Revised 23 May 2014


Lily Galli
The Rev. Edward D. Gates, (died Jan 1983), president of Beaver College, . He lived in the King of Prussia area. A churchman as well as an educator and administrator, Mr. Gates indicated at the outset of his tenure on the Glenside campus that he could not confine himself to affairs of higher education. His role, he said, required that he help students find a purpose in life. Spelling out his philosophy, he told a commencement audience shortly before his 1960 inauguration that he found religion and education entirely complementary. Their effect, he said, was "not to make life easy, but to make men and women great." "Religion is more than just being good," he told his students. "It is a matter of feeling and understanding; it can give divine purpose to one's existence and makes life tolerable to those who would otherwise find it intolerable." He set about his new assignment with zest, and his work greatly altered the Presbyterian liberal-arts college for women. During his administration, the college consolidated its operations on a single campus in Glenside, added new buildings to meet changing enrollment and classroom need, and added a graduate studies program, an evening-weekend college program and a study-abroad program. Continuing education for adult women began in the early 1960s and to meet an apparent need, one of the first college-sponsored child care centers was opened on campus. The curriculum was broadened in both day and evening school to provide graduate-degree sequences in such disparate fields as the humanities and physical therapy and to add sequences in business administration and computer science. And in 1972, the women's school - founded in 1853 and an affiliate of the United Presbyterian Church,   went coeducational.  No longer was it simply a "college of liberal arts, a college for women and a church-related college." That description of Beaver College, a standard in promotional brochures for 119 years, had to be changed. A native of Wauwatosa, Wis., Mr. Gates came to Beaver with a broad academic background. His last previous post was as general secretary of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. A graduate of Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., he earned a divinity degree at the Pacific School of Religion and earned a doctorate at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. In 1945, he was ordained and served as a chaplain in the Navy. Before he joined Macalester's staff in 1956, he was minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Peoria, Ill., and was a member of the staff of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. Five times honored by the Freedoms Foundation, he was chairman of its national awards jury. He was chairman of the board of the National Council of Protestant Colleges and Universities, chairman of the personnel committee and a member of the executive committee of the Board of Christian Education of the United Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. and vice chairman of the Foundation for Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania. He was a member of the executive committee of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Council for Higher Education. Mr. Gates also was involved in civic affairs. He had been chairman of Brotherhood Week in Philadelphia, chairman of the education division in the United Fund campaign and chairman of the academic advisory committee for the Miniversity of Philadelphia and had been on the boards of the National Conference of Christians and Jews, CLEO (Compact for Lifelong Educational Opportunity) and the Area Council for Economic Education.
Chief Cecil R Gehr of the Los Angeles Fire Department.  Chief Gehr was fatally injured in a traffic accident while rushing to a fire in the Angeles National Forest.  His funeral was attended by 1500 people, including 250 of his fellow firemen in full dress uniform.  Mourners included the fire chiefs from Fresno to Santa Ana and many officials of Los Angeles City and County.  chief Gehr was eulogized as a man who had "fought the good fight to preserve Americanism...and in protection of life and property in Los Angeles county.
Dr. Lou Gerhardt died 2017. One-time minister at First Church. Taken from a letter to the editor by Mike L Landers. Newspaper, the High Desert Star: "His topics were simple and practical: Love your neighbors, respect others, recognize the good in everyone..."
Egon Gerner. Born 15 August 1913, Cleveland, Ohio. Died 13 January 2001. Glendale, California
Mrs. Frank A Gibson (Nee Simmons) died September of 1930.  Born in about 1855 in Santa Clara county, Mrs. Gibson was educated in San Jose.  She had lived in Los Angeles since 1878.  Mrs. Gibson was the mother of Hugh Gibson, American Ambassador to Belgium.  Mrs. Gibson was given a high tribute by the Los Angeles League of Women Voters for her many years of community service.  This is what they said of her:  "She achieved lasting results during her ten years of service on the Commission of Immigration and Housing.  She inspired the the home teachers law and her plans for citizenship education expended from local clubs to the General Federation."    She was Chairman of the Cause and Cure of War Commission, a member of the Board of Directors of the League of Nations Nonpartisan Association, a member of the English-speaking Union and the Council of International Relations.   She espoused the cause of women's rights.  She was a member of the American Indian National Defense Association, and a director of the County Health and Tuberculosis Association (LA Times Historic Newspaper Collection).
James Glassco
Margaret Glassco: (born 26 Nov 1912, died 3 Nov 2013)
Mrs. Nellie Davis Goodman (abt 1865 to Jan 1929), wife of F. W. Goodman, prominent Los Angeles merchant.  Mrs. Goodman came to Los Angeles from Colorado in 1906.  She had been active in First Congregational Church since her arrival.  She was a member of the Colorado Cliff Dwellers club and through that association became an active supporter of the Southwest Museum.  She was also a member of the Ebell Club.
Albert S. Goss, Memorialized at First Congregational Church October 27, 1950.  Mr. Goss was master of the National Grange.
General Harrison Gray Otis (born 1837 in Ohio, died 30 Jun 1917 in Los Angeles), President and General Manager of the Times Mirror.  General Otis was a Brevet Major General, United States Volunteers.  His wife, Eliza, was a member of First Church.  General Otis entered into business in Los Angeles in 1882.  He steadfastly refused to be intimidated.  As far back as 1888, he had stated that Los Angeles was destined to become a great city.  His motto was:  "Stand fast, stand firm, stand sure, stand true."  He lived up to his motto and founded a newspaper dynasty that will be long remembered.
Mrs. Harriet Gray (died April 1907) was the daughter of one of the members of the quartet of First church.  She had been visiting Rosedale Cemetery to place flowers on her husband's grave.  On return, she was struck by a train and died instantly.
William Kemp Gresswell. Died 14 November 2009 Laguna Niguel, California
Olive L Grunig. Born 1892 in Iowa. Date of Death Unknown. Hotchkiss, Colorado.
Louis Gildersleeve Guernsey, (born 4 July 1883 - Poughkeepsie, New York).  Mr. Guernsey was the son of Stephen G. and Marianna (Hicks) Guernsey.  He attended school in Poughkeepsie, New York; the Riverview Military Academy (1897 -1900); the New York Law School (1901); and Brown University (1901 - 1903).  He worked as Secretary to Lieutenant-Governor Louis S. Chanler of New York and his brother Robert W. Chanler (1903 - 1904; Was Secretary of the Dutchess County Democratic Central Committee (1904); Associate Editor of the Bisbee Miner, Bisbee, Arizona (1905); Political editor for the California Outlook for two months, then Political Editor for the Los Angeles Times beginning in 1910.  He was a member of the California State militia (1906-1907); Secretary of the Good Government organization of Los Angeles for several weeks, but resigned to run for the State legislature on the Democratic Ticket, which election he lost.  He was a contributor to numerous magazines.  He held membership in the Democratic State Central Committee; Alpha Delta Phi fraternity; The Los Angeles Athletic, City and Gamut Clubs, and was a Congregationalist.
Donald Guy. Died 3 December 1992. Los Angeles, California.
Robert Allen Gwartney (lovingly remembered as Bob) 0 -22 Dec 1927 to 22 Mar 2014) Bob was born in Portland and lived for many years with his loving wife and family in Los Angeles. Robert worked as an auditor, accountant and income tax expert. He was best remembered as a highly active member of the First Congregational Church and for his great love of Cedar Lake Christian Camp. He served for many years on the various boards and committees of First Church and singing goofy songs. He had a winning smile and loved to laugh. His dedication to First Church was unquestionable as was his sense of honesty and fair play in his dealings with others.