Susan Korb Johnston

Profile Updated: December 6, 2017
Susan Korb
Residing In Fountain Valley, CA USA
Spouse/Partner Ray Johnston
Occupation Professor Emeritus Teacher Education CSUDH
Children Jeanine born 1980 (stepdaughter)
Yes! Attending Reunion

I am still trying to come to terms with the reality that 50 years have passed with lightning speed since that spring day in 1962 when all our friends signed the purple Clan-O-Log with encouraging best wishes for a happy life. Choosing UCSB at the naïve age of 17 where the legendary beach parties competed with academics might have been a mistake. The distractions diminished with a move to UCLA where I managed to earn a BA in 1964, an M.Ed. in 1974, and an Ed.D degree in 1982 (Go Bruins!). Southern California became home on a permanent basis with the decision to take a prized teaching position at UCLA’s laboratory elementary school followed by 38 years at California State University, Dominguez Hills as a professor of Teacher Education. I have been grateful for the opportunity to publish articles with outstanding colleagues, participate in creative grant projects with mathematics and science professors, and impact many future elementary and secondary school teachers over the years. A recent “retirement” with a five-year option to teach halftime allowed me to pursue photography and tennis with greater passion. A twenty-five year wedding anniversary celebrated this year with my husband Ray signals that yet another significant milestone has passed. I am determined to spend each day of the next twenty-five years as peacefully and joyfully as is humanly possible. I feel so fortunate to have found a life partner with whom each day is special. His wisdom, sense of humor, and zest for learning new things makes the future seem rich with possibilities. My beautiful stepdaughter Jeanine lives in San Francisco with her wonderful husband; we are not yet grandparents, but look forward to that event. In the words of Warren Buffet, “The rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” In hindsight, I am sure that back in the day we took our high school experience for granted and did not aptly appreciate the opportunity that we were given. With 50 years of perspective, we all now know that Piedmont High School was a very special and beautiful place where we learned all kinds of valuable lessons.

School Story

Because I was a late bloomer, senior year was so memorable when all the good "teen-age" things seemed to happen: a very special boyfriend, dances, pom-pom girl practice, and football games. I do remember U.S. History when Mr. Mallory broke down and cried at his podium in frustration because none of us had read our current events newspaper for homework. I remember feeling mortified that we had let him down and embarrassed that none of us seemed to care about what was going on in the bigger world outside the walls of PHS. There was also the equally mortifying moment in Chemistry with Mr. Deady when, in utter frustration during our lab final, I deliberately heated the last test tube over the burner before handing it to him to obtain a third "unknown" element (with only two minutes left on the clock) and then feigned horror when he dropped it on the floor with broken glass scattering everywhere.

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Sharon was the organizer of our Summer Picnic Group that met every Thursday evening on the beautiful bluff overlooking Corona del Mar beach. Because of her generosity, we were able to make new and valued friendships. I was so impressed by her resilience when I accompanied her to several chemo treatments and remember thinking that she was providing an important example for the rest of us when faced with a serious and life threatening illness. We will miss her and will treasure all the memories that she helped to create. I took the photo below last Christmas season, December 2016.

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I am currently a community outreach volunteer with Compassion and Choices as an advocate for medical aid in dying for the terminally ill. We give presentations and provide information to groups and individuals who desire to learn more about the California legislation that went into effect in June 2016. E-Mail:

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Here is a link to Ginny's outstanding accomplishments and philanthropic efforts:

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Daughter Jeanine with Husband Tulio