The history of the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners began in 1916, when the Los Angeles Dock and Terminal Co. declared bankruptcy and turned over a massive harbor dredging project to the City of Long Beach. Soon thereafter it became clear that the Port needed a governing body; in December 1916, the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce obtained a ruling from the city attorney that the city's charter permitted the creation of a Harbor Commission.
On June 29, 1917, the first board was formed, with members W.T. Lisenby, mayor and commissioner of public property; James R. Williams, commissioner of public safety; and C.J. Hargis, commissioner of public works. This three-member commission lasted for eight years, until it was decided that the Port needed to be an independent city department governed by an independent board.
Thus, on May 18, 1925, the five-member Harbor Commission as we know it today was formed. Since then, 70 people - 62 men and 8 women - have served.
- Fred S. James, President, May 18, 1925 - March 31, 1931
- Paul L. Mallonee, May 18, 1925 – November 17, 1926
- Nelson McCook, May 18, 1925 – March 31, 1931
- C.T. McGrew, May 18, 1925 – March 31, 1931
- Dr. Frank C. Renfrew, May 18, 1925 – March 31, 1931
- John W. Buol, November 17, 1926 – March 31, 1931
- James F. Collins, March 31, 1931 – April 29, 1931
- Harvey C. Fremming, March 31, 1931 – December 19, 1932
- John F. Craig, March 31, 1931 – August 31, 1938
- Glen L. Clark, March 31, 1931 – February 21, 1939
- Irwin M. Stevens, March 31, 1931 – September 7, 1939
- L. Roy Myers, April 29, 1931 – November 19, 1934
- Carl Fletcher, January 9, 1933 – August 20, 1934
- Paul C. Hofmann, November 24, 1934 – June 1, 1938
- Col. Warren D. Lamport, November 26, 1934 – December 28, 1936;
September 7, 1939 - July 1, 1942
- Frederic A. Millerd, April 12, 1937 – February 21, 1939
- Lynn O. Hossom, September 7, 1938 – August 31, 1939
- Carlton S. Wallace, February 23, 1939 – March 8, 1939
- Carl B. Shank, March 1, 1939 – August 31, 1939
- R.J. Weir, March 8, 1939 – September 1, 1939
- Frank W. Herbert, September 7, 1939 – July 8, 1943
- John L. Kelly, September 7, 1939 – August 18, 1947
- Frank J. Parr, September 7, 1939 – July 18, 1949
- W.R. Martin, September 7, 1939 – December 14, 1955
- George Rochester, July 14, 1942 – July 18, 1949
- General James J. Meade, August 15, 1943 – August 18, 1947
- M.S. Walker, August 18, 1947 – December 19, 1949
- Maurice W. Daubney, August 18, 1947 – July 1, 1965
- Raymond D. Elliot, July 19, 1949 – December 13, 1951
- Emmet M. Sullivan, July 19, 1949 – June 27, 1955
- John P. Davis, January 10, 1950 – July 1, 1965
- Francis D. Reider, January 1, 1952 – June 27, 1955
- Joseph F. Bishop, June 28, 1955 – July 1, 1961
- H.E. Ridings, Jr., June 28, 1955 – September 11, 1979
- William A. Harrington, January 3, 1956 – June 16, 1969
- Robinson A. Reid, July 5, 1961 – July 10, 1973
- Llewellyn Bixby, Jr., July 20, 1965 – January 3, 1977
- James G. Craig, Jr., July 20, 1965 – January 10, 1977
- Henry H. Clock, July 1, 1969 – September 20, 1976
- Richard G. Wilson, July 10, 1973 – June 30, 1985
- James H. Gray, September 21, 1976 – July 7, 1987
- Reed M. Williams, March 7, 1977 – December 6, 1978
- E. John Hanna, March 11, 1977 – June 30, 1983
- Louise M. DuVall, February 6, 1979 – July 18, 1990
- C. Robert Langslet, September 17, 1979 – July 30, 1991
- David L. Hauser, July 6, 1983 – July 2, 1995
- George F. Talin, Sr., July 1, 1985 – July 30, 1991
- Joel B. Friedland, July 7, 1987 – December 12, 1994
- Alex R. Bellehumeur, July 18, 1990 – July 26, 1996
- Roy E. Hearrean, July 30, 1991 – June 30, 2003
- Carmen O. Perez, July 30, 1991 – June 30, 2003
- George M. Murchison, February 14, 1995 – August 3, 1999
- John W. Hancock, July 2, 1995 - July 10, 2007
- John E. Kashiwabara, M.D., July 23, 1996 – March 2, 2003
- John R. Calhoun, J.D., August 4, 1999 – July 4, 2005
- Doris Topsy-Elvord, March 3, 2003 - June 30, 2008
- James C. Hankla, July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2009
- Mario Cordero, July 1, 2003 - May 23, 2011
- Dr. Mike Walter, July 5, 2005 - August 1, 2011
- Nick Sramek, July 16, 2007 - November 21, 2013
- Thomas Fields, December 21, 2009 - November 19, 2013
- Susan E. Anderson Wise, December 8, 2008 - July 25, 2014
- Richard T. Dines, August 8, 2011 - July 24, 2017
- Doug Drummond, August 8, 2011 - August 2, 2017
- Lori Ann Guzmán, December 3, 2013 - August 12, 2019
- Lou Anne Bynum, May 20, 2014 -
- Tracy J. Egoscue, September 9, 2014 -
- Bonnie Lowenthal, July 25, 2017 -
- Frank Colonna, August 3, 2017 -
- Steven Neal, August 26, 2019 -
Past Harbor Commissioners
Fred S. James, President, May 18, 1925 - March 31, 1931
James was born in Brandon, Wisconsin, in 1866. His family moved to Aurelia, Louisiana and he attended school until he went to work for the Illinois Central railroad as telegraph operator. He spent twenty-four years advancing within the company, eventually becoming superintendent. After supervising the construction of a railroad extending from the Mississippi River to the Texas line, Mr. James came to Long Beach for a well-earned vacation. He fell in love with the city and spent a year exploring the area before returning home. Unable to resist the lure of the city in which he saw great personal and professional possibilities, James moved to Long Beach in 1912 and became chief assistant of the Long Beach Department of Public Works. In 1918, James was elected Commissioner and in 1925, he left that post to become the first president of the Board of Harbor Commissioners. Upon retiring from the Board in 1931, he opened a commercial real estate office at 253 American Avenue where some of the biggest businesses of that time were bought, sold, and developed. Fred S. James died May 25, 1944.
Paul L. Mallonee, May 18, 1925 – November 17, 1926
Paul Leon Mallonee was one of the first to serve on the Board of Harbor Commissioners. He came to Long Beach from Colorado in 1913 and was president and general manager of the Columbine Creamery. Mr. Mallonee was recommended to the Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Charles Windham and elected by the City Council. He came to the Harbor Commission during the years of the oil and real estate boom and just after the go-ahead had been given to construct a 7,284-foot breakwater and moles to protect the entrance to the Port. During his tenure, Long Beach voters approved $5 million in harbor bonds, a huge boost in establishing the Port of Long Beach. Mr. Mallonee was very active in Long Beach civic affairs. He died September 1, 1973.
Nelson McCook, May 18, 1925 – March 31, 1931
Nelson McCook was born in Iowa in 1875. He came to Long Beach in 1920 to enter the banking business. He founded the California National Bank and was a director of the American National Bank of San Bernardino and the California State Bank of Seal Beach. Mr. McCook was recommended to the Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Charles Windham and elected by the City Council. While Mr. McCook was serving on the Harbor Commission, Colonel Edward N. Johnston, a former army engineer, was hired as consulting harbor engineer. He was charged with preparing plans and specifications for outer harbor development, obtaining government approval for them, and supervising the engineering part of the work. In July of 1927, Colonel Johnston reported that $6,400,000 had already been spent by the city of Long Beach for development and improvement of the harbor. He also said "…never in the history of river and harbor improvements has any locality contributed so liberally as has the city of Long Beach." Active in civic affairs, Mr. McCook was a member of the Lions Club, the Virginia Country Club and the Pacific Coast Club. Mr. McCook died in 1960.
C.T. McGrew, May 18, 1925 – March 31, 1931
Charles T. McGrew was born in 1868 in Logansport, Indiana. In 1901 Mr. McGrew moved to Long Beach and began a successful career in construction and building contracting. His company constructed more commercial and residential buildings in the Long Beach area than any other contracting firm at that time. One of the more memorable buildings was the Pacific Coast Club. It was also the last that he personally supervised before retiring and leaving the business to his sons. While Mr. McGrew was on the Board of Harbor Commissioners, the Ford Motor Company purchased 40 acres of harbor property, officially opening the plant in 1930. This and the opening of a new 15-acre Procter & Gamble plant were important events for the city during the Depression. Mr. McGrew was a member of the Long Beach City Council, a director of the Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Benevolent and Protective order of Elks, the Kiwanis Club, the Farmers Gun Club, the Virginia Country Club, and the Pacific Coast Club.
