Alumni Hall of Fame Celebration

2019 Alumni Hall of Fame

The San Francisco State University Alumni Hall of Fame was created in 1994 to honor alumni who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary achievements in their professional and civic endeavors. We are proud to recognize our 2019 Hall of Fame inductees.

PHOTOS from the 2019 Alumni Hall of Fame Celebration


Robert Garfias

A.B., ’56 Anthropology

Robert Garfias, Ph.D., is a world-renowned ethnomusicologist, academic, public arts policy activist and early maker of documentary music films.

A native San Franciscan, Garfias studied classical guitar, jazz saxophone and Western classical music composition in his youth. In high school he formed a jazz combo, played the clubs in North Beach and traveled in a circle of musicians that included Dave Brubeck, Vince Delgado, Vince Guaraldi and Bill Smith. While a student at San Francisco State University, he produced an 11-part radio series about the music of Japan for KPFA radio and performed in the Sausalito ensemble of Harry Partch, appearing on two LPs: “Plectra & Percussion Dances” in 1953 and “Oedipus” in 1954.

Garfias’ research focuses on the analysis of ethnic and cultural music systems, including Japanese court music, the Turkish Ottoman classical music system, the Mbira Dza Vadzimu music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe and many other musical traditions in which he is fluent as a musical performer, linguist and archivist. During his career, he conducted field research in many areas, including Japan, Korea, Okinawa, the Philippines, Mexico, Romania, Turkey, Mozambique, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Burma, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Zimbabwe.

Garfias is a professor emeritus of Anthropology at UC Irvine and was a professor at the Japanese National Museum of Ethnology in Senri, Osaka. He also served as president of the Society for Ethnomusicology, vice provost of the University of Washington and dean of the School of Arts at UC Irvine. After completing his doctorate at UCLA, he taught at the University of Washington, where he founded the ethnomusicology program.

In addition to his teaching and research activities, Garfias spent 15 years working on public policy with advisory boards at the National Endowment for the Arts, the Smithsonian Institution and local and state arts agencies. In 2005, he was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, the highest honor the Japanese government can bestow on a non-Japanese, presented by the emperor of Japan in recognition of his long-standing scholarly work on Japanese music and his specialization in Japanese court music, gagaku.

Juanita Tamayo Lott

B.A., `70 Sociology

Juanita Tamayo Lott has lectured and written on demographic changes for 40 years for both public and scholarly audiences in the United States and abroad. She is a demographic consultant and principal of the firm Tamayo Lott and Associates.

Lott participated in the 1968 SF State campus strike and was instrumental in establishing the University’s College of Ethnic Studies and the Asian American Studies Department. She is featured in the documentary film “Agents of Change.”

After a Ph.D. fellowship at the University of Chicago, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she married fellow graduate student Robert H. Lott, raised a family and built a career in the federal statistical system. She retired in 2008 after holding senior statistician, demographer, policy analyst and management positions with the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Center for Education Statistics, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Committee on National Statistics and the National Academy of Sciences. From 1974 until 1977, she directed the first and only Office of Asian American Affairs, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

In 2007, Lott co-founded the Filipino Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2009 she was a founding donor for the Major General Antonio M. Taguba Profiles in Courage and Leadership Scholarship at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 2011 she was a founding donor for the James A. Hirabayashi Person for All Seasons Scholarship at SF State.

Lott’s published works include “Golden Children, Legacy of Ethnic Studies, SF State,” Eastwind Books of Berkeley (2018); “Race, Ethnic and Gender Bias in Educational Statistics,” International Encyclopedia of Education (co-author, 2010); “Filipinos in Washington, D.C.” with Rita Cacas, Arcadia Press (2009); “Demographic Shifts and Demographic Methods” with Matthew Snipp, Journal of Official Statistics (February 2009); “Common Destiny: Filipino American Generations,” Rowman & Littlefield (2006); “Asian Americans: From Racial Category to Multiple Identities,” Alta Mira Press (1998); “Spotlight on Heterogeneity: The Federal Standards for Racial and Ethnic Classification” edited with Barry Edmonston and Joshua Goldstein, National Academy Press (1996); and “The Asian American Almanac,” contributing editor, Gale Research, Inc. (1995).

