Oroville Union High School District
2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
Class of 2015 Group Picture
2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
Class of 2015 Group Picture
Mary Long Andrews
|Mary Long Andrews graduated from Oroville High School (OHS) in 1956 and was very active in school activities. She never missed a single day of school at OHS, was a life member of CSF, started the Brain-Brawl Team, and earned Girls Athletic Association (GAA) block letters. She was a member of the Pep Club, the Lyre Club, played clarinet in the band, was a cheer leader, and served as the OHS Mascot, The Tiger. On the weekends and two days after school during the week, Mary worked as the desk clerk at the Oroville Inn.
Upon graduation, Mary passed the state Cosmetology exam and opened the Bon Marche’ Hair Fashions. She also passed the State exam to become a licensed Real Estate broker, joined the Real Estate Association in Chico, and opened her own office. Through the Association, she chaired the Intergovernmental Relations committee.
In 1985, Mary was first elected to a 4 year term on the Chico City Council where she served for the next 13 1/2 years. In 1990, she was elected to a 2 year term as Mayor of Chico and in 1994, was elected President of the League of California Cities. Governor Pete Wilson personally installed Mary and, while in this position, she represented California at National meetings. On two separate occasions, Mary represented the state on Economic Trade Missions to New York with the Governor of California and his Secretary of Economic Development.
Remaining highly active in Chico, Butte County, and California, Mary participated in the Committee 21, looking into the 21st Century for Cities, and represented the Chico City Council on the Butte County Association of Government and Tri-County Economic Development Board. She also served on the Northern California Advisory Board of Great Valley Center. Locally, Mary was the driving force behind the Rancho Chico Days that was designated to replace Chico State’s Pioneer Days Parade. She was instrumental in helping establish the city’s land incentive program at Chico Municipal Airport and First-Time Home Buyer's Program.
A Chico Enterprise-Record Editorial on recommendations for the City Council, states: “Andrews has a track record as a hard worker. She was recognized for her leadership skills and volunteer spirit toward the betterment of the Chico community when the Greater Chico Area Chamber of Commerce last year presented her with its prestigious Athena Award. She is a dynamo of energy and she happily puts that energy to work for her community.”
Mary finished her education later in life, earning her AA degree from Butte College in 1998 and her BA degree in Public Administration from California State University, Chico (CSUC) in 2000. At CSUC, she held memberships in PI Sigma Alpha and Golden Key Honor Societies, and was appointed by the Associated Student’s president as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Associated Students. She then went on to earn her master’s degree in Political Science in 2002. Her thesis was on “The Evolution of the Environmental Movement and a Comparative Analysis of Its Effect on the Price of Housing in Chico.”
In addition to working and going to school, Mary was very active in Chico community activities. She is a long time member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (her 2nd great grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War), and has served as secretary and vice-regent of the organization. She is also a charter member of The First Settlers of Shenandoah Valley. Other community involvement of Mary’s is being a 50 year member of the Chico Josephine Chapter of Eastern Star, and a member of the Butte County Historical Society, where she has served as vice-president and president. From 2013-1014, Mary served on the Butte County Grand Jury, but could only serve 6 months due to time constraints.
Mary currently is on the teaching staff at Butte Community College, having started teaching Political Science in the summer of 2003. She has served as advisor to the Political Science Club and was a member of the Academic Senate whose members are elected from the teaching staff. The mission of the senate is to oversee the academia of the campus.
Mary and her husband are both 4th generation Butte County residents and reside in Chico.
Dave and his wife Bonnie came to Oroville in 1974 to live and raise their family after Dave was honorably discharged from the Seabee’s a branch of the United States Navy. Soon after getting settled in town and having his young children enrolled in local schools, Dave decided to become an involved parent.
He attended Butte College, then worked for Paul-Goodhue Ford, and radio station KORV 1340, and over those years met many local business people. He then became self employed as a landscaper and following that owned and operated his own rental business for nearly 30 years.
In 1995, Dave decided to throw his hat into the ring for a seat on the Oroville Union High School District (OUHSD) Board of Trustees. He was successful in his initial try, elected to a 4 year term, and went on to serve for the next 20 years, over half of those acting as Board president. He was truly a dedicated trustee and had no personal agenda. He was there for the kids. Dave worked with 6 different superintendents and was highly involved in visitations and student activities on all 3 school campuses.