Dr. Frank C. Renfrew, May 18, 1925 – March 31, 1931
Francis Charles Renfrew was born in Arcola, Illinois, in 1875. He taught school from 1895 until 1898 when he decided to study medicine. In 1903, he received his medical degree from Miami Medical College in Cincinnati. Dr. Renfrew came to Long Beach in 1914 and became district surgeon for Associated Oil Co. and S.P. Company and chief of staff for Long Beach Community Hospital. Port development was on the rise and in July of 1926, improvements financed by a 1924 bond issue were completed. These improvements included the first outer harbor developments, deepening the harbor entrance and turning basin and inner channels to 40 feet. Dr. Renfrew was a member and president of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, a life member of the Elks and a 32nd-degree Mason. He was a member of the Pacific Coast Club and the Los Angeles Athletic Club. His home was 3800 E. Ocean Avenue and his office was in the Metropolitan Building.
John W. Buol, November 17, 1926 – March 31, 1931
John William Buol was born in Nebraska in 1891. He served on the Board of Directors of the Long Beach Marine Trust and Savings, was a member of the Virginia Country Club where as an avid golfer he earned the nickname "Doodle Bug." During the years Mr. Buol was on the Harbor Commission, commerce rose from 1.1 million tons to 4 million. Between 1928 and 1929, two million tons of pipe, case oil, steel, lumber and other cargo, came through the Harbor. Mr. Buol was an officer and Board of Directors member of the Pacific Coast Club and a board member of the charitable Little Club. Mr. Buol died in 1978.
James F. Collins, March 31, 1931 – April 29, 1931
James Francis Collins was born in 1891 in Colorado. He became interested in civil engineering and learned his trade working in nearly every state west of the Mississippi. During WWI, Collins enlisted and served with the American Expeditionary Force in Europe. He became a sergeant in the infantry and ultimately a first lieutenant. Mr. Collins came to Long Beach in 1919 and received one of the first civil engineering licenses issued in California. He became an engineer for the Belmont Shore Place companies and was instrumental in developing Belmont Heights and Naples. He was also credited with building the original Navy Landing. Mr. Collins was owner of the Collins Construction Company, a civic worker and commander of the American Legion Post 27. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite, Al Malaikah Temple Shrine, Long Beach Elks Lodge 888, Knights of Pythias, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce and president of the American Association of Engineers, Long Beach Chapter, the Society of American Military Engineers and Realty Board of Long Beach. Mr. Collins died in 1983.
Harvey C. Fremming March 31, 1931 – December 19, 1932
Harvey Fremming was Deputy Labor Commissioner of Long Beach. He represented oil workers of Long Beach, headed the Oil Workers Union, and organized and provided progressive humanitarian services within that union. With John L. Lewis of the Mine Workers, he and others formed a Committee for Industrial Organizing within the AFL. Mr. Fremming became Deputy State Labor Commissioner, president of the Long Beach Central Labor Council and was chosen director of employment stabilization for municipalities within Los Angeles County. In 1931, The Long Beach City Charter was amended to create a Harbor District, a Board of Harbor Commissioners and a Harbor Department to control and manage the Harbor District. Mr. Fremming was appointed to the Board of Harbor Commissioners by City Manager C.C. Lewis and became secretary.
John F. Craig, March 31, 1931 – August 31, 1938
John Franklyn Craig was born in 1868 in Gibraltar, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State Normal School and from 1890 to 1903, worked for his father who was a very successful shipbuilder. A visionary seeking to expand the Craig shipbuilding business, John F. Craig came to Long Beach in 1907 and founded the West Coast division of the Craig Shipbuilding Company, the only steel shipyard south of San Francisco and responsible for Long Beach gaining a reputation as a maritime city. Mr. Craig also founded the Los Angeles Dredging Company and the Western Dredging and Marine Construction Company. On June 30, 1909, his dredging companies completed a 21-foot-deep channel that provided an entrance to the Pacific Ocean. Mr. Craig was a director of the Long Beach branch of the Bank of Italy, the Seaboard Bond & Mortgage Company, Buffum & Company, Pacific Coast Security Company, and Mausoleum Park. Besides continuing to run his shipbuilding company, he was president of the Craig Oil Tool Company, Craig Investment Company, a director of the Ring Petroleum Company, the San Francisco Bay Terminal Company, the California & Mexico Steamship Company and the Western Transport Company. During WWI, Mr. Craig built cargo vessels and submarines for the government. His companies also contributed to America's maritime strength during WWII. He was active in Long Beach civic affairs and a member of many organizations including the Scottish Rite Consistory and Al Malaikah Temple of the Mystic Shrine. He belonged to the Virginia Country Club, the Pacific Coast Club, the Los Angeles Athletic Club, the California Yacht Club, and the Yosemite Mountain Club. Mr. Craig died January 5, 1952.
Glen L. Clark, March 31, 1931 – February 21, 1939
Glen L. Clark was born in Missouri in 1890. He served on the Harbor Commission Board in post-Depression years that saw businesses in Long Beach such as tourism and oil decline sharply. However, progress at the Long Beach Harbor continued. In 1931, an amendment to the Long Beach City Charter provided for a Harbor District, a Board of Harbor Commissioners and a Harbor Department. Oil was discovered in the Harbor in 1936. In 1938, the first well came in and supplied the city and the Harbor with revenues. Thus, the first transit shed on Pier A was completed in 1938 and in 1939, dredging began in the inner harbor. Mr. Clark was president of Glen L. Clark & Co. He was a civic leader and member of the Virginia Country Club, the Long Beach Yacht Club, and the Pacific Coast Club. He was also a Mason, a Shriner, an Elk and an honorary Missouri colonel. Mr. Clark died in 1964.
Irwin M. Stevens, March 31, 1931 – September 7, 1939
Irwin M. Stevens was born in Illinois in 1876. He moved to Long Beach in 1921 and became active in civic and port affairs. During Mr. Stevens' service on the Board of Harbor Commissioners, an amendment was passed by the city that gave jurisdiction over the Harbor Department to the Harbor Commission. Piers A and B in the outer harbor were completed; railroad tracks, retaining walls, paving and water, gas and electric lights were installed by the Sully-Miller Company. In 1932, the Harbor Commission built the Navy Landing at the bottom of Pico Avenue; the U.S. government agreed to pay for repairs to the breakwater damaged by a severe ocean disturbance and allowed an appropriation for a 12,500-foot extension assuring sheltered anchorage for hundreds of ships. Tonnage from 1931 to 1934 totaled 10,097,995. In 1934, 2,200 ships came through Long Beach Harbor. Mr. Collins was president of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and founder and president of the Southeast Chamber of Commerce. He was personally nominated by John F. Craig as successor to the presidency of the Board of Harbor Commissioners. Mr. Stevens died in 1962.
L. Roy Myers, April 29, 1931 – November 19, 1934
L. Roy Myers was born in Kansas in 1882. He worked for W.W. Loveless & Sons in Marion making egg cases and as a delivery boy, helping to keep the store in order and later, buyer for clothing and shoes. Mr. Myers came to Long Beach in 1912. He sold real estate and, in 1916, opened an office at 135 West First Street, specializing in business properties. Mr. Myers went into partnership with Thomas Deeble and J.B. Anderson and the firm became Anderson, Deeble & Myers employing more than 100 people. Mr. Myers was an advocate of harbor development and a world port for Long Beach. He worked on all of the related bond issues. He was a member and vice president of the Rotary Club, a director of the Chamber of Commerce, member of the Virginia Country Club, the Los Serranos Club, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Coast Club. He was also a Knight Templar Mason, member of the Scottish Rite, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and Elks. Mr. Myers died in 1959.
Carl Fletcher, January 9, 1933 – August 20, 1934
Native Californian Carl Fletcher was born in 1883 in Hollister. He became a painter and hotel clerk in San Francisco and was a survivor of the great 1906 earthquake. In 1918, Mr. Fletcher came to Long Beach. He worked as a painting contractor until 1928 when he became editor of the Long Beach Labor News and active in labor circles. Mr. Fletcher was a City Councilman and Mayor of Long Beach from 1934 until 1936. He was president of the Central Labor Council, and vice president of the State Federation of Labor. Considered a great civic leader, Mr. Fletcher was the only person elected to the City Council three times. He was president of the Los Angeles County League of Cities and member of the executive boards of the Red Cross, Community Chest, and Tuberculosis Association. Mr. Fletcher was elected to the Assembly of the California State Legislature in 1944 and again in 1946. Mr. Fletcher died in 1955.