Virginia P. Marshall

M.A., `88 Educational Administration

Kitty TsuiEducator Virginia P. Marshall’s motto is “we can change the world — one student at a time.” A 30-year veteran of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), she is currently the facilitator for the Citywide Tutorial Program of the SFUSD Office of Access and Equity. Known as the “Honor Roll Lady,” she has spent her entire life making a positive difference in the lives of children.

Marshall is also chairperson of the African American Honor Roll (AAHR) for more than 1,200 students of African American descent in grades 3-12 who have earned a 3.0 GPA or higher. She received the 2017 Ida B. Wells Risk Taker award for her work organizing the AAHR and was recently featured on the cover of the California Teachers Association’s magazine for her work on this project.

Marshall now serves as president of the San Francisco Alliance of Black School Educators, where she is an advocate for students, parents and fellow educators to eliminate the achievement gap in the San Francisco Unified School District. Being an advocate for the underserved population in the SFUSD takes her to City Hall, Board of Supervisors and Board of Education meetings.

Marshall is a former officer and director of programs for Pathways for Kids, whose mission is to empower San Francisco’s underserved youth by exposing them to career opportunities through mentoring and motivational programs. In 2009, the organization honored her for her service.

Also in 2009, she was the recipient of a Jefferson Award, a prestigious national recognition honoring community and public volunteerism in America. In 2017 she was awarded the Education Award by the San Francisco Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

Other awards and honors include: the 2018 Outstanding Educator’s Award from the Women’s Missionary Council; the 2017 Outstanding Education Award – Bayview Hunter Point Community; the 2015 and 2016 Educators Award; the 2011 National Council of Negro Women, San Francisco Section Education Award; the YMCA Bayview Education Award; the NAACP Education Award; and the Mary McLeod Bethune Outstanding Teacher Award sponsored by the National Alliance of Black School Educators.

John Stanley

B.A., `62 Literature

Kitty TsuiJohn Stanley has dedicated his career to preserving and reviving the fantasy, science fiction and horror genres.

Stanley grew up in Napa Valley, and in his final year at Napa High he was editor of the yearbook and wrote for the campus newspaper. After graduating high school, he served briefly in the Army at Fort Ord, and following one-and-a-half years at Napa Junior College he decided San Francisco State University was next. San Francisco was a city full of thriving newspapers. He was hired as a copy boy at the San Francisco Chronicle as he began his second year at San Francisco State, and he was promoted to assistant editor on the This World/Sunday Datebook staff during his final year at SF State.

Stanley worked as an entertainment critic at the San Francisco Chronicle from the 1960s through the early 1990s. During this time he hosted “Creature Features,” a popular Saturday night Bay Area television series, which aired for 14 years. In his book “I Was a TV Horror Host,” he reflects on the countless fantasy, science fiction and horror personalities he interviewed on his show, including Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner and Vincent Price.

In 1981, Stanley established his own publishing company, Creatures at Large Press. He has written 18 books, including six editions of the long-running “Creature Features Movie Guide” series (1981-2000), reviewing thousands of horror, sci-fi and fantasy films and TV movies. In 2016, he released his two-volume book “The Funniest Comedy Icons of the 20th Century,” in which he discusses his interviews with comedians such as George Burns, Lucille Ball, Jackie Gleason, Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers and Woody Allen, as well as cast members from “M*A*S*H.”

Stanley has produced dozens of short films, including a documentary about San Francisco-based film noir expert Eddie Muller and a horror film entitled “Nightmare in Blood.” He is also the host of popular live performances at San Francisco’s Balboa Theater. He retired at 74 but is still working on more book projects and hopes to do a sequel to his horror-host book, “The Career That Dripped with Gore.”

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