\Oroville Union High School District
2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
Pictures and Complete Biographies will be Posted Soon
2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
Pictures and Complete Biographies will be Posted Soon
Paul Andrew Bean
|Paul Andrew Bean graduated from Oroville High School (OHS) in 1975, was awarded a scholarship, and attended art classes at Chico State earning 15 college credits. As a senior, he won an Outstanding Achievement Award, ran cross country and track for three years and was an avid outdoorsman and athlete.
Following his graduation from OHS, Paul attended Chico State where he continued to study art. He also worked at RCBS as a carpenter. At age 21 he became paralyzed from a medical procedure to locate and analyze a brain aneurism. The procedure inadvertently blocked blood flow to his spinal column leaving him a quadriplegic. After the accident, he returned to Butte College to study Art History, and Architectural Design and Drafting. He also studied Computer Graphics at Sierra College. Paul stated, “For two years, I really didn’t do anything. I just stayed home and didn’t go out in public.” “I could either look at all the negative things I couldn’t do or focus on all the positive things I could do.” Despite his physical condition, Paul devised his own special equipment and techniques to compensate for his physical limitations, and has enjoyed a long and highly successful career as an accomplished and widely known Visual and Environmental Artist.
Paul was inspired by his brother, sister, and mother, all gifted artists. Primarily a self-taught artist, he also looked to the early Renaissance period in Europe and the 19th century pre-Raphaelite painters in England for further inspiration. His art teacher at OHS, Dave Tamori said, “There is a saying that to achieve success in life is 10% what happens to you and 90% what you do about it. Paul designed special techniques for painting to compensate for his physical limitation. He also designed a motorized easel that he could adjust to work on his larger than average creations.”
Paul’s artistic inspiration came from growing up in Oroville in California’s diverse natural environment. His art focuses on the fragile, and sacred beauty of nature, and is characterized as being a combination of styles including visionary, realism, and occasionally, surrealistic. His unique style as described by his own words, “I create images from the mind’s eye, the perception of the imagination, not the realism of a photograph. I wish to portray the dreamlike quality of the imagination through my work.”
Paul’s first art studio was at 1250 Montgomery Street in Oroville and then he moved to 1245 Safford Street. The first solo exhibition of his work was in 1975 in Oroville. Over the next 17 years, he held 11 solo exhibitions in Oroville, Chico, Tiburon, Mountain View, San Jose, Santa Rosa and Simsbury, CT. His work was also displayed in numerous group exhibitions in national locales that included Washington D.C., Chicago, IL, and Indianapolis, IN. as well as California cities Sausalito, San Francisco, Carmel, Santa Cruz, Beverly Hills, Santa Clara, Mill Valley, Santa Monica, and Larkspur. In 1993, Paul was one of 51 artists whose work was featured in the Art Across America Show for the Presidential Inaugural Festivities at the Very Special Arts (VSA) Gallery in Washington, D.C. VSA is a worldwide organization for artists with all forms of disabilities, founded by Jean Kennedy Smith, sister of President John F. Kennedy. Mrs. Smith purchased two of Paul’s originals for her private collection.
One of Paul’s more challenging works came in 1996 when he was commissioned to paint a mural for the ITT Hartford Insurance Group, Inc. The mural was so large he needed to work on a 20-foot-long easel. The four plastic panels were a new surface for him. Although he had visited the Simsbury grounds of the insurance company once in the past year, he relied on photographs to create the scenes of the New England Woods and Wildlife. The project took 11 months to complete.
Locally, Paul returned to Oroville in 1986 to participate in the Wellness walk with local teacher Vic Goble and his wife and daughter. In 1988, he was the winner of the Very Special Arts Poster Contest in Butte County, a nationwide observance of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In 1991 his work was on display during a “One Man Exhibition: at the Art Gallery in downtown Chico. At that time he also completed work on a poster series for the Nature Conservancy and shows were held at the State Theatre in downtown Oroville.
Paul makes his home in Phoenix, AZ.
William (Bill) Brereton graduated from Oroville High School (OHS) in 1959. He lettered in football and track all four years, playing on the undefeated 1957 and 1958 Sierra Foothill League championship teams, boxed as a freshman, and was a Block O member all four years. He was a member of student council each year, starting in his freshman year as a representative, then as a sophomore class officer, junior class president and then elected Student Body president as a senior. Outside of school, Bill was president of the local teen center and led a highly successful campaign to raise money for the March of Dimes.