Dave’s service to OUHSD for over 20 years is extensive and varied. He was a regular visitor to school campuses, and helped create the OUHSD logo and Mission Statement. He was instrumental in getting Bond Measure J passed, working tirelessly throughout the community, right up to Election Day. His fellow trustees called him “Dr. J” as he devoted so much time and energy to the measure. Measure J allowed OUHSD to spend $55 million to modernize facilities as well as build much needed new buildings.
He also spent untold numbers of hours working for the passage of Bond Measure G which saw the building of a state of the art $12 million dollar all-weather track, football, and soccer facility to replace aging Harrison Stadium, built in 1972. The modernized Harrison Stadium is now the finest high school athletic facility between Sacramento and the Oregon border.
Dave was truly a “down-in-the-trenches” type guy. Among tasks he could be seen doing over the years throughout the OUHSD on a regular basis, included sweeping floors at basketball games, cooking hot dogs, hamburgers and tri-tip at football games, donating time at dances, snack bars, graduations, and most any other student event that was happening in town. If there was a school event going on you could bet that Dave was somehow involved.
Being in the rental business made it very easy for Dave as he was able and willing to donate most anything any school needed for any type event, be it folding chairs, tables, table cloths, you name it. If he had it, the schools could use it.
One of the greatest gifts Dave gave to OUHSD was the Hall of Fame. One day while visiting on a district campus, he asked several students if they knew any successful alumni from their school or if they knew that any of their teachers were alumni of their school. He received negative answers from every student and thought this to be quite sad.
He then decided to do some research, discussed his idea with Joe High, an OHS alum, Las Plumas teacher/coach, and future OUHSD Hall of Famer while they were sitting in the bleachers at the Gary Nolan Baseball Complex named after OHS alum and future OUHSD Hall of Famer, Gary Nolan. Joe loved the concept as did members of the school board and superintendent when presented with the idea.
The OUHSD interim superintendent did a bit more research, drafted a set of bylaws, appointed a committee made up of employees and community members, and in 2008 the OUHSD Hall of Fame was born. 2015 will mark the 7th dinner/induction event and the attendance has nearly tripled since the first event in the LPHS cafeteria in 2009. Dave also envisioned there one day being a scholarship attached to the Hall of Fame and this year marks the inaugural Dave Bruce OUHSD Hall of Fame Scholarship Program. One student each from LPHS and OHS and 2 students from Prospect High school will receive a combined total of $1,500.
The Distinguished Service category for a Hall of Fame application specifically states, “Please list the nominee’s extraordinary contributions that resulted in a specific benefit or exceptional honor to a particular district school or to OUHSD as a whole.” Dave Bruce certainly qualifies for this honor!
Dave and his wife of 43 years, Bonnie, make their home in Oroville where they raised five children, all of who went through the Oroville School System.
Lt. Colonel Jon David Frank, USAF Retired, graduated from Oroville High School (OHS) in 1959. He graduated in the top quarter of his class, won the American Legion Certificate of School Award. He played four years of football on teams that were league co-champions in 1956 and undefeated Sierra Foothill League Champions in 1957 and 58. He ran track all 4 years and qualified for the State Meet in 1958 and 59.
Dave was also active in Student Body activities serving as a Class Representative as a freshman, Block “O” custodian in the fall of 1957 and Block “O” president in the spring of 1958, Boys State representative as a junior, Student Body president in the spring of 1959, and was a graduation speaker.
Following his graduation at OHS, Dave attended the USAFA in Colorado Springs, CO where he was named to the Commandant’s List for Military excellence in 1961-62 and led the cadet ‘Third Class Zone of Interior’ Field Trip to six Military Installations (Coast to Coast) in 1961. Returning to California in 1962, he earned his BA degree from Chico State College in 1964.
Dave’s 22 year active duty career started in November 1964 as a distinguished graduate of Officer Training School. After completing navigator training in Waco, Texas, he was assigned to the 779th Tactical Airlift Squadron at Pope Air Force Base, N.C. and became an instructor in the advanced course for tactical transport, combat airdrop and assault airlift. For the next three years, Dave spent more than 600 days on unit rotations to Europe, the Dominican Republic, Africa, and Vietnam. He flew 68 combat missions in the Republic of the Congo and Vietnam supporting counterinsurgency troops. He received a Distinguished Flying Cross for a tactical airdrop mission at Khe Sanh in 1968. Dave attended pilot training in 1969 and was awarded the Air Training Command’s “Commander’s Trophy”.
