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November 4, 2005
DH 05 RH23
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Historical Society Gives CSUDH Historian Its Highest Honor

Judson Grenier, emeritus history professor, and founding chair of CSU Dominguez Hills’ Department of History, received the Fellows Award Medallion from the Historical Society of Southern California (HSSC) in October. It is the highest award the Society gives and they are bestowed, on average, only every four years.

The award was presented during a ceremony at the Huntington Library. Grenier was one of four to receive the award. All four recipients received the Fellows Award for their “uncommon lifetime achievements in the pursuit of history,” as stated in The Southern Californian, the HSSC’s publication.

Grenier joined Dominguez Hills in 1966 and taught for 27 years. He also co-directed the California State University Oral History Project and has been an active participant in researching and documenting, as well as lecturing and teaching about, the history of Los Angeles, the South Bay, and Southern California. The historian has won many awards, including the first of Dominguez Hills’ Lyle E. Gibson Distinguished Teacher Awards, which he was given in 1974 [see  http://www.csudh.edu/univadv/IDH0800/Gibson0800.html].

In 1987, he wrote California Legacy: The Watson-Dominguez Family.  In 1999, HSSC published his book, Golden Odyssey: John Stroud Houston, California’s First Controller. Among other activities, Grenier is currently at work on a biography of George Carson, after whom the city of Carson is named.

“It’s quite an honor to be included among the Fellows Awards recipients,” Grenier says. “It’s a special group, and to be elected to it was a very fine experience. They bestow the medallions only every four or five years, so I will be able to wear mine at the next one for an official ceremony. And, I like going to the Huntington.”

Another pleasure of the evening, he points out with enthusiasm, is that all four of his children were able to be there for the ceremony, even though one came from Chicago and another from Northern California. It wasn’t their first experience with HSSC, however: “About 30 years ago I was on the board of directors,” Grenier recalls, adding, “I took the opportunity to bring HSSC members to Dominguez Hills.”

Grenier has never really left the campus. He can be seen on campus or at CSUDH functions and he currently is still active on a committee headed by
James Sudalnik, professor, Communications Department. They are producing a 30-minute video of the 1910 Los Angeles International Air Meet at Dominguez Field, the first air meet in the United States, which was held next to what is now the Dominguez Hills campus. “Much of it is done,” Grenier comments, “We’re just waiting now for the rest of the funding to come through.” He is also in his 21st year on the editorial advisory board for the magazine, California History, a quarterly from the California Historical Society, and he is the secretary for the statewide California State University Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association. “I may give that position up soon, though, to become the archivist, a position that’s open,” Grenier says.

He adds: “The position would be very good for me. Since Dominguez Hills is the official archives site for the CSU system, it means my work as archivist would be here. Right on the campus.”

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