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Famous Lowell Graduates

ALBERT MICHELSON, Class of 1868.
First American Nobel Prize in Physics, 1907. Michelson Hall of Science on the Naval Academy campus honors his name.

JOSIAH ROYCE, Class of 1871.
Philosopher, author, Harvard professor. Royce Hall on UCLA campus honors him.

CHARLES LEE TILDEN, Class of 1874.
Attorney, businessman. Creator of the Tilden Regional Park in the East Bay.

ALEXANDER MORRISON, Class of 1875.
Co-founder of the S. F. law firm: Morrison and Foerster. Morrison Planetarium, Hall of Science, in Golden Gate Park honors him.

JULIUS KAHN, Class of 1878.
U. S. Congressman, 1898-1924. Julius Kahn playground in Pacific Heights is named in his honor.

FRANK ANGELLOTTI, Class of 1879.
Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.

STEPHEN MATHER, Class of 1883.
"Father of the National Park System". First Director. Mather Air Force Base honors him.

EUGENE DE SABLA, Class of 1883.
Visionary builder of first hydroelectric plant in Northern California Called "Father of the PG&E".

THEODORE SOLOMONS, Class of 1888.
Pioneer explorer of the high Sierra. Mapped northern half of the John Muir Trail. Mt. Solomons honors his name.

SIDNEY EHRMAN, class of 1891.
Co-Founder of the law firm: Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe. Longtime U.C. Regent. Ehrman Hall on the Cal campus honors his name.

EUGENE MEYER, Class of 1892.
First President of the World Bank; Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank; Publisher, Washington Post; Father of present Chairwoman, Katherine Graham.

JOSEPH ERLANGER, Class of 1892.
Physician; Professor, Washington University in St. Louis. Nobel Prize in Medicine, 1945.

AURELIA HENRY REINHARDT, Class of 1892.
President of Mills College for 27 years. Reinhardt Hall on the campus honors her.

MONROE DEUTSCH, Class of 1898.
Provost of U.C Berkeley in the 1940's & '50's. Deutsch Residence Hall honors his memory.

LIEUTENANT THOMAS SELFRIDGE '99, West Point 1903.
U. S. Army aviation pioneer. First man to die in an airplane accident - in the Wright Flyer, 1908. Selfridge AFB in Michigan honors him.

REUBEN (RUBE) GOLDBERG, Class of 1900.
Dean of American cartoonists.

JOHN R. CAHILL, Class of 1901.
President of Cahill Construction Co. Left the S. F. skyline as his legacy: S.F. Hilton & Tower, Huntington Hotel, St. Mary's Cathedral, etc.

WALTER A. HAAS, Class of 1905.
Board Chairman, Levi Strauss Co.; Walter A. Haas School of Business, UCB campus, honors him.

JAMES D. ZELLERBACH, Class of 1909.
President, Crown Zellerbach Co.; U. S. Ambassador to Italy; Zellerbach Auditorium on the Cal campus bears the family name.

EDITH PENCE, Class of 1907.
Last principal of Girls' High School. Only female principal of Lowell, 1950-55.

MAURICE MCLOUGHLIN, Class of 1909.
First Westerner to win the U. S. Singles Tennis title, 1912 & 1913. Captain, Davis Cup team. U. S. Lawn Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, R.I.

DANIEL KOSHLAND, Class of 1909.
President of Levi Strauss Co.; co-founder of the San Francisco Foundation; Daniel Koshland Community Park at Page & Buchanan Sts. honors him.

ROBERT UNDERHILL, Class of 1911.
Vice-President, University of California; Underhill Field on the Cal campus honors his service, 1933-1963.

WILLIAM (LITTLE BILL) JOHNSTON, Class of 1912.
Wimbleton (1923) and U.S. Singles Tennis Champion (1915 & 1919). Bill Johnston Clubhouse, Golden Gate Park tennis courts, honors him.

JOSEPH MEYER, Class of 1913.
Tin Pan Alley songwriter: "If You Knew Suzie", "Falling In Love", "California, Here I Come".

KIYOSHI TOGASAKI, Class of 1915.
President of the Tokyo Times; Pres. of Rotary International, 1968-1969; awarded 3rd Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese Government.

ALEXANDER CALDER, Class of 1916.
Sculptor. Words "mobile" and "stabile" coined to describe his soaring creations.

