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Yarbrough, Wormley, Named Journal 2010 Fathers of the Year

Each year as the Journal chooses a father of the year, we generally select only one. This year we choose two men who have touched the lives of many youth in the community. These men have proven themselves to be great examples of what it means to be a father to their own biological children while, simultaneously, providing so much to so many children in the community.

African American news from Pasadena - Father's of the Year 2010DELANO YARBOROUGH

Delano Yarborough, known in the community as "Del", is father to three children, Desiree, Monique, and Delano Jr., and grandfather to eight. The children grew up without the nightly influence of television as there were rules in the Yarborough household. One rule was that there was no television during the week. Other rules were that everyone had to help with chores around the house, whether it was washing, ironing, or working in the yard. And bedtime was at 9 p.m.

The result of the no TV formula is the evidence of the success of the Yarborough children. All three graduated from Alabama's Tuskeegee University with the girls getting degrees in computer science and math, and Delano Jr. achieving a degree major in mechanical engineering. They all work in the computer field, across the country. Monique is in Georgia, Desiree is in Texas, and Del, Jr., designs parts for automotive industry giants like General Motors in Detroit.

Del Yarbrough set the example, graduating from Arkansas AM&M in his native Arkansas with a Bachelors in math. The school today is the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He earned a Masters at California's Azusa Pacific after meeting and marrying Samella (Sam) in 1962. They met after he took a position in Missouri where he taught math and she taught home economics. The young couple arrived in California where Del had taken a civil service position as a mathematician working on underwater vehicles for the Navy. After a few years, he returned to teaching with the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) where he worked from 1964 to 1994 when he retired.

Over the years Yarbrough has assisted many young people in his work as a math teacher in the PUSD, at John Muir High School and as Principal of Eliot Jr. High School, from 1980 until his retirement. Since retirement he has helped numerous young people through various mentoring and tutoring programs through the NAACP where he served as President from 1999 through 2002 and as an active member of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Altadena.

Today he spends much of his time traveling to visit his grandchildren and, as part owner of Fantasy Tours, on trips throughout the world. He continues to affect the lies of young people as a member of the Pasadena City College (PCC) African American Advisory Board.

Black news from Pasadena - Father of the Year 2010HORACE WORMLEY

Horace Wormley is the biological father to two children, Horace Hanif and Vedajenne, stepfather to Lonnie Abernathy, and surrogate father to hundreds who he has mentored working in youth programs since the sixties. Lonnie's mother, JoAnn, and Horace recently celebrated 2nd anniversary. He is a graduate of PCC and holds a bachelors degree from Woodbury College and has done post graduate work at USC.

The rules of survival for children in the Wormley household was simple. No grades, no peace. With Horace as father they knew that if they wanted to play ball or go out, they had to do their school work first, and do it well. It worked. Young Horace attended schools in Pasadena and he served as student body president of Eliot Jr. High School, before going on to graduate from John Muir, PCC, and Vanguard University.

Throughout his educational career young Horace was known, at times, as "Brainy Baller" because of his prowess in the classroom and on the basketball court. He has continued the trend as a top basketball player and has played pro basketball in Europe (Germany) and in South Korea. Today, he plays for the LA Defenders, a Lakers development team.

Vedajenne lives in Las Vegas where she works in the pharmaceutical field. She is a graduate of Auburn University. Step son, Lonnie, is a graduate of Prairie View University in Texas and works in the Television Industry.

The elder Horace has set the standards high. His career has taken him from working in the youth employment programs at what was known as PCHNO (Pasadena Commission of Human Need and Opportunity) to working in los Angeles GLACAA (Greater Los Angeles Community Action Agency) as a monitor of Teen Posts throughout Southern California. Since 1980, he has worked for the City of Pasadena in various roles. Currently he serves as Director of Neighborhood Services and Community and Recreation Centers. He also volunteered to work at the Boys and Girls Clubs in Pasadena where his children were involved and spent time with his son and daughter's friends, teaching and mentoring them as if they were his own.

Horace's position with the City is broad with responsibility stretching from Administration of the cities' community centers at Villa Parks, Victory Park, Jackie Robinson Park and Community Center, and La Pintoresca Park. He is also administrator for the city's Neignborhood Connections Program which coordinates services and resources throughout the city.

The Birmingham, Alabama native has stressed education to his children and their friends in a variety of ways. On road trips to Alabama the children had to research the various states they travelled to, the State Capital, and the State Bird. The trips were learning experiences. He often took his lunch time as an opportunity to spend some time with his son and his son's friends. Often the friends had no father present and Horace's presence provided a lesson in what it meant to be a father. His coaching youth basketball and baseball has provided him opportunities to serve as surrogate father to the young players as well as providing a positive role model for his own children. For Horace, life is a teaching experience to be shared with the young, and he does it well.

 

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