Following his OHS graduation, Bill attended Yuba College, then married Jane Sidenstricker, also a 1959 OHS graduate (passed in 1994 of cancer). He went on to attend Sacramento City College, and finished his education by earning his certificate in data processing from the Sacramento Automation Institute, where he was number one in his class.
In 1962, Bill’s first job was at Systems Data Processing Company in Sacramento (SDPC), as a computer operator and 18 years later, he was Vice President and General Manager. SDPC was the city’s oldest and largest data processing service center. In 1972, he became the Founder-Owner of Executive Computer Technologies in San Jose, providing data processing services to business in Silicon Valley as well as selling personal computers (PC’s) worldwide through military bases and served there until 1989. He then founded and owned Eagle Business Products. He managed that company until 1995, when management was taken over by his youngest son Brock. When Brock passed away from cancer in 2014, it was turned over to his daughter-in-law Anna. In 1995 he and his oldest son Brandt co-founded Brereton & Company, now Brereton, Hanley & Company - an Investment Banking firm headquartered in San Jose that conducts business nationally and provides advisory services to middle market companies seeking liquidity. Bill still holds a seat on the board even though he formally retired in 2012.
Bill and son Brandt were business partners for 20 years and Brandt notes that two of his dad’s most admirable attributes are his integrity and humility. “As a man who left Oroville to make his way in the world and to have come so far from his humble beginnings in Oroville, he yet possesses such humility.” Of all the
things, a man like my father could take pride, he once told me: “The thing I am the proudest of in my life is that all of my children and all of my grandchildren know and have a personal relationship with Christ – I think I am the wealthiest man in the world because of this.” “That is humility and success in my book.”
In addition to his own companies, Bill served on corporate boards of several companies including Centura Software, Inc., Cygnet Laboratories, and was personally affiliated with Service Bureau Users Group, where he was Chairman for two years, also International Mergers & Acquisition Professionals
Establishing residence in both Sacramento and San Jose, Bill was very active in both communities. He served the San Jose YMCA for 32 years and headed numerous committees including Chairman of the Board. He received the ‘Triangle Award’ for his leadership as Campaign Steering Committee Chair and was a Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow in San Jose for 34 years. He served the Crippled Children Society of the Santa Clara Valley for 31 years, becoming chairman of the Board in 1980, and also playing Santa Claus at the Christmas parties. He served on the board of the American Cancer Society for many years and in 2011 was named “Honorary Lifetime Board Member”.
As parents, Bill and his wife Sheryl were elected Co- Presidents of the Valley Christian Schools PTA at both the Junior and Senior High schools and served Santa Clara County as Foster Parents, where they picked up newborn drug exposed infants from the hospital and cared for them until a more permanent placement was found. Over a 10-year period, they fostered 24 infants.
His long time close friend, classmate, teammate, and OUHSD Hall of Fame member David Frank wrote, “Bill is not only a successful businessman, but one of the most caring people I have ever met.”
Bill has four children, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. He is retired and he and his wife, Sheryl, reside in Sun City Lincoln Hills, Lincoln CA.
|David Buchla graduated from Oroville High School (OHS) in 1957. He was a life member of CSF, ran cross-country as a sophomore, member of FFA for three years, the French Club for two years, and the science club as a senior. He frequently played trumpet with the pep band at home football and basketball games. Outside of school, he was a Boy Scout and attained the rank of Life, one step below Eagle, He also worked after school and weekends from his sophomore year until after graduation at Currier’s Feed Store.
Following his graduation from OHS, he earned his BS degree in physical science from Cal Poly in 1961 and continued his technical education in radar and in communication engineering. Later, he studied education at night school and was awarded his teaching credential at Cal State Hayward in 1972. In 1979, he received his MA degree in education from the University of San Francisco.
David began his career as a field engineer in 1961 at Sperry Gyroscope Company in New York. Three years later, he was hired as a physicist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he designed instrumentation systems for nuclear weapons tests and authored numerous technical reports. In 1974, he accepted an offer from Science Applications International Corporation to work as a scientist. There he worked on various technical projects.
In 1976, David began a new phase of his career as a high-school science teacher at Marysville High School where he taught chemistry, physics, computer science, and physical science. In 1979, he wrote a grant that was funded for over $128,000 for a program integrating computers, math, and science. The grant provided 15 Apple computers for Marysville Union High School District and the program was featured in “Apple Education News” and “The Aerospace Gazette”. This was years before anyone had computers in the classroom. In evenings, David was an adjunct instructor at Chapman College and Yuba College. During his time at Marysville High School, he was also the science advisor for three students that won the regional science fair and went on to the International Science and Engineering Fair.
