Distinguished Hall of Fame List

Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

Since 2004, Clay has honored many individuals as members of the “Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame”.


2004 Inductees

 

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Nancy Bricker
Class of 1948 

Ted Federici

Charles Neal
Class of 1958 

James F. O'Brien

NANCY FOX BRICKER

1948 Graduate

Clay High School Band Director
Nominated by: Pam Bricker '74 


Nancy Fox Bricker graduated from Clay High School in 1948 and pursued a degree in music from the University of Toledo where she graduated in 1952. In that year, she was appointed first full time band director at Clay High School.

“Teach”, as she was known to her students, worked very hard at the elementary level to recruit and train students how to not only play music, but to also put students on the marching field. Under her direction, the Clay High Band was selected to be “The” band int eh 1960 Indianapolis 500 Parade. Also, International sporting events were held in Toledo and again the Clay Band was selected to perform. In 1970, the Oregon School System dedicated a new music wing at Clay High School in her honor.

Nancy remained director at Clay High School until she became ill. She conducted her last concert, the Christmas Vespers, in December 1966 and died on Valentines Day 1967. Nancy touched many lives, including that of Charles Neal, one of her students and a former band director of Clay High School. Another student, John Gyuras, influenced his son Brian with his remembrances of her teachings. Brian went on to become the next band director at Clay High School.

THEODORE FEDERICI

Clay High School Teacher/Coach
Nominated by: Patricia Federici Davis '65

Ted Federici was the head football coach at Clay High school from 1950 to 1982 having many undefeated seasons and championships. He also began the wrestling program at Clay High School in 1950. While at Clay, he taught Physical Education classes as well as Occupational Work Experience (OWE). Outside of school, Ted was the backfield coach for the Toledo Tornados, a semi-pro football team coached by Bob Snyder. He also coached track at Clay.

Ted Federici graduated from Pennsylvania’s DuBois Senior High School in 1941 where he participated in football, track, and basketball. A 3 ½ year stint in the Army during WWII briefly interrupted his pursuit of higher education. He went on to Findlay College where he earned a BS in Education in 1950. In 1956 Ted earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Toledo.

Ted’s civic achievements include seven terms on Oregon City Council. He also belongs to the Oregonians, Ohio High School Football Coaches Association, American Legion, Old Newsboys, Masonic Lodge, Shrine, National Football Coaches Association, Red Cross Blood Donor, and Charter member of the Oregon Federation of Teachers. Ted has won numerous awards and honors for his work in sports and began many programs for Oregon’s youth. He initiated the Oregon Pee Wee Football Program and the Clay High Athletic Boosters Club in 1951. In 1967 he was installed in the James Naismtih Basketball Hall of Fame by having the first team to have six brothers all coached by their father on one team. Findlay College has selected him as Outstanding Alumni (1968), Alumni Coach of the Year (1973), and Athlete Hall of Fame (1978). He was inducted into the Ohio High School Football Hall of Fame in 1982.

Ted has also been nominated into the Italian Hall of Fame, had the football field at Clay High School dedicated and named for him and written many articles for sporting magazines. Ted retired in 1982, but jumped back into substitute teaching until 1993. Ted also saw a need for a football coach at Lake Junior High School and stepped in to take the 8th grade team to be the state champions in 1991. He is currently retired.

 

CHARLES (CHUCK) NEAL

1958 Graduate

Clay High School Band Director
Nominated by: Crystal Bauerschmidt


Charles Neal taught marching band/concert band from 1967 until 1999 at Clay High School. Students continue to respect him, which is evident by the huge turnout every two years for the alumni band at homecoming. He performs regularly on trumpet for church and weddings. Charles has been honored for his ability as a musician as well as his contributions as a passionate mentor, teacher and friend to students and alumni. Charles has said that teaching has always been his passion and sharing it with others is always a very exciting experience.

Chuck graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1962 and a Master of Music degree in 1973. He has earned many superior ratings in Concert Band, Marching Band, and Solo and Ensemble competitions. Chuck was president of OME District 1, and a member of the board of directors for six years and OMEA contest chairman four times and a member of OMEA state board for two years. He was Oregonian Club President and on the board of directors, President of the congregation at First S. John Lutheran Church eight yeas and presently, Oregon Community Theatre Music Director.

Currently, Chuck is an instructor in the music education department at Bowling Green State University and was presented with the prestigious Orpheus Award. The Award recognizes those who, throughout their careers, whether in the performance, education or preservation of music, have truly been ambassadors for the growth of music in America. Chuck teaches high brass, band methods and pedagogical classes and serves as director of the University Band. In the summer of 2003, Chuck was selected to be on the staff for the Ambassadors of Ohio Band and Choir European Tour

 

JAMES F. O’BRIEN

Clay High School Principal
Nominated by: Mary O'Brien Jones

James F. O’Brien retired from the Oregon School System in 1974. He was principal of Clay High School from 1950 until 1974. He had twelve years as principal of Clay Elementary, and ten years as a science and industrial arts teacher and athletic coach at Wynn Elementary. He often said that his philosophy of education was based on the two R’s and the three P’s – the R’s for respect for the rights of others and responsibility for one’s actions. The three P’s for pride in self, purpose in life, and patriotism for country. He was well known for his sense of humor and his love of puns.

James was secretary-treasurer of the former Great Northern Conference and later served in that same office for the Great Lakes League. James was a life member of the Oregonians as well as a member of the East Toledo Oregon Kiwanis Club and Yondota Lodge. He was a board member of the Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society and was named Citizen of the Year by the Oregon Chamber of Commerce.

James was proud of Clay High school and its students and teachers. After he retired he continued to support Clay High School in any way he could, including attending Clay High School athletic and alumni events, contributing funds for the construction of the new gymnasium, and going door to door before elections to encourage folks to vote for school levies. From time to time Letters to the Editor written by James were published in the Toledo Blade and other publications.

 

 

2005 Inductees

 

 

 

 

Josephine Fassett

 Henry Spring

JOSEPHINE FASSETT

Superintendent
Nominated by: Mary O'Brien Jones

Miss Fassett was a pioneer in education and did much to shape the Oregon public school system as it exists today. As a child she attended school in Momineetown and in her early teens, passed the teachers’ examination. During the summers and at night she continued her education and earned degrees from Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo. She completed her degrees while teaching for the Oregon school system.

In 1914 she was hired as a District Superintendent, and her duties included supervision of the Oregon and Jerusalem Township schools. She personally delivered new books, chalk, erasers, coal scuttles, drinking fountains, and equipment to the schools by way of horse and buggy, which she later replaced with her first car, a Maxwell.

She was instrumental in erecting Clay, Coy and Wynn elementary schools after the Oregon school districts were combined. During Miss Fassett’s tenure as District Superintendent, and later full-time Superitendent of the Oregon and Jerusalem Township schools, many other improvements were made, including the football stadium and the new Clay High School.

Miss Fassett became a life member of the National Education Association, a member of the national women teacher’s honorary Delta Kappa Gamma, and the Lucas County Teacher’s Organization (where she served as President). She was a founding member of the Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society of Ohio, and in 1961 her book, History of Oregon and Jerusalem, The Story of Two Communities was published. In 1961 the city of Oregon honored Miss Fassett with the naming of Fassett Junior High School.

She was known as a generous and compassionate woman who often provided food and fuel for needy families and loaned money to students for higher education. She sometimes anonymously provided financial aid to help Clay High School graduates pay for college. The following quote from a special edition of the “Oregon News” honoring Miss Fassett’s eighty-seventh birthday voices the sentiments of all who knew her well: “Miss Fassett’s outstanding qualities were in such well-ordered balance that a single quality cannot be named. She was painstaking, industrious, loyal, keen and in hearty sympathy with her work. Perhaps the only criticism that can justly be made is that she gave of herself too much for her own good.

HANK SPRING

Counselor and Principal
Nominated by: Margene Spring '52

Hank’s impact on Clay High School and the City of Oregon may have started when he walked into Wynn Elementary as a kindergarten student. He graduated from Clay High School in 1952. He earned degrees in education from Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo.

During his 32 years at Clay, Hank wore many hats – as a teacher, Counselor, Dean of Students, coach, Assistant Principal and Principal. He retired as the Principal of Clay High School in 1988. After retiring from education, Hank became Executive Director of the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce for 5 years, retiring for a second time in 1994. 

Hank was a past President of the Oregonian Club, a past chairman of Oregon’s Board of Zoning Appeals, a member of the Eastern Community YMCA Board of Managers, a past President of the board of Trustees for the East Center for Community Mental Health and a past Congregational President of East Toledo’s St. Mark Lutheran Church. Hank was given the Fredric E. Hansen Humanitarian Award by the East Toledo-Oregon Kiwanis Club in 1996 in recognition of his continued interest in the community.

