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2013 Hall of Fame Inductees
Name Category Class
Harold Busby Sports/Coaching 1965
   At Muir he was involved in Varsity football and track (coached by legendary coach, Walt Opp.) He had an outstanding career at Muir in track winning the CIF sprints (100 yards in 9.4 and 220 yards in 20.5) in 1964 and the State title in 1965. He was named to the All-American team for both the 100 and 220 yard dash. In addition, he anchored winning CIF and State relay teams in 1964-65. He also was an accomplished member of the varsity football team (1963 and 1964).
     After Muir, he continued his athletic and academic career at UCLA where he was a 3-year Letterman in both football and track. In the 1966 National Meet he finished 3rd in the 100 and 4th in the 220 and was named to represent the United States on its Track Team. He was a member of World Record Relay teams and was ranked 8th in the world in the 220 and anchored the UCLA 4 x100 relay team defeating USC, and leading UCLA to its first dual meet victory in school history.
     In football he was the leading receiver all three years and ranked 4th All-Time besides a season-ending injury at the half-way point. None the less, the Oakland Raiders professional football team drafted him as their 8th draft choice in 1969. While at Oakland, Harold was a member of the Raiders Taxi Squad (Practice team) before electing to finish his BA degree (in Political Science) at UCLA in December 1971 and later received an MBA (in Management) from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey.
     His business success was equally impressive as his sports success and he transferred what he learned from sports to a successful career in business. These attitudes and skills include: being tenacious, reliable team leader, team player, highly adaptable, results-oriented, and interpersonal relationships.
     He launched his business career at Security Pacific Bank graduating in its first Management Training Program. He relocated to New York City to start a sales career with Merck, Sharpe & Dohme as a Pharmaceutical Representative calling on physicians and surgeons. Harold began his medical technology sales career at Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC). While at DEC, Harold became the Top Medical Sales person in the company earning numerous sales awards for many years.
     After 18 years with DEC, Harold was recruited by IBM to manage large corporate accounts such as Nokia and Texas Instruments. Harold achieved a Global Small-Medium Business Winner, and six-Time 100% Club Winner. Harold retired from IBM after being stricken-twice with a life threatening disease. After many blessings and full recovery, Harold started a thriving business, Sales Informatica, and ministry with his church, Servants-With-A-Testimony.
Molly Munger Community Service 1966
     Molly grew up in Pasadena and initially attended Westridge School. Her stepfather, Dr. Robert Freeman, a member of the PUSD governing board in the 1960’s, opposed attempts by others on the board to maintain racial segregation. At his suggestion, Molly moved at age 14 to John Muir High School. At Muir her involvement included Aquacade, 2nd Page Editor of the Blazer, CSF, GAA, Jr. Class Recording Secretary, “M Club”, Quill and Scroll, Senior Class Treasurer, Senior Prom Chairman, Sophomore Class Counselor, and Youth Counselor. Her honors included: Bank of America Award (liberal arts), DAR Citizenship Award, Exchange Club Girl of the Year, CSF Sealbearer, and National Merit Finalist. After graduating from Muir she attended and graduated from Radcliffe College and in 1974 received her law degree from Harvard Law School.
     For Ms. Munger, equality has been a career long passion. Initially her focus was on women’s rights. As a woman at Harvard Law School in 1970, just 8% of her classmates were female and attitudes toward women were not always positive. When she aced a final exam in one of her law classes, the professor wrote on her paper: “you’re not such a dumb blond after all Miss Munger.” She was one of only six women in the Harvard Economics Department during her undergraduate days and felt driven to prove them wrong by becoming a great attorney.
     Returning to the Los Angeles area, she served from 1974 to 1994 as a U.S. Attorney, a partner in the all-women litigation firm of Baird, Munger & Meyers, and a partner in the Los Angeles office of New-York based law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. Prompted by the L.A. riots and its aftermath, she left private practice to serve, with one of her current law partners, as Western Regional Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund from 1994-1998. With her husband and partner, she co-founded the Los Angeles law firm of English, Munger & Rice in 1999.
     Some of her other activities and accomplishments included the following: helped support propositions to fund education, supported campaigns of school reform candidates, won lawsuits to gain more money for school construction, helped to improve and expand early childhood education, served on boards supporting education (Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, The James Irvine Foundation, UNITE-LA, Children Now, Occidental College, Southern California Grantmakers, Westridge School) and was a commissioner on the First 5 California Commission. She is currently a co-founder and director of the Advancement Project, a public policy change organization rooted in the civil rights movement. The Project engineers large-scale systems change to remedy inequality, expand opportunity and open paths to upward mobility. In recent years, Molly has become deeply involved in efforts to improve and expand early childhood education in California. Her work was critical to the development of thousands of preschool spaces that serve low income children in Los Angeles County.
