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William "Bill" O'Neill, '51 B.A. Social Science, '52 M.A. Social Science

William O'Neill Portrait

What activities / organizations were you involved in while attending LBSC?

I was AS President in Spring of 1951 and was involved in organizing the first fraternity on campus, Sigma Epsilon Chi, (SAE).

Did you attend any student events?

As AS President, I attended many student and campus events. I was fortunate along with my fellow AS officers to have had the opportunity to establish many campus traditions, including 49er days and the development of the campus organizations. I remember the officers voting on the school mascot and colors.

What did you do after graduating?

After college I went into the Naval Reserve as a Hospital Corpsman for a couple of years. Returned to teach for the Long Beach Unified School District and for CSULB. In addition, I further pursued my education towards my doctorate and obtained my teaching credentials at UCLA, University of Vienna, and USC. In 1961, I began my career at the School of Education for USC. Over the course of my 32 years at USC, starting as an Assistant Professor for the Department of Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, I held various positions including Director of Ghana Institute (Center for International Education), Chairman for the Department of Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, Director of the Educational Policy Studies Program at the Washington Education Center in Washington, D.C., and retiring as a Professor for the Department of Policy, Planning and Administration.

How have you been involved with CSULB as an alumnus?

As an alumnus, I have attended many events throughout the years, the most recent being the Golden Graduates Celebration that took place this past November. Also, I am a past Alumni Association Board Member.

How large is your 49er family? (Any family member / relative who currently attends or who has attended in the past.)

My wife Beverly (Lewis) O'Neill,'52,'56, is a fellow 49er and former A.S. Vice President (1952).


Students sitting on a couch for a group photo.

Bill O'Neill, '51, '52, second from the left with his fellow Associated Student Officers in Fall of 1951.

Sigma Epsilon Chi Fraternity

Sigma Epsilon Chi 1951 Fraternity, Bill O'Neill, '51, '52 sits in the first row first on the right.

Bill and Beverly O'Neill

Bill, '51,'52 and his wife, Beverly, '52, '57 at the 2009 CSULB Golden Decade Celebration.

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