Charity & Giving

Ann Trason Coaching Giving Back – 10%

10% of my income from coaching is donated to the Dr. Winona Trason Health Sciences Scholarship Fund and other non-profit organizations.

I learned early from my parents that the best reward for working hard to achieve your passion is the opportunity to give something back. My father is a retired educator and coach.  He always worked hard to share his knowledge and help his students succeed. My mother was an extraordinary woman, a zoologist who earned a Masters from Stanford in 1955 and a Ph.D. from Cal in 1959 when it was very rare for a woman to succeed in the sciences .

She loved all creatures – from cute dogs, cats, birds, and turtles, to homely sea squirts – and loved helping others to understand their beauty and place in the natural world. She taught at Monterey Peninsula College and went on to become the Chairperson of the Life Sciences Division. She had an incredible passion for teaching, and a special affection for helping single moms, those from low-income families, and others that society may have called “marginal.” She loved to see them achieve their goals. There are many nurses who would never have had a chance to achieve their career goal except for my mother’s caring and mentoring.  When she passed away, far too young, the college established the Dr. Winona Trason Health Sciences Scholarship in her honor. It provides funds for a deserving student in the health sciences.

Obituary of Winona Jean Bethune Trason
– Monterey Peninsula Herald December 15, 1991


        Winona Trason, who taught biology and microbiology at Monterey Peninsula College for 25 years, died yesterday of cancer at the University of California Medical Center in San Diego.  She was 66.

        Born April 8, 1925, in Oakland, Mrs. Trason was a resident of the Peninsula for 35 years.

        She retired from MPC as a professor emeritus two years ago.  Before teaching there, she taught at Hartnell College in Salinas, Contra Costa Community College in Contra Costa County, the University of California at Berkeley and Victoria College in Victoria, British Columbia.

        She received a bachelor of science degree from the University of British Columbia, a master’s degree from Stanford University and her doctorate
from UC-Berkeley.

        She was chairwoman of the Life Sciences Division and the Biology-Microbiology Department.

        “In my 26 years at MPC, of all the people who have come and gone, I can think of few who have contributed more than she has,”said MPC President, David Hopkins.

        In addition, Hopkins said, “she was truly a master teacher – her ratings by both students and administration over the years were almost perfect.”

        She is survived by her husband, Dennis of Pacific Grove; a daughter, Ann, of Kensington; a son, John, of Castroville; and two grandchildren.

        No services will be held.  The family has requested that memorials be in the form of contributions to the Nature Conservancy, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Monterey County, or the Monterey Peninsula College Biology Scholarship Fund.

Contributions to the scholarship fund may be sent to the president’s office marked for the fund.

Miscellaneous links to some of my mom’s work on ascidians:


Obituary for her sister:

Ancestry on my mother’s side


Kind Regards,
Ann Bethune Trason