Thompson Webb once said, “The crowning achievement of a headmaster is his alumni.” Clifford Stanton Heinz, Jr. ’37 embodied this achievement – a shining example of leadership, a life of purpose and principle, and a warm and caring heart.
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.
William "Bill" Boeing ’42 (1922-2015) was 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.
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.
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 his father, J. Paul Getty, and grandfather, George Sr.
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.
Robert “Bob” Cline '51 was first elected to the California State Assembly in 1970 as a Republican. He represented the 64th Assembly District in Los Angeles County. Because of redistricting, he finished his career in 1980 representing the 37th Assembly District which included the Northern San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley and eastern Ventura County.
The Sheets family has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with The Webb Schools. The three Sheets boys, Millard O. Sheets ’49, David Stary-Sheets ’57 and John “Tony” Sheets ’61, enjoyed their days at Webb. Millard Jr. attended the school for six years starting in the 7th grade as a day student and often rode his horse to campus.
The Fleishhacker family enjoys a long, rich history in the State of California. The family was deeply philanthropic and responsible for many of the area’s cultural and landmark institutions including the the Fleishhacker Zoo, which later became the San Francisco Zoo and the Fleishhacker Pool in San Francisco, famed as the world's largest saltwater swimming pool, which remained in operation until 1971.
Brooks '54 and Kim '51 are the sons of Leonard Kimball Firestone, a former United States Ambassador to Belgium, board member of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and longtime friend of former Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford. Leonard Firestone was the last of six children of Harvey S. Firestone, who founded the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, one of the first global makers of automobile tires, in 1900. The company was acquired by the Bridgestone Corporation in 1988.
Robert A. Hefner III '53 is founder and owner of GHK Exploration, a private natural gas company headquartered in Oklahoma City. Hefner pioneered ultradeep natural gas exploration and production that led to the development of technology needed to produce many of the world's deepest and highest pressure natural gas wells.
Grant Meyer ’53 was Director of the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology from 1977 to 1991. In 1964, as a young paleontologist at Yale, Meyer and fellow scientist John Ostrom discovered Deinonychus, a bird-like dinosaur that revolutionized the way scientists think about dinosaurs.
Hon. John A. “Jack” Sutro, Jr. ’53 is a retired Superior Court Judge for Marin County, California. Since his appointment to the Superior Court bench in 1993, Sutro has served in every judicial assignment: criminal, civil, family law, probate and juvenile. He was twice elected Presiding Judge and served for a number of years as a member of the Marin Court’s Appellate Division.
S. David Webb ’53, PhD, is a Distinguished Research Curator Emeritus of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Florida Museum of Natural History and a Distinguished Research Professor of Zoology and Geology at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
As a boy, he trick-or-treated at the homes of Thomas Mann and Gregory Peck; today, Leslie Epstein ’56 was the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Boston University for more than 30 years. He has published 10 works of fiction including the critically acclaimed King of the Jews (published in eleven foreign languages), and San Remo Drive: A Novel from Memory based on his childhood in Hollywood in the 1940s and 50s.
Bob Koster ’56 is a noted producer, production manager and assistant director who worked on a number of popular Hollywood projects in the 60s, 70s and 80s including the TV series War and Remembrance, and the major motion picture, Hello Dolly, with Barbra Streisand.
Hardu Keck ’58 enjoyed a long association with the Rhode Island School of Design where he rose from a master’s candidate to Vice President for Academic Affairs/Provost to Dean of International Programs.
Recognized by the Legal Times magazine as one of 30 "visionaries" who "helped turn Washington's legal and lobbying community into an international powerhouse," Charles Work ’58 is senior counsel in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP, in the Washington, DC office.
Wayne “Skip” Hanson ’59 is a pioneer in California’s Community Association industry and one of the authors of the Davis-Sterling Act, the body of California Civil Code statutes which govern common interest developments.
John Rogers ’59 served in the United States Air Force, retiring as a full Colonel in 1989. He attended primary pilot training at Williams AFB, receiving his wings in 1964. He spent a year in South Vietnam, 1969-1970. Throughout his career, he flew transport-type aircraft including the C-124 Globemaster, and the C-141 Starlifter.
Great nephew of The Webb Schools' founder Thompson Webb and great grandson of Sawney Webb (founder of the Webb School in Bellbuckle, Tennessee), Lawrence “Larry” Price ’61 is the Director of the High Energy Physics Division at Argonne National Laboratory, which is recognized as the first science and engineering research national laboratory in the United States.
