Marshall Mitzman, a Chabot-Las Positas Community College District board member with a passion for higher education, has died from the effects of COVID-19. He was 73.
Mitzman, who served on the board since 2008, died April 14 at the Gateway Rehabilitation and Care Center in Hayward, where 13 people have died from the novel coronavirus.
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley opened an investigation into the facility the next day. Her office said 41 residents and 26 staff members had tested positive for COVID-19 through that date.
Mitzman's wife, Felie, told the San Francisco Chronicle her husband had been recovering at the facility from a brain tumor.
Mitzman represented Hayward on the board, serving as its president for one term, according to the district. The board oversees Las Positas College in Livermore and Chabot College in Hayward.
"Marshall's commitment to higher education spanned more than his role as a trustee," Interim Chancellor Ronald Gerhard said in the statement. "His passion for teaching and helping students achieve their goals came through in everything he did and every decision he made."
During his business career, Mitzman worked for Bank of America, Memorex Corporation, Nestle Corporation, and Avis Rent a Car. He taught as an adjunct instructor at community colleges and UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.
He also performed key roles with the Alameda County School Board Association, Alameda County Salvation Army, Hayward Education Foundation, Friends of Chabot College Foundation and the Hayward Chamber of Commerce.
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague," board President Ed Maduli said in a statement. "We will remember and honor Marshall for his leadership and service to our district, our students and our community."
Tim Sbranti, who represents Dublin, Pleasanton and Sunol on the board, said, “He brought great real-world experience as well as academics. He brought that knowledge in a way that was so approachable, so inspiring.”
Sbranti, athletic director at Dublin High School, said that when he was Dublin mayor and later was on the staff of Congressman Eric Swalwell, he worked with Mitzman on many community projects.
Mitzman held a bachelor's degree from San Jose State University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Judge College, and Cambridge University in Cambridge, England.
Services were pending.