Pepperdine People Magazine
Pepperdine People Magazine Spring 2008
Longtime Pepperdine faculty and staff member James Atkinson began his years of service on the Los Angeles campus at George Pepperdine College. There he served as a professor of English and later transitioned to the position of foreign student advisor on the Malibu campus. Atkinson retired in 1989 but was never forgotten for his spirit and passion for helping students.
Katheryn "Kay" Dockson
Dockson was a member of the Crystal Wave, the School of Public Policy Benefactor's Circle, and the Heritage Society. She is survived by her husband Dr. Robert Dockson, who has been a member of the Pepperdine Board of Regents since 1977 and is currently a Life Regent. The Docksons, charter members of Pepperdine Associates, endowed the Robert R. and Katheryn Dockson Professorship at the School of Public Policy and the Dockson Reading Room on the second floor of the Payson Library.
McDaniel was a longtime member of the University Board and a member of the School of Public Policy's Board of Visitors and its Public Policy Ambassadors. He enjoyed a sustaining affiliation with the Pepperdine Associates and was inducted into the distinguished Benefactor's Circle of the George Pepperdine Society. In April 2002 McDaniel received the University's highest distinction, the honorary doctor of laws degree.
Pond was a great supporter of Pepperdine and a member of the Benefactor's Circle. He and his wife Josie recently hosted a dinner at the Associates Desert Weekend. Their granddaughter was a 2003 Seaver graduate.
Sangster was a much-loved Pepperdine alumnus, longtime administrator, and member of the University Church. He served as assistant dean of advancement and alumni relations for Seaver College and George Pepperdine College (GPC). He and his wife Claudia, a Pepperdine alumna and former senior counsel for the Center for Estate and Gift Planning, were frequently seen attending athletic events, meeting with alumni, reconnecting with classmates and faculty at Homecoming, and keeping close ties with GPC graduates and their families. Read more about Chris Sangster.
Together with his aunt Blanche E. Seaver, who endowed the college in honor of her beloved husband Frank, Seaver was a leading force in the establishment of Seaver College in Malibu. A longtime member of the University board, he was commended by the Pepperdine Board of Regents on June 12, 2001, in acknowledgement of the legacy and support Pepperdine received from the Seaver family and the Hydril Company, of which Richard served as president succeeding his uncle Frank.
A Pepperdine Associate since 1994, Simon supported the Youth Citizenship Seminar (YCS) and made a large contribution to the YCS Endowment. He was a member of the Benefactor's Circle and is survived by his wife Atsuko Kawahara.
Snelgrove a great supporter of Pepperdine and a member of the Benefactor's Circle. He established the Lavina Tommie Snelgrove Memorial Endowed Scholarship in the name of his late wife. His daughter is a graduate of GSEP.
Generous Pepperdine supporters, Strauss and her late husband Al lived on Malibu's Carbon Beach for over 40 years. In 2002, they made a generous gift to the University in tribute to their son, making the serene Heroes Garden on Drescher Campus possible. They are members of our Sterling Wave and Heritage Societies.