John Olguin, who gave 50 years to the Cabrillo Marine Museum in San Pedro, now has a piece of the museum dedicated to him.
In a private ceremony last weekend, Los Angeles parks officials renamed the museum's auditorium for Olguin, who retired in April as museum co-director. A plaque on the auditorium wall, presented by the Friends and Volunteers of Cabrillo Museum, commends Olguin for "50 years of unselfish and extraordinary service."
Olguin, who began working for the city in 1937 as a lifeguard at Cabrillo Beach, began volunteer work for the museum that same year. When he retired, leaving behind a $3-million facility with a $337,000 annual budget, one official said: "He built that museum up practically as a one-man operation."