Carlos L. González & Edward González Jr.
Carlos and Eddie Gonzalez, brothers, were raised in a family of eight children, born in El Barrio to parents who had come from Puerto Rico seeking to reach the American dream.
Carlos L. Gonzalez (1934-1987) was an Associate Professor at Hostos Community College and attended night school after working all day, earning his Master’s degree from Hunter College. He worked as a Counselor since the College’s chartered class of 1970. He was passionate about students’ involvement for the promotion of social justice and instilled pride, dignity, the value of education and the importance of community involvement. In 1986 the College honored his memory by dedicating its Counseling Center in his name.
Edward (Eddie) Gonzalez Jr. (4/20/32-10/13/09) attended night school completing a Master’s degree in Urban Affairs from Hunter College. After various enriching working experiences, he shared his wealth of knowledge teaching at Cornell University’s Labor & Industrial Relations Extension Division and leaving a sound curriculum and a legacy in labor negotiations. Once he retired, he continued his hard work serving on many non-profit boards. Eddie was a peacemaker by nature, relentless fighter against injustice, a proud union organizer, an explorer, and an arts collector, always cherishing his most beloved collection: his family and friends. The lives of Carlos and Eddie Gonzalez are worth emulating. Carlos and Eddie worked to better the life of others through education and developed a great love for people from their mother, a pillar of spiritual strength and their father a man willing to pass up a meal to save money for his children.