CUESTA COLLEGE: Dale Schwartz was a leader in San Luis Obispo County and Paso Robles

The late Dale Schwartz was a longtime supporter of Cuesta College and its expansion into the North County. Among his contributions are the Schwartz Family and Schwartz-Studer scholarship programs for students in need.

Schwartz, who died in January 2006, began his career in the Navy and survived the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. He later became the chief engineer at the Paso Robles-based radio station KPRL. In 1952, he bought the station with his brother, Barney Schwartz, who has a park named after him on Paso Robles’ east side.

The brothers also served on the Paso Robles City Council together and co-founded the Paso Robles Golf & Country Club.

After his retirement, Dale Schwartz authored and published seven books and spent his time volunteering in the community, traveling with his wife, Mary, and golfing.

In January 2010, Cuesta College named the North County Learning Resource center after him to honor his legacy.

At the center’s groundbreaking in May, Mary Schwartz said her husband would be dancing to mark the occasion. “(Actually),” she said at the time, “he probably is dancing.”