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Dr. Carol Miller Cassell Science (Medicine/Health) 1954 (Muir College)
Dr. Carol Miller Cassell has written several books that have been acclaimed by "USA Today" newspaper, "Psychology Today" and the "Journal of Sex Research." They have been excerpted in American and Canadian magazines, cited in the popular and professional press, and published in four languages, Swept Away: Why Women Confuse Love and Sex; Tender Bargaining: Negotiating an Equal Partnership with the Man You Love; Straight From the Heart: How to Talk to your Teenager about Love and Sex. She is currently the president of the Western Region for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.
Don G. Strametz Sports & Coaching 1963
Don G. Strametz was the head track and field coach at Locke High School in Los Angeles from 1974-79. He was voted L.A. City Coach of the Year in 1979 after leading his boys' team to first place in the L.A. City Championship and a runner-up finish in the state championships. He also guided the girls' team to a state championship in 1977.

Aside from instructing athletes in competition, he has been a professor at Cal State Northridge since 1985. He began his teaching career in 1969 at Locke High School in Los Angeles. After leaving Locke in 1979, he taught at Mount Vernon Junior High School until 1985. In addition to his responsibilities at Mount Vernon, he was an associate professor at Cal State Northridge from 1979-85.
Gerald K. Freeny Community Service 1978
Gerald K. Freeny received his B.S. in Business Administration and Finance from California State University in Los Angeles. He has been employed by the state of California/Department of Corrections for over 20 years. Freeny has served on the Tournament of Roses board for 23 years. His previous community involvement includes The Pasadena Police Foundation Board, Pasadena Police Citizens Academy, Pasadena Rose Bowl Aquatics Board, the University Club, Pasadena YMCA Board, Black Support Group at Cal State LA, Urban League Board of Governors, United Way Fundraising Committee and the Pasadena NAACP.
Darryl Qualls Government Service 1980
Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls oversees the Pasadena Police departments officers within Patrol Services. He began his career with the Pasadena Police Department as an Explorer Scout when he was 18 years of age. He rose through the ranks of Cadet, Police Officer, Investigator, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Commander and in 2011 was appointed to his current position as Deputy Chief. He has worked with the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He has also received training with the Israeli National Police on terrorism.
Andre Coleman Writing (Author/Reporter) 1982
Andre Coleman,  has been a staff writer for various newspapers in the Pasadena and Los Angeles area for 20 years. He has served the Pasadena area with his careful, hard-hitting, no-nonsense, journalism. He received two Los Angeles Press Club awards for a story he wrote that became the basis for the movie "Lake View Terrace." His second award was given for the article, "Body of Evidence," about a missing Pasadena Police Officer that was first ruled suicide and then a homicide. Coleman has also written several books.
Mamie Coleman Business 1989
Mamie Coleman, as vice president of Music and Production, is responsible for managing the creation and production of the promotional campaigns for Fox Broadcasting’s television series, specials and live event programming.

She works closely with the TV studios and production companies, major record labels, recording artists, and agents to secure talent and production materials for FOX's award-winning on-air promotional campaigns. She became the first President and founding member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Rho Epsilon Chapter.

Nettie Piggee

Jim Brownfield Service Award


Nettie Piggee was awarded the Jim Brownfield Service Award.  For 35 years of outstanding, loving and caring service to the students, faculty and staff of Muir The ageless "Miss Nettie" was a fixture at Muir for those 35 wonderful years. Tall and slender with a high, raspy voice that soared forcefully from one end of the school's campus to the other (even penetrating concrete walls, according to stage manager Larry Tharp). Nettie Piggee was as definitive of Muir as the revered "M-Quad" and the aqua tiled arches of the Rufus Mead Auditorium. Officially, she was there to protect the school from intruders and to quell conflicts between students, but coworkers at the alumni luncheon said Piggee was much more than a campus cop. To all that she served a resounding and heartfelt "Thank you" Miss Nettie.

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