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2009 Hall of Fame Inductees
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Col. Donald J. Alser Government Service 1950

Colonel Donald J. Alser graduated from John Muir High School in 1950 and John Muir College in 1952. Col. Alser made significant contributions to the United States missile and space programs during his 32 years of military service in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force. After graduating from Muir High in 1950, and Muir College in 1952, he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy where he lettered in football and track and field, playing quarterback and setting conference and Academy records in the javelin. Upon graduating in 1956, he was commissioned into the Air Force and assigned as Launch Control Officer of the inaugural TM 76A missile squadron. He acquired a master’s degree in astronautical engineering, continued his involvement with space launch vehicles at the Air Force Rocket Lab at Edwards AFB, and was assigned to the Titan III Systems Program as project officer for the development of Stage I and II rocket engines. He also was assigned to the secretary of Air Force Space Systems at the Pentagon, as staff officer supporting the acquisition of National Space Intelligence Systems. For his achievements, he was awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal for heroic action in combat.

John Calmore Education 1963
Mr. John Calmore graduated from John Muir High School in 1963.   He was a popular student with top grades, a top athlete and participated in school government activities.  He was a natural born leader.  After Muir, he attended Stanford University, one of only two graduates of the class of 1963 to attend Stanford.  He then attended Harvard Law School and was one of the first African-Americans to graduate from Harvard with a law degree.
After law school, instead of launching into a career at a big corporate law firm, John devoted his life to helping to bring justice to the poor and disadvantaged.   He worked for the National Housing Law Project and the Legal Aid Foundation.
He was a renowned attorney during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.  He met and advised many of the civil rights leaders of the time.  In 1985, John became a law professor at the University of North Carolina where he served until a few years before his death.  He taught civil rights, critical race theory, and social justice.
Ricky Ervins Sports 1987
Mr. Ricky Ervins graduated from John Muir High School in 1987. Ervins participated in football, baseball and track and field at Muir. As a running back, he helped lead the Mustangs to California big-school Coastal Conference titles in 1985 and 1986, with a perfect 14-0 record his senior year.
He played football and participated in track and field at USC. In his junior season he led the Pac 10 in rushing with 1,395 yards (the most at USC since Marcus Allen) and a team-high 10 touchdowns. He was also the team’s second leading receiver with 39 catches (the most ever by a Trojan running back). He is a member of the National High School Football Hall of Fame and the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, gaining 126 yards for USC in the 1990 Trojan victory over Michigan.
Ervins was drafted in 1991 by the Washington Redskins of the National Football League, leading all NFC rookies with 4.7 yards per carry and became the first Muir grad to win a Super Bowl, gaining 72 yards on 13 carries to lead all rushers in Super Bowl XXVI vs. Buffalo. He is one of only six Redskins to gain over 100 yards in a playoff game. Ricky played five years in the NFL; four years with the Washington Redskins and one year with the San Francisco 49ers. H now runs a business, Xtreme Xplosion, which trains high school athletes in Northern Virginia.
Jeff Ettinger Business 1976
Jeff Ettinger graduated from John Muir High School in 1976. Mr. Ettinger is the ninth CEO in the history of Hormel Foods Corporation. He is also the president and chairman of the board for the Austin, Minnesota-based company. He oversees all functions and operations for the $5.75 billion multinational business. He began his career with Hormel in 1989 as a corporate attorney and, in 1993, was named senior attorney. In 1995, he became the Hormel chili product manager in the grocery products division. He was named assistant treasurer in 1997 and was promoted to treasurer in 1998. The following year, Ettinger became Hormel Foods vice president and Jennie-O Foods president. In 2001, following the acquisition of The Turkey Store Company, he was appointed president and chief operating officer of Jennie-O Turkey Store. He was named a Hormel Foods Group vice president later that year. In 2003, he assumed the additional title of chief executive officer of Jennie-O Turkey Store. Ettinger was named president and chief operating officer of Hormel Foods in 2004 and was elected chief executive officer in 2005. He was elected chairman of the board for Hormel Foods in November, 2006.
