Alvar Kauti, former Dean of Students at Pasadena City College, passed away at his home in Idyllwild, CA. after a brief illness on August 18, 2013. He was a devoted father, friend, co-worker and coach to many people throughout his journey in life. He is survived by his son, Timothy Kautiainen and his wife, Mary Kautiainen, his daughter, Heidi Shepherd and her husband Roger, and his four grandchildren, Rella and Sierra Kautianen and Court and Kirsten Bishop.
Born to Finnish immigrant parents in Los Angeles, CA., he grew up in the greater LA area and graduated from Rosemead High School. During his high school career, he became interested in football, and continued his education and his football career as a center at both John Muir Junior College and UCSB. Upon graduation, he completed his master’s degree at CSULB and became a health teacher and football coach at Pasadena City College. He remained at Pasadena City College for 38 years in which he served as an associate professor, a football and golf coach as well as Dean of Students at Pasadena City College for eighteen years. In addition, through his vision, the Pasadena City College Flea Market was created to generate scholarships for deserving students.
Although the game of football was always his first love, he also became involved in many philanthropic organizations through the years. He was very involved in the Finlandia Foundation, specifically the Los Angeles Chapter, where he served as Scholarship chairman for many years. He also served in the Pasadena Sister Cities Committee, served as former President of the Pasadena Services Federal Credit Union, and many others.
During his career as an educator, he encouraged and
mentored many people who crossed his path. He was respected for his integrity, honesty, patience, and ethical nature. He believed in education and felt it was an avenue for future success regardless of the background of the individual.
He will truly be missed by many. He was loved and cherished by all. His generosity and his passion for life will continue to live in our hearts forever.
After spending most of his life in the Pasadena area, Alvar resided in both Palm Desert and Idyllwild. A celebration of his life will take place on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 1pm at the Pasadena Museum of History, Giddings Conference Room located at 470 West Walnut Street in Pasadena, CA. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Finlandia Foundation Scholarship Fund.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Aug. 23, 2013