In Memory






Tommy Simms, born in Dallas, Texas, passed away on February 27, 2017.  He came to California at the age of 3.  Tommie graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1961 and continued his education at Merritt College of Oakland receiving an Associate in Arts degree.  He attended John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland where he received a Bachelor of Science degree and, attended Antioch School of Law in Washington D.C. where he received a Juris Doctor degree.

Tommy practiced law for ten years in Washington D. C. and had a broad background in a number of fields in both the public and private sectors.  He served as a loan disbursements officer for the World Bank and Associate Dean for Administration at Antioch School of Law both in Washington D.C.  He was Vice President and Controller at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina and Vice President for Administrative Affairs at Cal Poly University, Pomona, California.

Tommy retired in February 2008 from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in San Francisco where he had managerial responsibilities for a host of college programs and operations including admissions, technology, facilities management and career services.

Tommy is survived by sisters, Carolyn Spencer and Rosalyn Hannon, and a brother, Charles Simms. 

Tommy was a valued member of the Reunion Committee. The loss of Tommy’s participation and contributions as a member of the Committee for the Class of 1961 will be sorely missed.

By Year Deceased Alphabetically

Steve Murray  

Tommy Simms  

Richard Booker  
John Pauletich  
Des Ritchie  
Dwight Swobe  

Pamela Dirks (Ochoa)  
Barry Garfinkel  
Kathleen Ireland  
Werner Wikander

Linda Benas (Samrick)  
Julie Nickels (Auer)  

Victor (Vic) Johnson
Diane Manning (Freeman)  
Velma Willis (Prejean)

Winnie Wong (Leong)  

Walter Williams

Elaine Quan (Stockey)  

Steve Tracy  

James E. Marlais

Bob Israel  

Carol Misner (Armstrong)  

Richard Nelson  

Diann Williams (Harris)  

G. W. Whitaker  

Steve Arnold  
Tom Bilstein
Wilbert Bright
Dennis Burdick  
Mitchell Colston
Richard Cross  
Jeffry Dami
Nancy Ely
George Ferreira  
Mary Frazer (King)
George Gamboa
Thor Gjersand  
Margaret Gomez (Reis)
Steven Haas  
Tom Haggart
James Hammonds
Charles Hawkins
Pat Hoyne
Jesse Hunter
Dorothy Huntsberry (Bell)  
Helen Jacobs (Bowden)
Larry Jamison
A. Vernon Johnson  
Barbara Jow (Lee)
Stanley Kirton
John Mendez
Bruno Morra  
John O'Malley  
Charles Parry  
Dale Phillips
Carmen Responte  
Byron Senegal  
Melvin Simi  
Penny Spurrier
Andris Stabulis
Malcom Tillman
Charlie Van Court
David Vanini
Glenn Violette  
Bob (Andrew) Wiechert
Robert Winn
Diane Yasaki
Shelton Yokomizo

If you are aware of a Classmate who should be added to this page please let us know.