Dr. George E. Frakes
Annual Faculty Lecturer 1987-1988
GEORGE EDWARD FRAKES grew up in Beverly Hills, where he received his early schooling. He matriculated at Stanford University, where he received his A.B. and A.M. degrees, with an interruption for service in the United States Air Force during the Korean and Cold War era. The lecturer received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His teaching career began as an evening civics teacher at Sequoia High School in Redwood City in 1958. Later, he worked as a high school history teacher, coach and counselor with the Santa Barbara City Schools and Punahou Academy, Honolulu, Hawaii. He has taught at Stanford University, the University of Southern California, University of California Extension and UCSB as a teaching assistant, lecturer and supervisor of student teachers.
Dr. Frakes joined the faculty of Santa Barbara City College in 1962 and is presently a professor and chair of the History and Geography Department. He has held several faculty leadership positions, including member of the SBCC Resource Allocation Review Board, chair of the Social Science Division, faculty representative to the California Community College Association, and president of the SBCC Instructors Association and CTA Chapter.
OFF-CAMPUS LEADERSHIP positions include member-ship in the American Historical Association Committee on Instruction, three WASC college accreditation teams, Santa Barbara City Charter Revision Committee, Santa Barbara County Democratic League Board, and as a fund-raiser for a number of charitable organizations. Dr. Frakes frequently serves as a master of ceremonies and moderator for community functions.
The lecturer's research interests are in the field of American colonial history. He is the author of Laboratory for Liberty, The South Carolina Legislative Committee System, 1719-1776, two articles and two instructors' manuals. He co-authored, with W. Royce Adams, a two-volume American history text, and an article, with Robert M. Frakes. He co-edited two anthologies on recent history with Dr. Curtis B. Solberg.
GEORGE E. FRAKES MARRIED Catherine R. Davies in 1954. She is a home and hospital teacher for the Santa Barbara City Schools. He is also a retired Air Force Reserve officer. George and Kay Frakes have lived in Santa Barbara since 1958. They have three children: James, a financial executive; Laura, a librarian; and Robert, a teacher and doctoral student.