George Moscone graduated from Pacific in 1953, having been admitted on a basketball scholarship. He was quite popular and served in various leadership capacities, including as president of the Rhizomia fraternity. After Pacific, Moscone earned a law degree and practiced law before starting a career in politics. He served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (1963-1966), moved up to the California State Senate (1967-1976), and was elected mayor of San Francisco in 1976, during a time when the city's political leadership began to more accurately reflect the diversity of the city's residents. In the fall of 1978, Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the state's history, were assassinated by former supervisor Dan White.
Left: George Moscone in the Old Gymnasium, 1953
Right: George Moscone, 1977