Hank was Secretary/Treasurer of the Oregon Area Development Foundation, a Program Coordinator of the Adopt-A-School Program for Clay High School and an active Mason. He was a member of the Toledo Chapter of the United Swiss, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, the Oregonian Republican Club, and the Oregon-Jerusalem Historical Society. He helped organize the Ombudsmen Committee at St. Charles Mercy Hospital.

Hank loved Clay High School and the City of Oregon. Everyone looked to him because he had a very calm and easy going way about him. He was dedicated to and concerned for kids. Hank is remembered for leading gently with patience and understanding.

 

2006 Inductees

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Matthew Arquette
Class of 1978 

 Loren Dirr

Robert Schultz
Class of 1937 
 

DR. MATTHEW ARTHUR ARQUETTE
1968 Graduate
Dr. of Oncology
Nominated by: Evelyn Bartlett '56

Matthew is the great-great grandson of pioneer settler Perry Coy after who Coy Elementary School was named. Matt attended Coy and Eisenhower and then graduated from Clay High School in 1968.

After graduation, Matt went to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and was active at the school, organizing the ministry program and drama productions, and creating a stain glass window for the chapel. During the summer he helped his grandmother, Ann Sprague, on her farm and at her vegetable stand on Wheeling Street.

He attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduation he worked at the Siteman Cancer Center devoting his life to find ways to alleviate pain caused by cancer. Matt was the editor of the Washington Manual of Oncology, which is still used by oncologists today. He was the recipient of the Barnes-Jewish Hospitals “Caring Spirit” award, the Alpha Lambda Upsilon Award and the Knowleton Excellence Award. He was on staff at Washington University and belonged to the American College of Physicians, The American Medical Association, the American Society for Hematology, and the American Society of Microbiology. He worked for many pharmaceutical companies in developing drugs for cancer patients.

LOREN DIRR
Clay High School
Educator
Nominated by: Tammy Hughes '76

Loren Dirr was a graduate of Holgate High School and has a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education in Administration from the University of Toledo. He has been a teacher at Clay High School, principal of Eisenhower Jr. High, athletic director at Clay High School and the Assistant Principal of Clay High School. He has co-chaired levey campaigns and directed the strategic planning process for Oregon Schools. Loren has been involved in coaching girls and boys in basketball, baseball and cross-country.

Loren’s achievements include Outstanding Ban Member and member of the National Honor Society in high school. He also initiated the Clay Eagle Cross Country Invitational and was honored by the Ohio Track and Cross Country Coaches Association. He has been recognized as an outstanding administrator by the Northwest Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center.

He is a member of St. Joseph’s church in Maumee where he is a Eucharistic Minister. Loren enjoys playing golf, the piano, biking, working out and woodworking.

 
 

ROBERT SHULTZ
1937 Graduate
Educator/Assistant Superintendent
Nominated by: Robert Shultz '37

Robert Shultz graduated from Clay High School in 1937 after attending Oregon elementary schools. He is a graduate of the University of Toledo with a Bachelor and Masters degree in Education. After being hired by Josephine Fassett, Bob taught at Coy School and coached football at Clay High School. He became principal at Wynn Elementary and went on to become the first principal at Starr Elementary in 1957. When Eisenhower Junior High opened in 1960, he became their first principal.

During his last fifteen years in the Oregon School System, Bob served as Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs. He retired in March 1985.

In 1956, Bob was instrumental in working with the incorporation when Oregon became a city. He was inducted into the East Toledo Neighborhood House Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame in 1996. He was appointed as City of Oregon’s representative to the Lucas County Health Department in 1982 and served until 2001.

2007 Inductees

 

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Col. William Duke
Class of 1956

Bert Fleitz
Class of 1939

COL. WILLIAM DUKE
1956 Graduate
Nominated by: Mary Lou Christiansen Marble ‘56

Colonel William G. Duke was born May 9, 1938, in Ottumwa, Iowa. He attended Clay High School in Oregon, OH, after which he attended Case Western Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio for two years.

On August 18, 1958, he enlisted in Aviation Cadet program of the USAF and graduated with distinction, having earned a pilot rating, and a commission in the USAF on November 25, 1959. He was assigned to Craig AFB, Alabama, where he spent five years as a flight and academic instructor in Air Training Command. Following Craig AFB, he attended Stanford University under the AFIT program where he graduated with distinction in June of 1966 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering.

His next assignment took him to Vietnam as a Forward Air Controller where he received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star, Air Medal (16 Oak Leaf Clusters) and the Vietnamese Air Medal. After Vietnam, he was a project officer for the Space and Missile Systems Organization (SAMSO) on Air Force satellite systems in Los Angeles, California.

He then attended the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB where he graduated with distinction in March 1972 earning a Masters of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He was also awarded the Marvin E. Gross award for outstanding scholarship and leadership.

Following his AFIT assignment, he was assigned Director of Engineering at the Aerospace Data Facility at Buckley ANGB, Colorado, where he was promoted to his current rank of Colonel with a date rank of 1 June, 1974, before coming to the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. After graduating from the ICAF with distinction, he was assigned to Headquarters USAF, Washington, D.C. in the office of Assistant Chief of Staff for studies and analysis where he performed as Chief Force Analysis Division. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptional meritorious service in support of National Defense Programs while assigned to the Pentagon.

William is currently retired and is the husband to Patty who he cares for after her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s in 1998. He also has three daughters, two of which are married and five grandchildren. He currently lives in Las Cruses, New Mexico.



BERT FLEITZ
1939 Graduate
Nominated by: Paul Fleitz, ‘73

Bert Fleitz has lived in Oregon his whole life, graduating from Clay High School in 1939. He attended Bowling Green State University where he earned both his Bachelor’s and his Master’s degrees in education. During this time his education was interrupted by WWII, when he served in the Air Corps for three years.

Bert began his teaching career in Luckey, Ohio, in 1947, teaching Industrial Arts. In 1949 he taught math and IA at Olney High School in Northwood. Then, in 1950, he was offered a job by Josephine Fassett, Superintendent of the Oregon City Schools, to teach woodworking and mechanical drawing to seventh and eighth grade boys from Coy, Wynn and Clay Elementary in a classroom under the stadium at Clay High. At this same time he had a brief, although quite successful, two year career as a Clay Elementary basketball and softball coach for grade 8. From 1952-1984, Bert filmed all high school football games, both home and away; he filmed basketball for 30 years. In 1953, he moved into Clay High School to teach math. In 1954, Bert became the Clay High Assistant Principal and remained in that position until he retired in 1985.

He was instrumental in starting the Oregon Adult Education Program which remains in place today. He was president of the Oregon Federal Credit Union for 30 years and commissioner of the Clay High teacher’s golf league. Bert was active in his church, a volunteer at St. Charles Hospital for 20 years and with Meals on Wheels for 19. He is also a dedicated runner/walker and gardener. Bert and his wife Marie have been married for 60 years and have four children, 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.




 

2008 Inductees

 

 

 

Dr. Robert Culver
Class of 1944 

Dr. William D. G. Frederick
Class of 1954



DR. ROBERT CULVER
1944 Graduate
Posthumously (1998)
Nominated by:  Galen Culver ‘73

Dr. Robert Culver donated his time and services for 22 years to the Oregon School System which included sports physicals and game day and post-game day care.

After graduating from Clay, Robert went into the military where he served his country from 1944 to 1946 during WWII. He was stationed in the Philippines and in occupied Japan as part of the 153rd Engineer Construction Battalion. His battalion received an award of Meritorious Service Unit Plaque from Lt. General Hall for “superior performance of duty in Japan from September 29, 1945, until November 20, 1945”. While in the military he also received the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and Army Occupation Medal-Japan. After returning home, he continued his education at the University of Toledo where he received his Bachelor of Science in 1951. He received his Doctor of Osteopathy in 1959 from the Chicago College of Osteopathy where he specialized in family practice and sports medicine and was certified as a medical boxing professional. He interned at Sandusky Memorial Hospital. 

In June 1954, Robert married Shirley Green and had two children; Diana and Galen Culver. He then married Sallie Corder in 1972 and gained three step children; Ronald, Richard, and Patricia Strohshine and one of their own, Robert Culver, Jr. Robert’s many awards include: Who’s Who in the Midwest, 1984-1985; Who’s Who in America, 2000; World Sports Hall of Fame, 1993; Oregon Board of Education Outstanding Achievement Award, 1983; Member of the Kentucky Colonels; Honorary Fireman City of Oregon, Station Number 1, Physician and Surgeon. 

