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Bay Area Huskers History

This is a history of the Bay Area Huskers, formerly Bay Area Nebraska Alumni Association and prior to that known as the University of Nebraska Alumni Association of San Francisco and is being updated in the year 2006. The writer wants to thank two special alumni for their efforts in keeping historic information about the San Francisco Chapter. Mrs. Virginia Taylor Hall, Class of 1927, and the late Mr. Herb Potter, Class of 1943, who both gave much of their time and effort to maintain information about our local Chapter. Mrs. Virginia Taylor Hall saved many programs, letters and announcements from 1927 through 1973. Mr. Herb Potter was previously Chapter historian and has left the chapter with many notebooks filled with Chapter mementos.

The Chapter may have been in existence prior to 1927. No records are available to verify of any existence before 1927.

Many wonderful Alumni have worked hard to keep the Chapter active and ongoing throughout the years. Please see Appendix A for a list of the Presidents over the years.

Miss Hana Johnson, Class of 1929, was the chapter secretary for many years and Dwight Brinton, Class of 1934, was also the chapter treasurer for many years. Mr. Forest R. Hall, Class of 1927, served from 1937 through 1939, and Mrs. Virginia Taylor Hall, Class of 1927, served from 1956 through 1957, were the only husband and wife to serve as presidents of the chapter. One alumnus gave his life in the service of the chapter. Mr. Earle Smith, class of 1940, was showing pictures at the 1955 Charter Day dinner when he suffered a heart attack. He died several days later.

One of the yearly highlights has been the Charter Day Dinners. Please see Appendix B for a list of many of the sites of the spring charter day dinners. The Chapter went to another College one year when they held the Charter Day dinner at Mills College in Oakland. There have been many special programs over the years, highlights have been the Scarlet and Cream Singers and Dr. Tom Osborne who honored the chapter on two different occasions.

Over the years the San Francisco Chapter held many Picnics. See Appendix C for a list of known locations where summer picnics have been held. Various types of picnics have been held. One of the more popular types is the current Nebraska steak picnic which was started by Dr. Robert E. 'Buck' McCoy, Class of 1955, President from 1984 through 1987. It was at one of these picnics that the hard working volunteers celebrated a 'Mexican Sunrise.' In the year 2000, the former President Lloyd McBeth, Class of 1950, continued as picnic coordinator assisted by his 'Three Amigos;', who were past Chapter President, Carl Honaker, Class of 1975, past Chapter President, Gerald Stratbucker, Class of 1958 and Jack Hansen, Class of 1951 and former Chapter Vice President.  Assisting was a very willing and able Board of Directors.

The current members of the San Francisco Chapter, known since 1977 as the 'Bay Area Nebraska Alumni Association' are very proud of the endowed scholarship fund which allows local California high school graduates financial aid in going back to our beloved Alma Mater.

Carlos Harrison together with then president, James Gwynn were both instrumental in initiating the Hobart Davis Scholarship Fund.

The endowed scholarship was initially named after Hobart S. Davis, Class of 1925, an active board member during the 1970's and 1980's. In 2009, we changed the name of the scholarship fund to the Dr. Buck McCoy Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of one of of our past presidents who was the founder of our annual barbecue and also contributed much time and effort to the chapter.  The son of Hobart Davis agreed to this change. 

As of 2012, the chapter has provided funds for 25 Bay Area students to attend UNL.  Including some matching funds form UNL, the Bay Area Huskers have generated over $75,000 in financial aid.  In 2012, we offered four $1,000.00 scholarships.  Mr. James R. Gwynn, Class of 1949, was president in 1990 when the initial scholarship fund was initiated.

In the late 1980's and early 1990's the Chapter was active in representing the University at the yearly San Francisco Unified School District's College/Career Fair held at Brooks Hall. Volunteers at these College/Career Fairs were Jim and Bobbie Gwynn, Lloyd and Donna McBeth and Carlos Harrison. Jim and Bobbie Gwynn also represented the Chapter and University for two years at the Mount Diablo Unified School Districts College/Career Fair held in Walnut Creek.  Dave Pegg also represented the Chapter and University at College/Career Fairs while he was President of the Chapter. 

During the 1990's the Chapter actively supported and attended the Shriner's East-West Luncheons. Many times the Chapter was recognized for having the most College/University members present and for the most College/University spirit.

The Chapter has been represented over the years with Chapter alumni winning various National Alumni Awards. They are as follows:

Alumni Achievement Award:

1977 - Ruth P. Anderson, Class of 1952
1981 - Donald D. Rosenberg, Class of 1956
1984 - Marcella M. Krause, Class of 1934

Distinguished Service Award:

1984 - Carlos Harrison, Class of 1953

Young Alumnus Award:

1987 Judge William M. Wunderlich, Class of 1968

Increased TV coverage of 'Big Red' football has allowed the Chapter to participate in TV Watch Parties at various sites around the Bay Area. These sites included Concord, Fremont, Palo Alto, Petaluma, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Clara and Santa Rosa. Satellite dishes and cable TV have also increased alumni watch parties in alumni homes.  Currently, there are four active watch sites which include San Francisco, Concord, Fremont and Monterey. 

Over the years, the Chapter has had calling committees to "Get out the Word" of 'Big Red' activities. E-mail has made that communications effort a lot easier and which helped attendance at 'Big Red' functions.  Carl Honaker continues to send out the emails to chapter members.  The Chapter Web page, initiated by Former President Ken Nix, Class of 1948, is another great help in spreading the 'Big Red' story.  The Chapter Web Site is now handled by current Chapter President, Brian Dehning, who took over as President in 2011 after Dave Pegg stepped down to oversee the scholarship fund.  Rita Larson is overseeing our Chapter Facebook web site and Twitter account. 

