The Las Positas College Foundation will administer a new annual $500 scholarship endowed by the Pleasanton North Rotary (PNR) Foundation in the memory of two of its past presidents, David Cherry and Ed Golden.
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton North David Cherry and Ed Golden Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to qualified U.S. military veterans enrolled at Las Positas College in Livermore and is funded in perpetuity with a $12,500 grant from the club's endowment funds and donations from friends and family members. Its first recipient will be announced in the summer of 2021.
As Pleasanton North Rotary leaders, Cherry and Golden were devoted to causes benefiting military veterans including leading the club's early financial support for the Veterans Memorial at Pleasanton's Pioneer Cemetery, and direct involvement with East Bay Stand Down, a biennial interventional program for homeless veterans.
Cherry, who was born in Oakland in 1953, served a four-year tour of duty as a U.S. Air Force flight simulator specialist. He was honorably discharged in 1979 and returned to California with his wife, Deborah, also an Air Force veteran, to manage the family's Big O Tire Store in Pleasanton. He died April 24, 2017, at the age of 64 and is survived by Deborah and children, Joshua, Adrianne and Kelsey.
Golden, a U.S. Army veteran and information technology engineer, was a dedicated, hands-on Rotarian who led the club with humor, dedication and intelligence. He served as Pleasanton North Rotary president from 2015-16. He died March 2, 2018, at the age of 51, and is survived by his wife, Lara, and daughter, Julia.