2008 Hall of Fame Inductees
Beal graduated from John Muir High School in 1964. He also attended
San Diego State University and UCLA studying percussion and film
He is a long-time film and television composer, recording
artist and conductor. His music has been featured on the President
of the United States of America’s AIR FORCE ONE. He is currently the
General Manager of the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra and is President
of Reeltime Music Incorporated.
John has scored 35 theatrical or television films and documentaries,
26 major network television series or specials, and has been music
director/music consultant for over 20 major network specials. Before
his film, career, John was music director, arranger and performer
with stars that include Olivia Newton-John, Johnny Mathis, Gladys
Knight, Captain & Tennille, Phyllis Diller, B.B. King and many more
His television credits include the musical themes for “Vegas,”
“Eight is Enough,” “Happy Days,” and “Laverne and Shirley.” With
over 500 theatrical campaigns and 2,000 commercials for films,
including trailers for 40 of the top grossing films of all time
(such as The Matrix, Titanic, Forrest Gump, JFK, Star Wars), the
success of movie campaigns to which John Beal has contributed
original music is literally measured in hundreds of billions of
An accomplished conductor, John has led major orchestras in nearly
every state and in many other countries. He has worked for many
national advertisers including MCI, Microsoft, Dr. Pepper, Apple,
Ben & Jerry’s, Columnia/TriStar Pictures and Walt Disney.
His greatest gift to Muir was having written many of the cadences
for the schools internationally renowned Drum Corps, which are still
used more than 40 years after his graduation.
Riddle has an extensive educational background in law
enforcement including numerous courses in executive development,
terrorism security, business and grant writing, mediation, public
trust, spirit of the law, crises communication and media training,
and leadership and accountability. She has a Bachelor’s degree in
public administration from the University of LaVerne and will
receive her Master’s of Arts Degree in August, 2008.
Lieutenant Riddle, a 23-year veteran of the Pasadena Police
Department, followed the footsteps of her father-in-law, Ralph
Riddle, the first African-American officer of the Pasadena Police
Department. She made history by becoming the Pasadena Police
Department’s first African-American woman to be promoted to
sergeant. As sergeant some of her assignments were the Special
Investigations Section and Crimes Against Property, which handled all major narcotics and vice
problems, and Crimes against Property supervisor.
She has worked an array of assignments throughout her career; as a
patrol officer, police investigator, police sergeant, detective,
undercover drug officer, community outreach lieutenant, and police
lieutenant-field operations division. Chief Bernard Melekian
promoted her to lieutenant in 1996.
She currently heads the Traffic Section where she is responsible for
traffic management throughout the city. Her section handles all
fatal collision investigations, seat belt education and enforcement,
including driving under the influence, red light, and speeding
programs that are grant funded through the Office of Traffic Safety.
She is also the traffic manager of Rose Bowl events as the
helicopter traffic observer.
Walker starred in the 1976 and 1977 Turkey Tussles won by Muir,
to end a 9-year losing streak to Pasadena High School. The
defensive back went on to Pasadena City College (1978-1979) and went
on to star as a two-year starter at the University of Minnesota
(1980-1981). He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from
Regents College in Albany, NY (1992). His professional career
included one season with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian
Football League, and two seasons in the U.S. Football League, with
the Oakland Invaders (1984) and Arizona Outlaws (1985).
began his coaching career as a secondary coach (1988-91) and
defensive coordinator (1992) at Mt. San Antonio College. He then
gained valuable experience by coaching at Utah State (1993), Brigham
Young (1994), Oklahoma State (1995) and California (1996-97). His
National Football League coaching experience began as an assistant
to Pete Carroll with the New England Patriots. Walker spent three
seasons at New England: two under Carroll (1998-99); and one under
current Head Coach Bill Belichick (2000). In 2001, Walker became the
first assistant coach hired by Carroll at USC. In 2002, he became a
secondary coach with the New York Giants, for then-Defensive
Coordinator Johnny Lynn (another Muir Hall-of-Famer). After two
seasons with the Giants, Walker joined the Washington Redskins’
staff as a cornerbacks coach (2004-2005). In 2006, he was hired as
the Defensive Coordinator and Cornerbacks coach for UCLA under
former coach Karl Dorrell and now under new coach Rick Neuheisel.
Following his time at UCLA, Walker was hired in
2009 as head coach at New Mexico State University, a position he
held until 2012. In 2013, he was hired as "Defensive Backs" coach
for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars.
Flora Calusdian Dunaians
Flora Calusdian Dunaians graduated from John Muir High School in
1952 and John Muir College in 1954, the final college graduating
class. Involved in student activities, she transferred to Cal State
University, Los Angeles and received a teaching credential. With her
husband, George, she established Western Medical Supply in Arcadia.
Dunaians, a long-time supporter of the Armenia community, is
co-founder of Developmental Services for Armenia, a non-profit
organization benefiting schools, orphanages and short-term emergency
needs. Her humanitarian service includes organizing emergency food
and medical aid sent to her motherland in the aftermath of
devastating earthquakes in Yerevan in 1988. She is a supporter and
fundraiser for Olympic Team Armenia; a nursing school project in
Stepanavan, Armenia; and “Operation Fuel,” which provided heating
during Armenia’s coldest winter in years.
She is also an active sponsor of art and music in Pasadena. She is a
supporter of the Arpa Foundation for Film, Music, and Art; the
Pasadena Playhouse, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. For
over 40 years, Flora has been active at St. Gregory the Illuminator
Armenia Apostolic Church, serving as Trustee and member of the St.
Gregory Auxiliary and underwriter of St. Gregory Hovsepian School.
2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled for
Saturday, November 5th at 1:00 PM
(Location to be determined)