In 1981, Yuba College offered him a full-time faculty position teaching electronics and physical science. At Yuba, he developed new lab experiments in electronics and published his first lab manual of experiments in 1986. Following this, in 1991, he wrote his first textbook, which was on instrumentation systems. ITT schools adopted his lab manuals and later hired him to write their course curriculum for basic electronics, which was used in all ITT schools. Since his first book in 1986, David has authored or co-authored 10 textbooks and 11 lab manuals for college level. His latest textbook, published in 2015, is “Renewable Energy Systems”. He continues to write and this year completed an update to his “Electronic Devices” lab manual.
Being active in his community has always been an integral part of David’s life. As an adult, he was active with Boy Scouts, having served in roles ranging from Scoutmaster, committee chairman, merit badge counselor, and cubmaster. He has been an active amateur astronomer for over 50 years. He was a founding member and program chairman of the “Valley Viewers” Astronomy Club in Livermore and active in two other clubs over the years.
As a current resident of Grass Valley, he leads an exemplary life of community service, serving as a board member and outreach chairman of the Nevada County Astronomers (NCA), an organization for promoting astronomy to the public. As outreach chairman, he works with local schools, state parks, the Nevada County Fair, and other organizations to promote astronomy education. In a letter of support, John Griffin, president of Nevada County Astronomers writes, “One of Dave’s greatest accomplishments for our club has to be the yearly celebration of International Astronomy Day each spring done in conjunction with numerous groups worldwide.”
David’s hobbies and interests include astronomy, photography, mountain biking, hiking, electronic gadgets, oil painting, and travel – especially eclipse chasing with his wife of 56 years and Oroville HS graduate Lorraine (Laswell) Buchla. They have been to remote parts of the world to view solar eclipses, now totaling 15 total eclipses.
David is the younger brother of Donald Buchla, who is also being inducted into the OUHSD Hall of Fame with the Class of 2017. David and Lorraine reside in Grass Valley, CA.
|Don Buchla graduated from Oroville High School (OHS) in 1955. He was a life member of the California Scholastic Federation (CSF), received the Bank of America Laboratory Science Award, and the Bausch and Lomb Science Award. He was awarded an Alumni scholarship to UC-Berkeley. He played on the tennis team as a senior, and was a member of the French and Spanish Clubs and the Junior Red Cross. Outside of school, he was a Boy Scout Patrol leader, built a telescope, studied piano, and built radio sets.
Immediately following his graduation, Don attended the University of California at Berkeley (Cal), earning his BS degree in physics in 1959 and also studying astronomy, physiology, and music. He did post graduate study at Cal where he worked on NASA projects, including controls for the Gemini space capsule. Don had a lifelong fascination with the ways that humans, technology, and sounds interact.
For the next 54 years, Don worked as an inventor, composer, instrument builder, musician, and was an electronic music maverick. In 1962, he founded his own company, Buchla and Associates in Berkeley, CA and one year later constructed his first voltage–controlled synthesizer. The year 1963 also saw him designing his first modules for the San Francisco Tape Music Center (SFTMC). He released his first units shortly after Robert Moog’s first synthesizers; however his instrument was arguably designed before Moog’s. With partial funding from a Rockefeller Foundation Grant, Don assembled his modules into the Buchla Modular Electronic Music System, later known as the Series 100 Modular Music System, which he began selling commercially in 1966. The Series 100 was also featured in the May 22, 1967 issue of Newsweek magazine. It was used by Mort Subotnik to create the groundbreaking album, “Silver Apples of the Moon”. During the sixties, he also built part of the sound system for The Grateful Dead and sometimes mixed the band’s live shows, adding electronic sounds from the Buchla Box.
Following the Series 100, Don released the 200 and the Buchla 400 with a video display. He followed these with the first digitally controlled analog synthesizer named the 500 series. In 1987, the massive 700 system with digital touch-plates was released. In the 1990’s, he began designing alternative MIDI (musical interface) controllers, “Thunder”, “Lightening”, and “Marimba Lumina”. Lightening” is the most impressive as it used just two wands to control the music. With the resurgence of interest in analog synthesizers in the 90’s, Don revamped his older 200 series into a modernized 200e with a standard MIDI musical interface and new modules. Don received grants from the Veterans Administration (guidance devices for the blind), the Guggenheim Foundation (music languages), and the National Endowment for the Arts (composition). He was a consultant to the Institute for research coordination in Acoustics/Music in France, and received a National Endowment for the ARTS Fellowship to design instruments and write music for a 100 piece electronic orchestra. He held several patents in the fields of optics and musical instruments.
