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In Memoriam
Gary Ranker '60, friend, father, career coach
Dr. Gary Ranker (TCHS 1960) of Deer Harbor, WA, and New York, NY, passed away at age 76 in New York City March 28, 2019. The following is excerpted from an obituary by his son, Kevin Ranker, a member of the Washington House of Representatives.

"Drawn to other cultures, he left days after graduating from Redlands to go to Europe. In Cologne, Germany, he studied at the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft and Thunderbird. By age 30, he was the European Marketing Director and acting CEO in Germany and France for Hallmark International and was later CEO of Textron in Australia. He received his doctorate from Fielding Graduate University in 1983.

Having been approached by Jack Welch to be one of GE’s first change agents, he was known as the father of executive coaching. He was cited by Forbes as being one of 'Top Five Executive Coaches on the World' and the Financial Times described him as 'One of the 50 Most Important Global Thought Leaders.'

He was nationally recognized for his powerful activism and bravery as an early champion of the Gay Rights Movement.

Throughout his incredible life, our dad inspired and empowered so very many people to be better, to treat those around them with love, respect and dignity and to absolutely love life. This is how he will be remembered. This is how I will always remember him."
--Kevin Ranker

Publications:
Gary's Website
Gary Ranker. Kindle. Global Mindset Coaching: Perspectives and Practices from a Coaching Pioneer

Complete Text of Obituary

C/78 Loses Rhemrev, Holcomb
Kathy Keithley '78 reports that two classmates passed away recently. They were Linda Rhemrev on December 21 and Bryan Holcomb on January 5. We have added Linda posthumously to the alumni directory. We will update if more information becomes available. As always, registered members may add comments.
Fred Folsom '58
Frederick John Folsom, age 79, died Friday, April 19, in San Dimas, Calif., from complications of pneumonia and congestive heart failure. He had been in declining health for several years as a consequence of a heart infection.

Born Aug. 26, 1939, in Berkeley, Calif., the oldest child of John E. (Jack) Folsom and Betty Louise (Farmer) Folsom, the family shortly thereafter moved to San Gabriel. Aside from a brief, 10-month period in 1964-65, when he lived in Chicago, he remained in the San Gabriel Valley for his entire life. He attended Temple City schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating from Temple City High School with the class of 1958.

He followed his father into the foundry industry and later held sales positions in the foundry industry before retiring and turning his energy and his love of cooking into a catering business. Working side by side with his wife, Myra, the "Cooknduo" prepared and served dinners for banquets and trade shows, mostly located at the Masonic Lodge in Arcadia. His association with the Masons spanned more than half his life; he became a Master Mason in 1961.

He was married three times, to Barbara Anderson, Tania Stremel, and Myra Roberson, whom he had met through their mutual association with the foundry industry, and to whom he was married for 25 years.

He is survived by his mother, Betty; his sister, Sally Ervolina; his sister-in-law, Joyce Folsom of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; his sons, Fred Jr. (Jennifer), and Chad; his daughter, Clara Dyer (Marty); his grandchildren Shannon and Courtney Folsom; Kelsey, Alexis and Emily Bunt; Jonathan and Matthew Folsom; his great-granddaughter Brooklyn; and his friend since the age of 14, Art Leonard, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Excerpted in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Apr. 26, 2019. The complete obituary is available at the following link.

Tribune Obituary

Former English Teacher Maynard Wilson Dies at 93
Barbara Lockie reports via Facebook that "Maynard (Buck) Wilson passed this week in Texas. He was 93. He and Roger (Lockie) coached 12 Championship Freshman Football teams. Buck taught English and was Yearbook instructor."

UPDATE: 1 Oct 18, found this picture in 1960 yearbook. RC
Kevin Carey '75
Mary Miller reports that her brother Kevin Carey '75 passed away 11 April 2018.
Mark Oliver '77
Mary Oliver Friedrich reports that her brother Mark Oliver '77 died March 29, 2018.

"Mark had been on kidney diaylsis for many years. He passed away due to a heart attack. In his last year he was able to travel in his RV to many places, seeing family and friends," she wrote.

Ms Friedrich is also an enrolled member.
Jon Greene '60
Reports on Facebook tell of the passing of Jon Greene, class of 1960, in February.

Jon served as a Los Angeles police officer for many years.

Jon was instrumental in organizing a class reunion in 1995. He arranged for a meeting facility at the L.A. Police Academy, an unusual reunion venue, but one much appreciated.

We'll have more information later.

UPDATE May 8, 2018: Jon's friend Francesca Gonzalez shared a tribute video on Google Drive. View it here.
Karen Hayes '59
Michael Hayes has reported the death of Karen Hayes, class of 1959 on 17 January 2018. He adds that "Karen followed TCHS football her entire life."
Ron Blankenbaker '74
12/30/17—Darlean Dattola has notified us of the passing of her brother Ron Blankenbaker class of 1974.
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.
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.

Obituary

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.
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