Other highlights of his career include: helping save the life of a 16 year old Eskimo mother and her baby while flying in the Arctic in 1971; flying lead aircraft on the first drop of Arctic Rangers on an open ice flow in 1971; serving as aircraft commander of an AC-130A Spectre Gunship in South East Asia 1973-1974; being course director and instructor of Military Studies, 221/222 a core course at the USAFA, 1974-77; making a mid-air recovery of a $50 million de-orbiting Gambit space capsule in 1979; negotiating a Pacific Barrier Radar site with the Government of the Mariana Islands, 1982; serving on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Steering Committee for Imaging Radars, 1982-86; and debriefing the surviving members of the Manhattan Project, 1986.
During his military career, Dave accumulated more than 5,100 flying hours in eight different types of aircraft and has flown 14 model variations of the C-130 Hercules. He is a Command Pilot and authorized to wear navigation wings, the master space badge, and the missileman’s badge.
Among Dave’s awards are the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal with (2) oak leaf clusters , the Air Medal, the Air Force Commendations Medal, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with (8) oak leaf clusters and Valor Device. He has also received a Central Intelligence unit award and a CIA Balkans Service Medallion.
After retiring from the Air Force, as the Western Test Range, Director of Operations in 1986, he became the Operations Manager (OD4/DX) for Martin Marietta Corp. at Onizuka AFS.
Now retired, Dave is active in his community in the Lake Wildwood area of northern California. Since 2008, he has been a docent in the Empire Mine State Park where he interprets living history for fourth grade students and visitors. He also works as a volunteer in the South Yuba River and Malakoff Diggins for California State Parks. He is a past Vice President of Nevada County Welcome Wagon. In 2009, Dave researched and reproduced photographs for the Oroville Union High School District All Schools Class Reunion held over three days in October with nearly 1,000 alumni and friends of Oroville and Las Plumas High Schools in attendance.
In a letter of support from a friend and colleague of four decades, Gary Andrejak, Lt. Col. USAF (Ret) writes, “Most importantly and significantly, Dave is a superb LEADER – the kind of leader who earned the respect of all with whom he served during his distinguished Air Force career. This included a wide range of assignments including flying combat during two Vietnam tours, being an instructor at the Air Force Academy, and directing test activities for major AF missile and satellite programs.”
Dave and his OHS classmate, the former Susan Dustin, have been married 52 years, and have three children and three grandchildren.
Jim Grosse came to Oroville High School (OHS) in 1949 and had a long and distinguished career that spanned 40 years. In his 40 years on the OHS campus, he never missed a single day of work. Jim served as assistant principal from 1955-1963, but was in the classroom primarily teaching Latin and United States History from 1963-1989. There were some years when he taught U. S Government and Senior Problems, but Latin was his first love and near and dear to his heart. OHS was one of the last schools in that state to drop Latin.
Former student and current Butte County District Attorney and OUHSD Hall of Famer Mike Ramsey stated in his letter of support, “Veni, vidi, vici.” “With these words, Caesar came, saw, and conquered Turkey. With these words, Jim Grosse (Mr. Grosse to us) came, saw, and conquered a class of Oroville High juniors in Latin III and taught them something more valuable than a dead language. He taught them how to think and how to learn. I was a member of that class and have been always grateful that Mr. Grosse came into my academic life when he did.”
Another of Jim’s students, Aaron Draper wrote for the Oroville Mercury-Register and devoted three of his columns to his Latin teacher. He remembers Jim making home visits to students who were ill, corresponding via mail with them long after they had graduated, and being referred to by many as their greatest mentor.
Jim supported OHS students in numerous ways, namely being readily and easily available to them, no matter what the time of day. It really did not matter what the event was or when it was, if students were involved, Jim was there. Be it athletics, drama, music, graduation, Jim was there for his students. At football games, Jim could always be counted on to be there wearing his famous little “purple beanie.”
Annually on March 17, Saint Patrick’s Day, Jim could be always be seen on campus attired in his “green”…plaid slacks, a green shirt, different sized buttons pinned all over his green plaid jacket, and a green beanie with more buttons atop his head. He loved this day and his students looked forward to the added excitement he brought to campus.
Another of Jim’s favorite events on campus, was signing yearbooks for students. To his Latin students, he always wrote, “Multos Annos” which in Latin meant, “To many years” – Jim Grosse. Jim had a personal collection of every Nugget Yearbook 1949-1989. Over the years, he was regularly invited and attended numerous class reunions. He loved staying in touch with his former students and enjoyed numerous student visits to his home.
