Introducing the 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees:
(L-R) Boswell, Patton, Shaheed, Henderson, Wallace, Gutierrez,
Sameshima, and Bond
A military veteran, a jazz
musician, a multi-dimensional volunteer, a college professor, a
police officer, a poet, a business executive, and an entertainer
have been selected to be inducted into the 2015 John Muir High
School Alumni Hall of Fame.
For Government Service, Hitoshi G. Sameshima, class of 1939,
(deceased). He was drafted in 1944 into the U.S. Army and
assigned to Military Intelligence School where he served as a
POW interrogator in the Philippines. After the war he served as
a translator and court interpreter for the Army. He was among
the group of Nisei (2nd generation Japanese-American) veterans
for WW II to receive the Congressional Gold Medal given to Nisei
veterans for the Army in the 10th Infantry Battalion, the 442nd
Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service.
For Performing Arts, Nolan
(Smith) Shaheed, class of 1967. He is a multi-talented jazz
musician that plays trumpet and was influenced by Dizzy
Gillespie and Count Basie. He has played with many musical icons
including Jeannie & Jimmy Cheatham, Anita Baker, Teddy Edwards,
Marvin Gaye (for whom he was Musical Conductor), Diana Ross,
Phil Collins, Freddie Hubbard, The Duke Ellington and Lionel
Hampton Orchestras and many others.
For Community Service, Jim
Henderson class of 1970. He has been a multi-talented
volunteer in the Pasadena / Los Angeles area for over 40 years
including while a student at Muir, at his church, in local
schools and during his working career with his colleagues, and
with local jazz music festivals and local sororities. He is
President of the John Muir High School Alumni Association and
has spent countless hours planning, organizing and implementing
various programs with his staff.
For Education, Dr. Ricky
Gutierrez, class of 1971. After serving many years in the
military, his passion was to put his education to work and to
succeed in all he does. He earned his Ph. D in Political Science
from Washington State University and is now a full professor in
Criminal Justice at Cal State, Sacramento. His education
experiences include: working with local police organizations,
advising and mentoring students, teaching at many levels,
writing grants, writing publications and has won many awards for
excellence in education.
For Government Service, Lt.
Rodney D. Wallace class of 1971. Wallace worked in many areas including Air Support, Detectives,
Neighborhood Crime Task Force, Professional Stands, Community
Services, and Technical Services. He retired in 2013 after 33
years. His gift for connecting with and inspiring youth, and
working with many youth groups, has helped character-building
for local youths and has earned him many awards.
For Writing (Author/Reporter),
Dr. Bruce Bond class of 1972. He is considered one of the
foremost contemporary poets and has published over 800 poems in
leading literary journals and anthologies such as Poetry, The
Yale Review, The New Republic, Harvard Review and Raritan. His
poems have been selected for inclusion in the annual anthology,
Best American poetry, and he has published over ten full-length
books. He was nominated numerous times for The Pulitzer Prize
for his literary work.
For Business, Waraire Boswell
class of 1993. He is a very successful clothing designer and
creative fashion genius. He is internationally recognized
amongst the Who’s Who in the World of Couture Fashion for his
unique style. Some of his clients include: LeBron James, Tyler
Perry, Oliver Stone, Kobe Bryant, D. Wade, Chris Bosh, Raphael
Saadiq, Doc Dre, Mat Kemp, Magic Johnson and Norman Lear. He was
awarded Mercedes Benz Classic Designer of the Year and GenArt
Fresh Face of the year.
For The Jim Brownfield Service
Award, Eugene "Gene" Patton, (deceased). He was a custodian
at Muir, a school volunteer and mentor to many Muir students
from 1964 to 1985. Gene encouraged many students to stay out of
trouble and go to class. He provided food to needy students;
took donations to help students buy shoes and worked with many
community action groups. He was a performer and guest judge on
the TV show, “The Gong Show” as “Gene, Gene the Dancing
A ceremony honoring these inductees was held Saturday, November 7, 2015, at the Rufus Mead
Auditorium, the school auditorium. Visit the bio page for full
details of these inductees.
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John Van de Kamp
Class of '52. 1988 HOF
Spotlight on Hall of Fame Members...
John K. Van de Kamp was born on February 7, 1936. He
graduated from John Muir in 1952. He then attended and
graduated from Dartmouth College in 1956 and then from
Stanford Law School in 1959. He served as assistant U.S.
Attorney and later became the first federal public
defender in Los Angeles. He was appointed District
Attorney after the previous incumbent died in office.
During his tenure as Los Angeles County District
Attorney, Van de Kamp dramatically increased the number
of female deputy district attorneys in the office. He
also created special units to focus on gangs, sexual
assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and career
criminals, and a unit to monitor crime in
the entertainment industry. He set in place
programs to help victims and witnesses, as
well as quick response teams in cases of
police officer-involved shootings.
During Van de Kamp's administration as
California Attorney General, he helped to
create the Public Rights Division, which
focuses on the enforcement of environmental,
consumer protection, anti-trust, and civil
rights issues. He also helped to modernize
the Department of Justice by beginning
support of DNA forensic investigation. He
was re-elected easily in 1986.
In 1990, Van de Kamp retired from politics
and with his wife returned to his hometown
of Pasadena, California, where they still
live. Since leaving public office, Van de
Kamp entered private law practice and has
remained active in environmental causes.
Van de Kamp was elected the 80th president
of the State Bar of California for
2004-2005. He currently serves as president
of the board of directors for the Planning
and Conservation League.
The Van de Kamp family is also famous for
its bakeries and Lawry's Restaurants in
2014 Lecia Joseph Van Horn
Tecumseh Shackelford (JBSA)**
Hitoshi G. Sameshima (1939)
Nolan (Smith) Shaheed (1967)
Jim Henderson (1970)
Dr. Ricky Gutierrez (1971)
Lt. Rodney D. Wallace (1971)
Dr. Bruce Bond (1972)
Waraire Boswell (1993)
Eugene "Gene" Patton (JBSA)**
*Rufus Mead Award
Brownfield Service Award