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Tumbleweeds to Roses
Tumbleweeds to Roses



Thirty-five years ago a grateful Orange Coast College faculty and staff presented its founding president with a special retirement gift.

Dr. Basil H. Peterson had actually retired 17 months earlier, on January 30, 1964. But, on Sunday, June 6, 1965, the gift was finally bestowed.

"It took us well over a year to produce," recalls 83-year-old Thelma Harwood, one of the two primary architects of the project.

What Peterson received at his reception that spring afternoon was a copy of a 300-page book, titled "Tumbleweeds to Roses: A History of Orange Coast College." The book, which covered the history of the college from its founding through 1963, was a collaborative effort, written jointly by 18 authors. The authors included faculty members, a former student, administrators, a trustee, and a classified staff member.

"Tumbleweeds to Roses" is located online on this site. Just click here to read through the publication, chapter by chapter

"Tumbleweeds to Roses"


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