His Medical awards include: Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 2nd Edition; Outstanding Team Physician, State of Ohio; World Sports Medicine Hall of Fame, 1993; Member of the City of Oregon Board of Health; Police Surgeon, City of Oregon.

Robert was also the Director of Osteopathic Service at Riverside Hospital from 1996 until his death. He was on staff at Parkview, Riverside, Toledo, St. Vincent and Mercy Hospitals. He was Chief Deputy Coroner from 1978 to 1980.

His medical contributions to the athletic world include: Chairman of the Wrestling Division, Physicians National AAU; U.S. Medical Representative Federation of International Lutte Amateur; Physician to the U.S. Wrestling Team; Medical Doctor for World Cup Wrestling; Medical Consultant for Ohio Professional Commission; President of Ohio AUU; Lifetime Member of the NRA; and 22 years as Clay High School Sports Physician.

He received a Commendation from the Ohio House of Representatives in 1983 and 1993. Robert has also been affiliated with the following organizations: Wood County Sheriff’s Auxiliary; Member of the Air Force Museum; Director for the Toledo Zoo; Member of the Toledo Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution; Lifetime Member of the American Legion; and was a member of the Atlas Club, Masons, Blue Knights, Elks, Shriners, and Theta Chi Fraternity.



DR. WILLIAM D. G. FREDERICK
1954 Graduate
Nominated by: Dr. William D. G. Frederick ‘54

After Dr. William D. G. Frederick graduated from Clay, he went on to receive his B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Toledo in 1958. A Masters in Physics was achieved in 1968 from the University of Dayton, a Masters of Management from MIT is 1980 and a PhD in Material Science from the University of Cincinnati in 1973. In 1958, he joined the Air Force Materials Science Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio, and held various positions from Bench Scientist to Chief of Electromagnetic Materials Division. He has spent over 25 years in research and development on advanced materials for military aircraft, space systems and missile fleets. 

Major awards include: Arthur S. Flemming Award for 10 outstanding persons in Federal Government in 1976; Sloan Fellowship from MIT in 1979; and many more awards dealing with space materials technology and aeronautics.

Dr. Frederick has authored over 20 technical publications and presented numerous briefings at scientific and technical meetings.

After his 2001 retirement from the Department of Defense, Dr. Frederick moved to North Bethesda, Maryland, where he resides with his wife, Geralyn. He currently works at Photon Research Associates as Corporate Vice President and manages and executes missile defense programs and photon research.

 

2009 Inductees

 

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Daniel Anderson

Thomas Cooney

DANIEL ANDERSON
1941 Graduate
Posthumously – September 28, 2008
Nominated by:: Tammy Hughes ‘76

Daniel Anderson had dedicated his many years of life to being an influential and more importantly, an active member of the Oregon community. He was born and raised in Jerusalem Township, on July 21, 1923, to Albert & Anna Anderson. He lived on the same homestead for his entire 85 years of life.

At the onset of WWII, Danny enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp. He received the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, and the European Ribbon with two battle stars. Later in life Danny was a speaker at the area schools on freedom. Danny also gave a first-hand account of the war which is being kept at the Smithsonian Institute. 

Danny was an active member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Curtice, where he was past president and sang in the choir. He also sang with the Velvetone Choraliers for over 21 years. Danny was also a scout master for Troop 131 for over twenty years and managed several men’s softball teams for 30 years. He was awarded the Frederic E. Hansen Humanitarian Award in 1998 for all he has done for the community. 

Danny was also very active with Christ Dunberger American Legion Post and was Legionnarie of the Year in 1996.

Danny was married to his wife Elizabeth for 61 years and had several children and grandchildren

TOM COONEY
1956 Graduate
Nominated by: John Lazur ‘56

Tom Cooney is an internationally recognized leader in the field of mathematics education. He began his career in mathematics education by teaching middle and high school mathematics at Rossford High School (1960-1966). He received his BSED with majors in mathematics and science from the University of Toledo (1960) and his MED from UT with a major in mathematics (1963). He was inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics) and Phi Kappi Phi honorary societies. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Illinois in 1969 whereupon he accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Georgia. He retired from the University of Georgia in 1999 as Professor Emeritus buy has remained active in the field. (The Department of Mathematics Education at the University of Georgia has consistently been recognized as the leading Department in the country according to various surveys over the past 25 years.) Dr. Cooney’s achievements include the following:

Honored as a Distinguished Alumni, College of Education, University of Illinois (U of I is one of the top five graduate schools in the U.S.), 2000

Recipient of Yeany Award for outstanding research in his field (awarded by the College of Education, University of Georgia), 1999

Recipient of Thomason Award for outstanding service in mathematics education to the State of Georgia (awarded by the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics), 1999

Member, Committee on Volunteer National Examination, 1999. (This select Committee reported to Congress regarding the status of the development of this National examination supported by President Clinton.)

Chair, Editorial Panel of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (leading research journal in the U.S.), 1994-1995

Chair, Special Interest Group, Mathematics Education of the American Educational Research Association (national election), 1992-1994

One of 40 mathematicians and mathematics educators selected by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) to create curriculum and evaluation standards for school mathematics. This project has significantly influenced testing standards in various states and authors of textbooks for school mathematics. (Standards published by NCTM in 1989)…and many more…

Professor Cooney is the Founding Editor of the internationally acclaimed Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education. The Editorial Board for this journal consists of leaders in the mathematics education throughout the world. The journal publishes articles on issues in mathematics teacher education from scholars around the world. Professor Cooney was Editor-in-Chief from the journal’s inception in 1996 to 2001 and an Editorial Board member since 2001. The board honored Dr. Cooney in 2008 for his pioneering work and contributions to the Journal over the last 12 years.

Dr. Cooney has more than 100 publications including books and articles on research in mathematics education, innovative approaches to educating mathematics teachers, and mathematics books for teachers and secondary school students. Dr. Cooney has lectured in every country in Western Europe and in Israel, India, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, and Thailand. In addition he has been a frequent speaker (more than 150 presentations) at national, regional, and state conferences on mathematics, mathematics education, and education more generally. His primary area of research is on the nature of teachers’ beliefs about mathematics and their teaching of mathematics and how those beliefs influence classroom instruction. 

Since his retirement, Tom has worked on a variety of Teacher Quality grants around the state of Georgia. These grants were designed to help mathematics teachers learn to work with new curricula, new assessment ideas, and to teach in new ways. He has just completed a comprehensive assessment of the entire Teacher Quality Program in Georgia. Tom is the lead author on a book for teachers on mathematical functions, which will be available and presented at the NCTM meeting in spring 2009.

Tom is a volunteer for the Loran Smith Cancer Support Center in Athens, Georgia and writes articles for the Center’s monthly newsletter. He is Co-Chair of Covenant Presbyterian Church’s Stewardship and Finance Committee, is a Past-President of the Men’s Golf Association at the Athens Country Club (currently serving as Treasurer), and participates in golf tournaments sponsored by the Georgia Senior Golfers Association.  His family consists of wife Sara of 47 years and children Kathy and James and their spouses who reside in the Atlanta area.

 

2010 Inductees

 

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Betty Carstensen

Jeffery B. Keller
Class of 1977


BETTY CARSTENSEN
Friend and Distinguished Citizen, Posthumously
Nominated by: Roxie Grabenstetter Mylnek ‘70

She is someone you saw all around Oregon and represented the best of the best! She had been an Oregon City School Board Member, Lucas SWCD Supervisor/Chair, Lucas County Farm Bureau Member, Curtice-Jerusalem Historical Society member and the list goes on….

To those of us that had children grow up in the Oregon School System, we might have known her as “The Tree Lady” or “The Book Lady” due to her generosity in giving each first grader a tree sampling to plant and watch grow as they grow. As “The Book Lady” she donated her time reading to young children. We are Proud to have the Library at the new Coy School named for her as she had been such an inspiration to our “young” readers. But did you know that Betty was hired to set up and manage the cafeteria at Jerusalem School in the early 1050’s? Did you know many summers, students started their “first job” on the Carstensen 275 acre fam in the 50’s and 60’s? 

Betty was an inspiration to all who met her. Her pleasant personality and friendliness were top notch! She supported the arts through her membership in the Oregon Community Theatre and sometimes saw the same play twice!

A smile was a constant with Betty. Always thinking of her “Oregon” family she was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend.





JUDGE JEFF KELLER
1977 Graduate
Nominated by:  Deb Warnke Lofquist ‘71

Since high school graduation, Jeff has pursued and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo in Political Science.  Following his graduation from UT in 1981, he then pursued his law degree, also at UT.  He received his Juris Doctorate in 1988 and went into private practice.

