Faculty Obituaries


Lois M. Agnew

One of Crawford's earliest vice-principals, Lois retired in 1967. She died in her sleep July 11, 1996 in a Santa Ana retirement home. She was 92. "She was a giving, caring person as far as the kids and the staff were concerned," said Emma Leisure. "If anybody needed help she was there."


Paul Bernd

Passed away March 8, 1993


Richard V. Bertain

"RV" was the Class of 1962 Advisor, a job he resigned from in order to pursue a scholarship at Harvard University,where he received his Doctorate in Educational Administration in 1964. Previously he had received Bachelor Degrees in Philosphy and English in 1961 from Saint Mary's College and, later, a Master's Degree in Educational Administration from San Diego State College in 1960. He worked in the Beverly Hills, Inglewood, El Segundo, Palm Springs, Glendale and Culver City School districts in various administrative capacities. In 1990 he was appointed by President George Bush, and confirmed by the United States Senate, as Associate Director of Domestic and Anti-Poverty Operations. He passed away September 13, 2000 from cancer.


Carl Bull


Duncan Cameron


Adine Cummings


Florence Eaton

Faculty member from 1958 to 1972, she died of congestive heart failure on January 25, 1996. She was a founding member of Crawford, teaching English and counselling gifted students. After retirement she travleed extensively and, in 1988, moved to Casa de las Companas, a retirement community in Rancho Bernardo. She was 89.

James T. Gibbs

Died 1988


Jessie N. Johnson

October 26, 1931 – October 7, 2004

He was born in Orange, California and passed away in Alpine. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. Survivors include his wife Marlene; daughter, Jody Stratton and Wendy Wheeler; sisters Betty Flora and Carol Hendricks; brothers, Marvin Johnson and Bob Johnson, and four grandchildren. There were no services. Donations: Sharp Hospice, P. O. Box 3739, La Mesa, CA 91944.

Jesse was a teacher at Crawford when I was a student at Crawford and was still there when I returned as a teacher in 1984. He retired during the course of my ten years there.

Sgt. E. Kaltenbach


Duane Maley


Mary McMullen

June 17, 1905 - August 11, 2001

Mary McMullen graduated from San Diego High School, then went on to San Diego Teacher's College on Park Boulevard. She accompanied the school to Montezuma Mesa in 1931 when it changed its name to San Diego State College. "Her smile and charm are an inspiration to all who meet her," said an article in the school yearbook from the 1930s.

Long before she became Crawford's first principal Mary McMullen was acting dean at San Diego State College. In 1932 she organized 12 female seniors into the school's first chapter of Cap and Gown, which later was renamed Mortar Board. She served as Dean of Women at State from 1932 to 1938, then left to become vice principal at La Jolla High. In 1951 she opened Lincoln High School. The Lincoln football field was named in her honor.

(Thanks to Emma Leisure for sending the above information)


Rudolph Morales

Edward Nichols

July 31, 1916-December 30, 2002


William T. Olive

Horace Mann Shop Teacher


J. William Rieker


Warren B. Rose


Wiley Freeman Shaver Jr.
October 19, 1915 - March 18, 2002

Mr. Shaver was born in Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama in1933. He served in Europe during WWII, receiving the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1962. Mr. Shaver taught at Crawford High School until 1977, receiving the “Teacher of the Year Award” in 1974

Gale Sheldon

Passed away September 4, 2000

 Frank P. Smith
Aug. 30, 1926-July 5, 2004

Frank was born in San Diego and was a coach and district counselor for the San Diego Unified School District. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Survivors include his wife, Frances

Melba Thomas

Died December 9, 1997 at age 78


David Van Buskirk

Mr. Van Buskirk and his wife Betty perished when EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed into the waters off Nantucket, Massachusetts on October 31, 1999. Mr. Van Buskirk spent most of his career teaching English and drama at Crawford.

Mark Waterbury

Marguerite White 

 Marguerite Jeanette White, age 85, of Eau Claire, Wis. formerly of San Diego, Calif., passed away December 22, 2003. Marguerite was born January 12, 1918, in Eau Claire, Wis. She attended Eau Claire High School where she earned numerous athletic accommodations. After high school, Marguerite attended Eau Claire Teacher's College. In 1940, Marguerite graduated Eau Claire Teacher's College Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education. She had the highest scholastic record of her graduating class. After graduation, Marguerite taught for four years in the Eau Claire school district, and in 1944 she moved to San Diego, Calif., until returning to Wisconsin in 2000. In Marguerite's tenure with the San Diego School District, her love of education brought her to be a teacher and counselor at Dana Junior High, a Teacher Consultant for the San Diego Schools, a teacher and counselor at Crawford High School, a Vice Principal at Lewis Junior High and Clairemont High School, and the Principal at Dana Junior High until her retirement in 1982. Marguerite earned her Masters Degree while in San Diego.


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