Margaret Trussell was a former instructor and Dean of Women at SRJC. Her contributions to SRJC as an instructor, Dean of Women, and philanthropist significantly affected the course of the institution.
Margaret graduated from Santa Rosa High School in 1914 and graduated from Berkeley in 1923 with a master’s degree is psychobiology. Margaret taught at Santa Rosa High School and later joined SRJC’s staff in 1944. Margaret taught child psychology, served as Dean of Women, and was instrumental in organizing the college’s child care programs and nursing training programs before retiring in 1963.
In the late 1980s, Margaret and her husband established two scholarships through the SRJC Foundation. At the time of their first bequest, Rhodes Trussell said, “we believe that the greatest benefit for our community, state, and nation is constant and available educational opportunity for all of our citizens.”
13 December 1925 – 28 August 2006
Laurie Judson was a woman who recognized few of the boundaries most conventional people assume. Social class did not exist for her. Race was a notion she ignored. Faith, for Laurie, was defined by polite and thoughtful activism and giving to whatever community she found herself in. She shared this eclectic philosophy and approach to life in many ways with many people. There were three primary points where she focused this philosophy and supported it with courage and boundless energy: basic justice, international understanding, and education.
Education for Laurie had very little to do with exams or majors or grade point averages. It had to do with students, particularly international students new to a strange and not always hospitable land. She gave them shelter, she gave them English lessons, she gave them transportation to legal proceedings where she was always their tireless advocate, she held their hands in times of crisis, she found them jobs and books and the odd second-hand sofa. She challenged all who would question them for outward differences, whether that difference be an Islamic headscarf, a funny accent, or a lifestyle at odds with convention. She also gave hundreds of students love and friendship. What was important was that young people on the perilous road of life knew they had an ally. Many students returned her love, and joined Laurie on her journey through life.
Laurie believed that the world is one, that humankind really is, as she liked to say, “the family of man.” The Laurie D. Judson Scholarship was established to support, encourage, and nurture this vision.
The Alex Ling Memorial Scholarship for International Students was established by the Trussell Family in honor of Alex Ling who was an international student. Margaret Trussell was the dean of women at SRJC in the 1960s and the family sponsored Alex and his brothers from Hong Kong to come to SRJC to study. All five of the brothers continued on to Cal Berkeley and graduated in different majors in the sciences.
In honor of Alex, a scholarship is sponsored by the Trussell family specifically for an international student.
Mr. and Mrs. Guerrera have donated funds to the International Student Program to do what the office believes would be of most benefit to our international students. The Guerreras have traveled extensively and their foreign travel has contributed so much to their lives. It has broadened their knowledge and understanding of other cultures and, thereby, significantly enriched their lives. So, they wanted to share this experience with students who are unable to avail themselves of this opportunity because of a lack of funds. The ISP team decided to offer scholarships to the international students.