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 […]

Remembering Virginia Scales

By Alice Gosak and Ronald Levesque, retired ESL Instructors [N.B. Virginia died on October 6, 2018 and this tribute was written in that same month.] When both of her children were in school, Virginia Scales ventured to San Jose City College to follow the dream she had since graduating from high school in Fresno: she […]

Passing of Henry Gee

Message from Byron Breland, Chancellor of San José/Evergreen Community College District: It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Henry Gee, a long-time Evergreen Valley College faculty member. Henry passed on the evening of October 2, 2019 and was an integral part of the EVC family for nearly 35 […]

Gerald H. Strelitz

Gerald H. Strelitz, PhD, died on February 14, 2018, from congestive heart failure. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Karen Strelitz, their two daughters, Beth Strelitz and Serena Alaily, and three grandchildren, Kate, Maddie, and Isis Alaily. Jerry, as he was known to all, was 87, born on Dec. 11, 1930, in […]

Mark Newton

Since I was at Evergreen while Mark was at City, I never got to know him until a group of us faculty members from both colleges finally got around to creating a new iteration of our faculty union. When that happened, Mark and I had what seemed like endless talks, endless meetings, and endless attendance […]