IMPERIAL VALLEY COLLEGE – Imperial Valley College President Victor Jaime addresses family and friends during Mondayâ€™s designation of Room 2732 as E. J. â€œPeteâ€ Mellinger Hall. The Room, which is located in the 2700 classroom building, houses agriculture classes.
Mellinger was on the faculty of IVC from 1961 until his retirement in 1989 and founded the agriculture department at IVC. He also worked with his students to provide the original landscaping at the IVC Aten Road campus when it opened in 1962.
Mellinger was Holtvilleâ€™s â€œCitizen of the Yearâ€ in 2007 and served the City of Holtville in a number of elected and appointed positions continuously from 1973 until his death in July at the age of 92. That included service as a planning commissioner, city council member and city treasurer.