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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.
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.


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

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."
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.