2016 California Hall of Fame Inductees Honored


The 10th class of California Hall of Fame inductees (from left): Isabel Allende, Harrison Ford, Alicia Gwynn (representing Tony Gwynn), Ray Smith (representing Corita Kent), Gov. Jerry Brown, First Lady Anne Gust Brown, William J. Perry, Maria Shriver, Russ Solomon and George Takei. (Photo by  Joe McHugh/California Highway Patrol)

The 10th class of California Hall of Fame inductees (from left): Isabel Allende, Harrison Ford, Alicia Gwynn (representing Tony Gwynn), Ray Smith (representing Corita Kent), Gov. Jerry Brown, First Lady Anne Gust Brown, William J. Perry, Maria Shriver, Russ Solomon and George Takei. (Photo by Joe McHugh/California Highway Patrol)


SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown and First Lady Anne Gust Brown joined the California Museum on Nov. 30 to award the Spirit of California medal to eight Californians inducted into the California Hall of Fame this evening.

This year’s inductees were acclaimed author Isabel Allende; film icon Harrison Ford; the late baseball legend Tony Gwynn; the late artist and social justice advocate Corita Kent; former U.S. secretary of defense and nuclear deterrence expert William J. Perry; groundbreaking journalist and former First Lady of California Maria Shriver; music business pioneer Russ Solomon; and celebrated actor and activist George Takei.

“This year’s inductees represent the latest of an endless series of geniuses and creators,” said Gov. Brown. “Tonight, we celebrate achievement, vision and the artistic.”

Inductees and family members of posthumous inductees received the Spirit of California medal from the governor and first lady in the official state ceremony this evening at the California Museum in downtown Sacramento. This year marks the 10th annual award ceremony.