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Dan Black - Building a Legacy

November 2014

While a student at Cal State Fullerton, Dan Black '67 (B.S. physics) enrolled in a basic physics course taught by the late Raymond Adams, who inspired more than a little fear in him. That tough professor and hard-earned C, as well as professors Harvey Blend, Ronald Crowley and Roger Dittman, are the reasons why Black came back to Cal State Fullerton after founding three multimillion-dollar companies.

He never took a business course, but realized early on it would have been helpful. In 2000, he established the Dan Black Program in Physics and Business, otherwise known as the Phys-Bus program. He also established the Dan Black Scholarship for physics majors and gave generously to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. And while this college may be where his heart lies, Black is a tireless champion of Cal State Fullerton. He is actively involved with the Center for Oral and Public History and helped kick-start an endowment fund for the Cal State DC program.

Most importantly, Black is building a legacy of commitment to the University through bequests that will sustain several initiatives — including the Dan Black Phys-Bus Program, Dan Black Physics scholarships and an endowed professorship — long after we no longer see him mentoring students on campus.

"My success was not because of me. It was because of the people around me. I sat down and thought, 'How did I get so lucky?'" he said. "This was back when I had sold my first company — when I basically could retire. And what I came up with was my four physics professors. They changed my life."

For more information about how you can support the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, please contact Mike Karg, director of development, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, at 657-278-3348.

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