LLOYD DINKELSPIEL, Class of 1916.
Attorney. Trustee of Stanford University. Dinkelspiel Auditorium bears the family name.

MICHAEL (VUCOSAVLIEVICH) VOYNE, Class of 1916.
Legendary Lowell football Coach. Voyne Stadium on the campus honors his name.

CYRIL MAGNIN, Class of 1918.
Businessman and civic leader. "Mr. San Francisco"; Cyril Magnin Street honors his memory.

MATHEW TOBRINER, Class of 1920.
Judge of the California Supreme Court.

IRVING STONE, Class of 1920.
Biographical novelist: "Agony and the Ecstasy", "Lust for Life", "Passion of the Mind".

MARK KOENIG, Class of 1922.
Played shortstop on the N. Y. Yankees 1927 "Murderers' Row" team with Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig.

STANLEY WEIGEL AND ALFONSO ZIRPOLI, Class of 1922.
Attorneys. The classmates were appointed U. S. Federal Judges by President John F. Kennedy.

EDMUND G. (PAT) BROWN, Class of 1923.
District Attorney of San Francisco; State Attorney-General; Governor of California, 1959-1967.

NORTON SIMON, Class of 1923.
Industrialist. U. C. Regent; the Norton Simon Art Museum in Pasadena memorializes him.

ALBERT SHUMATE, Class of 1923.
Physician, author, civic leader. Pres. Emeritus of the California Historical Society.

MARVIN LEWIS, Class of 1924.
Attorney. A plaque in the Embarcadero BART station honors his efforts as a San Francisco Supervisor to create a Bay Area Rapid Transit.

MAJGEN. ROBERT FREDERICK, Class of 1924.
Winston Churchill called him "One of the Allies finest fighting generals". Commander of the 45th (Thunderbird) Division in World War II.

LOUIS HEILBRON, Class of 1924.
Attorney. First President of the Board of Trustees, CSU System; President, California State Board of Education; past President, California Historical Society.

JOSEPH A. MOORE, Class of 1925.
Businessman; U.C. Regent, 1969-1991; former San Francisco School Board President.

RICHARD E. GUGGENHIME, Class of 1925.
Attorney. Stanford Trustee, 1958-1978. Herbert Hoover Medal for distinguished service.

ROBERT MINGE BROWN, Class of 1926.
Rhodes Scholar; attorney; name partner of the S. F. law firm: McCutcheon, Doyle, Brown, & Enersen; Stanford Board of Trustees.

JOHN B. MOLINARI, Class of 1927.
Presiding Justice, California State Court of Appeals.

JOHN A. BLUME, Class of 1928.
Seismic Engineer; "Father of Structural Engineering ". Blume Earthquake Center at Stanford honors his name.

WILLIAM R. HEWLETT, Class of 1930.
Inventor, businessman, philanthropist. Co-founder, Hewlett-Packard Company; Flora & William Hewlett Foundation; Hewlett Computer Lab at Lowell honors him.

LOUIS BATMALE, Class of 1930.
President of CCSF; Chancellor of the S. F. Community College; Batmale Hall, CCSF campus honors his name.

WILLIAM A. HEWITT, Class of 1931.
Former CEO and Board Chairman of the John Deere Company; Ambassador to Jamaica.

DR. FRANK YORK LEE, Class of 1932.
Chairman, International Association of Olympic Medical Officers.

DONALD L. GRUNSKY '32
Served in the California State Assembly and the State Senate.

DR. MAKIO MURAYAMA, Class of 1933.
Biochemist, NIH, Bethesda, Md.. First recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Medical Award for sickle- cell anemia research.

BARTON KNOWLES, Class of 1936.
First principal of Woodrow Wilson High School. Principal of Lowell, 1968-1973.

MARTY LINKS ARGUELLO, Class of 1936.
Syndicated cartoonist. Tickled America's funny bone with the "Bobby Soxer" & "Life with Father".

CHARLES GINSBURG, Class of 1937.
Engineer; Vice-President, Ampex Corporation; "Father of the videotape"; his team at Ampex developed the first practical videotape recorder in 1956.

CAROL CHANNING, Class of 1938.
International star of stage and screen. Lowell's Carol Channing Theater honors her achievements.

FREDERICK W. MIELKE JR., Class of 1938.
Former CEO & Board Chairman of PG&E. Stanford Board of Trustees.

RICHARD DIEBENKORN, Class of 1939.
One of America's foremost abstract painters. Received UCLA Medal in 1987.

WILLIAM COBLENTZ, Class of 1940.
Attorney. Heads his own law firm: Coblentz, Cahen, McCabe & Breyer. Former U.C. Regent.

HOWIE DALLMAR, Class of 1940.
All-City basketball and baseball. Starred on Stanford's 1942 NCAA championship team. Coached University of Pennsylvania and Stanford. S.F. Prep Hall of Fame.

JEROME KILTY, Class of 1941.
Playwright, stage director, actor. Has played in over 100 TV programs; author of numerous plays. Wrote "Dear Liar", recently produced in Australia.

PIERRE SALINGER, Class of 1941.
Press Secretary to President John F. Kennedy. Chief, ABC European Bureau.

LORRAINE HEIMAN MARCHI-FASTIE, Class of 1941.
Founder and Executive Director. of the National Association for Visually Handicapped. Board. Chairwoman of the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute for 8 years.

ART HOPPE, Class of 1942.
S. F. Chronicle columnist for 35 years.

GERALD (JERRY) COLEMAN, Class of 1942.
Played baseball for the New York Yankees, 1949-57; six World Series; AL Rookie of the Year, 1949; 1950 All-Star Game; San Diego Padre Announcer.

GENERAL KENNETH MCLENNAN, Class of 1943.
Assistant Commandant, Retired, U.S. Marine Corps; only Lowellite to attain the rank of a four-star General. Board Chairman, Retired Officers' Association.

JEAN KAYE TINSLEY, Class of 1944.
One of the world's foremost helicopter pilots. Chief Judge from the U. S. at the World Helicopter Championships held near Paris in 1989.

WARREN SIMMONS, Class of 1945.
Developer of Pier 39, popular San Francisco tourist attraction. Board Chairman, Chevy's Mexican Restaurants.

ELLEN MAGNIN NEWMAN, Class of 1945.
Businesswoman, Ellen Newman & Associates; Director, Wells Fargo Company; Director, Kaiser Aluminum Company.

JOHN ROSEKRANS, Class of 1946.
President, Kransco Manufacturing Company; civic leader; Trustee, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Philanthropist.

JOHN BOWES, Class of 1946.
Co-founder, Kransco Mfg. Co. Philanthropist.

DONALD FISHER, Class of 1946.
Founder and Board Chairman of the GAP chain of popular clothing stores. Philanthropist.

LOUIS BANTLE, Class of 1946.
Former President of the American Tobacco Company.

CLAUDE ROSENBERG, Class of 1946.
Founder, Rosenberg Capital Management; recipient of the Arbuckle Award, Stanford Business School's highest award. Author, "Wealthy & Wise", - the joys of philanthropy.

ADRIAN SUNSHINE, Class of 1947.
Former conductor, S.F. Chamber Orchestra; Music Director, London Chamber Players; principal Guest Conductor in Spain; Guest conductor, worldwide.

RICHARD CLARKE, Class of 1948.
CEO and Board Chairman of PG&E.

MERLA BURSTEIN ZELLERBACH, Class of 1948.
S.F. Chronicle columnist for 24 years; author of five novels; numerous magazine articles; Editor, Nob Hill Gazette.

VICE ADMIRAL ALBERT BACIOCCO, USN, Retired, Class of 1948.
The three stars of a Vice-Admiral is the highest Naval rank to have been achieved by a Lowellite.

DIAN FOSSEY, Class of 1949.
Sacrificed her life protecting the mountain gorillas of Ruanda. Book and film, "Gorillas in the Mist" describe her life with the great apes.

BRIAN HILL, Class of 1950.
President, California Casualty Automobile Association (AAA).

MARTIN COHAN, Class of 1950.
Writer, director, producer. TV credits: "Who's the Boss?", "Different Strokes", "Bob Newhart Show", "Mary Tyler Moore Show", "Rhoda".

JAMES ROSENTHAL, Class of 1949.
Career diplomat for 34 years; Ambassador to Guinea; Executive Director, Commonwealth Club.

GRANT BARNES, Class of 1950.
Director, Stanford University Press.

JOAN-MARIE SHELLEY, Class of 1950.
President of the 5000-member United Teachers of San Francisco.

JOHN HEILBRON, Class of 1951.
Vice-Chancellor, UCB; Professor of History; author of several books on history of Science.

E. WARREN HELLMAN, Class of 1951.
Investment banker. Co-chair of U. C. Berkeley's four-year campaign to raise $1.1 billion for the campus, most ambitious in Cal's history.

CHARLES ROSEKRANS, Class of 1952.
Conductor of operas, symphonies, ballet, and musicals. Conducts worldwide.

BILL BIXBY, Class of 1952.
Movie and TV star: "The Incredible Hulk", "My Favorite Martian". Director.

RICHARD BLUM, Class of 1953.
Investment banker and mountaineer; founder of the American Himalayan Society.

PETER GOLDBERG, CLASS OF 1953.
President of California Casualty Insurance Co.

DAVID HEILBRON, Class of 1954.
Attorney. Rhodes Scholar, UCB & Exeter College, Oxford. Past President, California State Bar Association.

WILLIAM HONIG, Class of 1954.
Former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

CARTER B. SMITH, Class of 1955.
Northern California radio personality for 25 years.

MICHAEL PEEVEY, Class of 1955.
Former President of Southern California Edison.

STEPHEN BREYER, Class of 1955.
Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Appointed by President Clinton in 1994.

MARC LELAND, Class of 1955.
Attorney. Former General Counsel, Peace Corps. President, Marc Leland & Associates (Financial advisor to the Gordon P. Getty Family Trusts).

TOM MESCHERY, Class of 1957.
Star NBA player for 10 years. When he retired, his No. 14 was retired by the Golden State Warriors. San Francisco Prep Hall of Fame.

JULIA CHANG BLOCH, Class of 1960.
Ambassador to Nepal. First U. S. Ambassador of Asian descent in American history.

LEE SANKOWICH, Class of 1960.
Producer and director; Artistic Director for the Marin Theater Company.

STEVE SILVER, Class of 1962.
Co-founder and Producer/Director of the popular S.F. stage show: Beach Blanket Babylon.

JAMES O'TOOLE, Class of 1962.
Rhodes Scholar, Hertford College, Oxford. Professor, University of Southern California.

BOB LEE, Class of 1963.
Played 14 years in the NFL, three Super Bowls with the Minnesota Vikings. Former Athletic Director, at his alma mater, University of Pacific.

NICOLAS CLAINOS, Class of 1964.
President, Bill Graham Enterprises.

LOUIS KIRTMAN, Class of 1964.
President of Brittania Sportswear, Levi Strauss Company.

RICHARD LEVIN, Class of 1964.
President of Yale University (1993).

KENNETH JEAN, Class of 1970.
Assistant Director of the Chicago Symphony; Music Director, Florida Symphony Orchestra.

TERI MURAI, Class of 1971.
Music Director of the Peabody Conservatory of Music (John Hopkins University) Symphony Orchestra.

JUDY MASS, Class of 1972.
Concert mistress, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

DOUGLAS W. SHORENSTEIN, Class of 1972
President, The Shorenstein Company.

PENELOPE PREOVOLOS, Class of 1973.
UCB Gold Medalist; law partner, Morrison & Foerster.

CONSTANTINE (HARRY) ORBELIAN, Class of 1974.
Concert pianist. First non-Russian Musical Director, Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

LARRY BAER, Class of 1975.
Executive Vice-President of the S. F. Giants.

JOHN TRASVINA, Class of 1976.
Attorney. Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices at the Department of Justice. Nominated by President Clinton.

NAOMI WOLF, Class of 1980.
Yale; first Lowell alumna to win a Rhodes Scholarship. Author of "The Beauty Myth - How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women".

BENJAMIN BRATT, Class of 1982.
Movie and TV personality. Currently starring in the popular television series, "Law & Order".

MICHELE DE COTEAU, Class of 1983.
First American woman from UCB to win a Rhodes Scholarship. Candidate, Ph.D. in Engineering.

TOA'ALE S. MULITAUAPELE, Class of 1984.
The first American-Samoan ever to graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy and is now a fighter pilot for the US Navy. Was president of CSF while at Lowell, also member of Shield and Scroll all four years.

ALEXANDER WONG, Class of 1985.
UCB Boalt Hall School of Law; University of California Student Regent, 1993.

HARLEY AUGUSTINO, Class of 1996
Only Lowellite selected AAA Most Valuable Baseball player two consecutive years.

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