The Center and Capital Fellows community lost one of our most beloved alums, Tyrone L. McGraw, on Sunday, June 18 after a three-year battle with cancer. Tyrone arrived in Sacramento in October 2013 as a member of the 2013-14 Assembly Fellows class.
Fellows arrive in Sacramento every Fall eager for the chance to make a difference and leave their mark on state government. From the start, Tyrone stood out for his humanity – shaping and defining the class and the experience of his fellow fellows by his willingness to share his story and inspire through his commitment to public service. Tyrone uplifted all of us with his kindness, positivity, determination, and spirit of giving like no other. He brought this same light to the Capitol community after his fellowship year, continuing on as a staffer in the state Assembly.
Steve Boilard, Executive Director of the Center for California Studies had this to say about Tyrone, “I’m often asked by applicants “what do you look for in a Fellow?” And as I go down the list – enthusiasm, humility, a commitment to public service, integrity, idealism – I visualize Tyrone. He achieved so much for himself and accomplished so much good for others. One wonders what he would have gone on to do if he’d been given more time. But I know that he’s made an impact on all of us, and his spirit of public service will continue. It’s people like Tyrone who make me optimistic about California’s future.”
The immense outpouring of love, loss, and support since his passing is a testament to the impact he had on all those that he encountered. We are proud to have had Tyrone as a part of our Capital Fellows family and he will always be remembered.
A celebration of the life of Tyrone L. McGraw will occur on Saturday July 8, 2017 at 11 AM at Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco. Please rsvp here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-the-life-of-tyrone-l-mcgraw-tickets-35780372056
Donations in celebration of Tyrone’s memory can be made to the Tyrone L. McGraw scholarship fund at http://tinyurl.com/tlmcgraw under the “Tyrone L. McGraw Scholarship”