Wayne Hawkes

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Wayne Hawkes
Wayne Hawkes


Wayne Hawkes


Wayne Hawkes


Yes! Attending Reunion
Class Year 1969
Residing In Davis, CA USA
Occupation Community college adjunct professor
Children Jefferson, born 1994

Attended Skyline College and then transferred to UC Berkeley. Manufactured radiopharmaceuticals for a couple of years, and then went to grad school at UC Davis. Got married, moved to Oakland, and went to work for USDA. Moved to Davis in 1999, retired after 30 years in 2014, now teaching chemistry part-time at community college.

School Story

Mr. Wherry, who passed away in 2017, enjoyed teaching biology so much I think he inspired me to become a scientist myself. He was demonstrating something to the class one morning that required pressing a rubber stopper onto a flask, when the flask broke and his hand plunged onto the jagged neck, cutting deeply into his palm. He glanced down in annoyance, barely losing his excited smile, grabbed a small towel that he wrapped around his gushing wound, and continued his demonstration with a new flask - never missing a beat! He was still walking around with that bloody towel wrapped around his hand after lunch. That's dedication!

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Mar 26, 2020 at 10:03 AM

Hi Shelton! We missed you at the reunion party, but it's never too late to reunite. We were planning a summer get together, but coronavirus. Check out our Facebook group "Oceana Class of 1969 Reunion."

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Dec 27, 2019 at 11:20 AM

Hi Rick! Welcome to our group. Too bad you missed the 50th, but you're just in time for the 55th. We're also planning annual summer picnics starting this year. Stay tuned for announcements here and in our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/OceanaClassof1969/

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Posted on: Jun 16, 2018 at 3:42 PM

SF band Blue Cheer.

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Jun 13, 2018 at 3:39 PM

Just posted Dennis McGowan and Frank Ramirez on the "In Memory" page. We used to cut school to hang out, drink, get high, and listen to (the best) music (ever). I remember a couple of epic gatherings beneath the wind-dwarfed cypress trees ringing Laguna Salada. Gonna have to pour a couple of drinks on the ground for you guys next time I get down to (at?) the golf course.

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Jun 12, 2018 at 12:50 PM

A walk through Oceana. (When it was closed a few years ago?)

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Posted on: Jun 12, 2018 at 12:38 PM

See Oceana like a seagull: Drone flight over campus.

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Posted on: May 09, 2018 at 1:29 AM

Oceana as viewed from Sharp Park Road

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