Carl Roberts Ahee


Ahee, Dr. Carl Roberts

June 19, 1915 - April 25, 2007

Dr. Carl Roberts Ahee passed away on April 25, 2007, at home in the presence of his family. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lorraine; daughter, Mary-Guinn Felsted of Visalia; son, Karl Peter of Moreno Valley; sister, Clarabelle Henninger of Hayward; and eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Henry Roberts.

Carl was born near Unionville, Iowa, on June 19, 1915, and moved to California in 1920. He graduated from Turlock High School, Modesto Junior College and the University of Southern California (1939). He attended Hastings Law School until getting his "Greetings" letter from the U.S. government.

In May of 1941, Ahee joined the Navy flight training program and completed "E" Base at Alameda. He was commissioned and winged at Corpus Christi, Texas, and received operational training in PBMs at Norfolk and Banana River. His next assignment at Norfolk, VA, in August, 1942 made him a plank owner in the first 3-digit PBM squadron, VP 201.

Within days, Carl met and fell in love with Lorraine Guinn, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Abraham Guinn of Ducktown, Tenn. After a brief courtship, Carl and Lorraine pledged their vows to each other before God and the U.S. servicemen at the base chapel. While Lorraine returned home to Ducktown for the birth of their daughter, Mary-Guinn, Carl continued logging flight time in the much-publicized Bermuda Triangle. Vivid memories for Carl included making night anti-submarine attacks at 50-to-75 foot altitude using the 80,000,000-candle-power Leight light and covering massive 120-ship convoys ranging beyond the horizon. Ahee made a flight from Bermuda to escort a top-secret envoy that carried President Franklin D. Roosevelt to North Africa for the Tehran/Cairo "Big Three" conferences. He made several weather flights from Key West to locate, plot and define hurricane areas, once flying into a hurricane's eye. Ahee wrote, "The calmness and strange light within the eye is unforgettable."

In order to continue to progress in higher education after the war ended, Carl moved his family of five, which included twin boys, Karl Peter and Henry Roberts, to Southern California. Carl enrolled at USC as a G.I. student, while Lorraine taught school. Over the next 10 years, Carl earned three teaching credentials, three administrative credentials, two master's degrees and a doctorate.

Following graduation from USC, Carl's first professional assignment was teaching history at Turlock High School. In 1950, he accepted a position as a high school principal for the armed services. He served as principal through 1953 in both Wiesbaden and Heidelberg American High Schools in Germany. Carl began his service in Torrance Unified School District in 1955 as assistant principal at North High School. The next year he transferred to Torrance High and served as principal until 1970.

Carl later became the director for Torrance Adult School, where he remained for eight years. He also enjoyed term teaching assignments at USC and Long Beach State. Carl retired from a 32-year education career in June, 1978.

Each year, the Ahees typically drove 5,000-6,000 miles to view the beauty and bounty of the U.S. and visited numerous countries world-wide. He remained an active member of the United Methodist Church, Mariner/Marlin Association, Shriners, Masons, and various community organizations, like the Rotary Club and Elks Club.

Carl was known for his sense of humor, strong handshake, tall stance and uncanny memory. He will always be remembered as a very kind, respectable and giving man who truly adored his family. Please sign the guest book at

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Published in Daily Breeze on Jun. 10, 2007.
Memories & Condolences
7 entries
June 20, 2007
My sincere condolences to Lorraine and family. I met Carl so so long ago I cannot rmember when but it was related to Sister City when I was president of the organization. He was so kind to me when I lost my husband Ben Haggott 25 years ago. He was a real gentleman and his warm smile cheered me up. Although I have not seen him lately he had a special place in my heart. I will miss him greatly.
Mikko Haggott-Henson
June 13, 2007
My condolences to Lorraine and the Ahee family. I first knew Dr. Ahee when I was a student at "Tartarville" (he invented that name). His blood must have been maroon and gray with his love and devotion to Torrance High. I later knew Carl (it took a while to use his first name) through Torrance Rotary, where he also showed his love and devotion to that organization. He was a wonderful, warm and dedicated man and will be very much remembered and missed.
John Alter
June 12, 2007
Sincerest condolences to Dr. Ahee's family. He will always be lovingly remembered for his smile and warm greetings. He was a real gentle man with a great smile and firm handshake. He had the gift of giving everyone he met a sense of being important. I was privileged to know and work with him. Our loss is Heaven's gain.
Ethel Kovach
June 12, 2007
Sorry to hear about Carl. I had not seen him for a few years but remember him fondly because it was always fun to see him and listen to his stories. I was their house call veterinarian for awhile. We had a "connection" through Lorraine's hometown of Ducktown, TN. But my relatives left there in the 1860's.
Barry Henson
June 12, 2007
Our sincere sympathy to the family of Carl Ahee. We have known him & Lorraine for many years. He was a fine gentleman and did have a great sense of humor. Lorraine taught my children at Hillside Elementary in the 70's. It has been a pleasure to have known Carl & Lorraine. Our thoughts & prayers are with you, Lorraine, and the family at this time.
Mary & Al Ocampo
June 11, 2007
I send my sympathy and prayers of comfort to Lorraine and the family of Carl Ahee. I have been truely blessed to have known Carl. His sense of humor, his giving, his caring, his knowledge, and his unfailing faith were an inspiration to me. I will always remember our 7AM bible classes with great fondness and joy. May God give you strength and comfort today and in the days to come.
Linda Cannon
June 10, 2007
What a fine man Dr. Ahee was.
I attended Torrance High School and renmember him well from those years.
I had no idea that so much of his career came before he became principal.
My sympathy to his family and friends and all who admired him from Torrance High School.
A life well lived.
Rosemarie Millikin
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