Paul C. Hofmann, November 24, 1934 – June 1, 1938
Paul C. Hofmann was born in Prague in 1889. He was a graduate of the University of Prague in chemical engineering and became associated with large brewing interests in Europe. Mr. Hofmann came to the United States in 1913 and worked for the Fleischmann Yeast Company and the Jacob Ruppert Brewing Company as a brewing engineer. During prohibition, he went to Canada where he helped found and develop the Frontenac Brewing Company into a large and successful business. Returning to the US, Mr. Hofmann joined Piel's Brothers Brewing Company. In 1921, the California Fruit Exchange hired him to develop a way of making vinegar from frost-bitten oranges. He also developed the process of making pectin from damaged fruit. The Celite Company contracted Mr. Hofmann to find a way of dealing with excess water in oil wells and he thereby invented a process of dehydration that was patented. Mr. Hofmann became a chemical engineer for the Delaney Producing and Refining Company. In 1926, he helped organize the Pan Pacific Oil Company and became its manager. Pan Pacific Oil was the first company to assemble cargo for shipment at Berth 50 of the Long Beach Harbor. It was 10,000 cases of kerosene for Hong Kong. Hofmann was a strong advocate for the development of the harbor stating its geographical position was ideal for an entrance and exit for large ships. He was a member of the Pacific Coast Club, Optimist Club, and the Scottish Rite. Mr. Hofmann died in 1939.
Col. Warren D. Lamport, November 26, 1934 – December 28, 1936; September 7, 1939 - July 1, 1942
Col. Warren D. Lamport was born in Union City, Indiana in 1897. In 1915, his father, a Methodist minister, moved the family to Pasadena where he became minister of the First Methodist Church. Warren Lamport attended Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles where he was student body president, received scholastic honors, excelled in football and was all-city and all-Southern California halfback. He graduated from USC and served in the U.S. Naval Reserve during WWI. Mr. Lamport entered the investment banking business in Long Beach and was later associated with several investment banking houses. He served as president of the California Association of Port Authorities and secretary of a special committee for submerged tidelands legislation. During this time, he was instrumental in combating Congressional legislation that would have given control of the tidelands to the federal government. In 1942, Mr. Lamport became a major in the U.S. Army in charge of the Army's shipbuilding program for California and went overseas with the 11th Port of Embarkation unit. In 1944, he was chief of marine operations in England's Southern Base Section, responsible for preparations for the invasion of Normandy and was awarded the Bronze Star. Mr. Lamport was involved in many other critical and strategic operations for the Army until his resignation in 1946 at which time he became general manager and later, managing director of the Port of Seattle. Mr. Lamport died in 1972.
Frederic A. Millerd, April 12, 1937 – February 21, 1939
Frederic Austin Millerd was born in Illinois in 1898. His family moved to Long Beach in 1907 residing at 691 Santa Fe Avenue. Mr. Millerd attended Burbank Grammar School and Poly High School. In 1918, Mr. Millard enlisted and served in the Student Army Training Corps then received a degree in civil engineering from UC Berkeley and a law degree from Stanford. In 1924, he was admitted to the State Bar and later to the Federal Bar. While Mr. Millerd served on the Board, a concrete and steel passenger and freight terminal was constructed at Pier A, improvements were made to Pier B and the first Harbor Department oil well came in and by 1938, the total breakwater was over 23,000 feet. Mr. Millerd was a member of the American Legion, Alephic Club, and the Men's City Club. He died in 1971.
Lynn O. Hossom, September 7, 1938 – August 31, 1939
Lynn Overton Hossom was born in Missouri in 1906. His family came to Long Beach in 1910. He attended Poly High School, graduating in 1924, and received his law degree from Stanford University in 1930. Mr. Hossom established a law practice in Long Beach and specialized in oil and gas law. Mr. Hossom was general counsel for Hancock Oil Co., and was instrumental in creating the field unit agreements in the Long Beach Harbor area. He also represented Thums, an oil consortium that operated the offshore oil islands and tidelands production fields. During WWII, Mr. Hossom served in the Army in Europe and Africa and was an officer in the Judge Advocate Corps. He was a member of the Los Alamitos Bay Club and the Long Beach Yacht Club. Mr. Hossom died in 1992.
Carlton S. Wallace, February 23, 1939 – March 8, 1939
Carlton S. Wallace was born in Minnesota in 1895. He received a degree in engineering from the University of Minnesota and worked as a mining engineer. During WWI, Mr. Wallace enlisted in the Marine Corps and was severely wounded while fighting in France. He came to Long Beach in 1925 and worked for Gladding McBean, maker of architectural terra cotta facades and roofing tiles. Mr. Wallace later became manager then president of the Home Ice Company. He served the shortest term on the Board of Harbor Commissioners because the Long Beach City Charter prohibited an officer of a public utility concern from holding a municipal position. As manager of a concern engaged in the cold storage business and because the state railroad commission had jurisdiction over the cold storage business, Mr. Wallace was considered to be a public utility official. Mr. Wallace was a member of the Virginia Country Club, the Rotary Club and a founder of the Boys Club of Long Beach. He died in 1975.
Carl B. Shank, March 1, 1939 – August 31, 1939
Carl B. Shank was born in Illinois in 1894. He received his civil engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin. In 1919, Mr. Shank went to work in heavy construction and was personally engaged by the Chinese government and Dr. Sun Yat Sen to work in Hong Kong on dam construction, dredging, and foundations. Mr. Shank served in WWI and was wounded in France. In 1930, he formed McGrath-Shank Real Estate in Long Beach and was a leading developer of the Naples and Belmont Shore areas. While Mr. Shank was serving on the Board of Harbor Commissioners, Hitler's armies marched toward Poland heightening the Navy's interest in the Port. The giant aircraft carriers Saratoga and Lexington sailed in and anchored in Long Beach harbor. Hydraulic dredging began in the inner harbor creating a land mass south of Seaside Boulevard equal to nine city blocks. Mr. Shank was a member of the Long Beach Board of Realtors and the board of Seaside Hospital. He died in 1969.
R.J. Weir, March 8, 1939 – September 1, 1939
Raymond J. Weir was born in Fowler, Illinois in 1890. He became a location engineer for the Southern Pacific Railway and later, the engineer in charge of the Seward Division of the Alaska Engineering Commission. Mr. Weir served on the Board of Harbor Commissioners during the explosive oil boom. The excitement of the 1936 discovery of oil in Long Beach Harbor brought interest from several oil companies. Together, they formed the Long Beach Oil Development Company to begin hydraulic tidelands drilling and by 1939, this new organization was Long Beach's major oil company. Mr. Weir died in 1960.
Frank W. Herbert, September 7, 1939 – July 8, 1943
Frank Williston Herbert was born in Minnesota in 1873. Mr. Herbert was in the real estate business in Long Beach. He was serving on the Board of Harbor Commissioners when hydraulic dredging started in the middle harbor and construction began on a 6,000-foot extension to the federal breakwater. In 1940, the second harbor administration building was constructed and the U.S. Navy built "Victory Pier" at the end of the breakwater that later became Pier A, Berths 9 and 10. After Pearl Harbor was attacked, the port was camouflaged and barrage balloons sailed overhead while the Navy loaded cargo ships with arms and war supplies. Mr. Herbert died in 1951.
John L. Kelly, September 7, 1939 – August 18, 1947
John Louis Kelly was born in Coffeyville, Kansas in 1902. He operated the John L. Kelly Insurance Agency in Long Beach from 1950 until he retired in 1972. Mr. Kelly was a five-year member of the Mayor and City Council Advisory Commission and the Harbor Advisory Commission. He made several trips to Washington, DC to help secure legislation that would clear titles to the harbors and tidelands of various cities. Mr. Kelly was president of the California Heights Men's Club and a director of the California Heights Methodist Church. As a Mason for more than 50 years, Mr. Kelly was a master of the Seaside Masonic Church and a 33rd-degree Scottish Rite Mason. Mr. Kelly died in 1983.
Frank J. Parr, September 7, 1939 – July 18, 1949
Frank J. Parr was born in Howells, Nebraska in 1898. His early jobs were working in a railroad "gang" and selling cream separators from town-to-town. During WWI, Mr. Parr served in the Army Field Artillery. He came to Long Beach in 1922 and in 1925, opened a building and loan company with Ray K. Pearson. Mr. Parr sold the business in 1929 but remained in the investment business for the rest of his life. In the first months of WWII when Mr. Parr was on the Board of Harbor Commissioners, a Japanese submarine surfaced near Santa Barbara and fired at an oil field. This alerted the Office of Civilian Defense in Washington and to be sure Long Beach would be ready in case of attack, they sent helmets and gas masks for air raid wardens. The Long Beach Defense Council subsequently created a blood bank and rationing board and a civilian air-watch organization was set up by the widow of Long Beach aviation pioneer Earl Dougherty. The Sky Room Tower on top of the Breakers Hotel became an observation post. During the War years, the port of Long Beach area was a center for defense production and Navy ships. Mr. Parr was a member of the Elks, Knights of Columbus, the Virginia Country Club and was active in other community service organizations in Long Beach. Mr. Parr died in 1966.
