Museum Founder Grady E. Talbot JD - Photo scanned by LeRoy Hunt for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley - 2008 (Click on image to enlarge)
It was 46 years ago when Captain Grady E. Talbot began flying in Viet Nam for the United States Air Force. He served three tours of duty there as a fighter pilot from 1962 to 1969. He flew F-100's. Captain Talbot flew on the first strike into North Vietnam in the Spring of 1965.
Prior to entering the Air Force he had served as a United States Marine in the Korean Conflict. On his return from Korea as a Marine, Grady Talbot enrolled in Los Angeles Pierce Community College. There, with students from both Pierce and Los Angeles Valley College, he organized the Phi Delta Psi Fraternity on October 13th, 1956. He served as the second president of that organization. After his graduation from Pierce College in 1958, he completed his undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering at California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo in 1961.
On his return to the United States Grady worked as a stockbroker in Phoenix, Arizona from 1970 to 1973. From that year until 1986, Grady farmed in the Imperial Valley, near El Centro, California. In 1990, he completed his Doctorate of Law degree from the University of San Diego's School of Law. He was an active member of California State Bar until his recent retirement..
Grady was elected the first President of the reorganized Maple Leaf Society in the spring of 2004. The Maple Leaf Society is an alumni organization of the Phi Delta Psi that raises funds for community college scholarships.
He is a founder and member of the Board of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.
He and his wife Alice live in Arcadia, California.
He was born on the 30th of November in Los Angeles, California