One of the best ways to fully appreciate a Webb education is to look at the lives and achievements of our alumni. Each year, we honor a group of alumni for their accomplishments since graduation and pay tribute to their continued commitment to the mission and success of Webb. These awards recognize distinguished graduates who reflect the character and leadership qualities developed at Webb.
Webb’s alumni network is extensive and talented. Our alumni are thoughtful leaders who bring positive recognition to Webb, as well as to themselves, through service to, and involvement with The Webb Schools and the greater community. We are pleased to announce the following recipients:
Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award
Guilford C. Babcock ’49
Guil was truly a well-rounded student at Webb – involved in El Espejo, Honor Committee, Chess Club, and as a Webb “waiter” (for which he earned a monthly paycheck of $19) – and he has carried forth that comprehensive view of involvement with the school through continuing acts of leadership and generosity.
Unassuming and always thoughtful, Guil has worked behind the scenes to assure that Webb’s mission is supported via many activities, from academics to athletics, to alumni engagement. He is an exemplary ambassador for Webb.
He was well known for his math skills at Webb (at the time, he was the only student to possess a circular slide rule), a skill he carried forth to Princeton where he received his bachelor’s degree. He went on to Harvard to receive his MBA and UCLA for his Ph.D.. He spent a year after college graduation working as a Winant Volunteer in Poplar, one of the poorest areas in the East End of London. From there he continued to share his knowledge with generations of students through his work as professor of finance and business economics at the USC Marshall School of Business.
Guil always remembered those who lent a guiding hand to him as a young man. He was especially inspired by beloved teacher and coach Les Perry (Guil played football, tennis and baseball at Webb, and was the president of the varsity club Block W). In 1995, he established the Perry Awards and today the Perry Fund stands at more than $241,000. The fund sponsors annual cash awards to faculty, allowing winners to explore professional development opportunities. He also spearheaded a large gift that helped support the track and field renovation and scholarships for deserving students.
Alumni Weekend 2019 marks his 70th reunion year – a year to celebrate all the many ways, from reunion leader to campaign volunteer, that Guil Babcock has made important contributions to Webb.
Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award
Colonel John S. Rogers, USAF (Ret.) ’59
Service to others is the exemplifying credo of John’s life – from his 26 years-long service as a pilot in the United States Air Force (during which he flew reconnaissance missions over Vietnam for 364 days beginning in 1969) to his leadership of The United Samaritans Foundation which delivers food to people in need in Stanislaus County, California. He is a member of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus and Toastmasters International and is serving his 20th year on the Board of Trustees at Lewis & Clark College, now holding the position of Member Emeritus. During his Webb days, John was on the Honor Committee, co-captain of the football team, a letterman in football and baseball, and a member of El Espejo and Blue and Gold. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Willamette University, before entering the Air Force, and received a master’s from University of Colorado Boulder.
Perhaps his most important work has come through his tireless advocacy in the non-profit sector. Since 1993, John has been at the helm of the Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation, founded by his mother, an heir to the Carnation milk fortune, through which he has generously supported several important initiatives at The Webb Schools, including the Rogers Scholar and Rogers Peccary Scholar programs which directly benefit 43 Webb students each year. He is also responsible for funding The Mary Stuart Rogers Sports Center, home of Faculty Field and the Rogers Track and for helping the school to acquire the hillside to the north and east of the campus. John’s combined giving over the years establishes him as one of the most generous donors in Webb history.
Beyond Webb, John, his wife of nearly 60 years, June, and the foundation also support the Gallo Center for the Arts, the Alexander Cohen Hospice House, Turlock’s Emanuel Medical Centers and Rogers Scholars programs at Willamette University, Lewis and Clark College, Cal State Stanislaus, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal State San Bernardino, and Gonzaga University.
A description that could easily be applied to John – notwithstanding all the accolades he has received and his accomplishments –is self-effacing. In a commencement speech to the class of 2016, which included his grandson Tylor Bell-Rogers ’16, John shared important life lessons with the graduates especially his basic formula for persistence: “Life will throw you many curve balls, strikes, and you will hit plenty of foul balls. But here is my simple formula for success. I call it the A, B, C rule. A. ALWAYS do what is right. B. Do your BEST, C. Show people you CARE.”
Young Alumni Rising Star Award
Pilar Mitchell-Campbell ’04
The years just after college are often fraught with big decisions and life-changing events, but through it all, Pilar has always kept Webb close at heart. After graduating from Pepperdine University in 2008, she went on to receive her J.D. from the University of Kansas – all the while, remaining a loyal donor (a member of the Hastings Society for consecutive years of giving), and an engaged alumna. She was on the committee for the Class of 2004 10th reunion and attended numerous events in the Los Angeles area. She’s even spent time with current students through her participation at Sophomore Career Evening, expounding on her work as a lawyer with Michael Sullivan and Associates, LLP.
