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Library tech, 49, dies

By Glenn Silvera
On February 25, 2010

Retired LBCC Library technician Raymond Joseph, who worked at PCC for more than 15 years, died at age 49 on Friday, Feb. 12.People who worked with him said they will remember his unique qualities, shining smile, patience beyond measure and care he took fulfilling students needs at the circulation desk.

Joseph was hired Nov. 1, 1993 after spending five years in library services at El Camino College and nine years with Northrop University.

He was promoted to PCC's lead library technician in April 2005. Due to health problems, Joseph went on disability and retired from his position with LBCC in December 2007.

"The LBCC Library has lost an outstanding colleague. He was a great person to work with, always willing to help students. We looked at him as a giant teddy bear. A very kindhearted person," Library Department Head Dele Ukwu said Friday, Feb. 19.

Joseph was born July 30, 1960 in Los Angeles and attended school in the Los Angeles County School District and graduated from Inglewood High School. He continued his education at Northrop University in Inglewood.

Ruben Amador, a 14-year employee and currently LAC's Library systems technician worked with Joseph at PCC for 10 years before he retired.

Amador said, "Raymond was a dedicated team member. All the projects we worked on, he had great suggestions, which allowed us to work toward our goals. Our main goal was to provide the best possible library services to our students."

Joseph is survived by his mother Ethel Joseph, step-mother Faye Joseph, sisters Brenda Walls, Beverly Annin and Jennifer Joseph, three nieces and four nephews, along with many relatives and friends.

Randy Harveston, LAC's lead library technician, was a co-worker and close friend of Joseph. Harveston mentioned Joseph had high blood pressure and diabetes, but no specific cause of death was disclosed by his family .

"He always put others in front of himself," Harveston said.

Scholarship donations may be sent in his memory to the LBCC Foundation.

More information on donations is available by contacting Alicia Kruizenga at 938-4083or

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