Joseph P. Feinberg, ’10, has been hired as an actuarial analyst for WellPoint, Inc.
Dan Eller, JDP, ’10, has been promoted to the position of head of the Public Relations (PR) Concentration in Cal Poly’s Journalism Department. Eller had previously worked as communications director at Hearst Castle for the past 17 years.
Janice W. Wilbanks, ’59, died Sept. 13, 2010. She was 72. Wilbanks was born in Van Nuys, Calif., and attended UC Santa Barbara. As a teacher at Willow Glen High School, in San Jose, for almost 40 years, she shared her love of knowledge with the thousands of students that passed through her classrooms. She was preceded in death by her husband Malon Wilbanks in 2004. She leaves behind her brother Thomas Kramer; sons Gary, Ron, and Dennis; and four grandchildren Jon, Erick, Allison, and Samantha.
Jeffrey Douglas White, ’61, died December 10, 2010, after a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis. He was 72. Possessed with a deep love of the ocean, White made sure he spent most of his life either around it, or on it. His formative years were in Hermosa Beach, but when his family moved inland to Pasadena, he made sure he spent summers with his grandmother on the coast in Palos Verdes Estates. He chose to attend at UC Santa Barbara because it was near the water. During that time, he served as a lifeguard in Carpinteria. White was a mainstay in the surfing scene since the early ‘60s, whether it be in his backyard blowing foam for his surfboard creations, selling his friend Jack O’Neil’s wetsuits or giving the surf forecast, “State of the Sea,” on the airwaves at KTYD. He was the founder of White Owl Surfboards and the Surf-N-Wear chain of surf shops, the driving force behind the creation of the Rincon Surf Classic and a champion dory competitor with his rowing partner, Paul Hodgert. He is survived by his son Jed Jeffrey White, daughter-in-law Erica, grandsons Cannon and Hayden, and sister Nancy Ashbridge White.
Barbara Susan O'Leary, ’63, died Nov. 6, 2010. She was 69. O’Leary was born in Long Beach, Calif., in 1941 and moved to Altadena in 1949. She graduated from John Muir High School in 1959, then attended UC Santa Barbara, graduating in 1963. She had a love of travel and went to work with TWA as a flight attendant in the early ‘60s. She assisted in the management of two O'Leary family-owned restaurants through the ‘70s. In the early ‘80s, she and her husband, Fred, settled in Cupertino. She began working in the packaging industry and continued as a salesperson until retiring in 2009, after an almost three decade-long career. In 2003, she was elected as Woman of the Year by the American Business Women's Association and served as chapter president. She is survived by her husband; son Colin; daughter Meighan; sisters Judy and Muriel; several nieces and nephews; and grandchildren Alex and Georgia.
James ‘Jim’ Bernard Gerton, ’65, died Dec. 10, 2010. He was 67. Gerton was born on Dec. 10, 1943, in San Francisco, and grew up in Pleasanton. He earned bachelor's degrees in French from UC Santa Barbara in 1965 and in Civil Engineering from Kansas University in 1987, where he graduated with honors and was named the “Civil Engineering Student of the Year.” Gerton worked as a buyer at the Popular Department Store in El Paso, Texas, while married to Lee Schwartz, and during this time had his only two children. After a divorce, he met Sara Ellett with whom he spent the next 28+ years, living and learning in Texas, Kansas and eventually North Carolina. Gerton worked for the city of Charlotte's Water Department for 20 years and retired in 2008. After retirement he spent his last years at Sun City Carolina Lakes, S.C. He is survived by his son, Jordan Gerton; daughter Heidi Gerton; three grandchildren Marina and Kai Gerton and Juaquin Gerton-Henderson; sister Charlene Henshaw; and three brothers, Donald “Rusty” Gerton, Mark Gerton and Ron Smith.
Roger Williams, ’67, died Oct. 11, 2010. He was 65. Williams grew up in Dos Palos, Calif., a place, he claimed, "where football and cotton were king." As a sophomore at Coalinga Junior College, Williams was a member of a Hall of Fame team in football and earned all-league honors in baseball. He played another two years at UC Santa Barbara on a baseball scholarship, graduating in 1967 with a degree in History. He would go on to earn a teaching credential and a master’s in Educational Management. In 1968, the same year he married Nancy Stoops, Williams began teaching math and coaching baseball at Dos Palos High School. In 1976, he and Nancy and their two young daughters, moved to Chico, where he took an administrative job as curriculum coordinator for both Chico Junior and Chico Senior high schools. He became Chico High's interim principal in January 1981 and was named principal in June and remained at that position until his retirement in 2003. Williams received many awards, including the Chico Community Peacemaker Award, the state CIF Distinguished Service Award, Rotary's Paul Harris Fellow award and the Association of California School Administrators high school Principal of the Year award. He is survived by his wife; two daughters Ashley and Jenny; two grandsons; and two brothers.
