Bay Area’s generous California Hall of Famers
By Editorial Board
San Francisco Chronicle
Published December 8, 2011 on page A – 21
There is plenty to admire about each of tonight’s inductees into the California Hall of Fame. The Bay Area’s genius and generosity will be well represented with the new honorees at the California Museum in Sacramento.
It’s not enough to call the late Donald Fisher and his wife, Doris, successful entrepreneurs, even though the Gap grew from a store on San Francisco’s Ocean Avenue into a global company with 134,000 employees. They have been the quintessential corporate citizens, from their work on behalf of schools to the creation of the Gap Foundation to their world-class art collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Carlos Santana is an all-time-great guitarist, but his impact also extends to the Milagro Foundation, which he and his family established in 1998 to help at-risk youth.
Author Amy Tan’s evocative works about familial relationships have touched many lives in many ways, as have her efforts to nurture young writers and to help the National Kidney Foundation and victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Nobel laureate scientist Elizabeth Blackburn of UCSF and the late disability rights activist Ed Roberts also will be honored.
In a recent visit to San Francisco’s Mission High School, which he attended in the 1960s, Santana implored the students: “If you can remember only one thing today, remember this: You are significant. You are meaningful and you matter.”
They could not have better role models than these Hall of Famers.