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Dr. James Vernon Traughber
Passed away December 21, 2012. Born April 16, 1923 in Nashville, TN. He is preceded in death by first wife, Diana Spicknall, second wife Patsy Hensman, and son, James Vernon, Jr. He is survived by sons, Christopher (Gail), Mark (Marta), Bradley (Lucinda) and Michael; grandchildren, Zane, Patrick, Jason, Nora, and Jeffrey. He has been a resident of San Pedro since 1956. Graduated from Franklin HS 1941, started at
1942, then served in the 13th Armored Division Unit in Europe in
. He was awarded 2 Battle Stars and a
. Lifelong member of
(Lomita). Graduated from UCLA 1948, Masters USC 1954 and Doctorate in Education BYU 1972. Teacher, Vice-principal, first Principal at Taper Ave School in San Pedro, and Administrator for LAUSD starting in 1948, retired in 1979. Professor of Education at Pepperdine University 1953-1979. His passion was auto racing and was involved in 20 "Indy 500" races from 1979-1998. Member of the "Indy Old Timers Club". A memorial is being planned for a later date. Please sign guestbook at
. In lieu of flowers, donations to Dr. Olaf Tegner Scholarship Fund, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA. Please sign the guest book at
. Words to "Taps"
Day is done, gone the sun, from the lake, from the hill,
from the sky. All is well, safely rest, God is night. Thanks
and praise for our days, 'neath the sun, 'neath the stars,
'neath the sky. As we go, this we know, God is nigh.
Published in Daily Breeze from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2013
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"Brad and Lucinda, I am so sorry for your loss. You are both in my thoughts and prayers."
- Gale Rugnetta
"Mike, Chris, and Brad, Our deepest sympathies. Sorry to heard about the loss of your father. Vito..."
"Mike and Traughber Family - I was so sorry to hear about about your Dad's passing, I remember your mom..."
"Dear Marta and Family Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of Jim. I know what a difficult..."
"Hello Chris and Gail, Helen and I just learned of the passing of your father. Losing a family elder and..."
- Helen & John Saia
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