “safe” car, one that didn’t turn around well. I thought I’d better go early to get a good parking spot, and be prepared to struggle with rain boots, umbrella, rain coat, and plastic book bag. Nobody was prepared for the mud. The gravel may have helped keep dust down in dry weather. But rocks sink in water.

    Going home I felt dirty from the mud, tired from “blue book” tests, ready for a long nap, after a hot shower and some warm, clean, dry clothes.

    I have never had such a semester of finals, or rain, or such a miserable parking lot, before or since. I was 20 then. A lot of years and finals have come and gone. I eventually managed to get an MA in Special Ed. from CSULA, and several more teaching credentials along the way.

    Are there any army barracks left? I haven’t been there in years. But I’ll never forget, finals in the rain.

  47. Dale J. Fairbanks Says:

    As a member of the first freshman class to enroll at Long Beach State in September, 1953, I realized we were pioneers and enjoyed the role. As I recall, there were 113 freshmen.

    Three of us ran for President of the Freshman Class – Bill Warch, Monte LaBonte, and myself. With the help of members of Sigma Epsilon Chi fraternity (later Sigma Alpha Epsilon), every member of the freshman class was contacted by phone and postcard, and urged to vote for Dale Fairbanks.

    In those days, every student completed a card, which was available in the Activities Office, listing class schedule, home address, and telephone number. Obviously, it was also a wonderful way to contact anyone regarding a luncheon date, dinner date, or study session. I never heard of anyone who seemed to worry about predatory behavior or a violation of privacy.

    I won the election.

    My first professor, in my first college class, on Monday morning at 8 a.m. in early September, was Dr. Donald D. Shipley, who taught Biology 10. He was one of my all-time favorite teachers. Dr. Shipley was possessed of an exceptionally droll sense of humor, and presented delightful, illuminating, and interesting lectures. He was always organizing field trips, and my first one with him to Mission Bay in San Diego convinced me of his real love of biology in particular and nature in general. By the way, this was before Mission Bay was developed, and we were able to pull of to the side of Pacific Coast Highway, unpack our binoculars and identify the wildlife.

    Later, I accompanied him on two week-long field trips deep into Mexico, along the west coast highway past Mazatlan and to San Blas, a small fishing village. While marveling at his extensive knowledge of flora and fauna, we were laughing at his quips in English and mangled Spanish.

    Dr. Shipley was later elected to the City Council in Huntington Beach, and was a driving force in the development of the superb system of parks and recreation enjoyed by residents there today. To honor his spirit, the Donald D. Shipley Nature Center was established in Huntington Beach.

    Another favorite professor was Dr. Irving F. Ahlquist, an historian, who was the most superb lecturer I have ever met. I was so mesmerized by his lectures, that, as a graduate student, I changed my major from Political Science to History, and earned my MA in History. For a couple of semesters, I was fortunate to be one of his readers in his class on The Civil War and Reconstruction.

    In my four years as an undergraduate, I dropped one class, and that was after the first meeting. In retrospect, the high quality of my professors was quite astonishing. There may have been some clinkers, but I must have avoided them.

    Perhaps, in another note, I can relate more about some of my other fine teachers.

    By the time the freshmen and sophomores arrived in 1953, students and staff had left the apartment buildings in Park Estates, and were attending classes in temporary buildings on Anaheim Road. When new buildings were erected on the hill, everyone referred to the Lower Campus and the Upper Campus. The buildings on the Lower Campus were all single story – and small. The library had no open stacks. If I needed a book, I had to look it up in the card catalog and give a slip to the librarian, who retrieved it for me. It was quite primitive.

    Registration for classes was all done by hand, and the lines were longer than any I had ever seen.

    The Quad was a central gathering spot, and always crowded. After all, no classroom was more that two minutes away – if that far!

    I need to stop. This tome could go on for longer than you will want to read!


    Dale J Fairbanks, BA ’57; MA ’67

  48. William A. Grant Says:

    I often wonder how early was my graduation and MA in comparison with others. It has been such a long time ago. We had our classes in an apartment building as there were no regular buildings on campus. Later we had, I think, Army barracks used as classrooms. I do remember using a bathroom to learn to use the film projector!
    I have had a long academic life here and abroad. I am retired for many years in Aptos, CA (Santa Cruz County). W. A. Grant graduated BA Feb.1951, June 1956

  49. Maureen (Hutchinson) Book Says:

    Maureen Book's PortraitI was a member of the first freshman class at Long Beach State when it became a four year institution in September, 1953. Most of us were just out of high school, but there were also several veterans of the Korean War on campus too.

    Most classes and activities were held in the wooden “bungalows” on lower campus as the library, language arts, and book store buildings were being constructed on the upper campus. Classes were small, and everyone got to know most of the people in each of their classes. Dr. Swanson was the Dean of Students, and many activities were planned for each of the four class levels – freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. It was a new beginning, and we were the foundation for organizations, clubs, social activities, sports events, class officers, and numerous other opportunities that were new to campus because we were a new, four year college.

    There were no dormitories, (we commuted). There were no bus routes on campus (We had to walk to Bellflower Blvd. to get a bus unless someone had a car.). We were the Forty-Niners not The Beach. Our colors were brown and gold not black and gold. We had our own fight song, We’re the Forty Niners. We watched the campus grow and change as we completed our four years and graduated in 1957. Being part of something as special as Long Beach State was rare and very personal. When I visit campus now and see how large it is and the growth that has occurred since we began in 1953, I am impressed and pleased that I was part of its beginning. I also feel sad that what we created and experienced is hard to find on campus and that no current students will have the opportunities that were offered to us in the beginning.