Pioneering Hirsch family donates $56K to Cerro Coso

Pioneering Hirsch family donates $56K to Cerro CosoCerro Coso Community College has received a $56,000 gift from the estate of Wallace F. Hirsch. The gift presented by his nephew, Bruce Boyer, will assist Cerro Coso in the construction and equipping of an Electronic Technology Laboratory to accommodate 36 students and a xeriscape project for student use and community enjoyment.

An electrician by trade, Hirsch worked on aircraft for the Navy before establishing his own heating, ventilation and air-conditioning business in Ridgecrest. He provided area residents with quality HVAC services for many years before his retirement. Wallace and his wife Alice enjoyed the performing arts, and Wallace took classes in solar technology and music at Cerro Coso.

Alice was the founding president and a faithful member of the Desert Planters of Ridgecrest, and Wallace supported his wife’s efforts to beautify Ridgecrest in many ways. He was instrumental in the development of composting and xeriscape practices taught by the Desert Planters in presentations, lectures and formal workshops.

The xeriscape garden for Cerro Coso students in honor of the Hirsches will use drought-tolerant native plants to create a space that is open to the community and used for instructional purposes. It will also assist the college in encouraging sustainability.

“We are pleased that Mr. Boyer and his sister have chosen to honor their uncle’s memory by providing valuable resources that will continue to make a difference in the lives of our students and the community the Hirsches loved,” said Cerro Coso President Jill Board.

Story First Published: 2014-01-15