He always referred to me as James, never Jim.
The only person to call me that was my mother. Whenever I was in big trouble, she used "James" in combination with my middle name.
His demeanor was aloof and formal, somewhat unusual for a jazz artist.
He was Charles Rutherford. Known to everyone as "Doc," he taught jazz at Orange Coast College for 31 years. Doc died last month at the age of 85. A concert and memorial at 11 a.m. Saturday in OCC's Robert B. Moore Theatre will honor his legacy. An alumni jazz band composed of Doc's finest students will perform.
A native of Hayden, Colo., Rutherford earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in music at Colorado State University. He also completed a bachelor's in physical education, and was a Colorado State quarterback.
Doc joined OCC's faculty in 1967. He was hired ostensibly to direct the college's acclaimed 100-piece marching band, replacing John Williamson, who went to Foothill College in the Bay Area to head its fledgling music department.