Woodbury mourns the passing of Dr. E.B. Gendel

To the community at Woodbury:

It with heavy heart that we send the news of the passing of Dr. E.B. Gendel, professor of economics, on Saturday, January 4, 2014. He died in a car accident in San Pedro when his SUV struck a semi-truck and trailer near the Vincent Thomas Bridge.

Dr. Gendel has been member of the faculty since 1994. He became a full professor in 1999. Long active in environmental causes, he recently announced his candidacy for the mayor of Long Beach, where he lived for many years, as the nominee of the Green Party. A strong advocate of online education and the central importance of learning economics, Dr. Gendel was also, as our colleague Dr. Yael Hellman noted, well known for being outspoken in all his commitments to social justice.

Before coming to Woodbury, E. B. earned his PhD at Boston University, taught at Lafayette College and Chatham College in Pennsylvania and Wheaton College in Massachusetts. He also served as the Curator/Manager of the Mark Taper Hall of Economics and Finance at the California Museum of Science and Industry in Exposition Park, Los Angeles.

Dr. Gendel was a member of the IKAR Jewish Community of Los Angeles where he was known as Shaya. He is survived by his mother, Esther, his children, Mara, Jacob and Miriam, his former wife Sande, and his brothers Stephen and Morgan. Please join me and Dr. Gendel's colleagues in the faculty in offering our thoughts and prayers for E. B. and his family.

Burbank campus memorial for E. B. Gendel: More than two dozen representatives of the Woodbury community attended yesterday's memorial service and burial for E. B. Thank you all for coming. There were more than 250 people in all attending from all the communities that he had touched.

We will be holding our own memorial here on January 30, 2014 from 12 noon until 1 pm in the Ahmanson Main Space. Light vegan and vegetarian refreshments in his honor will be served and we will have some time to gather and remember our friend and colleague. After an opening and remarks by President Calingo, we will invite others to come and share a story or thought about E. B. with the rest of us. Please join us.