In September 2012 at the annual Chapter Leadership Conference in Lincoln, Bay Area Huskers was honored by the Nebraska Alumni Association at the NAA's first annual Chapter and Organizations recognition night (CORNYs).  Our Chapter earned an Award of Excellence for communications.  Our Chapter name was placed on a banner back in Lincoln and we also received a plaque.  We earned the award for our chapter email communication system, Facebook, Twitter and our Chapter Web Site.

In July 2012, the Chapter initiated it first Chapter Membership requirement.  Yearly membership dues are required  to be a member of the Bay Area Huskers Chapter.  The establishment of membership dues was done to help create the opportunity to provide more scholarships to Bay Area Students to attend UNL.  

In November 2012 we created our Chapter Banner for Lincoln and were proud and excited to see it hanging in Memorial Stadium for the last two Husker football home games.  It was prominently displayed on TV and was seen at our watch sites, What a thrill.

In November 2012, we started selling our first Bay Area Husker tee-shirts.  Demand for the shirts has been strong and they help us promote our alumni chapter. 

This alumnus is very happy to report that in the year 2012 when this history is being updated, that the Chapter is definitely an asset to the larger University of Nebraska family.  - Brian Dehning, Class of 1984.

Original Charter Members

Ray Phelps
Earle C. Lloyd
Ruth Jamison
George L. Gates
Ferrall Moore
Allen L. Stanley
Forest R. Hall
Donald B. Newton
Virginia Taylor Hall
R.S. Irvine
San Francisco Alumni Club
University of Nebraska

Appendix A

Name and Class Year Years Served
Harvey, James B., 1909   1927-1928
Mills, Willard Cooke, 1909   1928-1929
Sullivan, George L., 1908   1930-1931
Lyman, Richard F., Jr., 1914   1932-1933
Currier, Henry C., 1909   1933-1934
Rogers, Thomas P., 1923   1935-36-37
Hall, Forest R., 1927   1937-38-39
Phelps, Ray   1940-1941
Pearson, Harold A., 1921   1941-1942
Marsh, Earle M., 1907   1942-1943
Wynkoop, Carl W., 1921   1943-1944
Kindig, Albert S., 1920   1944-1945
Musgrave, Frank L., 1934   1945-1946
Wilson, Bernarr, 1930   1946-1947
Rogers, Thomas P., 1923   1947-1948
Marsh, Earle M., 1907   1948-1949
Mandery, Roy J., 1927   1949-1950
Wiren, Fred A., 1930   1950-1951
Brinton, Dwight, 1934   1951-1952
Boardman, George R   1952-1953
Bechter, Allen L., 1913   1953-1954
Wolfe, Lewis E., 1927   1954-1955
Ogden, Warren E., 1926   1955-1956
Hall, Mrs. Virginia Taylor, 1927   1956-1957
Johnson, Miss Hanna, 1929   1957-1958
Reed, Harry L., 1920   1958-59-60
Northup, Oliver J., 1923   1960-1961
Wilson, Ervin F., 1911   1961-1962
Morrison, Donald L., 1949   1962-1963
Slajchert, George A., 1949   1963-64-65-66-67
    1967-1968
    1968-1969
    1969-1970
    1970-1971
    1971-1972
    1972-1973
Gate, George   1973-1974
Morrison, Donald L., 1949   1974-1975
Chicoine, Ken, 1970   1975-1976
(inactive)   1976-1977
Harrison, Carlos, 1953   1977-78-79
Anderson, John T., 1952   1979-80-81-82-83-84
McCoy, Robert E., 1955   1984-85-86-87
Gwynn, James R., 1949 1987-88-89-90
McBeth, Lloyd, 1950   1990-91-92-93
Hass, Norm, 1979   1993-1994
McBeth, Lloyd, 1950   1994-1995
Nix, Kenneth, 1948   1995-96-97-98
Hruska, Mary Ann Behlen, 1964   1998-99-00
Honaker, Carl, 1975   2000-01-02-03
Pegg, Dave, 1964   2003-2011
Dehning, Brian, 1984   2011 - Present
     

Appendix B

Dawn Club, San Francisco
Old Fly Trap, San Francisco
Claremont Hotel, Berkeley
Palace Hotel, San Francisco
San Francisco Bar Association, San Francisco
Villa Chartier, San Mateo
Alexander Hamilton Hotel, San Francisco
Veneto Restaurant, San Francisco
St. Julien Restaurant, San Francisco
Marines Memorial Club, San Francisco
Strands Castle, San Francisco
World Trade Center, San Francisco
Spenger's Fish Grotto, Berkeley
Blue Dolphin Restaurant, San Leandro
Mainliner Club, San Mateo
Jakes Lion, San Leandro
Velvet Turtle, San Jose
Robin Hood Inn, San Francisco
Mills College, Oakland
Crown Plaza, Burlingame
Hilton Hotel, Pleasanton
Holiday Inn, Foster City
Domino Restaurant, San Francisco
Ramada Inn, Sunnyvale
Mariani's Inn and Restaurant, Santa Clara

Appendix C

Barbecue Sites:

Home of Dr. Louis Luster Robinson, San Rafael
Camp Taylor, Marin County
Old Hearst Ranch (Now Rossmoor), Walnut Creek
Vasona Lake Park, Los Gatos
Lakewood Park, Sunnyvale