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‘Mr. Millikan’ Dave Radford passes away
- 1957 photo from Aries annual.
Millikan High graduate and long-time teacher David Radford addresses
visitors after being surprised with a building named after him on March
A REMARKABLE LIFE | DAVE RADFORD | 12/22/1938 – 11/6/2017
not often that one person can become synonymous with an entire high
school, but for the last 60 years that’s what Dave Radford was with
Millikan. The beloved East Long Beach institution and former Millikan
student, coach, teacher and mentor passed away on Monday at the age of
“Dave Radford is the glue that held so much of the Millikan tradition
together,” said Rams boys athletic director Kevin Marchael. “He was so
involved in so much of our history—the tradition he built will last.”
Radford was a member of the school’s first
graduating class, served as the school’s first class president 60 years
ago and became the first member of the Millikan Hall of Fame. His
letterman jacket is the one on display on campus. And the building at
the center of the school is named after him: David Radford Hall.
As a member of the school’s first class, he craft the school’s
identity. Radford helped pick the school’s mascot and colors and named
its yearbook “Aries” and the newspaper “Corydon.”
Radford was a multiple-sport standout. He was the starting center for
the Rams’ football team and hiked the first-ever snap in school history.
“Every time you did something it was the first, like making a new
culture,” he wrote in the yearbook decades later. “We were able to
create our own class just the way we wanted it.”
Radford Obituary from the Press-Telegram newspaper
O Bemis, Millikan's Principal 1956-1967
of Rick Bowman: Mr. Bemis spent 25 years in the Long Beach School
system, beginning at Franklin Junior High School. Two years later, he
moved to what was then the Lakewood School District, where he worked
until that district merged with Long Beach in 1945. He worked as
principal of several Long Beach high schools and in 1956 was asked to
head Long Beach's newest school, Millikan where he stayed until he
retired in 1967. He moved to Leisure World, Seal Beach, where he lived
until he died on October 11, 1993. He was 91.
PRESS-TELEGRAM Published on 10/15/1993,
MILLIKAN'S 1ST PRINCIPAL WAS INDEED A MAN OF PRINCIPLE
Eaton O. ``Curly'' Bemis was brought up believing you couldn't play
marbles for keeps, and his moral standards only grew higher from there.
A respected Long Beach school administrator for many years, and the
first principal of Millikan High School, he set standards for students
and teachers that haven't been topped to this day.
He was 92 when he died on Monday, and still had a fine shock of the
thick, curly hair that gave him his childhood nickname.
Bemis on the Cold War in 1962
BEMIS (wife of E.O. Bemis)
PRESS-TELEGRAM Published on 1/23/1998
RUBY BEMIS LOVED LIFE AND STORIES
FORMER AIRCRAFT INSPECTOR HELPED ESTABLISH SEVERAL LOCAL SERVICE
Being born in 1900 meant Ruby Bemis saw a lot of firsts: While still a
child her family had the first electric light in the town of North
Manchester, Ind. And when horseless carriages came in, her dad opened
the first Ford dealership in the state.
But as an adult, Ruby didn't just watch from the sidelines as history
happened. She and her late husband Eaton O. ``Curly'' Bemis, were
outgoing people, and during the baby boom years they helped shape Long
Beach and Lakewood.
History teacher at Millikan High School for 34 years, and retired in
1993. He passed away June 20, 2002 at age 65. Survived by his loving
wife of 43 years, Margaret Anne Beckett. Father of Paul Beckett, Susan
(Michael) Kirby and Peggy (Jerry) Wilkins. Grandfather of Connor
Michael Kirby and Cole Beckett Kirby.
Published in the Long Beach Press-Telegram from 6/25/2002 - 6/26/2002.
IS A PICTURE OF MR BECKETT. I WAS VERY SAD TO LEARN THAT HE HAD PASSED
AWAY LAST YEAR. YOU SEE MY FAMILY HAD A BIG HISTORY WITH HIM. MY MOM
WHO WENT TO MILLIKAN HAD HIM AND ALSO MY 2 SISTERS AND MYSELF. HE WAS
AN AMAZING TEACHER WHO WE ALL LOVED AND WILL MISS.
JULIE ( GATLIN) KAUFMAN CLASS OF 1983
BOWER (Choir and Music)
Music teacher at Millikan; died October 28, 1999.
Friedman Class of '78, "Tevye" in Fiddler on the Roof, May 1978,
submitted the following:
Bower was the Choral Director at Millikan High School since the school
opened its doors. During his decades at Milikan, Mr. Bower changed the
lives of hundreds of students (I was one of them; he saved my life) and
provided special memories that will never be forgotten. Every year, Mr.
Bower would choose a Broadway musical for his students to perform; he
would cast, direct, and produce each show to standing ovations and
packed auditoriums. He was not just my teacher, my director and my
mentor, he became over the years a cherished friend. Teaching wasn't a
job to Mr. Bower, it was his life and his great love. Mr. Bower helped
students from all walks of life find joy and fulfillment in music, and
we found talents we didn't realize we had. He was a great man and an
inspired teacher who will never be replaced. I am grateful that I was
able to see him days before his passing, and tell him that he made a
difference in my life and the lives of an entire generation of kids.
