Pico Rivera : 3 Will Join Hall of Fame

Three El Rancho High School graduates will be inducted this month into the school’s Hall of Fame.

Dr. Christina Hernandez, a 1962 graduate; Robert Benavides Jr., a 1963 graduate, and William Edward Wolfe, who graduated in 1965; will be honored during the Pico Rivera school’s 6th annual recognition banquet at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Embassy Suites hotel in Downey.

Hernandez is director of the Pico Rivera Community Medical Clinic. A resident of Pico Rivera, she has published research on rural health care in Mexico and lectured widely on public health matters. Hernandez has a bachelor of science degree from Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Miami School of Medicine.

Benavides has degrees from Sonoma State College, Cal State Los Angeles, Georgia State University and a doctorate of education with a major in psychology and counseling from the University of San Francisco. He is vice president and director of intern training at Santa Rosa Institute in Santa Rosa. He is responsible for intern training of individuals preparing for licenses as psychologists, family therapists and clinical social workers.


Wolfe has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UCLA and a doctorate in engineering from the same university. He is an assistant professor of civil engineering at Ohio State University. His dissertation was on “Earthquake Induced Deformations in Reinforced Earth Walls.” He has written on problems related to earth walls and the movement of those walls during earthquakes.

Nominees must have graduated from the school at least 15 years ago and have achieved local, statewide or national recognition. Previous inductees include Los Angeles City Councilwoman Gloria Molina and actress Alma Martinez.