W.R. Martin, September 7, 1939 – December 14, 1955
W.R. "Frosty" Martin was born in 1873 on an oil lease in Grease City, Pennsylvania. His father was a driller and by the time Frosty was eight, he had a pumping job on stripper wells behind his home. When he was twenty, Mr. Martin was a full-fledged driller and owned a string of oil well drilling tools. He traveled extensively for his work becoming a pioneer in the development of oil in Canada. Mr. Martin came to Long Beach in 1925 and established the Martin-Loomis Company that later became the Martin-Decker Corporation, manufacturer of oil well instruments. An aviation enthusiast, Mr. Martin owned his own plane and was chairman of the Long Beach Aviation Commission in the 1930s, president of Aircraft Associates, a member of the Aviation Breakfast Club of Southern California and was largely responsible for bringing the Douglas Aircraft plant to Long Beach. Mr. Martin was one of the original owners of the Long Beach Independent and served as president of the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Clairborne Construction Company and the Beloved Vagabonds. He was vice president and director of the Pacific Coast Association of Port Authorities, a director of the American Association of Port Authorities, the Long Beach People's Bank and Nomads, a prominent organization of oil-industry people who traveled abroad for business. Mr. Martin was instrumental in the development of the Navy Base on Terminal Island and a prime mover in Long Beach's fight to retain ownership of its offshore tidelands. He was well-known in the oil industry for his inventiveness in the tool design field and by the time he retired, he owned 44 patents for tool manufacturing. Mr. Martin died in 1955.
George Rochester, July 14, 1942 – July 18, 1949
George Rochester was born in Stone Mountain, Georgia, in 1884. He attended the University of Athens and Georgia Tech. By the time he was seventeen, Mr. Rochester was a full-fledged journalist and owner of two newspapers, making him the youngest editor in the South. He came west and worked for several newspapers including the San Francisco Call Bulletin. Mr. Rochester was a survivor of the great quake of 1906. He came to Southern California in 1926 and in 1928, became owner of the Long Beach Argus newspaper. He also acquired the Hynes-Clearwater Journal, the Ventura County News and an interest in the Riverside News. Mr. Rochester was foreman of the Los Angeles County Grand Jury, deputy director of the State Motor Vehicle Department and a member of North Long Beach Commercial Club, the Virginia Country Club and the Pacific Coast Club. Mr. Rochester died in 1966.
General James J. Meade, August 15, 1943 – August 18, 1947
Brigadier General James Joseph Meade was born in Massachusetts in 1882. He was a graduate of the Marine Corps School of the Army War College. He then studied law at Georgetown University, was admitted to the bar and permitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. His military career began in 1910 as an enlisted man. He served in the Philippine Insurrection, the Cuban Pacification, and the occupation of Vera Cruz, Haiti, and Nicaragua. In WWI, he served with the American, British and French forces. He commanded the First Marine Corps Expeditionary Force in the second Nicaraguan campaign. He was awarded the Navy Cross by President Coolidge and the Medal of Merit by President Adolfo Diaz of Nicaragua. General Meade served in the Judge Advocate General's Office of the Navy as chief of the War Plans Division of the Marine Corps Headquarters and was officer in charge of recruiting and reserves of the Corps. He was twice cited for heroism and three times for service in the field against the enemy. General Meade started the Marine Corps Communication Service and commanded the First Marine Brigade of the Fleet Marine Force at Quantico – one of the principal combat organizations of the Marine Corps and a pioneer organization in the field of combat. After retiring from active duty in 1939, General Meade moved to Long Beach and served on the Council of Defense after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was on the local housing committee, a member of Rotary, the Vagabonds, Chevy Chase, and Pacific Coast Clubs and the Army Navy Club in Washington, D.C. General Meade was chairman of the Victory Corps High School Cadets for St. Anthony High School and belonged to an American Legion Post in his native Massachusetts. General Meade died in 1949.
M.S. Walker, August 18, 1947 – December 19, 1949
Mahlon Spear (Mate) Walker was born in North New Portland, Maine, in 1888. His family moved to Denver around 1900 where he attended Manual Arts High School and Denver University. In the early 1920s, Mr. Walker married, moved to Long Beach and established M.S. Walker & Co., a stock brokerage company. During Mr. Walker's post-war years of service, the harbor teemed with naval vessels of every description and Long Beach and the Harbor Commission confronted a new problem - smog and the Collier-Burns Act that authorized construction of freeways benefiting the suburbs rather than the city. Another problem was a 1947 Supreme Court ruling stating that California didn't own its offshore lands, the federal government controlled them. Because Eisenhower promised to return ownership of adjacent undersea lands to the states, Long Beach voters stood with him in the 1952 election. Grabbing headlines in 1946 and 1947 was Howard Hughes and his huge plane that became known as the "Spruce Goose." He brought his flying boat Hercules from Culver City to a Long Beach dry dock and on November 27, 1947, he flew the giant over Long Beach's Outer Harbor. Mr. Walker was a member of the Mumblers – the group that started the Pacific Club. He died in 1949.
Maurice W. Daubney, August 18, 1947 – July 1, 1965
Maurice W. Daubney was born in Frankville, Iowa in 1884. He was a first lieutenant in WWI and served on the Civil Defense Council of Long Beach during WWII. Mr. Daubney was a banker in Minnesota, Illinois, and Washington before coming to Long Beach in 1919. He became manager then vice president of the Bank of America located at Third Street and American Avenue. During the years he was associated with the Port, Daubney was a staunch defender of tidelands rights and a proponent of making the city of Long Beach a center of world trade. He was a member of the California Association of Port Authorities, a charter member of the Pacific Club, a member of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and of the First Congregational Church. Mr. Daubney died in 1967.
Raymond D. Elliot, July 19, 1949 – December 13, 1951
Raymond D. Elliot was born in Ohio in 1886. He served on the Harbor Commission during post-war years that saw growth in population and new residential areas near downtown Long Beach. Problems related to subsidence detected years before and ignored during the war had become serious and there was extensive flooding that severely damaged the harbor. The Navy filed suit for damages to the Navy Base and Shipyard and considered pulling out altogether; however, the advent of the Korean War caused the Navy to keep the facilities open. In 1949, Pier E was completed adding 36 acres to the outer harbor. Mr. Elliot died in 1971.
Emmet M. Sullivan, July 19, 1949 – June 27, 1955
Emmet M. Sullivan was born in California in 1907 and lived in Long Beach for more than 60 years. He was a graduate of Poly High School and the University of California at Berkeley; his business was real estate and property management. Mr. Sullivan was on the Board of Harbor Commissioners during years of tremendous surge in the population of Long Beach. As servicemen returned, fields that had been cow pastures and orange groves became new communities with homes costing between $7,000 and $9,000. Although drilling for oil was one of the major causes of subsidence, oil profits were bringing in millions of dollars for harbor development. For the 1952-53 fiscal year, the Harbor Department set aside more than $15 million for flood control, bridge and damage repair caused by subsidence. Mr. Sullivan was chairman of the legislative committee of the Long Beach City Council and a member of the harbor, oil, industry, finance and salary committees. He was also a member of the Long Beach Park Commission, the Civil Service Commission and served on the Los Angeles County Grand Jury and the Federal Grand Jury. Mr. Sullivan died in 1979.
John P. Davis, January 10, 1950 – July 1, 1965
John P. Davis was born in 1896 in Oregon. Brought to Long Beach when he was a child, Mr. Davis eventually succeeded his father as president of the Davis Furniture Company and was area director for the National Retail Furniture Association. Mr. Davis was an organizer and early president of the International Association of Ports and Harbors, a president of the Chamber of Commerce, board member of Memorial and St. Mary's hospitals, a director of Seaside Hospital and of the YMCA, a board member of the Salvation Army and a director of the American Cancer Society fund drive. He was also a president of Long Beach Rotary and a district governor of Rotary International. Mr. Davis died in 1973.
Francis D. Reider, January 1, 1952 – June 27, 1955
Francis Detar Reider was born in Los Angeles in 1894. In 1896, his father purchased property at the foot of Golden Avenue and Francis would ride on the back of his father's bicycle for the three-hour trip on rutted dirt roads from Los Angeles to Long Beach. The family finally moved to Long Beach in 1904. While his father developed Tent City on the beach, Francis sold soft-shell crabs to fishermen on the old Pine Avenue Pier. In 1913, he graduated from Poly High as a letterman, went on to Occidental College and the University of Michigan where he majored in business administration. In 1919, Mr. Reider obtained his real estate license and with his family, successfully bought, sold, and traded properties, designed, built, and furnished apartment buildings. A world-traveler, Mr. Reider visited at least 107 countries in his lifetime. He was a member of the Long Beach Water Board and financially instrumental in establishing the Laser Center at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. He was a Mason and a member of the YMCA for which he established needed trusts. June 3, 1981 was proclaimed Francis D. Reider Day in Long Beach. Mr. Reider died at the age of 99 in 1993.
