Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Academics: John Winslow, Class of 1970
For more than four decades, John Winslow has forged a highly successful career in the field of biomedical research. A Southern California native, John was born in La Jolla, but grew up in Oceanside. A product of South Oceanside Elementary and St. Mary’s School, he made a name for himself academically and athletically while attending OHS. A two-sport athlete (baseball and football), John earned All-Avocado First Team honors as a safety playing for legendary gridiron coach Herb Meyer. In the classroom, John excelled in science and math, graduating eighth in his class in 1970. After winning numerous science fair awardsat the county, state and international levels, John was accepted into the prestigious UC Santa Barbara College of Creative Studies program. As a Gaucho, John earned a Regent’s Scholarship and graduated with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry. In 1981, he completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at UC San Diego, and soon after was accepted into a postdoctoral fellowship program in the Department of Medicine, cardiovascular division, at the renowned Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. John would go on to win individual postdoctoral fellowships from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association. Throughout his distinguished career, he has held high level positions in the field of biological research. As a scientist with Genentech, Inc., he studied the molecular identification of key genes and proteins in cell signaling. His work has led him to publish more than 50 peer-review scientific papers, and has earned him the distinction of being recognized as a leader in the study of cellular growth factors and their receptors in cancer diagnostics. John is a member of the American Association of Cancer Research, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Society of Biological Chemists and Molecular Biologists. An avid surfer, John and his wife Kath reside in El Granada on the San Mateo County Coast. Together they have raised three sons: Jonathan, Michael and Justin.
Arts: William Bagley Class of 1967
A renowned author and editor, Will Bagley was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1959 he and his family moved to Oceanside, where he attended Mission Elementary School and Jefferson Junior High before graduating with honors as a proud Pirate in 1967. During his senior year, Will was elected ASB President. A member of the National Forensic League, he also participated in Model United Nations and wrote for the school paper, the Driftwood. His “impromptu speech” at the California High School State Speech Tournament earned Will first place honors. A graduate of UC Santa Cruz, Will completed his B.A. in History. He then spent three years in North Carolina studying the music and culture of Appalachia. In 1979, as the founder of Groundhog Records, he released his own album, “The Legend of Jesse James.”
In 1982 he entered the evolving world of technology as a writer for Evans & Sutherland, the pioneers of computer graphics. By 1995, Will had embarked on a new career path as a professional historian. To date, he has written and edited more than 20 books. His articles and reviews have appeared in numerous professional journals including: Western Historical Quarterly, Utah Historical Quarterly, The Journal of Mormon History and the Overland Journal, to name a few. For four years Will penned a column, “History Matters,” for the Salt Lake City Tribune. A participant in the Claremont McKenna College lecture series, “The American West,” Will became a research associate at the prestigious Yale University Beinecke Library in 2000. Nine years later he was named the library’s Archibald
Hanna, Jr., Fellow in American History. A member of the Utah Speakers Bureau, Will has worked as a historical consultant for the National Park Service, while providing insights for more than a dozen documentary films broadcast on the PBS, A&E, and Discovery television networks. A father of two and grandfather of two, Will lives and works in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Athletics: Jim Nelson Class of 1945
A pioneer in the sport of drag racing, and an inaugural member of the Drag Racing Hall of Fame, Jim Nelson was born in Los Angeles, Calif. In 1941, at the age of 14, he and his family moved to Carlsbad. A 1945 graduate of the then Oceanside-Carlsbad High School, Jim joined the US Navy, serving until 1947. His true passion for fast cars led to his seamless transition into the world of auto racing. He began racing at El Mirage in 1948, the same year he founded the Carlsbad Oilers Auto Club. Two years later, in the interest of safety, and to help keep young drag racers from competing on city streets, he helped establish what is still
known today as the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). Soon after, he and his partner Dode Martin formed Dragmaster Inc., a renowned business known for producing popular dragsters and street legal hot rods. Jim’s expertise in the field led the Chrysler Corporation in 1964 to commission his business to build what is considered the first “Funny Car.” Today, many of the race cars built by Dragmaster are housed in the NHRA Hall of Fame Museum in Pomona, Calif. Some of Jim’s accolades include the NHRA’s “Best Engineered Award” and “Speed Record” in 1961. The following year he was crowned winner of the Pomona Drag Racing Nationals. Winning numerous prestigious racing events, and known for his innovative engineering and chassis fabrication skills, Jim is considered an
“icon” in the racing world. A relentless civic booster, he enjoyed a lengthy career working for LEGOLAND, where twice he was named “Model Citizen of the Year.” Jim mentored young automotive enthusiasts as an automotive instructor at MiraCosta College, and also volunteered his time at the Helen Woodward Animal Shelter. Jim passed away on May 9, 2012. He and his wife Martha were married for 62 years. They were the proud parents of two sons, Dirk and Shan, and a number of grandchildren.
