Shortridge Hall of Fame


The Shortridge Hall of Fame honors alumni
that have distinguished themselves in a variety of ways.




Pharez Whitted - Class of '78

Pharez took up the trumpet at the age of nine. He was born into a family of twelve children that all played musical instruments in a performing family band. His father played drums with Freddie Hubbard and Wes Montgomery and his uncle, "Slide" Hampton, the distinguished jazz trombonist. So Pharez was destined to inherit a solid foundation in music.

He graduated from DePauw University and earned a Master's Degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In 1994, he recorded his first album with Motown Records and has been recording solo albums ever since.

Pharez has performed at Carnegie Hall, a Presidential Inauguration, The Billboard Music Awards and with numerous distinguished performers such as Branford Marsalis, George Duke, Elvin Jones, Kirk Whalum, John Mellencamp, Nancy Wilson, Meshell Ndegeocello and Chaka Khan.

He has taught at several prestigious universities and is currently the Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra's (CYSO) Jazz Orchestra.

Pharez is the coordinator of the Chicago division of the Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz in Schools program was named Chicagoian of the Year in 2016.





Rev. Dr. James Lee Merrell - Class of '48

A member of the winning Shortridge state debate team with his teammate US Sen. Richard G. Lugar, James Merrell moved from serving as an Editor of the Shortridge Daily Echo to Indiana University, where as an Editor with the Indiana Daily Student, he was named the top male journalism graduate in 1952, from the Indiana University School of Journalism. In 1956, he graduated from Christian Theological Seminary where he later became a trustee.

Ordained in 1955 to serve at Third Christian Church in Indianapolis, Merrell was a beloved minister for over 59 years in Indiana and Missouri. He became a Professor of Theology and worked as Interim Chaplin at Culver-Stockton College, Missouri, where he also received his Doctor of Letters. A dedicated volunteer, counselor, Sunday school teacher and choir member at many churches over the years, Merrell also served as Lead Editor of three church magazines, including The Disciple magazine.

The Rev. Dr. Merrell was a popular world tour leader for 30 plus years, traveling to over 57 countries. In 2000, Merrell was the recipient of Missouri State Senate Lifetime Achievement award and in 2009 he delivered the opening prayer on the floor of the United States Senate.



Val Nolan Jr. - Class of '37

An honors student from Shortridge in 1937, Nolan graduated with high honors in history from IU in 1941. Val was a Deputy US Marshall and then a member of the Secret Service providing security for President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1942, Nolan joined the U.S. Navy and was one of the first trained in the Navy's Japanese Language School. He served in Naval Intelligence.

He entered the IU School of Law in 1946, graduated 1st in his class in 1949, and later joined the IU Law faculty teaching Property, Wills, Land Titles, and Conflicts for 36 years. He served twice as Acting Dean of the Law School and helped persuade the Indiana Legislature to expand the Law Building.

His secondary passion was an interest in ornithology. In 1957, he was appointed a research scholar in the Dept. of Zoology; in 1968 he received a tenured joint appointment in the Law School and Dept of Biology. Val studied Prairie Warblers in the wild and wrote the most comprehensive study of a single species of bird ever published. Dr. Nolan's research was supported by numerous grants from National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the American Philosophical Society among his many awards. Nolan mentored some of the top I.U. scientists in avian behavior and ecology.



Patricia (Anne) Myers Payne - Class of '57

Patricia (Myers) Payne attended the Indianapolis Public Schools and graduated from Shortridge in 1957. She earned her BS degree from Indiana University (Bloomington) in 1962 and began her career with IPS, retiring in 2014 after 52 years of service. The first 25 years of her career she taught elementary students. In 1987, Patricia was placed on special assignment to design and direct the IPS Office of Multicultural Education. In 1998, the Crispus Attucks Museum of African/African American History opened on the high school's campus with Mrs. Payne serving as its director.

Among many distinguished honors, in 1977, Patricia was among fifteen educators from Indiana who received a DePauw University grant to study in Nigeria for six weeks. She was the 1984 IPS Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the 1985 State Teacher of the Year. In spring 1990, she studied in Israel and Palestine with members of the Jewish Community Council.

In the summer of 1990, she studied in Egypt as a part of the Asa Hilliard Ancient Africa Tour group and returned in 1992 for additional study. In 2016, the Indianapolis Recorder honored her as an Indy Sheroes honoree during Black History month.



Richard (Dick) J. Pollak - Class of '59

As Chairman of the board of Browning Construction, Inc. Dick Pollak's extensive architectural experience in the design of both public and private sector projects spanned 40 years. Upon graduation from Shortridge High School in 1959, he attended the University of Illinois where he earned both his Bachelors Degree and Masters of Architecture. From 1966 to 1973, he served as a Professor and Assistant Dean of the College of Architecture at Ball State University. Dick became a partner in Browning Day Pollak, Inc. in 1969 and immediately assumed responsibility for the design and execution of all the firm's architectural commissions.

From 1967 to 1983, Pollak served as a consultant to the Division of Schoolhouse Planning,with the Indiana Department of Public Instruction. He joined Browning Investments, Inc. in 1983 and was named president of Browning Construction, Inc. in late 1986. In May, 2001, he was appointed chairman of the board of the company and held that role until his death in April 2005.

Notable Projects under Browning Day Pollak // Browning Construction:

the Hoosier Dome, the Indianapolis Sports Center, the IUPUI Natatorium, the Track and Field Stadium, Fidelity Plaza, WTHR Studios, the Conseco headquarters, 300 North Meridian, the Capitol Center, the Landmark Center, Thompson Consumer Electronics North American Headquarters and Technical Center and the NCAA Hall of Fame



William E. Powell - Class of '53

After graduating from Shortridge High School, Rear Admiral Powell enlisted in the United States Navy, attended the Naval Academy Preparation School and was then appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1959, he graduated, received his commission and chose the Supply Corp.