Joseph F. Bishop, June 28, 1955 – July 1, 1961
Joseph F. Bishop was born in 1899 in Davenport, Iowa. He became a resident of Long Beach in 1925 and was treasurer and controller of Walker's Department Store until his retirement in 1960. Mr. Bishop was president of the Young Men's Division of the Chamber of Commerce, president of the Iowa Society and headed the campaign that gave Long Beach the junior college that became Long Beach City College. Mr. Bishop was also vice-chairman of the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency, served on the Water Commission and was president of the International Beauty Congress. In 1959, Bishop was honored as Citizen of the Year by the Exchange Club. Mr. Bishop died in 1970.
H.E. Ridings, Jr., June 28, 1955 – September 11, 1979
Harry E. "Bud" Ridings, Jr., was born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1920. He grew up in Wichita and attended the Municipal University of Wichita. His father moved the family to Long Beach in 1940 and opened a Cadillac dealership. Bud Ridings served in the Air Force overseas. He was discharged in 1945 and took over the operation of Ridings Cadillac, making him the youngest Cadillac dealer ever appointed by General Motors. Mr. Ridings owned and operated the dealership until 1975 when he sold the business to Mike Salta. His civic activities included heading the Long Beach units of the United Way, the Community Chest and the Red Cross, the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis. With former Long Beach Press-Telegram General Manager Sam Cameron, Mr. Ridings is credited with having had a major role in conceiving the idea of bringing the Queen Mary to Long Beach. In 1968, the Exchange Club named him Outstanding Citizen of the Year and the auto industry gave him the Benjamin Franklin Award as one of the country's outstanding auto dealers. He was a member of the Virginia Country Club, the Long Beach Yacht Club, and the Tuna Club. Mr. Ridings died in 1995.
William A. Harrington, January 3, 1956 – June 16, 1969
William A. Harrington was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1893. Orphaned at a very young age, he was raised by an uncle in Jerome, Arizona. At 13, he had a job heating rivets in a boiler shop and became a journeyman boilermaker. Mr. Harrington moved west in 1916 and became a loftman and inspector of ships for the United States Shipping Board. In 1923, he took a job with the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Company on Terminal Island and was with that company for forty years, seventeen years as general manager. Mr. Harrington was a prominent Catholic and was made a Knight Commander of St. Gregory by Pope Pius XII in 1957. He was active as a leader in the Community Chest, Rotary, Red Cross, Boy Scouts, Sierra Club, the Catholic Welfare Bureau and as chairman of the 1959 expansion campaign for St. Mary's Hospital. He was also a director of the Pacific Coast Association of Port Authorities. Mr. Harrington died of a heart attack while attending the arrival of the new M.S. Tokai Maru in 1969.
Robinson A. Reid, July 5, 1961 – July 10, 1973
Robinson Allen Reid was born in Canada in 1901. He was a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWI and later attended the University of British Columbia at Vancouver. Mr. Reid was a hockey player with the New York Rangers. He was awarded a medal for lifesaving after he rescued a woman who had fallen through lake ice. He worked for the Bank of Montreal, became a bank teller in Los Angeles and in 1943, assistant vice president of the United California Bank, first in Bell, then in Long Beach. After the Union Bank took over the Bank of Long Beach, Mr. Reid was named chairman of the bank's regional board; he later became a consultant and member of the advisory board. He was also on the board of St. Mary's Medical Center and board chairman of the Long Beach Heart Association. Mr. Reid was president of Kiwanis and board member of the Long Beach Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Long Beach Convention Bureau and the Long Beach Civic Light Opera Association. He was also president and chief judge of the International Beauty Contest. Mr. Reid died in 1983.
Llewellyn Bixby, Jr., July 20, 1965 – January 3, 1977
Llewellyn "Bix" Bixby, Jr., was born in Los Angeles in 1908. A member of the pioneering Bixby family that came to California from Maine in 1851 and bought and developed Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Alamitos, he graduated from Poly High in 1926 and from Pomona College in 1930. His early jobs included working at the Rainbow Pier Garage, running a herd of cattle near the headwaters of the Santa Ana River, owning a Willys Jeep agency and dabbling in pre-fab housing. After his father died in 1942, Mr. Bixby joined the family business, the Bixby Land Company. During his subsequent 50-year business career, Mr. Bixby was instrumental in the development of the Bixby Knolls shopping complex, commercial corners around the Traffic Circle, the Holiday Inn near the Long Beach Airport and the area around Lakewood Boulevard and Willow Street. Mr. Bixby was a life-long member of Kiwanis and a supporter of the American Red Cross. He established the hematology/oncology laboratory in memory of his son, Llewellyn Bixby IV, who died in 1979. He was also deeply involved in the preservation of Rancho Los Cerritos on Virginia Road. Mr. Bixby died in 1996.
James G. Craig, Jr. July 20, 1965 – January 10, 1977
James G. "Jim" Craig, Jr., grandson of Long Beach shipping pioneer John F. Craig, was born in Long Beach in 1925. He attended George Washington Junior High School and graduated from Poly High School. In 1944, Mr. Craig enlisted in the Navy V-12 program. After the War, he attended Long Beach City College and USC. In 1949, Mr. Craig went to work for M.S. Walker and Company as a salesman. Mr. Craig and his partners ultimately bought the company and Mr. Craig became vice president and partner. Mr. Craig has been deeply involved in civic affairs including being elected president of the Beach Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was president of the Boys Club of Long Beach and chairman of the United Neighbors drive. In 1957, Mr. Craig was Junior Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year.
Henry H. Clock, July 1, 1969 – September 20, 1976
Henry Harriman Clock was born in Hampton, Iowa in 1908. He grew up in Long Beach and attended Horace Mann Elementary School and Polytechnic High School. Mr. Clock was a member of Phi Delta Theta at Stanford where he graduated with a BA in 1929. He went on to study law at Southwestern Law School and in 1931, joined his father's law firm, Clock, McWhinney & Clock. Mr. Clock specialized in insurance, corporate, probate, and contract law. He was a director of The People's Bank of Lakewood, a trustee of Seaside Memorial Hospital, a member of the Long Beach Area Executive Council, Boy Scouts of America, National Boys Club Board, and a director of the Boys Club of Long Beach. Mr. Clock was also a vice president of the Long Beach Bar Association and a member of the Long Beach Marina Advisory Committee. He was Chairman of the Board of Memorial and Children's Medical Center Foundation, a director of the Long Beach Yacht Club and a member of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Kiwanis, and Virginia Country Club. In 1973, Mr. Clock received the Long Beach Citizen of the Year award for "outstanding and meritorious service to humanity." Mr. Clock died in 1976.
Richard G. Wilson, July 10, 1973 – June 30, 1985
Richard Graeme Wilson was born in Olympia, Washington in 1928. He attended the University of Washington and the University Law School, receiving his LL.B. degree in 1953 and then proceeding to USC Law School to pursue his specialty, tax and corporation Law. Mr. Wilson served in the Navy aboard the USS Impervious. He was an underwater demolition specialist and became assistant officer in charge of Los Angeles Harbor Defense. After he retired from the Navy in 1957, Mr. Wilson was appointed Armed Forces Commissioner of Long Beach by the Long Beach City Council. Mr. Wilson and his partner Jesse Allen built one of the largest large law firms in Long Beach. Mr. Wilson was president of the local bar association, helped found the Harbor Bank and served on several company boards and committees. He was president of the North Long Beach Lions Club. Wilson was a Mason, a member of the Shrine – El Bekal Temple, Elks, Long Beach Chamber of Commerce, Petroleum Club, Pacific Coast Club and the Long Beach Yacht Club. He was also a member of the Long Beach and California Bar Associations and Delta Theta Phi legal fraternity. Mr. Wilson died in 1993.
James H. Gray, September 21, 1976 – July 7, 1987
James H. Gray graduated from Polytechnic High in 1971 as one of only 47 honor graduates in the history of the school. After graduating from California State University, he went into the automobile business, becoming owner and president of Jim Gray Imports. He was co-founder of Harbor Bank and served terms as chairman of the board and CEO. Mr. Gray also co-founded Beach Business Bank and is chairman of the board. He was President of the California Bankers Association and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Bankers Association, serving as its treasurer from 1993-1995. Mr. Gray was the founding chairman of the Aquarium of the Pacific and president of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and the United Way. He was chosen Entrepreneur of the Year by the Chamber in 2002. Mr. Gray was an elected member of the Long Beach Board of Education and a trustee for the Long Beach Community College District. In 1990, he was appointed trustee for the California State University system and in May, 2000, Mr. Gray received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Cal State Long Beach. Among his many other community service activities, Mr. Gray also served terms as director, treasurer, and president of the Kiwanis Club of Long Beach. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Long Beach Memorial Center and the Los Angeles-Long Beach World Trade Center Association. His many Long Beach awards include Excellence in Leadership, Humanitarian of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and Man of the Year.
Reed M. Williams, March 7, 1977 – December 6, 1978
Reed M. Williams was born in 1926. He graduated from Riverside Poly High School in 1944, attended Riverside Jr. College and the California Maritime Academy, graduating in 1947. Mr. Williams went on to the University of California and the Hastings College of the Law and received his J.D. in 1954. He came to Long Beach in 1956 engaging in private law practice until his retirement in 2003. Mr. Williams was an attorney with the U.S. Dept of Justice specializing in admiralty and maritime law and was affiliated with the State Bar of California, the Long Beach Bar Association, and the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Mr. Williams also served on the Board of Governors of the California Maritime Academy.
