Story By Will Ranos / Co-Editor in Chief
Photos by Joshua Miller / Photo Editor
After the death of professor Julian DelGaudio, LBCC hosted a memorial for the former history teacher Thursday, Sept. 17, when students and employees shared memories and stories.
Mary Marki, former colleague of DelGaudio and current history professor at LBCC, said, “We are all coming together as he so often did for us.”
The LBCC Foundation awards a $1,000 scholarship in memory of any LBCC colleague who dies during the year. In addition to those funds, the Julian DelGaudio Memorial Scholarship has gathered about $3055 with donations being made daily, according said LBCC Trustee Ginny Baxter, also the foundation director.
LBCC sociology professor Janet Hund mentioned in her speech that the Community College Association of full-time LBCC teachers donated $500.
Talk of possibly changing the name of the LAC library to the “Julian DelGaudio Library” to honor him also has arisen. Library department head Ramchandran Sethuraman said in an email, “No other faculty member has stood this tall and made a seismic change to the future of our students and faculty than Julian.”
With Marki, Hund, LBCC President Eloy Oakley, Paul Sovoie, Craig Hendricks, Board of Trustees President Doug Otto, Adrian Novotny, Gilbert Estrada, Christopher Smith and students all speaking about DelGaudio and with many more in the audience, it is evident that the former LBCC history professor has left an impact on many people at LBCC.
Oakley said, “We are a much better college because of him.”
Otto spoke of the “ah ha” moments rare in education but are great to see when a student is learning. He said DelGaudio’s life was full of those moments.
Sylvana Uribe, 20, former LBCC student and current Cal State Long Beach student, said, “He was really good about incorporating a real-life element and connecting his classes to the city of Long Beach. We weren’t close, but had I never taken his class, this past year would have been completely different. It was because of his class that I became a volunteer with the Historical Society of Long Beach which led to an interest in the city. His class led me to where I am today.”
Marki said, “Let’s make 2015 Julian’s year.”
Those interested in donating to the scholarship may send a check in care of the LBCC Foundation office at 4901 E. Carson St., mail code B-12, Long Beach, 90808.