Inland Region Bids Farewell to Beloved Colleague and Friend

Inland Region Bids Farewell to Beloved Colleague and Friend

San Bernardino, CA

Hardy Brown and Dr. Al Karnig

Residents of the Inland Empire were saddened to learn of the loss of Dr. Albert Karnig who passed away last week. 

Dr. Karnig was a pillar of the region at large. He served on The Community Foundation’s Board of Directors (Board) for 13 years. Those who worked with him on the Board agreed Dr. Karnig served with compassionate wisdom and always provided thoughtful input for the benefit of The Community Foundation and its mission. 

Sean Varner of The Community Foundation confirmed: “The value of his contributions to the Board have left a legacy in our organization and he will be missed, not only for his professional presence, but, more importantly, as a friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Marilyn, the Karnig family and all his friends who mourn this profound loss to our community.” 

Dr. Karnig also served as President Emeritus of California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) where he held the position of University President from 1997 to 2012. 

Remarking on this loss, current CSUSB President Dr. Tomás D. Morales said, “Dr. Karnig was a central figure in the history of our university and remains a vital part its legacy of academic excellence and community outreach. His 15 years of leadership as CSUSB’s third president helped this institution grow in size, scope and direction, all while making a concerted effort to maintain the close, cordial environment of a smaller school.” 

Dr. Tomás shared that Dr. Karnig was committed to diversity and worked to ensure the university not only attracted students of color, but also helped them stay in school and graduate; many became the first in their families to earn a college degree. 

In conclusion, Dr. Tomás stressed, “None of us who knew or were influenced by Al will ever forget him, and his passion for this university, its students and this community will continue to inspire us.” A memorial service/celebration of the life of Dr. Karnig was held Thursday, at the CSUSB’s Coussoulis Arena.

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