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San Gabriel Mission Damaged by Fire, Roof & Pews Lost
Historic San Gabriel Mission came close to destruction July 12 in a fire of unknown origin. The blaze destroyed the roof and many of the pews, along with some artwork. Much of the contents of the building had been removed for a renovation in anticipation of the Mission's 250th anniversary in 2021. A complete assessment is in progress.

The building was completed in approximately 1806 after the mission was relocated from its original location at Whittier Narrows, founded in 1771. An active congregation has worshipped at the Mission for over 200 years, and it has been a focus of study by generations of students in the region, including TCHS students from most classes in their fourth grade year.

The Mission was the starting point for the families who walked the nine miles west to found Los Angeles in 1781, and it was the source of population for several other Spanish and Mexican era settlements, making the Mission the birthplace of the birthplace of many if not most TCHS alumni. The Workman and Temple families instrumental in the founding of Temple City and many descendants were reputedly parishioners at various times.

Contributions to reconstruction can be made at the following link.

Most news outlets have additional details. This article will be updated.

Restoration Fund

Microsoft Blocks TCHS Alumni Mail
NOTICE: We are currently unable to send notifications to persons whose emails are at Hotmail, Live, MSN or Outlook. The good folks at Microslop have designated our hosts's mail server as a spam source, which is not true, but remains a problem. This is a well documented failing of the Microsoft mail systems, which receive so much spam that they cannot cope, so they do not render any aid to small providers who cannot break through the morass of roadblocks. If you are a specialist in this arena, we would welcome suggestions; please use the Contact form at the bottom of any page.
Social Distancing Photo Contest
This would be a good time to sign into your profile and post a photo of yourself (and family?) engaged in social distancing, even better if you're in secret identity mode. We're inspired by Judith Arielle Golden '71.
David Matuszak '71 conveys love of surfing in extensive compilation
David Matuszak '71 has recently published a collection of essays and photographs of surfing in and around San Onofre, CA. Pacific Sunset magazine has a excerpt of the image gallery and a stack of very complementary reviews, a few of which follow. Having no expertise in the subject, we defer to these readers, whose enthusiasm is contagious, which could make the current recommendation to stay home more tolerable as you imagine yourself bobbing up and down waiting for the Big One.

I just wanted to let you know that I received your book! My goodness, I picked up the box and I thought you sent me a few copies by mistake. To find out that was only one book was staggering! In regards to any aspect of surfing, I think you compiled one of the most comprehensive collective on the subject.
—Barry Assadi
I am so impressed with your ability to gather, catalog, and organize this book and to provide such a wonderful narrative for it…Congratulations! on an important history of surfing and San Onofre. I know it must have been a true labor of love.
—Dr. Carla Lane

I can go on and on about your book but I’ll just keep it short. I gotta say this book to me is incredible and the history and the way it go’s in different directions of history on all sides. it’s really a masterpiece and thanks for your big efforts and your time spent. It’s so well done and I’ll be reading and looking at the photos for a long time and thanks for including me. What a big stoke, thanks again.
—Brian Bent, retro San Onofre surfer

Ed Glassco '59, Musician, Mathematician, Recalled
Tribute by Richard Curtis '62: In Judy Hoyt's Facebook tribute post to Heather Irvine started 4/28/20 I made a remark to Judy that she could find a picture of me in the '59 yearbook seated next to Ed Glassco in the sax section in the Tempos dance band. Judy responded with the comment: "Sadly, Ed is gone, too. He was so smart. I remember in Geometry we had a poor teacher that only lasted a year. Ed and Robert Schulz would teach the class when the teacher failed."

It was the first I knew of Ed having passed so I went in search of an obituary which was really hard to find. What I came up with below led me to conclude it was no wonder he was teaching geometry in place of an ineffective teacher while he was a student at TCHS (probably as a freshman or sophomore) and that he deserved a tribute post apart from a listing in the Memoriam file just as Judy had done for Heather.

My own experience with Ed was my freshman year 1958-59 which was Ed's senior year. Ben Godfrey had installed me in the lead alto sax chair coming in from Oak Ave as a freshman. I could handle the music performance at that age that the Tempos were doing, but didn't have the social skills or experience to command the respect of upperclassmen and it could have been ugly if the seniors, particularly my sax section partner Ed, hadn't been accommodating to me. (So were the other seniors - Johnny Kimball, Wayne Broadhag, Dick Gastineau, Clive Acker, Steve Schoenbaum, and Doug Lindsey Douglas R. Lindsey, but it was Ed who was the most immediate.)

After graduating from Harvey Mudd, one of the nation's foremost math and science schools, he went on to get Master's and Doctorate degrees from USC, and became a leader in Cal Poly SLO's math department for over 30 years. Cal Poly has an annual scholarship set up in his name.

From CAL POLY REPORT DIGEST, NOV 13, 2002 D. Edward Glassco, 61
Mathematics Professor Emeritus Ed Glassco - the department's resident Macintosh computer expert - died Nov. 1, 2002 at his home in Morro Bay. Glassco began teaching at Cal Poly in 1968. He retired in 2001; however, he was still providing technology support to the department and teaching under the Faculty Early Retirement Program. He was instrumental in developing and maintaining the mathematics studio labs, and in providing computer expertise and assistance to the faculty and staff and students.

From the 1999-2000 Cal Poly Catalog p. 497 GLASSCO, D. EDWARD (1968)........... Mathematics
B.S., Harvey Mudd College, 1963; M.A., University of Southern California, 1966;
Ph.D., 1971. Professor.