Donald Michael McCormack, ’71, died Dec. 12, 2010. He was 69. McCormack was born to Irish immigrant parents Mary Vaughan and Martin McCormack and raised in New York City. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959 to 1962. He earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in 1969 and a master’s in History from UC Santa Barbara in 1971. He was a reporter for the Contra Costa Times and the Richmond Independent. He also had a feature column in the San Francisco Chronicle called "Hang Your Hat" (He was rarely seen in public without a hat). In 1984, he created McCormack's Guides, a popular series of relocation guides covering 16 California counties. He was preceded in death by parents Mary and Martin and brother Martin Jr. Survivors include brother John McCormack; his wife of 44 years, Nancy; sons Brendan and Dan; daughter Meghan; and granddaughters Grace and Ruth.
John Herbert Ward, ’78, died Sept. 29, 2010. He was 55. Ward grew up in Long Beach, Calif. He graduated from Wilson High School in 1973 and UC Santa Barbara in 1978. Ward was known as the dean of high school boys basketball coaches on the South Coast. He started coaching in the Santa Barbara area in 1982 at Bishop Garcia Diego High, where he guided the Cardinals to league championships. He then was hired in 2005 as the boys basketball coach at Carpinteria High School before becoming the school's athletic director in 2009. He also taught math at both schools.
Stanley Miles Anderson, ’81, died Sept. 12, 2010. He was 63. Anderson was born in Gilroy, Calif., but spent his early years in Morgan Hill, Paso Robles, and Ghana, West Africa. He returned to the U.S. at age 14. Anderson received his associate’s degree in Electronics at Cabrillo College in 1973 and continued his education at UC Santa Cruz receiving a bachelor’s in Biology as an honor graduate in 1976. Being fascinated by Monterey Bay’s marine life, he completed his graduate studies with highest honors from the Marine Science Institute at UC Santa Barbara in 1981. He then embarked on a second Master’s in Scientific Instrumentation. Anderson targeted work to assist in the process of sustainable marine resource management. He contributed extensively to marine ecosystem management and conservation efforts, and has been recognized for developing the protocol that NOAA now uses exclusively for coral ecosystem mapping throughout the U.S. Pacific, Caribbean and Florida Keys. He is survived by his wife Katharine; daughters Nicole and Giulia Anderson, and Jennifer D. Arnzen; two grandchildren, Ryan and Zachary; brother Kenneth; and sisters Ardyth Martin and Judyth Hall.
Lt. Colonel Lawrence Akira Washington, ’94, died Nov. 4, 2010. He was 38. Washington was born in 1971 in Japan and traveled the world as a child to numerous naval bases. He graduated from Channel Islands High School in 1989, and went on to UC Santa Barbara, where he met his wife, Michelle. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Yuma, Ariz., in 1995 as a 2nd lieutenant supply officer. He obtained his master's degree from Webster University in 1998. While stationed in Yuma, he decided to become a pilot, and was selected for flight school. He went on to Corpus Christi and Pensacola for training. He then trained to become a V-22 Osprey pilot, becoming the second-ever African-American Marine Osprey pilot. During his military career, he served in Djibouti in 2002 and in Iraq twice, in 2003 and 2009. Among his military awards: 2 Navy and Marine Corps Commendations medals, 8 Air Medal-Strike/ Flight, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, 2 Navy Meritorious Unit Commendations, 4 Iraq Campaign Medals, Certificate of Commendation (individual Award), 3 Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, 2 National Defense Service Medals, and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is survived by his wife, Michelle; children Kaitlyn and Kyle; parents Lawrence and Terri Washington; sister Demetria Williams; nephews Logan and Sutton; brother Daryl; and nieces Eve and Ella.
Kian Shaun Harvey, ’99, died Sept. 15, 2010. He was 33. Kian Shaun Harvey was born in Martinez, Calif., and attended Palmer School, Walnut Creek, and graduated from De La Salle High School, Concord, in 1995. He attended UC Santa Barbara where he studied Chemistry and Economics and graduated in 1999. In 2003, he married Tammie Beth Wilson and in 2005 they had daughter Amber Lynn Harvey. He is survived by his wife; daughter; mother Suzanne Harvey; and his grandmother Marilyn Harvey.
Lucas McKaine Ransom died Oct. 22, 2010. He was 19. Lucas McKaine Ransom was born in Santa Ana. He grew up in Romoland, Calif., attended Romoland Elementary, and graduated with honors from Perris High, where he excelled in swimming and water polo. He also swam for the Club Elite swim team in Lake Elsinore. He was a third-year student at the UC Santa Barbara, majoring in Chemistry. He was killed in a shark attack while body boarding in extremely large swells at Surf Beach in Lompoc, Calif. He is survived by his parents, Matt and Candace; brother Travis; stepbrother Joshua; and grandparents Charles and Joan Cram.