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Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

College Community,

Chester DeVore
Chester S. "Chet" DeVore
We have lost a legend. Earlier today, Chester DeVore, former Superintendent/President, passed away. It is largely because of his vision and belief in education that Southwestern College is here today.

After working as a teacher, counselor, coach and principal, Mr. DeVore became the College's President in 1962, a position he held until 1981. The first 25 years of our history are largely a credit to DeVore's leadership. He developed the College's strong academic and athletic programs. He was involved with the design of the main campus. He arranged for classes to take place at Chula Vista High School while the campus was under construction. He was named Chula Vista's "Man of the Year" in 1965. He became the first Commissioner of the newly-formed Pacific Coast Athletic Conference in 1982.

Mr. DeVore was also a veteran who served in World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He is survived by his wife Helen and children John, Janet, James and Ann.

Services will be held as follows:

Monday, January 10, 2011
11:00 a.m.
Chula Vista Presbyterian Church
940 Hilltop Drive

The family has established the Chester S. DeVore Memorial Scholarship at Southwestern College. Contributions may be sent to the Office of the Superintendent/President. Checks should be made payable to Southwestern College.

As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, let us celebrate Chester DeVore's life.


Angelica L. Suarez, Ph.D.
Acting Superintendent/President