Three former students at Long Beach City College were honored during homecoming week with induction into the college's Hall of Fame, joining 47 others on the distinctive list begun in 1973. Attorney George Hart Jr., 73, a Long Beach native and graduate of Wilson High School, attended Long Beach Junior College, as it was then known, in 1933. He later earned a law degree from USC and joined his father's law firm in 1938. In 1946, he and two partners formed the law firm of Ball, Hunt and Hart, which now employs about 70 lawyers and 75 office personnel. Hart also founded the Bank of Long Beach, which later merged with Union Bank, and has been president for 22 years of the Adelaide Tichenor Clinic for crippled children in Long Beach. He currently is a director and secretary of the Long Beach Centennial organization.
Michael Choppin, 49, founder of IDM Corp., is a native of London who emigrated to Long Beach by way of Canada with his parents after World War II. He graduated from St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, where he also is in the Hall of Fame, and studied business at Long Beach City College, which was the extent of his higher education. Choppin is president and chairman of the 18-year-old Long Beach firm with initials that stand for investment, development and management. A partner is the construction of the world trade center, IDM has more than $1 billion in assets and more than a million square feet of office construction in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties.
Film writer Irving Ravetch, a Long Beach native, was a drama student at Long Beach City College from 1937 to 1939. During the 1940s and 1950s, he wrote screenplays for "Lone Hand," "Vengeance Valley," "Outriders" and co-wrote "Living in a Big Way." He collaborated with his wife, Harriett Frank, to write screenplays titled "Murphy's Romance," "Norma Rae," "Conrack," "Spikes Gang," "The Cowboys," "The Reivers," "Hombre," "Hud," "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs," "Home From the Hill," "The Sound and the Fury," "The Long, Hot Summer" and the story for "The Wanted Man."
Research Doctor Honored
Dr. Walter P. Martin, a longtime Long Beach resident and internist with the Harriman Jones Medical Clinic, was presented an engraved county plaque during a recognition luncheon and ceremony at a new research center named for him at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center near Torrance. The new center is part of the hospital's Research and Education Institute which Martin helped establish. Martin has been a member of the volunteer clinical faculty at the county medical center and served as the first chairman of its research committee from 1952 to 1972. He was named the first clinical professor of medicine emeritus by the UCLA School of Medicine in 1982.
Children's Artwork Judged
Eight children in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District won awards for their flat artwork judged and displayed at the Los Angeles County Fair. They are Garry Wright and Karen Painter, kindergarten; Jason Lauria, first grade; Billy Rubio, second grade; and Dhiren Patel, fourth grade; all from Glazier Elementary School; Anjali Bharadwaj, fourth grade, Nuffer Elementary School; Tommy Meighen, fourth grade, Eastwood Elementary School; and Allen Kang, seventh grade, Hargitt Elementary School. The students' grade levels are from last school year at the time the artwork was made.
Arts, Crafts Show Winners
First, second and third-place winners, respectively, in the Lakewood Artist Guild's annual Open Arts and Crafts Show held Oct. 3 and 4 are Chuck Hammond, Georgia Thornton and Neil Jacobe, traditional art; Linda Gunn, Julia Owen and Mary Folks, contemporary art; and Cheryl Norlin, Andrew Csaplar and Dorothy Browning, crafts. Exhibitors who won a popular vote are Jacobe for art and Harry Handler for crafts.
Baptist Church Gets Pastor
The Rev. Everett Martin is the new pastor of the First Southern Baptist Church of Bellflower. A native Texan, he graduated from East Texas Baptist College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His previous pastorates have been in Oklahoma and Montana. Martin, 35, and his wife Cynthia, have two children. Martin succeeds the Rev. Robin Slay, who left in December to pastor a church in Santa Paula.
Head of Heart Assn. Chapter
Marvin Appel, a cardiologist at Long Beach Community Hospital, has been installed for a two-year term as president of the American Heart Assn. Long Beach Chapter. Appel has been in medical practice in Long Beach since 1981 and has volunteered with the Heart Assn. the past four years.
Merit Scholarship Winner
Steve Kyllingstad, a second-year student in the plastics and composites technology program at Cerritos College, has been awarded a $250 merit scholarship from the Orange County Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering.