Child-care pioneer, former college president dies

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. WHITTIER – Isabelle E. Gonthier, two-time president of the Rio Hondo College Board and a major force in establishing the first campus child-care center for student-mothers, died Monday at Kaiser Hospital in Fontana after a brief illness. She was 79. Gonthier served 12 years on the college board, from 1981 to 1993. There will be a public viewing at Rose Hills Mortuary, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier, from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Skyrose Chapel at Rose Hills, immediately followed by a graveside service. Gonthier was born July 4, 1927 in Ontario, but raised as a beach girl in Venice where she attended Venice High School. On weekends, she and her friends spent a lot of time diving for coins thrown into the water off of the Venice pier. last_img read more