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Rio Hondo Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Community, Honorees, Alumni and Employees

By Valerie E. Martinez

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Rio Hondo College officially celebrated its 50th anniversary in high style with more than 400 public officials, community members, college alumni, emeriti, faculty, staff, and friends gathered for a festive evening at the City of Industry Expo Center Friday, April 19.

The occasion of Rio Hondo’s 50th anniversary provided its Board and administrators the chance to thank and acknowledge the community that initiated plans and funded construction for a community college that began serving students in 1963.

Board of Trustees President Madeline Shapiro and Interim Superintendent/President Teresa Dreyfuss welcomed the guests and dignitaries. Danny Romero, ABC Channel 7 Weekend Evening Weathercaster, was master of ceremonies. The evening’s highlight was the presentation of 50th Anniversary medallions to 17 individuals in recognition of exceptional service to the college through the years. Founding trustee Dr. Joan King Chamberlain received the President’s Award medallion. Recipients also included past Fellows of the College and Distinguished Service Awardees.

Fellows of the College: Dr. Manuel Baca; Dr. Judith Henderson; Don Jenkins; Jean Korf; Yoshio Nakamura; Mary Ann Pacheco; Ted Snyder; Ray Williams  and Patrick Boyle.

Distinguished Service Awards: Rich Casford; Dr. Andy Howard; Owen Newcomer; Nick Salerno; Congresswoman Linda Sanchez; Sylvia Southerland; Esteban E Torres.

Celebration Sponsors included:

Presenting Sponsor

Del Terra Real Estate, SVC., Inc.

Major Sponsor

The Honorable Los Angeles County

     Supervisor Don Knabe,

     Fourth Supervisorial District

50th Anniversary Birthday Cake Sponsor

Southwest Airlines

Host Sponsors Atkinson, Anderson, Loya Ruud & Romo

Bank of the West

Caldwell, Flores, Winters, Inc.

De La Rosa and Company

Follet Bookstore

Keenan and Associates

PMSM Architects

RBC Capital

Southern California Edison

Medallion Sponsor


Patron’s Circle Sponsors

Liebert Cassidy Whitmore

Ran Graphics

Southern California University of

     Health Science

Vasquez & Company LLP

VMA Communications

Event Sponsors

John Cordova

Foothill Transit

Halbert Hargrove

Don Jenkins

Olivarez & Madruga, P.C.

Ruth B. Shannon

Spiritt Family Services

UF Security Association

Gary Van Voorhis


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Rio Hondo Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Community, Honorees, Alumni and Employees