Public Information Officer
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: June 3, 2005
SMC TO DEDICATE DOT GELVIN
MEMORIAL ROSE GARDEN JUNE 15
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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