     She has urged attorneys interested in a public service career to live frugally so they don’t get too used to an extravagant lifestyle and listen to their instincts. She has been quoted as saying: “You can really tell when talking to somebody and after talking to them for a while you know what really makes them light up and what doesn’t. I think people ought to do the things that make them light up.”
Starla Lewis Education 1968
A  At Muir she was involved as a Flag Girl, Girls League, Adelphians and the Junior Prom Committee.
After graduating from Muir, she went to Pasadena City College (earned her A.A. in Sociology in 1971), then attended San Diego State University (earned her B.S. in African American Studies in 1973) and also (earned her M.S. in Counseling in 1974).
     Her extensive 40-year teaching career in the San Diego area included San Diego High School and Lincoln High School, as well as being a Professor at San Diego State University, Palomar College, Union Institute and Webster University. She is presently a professor at San Diego Mesa College where she has taught since 1993 and served as the Department Chair of Black Studies for many years. She is an outstanding educator in Ethnic Studies, Women Studies, African Studies, and Oral Communications. She has developed and facilitated seminars in Cultural Diversity, Life Mastery and Emotional Healing both nationally and internationally. Students and clients are taught how to use love to address life issues. She works with corporations, community and social organizations, penal institutions, and school districts. She has met and worked with political figures, social activists, writers, and television personalities including President Bill Clinton, Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, Angela Davis, Dick Gregory, Cornel West, Susan Taylor, Mamie Till (mother of Emmett Till), Rosa Parks, Iyanla Vanzant, J. California Cooper, Octavia Butler (Muir 1992 Hall of Fame Inductee), Michael Eric Dyson, Maya Angelou, Steadman Graham, Mos Def, Queen Latifah, and more.
     Starla has utilized her creative abilities as an author, poet, illustrator and performer to create a unique environment for experiential lectures, workshops and seminars. She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, and was profiled by the San Diego Tribune as the Bob Marley Peace Award recipient for Leadership in 2002 and 2003. In 2004 she was the recipient of the Helen Hawkins Feminist Activist Award from the Department of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University. In 2011 the World of Difference Award was presented to Starla by the San Diego Health Department. In 2012, the Department of Africana Studies at San Diego State University honored her as an Outstanding Alumni and Faculty. She is a seven-time recipient of the Mesa College “Teacher of the Year Award.” Recently, in March 2013, Starla was presented the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Association of Black Employees of Pasadena City College.
     Throughout her career, she has shared her knowledge with many using a variety of methods and techniques including: community service (34 times), workshops (30), publications (16), media appearances (13), serving on Boards (7), and serving on Committees (20)
     Starla is a published author of “Sunkisses” which is written in English, Spanish, and French. It was created so that young people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds can learn to love, accept, and see themselves in one another. Her latest book is “I am Brilliant Powerful Limitless Love.”
Tim Estes Business 1973
     At Muir he was involved in playing sports with friends at lunch, JV Baseball, Pep Activities and working with teachers to improve his academics. After graduating from Muir he earned his A.A. from PCC and attended California State, Los Angeles, taking engineering classes. Some of his time was spent working part-time in various odd jobs (delivering newspapers) but spent most of his time working in the float business, his first love. He had the work ethic to be self-supporting and did not want to rely on his parents for spending money.
     Tim began his passion for float decorating at the age of 8 when he began helping on the decorating crews that cover the floats with flowers, seeds and other natural materials for the Rose Parade. This year he celebrates 50 years of being involved in float building and decorating. Sweepstakes trophy winners in recent years include Dole Packaged Foods, Rain Bird Corporation, FTD, Target Stores and California State PTA. What all these winners have in common is they enlisted Fiesta Parade Floats (FPF), established in 1988 by Tim Estes, to help build and decorate their floats
     Tim Estes, CFEE (Certified Festival & Event Executive), is President of Fiesta Parade Floats, a well-known name in the parade float building industry. With over 35 years’ experience in building floats, Tim has assembled an extremely qualified and talented Team in all areas of design, construction, engineering, animation, sculpturing and decoration that has created an impressive record. Tim has led Fiesta Parade Floats in being the highest prize winning rate Float Company in the Rose Parade for the last 25 years, including a Rose Parade record 20 Sweepstakes winners in a row, awarded for the best float each year in the Rose Parade. Since 1992, 69% of all FPF entries have won one of the top coveted trophies.
