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.
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.
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.