Powell began his career at Naval Supply Corp School in Athens, Georgia. He was selected for a distinguished, independent supply officer billet aboard the destroyer escort USS Nicholas, which became the first of many difficult assignments Powell accepted and achieved. A later assignment took him to the Philippines as the commanding officer of Naval Supply Activity. This entailed supply support and services to all ships in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean.

In 1985, he reached the pinnacle of his career with his promotion to Rear Admiral and commanding officer assignment to the largest U.S. naval distribution center, the Naval Supply Center in Norfolk, Virginia. Rear Admiral Powell automated the Navy's system for valuing their asset inventory and other process innovations.



Harry A. Radliffe - Class of '67

Harry A. Radliffe II was a proud son of Indianapolis and graduate of Shortridge High School. He graduated from Tufts University in 1971 with a degree in international relations and went on to study at the Jesuit-founded Universidad Iberoamericano in Mexico City. He then returned to Tufts to receive his master's degree from the school's prestigious Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1973.

Radliffe was an award winning 60 Minutes producer and the first African-American to head a CBS News Bureau. The London bureau he led was the largest CBS news office outside of New York.

Radliffe was known as a reporter who absorbed the world around him, discovering its truths and pleasures. As an international scholar, he brought a comprehensive knowledge of foreign affairs to the faraway places he covered.

Harry spent 40 years in the television news business. During his 26 years with the 60 Minutes program, he contributed nearly 100 stories. He won 4 Emmy Awards as well as the prestigious Peabody Award, television's highest honor.



Victor Rosenbaum - Class of '59

Victor Rosenbaum has enjoyed a multi-faceted career in music. From his Shortridge days as an active participant in choral activities and composer of "Hospitality Blues" for the annual musical, he has gone on to a career as a major teacher of piano. A faculty member of New England Conservatory in Boston since 1967 and chair of both piano and chamber music departments for many years, he has also been on the faculty of the Mannes School of Music in New York since 2003.

He has performed in halls throughout the world from Tully Hall in New York to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, as well as in Japan, China, Taiwan, Israel, Brazil, Italy, Turkey and elsewhere. Sought after for master classes at music schools in the capitals of the world, he is also a conductor and prize-winning composer. His CD's of music of Schubert, Beethoven, and Mozart have won high praise.



Dwight William Schuster - Class of '34

Dwight Schuster attended Butler University and then received his medical degree in Psychiatry and Neurology from the IU School of Medicine. He served in Germany as an Army Medic during World War II and then in the Indiana National Guard, retiring as a Lt. Colonel Division Surgeon.

In 1950, he began his private practice and eventually served as the Medical Director and Chief of Psychiatry at Methodist Hospital (in Indianapolis) until he retired in 1989. However, he practiced Forensic Psychiatry until 2007 and served as Court Examiner for Competency and Sanity evaluations across the State of Indiana.

Schuster received many honors including being named a Sagamore of the Wabash (twice) and working as a member of President Reagan's Committee on Mental Retardation.

During his career, he served as an Alumni Trustee for Butler University, on the Board for Crossroads Rehabilitation Center, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine, President of the Indianapolis Medical Society, on the Advisory Council of National Institute of Drug Abuse, with the Indiana Psychiatric Association and with Indiana Medical History Museum.



Deborah Hearn Smith - Class of '66

Deborah Hearn Smith has positively impacted the lives of nearly one million girls throughout her tenure with Girl Scouts. In 2007, Deborah led the successful merger of five Girl Scout councils into one organization that serves 45 counties across central Indiana.

Smith has challenged the Girl Scout Movement to remove barriers so that all girls may experience the benefits of Girl Scouts, regardless of their circumstances. Under her leadership, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana dedicates more than $1 million annually to reaching out to underserved communities and providing financial assistance for girls to participate. Deborah also led a capital campaign to build a Leadership and Learning Center for adult volunteers at the organization's Camp Dellwood.

Deborah is a local and national thought leader. She serves on task groups for Girl Scouts of the USA regarding fiscal and human resource policies. She is a locally recognized leader as well, serving on commissions for local United Ways and foundations. She critically examines challenges, with a special emphasis on how they relate to diversity and women's issues.



Barbara Smith Wynn - Class of '51

Barbara Smith Wynne graduated from Shortridge High School in 1951 and attended Northwestern University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

In 1964 Barbara, a tennis enthusiast used her skills to organize what became a popular tennis program at North Central High School in Indianapolis. As interest in this sports program grew, so did Barbara's involvement in junior tennis. The success of the Indy Parks youth tennis program may also be attributed to Barbara's passion for advancing youth recreational tennis. At the request of former Indianapolis Mayor Richard G. Lugar, Barbara joined with other community members to establish a city-wide tennis National Junior Tennis League program, which continues to serve the city's urban youth today, including fundraising for the Kids Helping Kids for Riley Children's Foundation for Riley Hospital.

Barbara, who is still teaching junior tennis today, is credited with dedicating over 50 years to sharing her love and knowledge for tennis to thousands of young people from Indiana and surrounding Midwestern states.

Barbara also fouunded Indy's Child Parent Magazine in 1990. It is credited with being one of the first local and national award winning parenting magazines in Indiana to reach the highly touted market of moms, parents and educators.





Darrell Burks - Class of '74

After graduating from I.U. with a B.S. in finance (with distinction) in 1978, Darrell joined Pricewaterhouse Coopers (formerly Coopers & Lybrand in Indianapolis); he transferred to Detroit in 1986. He received a CPA certification in 1980. Burks was admitted to the partnership in 1991. For over 30 years, Darrell delivered the full range of audit and related business advisory services to clients in the retail, government, and higher education sectors and others for real estate, manufacturing, and financial services companies. Burks was the partner in charge of the Education and Nonprofit practice for the Midwest Region of Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP.

A loaned executive from 1989-1991, Darrell served as Chief Financial Officer of Detroit Public Schools. He managed an operating budget of approximately $1 billion, developed managerial accountability for 20,000 employees at 250 schools, developed and coordinated financing strategies to eliminate a $160M deficit that had accumulated over 17 years.