     As President of FPF, Tim has overseen the construction of over 400 Rose Parade floats and countless floats in parades throughout the United and Canada, including the annual MLK parade in Los Angeles. In addition, they have produced well over 300 other floats for such parades and events as the Hollywood Lane Christmas Parade in Hollywood, California, the Boise River Festival in Boise, Idaho, Universal Studio’s 25th Anniversary touring float and producing seven floral floats in the United Arab Emirates for their parade in Abu Dhabi. Over the years, Tim has participated in parades in Portland, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Chicago and El Paso, as well as numerous cities in California.
     In addition to parades, Fiesta has produced numerous props and displays for a variety of clients. This list includes a Japanese Shopping mall in Tokyo; the Bellagio, Palazzo and Mandalay Bay Hotels in Las Vegas; the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC; Disneyland; Knott’s Berry Farm and the South Coast Shopping Mall in Costa Mesa, California. He has been successful by treating his clients as his most important sponsors and their beautiful float is the culmination of an awesome, positive, exciting, and unforgettable experience with his company.
Tim is an active member of IFEA (International Festivals and Events Association) for over 20 years and for over 15 years with Cal Fest (California Festival and Events Association). Tim has served on the IFEA President’s Council, the IFEA Foundation Alliance Board and is currently a member of the Cal-Fest Board of Directors, having served as Vice President and is currently Treasurer.
     As a proud graduate of John Muir High School, Tim has strived to assist in the Pasadena community. For a number of years, has visited Washington Elementary School, reading books to children, donating time and supporting causes that have improved the community, such as the Pasadena Ronald McDonald House and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Richard J. Jimenez Science (Medicine/Health) 1976
     At Muir he was involved in the Pep Commission, Fishing Club, MECHA Club, Photo Production Staff, Publications Commission, Activities Commission and the Track team. After Muir, he attended Mission College, De Vry University, Mt. San Antonio College and the University of Southern California (USC).
     He has over 30 years’ experience in research and development of new products, Photovoltaic Solar panel design, Deep Space satellite system design, Avionics flight navigation systems and aircraft instrumentation repairs, Weapon control systems and Fiber Optical communication systems. His experience also includes Software Diagnostic Testing and related engineering specifications, qualification testing, developing maintenance manuals and test procedures, designing and maintaining production test fixtures. He also has much experience in operating Agilent HP3070 ATE board testing, programming in BT basic and Visual Basic and developing automated Test equipment fixtures for an automated production testing area. His varying experiences included Network development, loading 3D computer aided design programs, Autodesk, Revit, CISCO, Linux, Unix and Novell LAN Network.
     All of these experiences were spent in many local companies including: Loral Electro Optical (Engineering Specialist), Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company (Senior Test Engineer), General Dynamics (Lead System Engineer) Custom Electronic Design (Manager of Engineering), OTTO Instruments (Senior Test Engineer), Rogerson Kratos (Manager Test Engineering Department, Avionics Test Manager, Avionics Test Supervisor), Canoga Perkins (Senior Test Engineer), and Optical Communications Products (Senior Test Engineer). Part of his engineering experiences led him to work on the Space Shuttle, Air Force One, Galileo satellite, counter weapon systems for military aircraft and training for the military.
     In addition, he spent a year (2002-2003) as a Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Engineering teacher at John Muir High School. He instructed students on programs using real life projects with various business partners (Jet Propulsion Laboratory, City of Pasadena and SBC). He was the Muir Technical Coordinator and was responsible for maintaining school network and classroom computers. He was nominated as teacher of the year.
He also was a mentor for the first Robotics team (Team 980 and Team 2404) at John Muir High School.
Hon. Jacqueline C. Robinson Government 1996
     At Muir she was involved in Varsity Basketball, the Finance Academy, Class of 1996 Class President and Editor-In-Chief and Organizations Editor of the Hoofbeats Yearbook. After graduating from Muir she earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley (2000) and a Masters in Public Administration (M.A.) from California State University, Northridge (2010).
