By Abiu Izquierdo
Los Angeles City College IT manager Kabwe Chanda died April 8, at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
Chanda was well known among Los Angeles Community College District employees and LACC instructors and staff for his professionalism and kind disposition.
Los Angeles Southwest College President Sewer Ahan praised the native of Zambia in remembrance of the LASC website. Chanda worked at LASC from 2006 to 2012, and again in 2018, according to the website.
“This loss is devastating for our college and our community,” Ahan wrote in the statement. “As many of you can attest, Kabwe had an incredible spirit. He was more than a co-worker, but a friend to almost all he interacted with. He was quick to smile and laugh and also quick to support his colleagues.
No matter the difficulty of the job, you could always expect Kabwe to be prepared, calm and ready to offer critical assistance. His positivity resonated throughout any room that he was in and was transferred amongst all of the individuals in it.”
Chanda was an alumnus of Cal State University Long Beach and West Los Angeles College. As recently as the spring semester, he taught a computer hardware class on Saturdays at West L.A.
In his more than 15 years of service to the district, Chanda worked at Southwest College, West Los Angeles College, and LACC.
In recent weeks, he was excited to be taking on new responsibilities as a regional IT manager.
He is survived by his wife and a son.
Los Angeles South West College is currently trying to organize a virtual remembrance for Chanda so all those who knew him, worked with him, or want to remember him may do so.
Some of his friends ask that people please honor his memory by showing others kindness and empathy, a way of celebrating his life and the impact he made on those around him.