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2019 Distinguished Alumni

Audrey Yamagata-Noji

Mary Stanton

Board of Education, Long Beach Unified School District (ret.)
1965, B.A., Elementary Education

Mary Stanton is a tireless educator whose extensive career has impacted countless students and improved the institutions of California’s third-largest school district, Long Beach Unified. She earned her degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Music Education in 1965 and has been dedicated to the development of our school system ever since.

Stanton retired from 24 years as an elected member of the Long Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education. Her tenure was a period of reconnection for the district, and Stanton was a leader in the development of the Long Beach College Promise, which has famously shown significant gains in student achievement over the last decade.

Among many achievements, Stanton chaired the School Site Committee, which developed the Magnet program at Los Cerritos, saving Los Cerritos Elementary from closure. She worked to combat classroom overcrowding, launched the Jordan High Freshmen Academy, fought to restore instrumental and vocal music classes in all middle schools and made protection of the arts in Long Beach schools a top priority.

As a CSULB student, Stanton represented education students as an ASI Senator. She fondly looks back on the art and music history classes that prepared her for life’s adventures, and credits her music education at CSULB as foundational to her teaching career. She has worked to share the love of vocal music she found at CSULB with students from small art classrooms in San Francisco to one of the state’s largest districts in San Diego.

A lifelong learner, she proudly returns to CSULB today as a student through the OLLI Senior University and as a patron of performances on campus.


2018
Audrey Yamagata-Noji
Audrey Yamagata-Noji, '74, '75

2017
Denise Noldon
Denise Noldon, '77, '91

2016
Robert Garcia
Robert Garcia, '02, '10

2015
Phillip Perez
Phillip Perez, '76, '80, '81

2014
Patricia Ann Farber
Patricia Ann Farber, '67, '70, '82

2013
Steven L. Fish
Steven L. Fish, '71, '78

2012
Jana Echevarria
Jana Echevarria, '78, '79, '84

2011
Robert E. Ellis
Robert E. Ellis, '58

2010
Blanche G. Brewster Cannady
Blanche G. Brewster Cannady, '54

2009
Leslie C. Antosy-Flores
Leslie C. Antosy-Flores, '85, '98

2008
John C. Hernandez
John C. Hernandez, '92

2007
Dennis H. Mangers
Dennis H. Mangers, '62

2006
Corina Villaraigosa
Corina Villaraigosa, '83, '84

2005
Erin J. Gruwell
Erin J. Gruwell, '94

2004
Jack Thomas O'Connell
Jack Thomas O'Connell, '75

2003
Christopher J. Steinhauser
Christopher J. Steinhauser, '81, '84

2002
William L. Ste. Marie
William L. Ste. Marie, '69, '76, '81

2001
Julie P. Romero
Julie P. Romero, '90, '91, '95

2000
Cedric L. Anderson
Cedric L. Anderson, '79, '88, '94

1998
Judith Magsaysay
Judith Magsaysay, '78, '79

1997
Christine A. Dominguez
Christine A. Dominguez, '74, '80

1996
Marnos Lelesi
Marnos Lelesi, '82, '83

1995
H. Douglas Wood
H. Douglas Wood, '59

1994
Tadao Hara
Tadao Hara, '65

1993
Betty P. Karnette
Betty P. Karnette, '61, '69

1992
Ruben L. Ingram
Ruben L. Ingram, '55

1991
John F. Dean
John F. Dean, '55

1990
Joan J. Branin
Joan J. Branin, '70

1989
John M. Blaydes
John M. Blaydes, '62, '66

1988
Marie Otto
Marie Otto, '67

1987
Naomi Rainey
Naomi Rainey, '72, '80

1986
Marilyn Russell Bittle
Marilyn Russell Bittle, '57

1985
Deborah O. Hancock
Deborah O. Hancock, '59

1984
Beverly L. O'Neill
Beverly L. O'Neill, '52, '57

1971
Jack Teele
Jack Teele, '52