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Family Tree

The Pendleton-Robertson-Shepard Families

When the Pendletons have a family gathering, Janie Robertson Pendleton ’51 often serves the meals on her Pomona College china, commissioned in the 1950s and made by Wedgewood. The pictures of Bridges Hall of Music, the College gates and other College landmarks bring back fond memories of the campus so many members of the family have called home over the years.

Janie’s parents and her husband’s parents were married at “Little Bridges” during the 1920s. Their fathers were fraternity brothers at Pomona College and stood in each other’s weddings. When people ask John Pendleton ’51 where he met Janie, he responds: “In the crib.” Their families go way back.

Morris Pendleton ’22, who co-founded The Coop as a student, served as trustee from 1947-1974. He and his wife, Gladys Shepard Pendleton ’22, were loyal supporters of the College’s scholarships and building projects, with the Pendleton name adorning several to this day.
Though John commented that the Pendleton name is disappearing on campus—with no successors in sight (their grandchildren chose other colleges), the family continues to serve the College in instrumental ways. John has chaired every one of the Class of 1951 reunions. He and Janie have both served on the Alumni Council and in other capacities.

When Gladys passed away, her grandchildren split her set of cherished Pomona china. When Thomas Pendleton ’76 married, his wife quickly found out why the “blue and white” china had a permanent spot in their home.
 
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