In 2002, Don was awarded the prestigious “SEAMUS Lifetime Achievement Award “in recognition of his pioneering achievements and lifetime contributions to the art and craft of electro-acoustic music.
While attending the 2007 Macworld Convention in San Francisco, Suzanne Ciani had the pleasure of sharing a 3-hour lunch with technocrats Steve Wozniak, mastermind of the original Apple computer and Don, inventor of the Buchla Music Box. She said, “When I found out these two had never met, and each have played such important roles in the music technology that I use, I felt that the opportunity to bring us all together was very special. A day to remember!”
Words from the Bob Moog website: “Don Buchla’s contributions to the history of synthesis are substantial, varied, and iconic. His work has been an inspiration to many engineers, composers, and musicians. He envisioned a voltage-controlled modular device that would realize the dreams of electronic music composers since the early part of the 20th Century. Today, his work is more popular than ever. He is among the most important innovators in electronic music. We have lost one of our great geniuses, but luckily for us, his legacy will endure and inspire countless more.”
Quote from brother David,” Don never liked the word ‘synthesizer’ because it implies mimicking something else, when he wanted to create new sounds and new ways to interact with musical instruments.”
Don passed away at his home in Berkeley, CA on September 14, 2016. He leaves his wife, Ann-Marie (Nannick), son Ezra, and daughters Jeannine Serbanich, Erin Buchla, and two grandchildren.
||Roland Bunch graduated from Oroville High School (OHS) in 1961 and earned numerous awards including life membership in CSF, Bank of America Awards for Science and Mathematics, a letter of commendation for National Merit Scholarship Competition, the Mathematical Association of America Award, and a California State Scholarship to the University of Pacific. He also found time to be involved in the chess club, the choir, the creative writing club, senior stage play crew member, as well as tutor a blind student.
Community activities included playing the organ at several churches and marching in the Martin Luther King civil rights movement. Before moving to Oroville from Modesto, he voluntarily raised goats to be sent to South Korea by the Heifer Project’s International Office in Modesto.
Roland earned his BA degree with high honors in mathematics, and his California Secondary Teaching Credential from the University of Pacific (UOP). He earned his MS degree in International Agricultural Development from California Polytechnic State University with a GPA of 3.9.
Roland has been a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Rio Platano Foundation in Honduras; an Honorary Board member of the Vecinos Peru Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Peru; a member of the Advisory Committee of the Cornell International Institute of Food, Agriculture and Development (CIIFAD) at Cornell University; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Hesperian Foundation (the publishers of at least 10 books, by far the most important of which is Where There is No Doctor, which has sold over a million copies in more than 50 languages).
Roland served as: the director of the Chimaltenango Development Program in Guatemala (1969-1971); the founder and director of the San Martin Jilotepeque Integrated Development Program, which was rated the best of 41 highly selected development programs around the world by Development Alternatives International and which sustainably tripled the maize production of 3,000 families (1972-73); the Latin America Training Advisor for World Neighbors (1974-1980); the Area Representative for Central America and the Caribbean of World Neighbors (1981-1989); the Head of the Department of Agricultural School in Honduras (1995-96); a founder and coordinator of COSECHA, a Honduran NGO that has heavily influenced the agricultural development work of many NGO’s in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua (1992-2003); a member of the United Nations Millennium Program Task Force on Hunger set up by Kofi Annan and run by Jeffrey Sachs (2002-2005); and the Overseas Director of Agricultural programs for World neighbors (2004-2005).
He has made speeches to the plenary sessions of over 100 international conferences in over 30 nations; has carried out over 100 paid consultancies in 46 nations by over 50 NGO’s plus the national governments of Honduras, Nicaragua, Swaziland and Vietnam; has published some 15 chapters for various books, and dozens of magazine articles. His book Two Ears of Corn, A Guide to People-Centered Agricultural Improvement, first published in 1982, was published in ten languages and stands as one of the two or three best-sellers in the history of agricultural development. It served as a very early advocate of farmer-to-farmer extension (known in much of Latin America today as Campesino a Campesino approach) and of smallholder farmer experimentation (now known world-wide as Participatory Technology Development, or PTD). At present Roland is one of the two most widely experienced and well-known advocates (along with Ademir Calegari) of the green manure/cover crop movement that is active in over 40 nations around the world.
