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Image: Photos of SF State alumni


Photo of Dennis Chaconas Dennis Chaconas
Former superintendent
Even during the bell-bottom '60s, this former Oakland schools chief wore a suit to SF State because his immigrant father had read that respectable college boys dressed that way.
Photo of Robert Deegan Robert Deegan
The ninth superintendent and president of Palomar College in San Marcos, he earned his bachelor's degree in psychology and his master's in counseling from SF State.
Photo of Brother Ronald Gallagher Brother Ronald Gallagher
The 28th president of Saint Mary's College of California credits influential faculty at SF State such as Richard Trapp and Mike Zimmerman with igniting his interest in higher education.
Photo of Bill Honig Bill Honig
Former superintendent
Long before his 1982 election as state superintendent of public instruction, he was a master's student at SF State who spent mornings teaching children in inner-city schools.
Photo of David Mertes David Mertes
As chancellor of the California Community Colleges from 1988 to 1996, this biology major helped institute important reforms at this educational system.
Photo of Catilin Schwarzman Caitlin Schwarzman
As part of her graduate thesis, this teacher with a love of sailing mapped out the Tall Ship Semester for Girls program, a challenging "school at sea" to help students shape up when they ship out.
Photo of Linda Shore Linda Shore
Science educator
This executive director of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific got starry-eyed about astronomy after taking a class because a friend said it would be "easy."
Photo of Caroline Vaughan Caroline Vaughan
United Nations official
She headed the United Nations Language and Communications Programme at U.N. headquarters in New York City before assuming the role of chief of the Central Review Bodies secretariat in its Office of Human Resources Management.
Photo of Alice Fong Yu Alice Fong Yu
Bilingual education pioneer
The first Chinese American public school teacher in San Francisco, she graduated in 1926 only to be told that Chinese Americans were not being hired. She persisted until she found a principal willing to employ a bilingual teacher. Today San Francisco's Alice Fong Yu Chinese immersion elementary school honors her memory.


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