In addition to his love of teaching and his dedication to students, Jim was highly involved in his community. He was an actively involved member of the Oroville Mercury-Register Readership Advisory Board and upon his passing, was the subject of an editorial telling of the importance of his role on the board. He also was extremely interested in the State Theatre and served on its Advisory Board. He not only gave of his time, but was a strong financial supporter and helped start the Theatre Guild.
Saint Thomas Catholic Church was another organization that greatly benefited from Jim’s involvement. He donated untold numbers of hours over five decades to church affairs, especially during the time when the Mass transitioned from Latin to English. He also served as Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, the men’s organization in his church. In 1989, to honor his retirement from OHS, Jim was selected to serve as Grand Marshall of the Feather Fiesta Days Parade.
Jim passed away at his home in Oroville on November 1, 1996 at age 73. His favorite quote when asked about his life’s work was, “Educating the Youth of America!” He so believed in these words that they are inscribed on his tombstone in the Oroville Cemetery. Upon the conclusion of his Mass of Christian Burial, the funeral procession drove up past OHS on the way to the cemetery, and several groups of students stood on campus watching the procession and paying their respects. It was indeed, a fitting goodbye to a beloved teacher.
Upon Jim’s passing, ‘The James K. Grosse Memorial Scholarship ‘was established in his name and has been awarded annually for the past 19 years.
Candy has lived in the Oroville area since 1957. She graduated from Oroville High School (OHS) in 1961, was a member of the Girls Athletic Association (GAA) and elected as president of her sophomore class.
Following high school, Candy attended Chico State College for her freshman year. With money being tight to return to school, she promised her summer employer that she would stay, thus starting her working career. As things would happen, in 1963, she married Jay Grubbs, a fifth generation cattle rancher. After working for a trucking contractor, she was employed by McNamara-Fuller Contractors, the firm that built the powerhouse at the Oroville Dam. Upon completion of the powerhouse, Candy worked for 17 years for the Oroville Cemetery District, 10 years as District manager, a position she held until 1987. During these years, 2 sons were added to her family, Matthew, born in 1968 and Michael in 1971. She earned her AA degree in Accounting from Butte College in 1979.
In 1986, Candy decided to run for Butte County Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters. Due to her sound management of the Cemetery District and her superior experience and administrative abilities, she was endorsed by the Oroville Mercury-Register and by then California State Senator Ray E. Johnson. The newspaper stated in an editorial that Candy kept the Cemetery District financially sound in an era in which many public entities were floundering. Also that she had proven her ability to motivate employees and to find innovative solutions to problems. Senator Johnson went on record saying that, “Candy has displayed leadership ability in managing the Cemetery District and has an impressive list of community involvement and service. Please join me in supporting Candy Grubbs.”
Candy went on to win the election in November 1986 with her term of office beginning in January 1987. She also served as Clerk of the Court for Butte County Superior Court until 1998. Candy is currently serving her eighth term of office as Clerk-Recorder/Registrar of Voters. She is the longest tenured Clerk- Recorder currently in California and the longest serving elected department head in Butte County.
She has been a leader in technology in Butte County by automating the Clerk of the Court, Election and Recorder functions to improve public service and access to information via the web. Her goals are to continue this service with the construction of the Butte County Hall of Records.
Lifelong learning and keeping current with the latest in her field, Candy is a graduate of the National Certified Elections/Registration Administrator Program, is certified as a California Professional Election Administrator and a Graduate Fellow of the Institute for Court Management of the National Center for State and Court Executive Development Program. As a Graduate Fellow, she was awarded her certificate by retired Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger in Washington, D.C. in 1992. Candy has always been active in the County Recorder’s Association and served as state president from 1995-98.
The construction of a Butte County Hall of Records separate from the County Administration building has been a dream of Candy’s for more than two decades. She has envisioned a permanent Hall of Records that will house the three departments within her office as well as be the repository of both legal and historic records. She became the leader of the effort to get all records stored safely, and through her leadership and sound fiscal management of her office, a sizeable amount of money was generated to help launch the construction of the Hall of Records building in Oroville.
Thursday, July 10, 2014, was the official groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Butte County Hall of Records. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2015 and Candy has been credited for incredible perseverance in pushing the project towards completion. The groundbreaking has been described as a “landmark for our history.”
In 1996, Candy received the Boss of the Year Award, Southern Butte County Legal Secretaries Association. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and Sustaining Member, member of Palermo School Hall of Fame an graduation speaker and 2001 Outstanding Alumna of Butte College.
She was the first ever female Rotarian in Oroville as well as the first ever female president of Oroville Rotary. She is also a member of the Farm Bureau, the League of Women Voters, the Native Daughters of the Golden West, the Butte County Historical Society, and the Butte County Cattlemen’s Association.
