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In Touch 1950s-1970s


William A. Grant (1950, B.A.; 1956, M.A., English literature) of Aptos is a retired English Department chair at Cabrillo College. His hobby of roses has taken him around the globe, led to his founding the California Garden and Landscape History Society, serving as a past president of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum Associates board, and speaking and writing about roses.


Lewis Stedman (1966, B.S., physics) spent 25 years in aerospace as an engineer and technical writer and later worked for Orange County public libraries before retiring from the city of Orange in 2010. “I’m still surfing and I’m a professional musician,” said Stedman, who has two adult children and five grandchildren.

R. David Chapel (1969, B.A., physical education) is now a university supervisor for Tier 1 administrative credentials at Brandman University in Irvine. He also serves on the boards of the Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society and the Foundation for Santiago Canyon College in Orange.


Randal L. Grimm (1970, B.A., physical education) is a swim coach at Los Alamitos High School. While at Long Beach State, he was NCAA College Division II 50- and 100-yard freestyle swim champion in 1968, received All-American honors in eight events (’68 and ’69) and swam in the 1968 Olympic Trials.

Paul D. Gutierrez (1972, B.A., psychology) is serving a two-year term as Northern California State Chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He earned his law degree from Harvard and founded Gutierrez and Associates, an alternative dispute resolution firm in San Francisco.

President Barack Obama appointed Mario Cordero (1974, B.A., political science) as chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, which regulates the U.S. international ocean transportation system. He is an attorney who served on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.


Comprehensive Care Corp. named Ramon Martinez (1975, B.A., philosophy) as president of CompCare Pharmacy Solutions. A retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, Martinez was a senior management advisor for the firm, which provides pharmacy savings to businesses and unions.

Cal State San Bernardino appointed Terry L. Ballman (1976, B.A.; 1980, M.A., Spanish) as dean of its College of Arts and Letters. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and was chair and professor in the Spanish program at Cal State Channel Islands.

The Association of California Cities–Orange County, a professional organization for city governments, nonprofit and intra-governmental organizations and businesses, has two CSULB alumni leaders. Newport Beach Mayor Keith D. Curry (1977, B.A., public administration; 1978, MPA) is its 2013-14 board president and Lacy Kelly (1989, B.A., liberal studies) is its CEO.

Craig A. Koehler (1977, B.S., business administration–accountancy) is the new director of finance for the city of Redondo Beach. He has more than 30 years of government and private sector finance experience, most recently as finance director for the city of El Monte.

Katherine (Abbot) Troxel (1977, B.M., music) and Larry Troxel (1977, B.A., music) married shortly after graduation, she said. Kathy sang aboard the Queen Mary, and after earning a teaching credential at CSULB, she became a teacher. The couple founded the educational music firm Audio Memory Publishing that continues to produce best sellers such as “Geography Songs” and “States and Capitals Songs.” Larry passed away in 1998.