Santa Monica College will dedicate a rose garden next week in memory of Dot Gelvin, an anthropology professor and administrator who died last year at the age of 57.
The dedication ceremony Wednesday, June 15th, will be held at the end of the college Recognition Breakfast, which starts at 9 a.m. in the Student Cafeteria, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.
Sponsored by the Santa Monica College Academic Senate and Classified Senate, the breakfast tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door.
The event features a full breakfast catered by Teddy’s CafÈ and door prizes.
“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 Leslie 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,” she said.
Gelvin had worked at Santa Monica College for 29 years before her death, including several administrative posts and five years as a professor.
Her last position was as dean of human resources.
She was an active member of the Santa Monica Lions Club, enjoyed frequent trips to Africa, and liked to create rose gardens.
The rose garden is along the northwest wall of the Science Complex, facing 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 that to create the rose garden she worked closely with Academic Senate president-elect Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein, college grounds and landscape supervisor Tom Corpus, and Gelvin’s husband Bruce Gelvin.