James Warjone '61 is Chairman of Port Blakely Companies, a private company that owns and operates commercial forests in Washington, Oregon and New Zealand, operates an international log and lumber trading company, and also develops real estate in Washington State.
Jim Drasdo '63 spent 36 years at Capital Research and Management Company. When he joined, Capital managed about $1.2 billion in mutual funds distributed as the American Funds; when he retired in June 2013 the funds had grown to about $1.2 trillion.
Peter Ziegler '63 was a partner at the law firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles, who served as co-Partner-in-Charge of the office from 1999 until his retirement in 2008. Recognized for his experience in corporate securities and business matters, public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions, Peter has represented such major companies as Farmer's Group, Times Mirror Company, and Northrop Grumman Corporation to name a few.
Nick Binkley ’64 is founding partner in the investment firm of Forrest Binkley & Brown. Previously he was Vice Chairman of Security Pacific Corporation, then following the merger of BankAmerica and Security Pacific, he became Vice Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of Bank America.
In his work as an ER physician, geologist, and professional mountaineer, Dr. Steve Boyer '64 has joined eight Himalayan (third American to summit Annapurna) and four polar expeditions, and done medical work in South and Central America, Antarctica, Africa, and Asia.
As Global Water Coordinator for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Christian Holmes '64 is responsible for coordinating the implementation of key water policy initiatives, including USAID's water strategy. He has supported missions in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Ghana on water and food security matters.
Jeffrey Pfeffer '64 is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. He has written13 books and more than 125 articles including a controversial 2002 story on the values of business education, entitled The End of Business Schools?
Bruce Ross '64 is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with over 30 years experience litigating trust, estate, and conservatorship matters. A partner at Holland & Knight LLP in Los Angeles, Ross has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America Guide, Trusts & Estates for more than a decade.
William Doheny ’65 is the managing partner and chief investment officer of Doheny Asset Management, a company he founded in 1993. He has been managing investments for individual and institutional clients since 1975. Prior to founding the firm, he was the managing director of U.S. Trust of California. Will received a B.A. in History from Stanford University, and a J.D. from Loyola Law School. He serves on the Board of the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation and the Doheny Eye Institute. He is a current member and past 10-year chairman of the Investment Committee for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Patrick Campbell ’66 is a California winemaker in the Sonoma Valley, producing under the label Tierra Divina Vineyards. He previously owned Laurel Glen Winery. Campbell has also branched out to South America where he makes a Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. Patrick’s vineyards are sustainably farmed and his wines have been called “great and constant from vintage to vintage.”
Audubon magazine named him one of the 100 champions who “shaped the environmental movement in the 20th century.” Robert Glenn Ketchum ’66 is a world-renowned contemporary color landscape photographer who utilizes his art to effectively communicate a strong environmental advocacy message.
Stoddard “Chip” Martin ’66 is the author of more than a dozen interlinked novellas and, as Stoddard Martin, of five books of literary and cultural criticism as well as several anthologies. He is sole proprietor of the small press Starhaven, which received the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Poetry Book of 2008 for Poems from Dry Creek by John Dofflemyer.
In 2007, Time magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world. Dr. Steven Nissen ’66 is recognized as one of the leading advocates in raising awareness of health risks associated with the popular drugs Vioxx and Avandia. He is a cardiologist and chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Nissen appears in a CBS News interview with Katie Couric, where he talks about a study that questions the benefits of the anti-cholesterol drug Zetia.
Back in 2007, a reindeer herder stumbled upon the remains of a baby woolly mammoth on a riverbank in northwestern Siberia. The discovery turned out to be the most perfectly preserved woolly mammoth ever found. Daniel Fisher, PhD, '67 was one of the paleontologists who studied this rare find.
Nick Wechsler ’67 has produced or executive produced such films as 1991 Golden Globe winner The Player, 2006 Oscar-nominated North Country and 2007 Cannes Main Competition Selection We Own the Night, just to name a few.
Christopher Jobe ’68, MD, is the former Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Loma Linda University, School of Medicine. He is an internationally renowned lecturer on conditions of the shoulder.
Richard Kron ’68, PhD, is the former director of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the most ambitious astronomical survey project ever undertaken. During its eight-year operations phase, Kron’s team measured brightnesses and positions for hundreds of millions of galaxies, stars and quasars. Kron led a consortium of more than 300 scientists and engineers at 25 institutions around the world.
