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1961 Golden Graduates

Sonoma State "College" began in 1956, when the Santa Rosa Center was established as an expansion of San Francisco State College. For five years the Center provided education for elementary school teachers in the Norh Bay.

In 1961 the Santa Rosa Center closed and Sonoma State College first opened to 274 student in leased buildings in Rohnert Park. The buildings were small two-stories in a courtyard arrangement. Twenty full-time faculty offered classes at the junior and senior levels, which led to the bachelor's degree in elementary education and the General Pupil Personnel Services Credential (counseling). Those in the first graduating class (1961) are listed below. If there are others, please let us know at the Alumni Association, 707 664-2426 or alumni@sonoma.edu.

We honor those "Golden Graduates" at an event on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, 10:30 a.m. in the University Library's Library Teaching Center (2nd floor). All are welcome to join us as we honor these early grads. For information about the Golden Graduates, contact the Alumni Association at 707 664-2426 or alumni@sonoma.edu and see further information at www.sonoma.edu/50th/ events.

Philip E. Arnold

Philip E. Arnold earned his Teaching Credential from Sonoma State College in 1961. His last place of residence was in Coral Springs, Florida.

Mrs. Norma Barrington

Mrs. Norma Barrington received her B.A. in 1961. She is now retired and living in Santa Rosa. Her late husband, Dorvan, and she had two sons, Gary and Dale (deceased). Mrs. Barrington has been involved in amateur ham radio.

Shirley C. Benelli (Smythe)

Shirley C. Benelli (Smythe) earned her B.S. from Sonoma State College in 1961. She is now a retired teacher living in Placerville with her husband David.

Betty H. Hartley

Betty H. Hartley received her Teaching Credential in 1961, and her M.A. in 1968. She currently resides in Cotati.

George “Frank” J. Hurley

George “Frank” J. Hurley earned his Teaching Credential in 1961. Following his 1961 graduation from Sonoma State College, he entered his teaching career in Kentfield, CA, and then moved to Grant Elementary School in Petaluma in 1965. He remained at Grant Elementary until his retirement in 1991. Fondly remembered by many students as “the best teacher I ever had,” Hurley enjoyed the outdoors, hiking and gardening. He founded the Grant School Outdoor Ed Program and the Petaluma Girls Softball Association. Hurley passed away on July 18, 2006 at his home in Petaluma.

Mila L. Pietsch (Martin)

Mila L. Pietsch (Martin) received her B.A. in 1961 from Sonoma State College. Now retired, she formerly was an elementary school teacher for the Bellevue School District in Santa Rosa. She resides in Santa Rosa with her husband Michael. They have five children, Linda, Andrea, Theresa, David and Silas.

1962 Golden Graduates

Phoebe M. Allen

Phoebe M. Allen received her B.A. in 1962 from Sonoma State College. Now retired, she formerly was a medical transcriptionist at CA Pacific Medical. She now resides in San Francisco.

Mrs. Alta M. Bolton

Mrs. Alta M. Bolton received her B.A. as well as her Teaching Credential in 1962 from Sonoma State College. She now lives in Fairfield.

Mary F. Breshears

Mary F. Breshears earned her Teaching Credential from Sonoma State College in 1962. She now resides in Vacaville.

Steven Casperson

Steven Casperson received his B.A. in 1962 from Sonoma State College. He is now living in Santa Rosa.

Richard W. Gardiner

Richard W. Gardiner received his Teaching Credential in 1962 from Sonoma State College. He is a retired Elementary School teacher and lives in Napa.

Beverly J. Hansen

Beverly J. Hansen earned her Teaching Credential in 1962 from Sonoma State College and then later continued to earn her MA in 1969, and received another Teaching Credential in 1973. She now resides in Modesto.

Margaret J. Johnson

Margaret J. Johnson received her Teaching Credential in 1962 from Sonoma Stat-College. He now lives in Ventura.

Alvin L. Kruger

Alvin L. Kruger earned his Teaching Credential in 1962 from Sonoma State College. In 1968 he received an MA. Kruger is a retired Elementary School teacher residing in Santa Rosa.

Mrs. Linda J. Lynn

Mrs. Linda J. Lynn received her B.A. from Sonoma State College in 1962. She is a retired Rincon Valley School District teacher and currently lives in Kenwood.

Carl D. Park

Carl D. Park received his Teaching Credential at Sonoma State College in 1962 and in 1966. He lives in Santa Rosa.

Charles L. Perry

Charles L. Perry earned his B.A. at Sonoma State College in 1962. He is currently retired living in Sebastopol.

Elizabeth L. Richardson

Elizabeth L. Richardson received her Teaching Credential in 1962 and went on to be a teacher. She is now retired and living in Santa Rosa.

David L. Rose

David L. Rose earned two Teaching Credentials from Sonoma State College. The first in 1962, and the second in 1966. He is now living in Santa Rosa.

Mattie P. Rudinow

Mattie P. Rudinow received two Teaching Credentials one in 1962 and another in 1966. She is a retired Reading Specialist for Harmony School District. She now lives in Petaluma, CA.

Lynn H. Stevenson

Lynn H. Stevenson earned her Teaching Credential in 1962 from Sonoma State College. She continued on and studied at Chico State to receive her B.A. She is a retired High School teacher and taught in the Petaluma High School District. She is now living in Sebastopol.

Mrs. Althea Mae Torliatt

Mrs. Althea Mae Torliatt received her B.A. in 1962 from Sonoma State College. In 1969 she earned her CRS (Certified Reading Specialist). She is retired and residing in Petaluma.

Ruth H. Weirich

Ruth H. Weirich earned her Teaching Credential from Sonoma State College in 1962. She now lives in Sebastopol.