Roland has been nominated for the Global 500 Environmental Prize, the End Hunger Prize of the President of the United States, and the
World Food Prize.
In a letter of support Dr. Paul Sweet writes, “A year’s hitch-hiking trip to Bolivia during college changed Roland’s life from a direction in mathematics to one of helping people in the Third World. To this end, I remember seeing the small town of Guinope, Honduras, being re-populated by farmers returning to the renewed soil that his program had produced, much against the current belief of the “experts” at that time that such couldn’t be done. “He is a blessing to me and the world. “
After living 5 years in Nairobi, Kenya, and Kathmandu, Nepal, Roland and his wife, Ellen, recently relocated to Portland, Oregon.
||Jay graduated from Oroville High School in 1995 and was an outstanding student and multi-sport athlete. He played four years of football, basketball and baseball, was a member of Block O, all-league in football and baseball and, as a senior, was OHS athlete of the year. He was very active in student body activities, serving in the student senate, a senior class officer and the school representative to Boys State.
Following graduation, Jay earned his AA degree at Shasta Community College, his BA degree at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU), and his MA degree at Azusa Pacific University (APU). He played four years of college baseball winning a Gold Glove at PLNU and hit .326 as a senior at APU.
Jay’s coaching career began in 2002 when he was assistant coach at PLNU and helped lead the team to the NAIA World Series in 2004. In 2005, he was named head coach and posted a record of 37-16. In 2006, he was named associate head coach at University of San Diego where he served for seven years and helped guide the team to the NCAA tournament six times. In 2013, the University of Nevada (UN) hired him as head coach where he served two years, posting a 72-42 record, the team winning its first ever Conference Championship. UN finished in the top-five nationally in batting and scoring and Jay was named Mountain West Coach of the Year. Johnson is the first OUHSD graduate to serve as a Division 1 head coach.
The year 2015 saw Jay head to the big time being named as University of Arizona’s (UA) 16th head baseball coach in program history, a member of the prestigious Pac-12 Conference, and one of the most storied programs in college baseball history. “I’m beyond humbled and grateful to be a part of Arizona baseball” said Johnson when he was hired. “To be associated with this program and what it has stood for over such a long period of time is a dream come true. I am so excited to get to work and build on the great tradition of this program and play a brand of baseball that our fans will be very proud of and excited to watch.”
Quote from UA Director of Athletics Greg Byrne, “We were absolutely blown away by the interest and number of qualified candidates that inquired about our head baseball coaching position. As we narrowed our search and looked at who would ne the best fit for the UA baseball program, Jay Johnson’s name kept rising to the top of the list. We are excited to welcome jay to the Wildcat family and we look forward to watching him build ion the storied past of Arizona baseball.”
Jay’s initial year at UA saw him leading his team to an impressive 49-24 record, the second-most wins in program history and to the finals of the College World Series (CWS) where the Wildcats lost the final game by one run. Had Arizona won the CWS, Jay would have been the first coach in NCAA history to win the CWS in his first year at a school. As it was, he was the 5th coach in NCAA history to reach the Series in his first year as coach and was named West Region Coach of the Year, by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
The 2017 season saw Jay’s Wildcats finishing 4th in the Pac-12 with a record of 16-14, and earning the 16th seed in the Regional Pod where they lost to Sam Houston University (SHU) by a score of 3-9. SHU then went on to defeat Central Arkansas, whose assistant coach was Nick Harlan, another OHS alumni. Jay’s Arizona team ended its season with a record of 38 wins and 21 losses.
A few of the many notable Items of interest in Jay’s coaching career:
|James R. Meier, M.D.
||Jim Meier graduated from Oroville High School (OHS) in 1955, where he was a life member of CSF, played tennis as a junior and a senior, was in the school band as a freshman, editor of the Nugget Yearbook as a senior, and president of CSF. Outside of school, Jim was a member of the Boy Scouts, YMCA, and a master counselor in the Order of Demolay.
Following graduation from OHS, Jim attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, where he earned his BA degree in 1959. He then attended UCLA School of Medicine earning his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1963. In 1963-64, he did an internship at Harborview Hospital/ University of Washington, Seattle. Following his internship he served in the United States Army Medical Corps. After completing his education, Jim served in the United States Army Medical Corps for two years in Rothwesten, Germany, attaining the rank of Captain and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal.