George Wu is a United States Federal judge in the federal Central District court in Los Angeles, CA. Judge Wu was nominated by President Bush in January 2007. He received his hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in February 2007 and was subsequently confirmed in March 2007 with a 95-0 vote. Judge Wu received his official commission on April 17, 2007.
Randall Lewis ’69 is executive vice president for the Lewis Group of Companies, one of the nation’s largest privately held real estate development groups. In 2006, the Los Angeles Times “West 100” list named Lewis as one of the top 100 influential people in Southern California.
Jordan Ryan '69 is the the Vice President for Peace Programs at The Carter Center, an organization founded by U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide. Ryan previously served for 24 years with the United Nations in developing countries and post-crisis settings.
Paul Billings ’70, MD, PhD, is the Chief Medical Officer at Omicia, the leading genome interpretation company, where he also serves on Omicia's Scientific Advisory Board. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the FDA, the Genomic Medicine Advisory Committmee at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Genomics.
Robert D. Arnott '71 is a noted entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder and chairman of Research Affiliates, a global leader in innovative indexing and asset allocation strategies. The firm manages and licenses over $150 billion worldwide.
Bill Hummel '71 is the grandson of E.L. Cord, maker of the classic Cord car, which is considered to be one of the top 10 car designs of all time. Famous Cord owners include Amelia Earhart, Johnny Weissmuller, Tom Mix, Sonja Henje, Bing Crosby, and Groucho Marx.
Garland Reiter ’72 is a third generation farmer and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Reiter Affiliated Companies (RAC), a forward-thinking business that has expanded berries' popularity world-wide and made them a year-round treat. He was recognized with Webb's Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award in 2017.
John W. Verano ’73, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Tulane University. Before joining the Tulane faculty in 1994, he spent seven years at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution.
David Lahar '74 is a founding Managing Partner of the San Francisco-based investment firm Auriga Partners, a company which acquires and develops middle-market private companies operating in wide range of manufacturing, distribution and services industries. Lahar is also on the Board of Trustees of Scripps College, one of the leading women’s colleges in the United States.
Zac Bogart '75 is founder and president of ZBE Inc. based in Santa Barbara, California. He formed the company in 1980 to design special effects camera and motion control systems which were used in image-rich movies including Star Wars, The Right Stuff, The Twilight Zone, and Top Gun as well as hundreds of animated short films and television commercials.
Alfred Yen '76 is a Professor of Law at Boston College Law School, Law School Fund Scholar, and Director of the Emerging Enterprises and Business Law Program. He is a nationally known scholar who has published numerous articles about copyright law, the Internet, Asian-American legal issues, and law teaching.
Ahmad Akrami '77 is the Chairman and CEO of Tristar Systems, a robotics company that owns the patent on a mechanical arm that builds C drives; and Industrialex, the largest provider in the US of coating services. Industrialiex services 11 western states.
Raj Ratan '77 is Executive Director of the Burke Medical Research Institure at Weill Cornell Medicine. Additionally, he serves as an associate dean, is a professor of neurology and neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medicine, and is a professor of neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medicine's Brain and Mind Research Institute.
Kerry Bensinger '78 is a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Bensinger was a partner at Bensinger, Ritt, Tai and Thvedt from 1995 to 2012. As an attorney, he has tried nearly two dozen criminal and civil cases at the state and federal level, and he appeared before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals more than a half dozen times, obtaining favorable results for his clients in nearly all of them.
Louis M. Mayberg '80 is co-founder and principal of the Advisor to ProShares and ProFunds, the Exchange Traded Funds and Mutual Funds where he served as president for 15 years until March 2012. He was recognized with Webb's Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award in 2015.
Jon Congdon is co-founder and president of Product Partners, LLC, one of the fastest growing companies in the United States. Founded in 1998, Product Partners, LLC is the owner of Beachbody and Breakthrough in Beauty, which includes the wildly popular P90X plan. In the past two years, the mega-brand P90X has become a household name, and sold more than 2 million units. He was recognized with Webb's Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award in 2016.
Named “Conservation Hero” by the Arizona League of Conservation Voters and “Legislative Champion” by the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, Steve Farley ’81 was elected to an Arizona Senate seat in 2012 in Tucson's Legislative District 9. Previously Farley was an Arizona State Representative for 6 years.
Kip Konwiser '81 is an award-winning producer and director in music, film and television. Credits include Miss Evers' Boys (HBO) which remains one of the most awarded movies in the history of television including a Best Picture Emmy and the NAACP Image Award.
