• Del Mar College Foundation, Alumni, & Grants Newsletter: January 2017

    Alumni Spotlight: Joanne Hedrick, Retired

    Alumni Spotlight_Joanne Hedrick PhotoMusic student Joanne Hedrick is one of Del Mar College’s biggest fans, and rightly so! Both she and the college were ‘born’ in 1935. The active senior was 16 years old when she began attending Del Mar College in the 1950s, and still is taking classes at Del Mar today.

    Tuition was $50/semester at Del Mar back then, and she received a tuition scholarship for tennis. Her first class at DMC was tennis, and she states that Shelby Torrance, the coach, was her favorite instructor and mentor. After meeting her soon-to-be husband Jerry, Coach Torrance cautioned that she ‘would never graduate’ if she got married. Joanne took it as a personal challenge that made her even more determined to get her degree.

    She said prior to attending DMC she was academically strong, but that she blossomed socially during her time here. She joined several educational and religious clubs, including student council, the Women’s Athletic Council and the Phi Theta Kappa honors society.

    Her favorite memory of DMC is when she was the Homecoming Duchess. She also remembers fondly the time she got a Silver Medal at Districts in Tennis. She has lots of fun memories of being on the tennis team and taking out of town trips with Coach Torrance.

    She loves looking at her yearbook from Del Mar and recently took it to her tennis league to show her friends. She says that she likes to look through it when she feels down or sad. Many of her friends have passed away, and she loves looking at the messages they wrote in her yearbook.

    After receiving her degree from DMC she went on to get a degree from TAMUCC in 1958 (University of Corpus Christi at the time – and she went there because they provided free babysitting!)

    She became a teacher and went on to serve as a City Commissioner in Kingsville for three terms from 1978 to 1984 where she won by five votes. Her political background also includes a run for Mayor of Kingsville in 1984. She says she experienced a lot while serving her community by holding public office and playing in the orchestra in Kingsville.

    She continues to broaden her horizons by taking viola classes, painting, serving as the captain of her local tennis team and actively participating at her local church. Her current favorite instructor is Mr. Todd Ehle, who teaches in the Del Mar College Music Department and directs the Corpus Christi Chamber Orchestra.

    The quintessential student says she would like to take more classes, including music theory or piano. Her musical talent was developed through the local public school system and Del Mar College, and she continues to hone her skills by performing with Del Mar College in the Corpus Christi Chamber Orchestra. Next time you catch a performance, be sure to say hello to Joanne!

    Send “Alumni Spotlight” ideas to Cynthia Arbuckle at carbuckl@delmar.edu or 361-698-1031