Our loss is heaven's gain.
From: Patrick J. Haney '60
knew Bob pretty well, having been a member of Alpha Theta Chi (he was
the faculty sponsor), as well as being in the orchestra and a
participant in some of the joint vocal/instrumental presentations over
which Bob presided. After graduation my wife and I always made it
a point to visit him at his home in Seal Beach whenever we were in
California, our last visit being shortly before his death. (In
fact, he even came to visit us once when I was stationed with the AF in
England, and once in Florida during my “second career” at a community
college there.) He was quite a character, and I think of him
1963 ARIES dedicated
and Mr. Pappone
Mr. Bower's photo and '63 ARIES dedication thanks to Doyle Flock, Class of
PRESS-TELEGRAM Published on 11/28/1992
DONALD BUSH LOVED TEACHING
DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Donald D. Bush adored animals and dreamed of being a veterinarian, but
he became a teacher instead. For no matter how much he loved animals,
Donald loved people more.
Donald taught at Long Beach high schools for four decades. He chose
this career over two others that might have brought him more glory -
law and journalism - because he thought high school-age children were
simply the best people in the world
"In 1961, she went to
California and enjoyed a 30-year teaching career in Long Beach, where
she served as head of the English Departments, first at Millikan and
later at Jordan High School.
Ms. Carty was a brilliant and dedicated teacher who made a positive
difference in the lives of many of her students, some of whom remained
in touch with her throughout her entire life. Sarah received her
Master’s Degree in English from California State Long Beach in 1967,
and pursued her doctoral studies at UCLA."
For Full Obituary
From Doug Dodge Class of ‘67
Mr. Dennison (Architectural Drafting) passed away in February
I was in Jim Dennison's class in 1979, I graduated in 1980 and I’m grateful to have
had him as a teacher.
Thank you for your time and commitment to this page.
All the best!
Darrin McIntyre (Class of 1980)
Retired in 1976 and moved to San Mateo. He died there at age 78, on
Christmas Day, in 1997. He is buried at Westminster Memorial Park.
John Glover was also the Track and Cross Country Coach.
B. GUNNING (Science)
Hi, I'm Fred Ackley, Class of 1963. I just stumbled across the
Millikan website. I see that John B Gunning is listed on the /Gone But Not
Forgotten/ page. John "Jack" Gunning taught chemistry in the 60s. He
profoundly touched the lives of many students, myself included. Each
spring he would gather a large group of students, sometimes dozens, and
take us camping for a full week in the Arizona desert. It was always a
wonderful, coming-of-age, experience, and kept us all out of trouble
during spring break. He also took a group of us to the Seattle World's
Fair, with stops along the way to hunt rocks and learn about the world.
He was an avid skier and met his wife on a ski trip to Aspen Colorado.
He wore cowboy boots to class almost every day. It was his trademark.
He claimed he wore them to alleviate heel problems. I always suspected
it was just because he liked them. Jack Gunning was a great teacher,
mentor, and friend to his students. I'm sorry to hear he has gone.
| DONICE HAMILTON (Asst. Principal)
Buckner New Harris, Jr. 1927-2014, teacher, coach.
JENKINS, Art & Golf Teacher at Millikan from 1957 To 1981.
Died at 82, January 9, 2001
"During World War
II, John was a Navy pilot, serving
two tours of duty and rising to the rank of lieutenant.
He won many commendations, including the Navy's
highest medal of honor, the U. S. Navy Cross."
From the Long Beach PRESS-TELEGRAM 1/15/01
O. Jenkins began teaching in the Long Beach Unified School District at
Poly High School, but transferred to Millikan when it opened. He
taught art and stage design and assisted with the golf team there until
his retirement in 1981. (He also taught some Art History classes at
Long Beach City College in the evenings.) His love of golf, art
and art history coupled with his quick wit and sense of humor continued
until his passing in 2001. He is survived by his wife, Eloise
Jenkins (who taught elementary school in the Long Beach School
District), his 3 children who all attended Millikan--Judy Jenkins
Onulduran (Class of 1963), John Jenkins, (Class of 1967), and Gwynne
Jenkins Anderson (Class of 1968), and many grand and great
grandchildren. For further information or to participate in
the fun annual Memorial Golf Tournament, check out his website: #
and click on "About JOJ."
GLADYS MARCH (Biology)
FRANK J. OCHOA (Languages)
A. PAPPONE (Music)
PRESS-TELEGRAM Published on 06/13/1997
MIKE PAPPONE, 74, WAS LBCC MUSIC MAN
POPULAR INSTRUCTOR TAUGHT IN AREA SINCE 1950.
Mike Pappone used to say that changing majors in college was the
smartest thing he ever did.
For although he was a premed major at the University of Minnesota, he
spent all his time in the band room. He'd played violin, clarinet and
flute since he was a child, and music was his first and greatest love.
"Time Line" story Millikan
Meant Music By Mary Jane (Braddock) Foster Class of
letter from Beverly
1963 ARIES dedicated to Mr. Pappone and Mr.
Mr. Bower's photo and '63 ARIES dedication thanks to Doyle
Flock, Class of 1963
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