Michael McDermott ’83 is the founder and executive producer of Gung-Ho Films, a leading production services company in Mainland China. The company, with offices in Beijing and Shanghai, has been providing production support for top advertising agencies, production companies, television networks, and film studios from around the world for over 15 years.
General manager of the Houston Astros Jeff Luhnow '84 helped the Astros win their first-ever World Series title in 2017. Before joining the team in Houston, Luhnow served as vice president of scouting and player development for the St. Louis Cardinals since 2003.
Kurt Pitzer ’84 is an author, journalist and film producer. As a journalist he has covered some of the world’s most turbulent regions, including the Balkans, the Middle East and Afghanistan, for national magazines and newspapers. In 2013 Pitzer produced the independent feature film Runoff with his wife, Kimberly Levin, who wrote and directed the film.
Garrick "Rick" Wang '84 is CEO of the RetailCo Group which include companies specializing in Sports/Fashion retail, retail logistics, sports marketing, manufacturing and F&B retail. With over 100 stores in Shanghai, RetailCo is one of the largest specialty retailers in China's East region.
Charlie Kindel '85 is the Director of Product at Amazon overseeing the development of innovative voice command devices Alexa and Echo. Kindel is known for building two Seattle startups (including MileLogr), the Windows Phone 7 application platform and 3rd party ecosystem, Windows Home Server, and Windows Media Center.
Mark Lee '85 is a founder and principal of the dynamic architecture firm Johnston Marklee. One of his best known designs is the famous “Hill House” built into the hillside in the Pacific Palisades in Southern California. Recent projects include the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston and a new master plan for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
A top executive at AIG in San Francisco, California, Faye Karnavy Sahai '86 oversees the new AIG global innovation & digital business centers, identifying and exploring innovations for AIG with innovators, business leaders and external strategic partners
Jan Mitchell Johnson '86 has won over $185 million in grants for public school districts and charter schools in the United States since starting her own business, Grantsformation, Inc., and over $200 million in her entire career as a grant writer. Grantsformation, Inc. has secured funding for after-school and summer school programs, professional development for teachers in math, science and technology, early childhood education, and even incentive pay for teachers who meet benchmarks.
Josh Marshall '87 is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com, what Time Magazine calls "the prototype of what the successful Web-based news organization is likely to be in the future." Marshall spent his early journalistic career in traditional media, writing for such respected publications as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic and The New York Times.
Corey Calaycay ’88 is serving his third term on the Claremont City Council where he was named mayor by his fellow council men and women on March 16, 2009. Calaycay previously worked with Assemblyman Bob Margett in the California State Senate.
San Francisco based perfumer Yosh Han ’89 is the proprietress of YOSH fragrances, an eponymous collection that can be found at such exclusive retailers as Barneys New York, Saks Fifth Avenue Dubai and haute perfumeries throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East and Russia.
Marine Major Kevin Hutchison ’89 is the recipient of a Bronze Star medal with combat distinguishing service, the fourth-highest combat award in the United States armed forces, for actions of bravery in leading his Bravo Company, Second Reconnaissance Battalion in the Anbar province of Iraq. Hutchison, a 15-year veteran of the Marine Corps, has since returned to the U.S. to serve as a strategic planner at Camp Pendleton, California.
Punch Hutton '89 spent 17 years as the deputy editor of Vanity Fair. In her tenure at the magazine, she was editor of the "Fanfair" section and re-introduced and edited the party pages in the "Fairground" section. Punch also launched the magazine's annual gift guide and made it one of Vanity Fair's most popular compilations.
An African porcupine and an aardvark are just a couple of her "coworkers." Adriana LaCorte Maher ’89 is a bilingual educator at the San Diego Wild Animal Park where she handles about 25 animals, including parrots, owls, alligators, and snakes.
Jenn Louis ’89 is the recipient of two James Beard nominations and the chef and co-owner of Lincoln Restaurant and Sunshine Tavern in Portland, Oregon. In 2012, Food & Wine Magazine named her one of the Best New Chefs of the year.
John Stuver '89 is an award-winning sound editor. He has worked with Hollywood heavyweights such as Tom Hanks, HBO and Michael Mann. He received an Emmy for his work on Steven Spielberg's HBO TV mini-series The Pacific.
