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2006 Inductees

 

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Kenneth Fong
Alumnus of the Year 2006

Kenneth Fong is the chairman of Palo Alto-based Kenson Ventures LLC, which develops molecular biology tools that make possible cutting-edge research in gene cloning, analysis and mapping. Fong, who earned a bachelor's of science degree in biology in 1971, founded Clontech Laboratories Inc. after earning his degree. Fong serves on the San Francisco State University College of Science and Engineering Advisory Board. With his wife Pam (B.S., '73) he established an endowed scholarship at SF State in 1998 to assist promising students majoring in biology, computer science and mathematics. The honor follows his induction into SF State's Alumni Hall of Fame in 1998.


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Ronald Quidachay

Ronald Quidachay, has served on the San Francisco Superior Court since 1998 and ruled on such headline-making cases as gay marriage licenses and Barry Bonds' baseballs. Quidachay earned his degree in urban studies in 1970. Student activist and leader in the successful campaign to add ethnic studies to the University's curriculum, Quidachay recalled being elected class president in 1969 only to have the election recalled by then SF State President Samuel I. Hayakawa.

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Tom Ammiano
Tom Ammiano earned his degree in special education in 1965. Ammiano, who left teaching to become a gay rights activist and politician, has worked on a number of significant civic projects. Ammiano has been lauded in his ability to bring disparate people and entities together to make tough decisions on San Francisco's future.

 

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John Handy
John Handy, legendary saxophonist and composer, earned his bachelor's degree in Music in 1963. Handy recalls club dates with John Coltrane, Miles Davis and jamming until 4 a.m. before going to 8.a.m. classes. Handy taught at San Francisco State from 1968 to 1980.


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Paula LeDuc

Paula LeDuc earned her degree in Special Education in 1973. Inspired by her brother who is blind, LeDuc began her career as a teacher at the Living Skills Center for the Visually Impaired, an organization founded by Professor Emeritus Phil Hatlen. She went on to create a prestigious catering company. LeDuc notes that she has "learned vision through blindness" and adds that "visions, visionaries and the visually impaired make the work that I love." She continues to lead fundraising efforts for the Living Skills Center.

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David Sacks

David Sacks received his bachelor's degree in radio, television and film in 1967. Currently Vice president at Warner Bros. Television, Sacks has traced his success to lessons learned from his former professors Herb Zettl, Stuart Hyde and Benjamin Draper. "I came here to get a great education and I did," says Sacks. "I've had a wonderful journey due largely to what I learned here."

 

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