     Re-elected in March 2011, Jacque Robinson is serving her second term as member of the Pasadena City Council, District 1 and currently is Vice Mayor of the City of Pasadena. First elected in 2007 at age 28, Jacque became the youngest elected female in the history of the city. Born and raised in Pasadena, Jacque is a product of the district she now represents and is a proud public school graduate. Her policy initiatives lie in economic and business development, public safety, transportation, and youth development. Ms. Robinson has worked professionally on congressional, state, and local electoral campaigns for the California Teachers Association, Service Employees International Union, Philadelphia AFL-CIO, and serves as a speaker and trainer on topics including civic engagement and running for office. Jacque recently started a small consulting firm and has served as adjunct faculty at Pasadena City College. She is the current Chair of the Foothill Workforce Investment Board and was recently appointed as a Commissioner to the Burbank Bob Hope Airport Authority.
     Jacque is a graduate of Now President Barack Obama’s Hopefund—"Yes We Can Training Program" and the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute. Locally, Jacque is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and serves on the advisory board for Rosemary Children’s services, a foster care and adoption nonprofit. Nationally, she works closely with the Young Elected Officials Network and currently serves as California State Director of the National Foundation for Women Legislators. In 2011, she had the honor of being selected as 1 or 3 United States fellows for the New Generation Seminar at the East-West Center studying Asia Pacific-U.S. policy and was chosen by the American Council of Young Political Leaders for international exchange to China. She is the recipient of multiple community awards and recognitions including being featured as 1 of 15 “Power Women of Pasadena” in Pasadena Magazine.
     She is most proud of her collaborate work spearheading the Pasadena-Altadena 20/20 initiative
(a grassroots coalition of individuals and organizations working to stop gang and community violence by focusing on the highest risk, highest need gang-impacted youth, young adults and their families), securing funding and completion for the first Lincoln Avenue Specific Plan and providing yearly emergency preparedness training for her constituents.

Mildred Turner

Jim Brownfield Service Award

     Mildred Turner was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, and attended Scott High School in Toledo. She attended Toledo University and majored in Social Work/Psychology. She married her childhood sweetheart, Raymond (in 1957), and they moved to Pasadena where she attended PCC and majored in Spanish. They were married for 55 years until her passing on July 23, 2013.
     Mildred Turner’s passion for empowering kids through education began in the late 1960s, when her sons, Kevin (Muir c/o 1979) and Cameron (Muir c/o 1981), were students at Audubon Elementary School. Along with maintaining high academic expectations for their own children, Mildred and her husband, Ray, united with other parents to motivate and inspire all students. Mildred and Ray served as co-presidents of the Audubon PTA and, like many local parents of that era, campaigned vigorously for school integration through busing. She also worked at San Rafael Primary School as a Community Liaison Specialist, from 1974-1982. Mrs. Turner’s dedication as a parent volunteer continued as her sons matriculated through Audubon, Edison, the Pasadena Alternative School, Eliot Junior High and of course, John Muir High School. It was, therefore, perfectly natural when she launched her career with the Pasadena Unified School District.
     Cherished are Mildred’s memories of her wonderful years at Don Benito and San Rafael Elementary schools where she advocated for families as a Community Liaison Specialist. Her natural warmth and belief that all students could achieve enabled Mrs. Turner to bond easily with parents and kids. In order to better serve the school communities, she took night classes to master Spanish and American Sign Language. Ultimately, her special ability to connect with kids and parents led Mildred Turner to John Muir High School where she worked as a Community Liaison Specialist from 1982-1994 for the School Improvement/School Site Council Program. At Muir, she expanded her parent advocacy and her unflagging faith in the potential of every student to achieve excellence.
     As advisor to the Pride Task Force (along with Loren Shirar Inductee in 2012 and retired teacher and Curator of the Muir Alumni Museum), Mrs. Turner helped Muir students boost Mustang pride by organizing activities including Homecoming events, Spirit Buttons, Friday Night Live, campus painting projects and the planting of the memorial tree in honor of three students who were murdered on Halloween, 1993. In 1988, under Mildred Turner’s guidance the Pride Task Force founded the John Muir Alumni Hall of Fame, which reflects the spirit of service that Mrs. Turner embodies.
     Perhaps the greatest testament to Mildred Turner’s service at Muir are the countless former students who affectionately call her “Mom” and who know that they can still turn to her for advice and comfort in times of challenge and for enthusiastic congratulations in times of triumph. Mildred Turner represents the very best qualities of Mustang Pride! She was a true Mustang, a Muir Icon, and will be missed by all who knew her. If it were not for her efforts, the Alumni Hall of Fame may never have existed.

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