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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: June 3, 2005


Santa Monica College will dedicate on June 15 a rose garden in memory of Dot Gelvin, a beloved anthropology professor and administrator who died in May 2004 at the age of 57.

The dedication ceremony will be held at the end of SMC’s annual Recognition Breakfast, sponsored by the SMC Academic and Classified senates, at 9 a.m. in the Student Cafeteria, 1900 Pico Blvd. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door and include full breakfast catered by Teddy’s Café, as well as door prizes. Call (310) 434-3001.

Gelvin, who had worked at the college for 29 years before her death, taught for five years and held several administrative posts, including her last position, dean of human resources. Gelvin was also active with the Santa Monica Lions Club for many years.

Gelvin had many passions, including frequent trips to Africa, as well as devotion to her rose garden.
“The idea originated with economics professor Harry Gill and some faculty members who felt a strong tie and affection for Dot,” said Academic Senate President Lesley Kawaguchi. “We saw the Recognition Breakfast as the best time and place for the dedication partly because it was almost exactly a year to the day of her memorial service, at which time those who attended were asked to take a rose and return it in a year’s time.”

The garden will be planted along the northwest wall of the Science Complex facing the quad at the Clocktower. Kawaguchi said rosebushes and trees will be planted, and the garden will include a plaque. The project is funded by a private donation drive spearheaded by the Academic Senate.

Kawaguchi said she has worked closely on the project with Academic Senate President-Elect Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, Grounds and Landscape Supervisor Tom Corpus, and Dot’s husband Bruce Gelvin.

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