Athletics: Joe Paopao Class of 1973
Nicknamed the “Throwin’ Samoan,” Joe Paopao was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. During his stellar OHS athletic career, he played quarterback, linebacker and punter from 1969 to 1973 for the Pirates. Following graduation, Joe moved north up the California coast, landing at Long Beach State University. In just two seasons quarterbacking the 49ers (1975 and ’76), he became the program’s No. 8 all-time passing yards leader, and 10th overall in total yards. During this time, he led Long Beach to a 17-5 overall record, earning him a spot in the CSULB Hall of Fame in 2006. Joe’s next gridiron stop was also another move north, this time to the Canadian Football League, where he would forge a solid career as both a player and a coach. From 1978 to 1983, Joe lined up under center for the British Columbia Lions, throwing for 9,656 yards and 62 touchdowns. Playing against Toronto in 1979, Joe set a then-CFL record by completing 18 straight passes, a single-game record that would stand for 15 years. In 1981, his best individual season, he amassed 3,777 passing yards and 28 touchdowns, both career-high numbers. Moving to the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders in 1984, he nearly equaled his output with the Lions, throwing for 9,337 yards and 34 scoring passes in only three seasons. Joe closed out his CFL playing career with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1987, before returning home to British Columbia for his final season in 1990. Recognized as one of the best players in franchise history, Joe was honored by the Lions in 2007 with a spot on the team’s Wall of Fame. Along with his prestigious playing career, he served as a general manager, a head coach and offensive coordinator in the CFL for a 20 year span. In early 2013, Joe was named head coach of the University of Waterloo, where he had served as the team’s assistant offensive coordinator and assistant head coach since 2007. Other inductions include the City of Oceanside Hall of Fame and Laurel Elementary Hall of Fame.
Business: Peter Meisen Class of 1971
An expert in the field of renewable energy, Peter Meisen was born and raised in Oceanside. He attended South Oceanside Elementary and Lincoln Junior High before moving on to OHS. Elected class president his junior year, Peter was honored as the Class of ‘71 Salutatorian. Following two years at MiraCosta College, where he again earned Salutatorian honors, Peter transferred to UC San Diego, completing his B.S. in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences in 1975. As a social engineer, he helped establish SHARE (Self Help and Resource Exchange), which grew to become one of North America’s largest private food distribution programs. Five years later, drawing inspiration from renowned inventor and futurist Buckminster Fuller, he founded the Global Energy Network Institute (GENI), a non-profit research and educational institute designed to explore global solutions for peace and sustainable development. GENI’s goal is to establish an interconnected electric grid that links the regional power systems to renewable energy resources on every continent. Former CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite called the idea “the most thoughtful strategy for peace and sustainable development” that he had ever seen. The GENI Initiative has earned the endorsement of seven Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, with Peter presenting his plan at seven World Energy Conferences. To spur investment into green energy development, Peter helped launch the Global Climate 100 Index, designed for investors seeking climate change solutions. Index companies provide leadership in the areas of renewable energies, future fuels and clean/efficient technology. In 2011, Peter expanded his work by launching the World Resources Simulation Center (WRSC) to visualize sustainable solutions to global and local problems so that society can make more informed choices quickly. Some of his professional memberships include: UCSD Alumni Association, MIT Enterprise Forum, the IEEE Power Engineering Society, World Affairs Council of San Diego, Union of Concerned
Scientists and the American Council on Renewable Energy. He and his wife Ashley, who serves as the Director of the Women’s Museum of California, reside in San Diego.
Community Service: Daryl Wasano Class of 1973
Best known for leading the first Oceanside Little League All-Star team to the 2001 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., Daryl Wasano has long been a highly recognized and popular leader and supporter of youth sports in Oceanside. A 1973 graduate of OHS, Daryl was born in Oakland, Calif. He is considered a fourth generation of Japanese (Yonsei) descent. His great grandparents immigrated to Hawaii from Fukuoka, Japan. A solid student athlete during his high school years, Daryl played both basketball and baseball for the Pirates. As a longtime community coach, Daryl has watched a number of his former players move on to Division I baseball programs and even the Major Leagues. While his 2001 Little League World Series team finished an impressive third overall in the tourney, Coach Wasano was most highly regarded for teaching his players an important life lesson in defeat. When it was later determined a team from New York had used a player “too old to participate,” Daryl respectfully communicated to his players the message that “life is not always fair” and to “move forward filled with great memories of a prestigious accomplishment” after advancing so far in their journey. His humble and thoughtful approach in defeat earned him widespread respect from the Oceanside community. He also coached the 2006 Oceanside Little League Majors to a District 28 Tournament of Champions tournament title. Throughout his life, this highly respected coach has contributed in a variety of ways to the Oceanside American Little League, including serving nine seasons as a board member. Daryl also coached girls’ softball for six seasons at Tri City Christian School, leading the program to its first Division 5 Citrus League title. He is the proud father of four children: Jennifer, Brooke, Blake and Jacob. Daryl resides in Vista, serving as vice president of the La
Costa 35 Athletic Club. He owns and operates Sumo Tackle, a manufacturer and supplier of fishing tackle products.