Darrell is recognized as a leader and key decision maker in the City of Detroit; he was appointed by the Governor of Michigan to the Detroit Financial Advisory Board.



E. Crawley Cooper - Class of '51

Crawley wanted to be an architect. He earned an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Cincinnati; he studied at M.I.T. to earn a master's degree on a full scholarship. In 1957, he was the youngest person to pass the professional exam to become a practicing architect in the state of Indiana.

He worked on designs for Northwest High School, B'nai Torah Synagogue, and Third Christian Church (Indpls); the Sweeny residence in Columbus, IN.

Cooper contributed to the design of over 50 civic, religious, educational and commercial projects, including LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts (NYC), four buildings on the M.I.T. campus, plus regional shopping centers, government buildings, and laboratories in the eastern U.S. and Europe.

Crawley wrote two books, including A Handbook of Laboratory Design. He founded the Lincoln Academy, a weekly series of lectures by Lincoln, MA, residents and beyond. He lectured at Harvard, M.I.T., Purdue and other institutions. He served as an associate of M.I.T. and was a principal in the architectural firm, Jung/Brannen and Associates, Inc. for nearly 25 years.



Marilyn (Koffman) Glick - Class of '40

Marilyn Koffman Glick was one of Indiana's most generous philanthropists. She led civic groups, founded charitable programs, and gave generously to the causes she championed. Marilyn and Gene Glick's $30 million gift funded the Glick Eye Institute at the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, the Indiana Authors Award, and a wide array of charitable projects benefiting the arts, education, public health, and aid organizations throughout Central Indiana.

The Glick's partnership coincided with the greatest housing boom in U.S. history; by 1962, the company was the largest builder of single family homes and later, apartment communities in Indiana.

Her personal leadership contributions included the Indiana State Symphony Society and its Young Audiences program, and she founded People of Vision to support Prevent Blindness Indiana. She was a major benefactor of numerous Jewish programs and services locally.

Aside from her civic and community activities, Glick began collecting glass art in the 1980s and was one of the nation's most noted studio glass collectors. This love of art glass inspired the gift to Ball State University to construct the Glick Center for Glass, a hot-glass studio and instruction center.



M. Philip Kahl, Ph.D - Class of '52

Through the influence of biology teacher, Robert L. Black, Phil became interested in both science and birds. He received his undergraduate degree in botany and zoology from Butler U in 1956, his MS in 1961 and Ph.D. in 1963 both from the University of Georgia. From 1959-1969, Phil studied the breeding behavior of the world's stork species in 11 countries on 5 continents. In 1964, working from his base in East Africa, he began studying the 5 flamingo species, a worldwide project that lasted 16 years.

His photographs graced the covers of National Geographic, Audubon and International Wildlife. He published 45 scientific papers and 3 books. He traveled to 83 countries capturing the world's bird life.

In July 1988, he received a MacArthur Fellowship of $320,000 and began a new research project-the African elephant. From 1991-1997, he studied elephant behavior in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. He spent his last years analyzing the 226 hours of video tape of the elephants at his home in Arizona.



Charles W. (Chuck) Marlowe - Class of '47

Charles (Chuck) Marlowe had 50+ years of distinguished experience in radio and television broadcasting. He was sports director and sports anchor on WTTV-TV (Channel 4) in Indianapolis for over 40 years; was basketball play-by-play announcer for Indiana University for 30 years, and part of the Worldwide Radio Network for the Indianapolis 500 for 42 years. His career extended beyond basketball and auto racing and included high school and college football, NCAA soccer, college and professional wrestling. He was involved in sports coverage and commercial work from New York to Los Angeles.

A Butler University graduate, Marlowe has been honored by Toastmasters International for communication and leadership. He was elected into the Indiana Broadcasters Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2008 and awarded a Lifetime Achievement honor from the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association in 2014.



Victoria (Porter) Meyers - Class of '61

Vicki Myers began her criminal justice career as a juvenile probation officer in Indianapolis. Upon moving to St. Louis, MO, she began a long career with the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole. Appointed to the Missouri Parole Board in 1984, she held the post for 12 years. After the Board assignment, she eventually became the Director of Parole Services. In 2001, she was asked to serve the Department of Corrections as the Director of Human Services. After over 40 years with the Department of Corrections, she retired in 2011.

Ms. Myers' professional and community service accomplishments are extensive. She was the recipient of the E.R. Cass Correctional Achievement Award for her contributions to the field of corrections; the Ben Baer Award for her contributions to the field of parole. In 2004, the National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice scholarship luncheon was named in her honor. She continues to strive for justice and equality within the criminal justice system, mentors youth and volunteers in various capacities in the Jefferson City, MO, community.



Gregory K. Silver - Class of '64

Upon receiving a BA degree at Miami University and law degree at I.U., Silver's law practice has been consumed by environmental cases, including his argument after the Exxon oil spill at Valdez, Alaska; protecting the history of fossils and Lewis and Clark history at Falls of the Ohio among many others.

The environment and his community have been his priority as a long-time Board member of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Nora Northside Community Council, and the Indianapolis Greenways Committee for two decades through appointments of four mayors of different political parties. He served on commissions for recycling, Waste to Energy plant, the Coal Forum and Financial Assurance Board for Governor Frank O'Bannon. He also advised the U.S. State Department on population issues during President Clinton's terms.

He and his wife endowed scholarship funds for Mayan children to the University de Valle in Guatemala and Deer Hill Wilderness Camp (CO) for Native Americans to attend from the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo and Ute nations and other disadvantaged youth worldwide.



Admiral Raymond A. Spruance - Class of '1902

Born in 1886, Spruance graduated in 1902 from Shortridge before the move to its current location; he entered and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy prior to WWII. Spruance served aboard a battleship participating in the Great White Fleet's historic circumnavigation of the globe (1907-1909). By the start of WWII in 1941, he had attained the rank of Rear Admiral. He commanded forces during many major WWII naval and amphibious engagements, including the battles of Midway, Philippine Sea, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Before retiring from the U.S. Navy in 1948 as a four-star admiral, Spruance served as president of the Naval War College. After retiring, he served as the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines from 1952 to 1955.

