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2018 Distinguished Alumni

Bonnie Lowenthal

Bonnie Lowenthal

Assemblymember, State of California (Ret.); Commissioner, Port of Long Beach
1987, Master of Business Administration, CSULB
1961, Bachelor of Science, Sociology, University of Wisconsin

A community activist for most of her life, Bonnie Lowenthal has an extraordinary 40-year record (elected and non-elected) of public service that has benefited people in Long Beach and throughout California.  She was appointed to the California High Speed Rail Authority by the Speaker of the State Assembly in 2016 and to the Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Garcia in 2017, where she currently oversees projects for the Port of Long Beach.

While serving in the California State Assembly from 2008 to 2014, Lowenthal authored 79 bills — including many that offered support to underserved communities — signed by the Governor.  Prior to that, she served on the Long Beach City Council and as Vice Mayor of Long Beach, implementing policies that significantly reduced air pollution at the Port and establishing the first city-administered overnight shelter for single men and women. In 1994, she was elected to the first of two terms on the LBUSD Board of Education. 

Before entering the political arena, Lowenthal worked with the local Cambodian community, eventually traveling to Cambodia, where she served as part of a Red Cross contingent investigating the proliferation of war-era landmines and, later, as an official elections observer.

A licensed family counselor, mental health consultant, and educator, Lowenthal continues to serve on several nonprofit boards, including those of LINC Housing and U.S. VETS, that address the needs of vulnerable populations. 


2017
Dennis J. Keough
Dennis J. Keough, '71

2016
Kevin M. Nagle
Kevin M. Nagle, '76

2016
Brian Gimmillaro
Brian Gimmillaro, '70, '71, '74

2015
Bill Shumard
Bill Shumard, '72

2015
Michael Houlihan
Michael Houlihan, '68

2014
Clyde Kendzierski
Clyde Kendzierski, '69, '72

2014
Nelson Farris
Nelson Farris, '69

2013
Diane G. Van Hook
Dianne G. Van Hook, '72

2013
Timothy Gary Plax
Timothy Gary Plax, '70, '71

2012
George Gascon
George Gascon, '77

2012
Richard W. Bryson
Richard W. Bryson, '66

2011
John P. McElroy
John P. McElroy, '78

2011
Alyce D. LaViolette
Alyce D. LaViolette, '69, '80

2010
Michael L. Douglas
Michael L. Douglas, '71

2010
William P. Bennett
William P. Bennett, '61

2009
Kenneth W. Gronbach
Kenneth W. Gronbach, '70

2009
Retha C. Evans
Retha C. Evans, '97

2008
Deborah L. Sanchez
Deborah L. Sanchez, '82

2008
Robert J. Gore
Robert J. Gore, '72, '75

2007
Paul A. Turner
Paul A. Turner, '69

2007
Jan F. Burke
Jan F. Burke, '78

2006
Michael P. Ukleja
Michael P. Ukleja, '73

2006
Jeffery B. Erickson
Jeffery B. Erickson, '73, '76

2005
Nancy M. Yoho
Nancy M. Yoho, '81

2005
Lucia Galindo Kos
Lucia Galindo Kos, '75

2004
Jerry Miller
Jerry Miller, '76, '04

2004
Deborah B. Andrews
Deborah B. Andrews, '71, '76

2003
Robert A. Spidell
Robert A. Spidell, '65, '08

2003
Robin D. G. Kelley
Robin D. G. Kelley, '83

2002
Eric A. Draper
Eric A. Draper, '01

2002
Jose B. Cuellar
Jose B. Cuellar, '69

2001
Jerry E. Mandel
Jerry E. Mandel, '62, '65

2001
James F. Alexander
James F. Alexander, '64

2000
Daniel B. Rodriguez
Daniel B. Rodriguez, '84

2000
Audrey N. Hauth
Audrey N. Hauth, '67

1998
Alfred L. Pepin Jr.
Alfred L. Pepin Jr. , '63

1998
Roger S. Fouts
Roger S. Fouts, '64

1997
James Vigil
James Vigil, '62

1996
Chris C. Carter
Chris C. Carter, '79

1995
James L. Cradduck
James L. Cradduck, '72

1994
Thomas E. Miller
Thomas E. Miller, '70

1993
Alan M. Brennert
Alan M. Brennert, '77

1992
Robert H. Murphy
Robert H. Murphy, '62

1992
Harold M. Kester
Harold M. Kester, '69

1991
Richard O. Huffman
Richard O. Huffman, '61

1991
Ronald L. Applbaum
Ronald L. Applbaum, '65, '66

1990
Maxine Zinn
Maxine Zinn, '65

1990
Sharlene E. Goodman
Sharlene E. Goodman, '73, '75

1988
Kenneth L. Perrin
Kenneth L. Perrin, '64

1988
Jane H. Barrett
Jane H. Barrett, '69

1987
Christine C. Hall
Christine C. Hall, '74

1987
Edwin C. Arnold
Edwin C. Arnold, '67

1986
Isabel Patterson
Isabel Patterson, '51, '95

1986
James C. Hankla Jr.
James C. Hankla Jr. , '61

1985
Shirley Gottlieb
Shirley Gottlieb, '78, '81

1985
Victor M. Valle
Victor M. Valle, '74, '77

1984
Francisco J. Alarcon-Vargas
Francisco J. Alarcon-Vargas, '77

1984
Jerry M. Patterson
Jerry M. Patterson, '60

1981
William S. Tilney
William S. Tilney, '61

1978
Jane H. Barrett
Steve L. Weber, '69

1977
Stuart M. Rosen
Stuart M. Rosen, '63

1975
Huey P. Shepard Sr.
Huey P. Shepard Sr., '57

1963
William O'Neill
William O'Neill, '51, '52

1961
James H. Boren
James H. Boren, '50