Cal Poly Biography

Bill Divale '60 exits the stage, fondly and respectfully remembered
Vadim Moldovan, Teaching colleague: Bill is gone. He was 78. The best colleague, mentor, and friend that one can ask for. He was a confidant, consiglieri, and comrade.

We travelled together all over Italy (twice) and all over Moldova (four times), Our Moldova projects would not have happened without him.

Bill was a true intellectual, kindest soul, and faithful friend. One of a kind. The world will shrink without him but he will remain shining in the hearts of those who knew him.


Clare Marquardt, Long time TCHS teacher passes
Clare Collins Marquardt passed away January 17th, 2020, after a lengthy illness. Clare was an educator and spent her entire thirty-nine year career at Temple City High School where she taught English and Humanities. She also served as the Head of the English Department.

Born March 23rd, 1947 at Queen of Angels in Los Angeles, California, Clare was the daughter of the Honorable Harold F. Collins and Julia M. O'Neill. She received her bachelors in English from Mount Saint Mary's in 1969 and her Masters in Education from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Clare is survived by her husband, (former TCHS teacher and coach) Dennis Marquardt, their four children – Katherine Marquardt, Michael Marquardt, Martin (Mary) Marquardt, and Andrew (Karen Shi) Marquardt; 3 grandchildren – Calvin, Camille, and Kennan Marquardt; her brother, Charles (Sharon) Collins, sisters-in law, Otilia Collins and Jan Marquardt, nine nieces and nephews, and twelve grandnieces and grandnephews.

After Los Angeles Times via Legacy

Thomas Nelson Ross '56
Karen Hornback Goldsmith reports that Thomas Nelson Ross '56 has died. He passed away on May 22, 2013, at the age of 73. He was a resident of Dallas, TX for the last 30 years and lived a comfortable life with his long time love, Earlene and their two dogs.

Tom was born Oct 20, 1939 in Darby, PA, the oldest child of Thomas and Margaret Ross. Tom grew up in Temple City, CA and graduated from the local high school in 1956. He attended Pasadena City College and then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering from Cal Poly College, Pomona.

Tom spent 40 plus years in the electronics and telecommunications industry, most notable as a sales rep for Larscom, Inc. He began his career at the age of 18 as an electronics technician at JPL, Pasadena working on the Explorer 1 satellite program.

After retiring in 1999, Tom spent much of his time traveling the world with Earlene. He also enjoyed spending the summer months in Newport Beach, CA and golfing with family and friends. Tom was an avid reader and had an encyclopedic knowledge of all things World War II.

Tom is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Douglas. He is survived by the love of his life, Earlene Horvath; his brother, Barry of Los Angeles; his sister, Pamela, of AZ and four nieces and four nephews. Tom will always be remembered for his quick wit, generosity towards others and his sincere compassion for all things living.

TCHSophiles will note that the class of 1956 was the first to graduate after TC Unified School District was created from areas formerly served by Pasadena and El Monte schools.
Tentatively Rescheduled 2020 Graduation
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, graduation will not occur on schedule in June. A planning group has set August 7 as a probable replacement date. Click image for larger view. Stay tuned for updates!
What It’s Like to Have COVID-19
These observations by University of Washington Physicians are a good summary of how to respond to possible infection. We commend them to all alumni. This would be a good time to check in and post an "I'm OK" Update on your profile.

What are the most common symptoms of COVID-19?

Experts have identified three main symptoms of this disease: fever (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), a newly developed dry cough and shortness of breath. These symptoms may appear individually or together. To ensure you’re getting an accurate reading, take your temperature at least 30 minutes after eating, drinking or exercising and at least six hours after taking fever-reducing medications.


LA County COVID-19 Testing Sites Open Across County; Appointments Required
Los Angeles, CA (Thursday, April 2, 2020) — LA County is ramping up COVID-19 testing sites, opening three locations on April 3, 2020 and developing many others countywide. The sites opening April 3 are at the Pomona Fairplex (Gate 17 - W. McKinley/Fairplex Drive), the South Bay Galleria (1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278), and the Antelope Valley Mall (1233 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale, CA 91768). The testing is by appointment only. Walk-up appointments are not available.

THIS ARTICLE will be updated intermittently. Members may sign in and add comments at the bottom; please limit comments to new testing sites or pertinent public information; nonsense will be removed upon discovery.

At this time, COVID-19 testing is limited to the most vulnerable Los Angeles County residents who are:


TC Jr. HS Football Cartoon Offered by Friend of TCHS
Lisa Moore wrote to the editor saying she has come into possession of the adjacent document. It is an 8 1/2 X 11 inch paper with a drawing of the 1950-51 TCJHS football team rendered as the Seven Dwarves et al.

Temple City Jr. High School was then part of the Pasadena School District before the eleciton of 1954 that created Temple City Unified School District. TCJHS became Oak Avenue Intermediate when the new Lemon Ave. campus of TCHS opened in 1956.

We have been speculating about "where are they now" as we review the names. Your editors were still in elementary school at the time. Emperor and Cloverly schools were newly founded, and La Rosa did not exist.

If you would like to acquire this bit of memorabilia, perhaps for your own enjoyment or perhaps as a prospective donation to TCHS or Oak Ave. please contact the editor at the link below. We will forward your message.

UPDATE: Lisa has given us permission to post her email mtngyrl @; of course you'll know how to correct our privacy tweak.

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