He returned to UCLA/Wadsworth VA Hospital where he completed the second year of the residency program in Internal Medicine. From there he enrolled in the three-year residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University. In 1970 he joined the Ob-Gyn clinical faculty at Stanford Medical School. The same year he cofounded the Department of Ob-Gyn at San Mateo General Hospital (now San Mateo Medical Center) where he was chief of the department from 1974-2006. Jim was Chief of the Medical Staff twice in 1985 and again in 1988 and served on the hospital Board of Directors from 1984-1991. He helped found the San Mateo Health Foundation in 1989 and was on the board until 2001. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. His practice consisted of gynecologic surgery and high-risk prenatal care, delivering more than 10,000 babies. Jim taught medical students and residents and is currently an Adjunct Professor Emeritus as Stanford where he was twice voted Outstanding Clinical Professor.
In 1991, Dr. Meier and his wife established the Stephanie Meier Scholarship in honor of their daughter who passed away at 19. The scholarship is awarded annually at Stephanie’s high school to an academically qualified minority girl to prepare her to enter a college or university.
In April 2010, Dr. Meier was honored by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors at their Moonlighting with the Stars event, for his 40 years of service and received Certificate of Congressional Recognition from the United States House of Representatives for outstanding service to his community.
To quote United States Representative Jackie Speier, “Madam Speaker, I rise to honor Dr. James Meier, a dedicated physician in my district who has devoted his career to providing quality care to a generation of the poor and less fortunate in San Mateo County. I have had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Meier for 30 years and have witnessed his passion and dedication to his work.”
“Dr. Meier took a three-month temporary assignment at the San Mateo Medical Center and stretched it to more than 40 years and counting.” “He is without question a hero of healthcare in the county and state.”
“He has worked through the lean years when the county board of supervisors nearly voted to close the hospital. Dr. Meier played a lead role in forming the San Mateo Medical Center Foundation which has helped garner the needed public support to keep the hospital functioning as a provider of high quality medical care.”
Jim and Penny, his wife of 54 years and a former teacher, have a long commitment to educational issues and have been involved with several nonprofit education foundations. They enjoy expedition travel to experience and photograph nature and wildlife and to learn about other cultures. Jim’s interests include photography, cooking, beekeeping and California history. He still works two days a week at San Mateo Medical Center and is a member of numerous professional organizations including Rotary Club (where he is a Paul Harris Fellow), the Commonwealth Club, the California Historical Society and is a lifetime member of the Butte County Historical Society.
His daughter Kristin and her husband Malcolm live in Palo Alto with their three children: Marisol who is 15, Dashiell who is 13 and Rafferty who is 11.
|Norman "Buss" Roberts
||Norman Roberts Jr, known to everyone as Buss, moved to Oroville with his mom and dad for his senior year of high school and graduated from Oroville High School (OHS) in the class of 1943. He quarterbacked the undefeated football team, earned his Block O letter, and was a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps.
Following his graduation from OHS, Buss joined the United States Marine Corps (USMC) where he served until 1946, attaining the rank of Corporal, honored for his Rifle Marksmanship. He was on the island of Iwo Jima when OUHSD Hall of Famer Arlin Rhine was killed.
He then attended University of California, Davis (UCD) for 2 years, earning his BS degree in biology and his teaching credential from Chico State College in 1952. He was awarded his MA degree in administration and the Administrative Services Credential from California State University, Chico in 1973.
The year 1952, Buss launched a 34 year career in education with the Oroville Elementary School District (OCESD), as children were his true passion. He started as a 5th grade teacher at Bird Street School and went on to serve as principal at Burbank, Oakdale Heights and Ophir Schools. In addition to his being an educator, Buss was also a partner in the RX prune ranch he loved being outdoors and working the harvest during the summer. For many years, he also directed and ran a 10 day summer camp for underprivileged youth at Gold Lake. He did this strictly as a volunteer and over the years took many 6th graders on overnight camping trips to various locations in the north state. On these trips he was not only the organizer and chaperone, but served as cook as he loved preparing food for anyone who liked to eat. Cooking was also a passion for Buss as annually he did all the cooking for the Butte County School Administrators two big events. He was famous for his spaghetti sauce and chili!
