Previous Inductees

 

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2019 inductees

  • John Boxell, M.D., Marion High School Class of 1957, otolaryngologist / head and neck surgeon who practiced in Chattanooga, Tenn., for more than 35 years, and clinical associate professor of surgery at University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Chattanooga

  • David Colescott, Marion High School Class of 1976, an inspiring and determined leader on the basketball court for the Giants, then at University of North Carolina, and then in the business world, serving as VP of Sales and Chief Customer Officer for Hanes Brands Inc.

  • Tonya (Riddle) Cornett, Marion High School Class of 1987, innovative brewmaster, first woman to win the title of Small Brewpub Brewmaster of the Year at the World Beer Cup (2008), brewmaster at Bend Brewing Co., then Innovation Brewmaster at 10 Barrel Brewing

  • Max Long, M.D., Marion High School Class of 1933, World War II veteran, serving with the U.S. Navy; practiced medicine in Marion for nearly 50 years, including serving as Marion Community Schools physician for 32 years. (Inducted posthumously.)

  • Troy Bentley Overton, Marion High School Class of 1980, West Point graduate; U.S. Army aviator, and Judge Advocate General who provided legal services to troops in Afghanistan; Deputy Attorney General of California. (Inducted posthumously.)

  • Paul Usher, Marion High School Class of 1963, Past President / CEO of Marion General Hospital for eight years, after 20 years as CFO, and six years prior to that in financial services

  • Bobbie Owensby, honorary, Marion High School social studies teacher for decades; sponsor of Black History Club which has expanded horizons for more than one generation of students with its spring break HBCU trips, annual plays, and more; respected and beloved community leader

2018 inductees

  • Brian Balsbaugh, Marion High School Class of 1991, a leader in the sports and gaming industry, representing some of the most high-profile athletes and players in the world

  • Earl E. Green, Marion High School Class of 1940, the first African-American postmaster in Grant County

  • Kathleen L. Keller, Ph.D., Marion High School Class of 1991, award-winning researcher in the field of childhood eating behavior and obesity

  • Scott and Julie Moorehead, Marion High School 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.

  • Charles E. “Chick” Nelson, Marion High School Class of 1948, lawyer and expert on community development and housing, former executive vice president of the United States Institute of Peace

  • Carlton Rose, Marion High School Class of 1980, President of Global Fleet Maintenance and Engineering for UPS

  • Erika Davis Sears, M.D., M.S., Marion High School 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    2016 inductees

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • David Kiley, M.D., FACOG, Class of 1978: OB/GYN; Community Health Network executive; leader in patient-centered care

  • 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

  • Zach Randolph, Class of 2000: Three-time NBA All-Star, player since 2001 (for Portland, New York, L.A., and Memphis); 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

  • Joe Sutter, Class of 1969: Professional basketball player; physical therapist, entrepreneur who built his practice into network of 12 clinics; clinical educator, philanthropist

  • 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

  • Lennon Brown, honorary inductee: Outstanding, transformational leader as principal of Marion High School, which gained state and national attention for turnaround during his tenure

  • James R. Hodge, Class of 1970: International finance expert; philanthropist, driving force and lead donor for Hodge Hall at IU Kelley School of Business

  • James Arnett Wilson, Class of 1937 (awarded posthumously): Tuskegee airman, exceptional educator at Phillips High School and Kennedy-King College in Chicago

  • David Wright, Ph.D, Class of 1973: Visionary educational leader, longtime educator and administrator at Indiana Wesleyan University, named school's president in 2013

    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

  • Steve Edwards, honorary inductee: Outstanding, transformational leader as superintendent of Marion Community Schools; longtime teacher, coach, administrator in Muncie

  • Dave Liniger, Class of 1963: Entrepreneur and real estate innovator; founder of global real estate franchise RE/MAX; housing policy expert; philanthropist

    2012 inductees

  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • 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

  • 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 communityHarold A. Wittcoff, Ph.D, Class of 1936 (awarded posthumously): International expert and educator in chemistry, vice president of corporate research for General Mills

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Jim Sutter, Class of 1952: Entrepreneur; operated family dairy, then founded Handy Andy Foods chain of convenience stores; philanthropist dedicated to Marion's success

  • 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

  • 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

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

 

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
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