Chef Andrew Kirschner '90 and his Santa Monica restaurant Tar & Roses were 2013 nominees for the prestigious James Beard Award. Tar & Roses was nominated as a semifinalist in the "Best New Restaurant" category, and Kirschner was nominated in the "Best Chef: West" category. Kirschner also competed in the Food Network's show, The Next Iron Chef season three.
Michael Chang '92 is the CEO of YesVideo, the global leader in personal home video transfer and online video sharing, and the cofounder of Greystripe, one of the world's largest mobile advertising networks.
Amar Lalvani '92 is the CEO and Managing Partner of Standard International, "the company behind The Standard and Bunkhouse hotels with offices in New York, London and Austin," its website reads. Standard International has over 15 hotel properties.
Violinist Kevin Kumar '92 is co-Artistic Director of Salastina Music Society, a chamber music ensemble that performs throughout Southern California. He has also been a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, West Los Angeles Symphony, Riverside Philharmonic, and the Peninsula Symphony.
Television producer Stephanie Buxbaum '93 has worked on some of today's most watched reality shows, including Big Brother, The Amazing Race, and Sons of Guns. She is currently an Executive Producer at National Geographic Channel.
As Founder and CEO of GoAnimate.com, Alvin Hung '93 is bringing his easy-to-use animation website to the masses. GoAnimate has over 3 million users worldwide. Since the company started in 2007, over 6 million videos have been created in over 100 countries. The application is also used by 6,000 schools.
Hosain Rahman ’93, founder and CEO of Jawbone, is a leader in mobile technology. His stylish Jawbone Bluetooth headset is one of today’s most popular mobile devices, using military grade technology to cancel out surrounding ambient noise. It is one of the top-selling Bluetooth brands in the United States and is also available internationally in the UK, France, Germany, Norway and Canada.
Mark Schultz '93 is a playwright whose works include: The Gingerbread House (the stageFARM); Deathbed (Apparition Productions); Everything Will Be Different: A Brief History of Helen of Troy (Soho Rep/True Love Productions) for which he won the 2005 Oppenheimer Award and the 2006 Kesselring Prize.
Tracey Wagner Bybee ’94 is a Major in the USAF Reserves. As a pilot in the United States Air Force, she has flown the Lockheed C-130 Hercules (a four-engine military transport aircraft), as well as the OC-135 Open Skies and WC-135 Constant Phoenix (both Boeing 707 Reconassiance varients).
Crescent Diamond '95 is the producer of The Heretics, a documentary tracing the New York feminist art collective that produced Heresies: A Feminist Publication on Art and Politics. The Heretics premiered at MOMA in New York in 2009 and has shown at film festivals around the world. It was nominated as a 2011 "Notable Video for Adults" by the American Library Association, and it was part of the Getty Museum's Doin’ It In Public: Feminism & Art exhibition. The Heretics made its national television debut in March 2012. In July 2013, Diamond's film Performing Girl received the Outstanding Documentary Short Film award at Outfest Los Angeles.
Otis Y. Chandler ’96 is the founder of Goodreads.com, the largest social network for readers in the world. More than 9.5 million members have read, recommended, compared and kept track of 330,000,000 books. In 2013, Amazon purchased Goodreads for an undisclosed amount.
Filmmaker Jenée LaMarque '98s first feature film, The Pretty One, debuted at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. LaMarque was also one of eight filmmakers to be nominated for the Nora Ephron Award, given to "a woman writer or director with a distinctive voice." The Pretty One features Zoe Kazan (It's Complicated, Ruby Sparks) and Jake Johnson (of the Fox hit series The New Girl).
Caroline Adler '00 is the former Special Assistant to President Obama and Communications Director to the First Lady Michelle Obama. She previously worked for Secretary of State Hilary Clinton as Deputy Director of Strategic Communications.
Nick Barshick ’00 is a founder and partner of Chuze Fitness, a chain of fitness centers in California and Arizona. Chuze Fitness, which started in Carlsbad, CA in October 2008, now has 7 clubs in San Diego County, 3 clubs in Tucson, 4 clubs in Orange County, and 1 in San Bernadino County.
Faisal Yaqub '07 is the founder and creator of Curl, an iPhone app that helps you track your gym progress. Since it launched in June 2011, Curl has received over 16,000 downloads in more than 50 different countries.
Debbie Lai ’08 is a Strategic Partnerships Manager at Google. Debbie has worked for Google for almost 4 years on a variety of projects and teams, starting as an intern on their Policy Team while in college. In 2011, she was the Executive Director of the Ivy Film Festival, the largest student-run film festival in the world.