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Dan Archer, longtime Ohlone trustee, dies

By Wes Bowers.

Friday, June 28, 2007—Reprinted from Fremont Bulletin.

Just a few months after his retirement from the Ohlone College Board of Trustees, Dan Archer died at his home on June 24, 2007 of heart failure. He was 88.

A long-time advocate for education in the Tri-Cities area, Archer was hired by Newark School District as a middle school teacher in 1961.

Over the course of the next 18 years, Archer would become principal at several Newark schools. He then served 27 years on the Ohlone Board of Trustees.

Outside of local schools, Archer volunteered more than 2,500 hours at Washington Hospital, wrote a column for a community magazine, and hosted a public access cable show called "Dan Archer Profiles."

Archer was also president of the Fremont Art Association and Society of Western Artists, and also served on the city's library commission.

Additionally, he was a founding member of the Ohlone College Foundation and served on the Fremont Symphony Board.

In November 2005, Archer was honored by the League for California Community Colleges for passing the quarter century mark of distinguished service as a college trustee.

Nick Nardolillo, Ohlone Board of Trustees president, said Archer's death is a great loss to the college and community.

"Ohlone was a big part of his life," Nardolillo said. "He really cared about the students. It was evident in the way he spoke about them and the way he voted (at meetings)."

Nardolillo said the board was going to discuss what it might do in Archer's memory at a retreat meeting held Wednesday night.

Born in Ohio, Archer served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, in the South Pacific area.

Nardolillo said Archer was very proud of the fact that he had served his country in the Armed Forces.

His wife of 55 years, Marie, preceded him in death. The couple attended one year together at the University of Florence in Italy. It was Marie who inspired him to support the arts.

Archer had originally planned to retire from the Ohlone Board of Trustees last year.

However, when it was determined that the board intended to hold a special election last November, Archer didn't like the idea of the remaining six board members appointing someone to fill the seat, only to elect a new member after just six months.

Archer then planned to remain on the board until last November, when the board could then hold a special election.

However, state law would not allow that stating the board would have needed to call a special election by June.

Moreover, Archer would be limited to serving no more than 60 days after filing resignation papers. Archer's term would have ended in 2008. Trisha Tahmasbi, an aide to Assemblymember Albert Torrico, replaced Archer in April.

Ohlone President Douglas Treadway said that a building at the school's Newark campus will be dedicated in Archer's name at an opening ceremony in January.

"Dan was our longest-serving trustee, so he became like an institution himself," Treadway said. "We're all very saddened, but we are also honored by the commitment he had to the Ohlone."

Archer is survived by his wife's son, Don Howard, and Howard's four children.

A visitation was held Thursday evening at Chapel of the Roses. The funeral was held at 10 a.m. Friday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

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