Verderber remembered by fellow trustees

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Former Cerritos College Board of Trustees Member Bob Verderber passed away on Feb. 21.

Verderber served as a trustee for 12 years from 1993 all the way through 2005.

Board Member Ted Edmiston served alongside Verderber on the board for a number of years and praises Verderber for his work on the board.

“He was an excellent board member, he had good understanding of the community and the processes of management,” he said.

He also said Verderber was a funny person with a good sense of humor and was a joy to be around.

Verderber was an intelligent man that would set goals for himself while on the board, according to Edmiston.

“One of the features he brought to the board was an understanding of timelines and the use of bench marks.”

He said Verderber would measure the flow of things with bench marks effectively analyzing the “before” and “after” results of the bench marks.

Verderber was also a very active member in the city of Downey, according to Edmiston.

According to, Verderber had been a teacher in the Downey Unified School District since 2001. Smartvoter also lists that he had California Mathematic Teaching Credentials, held a Bachelor’s degree and a Masters degree in engineering and was a member of the California Engineers Board.

Edmiston confirms his profession as an engineer by saying that he was a certified licensed engineer that worked on the Apollo project.

Verderber left a legacy behind at Cerritos College as Secretary to the Board of Trustees Bob Hughlett mentions,

“He left quite a legacy, he was quite a thorough guy, he was one who was much into the finances of the institution in making sure what we did we could afford.”

He said that Verderber was a fiscal conservative who always had the heart of education on his mind and always wanted to make sure the bills were paid.

According to a message sent by Cerritos College President Linda Lacy, the memorial service for Verderber will be held on March 24 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on 10727 S. Downey Ave. Downey, CA 90241.