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Harris W. Seed, longtime trustee and benefactor of Claremont McKenna College, passed away in July at the age of 89.

Seed became a Trustee of CMC in 1965. In 1977, he started the Harris and Ann Seed Honors Scholarship, an annual merit-based scholarship awarded to high-achieving students as part of the McKenna Scholars program. Additionally, he established a number of funds to benefit the College and its students during his tenure as a trustee, including a fund that was dedicated to programming at the Athenaeum.

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Howard Philip Marguleas P’87, produce pioneer, philanthropist and longtime CMC Trustee, died June 1 in Rancho Mirage, Calif., following complications from cancer. He was 82.

Myra Moss

Myra E. Moss Rolle, a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Government at CMC, died on July 26 in San Marino. She was 79.

Moss was a CMC professor of philosophy for 32 years, starting in 1975. She was chair of the department from 1992 to 1995.

She received her B.A. from Pomona College in 1958 and her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University in 1965. From 1958-1959, Moss was enrolled in the graduate program in Philosophy at the University of Rome.

The CMC community mourns the loss of one of its Pacesetters, Richard Grantham, who passed away this month. A member of the Class of 1950 and a Life Trustee, Grantham was 88.

Known as the Pacesetters, the earliest classes of CMCers were the earliest builders of the College -- Grantham and his classmates literally cleared away the countless rocks and large stones on the young campus in a project known as "Operation Rockpile."

Thank you for the moving honor to speak today at the memorial of one of my heroes, Bill Arce. This is a sad, inspiring moment. Sad in our loss, and inspiring in the many lessons of Coach Arce’s life and work.

Like many of you here today, I played many sports as a kid. Of all, baseball seared the most lasting memories and associations. We all know that Yogi Berra said that he didn’t really say most of the things he said, but he did point out that baseball was 90% mental and the other half physical.

Bill Arce

Dear CMC and CMS Athletics Communities,

With much sadness, we want you all to know that a beloved member of our community, Bill Arce, founding Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) athletic director and Stags head baseball coach, passed away Monday. He was at Pomona Valley Hospital in the presence of his close family. Coach Arce was 90.

Coach Arce has touched so many lives, so many generations of Claremont athletes—as the architect of our acclaimed athletics program, as the epitome of the scholar-athlete ideal, as mentor, friend, and colleague to so many members of our community.

Mary Pritzlaff and husband John C. Pritzlaff Jr.

Longtime CMC trustee and political activist Mary Dell Olin Pritzlaff P’76, whose family's philanthropy has touched multiple aspects of CMC’s growth and mission, passed away in July in Montecito. She was 85.

Mrs. Pritzlaff served as a member of the CMC Board of Trustees from 1980 until 1998: her son John Pritzlaff III ’76 joined the Board in the year his mother stepped down, thus continuing a Pritzlaff presence on CMC’s Board for 35 years.

Activist and philanthropist Arden Flamson, an important contributor to Claremont McKenna College's growth and achievement, died September 24 after a sudden illness, according to close friends and family members.  Flamson, who had been involved in many roles with the College, was 83.