E. John Hanna, March 11, 1977 – June 30, 1983
Edmund John Hanna was born in Portland, Oregon in 1918. His family moved to Long Beach in 1919. He attended George Washington School, Long Beach Polytechnic, UC Berkeley and did his graduate work at USC. Mr. Hanna was a supply corps officer and a commander in the Naval Reserve during WWII and subsequently worked for the federal government for thirty-six years. He was chair of the Human Relations Commission and the Armed Services Commission and director of industrial relations at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, retiring from that post in 1979. His many civic activities included membership in the United Way, president of the Long Beach YMCA, and president of the Long Beach Area Council of Churches. When the Los Angeles Federal Executive Board met to honor Southern California's most outstanding civil servants in 1979, Mr. Hanna represented the Long Beach Naval Shipyard and was given the Federal Employee Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Hanna served on the Board of Directors of Family Service, AID, Brethren Manor and the Long Beach Council of Girl Scouts. He was also president of the Men's Club, Inner City Ministries and the Alamitos Heights Improvement Association, an instructor of Naval Reserve officers and he taught at Long Beach City College.
Louise M. DuVall, February 6, 1979 – July 18, 1990
Louise M. DuVall was born in Pittsburgh. When she came to Long Beach in 1954, she fell in love with the city. Ms. Duvall held a full time position during the day, went to Southwestern University School of Law at night and was admitted to the California Bar in 1963. In private practice, she specialized in corporate law and became one of Long Beach's prominent attorneys. She was the first woman president of the Long Beach Bar Association, receiving the Lawyer of the Year award in 1992. Active in community service, Ms. DuVall was president of the Chamber of Commerce's Women's Council and the first woman to be elected to its board and be an officer of the Chamber as VP of Community Affairs. She was also the first woman appointed to the Harbor Commission of the Port of Long Beach. Ms. DuVall was a past president and life member of the Pacific Coast Association of Port Authorities (which later became known as the Association of Pacific Ports). She was a board member of the Maritime Transportation Research Board, Chair of the International Trade Committee of the Long Beach Economic Partnership, a board member of the Long Beach Symphony Association and the World Trade Center Association of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Ms. DuVall was a life member of Local 42 of the Musicians Union, a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary Medical Center and the Board of Directors of the RMS Foundation, Queen Mary.
C. Robert Langslet, September 17, 1979 – July 30, 1991
C. Robert Langslet was born in Klamath Falls, Oregon in 1928. In WWII, he served in the 8th Cavalry Division of the Army, assigned to the occupation forces in Japan. Mr. Langslet came to Long Beach in 1948 and received his BS from USC in 1952. He worked as a general contractor and went on to a very successful award-winning career in the building industry. In 1973, Mr. Langslet and his son Craig formed Langslet & Son, Inc., specializing in the innovative use and beautification of land and special design projects. Mr. Langslet was appointed by a United States Trade Representative and served on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee. He served on the California State World Trade Commission, the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Corporation of Los Angeles County. Mr. Langslet is a past chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Mary's Medical Center and past president of the Boys' Club of Long Beach. He has been honored with Humanitarian awards by the National Conference of Christians and Jews and the Long Beach Lung Association. Mr. Langslet is a member of Rotary and the Virginia Country Club.
David L. Hauser, July 6, 1983 – July 2, 1995
David Leigh Hauser was born in Long Beach in 1929. He attended First Lutheran School, Hamilton Junior High and Poly and Wilson High Schools and majored in marketing and advertising at USC. Mr. Hauser became a real estate broker and owner of D.L. Hauser & Co., a mortgage brokering company specializing in short-term real estate loans. Mr. Hauser's civic activities included serving on the boards of the Long Beach Rotary Club, the Capitol Classroom and the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility. He was a member of the Long Beach Symphony Association and an avid traveler with a life-long interest in history and geography. In 1983, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and became a member of the Royal Geographic Society of London. Mr. Hauser died in 2002.
George F. Talin, Sr., July 1, 1985 – July 30, 1991
George F. Talin was born in Rochester, New York and completed most of his collegiate studies in Canada. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Western Ontario and a master's degree from the University of Toronto. Mr. Talin became an elementary and junior high school teacher with a vital interest in marketing and sales. He was accepted into the Firestone Tire & Rubber Company college management program, eventually becoming chairman of the board of Talin Tire, Inc., one of the largest service and tire dealerships in the nation. He operates his Long Beach-based business with his two sons and his daughter. Mr. Talin holds the position of vice chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Bank of Long Beach. He is also on the Board of Trustees for Long Beach Community Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital Foundations and Long Beach City College Trustees. Mr. Talin is a long-time supporter of the Long Beach Boys Club, serving as chairman of the board in 1977 and receiving the Club's "Golden Man & Boy Award" in 1979. He is on the executive board of the Long Beach Area Boy Scouts of America and is a steadfast patron of the United Way.
Joel B. Friedland, July 7, 1987 – December 12, 1994
Joel B. Friedland attended Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach. A former paint manufacturer and exporter with extensive business dealings with Pacific Rim nations, he was appointed to the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in July 1987 and reappointed in July of 1993. Among his many civic activities, Mr. Friedland was Master of the Los Cerritos Masonic Lodge, president of the Westside Industrial Council and co-chairman of the West Long Beach Associates. He currently serves on the Downtown Lions Club and Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Friedland was chairman of the National Paint, Varnish and Lacquer Association; director of the Long Beach Police Officers Association Honorary Members; and has spent much of his time working with the Sixth District Interracial Committee of Long Beach.
Alex R. Bellehumeur, July 18, 1990 – July 26, 1996
Alex R. Bellehumeur was born in Connecticut in 1934. In 1948, he moved to California and graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 1956. From 1964 until 1993, Mr. Bellehumeur was owner and president of Statewide Developers, Inc., developers and builders of real estate projects. His company received three Gold Nugget Awards for developing the best commercial and residential projects in the Western United States. Mr. Bellehumeur is also the founder of Medical Control Services, San Pasqual Stables and Rough Rider, Inc., as well as co-founder of Roller Hockey International and the game, SpeedHockey. Among his civic activities, Mr. Bellehumeur was an appointee to the World Trade Commission, president of International City Theatre, chairman, Long Beach Airport Commission, president, Cypress Chamber of Commerce, and president of the Long Beach area Republican Assembly. He is a board member of St. Mary's Hospital, a founding member of SAE Chapter at California State University, Long Beach, a member of the Dean's Advisory Board at Cal State Long Beach, and a recipient of the Outstanding Citizen of Long Beach award.
Roy E. Hearrean, July 30, 1991 – June 30, 2003
Roy E. Hearrean was named to the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in July 1991 and elected commission vice president in July 1998. He heads four real estate corporations encompassing title insurance, acquisition, development, and management of commercial and residential assets. Mr. Hearrean is also president of State-Wide Investors, a firm he founded in 1966. Mr. Hearrean was instrumental in the development of the International Trade Council, a committee composed of representatives from trade associations throughout Long Beach, whose mission is to promote international trade and export development in Southern California. He is on the Board of Directors of the Greater Los Angeles World Trade Center Association, the Private Industry Council and the Economic Development Corporation of Los Angeles County. In addition, he is on the Board of Trustees of the St. Mary Medical Center Foundation and a Director of the Apartment Association of Southern California Cities. Mr. Hearrean is a life member of Loyola Marymount University Associates and serves as chairman of the board that oversees the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF).
Carmen O. Perez, July 30, 1991 – June 30, 2003
Carmen Ornelas Perez's community involvement began 30 years ago as a Long Beach Unified School District teacher's aide and community relations representative for the City of Long Beach. She holds an associate of arts degree in Social Services and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. During her service on the Board of Harbor Commissioners, trade at the Port of Long Beach tripled, making Long Beach one of the world's busiest container cargo ports and one of the two busiest in the United States. For her vigorous advocacy of trade, Ms. Perez was appointed by Governor Gray Davis to the California World Trade Commission. She also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Coast Association of Port Authorities. Ms. Perez was a key port liaison to Sacramento and Washington and an alternate board member to the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority. She worked with the port staff to offer free harbor cruises so Long Beach citizens get a close-up look at one of the busiest ports in the world. Each year, more than 2,000 visitors board the harbor cruises. Ms. Perez is the Patient Support Services Director for Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey. She was Assistant Chief Deputy to the late Los Angeles County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn and served as vice chair for the Democratic National Party. Ms. Perez served as the Democratic National Committee vice chairwoman for California and has been a member of the California Democratic Party's executive committee, and co-chairs its rules committee. She is a founding member of the Long Beach Chapter of the American Diabetes Association, a founding member of the Long Beach Mujeres Coalition, and the founder and first president of the Long Beach Chicano Political Caucus. She has been involved with the Rancho Los Amigos Foundation, Public Corporation for the Arts in Long Beach, Padres Contra El Cancer (Parents Against Cancer), United Way, Greater Long Beach Labor Coalition, Los Angeles Chicano County Employees Association, Girl Scouts Council, and as a fund-raiser for the Orange County Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. She received the National Conference for Community Justice's Humanitarian Award in 1997 and the 1998 Nuestra Imagen Award presented by the Community Hispanic Association.