In her job, Pilar deals with all aspects of employment defense, specializing in the firm's workers' compensation defense cases for the Central Valley WCAB (Workers' Compensation Appeals Board). Sometimes her work takes her from Bakersfield to San Diego – all within a single day. She began as an associate attorney in the firm's Westlake Village office, then moved to Fresno to become a managing partner at the firm's local office where she oversees all staff and attorneys. Since moving in 2015, the office has grown to be one of the most productive within the firm. Recently Pilar was chosen by the California State Bar to be a contributing writer for the Workers' Compensation Specialist exam and she has had two published Appeals Court cases.
Her brother Donald ’04 describes her work ethic: “She represents her clients with dignity and professionalism, and practices with such ethical integrity that even opposing legal counsel will bow with respect to her. She is a unique and unstoppable force in legal practice.”
Pilar has always been a Webb enthusiast. While still a student, she volunteered to extend the Webb experience to girls in the surrounding communities through her work with G.I.R.L.S. (Girls Investigating Real Life Science) Camp. As one of eight VWS student teachers, she helped shape the lives of 17 amazing girls as they all explored anatomy, marine biology, chemistry, astronomy, physics and paleontology. As one of the teachers, Pilar created and taught her own lesson plans and enthusiastically took on the role of mentor to the young campers.
“I have to thank Webb for all of the opportunities it gave me,” explains Pilar. “I would not be where I am today without the school and all of the experiences, friends and connections I made there."
Colborn Distinguished Service Award
Miles R. Rosedale ’69
As the CEO of Monrovia Nursery Company, a group of landscape shrubs and trees, Miles Rosedale enjoys a green world, perhaps somewhat more than most. Founded in 1926 by his father Harry, the nursery has grown from its original 10-acre plot in Monrovia, California, to an internationally respected company that introduces many improved plants and has nurseries in the four corners of North America. Miles holds a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Southern California.
Miles has described Webb as a “significant part of my life.” Miles has served in almost every capacity on campus: he was a member of the board of trustees for 30 years, from 1985 to 2005; and again from 2007 to 2018, and has recently returned to Webb’s board. From 1993 to 2000, Miles was Chairman of the Board seeing the schools through the Building Character Campaign, which, at the time, raised the most money ever for Webb – $21 million, surpassing the schools’ original goal by $3 million. He was also a generous supporter of the most recent Fulfilling Our Promise Campaign. In addition, he has served as director of the Alumni Association and as a member of the Board of Governors. His son, John Lovin, graduated from Webb in 1992.
Classmate Rick (Thomas Herrick) Robertson ’69 explains that Miles represents the mission of The Webb Schools in every way: “He is a man of his word. He expanded a regional business to national and international scale. He is a leader in his industry, and he serves and supports many non-profits, including Webb. Miles’ Webb experience has been visible throughout his life in terms of both sustained friendships from his days as a student and the business and leadership and ethical standards he has displayed during his working career.”
He is a stalwart supporter of The Webb Schools and a generous contributor to the Alf Museum and many of the important projects that propelled the museum’s status in the academic world.
Colborn Distinguished Service AwardDr. Christina Mercer McGinley ’84
The embodiment of dedication to Webb, Christina Mercer McGinley has, short of teaching, been involved in almost every aspect of making Webb the community it is today. As a founding student of Vivian Webb School, she helped establish the traditions and pioneering concept of a girls’ school (VWS) that shared the grounds of a boys’ school (Webb School of California). She helped launch new customs and practices while respecting and honoring the rituals that had been in place for 60 years. So enamored of Webb is she that she is currently serving her 4th term as a member of the Board of Trustees (she is the first Vivian Webb alumna to serve as a trustee). She is also a member of the Hastings Society with 20 consecutive years of support. She was the 2002 VWS commencement speaker, and most importantly, her children, Tim ’12 and Corinne ’16 boarded at Webb – a steadfast endorsement of the institution that has meant so much to her throughout the years.
Her classmate, Patricia (Van Vranken) Kullnigg ’84 says that Mercer McGinley is “always willing to stand up for what is right. She learned this lesson well from Ann Longley (founding head of VWS and Janet Macaulay (a beloved faculty member).”
Christina received her bachelor’s degree from Pomona College, and her master’s and Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside. She has taught at UC Riverside and founded Get Real Designs, a genuine gemstone jewelry business. In the community, she sits on the Summit Elementary 7-11 Committee in Ojai, Calif.
Please join us for the Alumni Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 19. A reception honoring the recipients will take place at 4:30 pm outside the Susan A. Nelson Performing Arts Center and the ceremony will begin at 5:30 pm in the Liu Cheung Theater. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information contact the Alumni Office at (909) 482-5230.