An Avid Alumni
Loc lived the majority of his childhood at our campus and visits every year.
Loc Nguyen came to the United States in May of 1965. Only a month later, Loc and his brother arrived to the Presbyterian Home. Loc was 10 years old and his brother was nine. Neither of them spoke any English. Loc’s father was a Vietnamese General and was raised in an upper-class setting. The atmosphere at his new home in the U.S. was quite the opposite.
“We had always had a pampered life being the family of a general we always had things done for us,” Loc said. “The home was very structured and I think we needed something like that.”
Loc’s first assignment every day was to make his bed. He along with the other children often cut the grass, raked leaves and did laundry. To this day, the first thing Loc does every morning is make his bed.
“It’s a habit,” Loc said. “Those kind of structures ingrain in you and creates discipline and some structure and I think things like that helped me throughout life.”
According to Loc, living at the Presbyterian Home created a foundation of responsibility for him that has helped him throughout the rest of his life. Without the Presbyterian Home, he and his siblings wouldn’t be where they are today.
Because of this, Loc and his wife have made it a priority to visit campus once a year during alumni weekend. He has attended alumni weekend for approximately 20 years.
“I told my wife that whatever we do in life I’ll always have a heart for the home and we set aside money and donate whatever we can,” Loc said. “That’s part of our commitment.”
Loc Nguyen, Alumni
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