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Trojan great John Rudometkin will have his No. 44 jersey retired 
at halftime of the game vs. Texas on Dec. 5
Trojan great John Rudometkin will have his No. 44 jersey retired at halftime of the game vs. Texas on Dec. 5

Dec. 5, 2010  

Rudometkin's No. 44 Jersey To Be Retired Sunday

USC's seventh-leading scorer and fourth-leading rebounder all-time John Rudometkin will have his No. 44 jersey retired as part of a ceremony to honor the 1961 Trojan league championship team at halftime of the game vs. Texas on Dec. 5 which starts at 7:30 p.m.

In his three-year career spanning the 1960-62 seasons, Rudometkin averaged 18.8 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Rudometkin earned All-America honors in 1961 and 1962 and was named the team MVP all three seasons he played varsity for USC. Two times in his 79-game career at USC Rudometkin posted 20-point, 20-rebound games, registering 21 points and 21 rebounds vs. Denver on Sept. 28, 1961 and recording 23 points and 21 rebounds at Wyoming on Dec. 22, 1961. He was the 11th pick in the 1962 NBA Draft, but lasted only three seasons in the NBA with the New York Knicks and San Francisco Warriors as his career was cut short due to non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

The 1960-61 USC men's basketball team went 21-8 and won the AAWU championship with a 9-3 record, the Trojans' last regular season outright conference championship. Members of the 1960-61 team expected to be on hand for the ceremony include Chris Appel, Verne Ashby, Bob Benedetti, Will Carleton, Neil Carleton, Pete Hillman, Bill Ledger, Gordon Martin, Bill Parsons and Wells Sloniger. Tony Psaltis, who was an assistant coach on that team and passed away on Oct. 30 this year, will be represented by his sons.

Santa Maria-Bonita schools lose a friend

By Brian Bullock/Staff Writer bbullock@santamariatimes.com | Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 11:25 pm

Santa Maria educators and students lost one of their biggest advocates this week when Santa Maria-Bonita School District trustee Ken Milo died from what his family called natural causes. He was 82.

“We lost more than just a friend of the district. He was a giant,” said Santa Maria-Bonita Superintendent Phil Alvarado. “As his daughter, Karen Porter, said, we lost somebody who wasn’t just a great father, he was someone who was a champion for students for 60 years.”
Porter, one of Milo’s four daughters, followed her father’s footsteps into education.
“When I got my degree my father was the superintendent of schools and he wouldn’t give me a job,” Porter said jokingly. “I had to go work in Los Alamos.”
She later joined the Santa Maria-Bonita district as a teacher at Oakley Elementary, and has been the principal at Miller Elementary for the past 12 years. Jessica Morris, one of Milo’s nine grandchildren, became a teacher at Ontiveros Elementary.

Milo, who died Tuesday, spent his entire 32-year career with the Santa Maria-Bonita School District, serving as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. During his career, Milo taught at every level from kindergarten to adult school.
After earning his bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University, Milo joined the Santa Maria district in 1952 as a teacher at El Camino Junior High, where he taught for eight years. He also taught at Fairlawn School before becoming principal at Cook Street School.
Milo moved a year later to Oakley School, where he served as principal for 13 years.

It was at Fairlawn Elementary where Alvarado first met Milo — as a student in his fifth-grade class.
“I’ve been truly blessed to have him be part of my life as a teacher, mentor and friend,” Alvarado said.

During the early years of his career, Milo also coached basketball, baseball, football and tennis at area schools. His love of basketball was famous in Santa Maria.
After playing guard at Pepperdine University, Milo played for the Santa Maria Golden Dukes, a professional team in the National Industrial Basketball League from 1951 to 1954. In the 1953-54 season, Milo was an NIBL all-star, and helped lead the team to a 10-6 mark, the best record the team posted in its brief history.
“If you can imagine, there was nothing in Santa Maria back then, but they had this basketball team and everybody knew them,” Porter said. “It was a pretty big deal.”
His time with the Golden Dukes earned Milo a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
On June 8, the Santa Maria-Bonita district formally named the gym floor at El Camino Junior High “Ken Milo Court.”
Milo also played baseball with the Santa Maria Indians, and later became golf champion at Santa Maria Country Club.

He served as district superintendent from 1980 to 1984, and had been on the district board of education since November, 2008.
“The level of respect and the honor (the board) had in working with him, and the history he had on the board and in the district is incredible,” Alvarado said. “The old ‘Been there, done that,’ Mr. Milo could lay claim to that. He’s seen the bad times and the good times.
“Through it all he never lost sight the priority of serving the kids. It’s our job to advocate for these kids.”

No services are planned.

03/12/2010 From Elizabeth J.


I just found your web site doing a search for Rita Amador for my Mother (Barbara Harris) who just got her first computer in the last week or so. She particularly remembered Rita because they apparently walked to school together - from first grade through tenth.

My mother left school after 10th grade to get married and have me. She eventually had a total of 7 children - and now has lots of grandchildern and great-great-grandchildren - I lost count. She lives in Concord, CA and does a lot of different craft stuff.

I'm sure she would like to get a note from anyone who remembers her.  She hasn't lived in Santa Maria in more than forty years, but we never forget the kids we grew up with. Some may also remember her oldersister, Violet or her brother Jimmy.

Please feel free to email me for her address.  yahoo AT thepolyparrot DOT com   

Thank you!  Elizabeth J.


We were fortunate last year... only losing one class mate; Larry (Joe) Branquinho.

Well Gordon's still tracking down lost classmates; see the Trauant page for those still missing.
He just discovered Marilyn Talley died in Fresno in 1999 and we've updated our Obituary page with Marilyn's obituary.  Can you believe... out of a classmate list of 343, Gordon has accurate records for all but 15. Amazing!

Speaking of accurate records... when we e-mailed a note asking if you knew anything about those on Gordon's missing classmate list... a whole bunch of e-mails indicated the address was no longer valid. If you've chagned your e-mail address... please send me an update at Chat@Classof58.org.