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Long Beach City College will honor its 2016 Hall of Fame inductees at its Hall of Fame luncheon at noon on Oct. 14.

The recently announced honorees are: Eighth District Councilman Al Austin II; J&L Jewelry owner/volunteer Janis Krantz; former LBCC District Board of Trustee member Patricia Lofland; and former LBCC business professor/businessman Phillip Q. Shrotman.

The Hall of Fame, which began in 1972, is meant to recognize former LBCC students who have made contributions in their fields and communities. The LBCC Foundation coordinates and sponsors it.

The four honorees this year will be added to 163 others at the ceremony at the LBCC Liberal Arts campus, 4901 E. Carson St.

Austin started his career at McDonnell Douglas and Boeing in Long Beach. He then was an aide to a state senator in Los Angeles and on the Long Beach Citizen Complaint Commission. He became councilman in 2012 and was re-elected in 2016. He received the LBCC Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014 and the Long Beach NAACP Advocacy Award in 2010.

Krantz regularly gives gift certificates and jewelry to LBCC events and other organizations’ fund-raising events. She is a nonprofit Steel Magnolias member, which gives money to the Geraldine Stramski Children’s Development Center at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach. She is an LBCC Distinguished Alumna and received the Steel Magnolias’ Founders’ Award in 2015.

Lofland was a member of the Personnel Commission of Southern California, member of the grand jury and secretary, member of the Long Beach Unified School District Personnel Commission and National Council of Negro Women member. She was the first African American member and president of the LBCCD Board of Trustees. She also contributed to the Breaking Through Lighting the Way project and show as an African American female leader.

Shrotman is the president/CEO of Principal Planning, Inc. He writes and comments on investments and financial matters, which are featured in national media publications, such as USA Today, Morningstar, CNBC and CNN. He has been an LBCC business professor for 30 years and served in the Foundation Finance Committee. He received the Viking Award and was editor of the Viking newspaper while a LBCC student.

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—Emily Thornton


Emily is a staff writer covering higher education and other various topics for Gazette Newspapers. She has a background in weekly and daily newspapers and a bachelor’s in communication from La Sierra University.

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