Rio Hondo Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Community, Honorees, Alumni and Employees
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:
Del Terra Real Estate, SVC., Inc.
The Honorable Los Angeles County
Supervisor Don Knabe,
Fourth Supervisorial District
50th Anniversary Birthday Cake Sponsor
Host Sponsors Atkinson, Anderson, Loya Ruud & Romo
Bank of the West
Caldwell, Flores, Winters, Inc.
De La Rosa and Company
Keenan and Associates
Southern California Edison
Patron’s Circle Sponsors
Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
Southern California University of
Vasquez & Company LLP
Olivarez & Madruga, P.C.
Ruth B. Shannon
Spiritt Family Services
UF Security Association
Gary Van Voorhis