Marilyn Jacobs

Profile Updated: August 9, 2016
Class of 1957
Residing In: Dundowran Beach, Queensland Australia
Spouse/Partner: Jackie O'Connor
Children, Grandchildren: I have three grandchildren, Skye born 1996, Sean born 2003 and Tiana born 2008.
Occupation: Retired teacher/lecturer
Occupation/Career(s) Details:

I taught physical education (grades 7-12) in Southern California and Hawaii for 8 years after graduating from UCSB in 1962.
I moved to Australia in 1970 and taught physical education and health to grades 1-12 in Goulburn, NSW before moving to Toowoomba, Queensland in 1974 to take up a university lecturing position. I worked in the Faculty of Education at the University of Southern Queensland for nearly 26 years.

Different places I have lived:

I lived in Southern California (South Pasadena, San Gabriel, Santa Barbara and La Habra) for the first 27 years of my life and then moved to Hawaii in 1966 where I lived on Oahu for nearly 4 years. In 1970 I travelled throughout Europe and the UK for 5 months.
Since moving to Australia in late 1970, I have lived in Goulburn (New South Wales), Toowoomba (Queensland), Pottsville, NSW and Hervey Bay, Qld.

Family history living in South Pasadena:

My great grandfather, John H. Jacobs was a pioneer of South Pasadena, having arrived at Brockway home on Meridian Ave. in 1886/87. He lived in South Pasadena until his death in 1930. My great grandmother, Mary Carpenter Jacobs lived in South Pasdena from 1886/87 until her death in 1891.

My grandfather, John Carpenter Jacobs, lived in South Pasadena from 1886/87 until his death in 1949. He attended El Centro School and Pasadena High School and was active in civic affairs, having served on the City Council and as mayor for several terms. He married Margaret Wilson Jacobs in 1904 and she lived in South Pasadena until her death in 1957.

My father, John Edgar Jacobs was born in South Pasadena in 1906 and lived there until 1950 when our family moved to San Gabriel.

I lived in South Pasadena at 1714 Lyndon Street from 1939 when I was born until 1950. I attended Marengo School, South Pasadena Junior High School (except for grades 6 and 7 when I went to Huntington School in San Marino) and SPHS. My sister, Elaine Jacobs Erven lived in South Pasadena from 1940 to 1950.

My maternal grandfather, Harry Carl Slater, was minister of the Methodist Church in South Pasadena for 11 years from 1937 to 1948 and my mother, Pearl Slater Jacobs lived in South Pasadena from 1937 until 1950.

Family members who also went to SPHS:

My father, Edgar "Jake" Jacobs graduated from SPHS in 1925 and returned in the mid 30's to teach there for 22 years until his death in 1956. My sister, Elaine Jacobs Erven graduated in 1958.
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Other family SPHS grads were:
1935 - Robert K. (Bob) Rumohr, uncle (deceased)
1939 - Esther Mae Slater Rumohr, aunt (deceased)
1969 - Cathie Rumohr Besheer, cousin
1973 - Steve Rumohr, cousin

Other SPHS graduates I keep in touch with:

Sheri Cutler Robison and Bev Johnson (class of 1957)

School Memories:

Memories from high school days include football games, Bengals, Copa de Oro Assistant Editor, physical education classes with Miss Atherton and spanish classes with Miss Burr.
Since my dad had been a member of the faculty for many years, I knew all my teachers before I got to high school!

Milestones & Epiphanies:

I became an Australian citizen in 1995.
In 2000 I was awarded an Australian Sports Medal (issued during the year of the Sydney Olympics) for my involvement in women in sport.

What's happening in my life now:

In February 2012 I underwent open heart surgery to replace a severely leaking mitral valve and repair a tricuspid valve. I also had a pacemaker inserted. My health is fine now.

Pastimes & Hobbies:

fishing and bird watching.

Additional Comments:

My life has been filled with many rich and varied experiences since 1957 beginning with my student days at the University of California, Santa Barbara where I was president of the Residence Halls Assoc. and member of the Legislative Council. In 1961 I won the Associated Woman Student of the Year award.

While living in the dorms at UCSB, I started playing a ukulele with friends and soon bought my first guitar. This began a wonderful association with the folk music scene both in California and Australia. In the 1970s I sang on P&O cruises, appeared on TV talent quests and gave three major concerts in Toowoomba. But the most fun was singing at folk clubs in NSW and Qld for 28 years and meeting some great people who are still friends today.

In 2000 my sister Elaine ('58) came to Australia for the Sydney Olympics and we had a fabulous time attending 18 events in 9 sports. The only experience to top this was my trip to California in September 2007 for our 50th reunion. Elaine and I had a wonderful 5 weeks with family and friends.

Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 9:31 PM
My biggest fish ever, a 16 lb. Golden Trevally caught in 2008.