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Three Authors from Burroughs Class of 1965

By BRUCE AULD News Review Correspondent –

Mary Lundstrom is a member of the Burroughs Class of 1965.  We were having a conversation about Burroughs authors.  In short order, Mary informed me of three members of her class that were published authors.  Charlotte Blackmon Collins wrote A Path Called Tiffany, Greg Garman’s Human Biology is a textbook for non-science students and Roy Randolph has written Thomas Hubbard’s War and Captain Charles Fordyce, 14th Foot.  Both of Roy’s books are Revolutionary War historical works.  Three authors in three different genres from the class of 1965 and there may be more.

Human Biology / By Greg Garman

Greg Garman graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Biology, subsequently earning a Master’s of Science Degree in Zoology from Oregon State University.  Greg had a long career at Centralia College, in Centralia, Washington.  Given his education and career, Greg filled, obvious to him, a gap in the community college textbook continuum.  Not tech-savvy, I viewed the cover of Greg’s textbook for an instant and then it disappeared.  As I remember, it had an eye-catching cover.

A path Called Tiffany
/ By Charlotte Blackmon Collins

Later in life, Charlotte Blackmon Collins earned a B.A. in American Studies and an M.A. in Media Studies.  “Charlotte has been a documentary filmmaker, a writer, a publisher and a university teacher, a corporate trainer, a web designer, a graphic artist and political activist.  She began her meditation practice in 1985 and received Refuge, taking five precepts as a Buddhist practitioner in 2003 in the Geluk tradition.” (Charlotte Blackmon Collins)

I don’t write book reviews.  Not qualified. Yet, I found Charlotte’s story a poignant account of struggling to balance caring for her special needs daughter and her aging mother.  Not easy.

The following is from the back page of her tribute to her daughter: “This is a deeply spiritual story of Charlotte and her daughter Tiffany.  Tiffany was born healthy but developed a brain tumor at age 3.  After a childhood of epileptic seizures, failed treatment and the divorce of her parents.  Tiffany had surgery at age 13 to remove the tumor.  She received 20 days of radiation that destroyed the tumor.  But the radiation treatments also caused brain damage that slowly robbed Tiffany of mental and physical functions.  Over the next 30 years, Charlotte’s efforts to give her daughter the most full and happy life possible, in spite of Tiffany’s many and growing disabilities, is the story told in this memoir.  Charlotte, a Buddhist, called on spiritual resources of both Eastern and Western traditions to guide her in helping her daughter.”  Charlotte lives in Ridgecrest with her husband Clyde and continues to write and practice. (Charlotte Blackmon Collins) A Path Called Tiffany is a gripping and fast read.

Thomas
Hubbard’s War
/ By Roy Randolph

Twins, Rex and Roy Randolph, graduated from Burroughs in 1965 and Pasadena College in 1969.  Both returned to work at the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake.  Well into retirement, Roy wrote Thomas Hubbard’s War in 2016, revised in 2018.  This is not a quick read, instead a detailed, scholarly, precisely documented, graduate school-level textbook on the Revolutionary War from the foot soldier’s perspective.

“Thomas Hubbarb volunteered for militia duty in his home state of Virginia in March 1775, a month before the ‘shot heard ‘round the world’ was fired at Concord.  When the Revolutionary War started, Virginia formed a state army and Thomas enlisted in the 1st Virginia Regiment, commanded by Patrick Henry.  A year later he re-enlisted again in the 1st Virginia Regiment but was now a part of the Continental Army.  Within weeks of his enlistment, he fought at Harlem Heights on Manhattan Island.  Next, he fought at White Plains, New York then struggled with Washington’s retreating army across New Jersey in the dark days of the revolution.  He crossed the Delaware River with Washington on Christmas night in 1776 and fought the Battle of Trenton the next morning. Eight days later he was wounded at the Battle of Princeton.  He was in the largest battle of the war at Brandywine and in the thick of fighting at Germantown.  He endured the greatest cannonading of the war at Fort Mifflin and was wounded a second time.  He wintered at Valley Forge from 1777-1778.  After the fall of Charleston in 1780, he was in the two largest battles in the Southern Campaign, Camden and Guilford Courthouse.  He was captured by Benedict Arnold at Petersburg, five months before General Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown.  By war’s end, Thomas had traveled thousands of miles, fought in many of the key battles and served under commanders who would become presidents, governors and senators of the new nation.  He came as close as any foot soldier to serving for the entire war.  This is his story, as told by Thomas and the men who served with him.” (From Roy’s book)

Roy commissioned the cover and back cover art with Jason DeBow.  I am not an expert on the Revolutionary War, yet the level of documented research by Roy is impressive and must have taken years of full-time effort to complete.

Job well done fellow Burros!