In Memoriam: George Stevenson Holeman

From The Union, Nevada County, California May 29, 1926 – July 2, 2021 George Stevenson Holeman, Jr. (Steve) passed away peacefully and painlessly in his own home on July 2, 2021. He was 95. Per his request there will be no memorial service. He had a huge celebration with family and friends on his 90th […]

In Memoriam: Joseph Zirker

Published by San Francisco Chronicle on Jul. 6, 2022. Renowned artist and printmaker Joseph Zirker, passed away on June 25, two months shy of his 98th birthday in Redwood City, California. Joseph Zirker was born on August 13,1924 to Clarence Harold Zirker and Lillian Rappaport Zirker, in Los Angeles California. Zirker was a renowned and […]

In Memoriam: Paul Preising

Published by Mercury News from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31, 2022. Paul P. Preising passed away, 88 years’ young, surrounded by his family in late September. His entrepreneurial spirit, sense of adventure, generous character and inquisitive approach to life are carried on by his beloved 2nd wife of 43 years Ulla Sallinen Preising, and his […]

Russ Fischer:  In Memoriam 

SJCC Library lost one of its most effective academic leaders in 2002 when Russ Fischer retired after 36 years. This past March Russ Fischer died a few weeks after his wife Ruth had died. Russ was 86.

The Golden Age of Music at SJCC

By Alice Gosak In the 1960s, the city of San Jose had few entertainment venues so the theater at San Jose City College became a focus of speaker events, plays and musical performances. A 1953 graduate of the University of Rochester Eastman School of Music, Darrell Johnston was hired to lead the Music Department at […]

Carmen Castellano (1939-2020)

“Carmen was always about education, “Al Castellano, her husband, told me as we worked on a sabbatical project together in 1995. Carmen had certainly proved it in her devotion and guidance to their own three children and to the children of others at San Jose City College. Here she became the founding president of the […]

Walter Robinson (1935-2019)

Walter was a 1957 graduate of San Jose City College, who returned to teach in the Radio, Television and Speech Department as well as serve as the swimming coach from 1960 until 1980. During this time, he was known as “The Voice of the Jaguars” as he announced all the sports events. In 1980, he […]

Andrew “Jock” McFarlin (1926-2020)

Andrew taught Industrial Engineering at San Jose City College from 1960 until 1975 when Evergreen Valley College opened. He was an early supporter of programs supporting women in engineering and was the founder of EVC’s St. Andrew’s Day Scottish Festival, which continued for thirty years. Alice Gosak

Lucy Dodge Poindexter (1948-2020)

Lucy started her 20-year career at San Jose City College as an English adjunct instructor before retraining as a software engineer and teaching computer science. She pursued a doctorate in education and completed her time at SJCC as a Director of the Title III grant to establish computer labs and courses. She brought enthusiasm and […]

William Lehr ‘Bill’ Jacobs (May 18, 1937-October 22, 2020)

Our Bill was so easy to like, so good natured and just plain pleasant to be around. A smile, a chuckle and always an upbeat attitude greeted you every time. He was a man of many talents. William, the English professor emeritus, teaching thousands of students in his fifty one year career at Evergreen Valley […]