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Elgin High School to hold Alumni Hall of Fame inductions

Nearly 40 District U46 graduates will be honored Thursday night during a dedication of Elgin High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

The celebration intends to recognize the efforts graduates who rank among the nation’s top scientists, actors and journalists, some of which will be posthumously inducted while others will attend the event, which coincides with homecoming week.

“This Wall of Fame reflects the strong legacy of EHS and shows how far we’ve come,” said EHS Principal Jerry Cook, also an EHS alum in a news release. “Our esteemed alumni inspire today’s students and it’s extremely exciting to be able to share this program with our students, staff, graduates, and especially the families of our inductees who have shared their loved one’s journey.”

In 1980, former Elgin High School teacher Richard Felicetti first began urging the U46 community to recognize the efforts of graduates from the school, which was founded in 1869.

It wasn’t until later when former principal Dave Smiley met five members of the Class of 1960 that the effort got underway, the release said. Together, the volunteers started archiving historical artifacts, including newspaper clippings, sports programs and yearbooks.

Cook, a Class of 1991 graduate, has led the effort to complete the Hall of Fame by adding plaques to the wall, to account for the 38 graduates who will be inducted in 2016, the release said.

A number of Elgin High School alumni will be honored on Thursday.

Class of

1883 - Max Adler

Benefactor of Adler Planetarium, Vice-President of Sears & Roebuck, Concert violinist

5/12/1866 – 11/4/1952

1901 - Jennie Christine “Jane” Peterson

Internationally Renowned Painter and Artist

1876 - 8/14/1965

1907 - Helen Miller Malloch

Founder of the National Federation of Press Women

11/8/1888 - 6/1963

1908 - Edna D. Geister

National Recreation Director of the YWCA

1917 - Mildred A. Engelbrecht

Bacteriologist, University of Alabama

1918 - Gail M. Dack, Ph.D, MD

Bacteriologist (Univ. of Chicago), internationally known authority on food borne diseases

1920 - John M. Qualen

Character Actor in over 100 films and Television Actor

1921 - Frank O'Beirne

Vice Admiral U.S. Navy, Director of Operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff

1922 - Trygve Rovelstad

Renowned Sculptor & Medalist

1923 - James M. Roche

CEO of General Motors Corporation

1927 - Paul F. Flory

Polymer Chemist and Recipient of the 1974 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

1934 - John R. Tobin

Dean Emeritus of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

1935 - Alfred Y. Kirkland, SR., JD

U.S. Federal Judge

1945 - Charles “Chick” L. Peterson

World Class Water Color Artist

1946 - Ray A. Barnhart

Federal Highway Administrator & Texas politician

1946 - James P. Kramer

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Research Entomologist

1946 - John P. Kramer, Ph.D

Entomologist & University Professor, N.C.State Cornell

1946 - John R. Mink, Ph.D

Founding faculty member of the Dental School at University of Kentucky

1946 - Charles E. Swanson

President of Encyclopedia Britannica

1948 - Marshall I. Goldman, Ph.D

Wellesley & Harvard University Professor (Economics), Author & Researcher

1949 - Dietrich “Jack” C. Bauer

Microbiology Scientist, Indiana University

1949 - John “Jack” S. Shales & Marlene “Kane” Shales

Philanthropist and Civic Leader

1951 - Douglas B. Nash

NASA Geologist, California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory,

Division of Space Sciences, Pasadena California

1951 - John W. Teets

CEO Greyhound, Dial & Armour

1953 - Wesley K. Foell, Ph.D

Environmental Scientist/Scholar, University of Wisconsin

1955 - Samuel A. Werner, Ph.D

Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Missouri

1960 - Sara Melissa Hart

Miss Elgin - 1962 & Second City Alumni & Leading Character in the traveling production of “Cabaret” & a Tony Award nominated actress

1962 - Tom W. Shales

Television Critic for the Washington Post & 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism

1963 - Brian Oldfield

Olympic Shot Putter and World Record Holder

1965 - Richard M. Hoover

Tony Award Winning Production Designer

1969 - Daniel M. Brewbaker

Renowned Composer

1969 - Richard “Rick” W. Sund

NBA Executive

1971 - Deborah A. Lathen, JD

Bureau Chief at the FCC

1972 - Harold “Hal” Getzelman

NASA’s Capsule Communicator Chief Engineer

1973 - Jay Geldmacher

Executive Vice President of Emerson Electric

1974 - Joseph Incandela

Ph.D, American Particle Physicist

1976 - George A. Lesieutre, Ph.D

Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

1978 - Nina Burleigh

Journalist and Best Selling Author