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The Mexican Consulate in San Diego on Monday honored 22 Mexican-Americans who have made a big difference in the region.
The event was held in teh San Diego Museum of Art as part of the 202nd anniversary of the cry for Mexican independence and the 133rd anniversary of the consulate.
Those honored as "remarkable" Mexican-Americans were:
• Ricardo Griswold
del Castillo, a San Diego State University historian and Chicano studies scholar
• Óscar Romo, environmentalist and lecturer in UC San Diego urban studies program (pictured at right).
• Graciela Molina, an educator who has promoted civil rights for Mexican-Americans
• Esmeralda Reyes Aguilar, poet
• Rafael Rubio, cofounder of Rubio's fish tacos
• Dr. Jose Honold, neonatal physician, president, founder of International Children’s Cancer Foundation.
• Dr. Horacio Jinich: Gastroenterologist taught at UC San Diego
• Dr. Andres Smith: Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center physician who has led efforts for improved cross-border emergency health services
• Ivonne Esperanza Campos, a Superior Court judge since 2003
• Arturo M. Castro, an architect whose projects include the new library and the expansion of the convention center
• Sam Durán, founding CEO of Urban Corps of San Diego County
• Mateo Camarillo, for his community work that led to better working conditions and pay for Mexican-Americans
• Enrique Morones, pro-migrant and human rights activist; leads Border Angels group
• Beatriz Villarreal, Founded Mano a Mano Foundation
• William Alejandro Virchis, a director for Teatro Máscara Mágica who worked with Southwestern College theater department and Sweetwater school district
• Martha E. Sánchez, who 45 years ago began the Ballet Xóchitl Cultural del Centro Cultural de los Niños
• Humberto Gurmilán Juvera, a man who became paralyzed at age 15 who now works with Access to Independence, which helps people who have suffered paralyzing accidents. Author of "Desde mi silla."
Four were recognized posthumously:
• Herminia Acosta Enrique (1919-2009), co-founder of Centro Cultural de la Raza and founder of Ballet Folklorico en Aztlan in 1967. Her photo, at left, courtesy of her family
• José Guadalupe Estudillo, trustee for San Diego in 1868 who voted to set aside the land that became Balboa Park. He was an honored guest for the Panama-California Exposition on May 26, 1915. He also was state treasurer from 1875-1880. He married Adelaide Mulholland of Los Angeles, who died in 1890. He was the son of José Antonio Estudillo (1805-1952), a Californio who was one of early San Diego's most prominent figures
• Juan de Dios González, helped lead legal fight to desegregate Lemon Grove schools in the 1930s
• Isabel Schon, (1940-2011) bilingual literacy and multicultural education expert who founded the Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents at Cal State San Marcos in 1989
The 22 were honored by Consul Remedios Gómez Arnau, in the presence of Congressman Bob Filner and state Assemblyman Ben Hueso. The selection committee included Monica Kiy, Roberto Cornejo and Daniel Pozos.
List, U-T San Diego. Second part of list, U-T San Diego.
Story, Frontera (PDF) (It was only able to get 15 of the 22 names in the paper, leaving out Morones and six others, but did note in a separate box that the paper was recognized for helping the consulate gather nominations).