Admiral Spruance's flagship during much of the war, as commander of the Fifth Fleet, was the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis. Since his death in 1969, his name has been given to two navy ships the destroyer DD-963 (1975-2005), the first of 31 Spruance-class destroyers, and the guided missile destroyer DDG-111 (commissioned in 2011).



Thomas S. Ulen, Ph.D - Class of '64

Thomas Ulen graduated from Dartmouth College in 1968; he served in the Peace Corps in Korea before going to St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford, and Stanford University where he received his Ph.D. in economics in 1979.He joined the economics faculty at the University of Illinois in 1977 and moved to the law school faculty in 1982. In 2002, he was named a Swanlund Chair at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the highest honors the University bestows. Tom received an honorary doctorate from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, in 2005.

Tom's textbook with Robert D. Cooter, Law and Economics, is now in its sixth edition and has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Spanish, French, Slovenian, Russian, and other languages. He is the author of nearly 100 articles in scholarly journals and several other professional books.



Wallace Terry - Class of '56

A Shortridge Daily Echo editor and Brown U Daily Herald reporter, Wallace Terry was an award-winning journalist, news commentator and bestselling author distinguished for his coverage of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement. He was best known for his book about black soldiers in Vietnam, Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War (1984), which served as a basis for the 1995 film, Dead Presidents.

At 19, Terry was hired by the Washington Post in 1960 and had a distinguishing career for Time magazine. In 1967, Terry left for Vietnam; he became deputy bureau chief for Time in Saigon, the first black war correspondent on permanent duty. He covered numerous assault troop combat missions with American and South Vietnamese pilots. Fellow reporters admired his rescue of the bodies of four newsmen killed by the Viet Cong in May 1968.

Though primarily a journalist, he also was an ordained minister, and worked as a radio and television commentator, public lecturer, and advertising executive. He taught journalism at Howard U and The College of William & Mary, where he sat on the board of trustees among his numerous achievements.





Madelyn Pugh Davis - Class of '38

A native Hoosier, Pugh became interested in writing while serving as the editor for the Shortridge Daily Echo. She graduated from the Indiana University School of Journalism in 1942 and her first professional writing job was with WIRE, a local radio station.

When her family moved to California, she continued as a radio writer, first for NBC and then for CBS where she met her writing partner for the next 50 years. Davis and Bob Carroll were writing for The Steve Allen Show, when they became interested in writing for Lucille Ball's new radio show "My Favorite Husband." They paid Allen to write his own show one week so they could create the radio pilot episode. And then after two and a half years writing those radio scripts, they were asked to write the TV Pilot for the "I Love Lucy" show.

Together they wrote roughly 500 radio scripts and 400 television programs. Nielsen ranked "I Love Lucy" No. 1 for four of its first six years on the air. As a team they were nominated for three Emmy Awards. Davis often said that no one involved with "I Love Lucy" had any idea that it would still be watched around the world, in multiple languages, more than a half-century later.




Choice Edwards - Class of '58

A lifetime public servant, he was elected to offices in the 60's, 70's and 80's including serving as President of the Washington Township Schools.

Mayor Hudnut appointed him to the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. He was appointed by Governor Otis Bowen to theIndiana Constitutional Revision Commission, the Indian Housing Study Commission and served on the NAACP and the Indianapolis Urban League housing committees.

He Co-Chaired the Fourth of July Celebration Committee which developed the first Fourth of July Celebration in downtown Indianapolis for city's 150th birthday. The event, that continues to this day, attracted over 100,000 people to the downtown fireworks display.

Edwards was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives and served as the Ranking Member of the Welfare and Social Security Committee. Upon leaving Indianapolis, Governor Evan Bayh honored him as a Sagamore of the Wabash, the City-County Council issued a Special Resolution in his honor and Mayor Hudnut proclaimed June 14th 1991, "Choice Edwards Day".




Brigadier General Cecil D. Crabb - Class of '47

After attending Butler University, El Camino College and Chaminade University in Honolulu, Crabb began aviation training at Goodfield Air Force Base in Texas. During his distinguished military career General Crabb logged over 5,000 flying hours as a command pilot.

As he rose through the ranks from receiving this pilot wings as a Second Lieutenant, to becoming a General, and then a Commander, his final assignment was as Chief of the Office of Military Cooperation at the American Embassy in Cairo. He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 1977. General Crabb served at Fort Bragg, North Carolyn, at the Pentagon, at Tactical Air Command in Langley Virginia, in Korea, in Japan, in the Republic of Vietnam, in Thailand and in Egypt.

During that time he received the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Department of Defense Superior Service Medal. He also received the Meritorious Service Medal twice. And he received one of only two metals awarded by the United States Military which are worn around the neck: the Legion of Merit which he also received twice.




Philip S. Kappes - Class of '43

Kappes became an Eagle Scout before attending Butler University where he graduated cum laude. The Crossroads Council of Boy Scouts of America declared him one of 100 outstanding scouts in 100 years of scouting in 2010.

Growing up in the Butler Tarkington neighborhood he helped found the Butler University Alumni Association and served as its President from 1955-57. He was the alumni representative on the Board of Trustees at Butler and over the years held several positions in his fraternity Phi Delta Theta. He has held leadership positions in the Scottish Rite and Murat Shrine and was a founding member of the Masonic Learning Center for Children.

Kappes holds the second oldest active law license in Indiana and founded his own practice after forty years with other local firms. In his profession he has served as Secretary and President of the Indianapolis Bar Association and as a member of the American Bar Association, American Judicature Society and the Lawyers Club of Indianapolis among others. He is Past Chairman and Director Emeritus of Fairbanks Hospital Board of Directors and a twenty year member and Past Chairman on the Children's Museum Board of Directors.