While maintaining his law practice, Jeff has supported the Oregon Community in a number of ways, most notably as Councilman for the Oregon City Council.  He served on Council from 1981 to 1987 and then again from 2003 until 2005.

On January 1, 2006, Jeff became only the 3rd Municipal Court Judge for the City of Oregon since the City’s formation of a courts system in 1964.  He was preceded by Judge Donald Petroff.

In addition to his work on City Council, his role as lawyer in his private practice, Jeff served as Magistrate of both the Berkey Mayor’s Court as well as Magistrate for Northwood’s from 1994 to 2004.  In Northwood alone, he presided over more than 10,000 cases from 1994 to 2004.

Jeff has been a pillar of the Oregon community since his high school graduation and continues to support various programs and organizations within the Oregon School system, including but not limited to the 2006 CHS After Prom and CHAFA.  Jeff is Past President of the Oregonians Club and maintains an active membership of the organization.  He is also a member of the Toledo Bar Association.

Jeff is the husband to Lisa (Taylor), ’80 and has two graduates of Clay, Samantha, 2011, and Jillian, 2014.



 


2011 Inductees

 

 

 

 

William Coontz

Major Alan Mascsak
Class of 1970

 

WILLIAM P. COONTZ
Teacher/Coach/Recreation Director Posthumously
Nominated by: Judy Coontz Coleman ‘61

William Coontz began his teaching and coaching career at Clay Senior High School in the early 1950’s. As coach of the varsity basketball team, assistant coach of football and wrestling, he led the teams to numerous winning seasons. Bill was named the first Oregon Recreation Director after serving a number of years in a volunteer capacity. He initiated the Oregon Day Parade; the Little Eagle Football program; began summer programs at all the elementary school playgrounds, and Junior Olympics at the high school stadium among other activities. His dream was for Oregon to have a lighted ball field and he encouraged City Council to allow the use of acreage behind the municipal building for that purpose. Bill not only started the diamonds from scratch, but also developed a portable concession stand, which is believed to be the first one in the country.

Bill was elected to Oregon City Council and served one term. His dedication to the community continued after teaching, coaching and starting the recreation program. The recreation fields are now known as the William P. Coontz Recreation Complex.

ALAN J. MASCAK
1970 Graduate
Instructor/Major, USMC (Retired)
Nominated by: Tim Schmidlin ‘70

Alan Mascak attended Coy and Starr Elementary, Fassett Jr. High and graduated from Clay Senior High School in 1970. Alan was a member of Student Council, Bio-Phy-Chem Club, and President of his senior class all of which were forerunners to his achievements after graduation. 

In June 1975, Alan graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. Receiving a two-year scholarship, he enrolled in the 93rd Officer Candidate course with the United States Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. Commissioned in 1975 as a Second Lieutenant in the USMC Reserve, Alan reported to Camp Pendleton with the First Marine Division. From 1976 to 1978, he was promoted to First Lieutenant in the Regular Component of the USMC. In 1979, Alan did a tour of duty as an Aerial Observer with the Marine Observation Squadron Two (VMO-2) and in 1980, was promoted to Captain. 

In 1982, Alan was an instructor with the Communication Officer School and as Communication Support Platoon Commander was awarded the Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal. He was promoted to Major in 1986. In 1989, he was selected as one of four officers for the Foreign Area Office (FAO) program. Alan then went on to advanced training, where in 1990; he graduated from the Russian Language Basic Course and served in East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and the Soviet Union.

In 1992, as a commanding officer, Alan led his Marines in their deployment for the “Operation Restore Hope” in Somalia, and served in 1993 as the Defense in the Republic of Armenia. Twice awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Alan closed his military career with 20 years of service and is now employed as a project manager/technical consultant with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Special Operation Command.

 

2012 Inductees

 

 

 

 

Marge Brown
Class of 1955

 Larry Morgan

 

MARGE BROWN
1955 Graduate
Teacher/Councilwoman/Mayor
Nominated by: Richard Goulet ‘55

Marge Brown attended Clay Elementary and graduated from the “new” Clay Senior High School in 1955. She attended college under a 2 year cadet scholarship which required her to teach for 2 years afterwards. Continuing on after that, she graduated from Mary Manse College and the University of Toledo. She began her full-time teaching career at Graytown, Jerusalem, Clay Elementary, Wynn, Eisenhower Middle School and St. Thomas Aquinas for the next 39 years. In 1989, Marge entered into the political world as Council woman for the City of Oregon and in January of 2002 she became Mayor, her term lasting until December of 2009. Marge implemented the Community Care-A-Van which provides transportation to and from medical appointments, has been in existence for the past 8 years, and is supported by donations from the City of Oregon, surrounding communities, United Way, and those using the service. Under her term, The Alzheimer’s Day Care Center at the Lutheran Home was begun in conjunction with The Area Office of the Aging and the Lutheran Home. The facility provides respite for those taking care of a parent, spouse, or friend with Alzheimer’s disease. Marge presently serves on the Eagle learning center Board, the Cardinal Stritch/Kateri School Board, and the Oregon/Jerusalem Historical Society Board of Trustees. Politically she works with TMACOG and was appointed by the Lucas County Commissioners.

LAWRENCE D. MORGAN
Clay High School
Teacher/Coach
Assistant Superintendent
Student Teacher Supervisor
Posthumously
Nominated by: The CHS Class of 1961

Larry received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Toledo and was serving stateside in the U.S. Army as World War II ended. In 1955 he was hired as an English teacher at Clay Senior High School and served as both an assistant football coach and track coach. He used positive motivation to encourage the team members to compete to the best of their ability. In 1962 he became the Assistant Superintendent in charge of Personnel and Curriculum until he retired in 1984. Larry touched the lives of thousands of students, athletes, parents and teachers throughout his tenure in the Oregon City Schools. The class of 1961 honored him by dedicating their yearbook to him and as they celebrated their 50th year reunion, he was chosen as the teacher who influenced their lives the most. Larry taught his English students the beauty of grammar, the importance of the spoken word and how to enjoy all types of literature. He could detail every play from the Friday night football game, discuss the track meet, and then read Beowulf in the Old English form. As an administrator, he knew the curriculum from the inside out. He was a man ahead of his time encouraging differentiated instruction long before it was the preferred method. Thousands of children benefited from the grants he wrote for remedial education. Larry had an outstanding work ethic and a trusting relationship with his employees. Even in retirement he continued to guide young people as a supervisor of student teachers. He prepared them to enter the field of education by advising them on everything from classroom discipline to appropriate dress and then went on to guide them through the application/interview process. Larry was a great teacher, coach, administrator and a family man that was respected in his community and by all who knew him.

 

2013 Inductees

 

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Doug Ensign
Class of 1957

Jim Routson
Class of 1957

DOUGLAS ENSIGN
Attended 1953-1957
Nominated by: Ray Walendzak ‘59

When Doug attended Clay, he was a prominent member of the championship basketball and baseball teams for three years, a member of the marching band, and on the bowling team. Doug started the first Clay girls’ fast pitch softball team along with Ed Schiavone where they won their game over Findlay and went 9-6 for the season in 1958. Doug’s participation was strictly on a volunteer basis since it was not a varsity sport for girls and there was no faculty representative who was interested in starting the sport. 

Beginning in 1961, Doug coached at the Oregon Recreation Center with the Clay Cubs Pee Wee and the Clay Rocket Pony baseball leagues for five years as well as basketball and pee wee football for Clay Elementary. Every year Doug was involved at Clay High School they had a winning record. Coaching the girls in the Oregon/Toledo summer leagues, he took them to their first state tournament in 1983. Doug stayed in the program for ten years as an assistant to Jeff Lee who was the first coach after Clay declared it a varsity sport. 

Doug had two daughters and they were both involved in Clay athletics (volleyball, basketball and fast pitch softball), with his daughter Kris being all league in all sports. In 1997, Kris became head coach of the softball program at Cardinal Stritch and she asked her dad for help. He agreed and they were league champions for the next three years. As director of the Clay High Boosters for ten years, he worked with the group to plan the season ads in the programs. In 1995, he was awarded the Clay High Athletics Super Boosters Award. Knowing the importance of athletics in his life, it is not surprising that Doug worked diligently toward developing a cooperative relationship between the Oregon Rec. and the Clay Athletic program. 

With all of these activities, you have to wonder how Doug managed to find the time to work 42 years in the railroad industry (now retired). Doug has always been a true Oregon booster. Through the years he has touched many lives and has devoted himself to helping young people experience the challenges and excitement that comes from working hard to grow and overcome through participation in athletics.

JIM ROUTSON
1975 Graduate/Teacher/Coach
Nominated by: Bill Lee, ‘57

After graduating from Clay Senior High School, Jim’s career began when he attended Bowling Green State University on a basketball scholarship. Upon graduation in 1961, he accepted a math teaching position at Clay, and in 1964 he became the Clay High Basketball Varsity Coach.

