Gary Best and his wife smile for the camera.

Shirley and Gary Best ’61, MA ’65 | Donors

In support of the ‘Best’ teachers.

Helping others achieve their full potential is what motivates Gary Best ’61, MA ’65. In fact, that’s the very reason he became an educator.

After more than 30 years at Cal State L.A. as a student, faculty member and administrator in the University’s Charter College of Education, Gary joined the California State University Chancellor’s Office to advance statewide teacher education efforts. While he now works in Long Beach, his feelings for Cal State L.A. remain as strong as ever. His dedication to teaching is such that even his fellow youth counselors from the 1950s still fondly recall stories of him going the extra mile to help children with special needs.

Still striving to do everything he can in support of education, Gary and his wife, Shirley, recently established the Best Family Endowment for the Division of Special Education in the Charter College of Education. This generous bequest is designed to fund special operation needs.

Having had decades of firsthand involvement with the Charter College, Gary and Shirley decided they could make the most difference by entrusting the College leadership to direct funds to the area of greatest need.

Through their bequest, the Bests were able to make a significant gift that will help children in perpetuity, and they did so without diminishing their nest egg… the “best” of all possible worlds.