Orange Coast College's Surf City connection

September 09, 2004


Over the years, we have looked at many of our fine teachers from both

Huntington High and at Central Elementary schools. This week, though,

we are going to look back at two members of the faculty of Orange

Coast College who resided here in Huntington Beach.

Patricia J. Moore believed the problems of family living have made

home economics one of the most vital studies and, for most of her


teaching career, would hold that to be true.

Moore began early in her study of the home in her home state of

Illinois. After her graduation from high school, she began her

training for her future career at Illinois State Normal School where

she majored in home economics.

To help pay tuition, Moore worked in the kitchen of a local

restaurant grilling hamburgers and making thousands of blueberry

muffins. She moved up to preparing many of the restaurant's gourmet


While college was out, she found work at a local furniture store

doing their bookwork and also selling furniture.

With World War II underway in the early 1940s, Moore did her part

for the war effort by helping at the local Red Cross canteen. She

served sandwiches, coffee and doughnuts to soldiers passing through

town on troop trains on their way to the front lines.

While she was in college, Moore worked at the college's radio

station producing programs geared toward women and the home. In one

of her programs, she gave advice to ladies on how to make their old

wardrobe look new and beautiful again.

After receiving her bachelor's degree and a Smith-Hughes

vocational credential at Illinois State, Moore began teaching home

economics and general science at Warren Township High School in

Gurnee, Ill. Having a good singing voice, she found herself singing

at many local weddings in Illinois.

When she came to California, Moore attended UCLA for extra

training. She came to Orange Coast College and taught courses in

clothing, food study and home management. At Orange Coast, Moore also

taught the fundamentals of family living and helped the college put

on banquets on campus.

Moore made her home in Huntington Beach at 754 Main St. She had a

special interest in experimental cooking and would invite her friends

over to try out some new dish.

Our second subject who taught English at Orange Coast also lived

at 754 Main St.

Louise E. Dowlen began her long road in teaching by attending

Randolph Macon College in Lynchburg, Va. After spending two years

there, Dowlen went to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., to

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