Jim left teaching in 1967 to attend graduate school at the University of South Carolina. After receiving his masters’ degree in Mathematics, he returned to teach math at Clay in 1968. Jim’s dedication to teaching also included advanced math, tutoring students and introducing the first computer program class. At the time he also became reserve baseball coach and advisor to the student council and chess club.

In 1971, Jim and fellow teacher Duke Ziebold started the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Jim’s career continued as the Clay girls varsity basketball coach from 1973 to 1984. Retiring in 1994, he worked until 1996 at Vallet Paint Company. He taught math at the University of Toledo and at Davis Business College from 1996 to 2001. Returning to work at Clay with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes from 2001 to 2005.

2014 Inductees

 

 

 

 

Ray Walendzak
Class of 1959 

 Tom Walton
Class of 1961

 

RAY WALENDZAK
1959 Graduate
Nominated by: Dean ’86, Donald ’88 & Dennis ’90 Walendzak

Ray graduated from Clay High School in 1959 and was active in football, wrestling, and baseball. After graduation, he served in the United States Air Force from 1962 to 1996. He returned to Oregon and started his career with the Oregon fire department where he held the position of the first Assistant Fire Chief for five years and then promoted to Oregon Fire Chief for 20 years before retiring in 2007.

While serving as Fire Chief, he was appointed to serve on the State of Ohio Emergency Medical Service Board for 12 years. He helped to craft rules and regulations for the State of Ohio’s EMS professionals. In 1997, he was presented the Distinguished Service Award by the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association for his leadership and commitment to the fire service. In 2006, he received The State of Ohio Distinguished Fire Service Award.

Ray is the past president for the Northwest Ohio Volunteer Fireman’s Association , the Lucas County Fire Chief’s and served 22 years as secretary of Northwest Ohio Volunteer Fireman’s Association. As Chief, Ray worked with Local businesses (BP/Sun/Toledo Edison/Davis Besse) to design and build a state of the art fire and safety training facility that is used by groups and businesses throughout the region to provide real world disaster and fire training.

He served 12 years as a member of the Oregon Board of Education and volunteered 15 years as assistant varsity football coach under Ted Federici. Ray was former president of the CHS Athletic Boosters Club and received the Super Booster Awards in 1979.

Ray organized volunteers to upgrade and refurbish the locker rooms and training facilities at the Clay Veterans Memorial Stadium. He continues to be a member of the Oregonian Club, Toledo Swiss and Christ Dunberger American Legion Post 537 as well as residing in Oregon and Sun City Center, Florida.

THOMAS WALTON
1961 Graduate
Nominated by: Jim Henderson ‘61

Thomas Walton is a 1961 graduate of Clay and is the retired Editor and Vice President of the Toledo Blade. He began his career at The Blade in 1965, after his graduation from Bowling Green State University. He spent several years as a reporter on the State Desk and City Desk before becoming Chief of The Blade’s Columbus Bureau in 1972.

In 1975 he was named assistant managing editor of the Peninsula Herald in Monteray, California, which was then a Block owned newspaper. During his 14 years in Monteray, he was appointed Managing Editor and later Editor. Tom returned to Toledo in 1988 to become Editor of The Blade. He was named Vice President of the company in 1995.

Tom hosted a weekly public affairs television show called the Editors for 19 years until his retirement in 2007. In retirement he has written a regular commentary column for The Blade, appearing every other Monday on the Pages of Opinion. His commentaries also can be heard every Monday afternoon during “All Things Considered” on WGTE FM-91 public radio in Toledo.

He received a number of awards for his writing from the Associated Press Society of Ohio, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and Inland Press Association. His editorials on the local “Coingate” scandal were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Tom lives in Bowling Green with his wife, Dianne. They have two grown children and six grandchildren. His passion is baseball and he still plays adult baseball every summer at the Ned Skeldon Stadium in Maumee.

2015 Inductees

 

 

 

Marilynne Shanks Ellery
Class of 1941

Bill Hughes
Class of 1975

 

MARILYNNE SHANKS ELLERY
1941 Graduate
Posthumously 1923 – 2001
Nominated by: Jane Shanks Rimer ’45, Elizabeth Rimer ’76, and Amy Rimer Largresse ‘79

Marilynne attended Coy Elementary School and graduated from Clay High School in 1941. After graduation, she attended Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio where she began her lifetime membership in Alpha Chi Omega Sorority when she was initiated into the Alpha Sigma Chapter in 1942. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education in1945.

After graduation she taught elementary school for five years at Maumee City Schools and ten years at Toledo Public Schools. From 1960 – 1961 she was a teaching fellow and a member of the University of Toledo faculty after receiving her Master of Education Degree from there in 1960.

In 1961, she was the Elementary Supervisor of the Bath School District in Lima, Ohio. In 1963, she became an Assistant Professor at Ohio Northern University and served in this capacity for 15 years. Marilynne was initiated into Mortar Board in 1975 in recognition of high scholarship, leadership and service. She ended her career as an elementary teacher in the Toledo Public Schools.

Throughout Marilynne’s career she was active in many professional organizations, among them being Kappa Delta Pi, Delta Kappa Gamma, Pi Lambda Theta, Association of American University Professors and Who’s Who of American Women. Some of her honors include, Designed Models for Pre-Student Teaching Lab Participation Program and the Edward Drummond Libbey Graduate Scholarship. She appeared in the 1968 “Ohio Lives” which is the Buckeye State Biographical Record and then in the 1971 “Outstanding Educators of America” in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of higher education and service to the community.

BILL HUGHES
1975 Graduate
MPGA
Nominated by: Tammy Hughes ‘76

After attending Bowling Green State University on a golf scholarship, Mr. Hughes moved to South Florida to chase his dream of becoming a PGA Professional. After roles as the Assistant Golf Professional at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida and Pine Tree Golf Club, in Boynton Beach, Florida, Mr. Hughes became a PGA of America Member in 1984 and the Head Golf Professional at Shawnee Country Club in Lima, Ohio. In 1995, Bill became a member of the illustrious group of PGA Master Professionals.

With a passion for the development and growth of the game for over 30 years, Mr. Hughes has been significant in the development and growth of junior golf across the United States. He has held Executive Board positions with the Lima Junior Golf Association, Tennessee Junior Golf Association, North Texas Junior Golf Tour, and currently sits on the boards of the American Junior Golf Association and the North Florida Golf Association. Bill has been recognized by his peers and the PGA of America with the “Junior Golf Leadership” award on more than one occasion. In 2013, Mr. Hughes was the recipient of the first annual American Junior Golf Association “General Manager of the Year” Award.

Mr. Hughes was hired by the PGA TOUR in 1996 to oversee their club operations in Memphis, Tennessee at TPC Southwind, annual host site of the FEDEX St. Jude’s Classic. It was there that Mr. Hughes discovered his passion for “giving back”. Throughout his tenures as General Manager with the PGA TOUR in Cincinnati, Ohio at TPC River’s Bend, Dallas, Texas at TPC Craig Ranch, and currently Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida at the famed TPC Sawgrass, Home of THE PLAYERS Championship, Mr. Hughes has partnered with the local, regional, and national golf communities in raising hundreds of millions of dollars for local charities that truly save and change the lives of those that need it the most. 

In 2013, Mr. Hughes was once again recognized by his peers in the golf industry and the PGA of America with the prestigious “Bill Strausbaugh Award” for community involvement and philanthropic engagement and the “PGA Professional of the Year” Award recognizing the PGA golf professional that best exemplifies the core values put forth by the organization founded in 1916. Mr. Hughes was recently awarded the “Bill Strausbaugh Award” for the second time in 2014. 

Bill continues to manage and oversee TPC Sawgrass while being very involved with a number of non-profit organizations in the North Florida area including board positions with: HEAL (Heal Every Autistic Life), ACS (American Cancer Society), Girl Scouts of America, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), True Blue (Navy Families in Need), and serves as the current chair for the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council. Mr. Hughes also travels the United States as a Keynote and Motivational Speaker for organizations like: National Golf Course Owners Association, Crittenden Golf Conferences, Club Managers of America, PGA of America, DuPont Chemical, General Motors, NASCAR, and many others. 

Bill is partnered for life with his beautiful wife, Molly, since 1986 and enjoys the blessings of their two children, Kelsey (24) and Chipper (22).

