12 distinguished graduates/staff to join Dublin City Schools Hall of Fame
The Dublin City Schools Alumni Association Hall of Fame will have 12 new members this spring.
The Hall of Fame Committee has made its 2011 selections and the class is again a distinguished mix of graduates who have gone on to great success, and employees who have made significant contributions to Dublin City Schools.
“This is a tremendous group,” said Superintendent Dr. David Axner. “The committee really did its homework and made some excellent choices for additions to our Hall of Fame.”
The 2011 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place March 12 at the Marriott Northwest in Dublin. This year’s Master of Ceremonies will be Gail Hogan from NBC 4. Gail Hogan has worked in TV and radio for over 30 years. Currently, she is the host and executive producer of a daily talk show in Central Ohio, Daytime Columbus on NBC 4.
Gail has worked as a TV news reporter, news anchor, news magazine co-host, radio morning show personality, media trainer and most recently the founder of her own business, GMH Media, Ltd. A few years ago, Gail founded, produced and hosted her own weekly TV talk show, Showcase Columbus. That weekly show was the foundation for the daily live program, Daytime Columbus.
The induction ceremony is open to the public, but reservations are required. If you’re interested in attending, please call 760-4362 for additional information.
Information regarding the Dublin City Schools Alumni Association Hall of Fame class of 2011 is below.
Emmett Karrer, Class of 1925 (posthumous)
Emmett Karrer was an internationally known Ohio State University professor and engineer. In 1930, he joined the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads and oversaw federal highway construction projects in several states. He was the founding director of the Ohio Highway Conference. He was a founding member of the Dublin Historical Society. In 1946, he accepted the position of Professor of Highway Engineering at The Ohio State University. In 1968 he led the investigation of the Silver Bridge collapse over the Ohio River at Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Emmett served the district as school board member in the 1950s.
Dr. Walter Myers, Class of 1955
Dr. Myers served as the Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Wichita State University from 1992-2002. He has music education and music performance degrees from three colleges. He has taught in the New York City Public Schools, at the University of Colorado, and Wichita State. Dr. Myers was founder of the Wichita Brass Quintet in 1963. He held principal trumpet positions with the Wichita Music Theater Orchestra, New York Orchestral Society, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Aspen Faculty Brass Quintet, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. He also free-lanced with the Brooklyn Symphony, Hofstra Symphony, New York Brass Quintet, American Brass Quintet, and the Kansas City Lyric Opera Orchestra. Dr. Myers' professional status is Dean Emeritus. He continues to consult as a program certification director for Young Audiences, Inc. of New York City.
Leonard Tracy, Class of 1965
Leonard Tracy is the winner of the Silver Star Award for gallantry in Vietnam. Leonard's unit was on patrol and came under heavy fire. He risked his life to save the surviving members of his unit. He bravely made a run for base, and once he had reinforcements, returned back to the battle to rescue his fellow soldiers.
Following his military service, he installed many of the overhead and underground lines in the young city of Dublin before retiring from American Electric Power in February 2003. He currently enjoys retirement with his wife of 42 years, Linda. They enjoy spending time with their grandchildren, and Leonard also travels the country with his cousin showing miniature donkeys at various fairs and shows. The most notable of these trips was to Fort Sam Houston and Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where they took the donkeys to see some wounded veterans coming home from war.
Charles Painter, Class of 1965
Charles Painter has 533 wins as a high school tennis coach and is in the top 15 in wins among active coaches. A member of two tennis related Hall of Fames, he coached Wright State University for 10-years, successfully transitioning the program from Division III to Division I. He has coached for 40 years, and nearly 80 seasons. He is currently the Head Boy's and Girl's Tennis Coach at Beavercreek High School, where he also teaches mathematics. Mr. Painter is a member of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association, the Miami Valley Tennis Coaches Association, The National Federation Coaches Association, The United States Professional Tennis Association, and the United States Tennis Association. He founded the Miami Valley Tennis Association and served as its president the first three years.
Thomas Taylor, Class of 1967 (posthumous)
Tom Taylor was a well-respected researcher, author, and historical-re-enactor. He was the founder and president of the Florida Lighthouse Association and the Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation. His legacy includes extensive research and writing about American history, and especially lighthouse history. He was an influential force for historical re-enactments during the American Bicentennial and served for over nine years as a Historical Interpretive Specialist for the National Park Service. He was an accomplished sailor, boat builder, SCUBA diver, mountain climber, musician and also served as a historical consultant and actor in three major movies. Tom also produced two documentaries that were broadcast nationally.
