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September 24, 2010 > CSD alumni inducted into new Heritage Hall of Fame

CSD alumni inducted into new Heritage Hall of Fame

Submitted By Richard Medugno

The California School for the Deaf (CSD) in Fremont will celebrate this year's homecoming weekend by inducting 26 graduates of the 150-year-old institution into its newly established Heritage Hall of Fame.

"The purpose of the Heritage Hall of Fame is to honor, preserve, and perpetuate the names and outstanding accomplishments of alumni who have brought recognition and fame to themselves and to the California School for the Deaf through their participation in the fields of education, literature, art, or community service," said school superintendent Dr. Henry Klopping.

This year's inductees reflect the rich history of the California School for the Deaf over its 150 years of operation. Many of those being honored have made an impact around the world through their extraordinary talents and great works. According to Hall of Fame officials, each has a noteworthy story of achievement and earned a place of honor in the Deaf and the general community.

For instance, inductee Douglas Tilden, who attended the school in the 1870s when it was located in Berkeley, achieved world class status as a sculptor when his art pieces won prestigious awards in Paris. He was celebrated upon his return to the Bay Area and commissioned by the mayor of San Francisco to create numerous statues, all of which survived the great quake of 1906 and are still on display around the city.

Tilden's statue "The Bear Hunt" is considered a masterpiece and stands at the entrance to the school. Other Tilden works can be found on the campus of UC Berkeley, in Golden Gate Park, and on Market Street in downtown San Francisco.

The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the school's Little Theater at 39350 Gallaudet Drive in Fremont and is open to the general public, free of charge. It will be conducted in American Sign Language and interpreted into spoken English.

Another inductee, Dr. Robert Davila, a Mexican-American who graduated from CSD in 1948, retired last year after serving as president of Gallaudet University in Washington, DC for three years. Prior to that, he served as CEO of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, for 10 years in Rochester, New York. Davila is profiled in a recently published book titled Moments of Truth: Robert R. Davila, the Story of a Deaf Leader.

This year's California School for the Deaf Heritage Hall of Fame inductees are:

The Arts: Theophilus D'Estrella - class of 1873; Douglas Tilden - class of 1879; Granville Redmond - class of 1893; Joseph Velez - class of 1950; Eric Malzkuhn - class of 1938; Julianna Fjeld - class of 1966.

Literature: Leo Jacobs - class of 1933; T. J. O'Rourke - class of 1948; Kenneth Norton - class of 1945; Ella Mae Lentz - class of 1971.

Education: James Howson - class of 1893; Dr. Winfield Runde - class of 1886; Emil Ladner - class of 1930; Dr. Robert Davila - class of 1948.

Community: Harry Jacobs - class of 1927; John Galvan - class of 1937; George Attletweed - class of 1947; Julian "Buddy" Singleton - class of 1952; Donald Parodi - class of 1960; Lillian Hahn Skinner - class of 1934; Robert Miller - class of 1933; Ronald Hirano - class of 1952; Bernice Singleton - class of 1954; Joel Barish - class of 1986; Jed Barish - class of 1988; Dan Lynch - class of 1953.

For more information about the Heritage Hall of Fame induction ceremony, contact Barbara Morrison at or CSD Outreach at (510) 794-3707.

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