He was honored with the Indianapolis Bar Association's "Board of Manager's Award" for Improvement in the Judicial System, given the Distinguished Barrister Award by the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, presented with the Alumni Achievement Award by Butler University and awarded the Legendary Lawyer of the Year by the Indiana Bar Foundation.




Cleveland A. Lewis - Class of '59

A graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology and from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Master's in Business Administration, Cleveland Lewis worked as an engineer for almost forty years, first with the Chrysler Corporation and then with Allison Transmission, a Division of General Motors in Indianapolis.

In 1988 his work with the Center for Leadership Development earned him their Outstanding Achievement Award. And as a member of the School of Engineering and Technology faculty at IUPUI he received their Distinguished Alumni Award, their Teaching Excellence Award, their Outstanding Faculty Award and the Maynard K. Hine Award for his significant contributions to IUPUI and its alumni programs.

He served as Past President of the Purdue Alumni Association (at IUPUI) and Past President of the Board of Regents for Concordia College in Selma, Alabama.

He was also Pastor and a founding member of First Timothy Lutheran Church in Indianapolis.



Bill Foley - Class of '73

Bill Foley is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist with over 34 years experience in news, creative editorial and corporate photography. Over the course of his career, he has worked on assignments in more than 47 countries. His work has been published in all major newspapers and magazines around the world. Foley's work is included in a number of books on photojournalism. Additionally, his work has been shown in museums and galleries in New York, Cairo, Beirut and numerous cities in Europe. Foley's photographs are also held in a number of private collections. He uses his experiences as a photojournalist working around the world in his workshops and classrooms, where he focuses on the power and the potential of photography to communicate.

For five years he was an adjunct professor at New York University in the Tisch School of the Arts. Now living in Indianapolis, Foley continues his teaching at Marian University. While remaining active as a photographer, Foley has been teaching photography workshops, as well as a speaker and panelist on a myriad of subjects from photojournalism to foreign affairs, with a focus on events and policies at work in the Middle East.




Justice Z Mae Jimison - Class of '61

Graduating summa cum laude from Indiana State University, Justice Z Mae Jimison studied for a while in Europe before returning to ISU for her Master's degree and in 1977 her law degree from Ohio State University.

An outstanding trial attorney, she was the first African-American woman to serve as a judge on the Marion County Superior Court. She sat on the Indianapolis City-County Council from 1992 to 1995 and became a mayoral candidate in 2005.

Known for her compassionate approach she pioneered and supervised the Drug Treatment Court in Indiana believing that given the right opportunity, any criminal offender could be rehabilitated.

While an active volunteer in many nonprofit organizations she was also the State Chairperson for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday committee. Indiana State University honored her with their Distinguished Alumni Award and Indiana Governor Joe Kernan declared her a Sagamore of the Wabash.

Baptized by her father in the Church of Christ, her faith was always her top priority.

In 2008 ,her family established the "Judge Z. Mae Jimison Scholarship for Academic Achievement & Service to Others" in her memory.




Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. - Class of '65

The son of an Indianapolis postman, Justice McAnulty graduated from Shortridge in 1965. He attended Indiana University and University of Lousiville before pursuing his law degree and being elected the first African-American President of the Student Bar Association at University of Lousiville. He began his career as a Juvenile Court Judge, but was soon appointed State Justice Secretary by Kentucky Governor, John Y. Brown Jr. making him the first black to hold a cabinet-level position in the State of Kentucky. Soon after that, he was appointed to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

McAnulty served on the Board of Directors for several universities. He won a Peabody Award for participation in a PBS educational documentary, and served as President of Bridgehaven, a nonprofit organization providing psychiatric, education and support services to the mentally ill. He cofounded a citizen foster care review program and chaired the Board of Governor's Youth Advocates in Kentucky.

Justice McAnulty received multiple awards as "Outstanding Judge of the Year" from the Bar Association and local community groups. He became an Honorary Member of the Golden Key National Honor Society and was the recipient of the Lawrence S. Grauman Award in recognition of a lifetime of leadership and service to his profession and his community.

In 2010, the Class of 1965 campaigned to name the Shortridge Moot Court in his honor, and donated funds to furnish the room and begin creation of the Judicial Wall of Fame showcasing Shortridge alumni in the judicial system.




Marjorie O'Laughlin - Class of '47

A volunteer for the early Indiana Republican Action Committee, she ran in 1967 for City Clerk with fellow and orchestra cellist and Shortridge graduate, Richard Lugar in his bid for Mayor. Half way through the campaign she discovered she was pregnant with her seventh child, born six weeks after she took office.

As Unigov unfolded in the 1970's she was elected Vice-County Chairman of the Marion County Republican Party and soon became the first woman appointed as the Executive Director of the Greater Indianapolis Republican Finance Committee.

She was asked to run for Clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and won two terms before Governor Bob Orr asked her to run for Indiana State Treasurer, where she chaired the Indiana Bond Bank, the Public Depository Insurance Fund, was vice chairman of the Indiana Housing Finance Authority and was a member of the Transportation Finance Authority, the Indiana Economic Development Council, the State Office Building Commission and the Recreational Committee of the Department of Natural Resources.

Honored as a "Sagamore of the Wabash" by four consecutive governors, she was also an Indiana delegate to the Republican National Convention three times. Named "Woman of the Year" by the Republican Mayor's Association in 1982 she was a recipient of the "Virginia Furman Award" from the National Association of Bank Women for her contributions to the distinction of Indiana women.

In 1995 she became Treasurer of the Marion County Health and Hospital Corporation, the umbrella corporation for Wishard Hospital and the Marion County Health Department.




Patty (Aspinall) Reel - Class of '44

In 1933, Patty's dad came home and announced that he had bought a membership to the new Riviera Club on the Northside of Indianapolis. Six years later at the age of 12, Patty set the American record for the 200-yard breaststroke at the Olympic trials in Portland, Oregon.

