Talk:List of Pomona College people

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Dashes after name and before descriptionEdit

Hello, HandsomeFella.

I see that you have changed the dashes in the "Film and Television" section of the article. This change does look good, except now it's inconsistent with the rest of the page. Can we agree on it being one way or another?

Thanks, Gummygoodness (talk) 06:14, 8 May 2013 (UTC)

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Salvador PlascenciaEdit

He appears to be Harvey Mudd College faculty, not Pomona faculty, so I've tagged him dubious. The only thing keeping me from removing him is this Prezi presentation, which seems to have first-hand knowledge of him and says Pomona but is very much not a reliable source. For anyone unaware, the Claremont Colleges writing program is joint, I believe. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 22:03, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Update: I removed him. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 08:13, 31 August 2020 (UTC)


As I've been overhauling this page, I'm moving from alphabetical sorting to sorting by class year, which seems more useful (with alphabetical secondary when people have graduated in the same year). It might be good to switch to using big tables at some point, as seems to have been done at Georgetown University alumni and List of Presidents of the University of Michigan, two articles I'm using as references for good college people lists. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 22:08, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Update:   Done. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 08:13, 31 August 2020 (UTC)

Note on removalsEdit

I just checked the removals from earlier today to see if I could find sources to establish notability. I couldn't find two for any of them, but I found one for two of them, so plopping those here for use by anyone who wants to attempt in the future:

{{u|Sdkb}}talk 03:55, 14 August 2020 (UTC)

Just did a fairly comprehensive runEdit

I just went through the 269 results from this PetScan query and added the alumni category to 95 pages, the faculty category to 49 pages (two too many), and the trustee category to three pages. The query can be run again in the future, starting from articles with a page ID greater than 64596355. I also ran a similar query a while back that addressed pages that were categorized but didn't link to Pomona anywhere in the body.

My subjective impression is that not all of the people who I added are notable enough to be worth listing at List of Pomona College people, so it may be necessary to start being a little more stringent with the standards for this page. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 23:43, 16 August 2020 (UTC)

Update: now 66716423. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 11:17, 13 February 2021 (UTC)

Redlinked Pomona peopleEdit

Going off of the Pomona timeline, here are some potentially notable Pomona people without Wikipedia pages:

Sumner is the most urgent gap, but I think if you could probably find enough between Lyon's 1977 History of Pomona College and other sources for all of them to pass WP:GNG. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 01:49, 26 August 2020 (UTC)

See also: Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Missing articles by education/US - Pomona College. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 21:14, 26 September 2020 (UTC)

Williamson dates of attendanceEdit

The sources are contradictory on when Marianne Williamson attended Pomona. The Scripps Voice says 1971–1973 based on a campus visit, National Review says 1973, and LA Mag and People talk about a move to NYC in 1973, but ABC News and The Student Life say 1970–1972. It seems that an incorrect date likely entered the information ecosystem at some point and has spread, but it's hard to tell which one. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 20:29, 27 August 2020 (UTC)

AAAS fellowsEdit

People we may want to list: {{u|Sdkb}}talk 06:02, 29 August 2020 (UTC)

  Done {{u|Sdkb}}talk 06:45, 19 September 2020 (UTC)

Judges sectionEdit

It looks like the judges section is reasonably complete, at least at the federal level. This search from what I assume is a pretty comprehensive database turned up the six we have listed and no more. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 06:05, 30 August 2020 (UTC)

No online source available for Richard FairbankEdit

This search turned up only three pages; I just went through them all and there's nothing. Since he transferred to Stanford, I'm guessing he just dropped the Pomona affiliation and no one else has picked it up except the IP that added the entry here. The most authoritative biography I can find, here, doesn't mention Pomona on page 5. Still, it seems plausible enough that the IP was someone at Pomona who knew him and knew he transferred. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 07:59, 30 August 2020 (UTC)

Update: I've removed him from the list. Per WP:PRESERVE, here's the code for his line:
| {{sortname|Richard|Fairbank}}
| style="text-align:center;" | Transferred {{circa|1970}}
| Founder and CEO of [[Capital One]]
| style="text-align:center;" | {{cn|date=August 2020}}
{{u|Sdkb}}talk 06:13, 19 September 2020 (UTC)

PetScan for pages in category but not hereEdit

Does anyone know how to use PetScan to make a list of pages that are in Category:Pomona College alumni or Category:Pomona College faculty but not linked here? I tried doing it the expected way, but it gave a bunch of pages that have redirects linked from here. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 08:12, 31 August 2020 (UTC)

I never figured that out, but here's PetScan of pages in category but not here by incoming links and PetScan by size. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 20:52, 21 January 2021 (UTC)

Official post infoboxEdit

President of Pomona College
G. Gabrielle Starr

since July 1, 2017
Reports toBoard of Trustees
ResidencePresident's House
SeatAlexander Hall

I thought about using {{Infobox official post}}, shown at right, but it seems to duplicate the table too much and doesn't really add anything important, so I think I'll leave it out. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 23:43, 18 September 2020 (UTC)

Other football coachesEdit

@Sdkb: Nice work on this list. Are you planning to add any of the other Pomona football coaches? Aside from Merritt, I think the most notable are William I. Traeger, Chuck Mills, Eugene W. Nixon, and Fox Stanton. None of those four were Pomona alums, but perhaps they belong in a staff section? Some of those guys may have been faculty members as well—that was more typical of coaches in the early 20th century. Traeger also coached at USC, was LA Country Sheriff and served in US Congress for one term. Mills later coached for a couple of major football programs. Stanton had a long career in athletics and also coached at Occidental and Caltech. There's some interesting history with Eugene Nixon. In 1938, he ran for Congress, losing to Jerry Voorhis, who held that seat for a decade until losing to Richard Nixon in 1946. I don't believe the two Nixons were related, but Eugene would have coached against the Whittier teams of the early 30s for which Tricky Dick was a reserve player. Jweiss11 (talk) 03:08, 2 December 2020 (UTC)

Jweiss11, interesting that you bring up Voorhis—he taught briefly at Pomona from 1930–1935, so he would have been on campus at the same time as Nixon! My rough sense is that Merritt is the most notable (he's the only one mentioned on the college's athletics history page), so I don't currently plan on adding more people to avoid weighting the list too much toward athletics. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 03:22, 2 December 2020 (UTC)
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