Pepperdine People Magazine
Pepperdine People Magazine Spring 2007
Henry "Barney" Barnhart (GPC '50) Barnhart was one of the founding members of the GPC Football Scholarship, MITAY—Made it Through Another Year, group. He often led informational tours for Pepperdine students of the University's Los Angeles campus, offering a deeper understanding of Pepperdine's history. Barnhart also served as mentor to the Pepperdine Ambassadors Council (PAC), maintaining close ties to the University for over 60 years.
Richard Carlson (SC '83) A best-selling author who wrote the phenomenally successful Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, Carlson focused his life on gratitude, generosity, and kindness. His 30 books have been published in 135 countries and translated into more than 30 different languages.
Wayne Ewing Founder of Arrowsmith Tool and Die, Ewing became a leading manufacturer of parts for major aerospace projects including the Apollo program and later the Space Shuttle. He and his wife LoRee have been generous supporters of University programs for many years. Their son Scott is an alumnus of Seaver College (SC '87).
Lyman Graham A member of the George Pepperdine Society's Chancellor's Circle, Graham often spoke of his enjoyment of attending various University events. He gave generously to Pepperdine through an estate gift and also was a member of the Heritage Society.
Brothers George Harilela and Mohan Harilela were members of the Harilela family of Hong Kong, longtime supporters of Pepperdine, and distinguished business leaders in the region. Mohan's daughter Hersha graduated from Seaver College in 1999. George and Mohan are brothers of Pepperdine Life Regent Hari Harilela.
Malcolm Hinckley (GPC '38) One of the first four graduates of Pepperdine and the first president of the alumni association, Hinckley saw his son John (GPC '67) and daughter Arlene (GPC '69) graduate from Pepperdine, along with his grandson Jonathan Lee (SC '94). A devoted preacher for than 30 years, Hinckley was once Pepperdine assistant librarian, cataloging the original library collection.
Dennis Johnson A player on three NBA championship teams for the Boston Celtics and the Seattle SuperSonics, Johnson was the MVP of the 1979 NBA Finals. Known throughout the league as "DJ," he played in five NBA All-Star Games. Johnson, who attended Pepperdine in 1975 and 1976, was elected to the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981 and was the recipient of Pepperdine's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1982.
Virginia "Ginny" Nemethi A Southern California native and longtime Beverly Hills resident, Nemethi was devoted to her husband Dr. Carl Nemethi. She is remembered for her extraordinary love of her husband, family, friends, music, books, and flowers. Through the Carl and Virginia Nemethi Endowed Scholarship, the couple's relationship and love for one another lives on and continues to inspire Pepperdine students.
Dr. Thomas "Tom" M. Osborn A beloved longtime faculty member, Dr. Osborn served the University from 1980 to 2004. Dr. Osborn was the conductor of the Downey Symphony Orchestra for 18 years. He retired as a Pepperdine University music professor in 2004 after guiding the orchestra through decades of steady growth and success.
Earl Rippee (GSBM '81) As founder and chair/CEO of the Anvil Corporation, Rippee led a holding company for several insurance companies and for First Fidelity Savings Bank. He was a graduate of the Pepperdine Presidential/Key Executive MBA program in 1981, served on the Dean's Advisory Board, and was a generous supporter of the Graziadio School, endowing the Earl Rippee Scholarship.
Delphine "Dee" Stickney A member of the Heritage Society, Dee Stickney and her husband Henry "Hank" Stickney have given generously to Pepperdine over the years, including recently supporting the athletics department. The Stickney family founded the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes professional baseball team.
Albert "Al" Strauss Chief benefactor of Pepperdine's Heroes Garden, Strauss was a longtime friend of the University. Al and his wife Angie were Carbon Canyon residents for more than 50 years. The Strausses' generosity to Pepperdine helped make possible the creation of the Heroes Garden Memorial, a tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. The garden also honors the memory of their son Gary Strauss who died some years previous.