Just being on a school site and doing the normal education things was not enough for Buss. In addition to running the camps already mentioned, he and his wife Lucille, took a group of local 6th grade students to Washington DC to attend the inauguration of President Ronald Reagan in 1980. He also transported students to all types of athletic events, both local and in other towns, wrote grants to purchase playground equipment that he installed on weekends and spent countless hours working and developing an athletic field at Ophir School which he named after one of his custodians. Whether in shirt and tie or jeans and baseball cap, Buss was happiest when doing whatever he could to enrich the lives of his students.
Among his many awards were being the first president of the Butte County School Administrators Association (BCAA), CTA Teacher of the Year and the BCAA Administrator of the Year. During his many years with OCESCD, he mentored several rookie principals.
Along with his career in education, Buss also had a very active career in public service. He was president of the Oroville Junior Chamber of Commerce form 1950-54, a member of the group that developed Table Mountain Golf Course, a founding member of Tri-Valley Growers Association, member of the Mosquito Abatement Board, the Northern California Golf Association, the Fellows Cub of Oroville and Saint Thomas Church.
In 1980, he was elected to the Oroville City Council where he served for eight years and following his term was elected mayor of the city where he served his beloved community until 1993. During his five years as mayor, Buss also was a member of the League of California Cities and was instrumental in bringing new businesses to town that would provide quality jobs for local citizens. He was a key player in bringing Roplast, the Co-Generation Plant to Oroville and was involved in numerous community activities.
In a letter of support for Buss, former student, Jana Murphy Black writes, “Mr. Roberts is the 5th grade teacher everyone will remember for a very long time. Our class was very bonded to our teacher. I do believe he saw the potential of this group of ten year olds, and paved the way for fast track learning. Our Class of 1966 went on to produce 14 attorneys, six physicians, many, many teachers and many other successful business professionals. Many in our class are published authors. We remember Mr. Roberts with fondness and appreciation.”
Buss passed away on March 11, 2012 in Sacramento and is survived by his wife Lucille, his daughters Amanda and Jennifer (son-in-law, Steve Sterling), and three grandchildren.
|Sharon Sparrow Stiles
||Sharon Sparrow Stiles graduated from Oroville High School (OHS) in 1959 and was active in both the Latin and Pep Clubs. Outside of school, she was active in Jobs Daughters and went through all the organizations chairs to become Honored Queen. She also worked as a sales clerk at the Jay Vee Women’s Dress Shop.
Sharon obtained her college degrees later in life, earning her AA degree in 1977 from the University of Maryland, Heidelberg, Germany, and her BA degree in Occupational Education in 1987 from Southern Illinois University, making the Dean’s List at both schools.
Following graduation from OHS, Sharon went to work for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph in Sacramento, where she was a tele-typist and investigated fraudulent use of long distance phone services. After one year, she went to work for the federal government General Services Administration where she served on the federal switchboard during the Cuban missile crisis and President Kennedy’s assassination. For the next eight years, she worked in the general Electric Nuclear Power Plant in San Jose as a finance assistant and in 1973 moved to the United States Army Military Community in Zweibruecken, Germany where she was president of the Community’s Pre-Kindergarten School.
1976 saw Sharon return to the United States to hold the first job-share given by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Training Institute in Seattle, WA, and there she attained the position of Personnel Management Supervisor. Her career with OPM ended in 1985, with her serving as a Training Instructor.
The remainder of Sharon’s career encompassed working for the U. S. Navy and Army. Her occupations were in the Human Resources area as a Training Officer and Equal Employment Opportunity Officer. From 1985 – 2002, she had the opportunity to live in many communities which included Washington State (Keyport Undersea Warfare, Submarine Base Bangor and Trident Refit Facility), and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She then moved to the U.S. Army 415th Base Support Battalion, Kaierslautern, Germany, 80th Area Support Group, Chievres, Belgium and ended her career at Region Southwest Dispute Resolution Center in San Diego. As a civilian, Sharon served the Army and Navy for approximately 17 years earning what was the equivalent rank of Lt. Colonel in the Army and CMDR in the Navy.
The highlights of Sharon’s career were working in Cuba during the Haitian coup d’etat in Haiti, receiving the Commanders Award for Civilian Service in Belgium and attending the equivalent of the War College for civilians, called the Army Management Staff College in Fort Belvoir, VA where she was awarded 2nd place in writing competition. She shared that the most rewarding part of her career was serving as a mediator for both the Army and Navy. The rewards of leading the mediation process and watching people reach consensus through that process was the highlight of her career.