Candy and her husband, Jay, reside in Wyandotte, Oroville foothills, and the family ranch at Bucks Lake.
||Corporal Clifford Arlin Rhine, USMC, died on March 2, 1945 during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Arlin graduated from Oroville High School (OHS) in 1942. He was a three sport athlete who played tennis and basketball all four years and football for his last two years. He was very active in Associated Student activities, he was a four year member of the Block O Society, and he played in both the band and orchestra all four years. Arlin and classmate Walter Franklin helped to organize the Royal Tigers Orchestra. The orchestra performed for all school events as well as many community events. Arlin played the clarinet and alto saxophone.
As an OHS student, Arlin was also active in his community. He participated in many community affairs as a member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Along with his buddy, Hal Dahlmeier, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout, BSA’s highest honor, at age 16. Arlin and Hal were awarded their Eagle badges together in a ceremony at the Oroville Elks Hall.
Upon graduating from OHS, Arlin enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley (Cal) as a freshman
and pledged the Alpha Lambda fraternity. Being an outstanding athlete, he also played on both the college’s school football and basketball teams.
With World War II heating up near the end of his freshman year at Cal, Arlin and some of his fraternity brothers decided they wanted to serve their country even though they were exempt from the draft as college students. On April 19, 1943, Arlin enlisted in the United States Marine Corps (USMC), 5th Marine Division. Upon enlisting, he commented, “At last I can do something for my country.” He trained at Camp Pendleton and later earned the rank of Corporal. He graduated “honor man” from Radio Operators School, having made the highest marks in his class. Arlin also played in the Marine Regimental Band.
In September 1944, Arlin was sent overseas. This was to be his final living journey in life. In the fierce battle on the island of Iwo Jima, Arlin gave his life for his country as he was killed in action by a sniper’s bullet on March 2, 1945 at age 20. His military citations included the Purple Heart.
Memorial services for Corporal Rhine were originally held on Iwo Jima where he was briefly interred. His body was then transferred to Punch Bowl on the island of Oahu. Finally in 1948, Arlin was buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, CA where he received a full military burial.
On November 17, 1947, the Oroville City Council unanimously approved the naming of the new street on the levee behind the Municipal Auditorium be renamed Arlin Rhine Drive. The navigable portion of Arlin Rhine Drive extends about 2,900 feet from 1st Avenue to Oliver Street. On February 16, 2011, the Council asked that a request from Stu Shaner, Co-Chair of the Veterans Memorial Park Committee, to change the name of the drive to Arlin Rhine Memorial Drive and to place a gold star on every street name sign in the city that bears the name of an Oroville area veteran war hero, be placed on the next agenda for consideration. The Council unanimously approved the two items at their March 2011 meeting.
In his letter of support for his childhood friend, Hal Dahlmeier wrote, “I think of my friend Arlin Rhine quite often. I reflect on our good times, like playing in the high school band, working on and receiving our Eagle Scout merit badges together. Mostly I miss my friend and just simply hanging out. More importantly though, I was included in his family and treated like a family member. Arlin’s father took us hunting and fishing and it was through him and our experiences together that I came to appreciate the environment and the beauty it has to offer. He enlisted in the Marines and I in the Navy. I came back, but my dear friend Arlin did not come home. He gave his life for his country. My best friend has been missed all these years.”
The only surviving member of Arlin’s immediate family is his sister Jackie, born two years after Arlin’s death. Jackie lives in Ruckersville, VA.
||Dr. Glen Sparrow graduated from Oroville Union High School (OHS) in 1956 and was a member of the California Scholastic Federation (CSF) for 2 years and the French Club for 2 years. He also played junior varsity baseball for 2 years and was a member of the Block O Society. Outside school, Glen was a member of the Masonic-DeMolay and held several jobs in the community including working at Gilbert’s Men’s Store, Gaskin’s Drugs, Tom’s Toggery, and High Sierra Pine Mills.
Upon graduation from OHS, Glen matriculated to San Jose State College (SJSC), where he earned his BA in Public Administration. He was a member of the IFC boxing team, fighting at 115 pounds, a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, and president of SJSC Inter Fraternity Council.
Upon earning his BA degree in 1961, Glen served in the United States Navy, where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant. He was awarded the National Defense Service, Vietnam Service, and Armed Forces Expeditionary medals. Following discharge from active duty in 1965, he returned to SJSC and earned his MA in Political Science. He received his PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate School in 1976. While a student, Glen was selected as one of 11 interns within the State of California to spend a year as staff on legislative committees in the State Assembly.
