Notable Alumni Blog

Webb is proud of our diverse alumni body. Here are some examples of alumni of all generations who are distinguishing themselves around the globe in a variety of fields, industries and interests. Please share your milestones and achievements with us at alumni@webb.org.

  • Thomas Chandler '30 (1911-1996)

    Thomas Alden Chandler ’30 was the founder of the Chandler School, an independent day school for kindergarten through grade 8, located in Pasadena, CA.

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  • David Winfield Scott '33 (1916–2009)

    David Winfield Scott ’33, PhD was a noted American artist and founding director of the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute.

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  • Alphonzo Bell '34 (1914-2004)

    Alphonzo Bell Jr. ’34 was an eight-term United States Representative who represented Los Angeles’ influential Westside from 1960 to 1977. His father, Alphonzo Bell Sr., one of the primary developers of Los Angeles, was instrumental in founding the Bel-Air Bay Club and the Hacienda Country Club. Bell’s grandfather James George Bell, established Bell Station Ranch, now the site of the City of Bell, in the Santa Fe Springs area in 1875.

  • Howell Webb '35 (1918–1993)

    Thompson and Vivian Webb’s son, Howell Webb ’35, followed a long tradition of school men (including his grandfather, Sawney, founder of the Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee), when he became the founding headmaster of Foothill Country Day School in Claremont.

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  • First Families of the American West: The Heinz Family

    Clifford S. Heinz Jr. ’37 is one of the country’s leading benefactors of ethics education for children. He has founded Heinz Fellowships in Ethical Education at the Polytechnic School in Pasadena, and at The Webb Schools. Though he is a great-grandson of Henry Heinz, who founded the famous ketchup company, Cliff is a self-made man, earning his fortune in the aerospace industry by manufacturing planes, aircraft parts, and tanks during World War II.

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  • Charles E. Scripps '37 (1920–2007)

    Charles E. Scripps ’37 was chairman of the board of the E. W. Scripps Company, a media conglomerate founded by his grandfather, Edward W. Scripps. Under Charles’ leadership and business acumen, the company expanded from a family-owned newspaper into a major, publicly traded media company with several cable television operations. Scripps was a strong advocate of literacy; in 1986, the Scripps Howard Foundation created an annual award in his name to honor literacy efforts by newspapers and broadcast stations.

  • Art Clokey '39

    Art Clokey '39 (1921-2010)

    He once was a little green clump of clay…until Art Clokey '39 turned him into Gumby! Since 1955, Gumby has been a familiar presence on television and in pop culture; he was even featured in a 1995 film: Gumby: The Movie.

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  • Otis Booth Jr. '40 (1923-2008)

    Otis Booth Jr. ’40 was the great-grandson of General Harrison Gray Otis, founder of the Los Angeles Times. During the 1950s, Booth was responsible for overseeing the printing of the newspaper, and in 1968 he was named corporate vice president of Times Mirror Corporation in charge of forest products and commercial printing.

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  • Louis Osborne '40 (1923-2012)

    Louis S. Osborne '40 is recognized as a pioneer in high-energy physics, who developed many of the experimental techniques that are standard practice today. Osborne served on the faculty at MIT for many years. He was a fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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  • 1933 Boeing F2B-1 or F3B-1

    First Families in American West: Boeing

    William "Bill" Boeing ’42 is the only son of William E. Boeing, Sr., founder of the Boeing Aircraft Company an American multinational aerospace and defense corporation which was established in 1916, a year before the start of World War I, the first ever aviation war. Throughout the war, Boeing Sr. supplied the U.S. Navy with seaplanes which were capable of water landings.

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  • James Burke '42

    James D. Burke ’42 is a retired JPL lunar settlement and exploration expert. He participated in early lunar programs, becoming project manager of Ranger, the first American effort to land operating instruments on the moon. In 2005 Burke and his wife Lin made a generous campaign gift to Webb, which funded the construction of the beautiful Copeland Donahue Theater.

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  • George F. Getty ’42 (1924-1973)

    George F. Getty ’42 served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Getty Oil until his death. The Getty Oil Company was founded by George’s father, J. Paul Getty, and grandfather, George Sr.

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  • Al Hastings '42 (1923-2012)

    Al Hastings ’42 was a Webb trustee for 38 years and served as Chairman of the Board from 1969 to 1973. While serving as Chairman, Hastings was instrumental in hiring Stephen Longley to be headmaster of the school from 1973 until his untimely death in 1979; Longley’s wife Ann, became the founding headmistress of Vivian Webb School.

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  • Louis B. Fleming '43 (1925-2011)

    Louis B. Fleming '43 (1925-2011)

    Louis Fleming '43 was one of the first foreign correspondents for the Los Angeles Times and established bureaus for the newspaper at the United Nations and in Rome.

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  • John Marin '44 (1926-2011)

    John Marin ’44 was a founding member of Sports Illustrated and a Senior Advisor at Time Inc. He also worked for such noteworthy publications as LIFE, People, and the California Magazine.

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  • Admiral James D. Watkins '44

    James Watkins '44 (1927-2012)

    Admiral James D. Watkins ’44 was a former Chief of Naval Operations who also served as U.S. Secretary of Energy during the George H. W. Bush Administration. He served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He holds the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and a Bronze Star.

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  • Newton Russell '45 (1927-2013)

    A state senator who served in the state legislature for 32 years, Newton R. Russell '45 represented the 21st District, which included Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena. He retired in 1996.

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  • Rollin Post '47

    Rollin Post '47 (1930-2011)

    Respected TV journalist Rollin Post '47 covered nine presidential campaigns, 18 national political conventions, and a multitude of state and local contests. He achieved national recognition when he interviewed Senator Edward Kennedy during his primary campaign for president.

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  • Malcolm McKenna '48 (1930-2008)

    Malcolm McKenna ’48 was the curator of vertebrate paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History and co-authored the book Classification of Mammals along with Susan K. Bell. In 2000, he was awarded the Romer-Simpson Medal, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s highest honor.

  • William Ruddick '49

    William "Bill" Ruddick '49 is a professor of philosophy at New York University.

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