2016 Inductees

 

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Carl Hudecek
Class of 1952

Robert Susor
Class of 1963

CARL J. HUDECEK
1952 Graduate
Physicist/Bridge Master
Nominated by: Cliff Bury ‘52

As a student, Carl was instrumental in organizing and participating in the very first golf team for Clay High School which continues to this day. He and his shop class designed and built the first football scoreboard which lasted for 6 decades and recently has been digitized and painted using 3D technology. Carl placed high in State Scholarship tests in Math and Science receiving the Renssalaer Science Proficiency Medal and a full-ride scholarship to the University of Toledo. In 1953, he designed and constructed Clay’s first actual grass running track.

While in college, Carl was the first student assistant coach for Ted Federici and helped Clay win the prestigious DeVilbiss Night Relays in 1954.  Carl obtained a Bachelors Degree in Engineering Physics (magna cum laude) and later received advanced degrees from Ohio State University.  He joined the US Air Force in 1957 and served minimal active duty in Texas, and later entered the Reserves.

Carl was hired by Owens Illinois in his sophomore year at the University of Toledo, rising to the position of Manager of Evaluation and Product Testing, then Chief Physicist. He became a specialist in the manufacturing of large TV tubes and equipment design.  Carl also consulted on a Top Secret” classified windshield for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Carl was one of the first OI Engineers sent abroad to support “Know How” contracts to teach engineers and managers how to operate their glass factories. He was involved in U.S. firms during the 1970’s and early 1980’s to help end the Cold War and spent time in Russia and the Ukraine. Luckily for Carl he left the Ukraine one day before the explosion of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant.

Carl’s love of the card game Bridge made him infamous. At the age of 21 he was the youngest player to achieve the prestigious Life Master Award for 300 “Master Points. He has won many Bridge championships including the acclaimed “Omar Sharif Bridge Circus. He is still regarded as one of the top 30 world experts. In 1959, he played against President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He also hosted a Toledo-area PBS show Challenge Bridge” of which 20 years later he saw a syndicated episode while in Oklahoma City. Carl restricts his playing currently to on-line with the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.

Carl and his wife, Paula, have two sons, two daughters, and two grandchildren. He says his years at Clay, “Couldn’t be beat”.

ROBERT JAMES “BOB/BUTCH” SUSOR
1963 Graduate
Business Executive/NAPA President Posthumously
Nominated by: Steven Warrington ‘63

Robert was born in 1945 in Toledo, Ohio and graduated from Clay High School in 1963. He attended The Ohio State University until he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served in combat as a mortar squad infantryman in the 4th Infantry Division/10th Calvary Regiment in Vietnam in 1969, earning the rank of Sergeant E5 before his honorable discharge in 1970.

After his return home, Bob married Lindsey Cook of Circleville, Ohio in 1971. He was a brilliant and successful business executive, rising from an entry level position at the NAPA Auto Parts warehouse in Columbus, Ohio through a series of promotions to various sales and marketing positions with the company in Richmond, VA, Cleveland, OH and Atlanta, GA before being named Division Vice President for Western Canada in 1983 in Calgary, Alberta. Bob transformed that operation into one of the company’s most profitable divisions before returning to Atlanta in 1989.

Bob reached the pinnacle of his profession when he was named President of NAPA in 2004. His responsibilities included sponsorship of two-time NASCAR Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip’s team, and traveled to Mexico, Canada, Australia, and China on company business until his retirement in 2010 after 43 years with the company.

Bob enjoyed the Ohio State Buckeyes football, fishing, snow skiing, 1960’s American muscle car restoration, NASCAR, and listening to country music. His proudest accomplishments were spending time with his wife, daughter, son and four grandsons.

 

2017 Inductees

 

 

 

 

Dr. Thomas Keller
Class of 1968

 Kathy McGrady
Class of 1975

 


THOMAS KELLER

1968 Graduate

Nominated by: Jeff Keller ‘77

Dr. Thomas Keller graduated from Clay High School in 1968. He was the Junior and Senior Class President and made all-conference teams in football and baseball. Upon graduation he went on to obtain his Master’s, Specialist and Doctorate Degree in Education from the University of Toledo. Dr. Keller taught for 25 years at Arizona State University in the W.P. Carey School of Business where he specialized in strategic management, leadership, and entrepreneurship. He was the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award and was often listed in the Senior Surveys as one of the most influential professors at Arizona State University. Mr. Keller retired from Arizona State in 2005. 

Dr. Keller has been an active entrepreneur. His consulting firm provided strategic planning and leadership training to some of the nation’s largest corporations and public organizations. After retiring from teaching and selling his consulting firm, he has devoted most of his free time to volunteer work with the Oregon City Schools where he 1) assisted the District with the development of its strategic plan, 2) started the Keller Family Scholarship for Clay students considering careers in education, 3) launched the Course Relevance Program which brings in individuals with expertise to assist teachers in the delivery of selected portions of their curriculum, and 4) started the Keller Family Employee Recognition Program honoring outstanding teachers, administrators and staff.




KATHLEEN A. McGRADY

1976 Graduate

Retired Educator

Nominated by: Patrick McGrady ‘82

Kathleen graduated from Clay High School in 1976, is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, and has a Master’s Degree in Music Education from Vandercook College of Music. She recently retired after 34 years of public school teaching, with 17 years at Northwood Local School District, where she was honored as “Teacher of the Year” in 1996, and Director of Bands at Springfield Local Schools in Holland, Ohio from 1999-2015. 

An avid participant in OMEA competition, her high school and middle school bands consistently earned superior ratings at District and State adjudicated events. She has served OMEA in numerous capacities, including District President, District Secretary Treasurer, State Secretary, CO-Chair of Performances for 2007 State Conference, Band Chair for the 2012 State Conference, and the All-State Ensemble Coordinator for the 2016 OMEA State Conference.   Kathleen currently serves on the Bowling Green State University Alumni Band Board and ProMusica Board of Directors and is honored to represent 6,000 music educators for the state of Ohio as the President-Elect for the Ohio Music Education Association.

Among her honors, she was chosen as Springfield High School’s “You Made A Difference Award” and “Middle School Teacher of the Month”. She was one of ten Band Directors from the United States selected to be on Staff for the All-American Marching Band performing at the new Euro Disney Park in Paris, France. She was recognized with the “Outstanding State Chair Award” by the American School Band Directors Association and was selected as the 2015 Buckeye Cable Sports Network “Teacher of the Year” resulting in the “Kathy McGrady Fine Arts Scholarship” and the “Kathleen McGrady Legacy Scholarship” both given every year to a deserving senior from Springfield High School. She was also the recipient of the Ohio Music Education Association Outstanding Music Educator of the year for 2015.

In addition to being on staff at the College of Wooster Music Camp, she maintains an active schedule throughout the year as Guest Conductor and Clinician. She is also a staff conductor and Scholarship Representative with the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan and the Ohio Ambassadors of Music which will be traveling this summer through seven countries for their 2017 European Tour.

Ms. McGrady maintains professional affiliations with the National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association, National Band Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, American School Band Directors Association, the International Bandmasters Fraternity Phi Beta Mu, and is a lifetime member of Tau Beta Sigma.


2018 Inductees

 

 

 

 

Eric R. Brinkman
Class of 1996
Linda Bench Rossler
Class of 1976
 


Eric R. Brinkman

1996 Graduate

Lieutenant Colonel, USAF

Nominated by: Marlene Tank Brinkman

Lieutenant Colonel Eric R. Brinkman was born in Oregon, Ohio on October 26, 1977. He graduated from Clay High School in 1996 where he lettered in Baseball, Basketball, and Golf and was also elected as President of his graduating class. After graduating as class Salutatorian, Eric accepted a Congressional Appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, where he graduated with honors in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering. Eric earned a Master of Business Administration Touro University International in 2005. He is a graduate of Professional Military Education, to include Squadron Officer School and Air Command and Staff College.

Eric earned his pilot wings after initial training at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and completed his training at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. Upon completing C-130E training in 2002, he was assigned to the 36th Airlift Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan. During this time he served as an executive officer and aircraft commander in the C-130E where he conducted multiservice and multinational air mobility missions throughout the Pacific Theater. Following his tour at Yokota Air Base, Eric was assigned to the 48th Flying Training Squadron at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. While at Columbus, he served as T-1A Instructor Pilot, Flight Commander, and Chief of Squadron Standardization and Evaluation.

In 2010, after completing C-130J training, Eric reported to the 41st Airlift Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. While at Little Rock, he served as a C-130J Instructor Pilot and Assistant Operations Officer. During this time, Eric also served as a Presidential Advance Agent, in which he coordinated "Air Force One" movements on and around assigned airfields across the globe. In 2012 Eric joined the United States Air Force Reserve at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma where he has since served as a T-1A Instructor Pilot for the 5th Flying Training Squadron.

