C. Losee was appointed President of Dixie Junior College in
September 1964, and remained for 12 years. He retired in 1976.
Losee was born in Panguitch, Utah in June 1910. He graduated from
Provo High School in 1928. While in high school he was active in
all sports and excelled especially in swimming. He completed the
requirements for his BS Degree in Physical Education from BYU in
1936, with a minor in English. While at the 'Y', he participated in
all major sports.
Faye Greer in 1936 and they became the parents of three daughters.
first teaching position was at Roosevelt High School in 1935-36,
where he coached physical education.
1936-1941, he was Professor of Health and Physical Education, Coach
and Director of Intramurals at Weber College in Oqden, Utah. In
1938, he received his Masters Degree from the University of Southern
World War II years, 1941-1945, he served as a Lt. Commander in the
US Naval Air Service, with his final assignment being Staff Officer
in the Pacific Fleet.
war, he returned to BYU where he was Graduate Manager, Business
Manager of Student Activities for 1945-1947.
His next two
years were spent at the University of Southern California where he
taught courses in Physical Education, lectured in graduate courses
and in 1950, completed the requirements for a Ph.D in Education
From 1949 to
1964, he served as Division Administrator over five departments at
California State College at Los Angeles. He was President of the
California Collegiate Athletic Association and a member of the
Public Relations Committee of the NCAA from 1961 to 1964, and is a
life member of the Helms Hall Athletic Foundation.
1960, following a tragic airplane crash involving members of the
California State Polytechnic College football team, Losee arranged
and directed the Mercy Bowl Football Classic, which raised $250,000
for the survivors of the crash.
time of his appointment as President, Dr. Losee was serving as Dean
of the School of Fine and Applied Arts at California State College
at Los Angeles.
Losee became known as the "Builder of the Dixie College Campus"; he
opened doors in the state capital that had previously been closed
and established a working relationship with Governor Calvin
L. Rampton and
other state officials. He convinced them that he could give Dixie
the new directions it needed. He changed the image of Dixie from a
small college campus with an enrollment of only 383 students, to a
vibrant and growing campus covering a total of 74 acres, with an
enrollment of 1300 students.
former Dixie College Professor, Wayne McConkie, it was this
tremendous growth in physical size and in numbers of students and
President Losee's influence and statures that insured the future
and solidified the position of Dixie College as a permanent part of
the Utah System of Higher Education. "People today just don't
understand the trauma we went through every time the legislature
met", Professor McConkie said, “we continually wondered if Dixie
would ever be able to continue."