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In Memoriam

Marylynne Parrington '63
Tom Parrington '57 writes: I am writing to let classmates know of the death of my sister, Mary Chandler, nee Marylynne Parrington, who was a member of the class of 1963. She died July 27th in a small plane crash piloted by her son Daniel Kruetzfeldt who also died along with his wife Kristin, Mary's husband Claude Chandler at Columbia Airport near Sonora, California, where they all lived. An obituary was published Aug. 11th in the Union Democrat of Sonora.


Jean Anderson '65
Bob Anderson reports: "My sister Jean Anderson (TCHS-65) was born 68 years ago today. She lived in TC from 1949 - 1995 and passed away 1 and a half years ago. Happy Birthday Jean. WE all love you and miss you baby sister. Rest in peace."

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 from the Lemon Avenue campus.

New Obituary Tool in Development
Building on seminal work at a related Facebook site, we are working on a new tool to enable reporting the deaths of alumni. Enrolled users may submit reports with name, class year and other information and may comment on notices. As new reports are received we will post them in interim status until confirmed. A hard copy of the list will be available later. Only enrolled members may post and retrieve this information.

Watch for this new feature in late February or March 2015.

Shaun Diamond '87, in the line of duty
Pomona police SWAT officer Shaun Diamond, TCHS 1987, who was shot while serving a search warrant in San Gabriel has died of his injuries, authorities said, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times October 29.

"It is with a heavy heart that we must deliver the news that early this morning Pomona police SWAT Officer Shaun Diamond had succumbed to his injuries," the Pomona Police Department said in a statement Wednesday.

The mother of slain Pomona SWAT officer Shaun Diamond remembers him as a loving son who was "my hero."

Diamond, 45, was hospitalized early Tuesday October 28 at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena after authorities said he was shot ... during a predawn search warrant operation that was part of a investigation into a motorcycle gang.

In the predawn hours Wednesday, dozens of officers escorted Diamond's body from the hospital to the Los Angeles County coroner's office near downtown Los Angeles.

Diamond was a 16-year law enforcement veteran, having also served with the LAPD and Montebello police. He joined the Pomona police in 2006 and was a member of the SWAT team since 2008.

His mother, Joy Diamond, told KTLA that he was steady, reliable and kind-hearted despite cutting an imposing figure.

He also worked in police outreach efforts at Special Olympics events and participated in SWAT demonstrations for schoolchildren.

"He was supposed to fix my car today. I can’t imagine life, I can’t image Christmas or Thanksgiving...." she said. "We’re lucky to have him as long as we did, and I have to hang on to that, " his mother Joy Diamond said.

Diamond is the fourth law enforcement officer in California to be killed in the line of duty in less than a week.

A suspect arrested at the scene was due in court October 29.

Arthur H. North, Founding Principal, 1914-2012
For those of you who were present at the creation, I found the following in the archive of The Santa Barbara News Press, dated June 13, 2012:

Former Santa Barbara resident, Arthur H. North, 97, died June 8, 2012, at his home in San Jose, California.

Mr. North was born September 8, 1914, in Moline, Illinois, to Clarence and Ila North. He attended Whittier College, as well as UCLA and USC, and earned his Masters Degree in Education Administration.

Mr. North married Alice Campbell in October of 1939. He worked throughout Los Angeles and Santa Barbara as a teacher, coach, vice-principal, principal and associate superintendent. Mr. North was respected and admired by all who knew him, especially the students who had the privilege of being coached or mentored by him. To this day, the football field of Temple City High School (North Field), is named in his honour. He retired in 1975 from the position of Associate Superintendent of the Santa Barbara City School District.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Alice; son, Scott, daughter, Shelley Smith; and, numerous grand-, great-grand-, and great-great-grandchildren.

Hail and farewell! I will dig out a photo asap. RC

Doug Powell '68
Julie Byron reports: I just found out that my cousin, Doug Powell, 1968 graduate of TCHS, passed away last Tuesday (4/15/14) after surgery. Doug had been having some health issues the past few years... He had surgery last Friday and was released on the Saturday preceding his death. He and his wife were living in Magalia, CA. No further information is available at this time.

Bob Bender '56
We've recently learned of the passing of Bob Bender '56. Well known in the community while a student, Bender became a physician and led an interesting life personally and professionally, according to several correspondents. A memorial service is planned for Saturday March 23, 2013 12:30 PM, at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, 4201 Eucalyptus, Chino, CA. The following obituary was provided by the family.
Robert I. Bender, born on September 20, 1938 in Downey, CA to Blaine and Helen Bender, passed away at his home in South Lake Tahoe, CA on Friday, March 8, 2013. Bob grew up in Temple City, CA with his siblings Darryl and Cheryl, attended Temple City schools, where he starred in football and basketball for the Temple City High School Rams.

He graduated from Whittier College with his Bachelor’s Degree and went on to receive his Medical Doctorate at the University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine. He served 4 years in the United States Air Force as a Captain, Flight Surgeon and practiced medicine in Whittier and La Habra, CA. In 2007, he left Diamond Bar and moved to his vacation home in South Lake Tahoe after retiring from medical practice. A former owner of Camp Richardson Marina, Bob has been a long time member of South Lake Tahoe community after purchasing a ‘get-away’ home there in 1973.

