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2008 Hall of Fame Inductees
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John Beal Performing Arts 1964
John Beal graduated from John Muir High School in 1964. He also attended San Diego State University and UCLA studying percussion and film scoring.

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 dollars.
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.

 

Phlunte Walsh-Riddle

Government Service 1977
Phlunte Walsh 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.
 
DeWayne Walker Sports 1978
DeWayne 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).
He 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.

 
Flora Calusdian Dunaians Community Service 1952
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.

 
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