From 1971-80, Glen held a number of public sector jobs including: Administrative Assistant to a Sacramento County Supervisor, Executive Director of Charter Review efforts in Sacramento and San Francisco, while teaching part-time at Sacramento campus of University of Southern California (USC), American River College and San Francisco State University. From 1976-79 he was Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Arkansas, Little Rock. In 1980, he became an Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration and Urban Studies at San Diego State University (SDSU), a position he held until 1984.
1984 saw Glen earn his full professorship in the school of Public Administration and Urban Studies at SDSU: Teaching and Research: Coordinator of graduate and undergraduate Public Administration program where he served until 2002. Since 2002 Glen has been Professor Emeritus, School of Public Affairs at SDSU.
Throughout Glen’s distinguished career, he has served as guest lecturer and Visiting Professor in various parts of the world including El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana, Baja, California, Mexico, where he has served since 1995. He also was an Invited Lecturer and consultant to faculty at South China Normal University, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China. Other locations where he was a Visiting Professor were at Debercen University, Debercen, Hungary, and University of Calgary, Canada. He was a visiting Fulbright Scholar, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Government and Public Administration, Hong Kong, BCC.
Aside from his teaching, Glen is a prolific writer, having over 100 conference papers, referred publications, book chapters, journal articles, applied research reports, newspaper op-ed articles, books, and monographs published.
Among Glen’s numerous commendations were being selected as one of seven Exemplary Academic Advisors at SDSU, Fellowship Director, Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship, Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award, SDSU, and twice receiving the Outstanding Faculty Award, SDSU.
Glen’s community service record is also extensive and varied. He has been a Docent, USS Midway Museum since 2009, member of the Board of Directors, San Diego County Taxpayers Association, 2006-present, member SDSU Academic Senate, 1996-2000, and a member of the San Diego Community College District, Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, 2012-present.
Since 1966, Glen has been involved in various political campaigns at the national, state, and local levels: including precinct worker, speechwriter, advance man, campaign manager coordinator and candidate. He has participated in nearly every phase of political activity involving both candidates and issues.
He has been interviewed, quoted or referenced hundreds of times in newspapers and magazines or on radio and television.
Glen lives in La Mesa, CA.
||Bob Stern graduated from Oroville High School (OHS) in 1968. He was awarded a Block O Scholarship, played football all 4 years and was Block O custodian. In his senior year, he was named to the North Valley All-Star Football Team. He was a member of the Key Cub, on the yearbook staff, and active in the community as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout attaining scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout.
Following graduation from OHS, Bob’s distinguished education accomplishments began at the University of California at Davis (UCD), where he played one year of football and studied Political Science before dropping out for one year within 1970-71. When he returned to UCD, he switched to Geology and earned his BS degree in Geology in 1974. He worked evenings at the California State Capitol as Assembly Sergeant-at-Arms. Bob went on to do graduate studies at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego (UCSD), where he began studying the volcanoes of the Mariana arc and the geology of eastern Egypt. In 1977, he married Melissa Fenton of Montebello, CA. In 1979, he received his PhD in Earth Sciences at UCSD. He then went to Washington DC where he carried out post doctoral research in isotope geochemistry and was a Carnegie Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, from fall 1979 until the end of 1981.
From 1982 to the present, Bob has been a Professor of Geosciences at the University of Texas, Dallas (UTD). During his tenure at UTD he built a radiogenic isotope lab for research, served as Department Head and Graduate Advisor, and taught both undergraduate and graduate students.
At UTD, Bob’s research interests focus on how the Earth’s continental crust formed and evolved by studying both ongoing processes of continental crust formation at convergent plate margins and how continental crust was generated in the past. The areas where this research is carried out include 1) the still-forming Izu-Bonin-Mariana (IBM) Island arc and back-arc basin system of the Western Pacific and 2) the continental crust of NE Africa and Arabia which formed in Neoproterozoic time, 900-540 million years ago. This research builds on the central geoscientific theory of Plate Tectonics. His research focuses on determining the chemical and isotopic composition of igneous rocks and interpreting these data. Because most of the IBM system is submerged beneath a mile or more of water, this research has required multiple research cruises to study submarine volcanoes and the geology of the Mariana Trench via seafloor investigations using either a manned submersible (Shinkai 6500) or a tethered seafloor robot (ROV) or drilling into the seafloor. His disability makes it impossible to work as he had in the lab or in the field but he continues to do research in these areas via scientific collaborators.
