Dr. Charles “Doc” Rutherford 4-25-1925 -09-10-2010
Charles ‘Doc’ Rutherford, jazz professor, composer/ arranger & performer, of Huntington Beach, CA passed away after short illness. He was one of 7 children born to Charles & Daisy Rutherford in the small coal town of Mt. Harris, CO. After graduating from Hayden HS, CO in 1943, he joined the Navy. During WWII he played in a 16 piece band and a combo for radio broadcasts and USO dances. In 1946 he began his college career at the University of Northern Colorado where he played quarterback, as he had in HS and earned his BA in physical education and music, his M.A. and his Doctorate. He taught music for 13 years in Greybull , WY. In 1967 he moved to Orange County, accepting a position in the music department of Orange Coast College where he served as the head of the jazz program for 31 years. He was also known for creating the famous OCC Jazz Festivals held each year between 1969 & 1986.