Hall of Fame - 1999

Yvonne Cagle

Yvonne Cagle

BA '81, Biochemistry

  • Named S.F. State's Centennial Commencement Speaker and Alumna of the Year
  • Earned her doctorate in medicine from the University of Washington in 1985 and completed residency in family practice at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
  • From 1994 until 1996, she served as a physician in the Johnson Space Center's Occupational Health Clinic before being selected for the astronaut-training program
  • Certified as a flight surgeon and a senior aviation medical examiner
  • Currently qualified for flight assignment aboard future space missions
Elsa Cameron

Elsa Cameron

  • Former director and chief curator of the San Francisco Airport Museum, 1981-1999.
  • Built a collection of 10,000 objects based on popular arts, folk art, toys, and an aviation collection exceeding 20,000 objects
  • President & CEO, Community Arts International, San Francisco, a nonprofit agency that develops public art collections and exhibitions for public spaces.
Nontsizi Cayou

Nontsizi Cayou

  • Dancer, educator, author, choreographer and international and community cultural activist
  • A catalyst for the creation of the department of dance at SFSU and the Center for African and African American Art and Culture
  • Helped poor children and their families in San Francisco with her Academic and Cultural Enrichment Program
  • Fulbright Scholar who studied in Nigeria.
William J. Mason

William J. Mason

  • Served in both WWII and the Korean War and was awarded commendations for his bravery beyond the call of duty
  • Devoted many years to producing a genealogical history of his and his wife's families
  • Awarded professor emeritus of economics at San Francisco State
  • Co-founder of the first Center on Economic Education, historian and WWII archivist, past president of the SFSU Alumni Association, SFSU Retirement Association, and President of the Lincoln High School Alumni Association.
Jose Medina

Jose Medina

  • Administers a nearly $8 million budget and 20,000 employees working to build, maintain, and operate the largest state transportation system in the country
  • Served as counsel to three San Francisco mayors on transportation issues as safe neighborhoods, employment and urban planning
  • Dedicated himself to his community in San Francisco.
Donna Petersen Donna Petersen

In a singing career that spans over 50 years, she has become a world-renowned opera star. A member of the San Francisco Opera Company for over 43 years, she has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, has appeared in over 40 roles, has concertized throughout the United States and Canada, Europe and Australia and has been a frequent soloist worldwide, including in Los Angeles, Mexico City, Honolulu, San Jose and Oakland. She has been head of the voice department at Mills College for nearly thirty years. Proud of her Danish heritage, she has sung for many members of the Scandinavian royal family, and was knighted by Queen Margrethe of Denmark in 1976.

Izzy Pivnick

Izzy Pivnick

  • Led a group of students on a dramatic march to City Hall, protesting the sale of the new campus land
  • Convinced the city fathers that the university deserved its present prime location
  • One of the most respected administrators in the San Francisco Unified School District
  • Former vice-chair, San Francisco Human Rights Commission, California State Commission on Compensatory Education and the Morris Stulsaft Foundation; retired teacher, principal and assistant superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District; past president, SFSU Alumni Association and coordinator of volunteers
James Sochor

James Sochor

  • All-American football player, 1956-59, San Francisco State coach, 1960-65 and UC Davis coach, 1967-present
  • Starting quarterback on four Far Western Championship teams
  • 1959 team was the only undefeated team in the nation and Sochor was awarded the San Francisco State Outstanding Athlete-of-the-Year
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