Previous Inductees

Click on the inductee's name to read more about them. Biographical information accurate at time of induction.

2018 inductees:

  • Earl Green, Class of 1940: First African-American postmaster in Grant County; County Council member; accomplished airplane pilot; and author of poetry and short stories
  • Charles E. "Chick" Nelson, J.D., Class of 1948: Lawyer and expert on community development and housing, former executive vice president of the United States Institute of Peace
  • Carlton Rose, Class of 1980: President of Global Fleet Maintenance and Engineering for international shipping giant UPS
  • Brian Balsbaugh, Class of 1991: leader in the sports and gaming industry, representing some of the most high-profile athletes and celebrities in the world
  • Kathleen Keller, Ph.D., Class 1991: award-winning researcher in the field of childhood eating behavior and obesity
  • Scott and Julie Moorehead, Class of 1996 and 1998: Scott is CEO of TCC, and co-founder the Culture of Good organization, which teaches businesses the importance of giving, and with Julie launched TCC Gives, which provides grants and other philanthropic efforts
  • Erika Davis Sears, M.D., Class of 1998: Plastic surgeon specializing in hand surgery and reconstructive surgery, proud to provide care for veterans and other patients with traumatic injuries
  • Jack Colescott, honorary inductee: longtime teacher, coach, and community leader

2017 inductees:

  • Art Faulkner, Class of 1958: Well-known, highly respected philanthropist and humanitarian who retired as a department director at Marion General Hospital; served on MCS School Board for more than a decade
  • Rick Harris, Class of 1965: Longtime local business leader, owner of Matthews Buick for nearly 40 years, active philanthropist and community leader who served on the board for many organizations
  • Dave Tippey, Class of 1969: Outstanding science educator at Marion Community Schools and Indiana Wesleyan University, dedicated to his students’ development as scholars and as people
  • Courtney Gorman, D.D.S., ABO, Class of 1979: Longtime owner of Gorman and Bunch Orthodontics, with offices in Marion and throughout central Indiana. Sought-after educator. Active community leader, philanthropist
  • Latondra Newton, Class of 1986: Chief diversity officer, senior vice president for Walt Disney Co., following long career with Toyota Motor Corp. in various high-level leadership roles

2016 inductees:

  • Sharon Dunwoody, Ph.D, Class of 1965: Professor emerita at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication; award-winning researcher in the field of science communication
  • Joe Sutter, Class of 1969: Professional basketball player; physical therapist, entrepreneur who built his practice into network of 12 clinics; clinical educator, philanthropist
  • Avis Martin Stewart: Class of 1970: Longtime teacher, coach, administrator, community leader, first at Marion Community Schools, then at Richmond High School, then at Earlham College
  • James D. Luttrull Jr., J.D., Class of 1974: Longtime Grant County prosecutor; criminal justice professor at Indiana Wesleyan University; leader in addressing child abuse locally and nationally
  • David Kiley, M.D., FACOG, Class of 1978: OB/GYN; Community Health Network executive; leader in patient-centered care
  • Diane Janowicz, M.D., Class of 1992: Infectious disease and HIV/AIDS specialist at IU Health, faculty member and fellowship program director at the IU School of Medicine, spearheaded clinical response to major HIV outbreak in rural southern Indiana in 2015
  • Zach Randolph, Class of 2000: Three-time NBA All-Star, player since 2001 (for Portland, New York, L.A., and Memphis); philanthropist
  • Capt. Brandon A. "Bull" Barrett, Class of 2001 (awarded posthumously): Killed in action in Afghanistan while serving with U.S. Marine Corps; outstanding athlete, avid outdoorsman, loyal and dedicated friend, natural leader
  • Kerry Clevenger, honorary inductee: Longtime local business owner, longtime coach, team sponsor, and an ardent and generous supporter of athletes playing for the Marion Giants and for other athletic leagues and organizations

2015 inductees:

  • Joseph Davis, M.D., FACS, Class of 1935 (awarded posthumously): An innovator in the medical field who along with his father and brother built the Davis Clinic, which revolutionized medical care in Marion
  • Steve Moorehead, Class of 1957: Transformed the family business, Moorehead Electric, into Moorehead Communications, now the nations’ largest Verizon Wireless retailer; helped start the Grant County Community Foundation
  • Richard "Dick" Persinger, Class of 1957: Longtime teacher, coach, and administrator at Marion High School, serving as principal for 10 years; also served on the Marion City Council
  • Sen. Greg Taylor, J.D., Class of 1988: Indiana state senator; economic development expert; prominent business and finance attorney

2014 inductees:

  • James Arnett Wilson, Class of 1937  (awarded posthumously): Tuskegee airman, exceptional educator at Phillips High School and Kennedy-King College in Chicago
  • James R. Hodge, Class of 1970: International finance expert; philanthropist, driving force and lead donor for  Hodge Hall at IU Kelley School of Business
  • David Wright, Ph.D, Class of 1973: Visionary educational leader, longtime educator and administrator at Indiana  Wesleyan University, named school's president in 2013 
  • Lennon Brown, honorary inductee: Outstanding, transformational leader as principal of Marion High School, which gained state and national attention for turnaround during his tenure 

2013 inductees:

  • William "Bill" Dennis, Class of 1960: International leader in film animation, worked for Disney, Hanna Barbera, helped found Toonz Animation in India and Zanymation in U.S., Germany
  • John L. Earnest, Class of 1962: Entrepreneur, innovator in health care and medical management, bringing changes and improvements to the field in Marion and beyond
  • Dave Liniger, Class of 1963: Entrepreneur and real estate innovator; founder of global real estate franchise RE/MAX; housing policy expert; philanthropist
  • Steve Edwards, honorary inductee: Outstanding, transformational leader as superintendent of Marion Community Schools; longtime teacher, coach, administrator in Muncie

2012 inductees:

  • Francis Edward Fisher, Class of 1951: Deputy director of the NASA Office of Inspector General; FBI special agent; Korean War veteran; teacher in Marion and Florida 
  • John A. Beineke, Ed.D, Class of 1968: Teacher at McCulloch Junior High School, then professor and administrator at several colleges; program director at Kellog Foundation; author
  • SFC Collin J. Bowen, Class of 1988 (awarded posthumously): Killed in action in Afghanistan on duty with U.S. Army; outstanding athlete, fierce competitor, a courageous man

2011 inductees:

  • Pierre James Fisher, M.D., FACS, Class of 1949: Military surgeon; health care leader who was instrumental in beginning hospice care in Grant County; social activist and philanthropist
  • Michael Maidenberg, Class of 1960: Journalist at several newspapers; publisher of Pulitzer Prize-winning paper, the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald; vice president of Knight Foundation 

2010 inductees:

  • Harold A. Wittcoff, Ph.D, Class of 1936 (awarded posthumously): International expert and educator in chemistry, vice president of corporate research for General Mills
  • James W. Moritz, Class of 1958 (awarded posthumously): Longtime teacher at Marion High School; director of the MHS auditorium; activist and friend of the arts in the schools and in the community
  • Verlene "Vee" Miller Herrington, Ph.D, Class of 1966: Library of Congress Federal Librarian of the Year, who modernized the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Library into a state-of-the-art facility
  • Todd L. Nukes, Class of 1981: Chief deputy U.S. marshal; senior inspector for judicial security, handling details for several U.S. Supreme Court justices among others

2009 inductees:

  • Clark E. Beck Sr., P.E., Class of 1947: Aerospace engineering expert, serving at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base; professor and college administrator in Ohio; STEM education innovator
  • Frank Roland Faunce, D.D.S., Class of 1956: International expert on aesthetic dentistry; pediatric dentist; 26 years in Army Dental Corps during Vietnam War and Desert Storm; professor; researcher
  • Phil H. Jenkins, Ph.D, Class of 1966: Chemical engineer; served in the Department of Energy for several decades; international expert on radon contamination / detection and nuclear safety
  • Wayne Seybold, Class of 1982, and Natalie "Kim" Seybold-Catron, Class of 1984: Pairs figure skaters in 1988 Olympics; Wayne served as mayor of Marion from 2003-2015

2008 Inductees:

  • Nancy H. Teeters, Class of 1948: First woman on the Federal Reserve Board; presidential cabinet member; chief economist for the congressional budget committee; Brookings Institution associate; vice president of IBM
  • Jim Sutter, Class of 1952: Entrepreneur; operated family dairy, then founded Handy Andy Foods chain of convenience stores; philanthropist dedicated to Marion's success
  • Don Tillman, Class of 1957: Co-creator of Marion's first TV station, WTAF, manager at WTTV in Indianapolis, KTTV in Los Angeles, and Metro Media Studios in Hollywood; Emmy award winner
  • David L. Joyce, Class of 1962: Youngest business manager in the history of the NFL; innovator in the health care field; national expert in physician group formation and management 
  • Bill Perry, Class of 1969: Chairman of the Diversity Leadership Council for the U.S. Military Academy (West Point); longtime manager in tech and financial services, including AT&T and IBM
  • David Fisher, M.D., Class of 1973: Orthopedic surgeon, involved in development of total hip and knee prosthetic implant systems; clinical educator; led one of largest orthopedic practices in U.S.

2007 inductees:

  • Bob Daugherty, Class of 1957: Award-winning AP photojournalist, including coverage of 10 presidents, countless national events, and the Desert Storm military conflict
  • John C. Jarrett, M.D., FACOG, Class of 1969: Noted expert on fertility treatment who has helped countless couples overcome impaired fertility; sought-after lecturer

2006 inductees:


  • Richard Simons, Class of 1938: Journalist, columnist; well-known historian; founder of the Indiana Junior Historical Society; longtime manager of family business, Richard Clothing Co.
  • Edmund Casey, M.D., Class of 1942: lauded physician, first African-American on staff at Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati; president of National Medical Association; U.S. Air Force veteran
  • Oatess Archey, Class of 1955: First African-American sheriff in Indiana; FBI agent, security liaison for major events, U.S. State Department, and White House; educator, coach 
  • William Hanley, Class of 1956: Entrepreneur, owner of Cummins Great Plains Diesel; U.S. Marines veteran; philanthropist, driving force for Purdue University's Human Development Institute
  • Doris Jesch, M.D., ABP, Class of 1956: Beloved, respected, and highly-skilled Marion pediatrician, who served generations of Marion families with her gentle spirit and compassionate care