Thomas Derhm and Bethel Quesnell Major of Medford celebrated their 75th anniversary Aug. 17, 2013, with a dinner hosted by their son, Tom, at Bambu in Medford. About 20 people attended the reception.
Thomas Derhm Major married Bethel Quesnell Aug. 17, 1938, in San Gabriel, Calif. They have three children: Tom and Sherryl Major of Clayton, Ga., Margo and Tom McCaffery of Syracuse, N.Y., and Dr. Art and Evelyn Major of Santa Maria, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Thomas was raised in Paris, Mo. He was an Austin Scholar at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he was ranked on the tennis team. He served as an officer in the Navy during World War II. He worked for Eastman Kodak, and met Beth in Southern California at the suggestion of a Kodak customer. He asked her to marry him their first date, and she accepted his proposal.
Beth graduated from the University of Southern California and became a dental assistant. Both were avid golfers, and both once got holes-in-one on the same day.
Thomas headed Eastman Kodak in Southern California, and the couple were friends with the likes of Walt Disney, Jack LaLanne, owner of Knott's Berry Farm Toni Knott, Judge Hastings, the owner of the L.A. Times and others. Beth was frequently the club champion at the various country clubs they joined, and Thomas was the founding president of Rancho Bernardo Country Club near San Diego and the San Luis Obispo Country Club.