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Lynn (Myers) Hermstad, '62 B.A. Elementary Education

Lynn Hermstad's Portrait

Describe your college experience.

The import of your future when you are 18, is somewhat negligible, so I recall my time at Long Beach State as carefree and a lot of fun. Even though I often worked two jobs-mainly to afford my car - I look back on my four years as memorable and comfortable.

I was mostly active in my sorority, Delta Gamma, especially Spring Sing and the Barbershop Quartet contest. I was part of the quartet for three year's running when Delta Gamma won Sweepstakes. 49er Day was such fun and always eagerly anticipated.

Where was your favorite hang-out on campus and why?

"Back in the Day" - late 50's, early 60's - the cafeteria was the place to spend your extra time. Since each fraternity and sorority had their special table, that was always a destination to socialize.

Which professor or staff made an impact on your academic or professional career and why?

Dr. Elizabeth Neilsen, my "Kiddie lit" professor; Dr. Steiner, for geography; Dr. Donald Shipley, for biology and Dorothy Deatherage and Sally Royal for P.E.

What did you do after graduating?

Taught school for 3 years and then became a stay-at-home mom, active in volunteering with PTA and the Scouts and occasionally substitute teaching.

How have you been involved with CSULB as an alumni?

I am member of Women and Philanthropy on the campus. My Soroptomist Club sponsors several scholarships at CSULB and I am involved with those processes. We faithfully attend men's volleyball in the Pyramid and support Women's Tennis. On the social end, we love the summer Concerts in the Grove and often attend events at the Carpenter Center.

What advice would give to a current student today?

There are so many more options, especially for women, than in my day. Try to mesh your interest or passion with a certain practical outlook, as to where the jobs are.

What was your favorite popular song? What was your favorite band/singer while at LBSC?

We went to school with Bobby Hatfield, and loved his musical talent. Little did we know he would become famous as a Righteous Brother!

What are you doing today?

My husband, Tom, (B.A-1961, M.A. -1963), and I are retired and enjoying traveling, the outdoors, bird watching, and attending our grandchildren's sporting activities.

Lynn teaching elementary students

Lynn Hermstad,'62, (Miss Myers), encourages the first graders to think while student teaching at Buffman Elementary School in Long Beach in 1962.

Talented Foursome for the Barbershop Quartet

Lynn (Myers) Hermstad, '62, (far left) along with Martie Duncan, Nancy Bannister, and Janie Newcomb captured Delta Gamma's third consecutive sweepstakes award at the annual Sigma Pi Barbershop Quartet. They sang "Rural Rythm" and "When Irish Eyes are Smiling" to capture the top prize.

Lynn Hermstad and her husband, Tom Hermstad

In 1961, Lynn, '62 attended the Delta Gamma Anchorman Formal with Tom Hermstad,'61,

Lynn and her husband, Tom today

Lynn and her husband, Tom married in 1963 and will be celebrating their 49th anniversary together next month.

Hermstad Family Vacation

The Hermstad Family in the Grand Tetons in 2010 to celebrate Lynn and Tom's 70th birthday.

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