LOS ANGELES, Calif.–The Mervyn M. Dymally Memorial Fund has been established to honor the life, career, and legacy of the groundbreaking lawmaker who passed away Sunday, October 7 in Los Angeles from declining health. He was 86. The memorial fund is available online at: https://www.wepay.com/donations/dymallymemorialfund.

“Please join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Mervyn Dymally by making a donation of the Mervyn M. Dymally Memorial Fund,” said Dymally’s longtime press secretary Jasmyne Cannick and family spokesperson. “Mr. Dymally’s family asks that in lieu cards, flowers, and gifts, that you consider making a donation in his name to help champion the causes and organizations that he so passionately cared about–health and education.”

During his career, Dymally worked to improve education and access to healthcare for his largely working-class, minority constituents and later after retiring from public office, lead a health institute at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in South Los Angeles. The university’s nursing school bears his name.

At this time funeral arrangements are still pending.