Meet Some of Our Donors

On behalf of Orange Coast College, we would like to thank all of our current donors for their generosity and support.


Douglas Bennett, Dr. Giles T. Drown, OCC President Emeritus, Margaret Gratton

Retired Orange Coast College history professor, Dr. Giles T. Brown was first in line when the OCC Foundation initiated a charitable gift annuity program last fall. The $100,000 annuity will provide Dr. Brown, 86, with payments for the remainder of his life at an effective rate of more than 16 percent. Upon his death, the residual will go to the foundation for an endowment to be used at the discretion of the college president. Dr. Brown has stipulated that the gift go to support “the academic mission of the college.”

The charitable gift annuity program is a new offering of OCC’s Foundation, available through the assistance of the Community College League of California, Charitable gift annuities allow seniors to make donations to OCC and receive payments for life. Donors are provided

with tax-free payments, tax deduction savings and capital gains tax savings.

The effective rate of return on an annuity can range from 10 percent to 20 percent, depending upon the age of the donor.

“Dr. Brown has presented the college with a wonderfully generous gift,” said Marc Harper, chairman of OCC’s foundation and a CPA with myCFO in Irvine. “Giles has been extremely supportive of Orange Coast College since its founding 54 years ago.”

Dr. Brown was a member of OCC’s charter faculty when the college opened its doors on September 13, 1948. He met his wife, Beth, on campus. She was OCC’s first librarian.

Dr. Brown and Beth fell in love and were married three years later in the campus chapel, on November 21, 1951. The Newport Beach couple remained devoted to one another until Beth’s death from leukemia, in 1992. Dr. Brown still in lives in their Newport Heights home.

Dr. Brown was chair of OCC’s Social Sciences Division for 12 years before leaving the college in 1960 to chair the History Department at California State University, Fullerton. He later served as Fullerton’s Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice President of Academic Programs. He retired in 1983.

After Dr. Brown left OCC for Cal State Fullerton, he continued heading up OCC’s weekly, noncredit current affairs lecture series, “Behind the Headlines.” He inaugurated the series in 1949 and continued to lead it for 42 years, through the spring of 1991.


Rob Jordan's mother, Ann Stewart, christens the "Rob Jordan" on March 17, 2002 in a ceremony.

Orange Coast College Pirates of yesterday, today and tomorrow will always remember the winning spirit of Rob Jordan, class of 1989, because of the Rob Jordan Crew Memorial set up by his family to honor his memory after his death in 2001.

Jordan, a bond trader with Cantor Fitzgerald, died September 11th in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. He rowed for OCC’s Pirates during the 1988 and 1989 seasons and was captain of the crew his sophomore year. He went on to graduate from UC Berkeley.

The memorial funded a new state-of-the-art eight-oared Empacher and an endowed crew scholarship in Jordan’s memory. Jordan’s mother, Ann Stewart of Newport Beach christened the “Rob Jordan” on March 17, 2002 in a ceremony in front of OCC’s Sailing & Rowing Center in Newport

OCC's rowing crew use the new "Rob Jordan" shell in competition.

Beach. The Rob Jordan helped the Varsity Crew team to an undefeated season in California competitions and sixth in the nation at the Avaya Championships in New Jersey in May. The Varsity crew finished the season by competing in the elite Henley Royal Regatta in England in July and placing in the top 16 of the 57 crews from all over the world.

The Rob Jordan Crew Memorial Scholarship is a way that people can honor the memory of one of OCC’s finest alumni. For more information regarding setting up a memorial fund please contact Doug Bennett at (714) 432-5126.