Alumnus and LBCC Foundation Governor Leaves a Legacy
“For me, Long Beach City College was a life saver,” recalls Dan Gooch, a Long Beach City College Foundation Board of Governors member. “I literally did not have an intention of attending any institution of higher learning,” laughs Gooch, “until one day after I graduated from Wilson High School. I was hanging out on the beach at 64th Place, when a buddy told me that all my friends were headed off to college. Not wanting to be left out I followed him to LBCC.”
Gooch’s story has been played out many times for many students over the years. “A community college exposes students to possibilities, and for me, it was a game-changer. I may not have been the best student when I started, but after I returned from serving in the Army, I made my way to the Dean’s List.” From there, Gooch attended California State University Long Beach earning his Political Science degree, with a minor in Public Administration and then on to a great 32-year career with the City of Long Beach.
Gooch joined the LBCC Foundation Board after a friend encouraged him to do so. “I got to see all the ways the Foundation supports the College, and it made me reflect on the life changing experience I had at LBCC.”
Dan and his wife Desiree have established their legacy gift to honor Dan’s mom who raised four sons by herself. “I believe in the work of the LBCC Foundation,” says Gooch. “Being part of the Board allows me to give back, pay it forward and help someone else realize their goals.” Desiree and I would like everyone to reflect how we all can ensure the success of future generations by supporting the Funding Our Future Campaign. I know I am a grateful graduate and a Viking forever.”