After retiring in 2002, Sharon moved to Florence, OR where she was highly active in community affairs and started her own consulting business, “Communicating with Stiles”, where she contracted with local agencies including City Hall and the Chamber of Commerce. She also was a member of the Action for Women’s Lives and the City Club of Florence, where she served as an officer on the board. In 2003, she graduated from Leadership Florence and was active training local citizens in public affairs and in 2009, attended the Ford Foundation Leadership Program.
In 2009, she was elected to the Board of Trustees for Lane Community College (LCC) where she served as chairman and vice-chairman during her two terms. During her tenure as a trustee at LCC, the college was celebrating its 50th year and was building a new downtown campus in Eugene, OR. It was one of the few community colleges in the state to build student housing on a downtown campus with 100% occupancy. In 2017, Sharon accepted the Healthy Campus Award for LCC, the ceremony being held at the White House in Washington DC and First Lady Michelle Obama being the keynote speaker.
After living in Florence for 15 years, Sharon recently moved back to Washington State and makes her home in Bremerton in the Seattle area. She has two sons, Matt who lives in Tampa, FL, Adam in Eugene, OR, and three grandchildren. Her brother, Glen Sparrow, was inducted into the OUHSD Hal of Fame in 2015.
||Mike graduated from Las Plumas High School (LPHS) in 1982 and had perfect attendance all four years. He wrestled his junior and senior years and was on the track and field team all four years, placing 3rd in the section finals as a senior. He also played football all four years and his class of 1982, was the first class to win the Victory Bell Game four straight years. Mike and his son, Jeremy Walsh, were the first father/son duo from LPHS to play in and win Bell games.
Mike was also very active in Associated Student Body (ASB) activities serving as freshman class president sophomore class vice-president and president, junior class president, and ASB president as a senior.
Following his high school graduation, he attended California State University, Chico (CSUC) for one year before going to Butte College and then earning his BA and MA degrees in Organizational Management and Organizational Leadership, respectively, from Ashford University.
Mike’s career in education began in 1992 when he served as Drop-out Prevention Services Coordinator for Butte County Office of Education (BCOE). In 1995, he was Student Advocate for Bangor, Thermalito, and Palermo School Districts, where he identified high risk students and created plans to help them address their specific needs and goals. From 1998-2005, he was the Director of Youth Development Services, Odyssey Performance Enhancement Network and was responsible for the development and staffing of team building programs for school-aged participants.
Since the year 2000, Mike has been the Leadership Facilitator, California Association of Student Councils, where he conducts summer leadership camps for ASB officers throughout the State of California. In 2007, he added another dimension to his work and since then has been leadership facilitator for National Student Leadership Conference at University of California, Berkeley (Cal). The annual Career Exploration Camp is for students considering careers in medicine, engineering, and communication.
In 2005, after six years as the director of youth development programs for a teambuilding company, Mike co-founded and is CEO of his company Beacon Results. The company’s mission is to facilitate processes that manage the desire for growth and change in organizations and individuals. Mike primarily works with school districts and non-profit organizations helping them develop and align their strategic plans.
From 1997-2010, in his spare time, Mike returned to his LPHS campus where he was the varsity assistant coach for both wrestling and track and field. He also served as the Executive Director of the Oroville Economic Development Corporation and completed a three year term as a member of the Butte Community College Foundation Board of Directors.
In 2010, he was elected to the Butte County Board of Education where he continues to serve and that year was also elected as a delegate to the California School Boards Association (CSBA). In 2011, he was appointed to the CSBA Board of Directors where he has served admirably on several committees including the Legislative Committee. He is currently the state president-elect and will assume the position of CSBA president in January of 2018.
In addition to his service to state school boards, Mike is also on three major committees of the National School Boards Association and has written and published multiple articles focused on equity and improved results for under-performing student groups for the County Boards of Education and CSBA
His current volunteer activities include working one day each semester at LPHS teaching history students how particular personality traits can be a predictor of behaviors in leaders. He also teaches the same class to Honors Engineering students at Cal.
Quote from a student who attended the National Student Leadership Conference on engineering at Cal, “When I first signed up for the program I had no idea what it would entail. Mr. Walsh, you made me take a step back, slow down, and really think things through. During our sessions with you, I tried to challenge myself to step out of my comfort zone and intentionally make things different for me. In my life, I have never had anyone challenge me the way you did ad that exactly what I needed.”