Her record time of 2 minutes, 55.4 seconds is just 20 seconds under the current U.S. record. The following year, Aspinall came in second at Nationals and was headed to the Olympics in 1940 on the American Team. But World War II forced the cancellation of the games that year and also the Olympics in 1944.

She remains the five-time, breaststroke, national title holder. She led the Riviera Club to the national women's swimming titles between 1941 and 1944 and she became the Indiana state champion and the Indianapolis city champion.

Honored as Indiana's outstanding woman athlete for the first half of the 20th century, she was also named to Fort Lauderdale's Swimming Hall of Fame and the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, California.




Herschell Turner - Class of '56

A 1956 Shortridge High School graduate, Turner was one of the top athletes in Indianapolis as a high school all-star basketball player. Ranked No. 2 in Indiana during his senior year, he was one of original three Black basketball players drafted by the University of Nebraska in 1956. His success at Nebraska ultimately led to recognition at the school and being drafted by various professional basketball teams. Awards for his playing abilities included: MVP while at Shortridge, All Big-Eight and All American (University of Nebraska); East/West All-Star Team; Olympic Trial Member (1960). Turner has been inducted into numerous halls of fame at University of Nebraska, State of Indiana, and Harlem Globetrotters; he was named as a Michigan Black Basketball Legend and played professionally in the NBA, ABL, ABA, and CBL, and Harlem Globetrotters.

Athletics aside, Turner is an accomplished artist/educator and served as an art teacher, counselor, and mentor in the Grand Rapids Public School System. As well, he's been an engineer, ran a development corporation, businesses, and was founder/ director of Baxter Community Center. He toured with his art for Indiana Black Expo; his Series of Black Cowboys art pieces have sold worldwide.

Herschell Turner's civic and community service accomplishments include community leader, civil rights advocate, economic development specialist, business owner, politician and office holder. As Director of Baxter Neighborhood Community Center, he helped mentor at-risk youth. His awards include: Key to the City (Indianapolis on two occasions); Man of the Year (Grand Rapids Jaycees); County Commissioner (Grand Rapids); Comcast & McDonalds Pioneer Award; Outstanding Kappa Alpha Psi awards. He has served on 20 plus community boards.




Dan Wakefield - Class of '50

Dan Wakefield started his writing career as a columnist for The Shortridge Daily Echo while also working as a sports correspondent for The Indianapolis Star. After graduating from Columbia College in New York City, he wrote for many national magazines including The New York Times Magazine, Harpers and The Atlantic Monthly. He published his first book, "Island in the City: The World of Spanish Harlem" at age twenty seven and over the next nine years completed "The Addict: an Anthology," "All Her Children: The Making of a Soap Opera," and "Supernation at Peace and War" which were also non-fiction.

A journalist, novelist and screenwriter whose best-selling novels "Going All the Way" and "Starting Over" were produced as feature films. He also created the NBC prime time TV series "James at 15" which began as a "made for television movie" (pilot) before being approved as a series. Associated Press writer Jerry Buck said the pilot movie "captures the essence of growing up in America,"

An author and lecturer of workshops titled "Spiritual Autobiography" and "Creating from the Spirit," Wakefield also teaches courses in memoir, fiction and creative non-fiction at colleges and universities across the United States.

Wakefield has served as writer, creator, story consultant and producer for several television movies including "Starting Over," "The Seduction of Miss Leona," a CBS movie of the Week and Mark Twain's "The Innocents Abroad" for Public Broadcasting.

He received the Neiman Fellowship in Journalism from Harvard University, the National Endowment for the Arts Award for Short Stories, the Faculty Award for Excellence in Research in 2004 and the Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentorship in 2008 from Florida International University.




Fletcher H. Wiley - Class of '60

As a Fulbright Scholar after his graduation from Shortridge and the Air Force Academy, Fletcher, attended the Paris Institute of Political Studies. After returning in 1966, he completed his Air Force Service as a Captain and Chief of Counterintelligence for the Air Force in Korea followed by a joint degree from Harvard's Law School and the JFK School of Government in 1974.

The balance of his career was spent as a lawyer, businessman, civic leader, and philanthropist in some of America's great law firms including his own, which was one of America's largest minority-owned law firms at the time.

An investor, consultant, and executive in entrepreneurial enterprises, Mr. Wiley held leadership positions in many not-for-profits. He served as Chairman of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce (the first African-American to do so), and the National Chair of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association. In 1984, he founded and chaired the Governor's Commission on Minority Business Development.

Mr. Wiley has received numerous awards and recognitions, including honorary doctorate degrees, induction into the Boston Chamber's "Academy of Distinguished Bostonians" and an appointment by President Barack Obama to the Air Force Academy Board of Visitors.



Sidney Eskenazi - Class of '47

Sidney Eskenazi was 13 when the death of his father jolted him out of childhood. To help put food on the table for his mother and two sisters, he juggled a variety of small jobs ranging from filling candy machines to selling women's shoes. He spent the majority of his high school career at Emmerich Manual, but graduated in 1947 from Shortridge High School. He earned both his bachelor's and law degrees from Indiana University. One of his first clients was Melvin Simon, later to become a shopping mall magnate. After seeing how he might have some success with this career choice, Mr. Eskenazi formed his own company, Sandor Development, which quickly became an industry leader. Today, Sandor Development operates retail strip centers in 23 states. Mr. Eskenazi, and his wife Lois, generosity donated $40 million to Wishard Health Services to build a hospital to serve the city's poor.




Andre B Lacy - Class of '57

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Denison University, he worked as analyst at U.S. Corrugated-Fibre Box Company. Lacy served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, before joining Lacy Diversified Industries.

A believer in community service, he has served as President of the Board, for the Indianapolis Public Schools, Chairman of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and of the Indianapolis 500 Festival Association. He held leadership positions in the United Way, IU Kelley School of Business Board of Visitors, Community Leaders Allied for Superior Schools, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. and both Indiana Governors Roger Branigan and Robert Orr recognized Lacy as a "Sagamore of the Wabash". President George W Bush appointed him to the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Governor Mitch Daniels appointed him to Chairman of the Indiana State Fair Commission.




