1989 Hall of Fame Inductees
Brown (far right) was a two-time Olympic gold medalist, as a
member of the U.S. women’s 4x100-meter relay teams at the 1984
Games in Los Angeles (which included Evelyn Ashford) and the
1988 Games in Seoul (which included Ashford, Sheila Echols and
Brown's former Cal State Northridge teammate Florence Griffith
Joyner). Brown also won a silver medal in the ’84 Olympics,
placing second behind Ashford in the 100m dash with a time of
11.13 seconds. She also was a semifinalist in the 100 meters and
a gold medalist along with Echols, Griffith-Joyner and Ashford
in the 4x100 meters at the 1987 World Track and Field
Championships in Rome. A fast starter, Brown ran the first leg
on the Mustang girls 640 relay team including Regina Jordan,
Gwen Jordan and Lissette Milliner, which broke the CIF record in
the 1975 Times Indoor Games at the Forum in Inglewood. The four
came back the following year and broke their own record at the
same event in 1976. Brown also won the 60-yard dash at the Long
Beach Invitational during her junior year.
A longtime member of the Pasadena Unified
School District Board of Education (1979-2004), Elbie
Hickambottom was one of the last graduates of John Muir Tech. He
served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II as one of
the youngest sergeants in Europe, and as a second lieutenant in the
Korean War. In 1967 he was appointed as Director of Relocation and
Property Management for the Pasadena Redevelopment agency and later
as Senior Vice President of Municipal Services, a private consulting
firm, until his retirement in 1985.
Mr. Hickambottom will be forever remembered as a champion of
excellence in education and a strong voice for improving academic
achievement for all, particularly for disadvantaged and minority
“Nick” Rosen is an award-winning cellist and professor of music. His
cello was crafted in 1738 by Domenico Montagnana, the "Mighty
Venetian." The instrument was previously owned by Adrien-Francois
Servais (1807-1866) who invented the endpin.
At the age of six, Rosen began studying with USC professor Elonore
Schoenfeld. At age 12 his teacher encouraged him to move on, first
intending to study with Gabor Rejto but, when it was announced that
Gregor Piatigorsky was joining USC, Rosen auditioned and was
welcomed into his studio and the newly created Institute for Special
Musical Studies at age 13. He also studied chamber music with other
renowned teachers that joined Piatigorsky and the institute,
including Jascha Heifetz and William Primrose.
At age 17, while a student at Muir, Rosen won a prize at the
prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. While a
student at USC, he became a founding member and eventually principal
cellist of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He also studied with
Laurence Lesser. By age 22, the same year he graduated from USC, he
had also become Piatigorsky's assistant — a post he maintained for
five years. In 1977, at the age of 30 he became principal cellist of
the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under Andre Previn. The following
year, he later became the second-ever American gold prize winner
(after pianist Van Cliburn) at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1978.
The victory thrust him into the forefront of the classical music
Rosen has soloed for, among others, the philharmonic orchestras of
New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Dresden, the Czech
Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra. He has taught at the
University of Illinois, has been a faculty member for the Manhattan
School of Music and currently teaches at USC.
Gail Tusan Joyner
is a well-known attorney in the Atlanta area, having served as
president of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. She
is a member of the American and National bar associations.
From 1983 to 1985, she was vice chair of the Atlanta Exchange, a
partnership of black businesses and professional organizations. In
1984, Governor Joe Frank Harris appointed Ms. Joyner to serve as a
member of the Georgia Council on Vocational Education. That same
year she was appointed by Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young to serve as an
administrative law judge for the city’s Bureau of Taxicabs and
Vehicles for Hire.
In July 1986, she was appointed to serve as a part-time judge on the
Magistrates Court of Fulton County, Georgia.
More recently, Ms. Joyner has served as President of the Atlanta
Legal Aid Society and is a practicing partner with the law firm of
Joyner and Joyner. She renders pro-bono legal assistance through the
Georgia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Ms. Joyner co-chairs the
Minority Liaison Committee of the Atlanta Council of Younger
Lawyers of the Atlanta Bar Association.