By Will Ranos / Co-editor in chief
Julian DelGaudio, long-time LBCC history professor, died Aug. 29 after 25 years at the college. He was 65.
LBCC has organized a memorial for DelGaudio on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 2-4 p.m. in LAC T1200. Students, colleagues and friends will have an opportunity to share their memories of DelGuadio.
DelGaudio used a wheelchair the last 10 years of his life. He died of Marfan Syndrome, a disorder affecting the connective tissue.
Students were notified in a mass email Monday, Aug. 31, and along with employees, were offered grief counseling.
Adrian Novotny, LBCC social-sciences colleague and friend, said DelGaudio had suffered a congenital defect in his aorta that came close to killing him in 2005.
Novotny said, “Of all the people I know here, Julian was the most able to cope with a major life change like that. I’m not sure what I would do or many of the other people I know, but Julian so adjusted to that. He just seemed like he was the same guy.”
DelGaudio’s long-time friend said, “He touched many lives and a lot of people were very fond of him. And I think what we’ll miss most is his presence.”
DelGaudio’s education was capped by a doctorate degree in history from U.C. Irvine.
“You’ll hear this from everybody that knew him: he had an unbelievably happy and calm disposition. I don’t remember him being angry or upset. Except on a couple political discussions. Like he really hated both (President) Bushes. You could get him off immediately with some of that. But in my experience, he never showed anger or got upset with anyone.”
DelGaudio was a member of many groups at LBCC and off-campus and was recognized as an Outstanding Colleague in 2010. His online LBCC profile says he was part of an interdisciplinary course entitled American Pluralism and Identity.
DelGaudio is survived by his wife Rose, vice president of human resources at LBCC, mother Esther, brothers John and Salvatore DelGaudio, sisters Beatrice Zuloff and Dorene Sain, daughter Mercedes Smith, son Carlos DelGaudio, stepdaughter Elizabeth Dosta, stepson John Dosta Jr. and many nieces and nephews.
Services were Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary with a viewing and a memorial shortly after.
LBCC President Eloy Oakley said, “Many family members and colleagues spoke at Dr. DelGaudio’s service yesterday. Retired professor Dr. Craig Hendricks was particularly moving and humorous. It was a wonderful tribute to a wonderful human being and excellent teacher. Julian will be sorely missed.”
A scholarship has been made in the name of DelGaudio by LBCC colleagues. Interested donors may send a check to the DelGaudio Memorial Scholarship in care of the LBCC Foundation Office at 4901 E. Carson St., mail code B-12, Long Beach, 90808.