Dr. Bob is survived by his wife Robin, his daughter Samantha and son Robert Spencer, his son Randy and his wife Yolanda, daughter Tiffani Calvert and her husband Chris, daughter Kari Deol and her husband Steven, sister Cheryl Millham and her husband Tom and brother Darryl and his wife Beverly. Bob has 7 grandchildren, 4 nieces and 1 nephew. A loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandpa, friend and physician, Bob will be truly missed by all who knew him.

A memorial service is planned in his honor Saturday March 23, 2013 12:30 PM, at Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, 4201 Eucalyptus, Chino, CA.

An open house will be held in South Lake Tahoe in April. Details to follow.

In lieu of flowers, a special fund has been set up for the minor children, Samantha and Spencer: Dr. Bob Bender Memorial Fund c/o El Dorado Savings Bank, 942 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

After Pasadena Star News

Philip E. Thorndyke '60 UPDATE
Penny Thorndyke Egan '70 has informed us of the untimely death of her brother Phil Thorndyke of the Class of 1960, who passed away September 5 after a brief illness.

In 2004 in connection with the 50th anniversary of the TC Unified School District, Thorndyke was honored by a select committee as the outstanding graduate of the first 50 years. He was also an aeronautical engineer, working for Convair and others in San Diego. He resided in Encinitas.

Thorndyke is survived by four siblings, Judy, James, Earl and Penny, all of whom attended TCHS.

UPDATE: A memorial service for Phil will be held at 1:00 pm, Sunday, October 28, 2012, at Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, 6200 Flying Leo Carrillo Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92009. More information: 760-476-1042.

Jean (Million) Leanos '64
Judy Million Pirrie '60 reports: Jean Million Leanos of the class of "64 passed away on August 12, 2012. Jean was born in Belleville, Illinois, but the family moved to Temple City in 1955 and Jean started 4th grade at Longden School. At Temple City High she was a member of the 4 Temple Bells plus concert choir and women's choir.

After graduating she went to beauty school and eventually opened her own shop. She mainly worked with wigs, and when a cancer patient would come in to try on wigs or have one styled, she would close her shop so they would have privacy.

She married Frank Leanos in 1992 and they lived in San Dimas. Jean and Frank loved to travel. They have cruised all over the world and have driven to almost all 50 states. In August she suffered a massive heart attack at home and was gone almost instantly.

Jean is survived by her Husband Frank Leanos, her mother Mary Million, her Sister Judy Million Pirrie class of '60, her niece Debbie Pirrie Silver class of '81 and niece Jennifer Pirrie Casy class of '91 plus her cousins and grand nieces and nephews. Jean was laid to rest at Rose Hills, Whittier.

Dennis Reynolds '78
Kathy Keithley '78 reports that Dennis Reynolds of that class passed away on February 1. A funeral is scheduled for February 11. We will add more details as we receive them.

Robert Sanderson sent a link regarding the funeral, "The Visitation Hours (Viewing) for Dennis (at Forest Lawn) have now been scheduled for 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. on Friday, 2/11. The service will then start at 2:00 P.M."

Robert also sent a copy of Dennis' resume, which we have added to Dennis' <a href="">profile</a> under Biography.

Dennis Reynolds' Profile

Mary Thuen '67
Mary Thuen of the class of 1967 passed away in June. Her obituary appears on her profile page, courtesy of the family.


Jacque William Cohen
Jacque Cohen, teacher and counselor at TCHS, died in February, 2008 of cancer. He served as counselor for the classes of 1960 and 1964. In 1962 he left TCHS to serve as vice-principal and then principal in South Pasadena.

A third generation Californian, he was born in San Francisco in 1924 and moved to the Central Valley in 1934. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Naval Cadet Program, and earned his flight wings in 1944. He married his high-school sweetheart, Nelda Stratton, that same day. He served as a naval aviator through the remainder of World War II in the Ferry Command and on the island of Okinawa. He received his BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara (then Sta. Barbara State College).

In addition to his duties as teacher, counselor, and administrator, he served the State of California Department of Education as a mediator in the Special Education Program. He also remained active in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, retiring in 1972 as Colonel, USMC Reserve. Mr. Cohen was also active in the Rotary Club, and was an active volunteer at the Pacific Coast Air Museum and proud member of the California Pioneer Society. He is survived by four daughters, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

(Adapted from Class of '64 website. Apologies for late notice. RC)

Another Obituary

Tim Pirrie '61
Tim Pirrie of the Class of 1961 passed away on Thanksgiving Day 2009. Tim was a tool and die maker by trade, and he and his wife Judy loved to travel.

Tim is survived by his wife Judy Million from the class of 1960 and two daughters, Debbie Silver and Jennifer Casey and three grandchildren, Randy, 25, Ashley, 20, and Ellis, 9 years old. Tim and Judy married in 1961 while he was in the Navy. After he was discharged they moved back to Temple City where they lived and raised their two daughters. In January, 1999, they moved to Independence, MO, to retire and be with their daughters and their grandchildren who had already moved to Independence.

He died from a heart attack that was caused by the Scleroderma with which he had just been diagnosed. He was in the hospital for testing of his lungs and was to have gone home the next day.

Class of '61 loses Wooster, Reseigne
The passing of Susan (Wooster) Morris, class of 1961, has been reported by several members. She died May 4 of 2009. She is survived by her four children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Robert E. (Bob) Reseigne's death in January 2010 has been reported by Walt Strangman. Reseigne was a well known member of several athletic teams at TCHS and played college football at Citrus College and UCLA before embarking on a career in the insulation business. He is survived by a daughter and a son and two grandchildren.

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