Michael Andrew Stugrin
1949 - 2019
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Michael Stugrin passed away at his home in Long Beach, CA, on August 15, 2019 at age 69. His life partner, Brian Andrew Buchanan, was at his side. They were Domestic Partners for 30 years. For the past 20 years they lived in Long Beach. He was the son and only child of Andrew Jacob Stugrin and Helen Theresa (Celosky) Stugrin, both deceased.
He loved books, cooking, and great food as much as he did classical music and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. About LBSO, he said, "I've listened to great orchestras around the world, but in Long Beach the talent, enthusiasm, and warmth of the people who make a concert possible are superb and memorable. Our new music director, Eckhart Preu, is a gift."]
Michael was born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, on September 23, 1949. Bloomsburg is a rural town of 12,000 and is a community that grows to 30,000 during the college school year at Bloomsburg University. He graduated from St. Columbia Parochial School, Bloomsburg High School, Bloomsburg University, and The Pennsylvania State University.
Michael graduated in 1973 with a distinguished B.A. in English. He entered the graduate program in English Literature at The Pennsylvania State University, in University Park, Pennsylvania. He graduated with a doctorate in English in 1976.

Michael taught English composition and literature as an Instructor of English, at the lowa State University, Ames, lowa, from 1978-1980; and as assistant professor of English at lowa University, Ames, lowa. He then joined the University of Pittsburgh as Instructor of English and taught there from 1982-85. Michael's specialties were English composition as a Second Language, technical and business writing, and Shakespeare.
He left teaching in 1985 to join Westinghouse Electric Corporation, in Pittsburgh, as manager of Executive Communication. He joined Unisys Corporation in 1987 as Director of Speechwriting and Public Relations. In 1992, he moved to Concurrent Corporation, in Northern New Jersey, as Director of Public Relations. He relocated to California in 1995 after accepting a position at Pinkerton Security as Corporate Vice President of Public Relations until 2000, when he started his own consulting firm, power-by-words.com, Inc., until his retirement in 2012.
Stugrin published two memoirs, two cookbooks, seven works of literary criticism, and coauthored a book with Long Beach author and historian, Renee Simon, "Music Looks Forward: A History of the Long Beach Symphony." He also was a frequent contributor to "Symphony" magazine. Michael was a member of the Board of Directors of the Alamitos Heights Improvement Association, the Long Beach Public Library Association, and the Long Beach Symphony Association; he also supported the Long Beach State University Fine Arts Association. He is also survived by his first cousins Carol Stugrin (Joseph), John Stugrin (Mimi), Ann Marie Stugrin, and Tom Stugrin. A private memorial service is being planned.. Donations in Michael's name should be sent to the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra Endowment Fund, 249 East Ocean Boulevard, Suite 200, Long Beach, CA 90802

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Published in Gazette Newspapers from Aug. 22 to Aug. 29, 2019.
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November 2, 2019
Michael, I miss seeing you as you walk through the neighborhood. I saw you from my car and from my front window as you walked along the Colorado Lagoon. You are missed.

Brian, I pray for comfort in knowing that both of you have impacted many people. Thanks for your friendships.

Sherrill Overfield
September 5, 2019
In Ode to a Grecian Urn, John Keats wrote, Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard/ Are sweeter; therefore, ye soft pipes, play on. . . . And, so we play on, celebrating the sweet melodies of Michael Stugrin's life, a masterwork of polyphonic brilliance that echoed his love for music and support for the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. An accomplished academic and gifted writer, Mike brought to the world the charity of his wit and charm. The music of his life spoke in a way that tethered the poetry of feelings to friendship. So it is with a smile of appreciation and gratitude honoring the signature of Mike's life that we bid him farewell as his symphony plays on in the silence.

Roger & Jenny Ernest, Long Beach CA
August 21, 2019
I will miss you Michael. You have been a great friend and confidante. May you rest in peace after a life well lived.
Nancy Fox
August 21, 2019
He was a nice, thoughtful man, I love the cookbook he gave me. Wish I could have know him longer and had more time with the two of you in Mexico. My condolences to you, Brian
Dixie Koble
August 20, 2019
Our Condolences and Deepest Sympathy Brian. No words can express the sadness we feel when you lose a Loved one. Prayers and thoughts from our family to yours . May you Rest In Peace Michael ❤

Love from the Lerman's
David, Luz, Sara and Aaron
August 20, 2019
Mike was a great guy and a good friend during his Pittsburgh years. I send my sympathies to you, Brian. I'm thinking of you both.
Tim Ziaukas
August 20, 2019
Mike, you were a true gentleman in every sense of the word. I will miss your wicked sense of humor and your thoughtful and always genuine interest in me and my family. I will take care of Brian for you which is exactly what you would have wanted. You'll always be in my heart. I love you
Alicia and the Deleray family
Alicia Deleray
August 20, 2019
One day, in Paris we met you for the first Time with Brian and this day was fantastic for us and you became our friend immediatly. Stay with us in ours hearts Mike . You are a Great man and we love you.
Bob and Dominique Killy
Dominique Killy
August 19, 2019
Michael soar!!!!
May freemdom and love surround you always as we remember you in our hearts and minds as the true lover of life that you are. love of learning and collecting and connecting people everywhere through your generousity and kindness to all. The greatest people always have time to listen are always interested in others, always looking for a way to leave things better than they found them. Funny how these same people find each other and I'm so glad that we became eternal friends. You will be missed but never forgotten. You made a difference.
Florita Davis
August 18, 2019
Brian, Eline Bjrn, Ingrid and I share your grief.Love Brother Mike. Vi snakkes
Michael Buchanan
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