LANSING, Mich. — Lansing Community College’s founding President Philip J. Gannon has died. He was 98.
Gannon was instrumental in founding LCC, conducting a feasibility study on establishing the college while he was still a graduate student at Michigan State University. He led LCC for 32 years, from 1957 to 1989.
Plans are underway to commemorate and celebrate his life, according to a news release from LCC.
“Dr. Gannon was a visionary who made an indelible mark on Lansing and Mid-Michigan," LCC President Steve Robinson said in a statement released by the college. "The creation of Lansing Community College has transformed generations of lives and careers.”
Robinson, who attended LCC as an undergraduate, said that, shortly after arriving, he had a long telephone conversation with Gannon about the founding and history of the college.
"Not only was he sharp and insightful about the college, he was incredibly funny and engaged. He will be missed by the college community that meant so much to him,” he said.
Gannon graduated from Detroit Northern High School, and earned a bachelor's degree from Albion College and a master's degree and doctorate from Michigan State University.
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