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Four tapped for Alumni Hall of Fame

May 12, 2004

Sound designer and Academy Award winner Christopher Boyes, San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong, children's musician Ella Jenkins and disc jockey Carter B. Smith will be inducted into the SFSU Alumni Hall of Fame at a reception on Friday, May 28.

Photo of Christopher BoyesChristopher Boyes earned a bachelor's degree in cinema in 1985. He has worked on more than 40 major motion pictures during his nearly 20-year career. In February, he won a third Academy Award for his sound mixing work on "The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King." In addition to his work on "Lord of the Rings," he was nominated for two other Oscars this year. Boyes has also won Oscars in sound effects editing for "Titanic" and "Pearl Harbor." Boyes, 43, lives in Inverness in Marin County where he often works with Lucas Films' Skywalker Sound.

Photo of Heather FongSan Francisco native Heather Fong, 47, is the first female police chief in the city's history and the first Asian American woman in the country to preside over a large urban department. In 1988, after 11 years on the force and five years investigating child abuse for the juvenile division, Fong entered the master's of social work program at SFSU. Her degree changed the way she looked at abuse and family interventions, enabling her to see not just the police work but the "healing part" as well. Named chief in April by Mayor Gavin Newsom after a national search, Fong hopes to bring a hands-on, community oriented approach to the position.

Photo of Ella JenkinsKnown as the first lady of children's music, Ella Jenkins' career spans more than four decades. With her devotion to cross-cultural understanding and respect, and her signature call and response style, Jenkins -- who earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from SFSU in 1951 -- is as much an educator as she is an entertainer. Her best known song, "You'll Sing a Song, And I'll Sing a Song," is the best-selling record in the history of record label Smithsonian Folkways. Earlier this year, Jenkins, who turns 80 this year, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. Her 28th album, Sharing Cultures was released this year as well.

Photo of Carter SmithDuring his 50-year career, broadcaster Carter B. Smith has been on almost every radio and television station in the Bay Area. He started in broadcasting in 1954 at KBLF in Red Bluff, California. After earning his bachelor's degree in radio and television broadcasting at State in 1959, he went on to a career that included disc jockeying, news reporting and television hosting. He can now be heard from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays on oldies station KABL (960AM) where he plays the same music -- Sinatra, Fitzgerald, Bennett, and Dorsey -- that he played in the '50s. He lives in Tiburon with his wife Barbara.

Chosen by the Alumni Association, the Hall of Fame recognizes alumni who have earned the respect of their peers through professional, cultural and civic achievements. Previous inductees include actor Danny Glover, Peter Casey, co-creator and producer of the hit sitcom Frasier, former UCLA football coach Bob Toledo, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra conductor Kent Nagano, Manny Mashouf, founder of the women's high fashion retail store bebe, former Mayor Willie Brown, and San Francisco poet laureate devorah major. The photographs of all inductees hang on the Hall of Fame wall on the first floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library.

-- Samantha Schoech


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