Over the years, Bob’s work has taken him to various parts of the world including several islands in the Western Pacific. . He has also conducted research projects in Egypt, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia, Israel, and Jordan. He has helped organize several scientific conferences and workshops, for example during 2008-2012, Bob along with 2 scientists from Sweden helped organize an international field conference in the countries around the Red Sea. The aim of the conference was to advance the study of the region’s continental crust, known as the Arabian-Nubian Shield, and how it was formed 900 to 540 million years ago.
He has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers on the above and other related scientific problems. Over the years, he has supervised graduate student research leading to doctoral dissertations and theses for 19 graduate students at UTD.
Throughout his distinguished career, numerous honors have been bestowed on Bob as he has been highly involved in professional activities. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal International Geology review and has served on the editorial boards of 5 professional journals. He has been a visiting scholar at several eminent institutions, including Blaustein Fellow, Stanford University, 2005 and 2011-2012; California Institute of Technology, Tectonics Observatory Fellow, 2006, and Tuve Senior Fellow at Carnegie DTM in May 2015; and Visiting Scholar, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, 2014 and 2015. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and a member of the American Geological Union and the American Association of Petroleum geologists. He also is frequently asked to give public lectures on geology.
Bob continues to advise UTD students and is involved in student organizations. He also has volunteered time with the YMCA Indian Guides and Indian Princesses in Dallas.
Bob and his wife Melissa have been married for 38 years, have 3 children, and make their home in Dallas, Texas.
||Bill Talbitzer was a well known author and historian who worked in the Oroville area as a sports broadcaster, sports editor of the Oroville Mercury-Register, youth supporter, coach, manager, master of ceremonies, lecturer, story-teller, and publisher. At his retirement roast, he was called, “The Diesel of Journalism.”
He was closely linked to Oroville High School (OHS ) during the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s through his visits to campus classes, mentoring local youth, writing OHS sports stories, covering OHS games, emceeing OHS sorts banquets, doing public address for OHS games and being involved in local youth baseball.
In 1954, the senior class at OHS dedicated the school yearbook, The Nugget to Bill with the following quote: “To Bill Talbitzer, an understanding and charitable chronicler of the footsteps of youth, a friend who has given us the inspiration of zeal for fair play, a community leader who has encouraged us with recognitions of our good intentions, we, the senior Class, dedicate the 1954 Nugget.”
1958 saw Bill receive the Citizen of the Year Award, presented to him by the Oroville Rotary Club for his work with Oroville area youth.
In 1959, Bill was awarded the coveted Plaque for Public Service for his work with OHS kids by Eagles Aerie 196. The award had only been given 3 times over the previous 8 years. The article in the Mercury-register, written by Eagles secretary Vern Tannehill stated, “We make this award only when we feel there is someone who merits it. It is not a periodic thing, let’s say, where someone has to be found every year. Bill was chosen primarily for his outstanding work with the school, the kids, and their sports program. We feel he richly deserves it.”
In 1963, Bill brought television celebrity Michael Landon of Bonanza to town to meet Jimmy Hastie, OHS basketball player who had cancer. OHS dedicated the 1963 hoops season to Jimmy. Michael Landon remained in town to serve as Grand Marshal of the Feather Fiesta Days parade.
The Sixties also saw Bill make a memorable visit to the OHS journalism class and it was remembered by then student Michael Schleef as, “He had us rolling under the desks as his humor was just so great. A little rough around the edges, but his knowledge, if we would pay attention, was unbelievable. He would teach us tips on what to look for in an interview and above all, he taught us not to be scared of the person we were interviewing.” On another classroom visit, Bill advised students to, “Save your notes.”
David Frank, OHS 1959, recalls, “When I was in the 5th or 6th grade, I was walking down the street one day and Bill came out of his office and took my picture. He then proceeded to interview me. A few days later, the picture appeared in the Mercury with a few nice words. I still have his articles in my scrapbook.”
Dean Andoe, OHS 1957, recalls, “Bill touched my life in a special way and I was not the only Oroville “kid” he influenced. He gave young people time, effort, and working with other adults in the community, gave us an opportunity to grow and develop in a positive way. He was a personal friend of major league pitcher, Bill James, OHS 1910 and OUHSD Hall of Fame 2012.”