Alan Tucker Nolan - Class of '41

A member of the Varsity football team and President of the Student Council while at Shortridge, he graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington and received his Law degree from Harvard University. After graduation he joined the law firm of Ross, McCord, Ice and Miller.

He served as one of the few white people on the Board of the NAACP, at the time, and became a leader in civil rights work for African-Americans and others in Indiana. He founded the Indiana Civil Liberties Union (ICLU), in 1953.

He worked as a labor lawyer for 45 years, becoming a full partner in the firm Ice, Miller, Donadio and Ryan.

He wrote two significant books on the U.S. Civil War, The Iron Brigade, and Lee Considered, as well as a novel, As Sounding Brass. He was editor and contributor to several other books.

Mr. Nolan was named an Indiana Living Legend by the Indiana Historical Society in 2003.




Yvonne Perkins - Class of '67

Yvonne Perkins has spent over 40 years in roles of ever-increasing responsibility at Citizens Energy Group. As the vice president of community relations, she is responsible for establishing the strategic vision for the utility's major internal and external communications initiatives, brand management, public relations programs, neighborhood development initiatives, corporate philanthropy and improvement strategies for diversity management. She has been active in multiple community organizations ranging from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, to Planned Parenthood of Indiana. For a decade, she served on the board of the IPS Education Foundation. She was named a "Sagamore of the Wabash" in 2003, winner of the United Way of Central Indiana's Sarah Lewis Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteerism and recipient of the 2006 Madame C. J. Walker Outstanding Woman of the Year Award from the Center for Leadership Development.




Gregory W. Porter - Class of '74

Gregory W. Porter has served the people of Indiana as a member of the House of Representatives since 1992. He is a voice for the residents of House District 96 on the city's northeast side. When not at the Statehouse, he works as the vice president of external affairs for the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. In this role, he advises the President and CEO on communications strategies and serves as a liaison for community involvement. A strong advocate for Grades P-20 education, Representative Porter is the education chair for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. He is the author of legislation that establishes statewide accountability and standards for Grades K-12 school districts, requires cultural competency and addresses educational disparities.




Larry R. Ridley Ph.D. - Class of '55

Indiana Jazz Legend and "Bassist Extraordinaire", Larry Ridley was performing professionally while still a Shortridge student. He later toured, recorded and performed internationally with many of the Legends of Jazz: Wes Montgomery, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, Max Roach, Benny Goodman, Oscar Peterson and others. He received a scholarship to the I.U. School of Music eventually joining the faculty at Rutgers University as Professor of Music to develop their academic degree curriculum in jazz performance.

He served as Chairman of the Jazz Panel for the National Endowment for the Arts; as Jazz Artist in Residence for the New York Public Library/Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem and was the NEA National Coordinator of the Jazz Artists in Schools Program, drafting a bill with Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) declaring "Jazz as a rare and valuable National American Treasure through the African American Experience." www.LarryRidley.com




Max B. Schumacher - Class of '50

Max B. Schumacher is the Indianapolis Indians' Chairman of the Board & President. He began his career as Ticket Manager in 1957 and then assumed the added duties of Publicity Director for 1959 and 1960. He became General Manager in 1961-- and held that position until 1997. He was elected President in 1969 and Chairman in 1997.

Max played baseball at Shortridge High School (team captain) and Butler University (four-year varsity), where he earned a BS in Journalism. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956.

Max was named a "Sagamore of the Wabash" by both Governors Bowen and Daniels.

He received Minor League Baseball's John H. Johnson President's Award as someone who "best exemplifies the standards of a complete baseball franchise." The Boys and Girls Clubs bestowed its "Horatio Alger Award" on him and Prevent Blindness selected him and his wife for their "Person of Vision" award.

Max was twice named the American Association's "Executive of the Year." Professional Baseball crowned him "King of Baseball" in 1997 and he was inducted into the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.

Max's greatest legacy may be the construction of Victory Field in 1996, followed by the dedication of the Victory Bell -- in his honor -- in 2011.



Frank J. Anderson - Class of '56

Marion County Sheriff, former sheriff's deputy and U.S. Marshal, he received the Martin Burk Award for overseeing the most outstanding federal law enforcement jurisdiction in the nation (the Southern Indiana District).

He helped found and later directed the U.S. Federal Witness Protection Program.

Elected sheriff of Indianapolis in 2002 he served on the boards of Crime Stoppers and Junior Achievement. He was inducted into the Indiana Wresting Hall of Fame.




Dr. Robert L. Bowen - Class of '57

Considered the Oscars of the construction industry, Bowen Engineering Corporation has received five Build America Awards and has been named as one of the top "Best Places to Work in Indiana" by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Bowen and his wife Terry established the Bowen Foundation to provide scholarships to minority students in Indianapolis. The Bowens also co-founded the "Science Bound" program that mentors IPS students starting in eighth grade through high school. Those IPS students who complete the five-year "Science Bound" program and gain acceptance to Purdue in an approved field receive a full-tuition scholarship to Purdue for eight semesters.

A Purdue graduate, Dr. Bowen completed the Harvard Business School Owner President Management Executive Education Program and he was bestowed an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from his alma mater.




Derrick Burks - Class of '74

CPA/businessman and managing partner of Ernst and Young's Indianapolis office, the largest public accounting firm in Indiana and one of the largest professional service firms in the world, he was the first African-American promoted to partner by one of the major Indiana CPA firms (Arthur Anderson) in 1991. In 2000, he again made history when he was named managing partner, the first African-American to ever hold this position in the history of the then-74-year-old company.

He has received the Achievement Award from both the National Association of Black Accountants and the Center for Leadership Development and serves on many boards including Goodwill Industries, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association, and as Treasurer of Super Bowl 2012 Committee.

He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi fraternity, the American Institute of CPAs, the Indiana CPA Society, and the National Association of Black Accountants.




