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Dr. Marie La Fortune, '63 Nursing, '75 Voc. Education

Marie La Fortune Portrait

Describe your college experience.

My college social experience was limited because I was working full-time, going to school, and raising children.

What was your fondest memory of LBSC?

My fondest memory wasn't actually when I was getting my baccalaureate, but was when my son and I received our Master's degree at the same time. We walked in the same commencement ceremony in 1975.

Which professor or staff made an impact on your academic and professional career and why?

Dorothy Walsh encouraged me to continue my college education.

What did you do after graduating?

I had a great career. I worked at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center for 38 years, and 26 in nursing administration. I was a teacher at Long Beach City College and had the opportunity to speak at conferences in the United States, China, Taiwan, and even the Soviet Union to address nursing education.

How large is your beach family?

Because I told them what a great school it was, my sons went to Long Beach State. John graduated in 1970, and James graduated in 1972.

Tell us something about the value and/or meaning of you LBSU experience.

Cal State means a lot to me. It was the foundation for my success in my professional life and life in general. Because of my college education, I had experiences in my life far beyond my expectations.


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