Along with Bill’s extensive volunteer involvement with youth, he wrote for the Sacramento Bee for 15 years, served for 8 years as legislative aide to then Senator and 2012 OUHSD Hall of Famer, Ray E. Johnson, managed the Oroville Olives in 1948, and published 10 books, several of which are about Oroville area history. He was an active member of the Eagles and in 1972 was a member of the 2nd class ever inducted into the Northern California Sports Association Hall of Fame.
While Bill clearly ranked as a leading Butte County historian, he rankled at the title. He claimed he was merely a scribe and didn’t have the academic background to claim to be a true historian. Specializing in local history, Bill served as editor of the Diggin’s, the official publication of the Butte County Historical Society. In 1959, he printed his first edition of the Oroville Press, a weekly Oroville newspaper he had purchased.
Bill was born in Council Bluffs Iowa in 1914 and was reared in the Omaha, NB area. He was an outstanding right handed pitcher as a teen and later as a member of the Civilian Conservations Corps baseball team, a federally sponsored organization of the Great Depression. Bill passed away at a Chico Hospital in 1993 at age 79 after an extended illness.
||Inspired by Monsieur (Jack) Hughes, Dan knew from the time he was a freshman that he wanted to be a French teacher.
He graduated from Oroville High School (OHS) in 1969, where he received the Bank of America Foreign Language Award and Outstanding Teenager Award. He was senior class president, a member of the National Honor Society, student council, drama club, cross country, track and tennis teams.
At Butte College (AA degree), he was the Foreign Language Department tutor. While attending California State University, Chico (CSUC), (BA degree & California Teaching Credential), he spent his senior year in Aix-en-Provence, France on the Junior Year Abroad program. He studied for his Masters degree in French at University of California at Davis (UCD) and California State University, San Francisco.
Dan taught French at CSUC from 1974-76. While there he created The International Festival (now in its 41st year) and co founded The Language Houses (La Maison Française, La Casa Italiana, Das Deutsche Haus, and La Casa Hispanica). He served as Director of La Maison Française where he created a French café and as faculty advisor to CSUC Junior Year Abroad applicants.
Dan returned to the states to resume his true passion of teaching French. He spent the next 3 decades teaching French to high school,, middle school, and elementary school students in both public and private schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was awarded a Fulbright Teacher Exchange appointment to Sion, Switzerland for the 1989-90 school year. For a change of pace, he created from scratch and taught a University of California-approved 4 year high school Italian program from 2005-2009. To enhance the classroom experience, Dan has always organized and offered a variety of local field trips and study-tour abroad trips for his students. Since 1974, he has led 36 study-tour programs to France, England, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, and Italy since 1974.
A lifelong educator and devoted Francophile, Dan taught French for 4 decades from university to elementary school levels. He has traveled, worked, taught, and lived extensively in France, Switzerland, Italy and the United States. Inspired by his own OHS experiences, he has shared his passion for the French language and culture with thousands of students. He is dedicated to seeing that his students succeed and have confidence in their communication and cross-cultural comprehension skills.
Building on the solid foundation and preparation that Dan received from Monsieur Hughes at OHS, Dan authored The French Verb Chart, a unique and highly successful learning tool that helps students master the art of conjugating the French verb –all 14 tenses plus the imperative! Proven over and over again in the classroom with students of all ages, The French Verb Chart is a structural, methodical, learning-system that eliminates the mystery, fear and frustration from the most complex aspect of learning French – verb conjugation. His system has proven to give students a sense of ownership and accomplishment. Dan has extended the formula to The Italian Verb Chart and The Spanish Verb Chart. French Verb Chart Workbooks 1 and 2 are dedicated to: “The “The memory of John S. Hughes, beloved teacher and friend to thousands of students during his 40 years of service at Oroville High School, Oroville, CA.”
In a letter of support from a former student, Hillary Schwartz writes, “When I consider the personal qualities that your committee might look for in selecting a candidate, the words “dedication”, “integrity”, and “passion”, come to mind. Mr. Weidman displayed these qualities each day in the classroom and he provided the praise and encouragement that allowed his students to feel that they could successfully master a foreign language.”
Quotes from Dan: “This simple up-down, simple tense-compound tense box system of verb conjugation employed by John “Jack” S. Hughes, my Oroville High School French teacher, gave me, a simple kid from Oroville, the comprehensive and rock-solid foundation to become a French major in college and a French instructor in life.”
“Yes, one teacher can make a difference and have a lifelong impact on a student’s life. For me, that teacher was John “Jack” S. Hughes of Oroville High School.”
Dan and his wife Cynthia, make their home in Rancho Mirage, CA.