The Heights

Updated: December 19, 2016

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Professor David Moglen’s passing stuns college community

Earlier this summer, tragedy struck the Foothill College family. On the evening of Thursday, July 28, economics instructor David Moglen was shot to death after a botched robbery in San Jose.

Moglen began his teaching career at Foothill College in 2004. A part-time instructor, he taught micro and macro economics at both Foothill and Evergreen Valley colleges. Foothill College Vice President of Student Services Denise Swett remembers running into Moglen who was teaching this summer the college’s Middlefield Campus.

"He was the kind of person who took an interest in his students," Swett said. "He took the time to relate to his students and have them be successful."

Years ago, Foothill Dean of Enrollment Services Nazy Galoyan had just finished her English-as-a-Second-Language courses when she enrolled in one of Moglen’s classes. “I was nervous, but David made me feel comfortable and showed me that instructors really do care about their students.”

Later, when Galoyan became a dean, Moglen would still call in to check in with her. “I always enjoyed hearing from David. He would see how I was doing and ask if I could help some of his current students,” she says. “He was always going out of his way to help.”

A well-liked instructor, Moglen was an amateur musician who released an album under the name Ravin Odin. He lived in San Jose with his wife and two daughters.

Moglen’s family has asked that donations be made using a Go Fund Me site. Funds raised will go directly to the family.

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