John Kilbury, Class of 1969
John Kilbury is a developer/builder of custom homes in the Dublin and surrounding area. He has served as a DYA coach, and has volunteered for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Faith Mission. He has served in soup kitchens, gone to New Orleans to help build homes for those displaced after Hurricane Katrina, and is a second generation member of the Dublin Kiwanis, which provides services and assistance to students in Dublin City Schools, but it is his over 20 years of volunteer coaching that stands out to most. John has coached girls and boys from elementary through high school. He has coached every sport from T-ball to HS basketball. He has worked with those gifted athletes who can dunk a basketball as well as those who struggle to throw a ball over their heads. There are a collective of hundreds of students spanning two decades of Dublin community athletics who have a connection to John.
Julie Fletcher, Class of 1986
Julie Fletcher is the founder of the very successful "Welcome Warehouse" which helps many needy families in our area. She has served continuously as a dedicated leader of the organization from the early stages with a handful of volunteers to now, with a full Board of Trustees and Coordinators, comprising over 30 individuals. She has served as the President and Director of the Adopt-a-Family Program and worked tirelessly to encourage and inspire others to get involved. Julie worked for Pfizer in positions ranging from Primary Care Sales, to Critical Care, to Managed Care before retiring to pursue her dream of volunteering for a cause greater than herself.
Dr. Ted Sun, Class of 1990
Dr. Ted Sun is a world-renowned motivational speaker and has made countless appearances on national television. He is a published author as well as the founder and CEO of Executive Balance. As a self-titled Dream Maker, Dr. Sun is a master at developing people and organizations. In 2009 alone, leaders from 33 different countries felt the impact of Dr. Sun's work. He is a renowned consultant and a highly sought after educator and researcher around the world. Dr. Sun's personal vision: Being a global change leader enabling systemic shifts in thought around the world and leading humanity toward evolution from within.
Matthew Beck, Class of 1997
Dr. Matthew Beck is involved with the Super Computer project at the University of Kentucky as a professor and researcher in the College of Engineering. He is currently researching computational materials science of nanomaterials and materials for energy, application of novel quantum mechanical methods to diffusion, electron transport and catalysis. Dr. Beck has published several articles, given presentations, and was awarded a "First-principles calculations of MOS materials" grant. In addition to his many personal accomplishments, Dr. Beck believes it is important to give back. He has mentored two graduate students and one postdoctoral researcher.
Mary Emma Bailey (posthumous)
Mary Emma was a dedicated district employee for 23-years serving as clerk/treasurer. She is the author of the history of the Dublin City Schools. Bailey Elementary is named in her honor. A life-long citizen of Dublin, she was twice honored by the city. She was the Grand Marshall of the July 4 parade in 1977 and honored at the Emerald Ball in 1993. She was very active in civic organizations, including the Dublin Historical Society, where she was a corresponding secretary for many years. She was a life-long member of the Dublin Community Church, volunteering in the office, during her retirement years.
Ralph Feasel has been employed by Dublin City Schools for 46 years. He was Principal at Dublin High School for 10 years. He has served as a junior high math teacher, a high school math teacher, assistant principal, Director of Support Services, and currently serves in the district’s planning department. Ralph also served as a track coach, assistant football coach and basketball coach for Dublin Schools. When Ralph started working for the district, there were only three schools. During Ralph's tenure, the student population went from 1,000 students to 12,500 students, buses went from 7 to 126 buses, and the district went from A to AAA. Ralph has always been known for his calm demeanor, sincerity and thoroughness. It is difficult to imagine Dublin City Schools without Ralph Feasel.
Joe Riedel served as superintendent of Dublin City Schools from 1982-1987. Joe officially retired in 1990, but because the district was growing quickly, was asked to oversee the district's planning department. He has run the planning department of Dublin City Schools ever since. Joe taught K-12 music for 3 1/2 years in Scipio-Republic Schools, and served as their superintendent for a year. He was also superintendent at Hopewell-Loudon for four years, and Jonathan Alder for 10 years. Joe continues to share his experience and knowledge with those who work with him, in and out of the district office. He is very serious about the service he provides the district.