Rathburn Wiley Shelton, 1923-2012

Longtime Westmont College ambassador was a lifelong musician  Rathburn Wiley Shelton died February 1, 2012, of complications from pneumonia. He was 88. A longtime resident of Santa Barbara, Rath was born on October 4, 1923, in Taft, Calif., to Alice Rachel Braden and James Orto Shelton, who had moved from Texas in the early 1920s. After graduating from Taft High School, Rath moved to Santa Barbara to study music at Santa Barbara State College (now UCSB). In 1943, he married the love of his life, Peggy Emmens, (1924-1984). He soon joined the Army, becoming part of the Big Band under Ray Ellis, and was lead trumpet, playing for the troops in London until the end ofWorld War II. He returned to Santa Barbara to attend Westmont College. After graduating in sociology in 1950, he began a 30-year career with the college as director of Public Relations and later the Westmont Alumni Association, which he founded. A good athlete, especially in baseball, Rath also coached theWestmont team in the 1950s. more

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