Celebrating the Goodness of Kabwe Chanda Through Song
(LOS ANGELES, Calif./December 2, 2020/By Angelia Coyne) — Los Angeles City College (LACC) honored the life of Kabwe Chanda on Nov. 25 at the Herb Alpert Music Center through music hosted through YouTube.
Chanda held an Adjunct Faculty member’s position as professor of Computer Science at West Los Angeles College (West L.A.) for over 17 years. Simultaneously, he worked at Los Angeles Valley College (Valley) as Sr. Computer & Network Support specialist and as a Manager for College Information System at Los Angeles Southwest College (L.A.S.C.).
Beloved by those who knew him, Chanda remembered his infectious smile and his kind and cheery disposition.
“Kabwe’s personality, as well as positivity and passion for his work, will not be forgotten,” said Seher Awan, president of Los Angeles Southwest College, in an email to the college. I remember his warmth, his smile, and his joy in recent weeks in being able to return to his L.A.S.C. family with this new role as Reginal I.T. Manager.”
Chanda began his career by attending West Los Angeles College in 1994-96, obtaining an Associates of Arts and Science (A.A.S.) in Computer Programing.
He continued his education by attending Cal-State University Long Beach, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering/Computer Science from 1999-2000.
All of his hard work and perseverance culminated earlier this year, advancing him to Regional I.T. Manager for the Los Angeles Community College District.
“Kabwe wasn’t born in Los Angeles. He moved here from across the globe, where we have a sister city in the African nation of Zambia,” said Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, during the Eulogy of Chanda. Anyone that knew Kabwe would never forget his warm smile, his easy laugh, the kindness and positive energy brought into any room.”
In honoring Chanda, the Herb Alpert Music Center at LACC put on a stellar music performance that was representative of Chanda’s eclectic music personality.
You were able to hear the smile of Chanda, feel his laughter, and experience his kindness in the music presented.
The serene, enriching sounds of “The Days of Wine and Roses” by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer, performed by Professor David Stahl (piano) and Michael Mull (saxophone) reminding you of Chanda’s golden smile. The whimsical light-hearted “Sonata for Clarinet & Piano” by Domingo Lobato, performed by Dr. Viginia Figueiredo (clarinet) and Lorenzo Sanchez (piano). To the musical sound of professor Erin Horton singing” Remember Me” appropriately so.
After contracting COVID-19 in late March, by the first week of April, Chanda had succumbed to COVID-19. Chanda is remembered by his wife, Pamela, and son Noah, countless students, faculty, administrators, and regional counterparts.