State lawmakers agreed last month to rename the Alamitos Bay Bridge after Joan Van Blom, the champion rower and Olympic medalist who worked for 35 years in the Long Beach Unified School District as a physical education teacher and curriculum leader.
Van Blom died just over a year ago from an aggressive form of brain cancer at 62.
“From the Olympic stage to the classroom, Joan Lind Van Blom was a woman who displayed great courage and a commitment to uplift her country and community,” said Sen. Janet Nguyen, who proposed the legislation.
A scholarship fund has been established in Van Blom’s name. Contribute here.