George M. Murchison, February 14, 1995 – August 3, 1999
George M. Murchison was named to the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners in 1995. A graduate of St. Anthony High School, Mr. Murchison taught at California State University, Long Beach and LBCC, then in 1964 became founder and president of the certified public accounting firm of Murchison & Marek. During his 40-year business career, Murchison served the banking community as a member of the boards of directors of the National Bank of Long Beach and Aktiv Bank of Denmark. A University of California, Los Angeles alumnus, Mr. Murchison also was co-founder and chairman of Harbor Bank and chairman of Queen City Bank and its holding company, QCB Bancorp. He has been involved with more than 50 boards and authorities representing Long Beach arts, education, transportation and commerce. Mr. Murchison served on the board of the Long Beach Public Transportation Company and was president of the Long Beach Symphony, the Long Beach City College Foundation and the Long Beach Civic Light Opera. He is a former chairman of the Advisory Committee for Public Art and a former vice president of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. He served as an ex-officio member of the Economic Development Corporation of Los Angeles County and chairman of the Long Beach Community Partnership, a group of business, government and educational leaders devoted to the improvement of the Long Beach community.
John W. Hancock, July 2, 1995 - July 10, 2007
John W. Hancock was born in Long Beach in 1937. He attended Stanford University receiving a degree in economics in 1958 and a master's degree in business administration in 1960. He completed vocational programs at Rutgers University's Stonier Graduate School of Banking in 1971 and Harvard University's Financial Management Program in 1979. Mr. Hancock has spent more than 40 years in financial and real estate management. Mr. Hancock is president of Bancap Investment Group, a Long Beach-based real estate investment and development firm and was elected by his colleagues as vice president of the Harbor Commission in July 2001. He has an extensive background in corporate banking, corporate finance, international banking and real estate finance. Mr. Hancock served in administrative positions for 32 years with Security Pacific Bank prior to its merger in 1992 with Bank of America. Hancock's duties with Security Pacific included two years, from 1974 to 1976, as vice president and manager of the international banking department in Australia. His last position with Security Pacific Bank was executive vice president and group/division administrator of the Real Estate Industries Group. He retired from the bank in 1992. Mr. Hancock has been a board member and president of the Long Beach Symphony, the Long Beach Area Council of the Boys Scouts of America, and Memorial Health Services, which administers Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills. His civic involvements included membership on the boards of directors for the Long Beach City College Foundation, Leadership Long Beach, American Cancer Society, Harbor Bank, City National Bank (advisory board) and Arizona Transformer Co. He has been a member of the Stanford Alumni Association, Mayor's Budget Advisory Committee, Long Beach Strategic Plan Committee, Rotary Club, Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and Urban Land Institute. Mr. Hancock received the 1990 Humanitarian Award from the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Conference and was honored with the Public Corporation for the Arts Award in 1998 and the Family Service Award in 2000.
John E. Kashiwabara, M.D., July 23, 1996 – March 2, 2003
John E. Kashiwabara, M.D., a native of Florin, California, graduated from Placer Union High School in Auburn and Sierra College, formerly Placer Junior College, in Rocklin. He received his bachelor's and medical doctorate degrees from the University of Illinois. During the Korean War, he served as a U.S. Air Force captain in the Medical Corps and in the Far East Air Force Command in Japan. Dr. Kashiwabara was appointed to the Board of Harbor Commissioners in 1996 and was the first Japanese-American to serve on the board. He helped port officials interpret Asian customs and to communicate more effectively with its Japanese customers who are some of the port's top trading partners. During four decades of community service Kashiwabara was a member of the Board of Trustees for California State University, a member and president of the governing board of the Long Beach Unified School District, a team physician at Long Beach City College, a member of the Board of Advisors at Cal State Long Beach, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. He has been involved in nearly 50 local organizations including the Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach, Downtown Long Beach Lions Club, Downtown Long Beach Associates, National Bank of Long Beach, Greater Los Angeles United Way, and Greater Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross. He served in many municipal organizations including the Long Beach Human Relations Commission, Long Beach Municipal Golf Commission, Mayor's Conference on Community Affairs. Dr. Kashiwabara was active in the Japanese community through affiliations with the Long Beach-Yokkaichi (Japan) Sister City Association, the Japan-America Society of Southern California and the Japanese-American National Museum. For his achievements, Dr. Kashiwabara was named to the Long Beach Century Club Hall of Fame, honored with the Fred H. Ikeguchi Award for service to the harbor district by the Japanese Community Center, presented with the Community Service Award by the Long Beach Exchange Club, named Man of the Year by the Association of Students in Business and Management at Cal State Long Beach, and honored with the Humanitarian Award by the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Dr. Kashiwabara was a member of both the American Medical Association and the California Medical Association. Dr. Kashiwabara died in 2010.
John R. Calhoun, J.D., August 4, 1999 – July 4, 2005
John R. Calhoun was born in Iowa and graduated with a law degree from the University of Iowa. His bar admissions include the U.S. Supreme Court, California Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Iowa Supreme Court (inactive) and the U.S. Court of Military Appeals in Washington, D.C. In 1958, he was commissioned in the Army Reserve and served on active duty as a 2nd Lieutenant Infantry and retired as a colonel in 1988. In his last assignment for the Army, he commanded the 6386th Logistics Reinforcement Training Unit in Bell, California and received the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal. Mr. Calhoun began his career with the City of Long Beach in 1962 as a deputy city prosecutor. He joined the city attorney's office in 1967 and was promoted to assistant city attorney in 1978. In 1985, the City Council unanimously voted to appoint Mr. Calhoun to fill an unexpired term as city attorney. Later that year, he won the first of three elections as city attorney. Mr. Calhoun served for 13 years as the City of Long Beach's top attorney and was elected to three four-year terms. He retired in 1998. In 1999, he was named to the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. Mr. Calhoun has been included in "Who's Who in America." He is a member of the California Bar Association, Long Beach Bar Association, Rotary Club of Long Beach, American Inns of Court, Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Phi Delta Phi, legal fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, social fraternity, and the Reserve Officers Association.
Doris Topsy-Elvord, March 3, 2003 - June 30, 2008
Doris Topsy-Elvord, a native of Vicksburg, Miss., has been a Long Beach resident for more than 60 years. She is a graduate of Cal State Long Beach with a bachelor's degree in social welfare and Chapman College with a master's degree in criminal justice administration. Ms. Topsy-Elvord worked for the Los Angeles County Probation Department as a deputy probation officer for 19 years, retiring in 1988. After serving two terms as the 6th District representative (and first African-American woman) on the Long Beach City Council, Ms. Topsy-Elvord was named to the Board of Harbor Commissioners in March 2003. She was the first African-American and only the third woman appointed to the board. As a Harbor Commissioner, Ms. Topsy-Elvord spearheaded new community outreach programs for the Port, including sponsorships of and participation in many Long Beach community events. She has been a leading champion of the Port's small business enterprise program, opening Port contracting to a broader spectrum of businesses. Her public service includes a term on the Long Beach Civil Service Commission, where she presided as president, the Long Beach Unified School District Personnel Commission, and appointment by Cardinal Mahony to the First Justice of Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which was mandated by the Pope. She has served on the boards of many organizations including the Women's Resource Center of Cal State Long Beach, Long Beach Transit, Long Beach Museum of Art, United Way, St. Mary Medical Center, Children's Dental Foundation of Memorial Medical Center, National Conference of Community Justice, Long Beach Youth Centers and the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. Ms. Topsy-Elvord also is the co-founder of the African-American Heritage Society of Long Beach, which raised more than $15,000 to supply books to the Long Beach Public Library Burnett Branch as a resource for the entire city and southern Los Angeles County.
James C. Hankla, July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2009
James C. Hankla joined the Board of Harbor Commissioners in July 2003. Before his appointment to the Commission, Mr. Hankla served as the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) chief executive officer for five years, from August 1998 to July 2003, overseeing all financial and administrative matters and ensuring that the $2.4 billion project opened on time and on budget. Prior to joining ACTA, Mr. Hankla distinguished himself as city manager of Long Beach for 11 years. As president of the Board of Harbor Commissioners, he championed the Port of Long Beach's pioneering Green Port Policy, an environmental protection ethic that is a model for seaports around the world. In 2006, he led the Port's development of the wide-ranging Clean Air Action Plan, the most aggressive clean-air strategy of any seaport complex in the world. He received the prestigious 2006 Greening Award for his significant environmental leadership as a Harbor Commissioner. Mr. Hankla has served on numerous governing boards, advisory boards and civic organizations, including International City Theatre, Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, Los Angeles/Long Beach World Trade Center Association, Memorial Health Services, and of the Olson Urban Housing Company.
