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Dr. Herbert J. (Herb) Guthmann, Professor of English at Fullerton College 1964-1998, was born in Long Beach, attended Woodrow Wilson High School, Long Beach City College, and California State University at Long Beach before earing his MA and PhD in English at the University of Southern California. After two years in the US Marines including duty in Korea, he turned to teach English and History for six years at Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

Herb’s teaching career flourished at Fullerton College, where he taught Freshman English, American literature, and English Literature, as well as course he originated in the Arthurian Legends and Black Humor. Herb announced home games for the championships football team, helped time track meets, and played trombone in the Fullerton Community Orchestra, based at the college.

He received the Staff of Distinction award in 1993; at Fullerton College. Every June for 13 years Herb went to Princeton, N.J, where he read Advanced Placement exams of high school English students, and he later served as an AP consultant for teachers at Buena Park High School. He also read California CBEST exams for secondary teacher candidates and national aptitude tests for Graduate Business Management candidates.

After his retirement from teaching, he observed and advised prospective teachers in course at National University.

Herb’s avocations included 5K and 10K runs, travelling, jazz, cooking, and Wagnerian opera, but it was true to his vocation, teaching that he gave his all.