Former Santa Ana College Speech Communications professor Kevin Strong passed away Oct. 29 after a years-long battle with spinal cancer and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 55.
Mr. Strong began teaching at SAC in the fall of 1984 and retired in June. Even though he suffered from two debilitating diseases, he remained committed to his students’ success.
When ALS eventually confined him to a wheelchair, Mr. Strong adapted to his work here and his life at home.
Colleagues saw him as an amazing teacher with an amiable demeanor. He was easy to be around. Mr. Strong was an avid athlete, he enjoyed playing basketball before his mobility was hampered.
Mr. Strong finished his undergraduate studies at the UC Santa Barbara and moved on to graduate work at CSU, Long Beach, where he studied communication with an emphasis in speech.
Mr. Strong set high standards for his coworkers and students, an attitude that forced his disability out of mind. He is survived by his wife Lisa and four children.