Lieutenant Colonel Brinkman is a command pilot with more than 4,200 hours in the C-130E, C-130H, C-130J and T-1A, to include more than 700 combat and combat support hours flying in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the Global War on Terrorism. His decorations include Meritorious Service Medal with 1 device, Air Medal with 5 devices, Aerial Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with one device and various unit and campaign awards. Eric was moved from reserve duty to active duty at the end of August 2017.




Linda Bench Rossler

1976 Graduate

Teacher/Coach/Official/Business Owner

Nominated by: Cindy Christensen Newton ‘72

Upon graduating in 1976 from Clay High School Linda attended Ohio University. As a member of the Women's Track Team she was elected as Outstanding Senior Athlete, and served as an Assistant Track Coach. In 1986 Linda was inducted into the Clay High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Linda spent over 14 years coaching various sports. As an official, with over 20 years' experience she is still active on the court working the scoreboard for basketball, officiating OHSAA Volleyball, Track/Cross Country, USA Volleyball and Softball, and USTAF Track and Field at the collegiate level.

Linda's early teachings began as a Physical Education Instructor at St. Thomas Aquinas. Midway thru her teaching career a position in Agriculture Education Program at Clay became available. During her tenure the Agriculture Education Program was recognized as one of the top 6 programs in the nation to receive the National Outstanding Program Award, the highest award attainable at the national level. After her tenure in Agriculture she returned to Physical Education and submitted grants as part of the National Archery in the School Program.

Over $6,500 in grant money was received to bring back archery to Oregon City Schools. Linda retired from Jerusalem Elementary teaching Physical Education in 2015. Linda still maintains her archery certifications in NASP, USA and 4-H. As part of the Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports program she serves as an instructor for the Broncos 4-H Club and is the Ohio 4-H National Recurve Archery Coach.

A lifelong goal to be part of the Olympic dream was realized when she was accepted as a volunteer for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics as a Transportation Specialist and again for the 2017 Rio Olympics as a CRU mission team project member. Linda has her sights set on the Los Angeles games in 2028.

To add to her professional experience she served as a Jerusalem Township Trustee and currently serves as Township Zoning Inspector. Linda presently is the owner/operator of CharMar Farms LLC, established in 2014. Business ventures beyond the farm include Maumee Bay Bed & Breakfast and Maumee Bay Kayak Livery.


2019 Inductees


 


 


 

Eugene 'Gene' Gulish
Class of 1955
John S. Szuch
Class of 1966
Michael P. Dansack, Jr.
Class of 1978


EUGENE ‘GENE’ GULISH
1955 Graduate
Doctor
Nominated by: Dolores Glauser ‘55

I was born in Curtice, Ohio on January 10, 1937 and lived with my grandmother for six years until she died. I then moved in with my parents a brother and sister. My parents subsequently had two more children. In addition to having

a restaurant they owned a small farm. I think I was not the best of farmers in my father’s eyes and he would often say “I know your brother will be a farmer, but I don’t know what you’re going to do.”

Up until the time I came along no one in my family had ever even finished high school. I went on to Clay High School and did well academically. I became interested in education, largely because of the influence of some of the teachers I had in high school. I went on to the University of Michigan, starting in Education, planning to be a high school biology teacher. However, as time went by, I felt that I would rather teach in a university. I knew I would have to get a doctorate degree to do this. I liked biological science, but I knew I was a procrastinator. So instead of going for a PhD, whose program would be less structured, I applied to and was accepted at the Ohio State University Medical School. I knew in medical school the program was structured and I would finish in four years, and then I planned to go on to teach as some university. I did finish medical school at OSU in four years, earning a Master’s Degree in Embryology and a Doctor of Medicine degree. I graduated from Ohio State I 1964, earning the Nu Sigma Nu Outstanding Senior Award.

I went on to do my internship and residency at Los Angeles County – USC Medical Center. During the course of my medical training, I realized how much I like clinical medicine. I like it as much as I liked teaching. Therefore, my vocational path changed. After my internship at USC-LA County, I stayed to do an orthopedic residency at that facility. This is a four-year commitment. I was one of six candidates selected for the residency program out of about 1000 applicants. The longer I stayed in my residency, the more I realized how much I like helping people get well. And although, I still, to this day, love to teach I am obsessed with getting people well orthopedically and, even now, love to see their lives turned around with a new hip or knee that I have replaced on a broken bone which I have fixed. While in my residency; I met Christina Pallais and did something I had no plans of doing – we got married. Chris is a

registered nurse. I met her on the orthopedic ward at Los Angeles County Hospital. We have been married for 51 years and have five children, and ten grandchildren. 

On finishing my residency, I was drafted into the Army as a Major and was sent to Fort Polk, Louisiana. I practiced my specialty there. It was during the Vietnam War. I had a ward of 90 beds. I was often the only fully trained orthopedic surgeon on the base. The wounded soldiers were returned quickly from Vietnam and, needless to say, I remained very busy during the two years which I was in the military. But it was a great transition from my residency and a great preparation for my eventual entrance into private practice. I was awarded the Army Commendation Medal on my discharge. 

By the time we left the military in 1971, we had two daughters; Heather 2 and Erin, age 1. I started a private practice I Sebastopol California. I was initially in practice alone and was very busy. It was a time of great changes in orthopedic surgery. Arthroscopic surgery was introduced. This allowed the orthopedist to do major surgical procedures through a minimally invasive incision. Virtually any joint could be arthroscoped: the knee, the hip, the shoulder, the ankle. Procedures which previously would require long incisions and days in the hospital could now be done through a 1 cm incision as an outpatient. And at the other end of the spectrum, total joint replacement was introduced. This was a major breakthrough for patients with end-stage arthritis of the hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, or even the elbow. I performed the first total knee replacement North of San Francisco in California and the second total hip replacement. My practice became busier and busier and finally a second and then third orthopedic surgeon came into town.

We raised our children in Occidental, CA. In 1992 I got a letter from a doctor in Paris, Tennessee. He stated “You need to come to this community. They are in desperate

need of an orthopedic surgeon.” They offered me a free trip to the area. I had no plans on leaving Sebastopol but took

them up on the trip. We arrived in Paris and I immediately fell in love with the area and the people. Before we knew it, we were doing what we had no plans on doing – moving to Paris, Tennessee from Sebastopol California. I started my practice in Paris in 1994 and have lived here since. Although I am 82 years old, I still practice three days a week. I have done many mission trips in Africa & Haiti.   

So things are generally good. Our children are healthy and, I think, contributing to our society. Our grandchildren are a delight. But our greatest tragedy occurred on October 1, 2017. Our daughter Heather and her husband Sonny were in Las Vegas at the concert where the horrible shooting occurred. Sonny was shot and killed while protecting Heather. He died in her arms. That is a tragedy one of us will ever get over. It is the job of the dad to buffer his children against such grief. But all I can do is grieve with her. We know we will never get over this tragedy, but hopefully will learn to live with it as time goes by. I plan to completely retire this year. Think I’ll do it?





JOHN S. SZUCH
1966 Graduate
Executive Officer
Nominated by: John Schinharl ‘82

Mr. Szuch graduated from Clay High School in 1966 and then received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from The University of Toledo, attended the MBA program at the University of Michigan, and completed his MBA at The University of Toledo. John completed the University of Michigan Graduate School of Banking and Financial Services Program and is a graduate of Sheshunoff banking programs. 

He was employed in various lending and management positions at Trustcorp, Toledo, Ohio from September 1973 through June 1988. As Senior Vice President of Trustcorp he was responsible for the operation of the Metropolitan Banking Division. John was a co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Capital Bank, N.A., a $1 billion banking organization which began formation in July of 1988 and opened for business in August of 1989. Capital Bank merged into Fifth Third Bancorp on March 9, 2001 with a total transaction value of approximately $250 million. Formerly Chairman of Fifth Third Bank of Northwestern Ohio, a $3 billion subsidiary of Fifth Third Bancorp, he is presently an Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors, of Signature Bank, N.A., an $800 million Regional Bank, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio 

John currently serves on the Trustee Committee of the University of Toledo Foundation and is the Chairman of the Toledo Lucas County Port Authority. He is a Trustee and Finance Committee member of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, and a Trustee and Chairman of the Toledo Museum of Art Finance Committee. John is a Trustee of Second Harvest Community Services of Northwest Ohio and a Trustee and Finance Chairman of St. Ursula Academy.

He is a member of St. John’s Jesuit High School Foundation Board, Chairman of their Technology Center’s Fund Campaign and Chairman of their “Setting the Pace” Capital Fund Drive. John Mr. Szuch was an Ernst and Young “Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 1996 and received the University of Toledo Pacemaker Award in 2005.





