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O'Connell, Jack, b. 1951, Glen Cove, New York. Ex officio Regent as State Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2003-present. Education: B.A., History, CSU Fullerton; Secondary Teaching Credential, CSU Long Beach, 1975. Career: State Assembly, 1982-94, representing the 35th district; State Senate in 1994, representing the State's 18th Senate district.

Ochoa, Ralph, b. Oct. 16, 1941, Los Angeles, Calif. Ex officio Regent as Alumni Association President, 1991-92; Appointed by Governor Wilson, 1997-98. Committees: Grounds and Buildings, 1998; Audit, 1998-99; Vice Chairman, Health Services, 1998. Education: B.A. Zoology, 1963, UC Los Angeles; J.D., 1969, UC Los Angeles. Career: lawyer, Ochoa and Sillis; chief of staff to Leo McCarthy, Speaker of the Assembly until 1978; accompanied Rosalyn Carter as Special Ambassador and Representative of President Carter to inauguration of President of Costa Rica; Founder and President of HBRO Communications, Inc.

Olney, Warren, Jr., b. Oct. 15, 1870, S.F.; d. March 25, 1939, Berkeley. Ex officio Regent as pres., Cal. Alumni Assn., 1932-34. Education: A.B. 1891, LL.D. 1919, UCB; A.B. 1892, Stanford; LL.B. 1894, Hastings Coll. of Law. Career: S.F. law practice, 1907-39; with Olney, Pringle and Mannon, formerly Olney and Olney (father and son), 1907-10; with Page, McCutchen, Knight and Olney, 1910-13; with McCutchen, Olney and Willard, 1913-19. Atty. for Regents of UC, 1911-19; general atty., 1907-13. Gen. counsel, 1913-15, receiver, 1915-16, gen. counsel, 1916-19, Western Pacific Railway Co.; assoc. justice, 1919-21, Cal. Supreme Court. Became mem., 1921, McCutchen, Olney, Mannon and Greene. Assistant professor of law, 1895-1904, Hastings Coll. of Law; lect., 1904-07, Sch. of Jurisprudence, UCB. Mem., state registration bureau in charge of registration for the draft in Cal; chmn., Dist. Exemption bd. for Div. 1, 1917-18; chmn., State Mil. Welfare Comn., 1917-18.

Olson, Culbert Levy, b. Nov. 7, 1876, Fillmore, Utah; d. April 13, 1962, L.A. Ex officio Regent as gov., 1939-43. Education: 1890-91, 1893-95, Brigham Young U.; 1897-99, 1901, Columbian (now George Washington) U. Law Sch., Wash., D.C.; 1899-1900, U. Mich. Career: telegraph operator, 1891; reporter, city editor, 1896-97, Ogden Standard; Washington corresp. for western newspaper, 1897-99; admitted to Utah bar, 1901; Salt Lake City law practice, 1901-20. Utah state senator, 1916-20. Moved to Cal., 1920. Cal. state senator, 1934-38; Asst. U.S. Atty. Gen., 1936-37. Delegate to Dem. Ntl. Conventions, 1920, 1940, 1944.

Olson, Gus, b. Dec. 2, 1888, Paso Robles, Cal.; d. Sept. 21, 1970. Appointed Regent to fill unexpired term of Regent Harrison, 1951-60. Education: A.B. 1911, UCB. Career: engineer, 1911-14, S.F. firm of Haviland-Tibbets; supt., 1914-16, Netherlands Farms Co.; gen. mgr., 1916-41, Holland Land Co. Mem., bd. of trustees, 1916-, pres., bd. of trustees, 1920, Reclamation Dist. 999. Chmn. of bd., local and county farm bureau, 1914-15. Mem., exec. comm., state farm bureau, 1925-26. Dir., Sacramento Chamber of Commerce, 1927-30. Mem., exec. comm., Central Valley Flood Control Assn., Sacramento River and Delta Water Assn. Trustee, Monterey Inst. Foreign Studies, 1955-65.

O'Melveny, Stuart, b. March 2, 1888, Santa Monica, Cal. Appointed to fill unexpired term of Regent W. H. Crocker, 1937-40. Education: B.C. 1910, UCB; 1911-17, Harvard Law Sch. Career: admitted to Cal. bar, 1911; practiced law, 1911-23; 1st lt., Air Force, 1917-18; vice-pres., 1923-35, pres., 1936-52, chmn. of bd., 1952-55, dir., 1955-, Title Ins. and Trust Co. Dir.: So. Cal. Gas Co.; Van Nuys Investment Co. Trustee: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Harvey Mudd Coll. Dir., Automobile Club of So. Cal.

Orr, Verne, b. Nov. 12, 1916, Pasadena, Calif. Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown, 1976-81. Education: B.A. Economics, 1937, Pomona College; M.B.A., 1939, Stanford University. Career: Consultant, Ernst & Ernst; Dir. of Motor Vehicles, State of California, 1969-75; Dir. of Finance, State of California, 1975. Resigned as Regent to become Secretary of the U.S. Air Force under President Reagan.



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