By Clara Cordeiro

Design editor

Part-time English teacher Marchelle Hammack Tosdal died Wednesday Oct. 17 after a three-year battle with cancer.

Tosdal was 61 and is survived by her husband John and her daughter Sedona.

She was the arts and entertainment writer for the Beachcomber newspaper from 2001 to 2009 after teaching classes at LBCC.

Tosdal was the eldest of three sisters and born in Riverside on Sept. 25, 1951.

She received her Masters degree in professional writing from USC after graduating from Occidental college.

She had many occupations including writer, soap opera television actor, English teacher, comedian, belly dancer and proofreader as well as occasional writer of weekend getaway articles for the Beachcomber.


By Clara Cordeiro

Design editor

Former accounting student Trisha Esmond Cade was killed Friday Nov. 2 when a wrong-way driver hit her on the 710 Freeway.

Long Beach police say Derrick Armstrong, 33, was driving while intoxicated and was driving a 1997 Chevy Tahoe when he struck a 1987 Honda Accord and a white 2010 Toyota Corolla.

Cade, passenger of the Honda, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Armstrong was booked on driving under the influence, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run causing death or injury charges, according to the Press Telegram.

He is being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $100,000 bail, police said.

The driver of the Honda, a Long Beach woman, 26, was removed from the car by the Long Beach Fire Department and was transported to a hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the Toyota, a 26-year-old Long Beach man sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital.

People with information about the crash may call the Long Beach Police Accidents Investigations Detective David Lauro at (562) 570-7355.


By Tonia Ciancelli

Online editor

LBCC alumnus William O’Neill, the husband of Beverly O’Neill, LBCC’s former president and Long Beach mayor, died peacefully at Seaside Hospital in Long Beach on Oct. 24.

He also is survived by his daughter Teresa.

“Bill credits the ability to go to college to LBCC,” his wife said.

“He thought it was a great place and insisted our daughter go there before transferring.”

O’Neill and his wife met at Poly High School, both continuing on to graduate from LBCC and Cal State Long Beach.

As the author of eight books and more than 70 articles, O’Neill was, “A brilliant man,” said Ginny Baxter, executive director of the LBCC foundation.

In 1972, O’Neill was among the first group of students inducted into the LBCC Hall of Fame.  He was Cal State’s third ASB president and earned his doctorate from USC where his dissertation was chosen as the outstanding dissertation of the year. For more than 32 years, he taught students in the USC graduate programs throughout the world.

Condolences in the form of scholarship donations may be made in O’Neill’s memory to the  LBCC Foundation.