Michael P. Dansack, Jr.
1978 Graduate
Nominated by: Monica Dansack

 

Partner with the Law Firm 

Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co. LPA

Michael P. Dansack, Jr. – CHS 1978

Graduate of University of Toledo College of Engineering, BSIE cum laude, 1982. Graduate of University of Toledo College of Law – JD – 1985

Partner with the Law Firm of Gallon, Takacs, Boissoneault & Schaffer Co. LPA a local Toledo area law firm – 26 years

Participation on a bi-weekly basis on WTVG 13 ABC “Ask the Expert” segment for 5 ½ years providing answers to legal questions during the noon newscast. 

 

Community Service

Mayor, City of Oregon – 1989 – 1993   Youngest person to be elected Mayor in Oregon’s history at the age of 29. Served first 4 year term.

Oregon City Council President – 1984 – 1989

Oregon City Council Member – 1983 – 1989

Elected member of Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West Governing Board (fka Lucas County School Board) Feb. 2010 – present.   (Served two years as Board President).

President and member of the Toledo-Lucas County Library Board, including 2 years as President. January 2007 to present.

Chairman and Member of the Lucas County Mental Health Board. 1998 – June 2005

Member of the Harbor Behavioral Health Care Board of Trustees September 2005 to June 2007

Member of St. Charles Mercy Hospital Advisory Board of Trustees January 1992 to 2007

Member and President of Oregonian Club – (President September 2001 – June 2002)

Member of Oregon Plan Commission 1989 – 1993

Member of Oregon Growth Corporation 1984-1993

Past member of Bethany House Board

Volunteer Activity

Volunteer Coach – Oregon Recreation Department – 1978-1985

Volunteer Coach – Anthony Wayne Recreation 

Announcer – Clay High School Fighting Eagle Marching Band September 1978 – November 1988

Legal Services to Oregon Community Groups

Pro Bono Services in 2000 to the Clay High School Athletic Boosters Inc., Charter No. 1190932, including the incorporation of non-profit corporate entity and application for 501 (c) (3) designation.

Pro Bono Services in 2007 to the Oregonian Club Charitable Fund., Charter No. 1698763, including the incorporation of non-profit corporate entity and application for 501 (c) (3) designation.

Services in 1997 to Clay High School Stadium Renovation Fund Inc., including the creation of a non-profit corporate entity.

Personal

Married to Monica Kelly Dansack. Daughter is Emily, a freshman at Notre Dame Academy High School.



 

2020 Inductees

 

 

 

 

Tamara Hughes
Class of 1976
Thomas Phillips
Class of 1983
 


TAMMY HUGHES

1976 Graduate

Educator

Nominated by: Dave Scharer, Class of 1980

 

Tammy graduated from Clay High School in 1976 and attended BGSU and UT. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education grades 1-8 with a specialization in early childhood education certified to teach kindergarten. She also has a Master’s Degree with a specialization in gifted education grades K-12. She worked at Northwood Middle School, Ottawa County Office of Education servicing Port Clinton, Catawba, Danbury districts, Wood County Office of Education servicing North Baltimore, Elmwood and Otsego before bringing her talents to Oregon. 

Tammy is the Coordinator of Gifted Education in the Oregon City School District, the Advanced Placement Coordinator, Co-Editor of the Oregon Oracle, and was the district testing coordinator for 4 years. She founded the Clay High Academic Booster Club in 1996 and presided as chairman until 2015. This group was responsible for the Top 10% Banquet, the Top 20% Breakfast, and other layers of awards that the students could achieve. Parents were able to attend monthly meetings where they could hear from guest speakers and experts in the field of education. 

Tammy also established the Clay High Alumni & Friends Association in 1996 and led it for 23 years. Some of CHAFA’s accomplishments she spearheaded included: created a database to track all CHS graduates, developed a membership database for CHAFA members, $50,000 in scholarships were given to deserving graduates, enhancement and completion of the  Memorial Garden in the Memorial Stadium, decorated and displayed memorabilia and artifacts of CHS ranging back to our first one room schoolhouse to present along with the Wall of Fame, inducted 36 “Distinguished Alumni” into the Hall of Fame with awards and ceremony since 2004, oversaw the forty issues of the Screaming Eagle Newsletter, and purchase and care of Eddy & Edna Eagle mascots. Edna Eagle was a ground breaker by being the only female mascot at the high school level in Ohio in 2002.





TOM PHILLIPS

1983 Graduate

Fire Chief / Volunteer / Coach

Nominated by: Madison Phillips, Class of 2014

 

Tom grew up in Oregon and graduated from Clay High School in 1983. He then studied Education and Exercise Science at the University of Toledo. Post-graduation, Tom volunteered with Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Oregon and continued to work for the Oregon Rec, where he became a supervisor. Tom completed his student teaching at Eisenhower and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1989 after winning a bout with cancer. 

After college, Tom spent four years as the Program Director at the Eastern Community YMCA, six years as a wrestling coach at Eisenhower, as well as a coach at Central Catholic. He was an integral member of Heritage Christian Church where he served as an elder and was the volunteer youth minister for many years. This gave him the opportunity to mentor many young people in our community.

In 1996, Tom was hired by the Toledo Fire Department where he became Captain at Toledo Station 9. During this time, he also volunteered for the Oregon Fire Department and served as Treasurer for Oregon Fire. Tom spent many days in classrooms volunteering to teach fire safety to elementary school children in both Oregon and Toledo, Ohio.





2021 Inductees

 

 

 

 

Terri Hook Wamer
Class of 1979
Sherry VanCamp
Class of 1970
 


TERRI HOOK WAMER

1979 Graduate

Educator, OCS Lead Teacher

Nominated by: Karen Lewis, Lauryl Mitchell, & Tabatha Nadolny, OCS Teachers

 

Terri Hook has been a life-long advocate for public education. She has invested herself in ensuring that public school students receive an excellent education. She has a passion for supporting her colleagues. She served OCS as the first Lead Teacher for the district and helped develop the District Leadership/Building Leadership Team/Teacher-Based Team models in the district. She served as co-chair of DLT since its inception. In 2010, Terri assisted in writing the Race to the Top federal grant.
 
She has been a critical voice at the state level in the development of the Ohio Resident Educator Program and the Resident Educator Summative Assessment. She worked at the state level to ensure that new teachers are effective in working with students and was part of an Ohio panel that presented OREP at a national conference . Terri is the OCS’s OREP Coordinator and has testified in front of the Ohio Legislative branch. She supports the growth of veteran teachers and encourages each one to recognize their individual professional talents through the teacher evaluation progress.
 
Terri is a nationally trained Beginning Reading and Reading Comprehension Instructor and a site coordinator for the collaborative graduate level coursework program used in OCS. Terri has worked as an adjunct professor with Ashland University instructing the Reading Comprehension Instruction course to district educators. She co-wrote and was awarded a Straight A Grant from the state of Ohio. She is also a state credentialed Ohio Teacher Evaluation System evaluator and was also a state approved Praxis III assessor for teachers.
 
Terri earned the Master Teacher designation from the State of Ohio. She was invited to share her vast array of knowledge with upcoming graduates at BGSU. She is also a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar. In 2010, Terri and her students were filmed and featured in a Japanese television documentary about the Hubble Space Telescope.






SHERRY VAN CAMP

1970 Graduate

Retired Flight Attendant

Nominated by: Virginia Blair, Janice Bell, Pat Tank Henkel, Sheryl Cooper Landon, Joseph Munier, & Vickie Bass Thomason

 

Sherry served as a committee member on CHAFA (Clay High Alumni and Friends Association) where she volunteered for several FUN-raising activities and contributed her time and talents to raise money for college scholarships for CHS seniors. She has volunteered with WTOL TV “Call for Action” where she worked to find solutions to local problems. She assisted the director of Art in the Garden providing guidance with children in the East Toledo neighborhoods. 
 
Sherry has volunteered at the Oregon/Jerusalem Historical Society often dressed in period costumes. She assisted at several of the Society’s teas given to the public, served as a docent for the museum tours, she undertook the processing of data entry of all museum financial donations bringing the process up to date.
 
With Backpacks for Humans, Sherry coordinates with members of the newly-formed Toledo group on a mission to make life easier for the less fortunate. She helps with coordination of clothing and backpacks with essentials for everyday living.
 
Sherry has always been the “voice” of the class of 1970. She has worked on many functions with classmates. She has taken on the responsibility of shared administrator for the CHAFA Facebook page, sharing news and obituaries of all CHS alumni.
 
Sherry has a passion for helping people. She has dubbed herself as uncanny “re-purposer” and she is a veritable “clearing house.” Upon hearing of someone’s needs, she fulfills that need or directs them to the proper source.













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