Mario Cordero, July 1, 2003 - May 23, 2011
Mario Cordero, a Long Beach workers' compensation defense attorney, was first appointed to the Commission in 2003 by then-Mayor Beverly O'Neill and confirmed to a six-year term by the Long Beach City Council. He was reappointed by Mayor Bob Foster and confirmed to a second six-year term in 2009. Mr. Cordero also served as Vice-President and President of the Board. Mr. Cordero spearheaded the development of the pioneering Green Port Policy, which outlines sustainability guidelines for Port operations, mandating that trade growth must run parallel with environmental stewardship. The Green Port Policy, which has led to environmental initiatives like the Clean Trucks Program, the Vessel Low-Sulfur Fuel Program, the Technology Advancement Program and others, now serves as a model of environmental stewardship to ports across the country and around the globe. Mr. Cordero left the Board of Harbor Commissioners in 2011 after he was named to the Federal Maritime Commission by President Barack Obama. After serving six years on the FMC, four of them as chairman, Mr. Cordero was named Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach beginning in May 2017.
Dr. Mike Walter, July 5, 2005 - August 1, 2011
Mike Walter, Ph.D., was appointed in July 2005 to a six-year term on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners by then-Long Beach Mayor Beverly O'Neill and unanimously confirmed by the City Council. Dr. Walter is the Executive Assistant to the President of California State University Long Beach. He came to Long Beach in 1993 as the Dean of the University's College of Business Administration and accepted his current post in 2000. He is also a professor of international business in the College of Business Administration, and is a recognized Phi Beta Delta International Scholar. He is President of the CSULB Chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, and the CSULB Class of 2010 voted Dr. Walter "Most Inspirational Professor" of the year. Prior to coming to Long Beach, he served 10 years as Dean of the School of Economics and Business Administration at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga. Previously, Dr. Walter was Director of State Relations and Planning for the University of Michigan. Well known for his philanthropy, Dr. Walter and his wife, Arline, donated $2.1 million to CSULB's Faculty Development and Research Program and to its Department of Athletics. The university honored the Walters by naming its iconic sports complex the "Mike and Arline Walter Pyramid."
Nick Sramek, July 16, 2007 - November 21, 2013
Nick Sramek was appointed to a six-year term on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Bob Foster in July 2007. Mr. Sramek served two terms as President and one as Vice President. Mr. Sramek served on the City of Long Beach Planning Commission for seven years prior to his Harbor Commission appointment. He is a senior project leader in system engineering for The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, where he has worked for 25 years, primarily on military satellite systems. He is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he chairs the Computer Systems Technical Committee. Mr. Sramek also is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. For many years, Mr. Sramek has been active in community affairs citywide, focusing on efforts to improve West Long Beach neighborhoods. He is former president of the West Long Beach Neighborhood Association, founder of the West Long Beach Business Association and serves on the board of the Westside Neighborhood Clinic, a provider of free and low-cost medical care.
Susan E. Anderson Wise, December 8, 2008 - July 25, 2014
Susan E. Anderson Wise, a longtime resident and attorney in Long Beach was appointed in December 2008 by Mayor Bob Foster to a six-year term. Ms. Wise served as both President – for two consecutive terms – and Vice President of the Commission. After practicing business and insurance litigation in Long Beach for 35 years, she now is in private practice handling employment and corporate governance matters for various individuals and businesses. Ms. Wise has served as a mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court and as a hearing officer for the Long Beach Civil Service Commission. She has served in leadership roles with the Long Beach Bar Association, Women Lawyers of Long Beach, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, the Long Beach Legal Aid Foundation, the Long Beach Bar Foundation, the Long Beach Children's Clinic, YMCA of Greater Long Beach and the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership.
Thomas Fields, December 21, 2009 - November 19, 2013
Thomas Fields, a Long Beach advertising executive and former city planning commissioner, was appointed in December 2009 to the Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Bob Foster. A resident of Long Beach since 1976, Mr. Fields began his service to the City on the Economic Development Commission and from there was appointed in 1996 by then-Mayor Beverly O'Neill to the Shipyard Reuse Advisory Committee, which devised the reuse plan that ultimately awarded the former Naval Shipyard property to the Port of Long Beach. Mayor O'Neill went on to name him to the City's Planning Commission in 1997, a position he held until 2003. He was then named to the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency Board, where he served as Chair, completing his term in 2007. He has also been a community activist, lobbying to bring a Trader Joe's store to his neighborhood, and was a member of the city's Ten Year Strategic Plan Committee in 1998-1999. He is the founder and owner of Thomas Fields Associates, a Long Beach marketing and advertising agency whose clients include 20th Century Fox, Hyundai and the Long Beach Housing Development Company. He launched his career as an advertising agency writer-producer in New York and Los Angeles, writing ads and commercials for Nissan, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Chevrolet, Evian, the California State Lottery, the California Angels, Hanes, Burger King and Prudential.
Richard T. Dines, August 8, 2011 - July 24, 2017
Rich Dines, a longshoreman since 1997 and a former labor leader, was appointed in July 2011 by Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster to a six-year term on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners. A member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) since 2000, he served on both the Executive Board and Political Action Committee for Local 13 and was elected President of the ILWU Southern California District Council in 2007. Mr. Dines is an advocate for increased port infrastructure development and clean-air programs, and has provided strong, local leadership in efforts to increase collaboration among business, labor and government agencies. A long-time Long Beach resident, Mr. Dines sits on the Policy and Steering Committee for California State University, Long Beach's Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT).
Doug Drummond, August 8, 2011 - August 2, 2017
Doug Drummond was appointed to the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Bob Foster in July 2011. Drummond represented the Third District on the Long Beach City Council from 1990 to 1998 and was a Long Beach police officer for more than 29 years.
Lori Ann Guzmán, December 3, 2013 - August 12, 2019
Lori Ann Guzmán, the Director of Finance for the City of Huntington Beach, was appointed to the Harbor Commission in December 2013 by Mayor Bob Foster and unanimously confirmed by the City Council. She previously served the City of Long Beach for about five years, first as City Controller (2006-2007) and then moving up to Chief Financial Officer (2007-2010). A Fifth District resident of Long Beach for 14 years, Guzmán participated in the Leadership Long Beach class of 2000 and is the recipient of many financial management awards. Click here for full biography.
Current Harbor Commissioners
Lou Anne Bynum, May 20, 2014 -
Lou Anne Bynum, Executive Vice President of College Advancement and Economic Development for Long Beach City College, was appointed to the Harbor Commission in May 2014 by Mayor Bob Foster and unanimously confirmed by the City Council. Bynum is the sixth woman to serve on the Board, and her appointment marked the Board's first female majority. Bynum's extensive community involvement includes stints as president of Leadership Long Beach and chair of the Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and she has received numerous accolades including most recently the 2013 "Excellence in Leadership Award" from the California Community College Association of Occupational Educators. Click here for full biography.
Tracy J. Egoscue, September 9, 2014 -
Tracy J. Egoscue, a Long Beach-based environmental attorney and former Deputy Attorney General for the State of California was appointed by Mayor Robert Garcia in September 2014 and unanimously confirmed by the City Council. Before founding the Egoscue Law Group, focusing on California environmental law, Ms. Egoscue worked as Of Counsel in the environmental practice group in the prestigious law firm of Paul Hastings LLP, served as the Executive Officer of the State of California Regional Water Quality Control Board-Los Angeles Region, and as Executive Director of the Santa Monica Baykeeper, where she achieved the largest settlement in the history of the Clean Water Act. Ms Egoscue also practiced environmental litigation as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the California League of Conservation Voters and Mujeres de la Tierra. Click here for full biography.
Bonnie Lowenthal, July 25, 2017 -
Bonnie Lowenthal is a 2nd District resident and has been an active leader in the Long Beach community for decades. A licensed family counselor and mental health consultant, Lowenthal served as Vice Mayor while on the City Council as the 1st District representative. She also chaired the Select Committee on Ports and Transportation Committee as a state Assembly member. She was appointed to the Harbor Commission in July 2017 by Mayor Robert Garcia. Click here for full biography.
Frank Colonna, August 3, 2017 -
Frank Colonna, named to the Harbor Commission in July 2017, is a 3rd District resident and has been a real estate professional and business owner in Long Beach for more than 30 years. He served two terms as Council member and two years as Vice Mayor. He is currently on the Economic Development Commission. Click here for full biography.
Steven Neal, August 26, 2019 -
Steven Neal, named to the Harbor Commission in July 2019, represented the 9th District on the City Council from 2010 to 2014. He is also the senior pastor for LIFE Gospel Ministries and a longtime community leader, and is co-founder of the Economic and Policy Impact Center, a nonprofit working to advance economic opportunity for working families. Click here for full biography.