Barbara Mossberg, Ph.D Performing Arts 1966
Dr. Barbara Mossberg graduated from John Muir High School in 1966. Mossberg, a professor at California State University, Monterey Bay, is president emeritus of Goddard College (Vermont) and a senior scholar at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland. She is also an activist and educational leader who weave between being a poet, lecturer, scholar, author, consultant, radio hostess and actress, in a career that spans college and university teaching, and academic administration, community and national service and federal and international appointments. She has won numerous teaching awards for her emphasis on promoting creativity and expression for greater consciousness in how humanity treats one another and the earth. She has received international acclaim for her work in American studies, global studies and the role of arts and humanities in public policy, leadership studies, interdisciplinary studies and environmental affairs. Mossberg’s connections to John Muir go well beyond her high school days. According to the Sierra Club—the organization founded by John Muir—Mossberg mentions her formative years at Muir in many of her presentation and how it was the foundation of her entire academic career and devotion to John Muir’s ongoing environmental legacy.
Lewis Alexander Peters Community Service 1930
Lewis A. Peters, Sr. graduated from John Muir Technical High School in 1930.  At Muir he was a scholar-athlete in three sports, football, track and basketball, and also had a 3.9 GPA.   He was also involved in many activities and organizations.  As a result his yearbook picture had this quote:  “Rather starve before I would steal!”  This character analysis is the thread for the future life of Lewis A. Peters.
After Muir he attended PJC (now PCC) and continued his efforts as he persevered in athletics (3-sport lettermen) and academics.  He taught himself the German language and volunteered his talent in German to interpret for the world famous scientist Albert Einstein on stage at Cal Tech in 1931.   Imagine the startling significance of this happening, here the most important scientific white figure on stage with a black man who interpreted and spoke for Einstein relaying the information in English.
He got hired in 1932 with the postal service on the army base in San Francisco and lasted in this position until 1942.   He returned to Pasadena and was employed in the U.S. Postal Service as a clerk.  During this time he became a charter member of the NAACP and sought to implement changes for minorities in the manner he ran his life.  He sought a higher level of compensation by taking management classes for eight years and became a supervisor in 1960.  He was devoted to his family and his church, the First AME Church in Pasadena.  In 1962, the color line was broken as Lewis became a Supervisor, Pasadena’s first black supervisor.  He remained in the postal service as supervisor for 10 years until his retirement in 1972.  He died in 1982 after an amazing life in the Pasadena community served by his legacy of living by example for the equality of all people.  As a Civil rights advocate, like Jackie Robinson did in sports, he did the same for minorities for local civil rights in the work place.  The late Lewis Alexander Peters was the father of John Muir High Hall of Fame recipient Lewis Peters II (Class of 1963); marking the first time the prestigious honor has been bestowed on two generations of the same family.

Sylvia Martin Walker

Visual Arts 1960
Sylvia Martin Walker graduated from John Muir High School in 1960. Ms. Walker is an internationally known artist, whose work is displayed throughout the United States, including the principal’s office at John Muir High School. A Pasadena native, Walker studied at the California Institute of the Arts, earning a bachelor of fine arts degree. Her works include freelance children’s fashion illustration for clients Simplicity and McCall’s pattern companies. Other clients include Keystone Health Partners, the Coca-Cola Company National Adoption Center, Antiock Publishing and Woodtones Publishing Group. She expanded her focus to illustrating numerous children’s’ books for publishers, Just Us Books, Dover Publications, Scholastic Harper Collins, Western Publishing, Essence Golden Books, Highlights Magazine and Penguin Putnam Books. She uses a variety of media to express herself, including watercolor, pencil, ink and acrylic on canvas. Her work is in the art collections of the late Dave Thomas (founder of Wendy’s), Ed McMahon, Maury Povich and Connie Chung.
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