Anita DeFrantz - Class of '70

A member of the U.S. Women's, bronze medal rowing team at Montreal in 1976; she became the first woman attorney to represent the U.S. International Olympic Committee and the first female vice president of the IOC in 1997 (elected in 1986).

While serving on several organizational boards, DeFrantz served as president and board member of the Amateur Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles.

Throughout her work, DeFrantz created gender equity for female athletes and sports managers. She helped put women's soccer and softball in the Olympics and led the way in creating an IOC policy requiring that women make up at least ten percent of the board and national Olympic committees.




Eugene B. Glick - Class of '39

One of the nations leading apartment developers the Gene B. Glick Company has built over 30,000 residential units and manages 17,000 units in 10 states. While developing the GI loan program for a downtown bank, Glick decided to spend his life building homes for people who could least afford them. All were clean, safe and attractive and, most importantly, they were low- and medium-cost housing within everyone's reach.

As philanthropists, Eugene and Marilyn Glick have established scholarships worth thousands of dollars for Indiana students sponsoring the PRO-100 championship and Next Step programs, which provide summer employment and motivation to economically disadvantaged teenagers.

Just a few of their investments in Indianapolis included Junior Achievement, the Cultural Trail, the Indiana History Center, the Broad Ripple Art Center, the Eye Institute at Indiana University Hospital and the Jewish Community Center. He was named a "Sagamore of the Wabash", received the Mayor's Eagle Award for community involvement and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives.




Anita J. Hardin - Class of '64

A registered nursing graduate of Indiana University, she received a master's degree in nursing and an MBA before serving on the IU School of Nursing faculty.

An employee of Community Health Network for 30 years, she became President of Community Hospital East in 2004 where she oversaw a complete renovation of the facility.

Governor Evan Bayh honored her as a "Sagamore of the Wabash" for her work with his office.

A past president of the Marion County Mental Health Association, Harden also served on the Board of the Indianapolis Private Industry Council, the Hispanic Center, Indianapolis Zoological Society, La Plaza and Jackson People's Living Center. She generously volunteers her time with medical mission work, where she has served in Haiti, Cuba and Vietnam.




"Andrew Jacobs Jr. - Class of '49

A state legislator and U.S. Representative for Indiana's 10th Congressional District "Andy" Jacobs Jr. followed in his father's footsteps (Congressman Andrew Jacobs). As a police officer with the Marion County Sheriff's Department he studied law before being elected to Congress where he served Indiana for 30 years.

He sponsored a wide range of legislation, from a bill that made Father's Day a legal holiday to helping write the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

His term of service occurred while the U.S. was at war in Vietnam, and he led the debate that helped lead to the American pull-out. He served on a variety of committees and subcommittees, including House Ways and Means, Medicare and Social Security.




Senator Richard G. Lugar - Class of '50

A fifth generation Hoosier, the Honorable Senator Richard G. Lugar was the longest serving U.S. Senator in Indiana history serving as Chairman of the Agriculture, Senate Foreign Relations, Nutrition and Forestry Committees.

First in his class at both Shortridge and Denison University he attended Pembroke College at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, studying politics, philosophy and economics.

He was first elected to the IPS Board of School Commissioners and stepped down to run for Mayor of Indianapolis where he consolidated Indianapolis and Marion County government into Uni-Gov.

A Nobel Peace Prize nominee for his persistence forging a bipartisan partnership of Senators to disarm nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union,

his congressional coalition deactivated almost 7,000 nuclear warheads once aimed at the United States.




Dr. Woodrow A. Myers Jr. - Class of '70

A nationally recognized leader in the development of medical quality initiatives and innovative health-care management programs, Dr. Myers established the Health Quality Assurance Division at WellPoint, Inc. as their executive vice president and chief medical officer.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School with an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Dr. Myers helped to change public perception about HIV/AIDS when he was Commissioner for Public Health in Indiana. In 1984, Ryan White, a hemophiliac, was diagnosed with AIDS at age 13. Dr. Myers and others said White posed no risk to other students. But many parents and teachers rallied against his attendance when he tried to return to school in Kokomo. At the time AIDS was poorly understood and Dr. Myers helped to publicly de-stigmatize socializing with people living with AIDS.

Dr. Myers served as the director of health care management at the Ford Motor Company where he initiated quality assurance metrics for Ford healthcare vendors and established new global health and safety policies for Ford.




Judy O'Bannon - Class of '53

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University, Judy O'Bannon was selected as a Rockefeller Theological Scholar and was the first woman to attend the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

As First Lady for the State of Indiana between 1997 and 2003, she used her role to promote civic engagement, turning the Governor's Residence into the "State's living room," as the gathering place for Hoosiers to share ideas and talents, celebrate achievements and plan for the future.

Chair of The O'Bannon Publishing Company, which published the award winning Corydon Democrat and Clarion newspapers she also chaired the Indiana Main Street Council and served as a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.




Beurt SerVaas - Class of '37

Growing up carrying two paper routes during the Great Depression and earning the rank of Eagle Scout, SerVaas also served as the Tuesday Editor for The Daily Echo. With an avid interest in health and preventive medicine, he entered Indiana University Medical School as a part-time student in his 40s, earning a doctorate in medical science.

For a brief time he taught at Shortridge before going to China as a naval officer for the Secret Intelligence Division during World War II.

As one of the architects of Unigov, he served more than four decades on the Indianapolis City-County Council - 27 years as its president.

An early entrepreneur and the chairman of Curtis Publishing Company, which published more than a dozen magazines, including The Saturday Evening Post, SerVaas purchased and successfully reorganized more than 20 diversified companies under SerVaas, Inc., specializing in everything from European foreign trade to pharmaceutical licensing and manufacturing.




Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Class of '40

Considered one of the best American novelists of the 20th Century, Vonnegut honed his skills at the Shortridge Daily Echo and set many of his novels in the Hoosier capital. His father recommend that he study chemistry rather that the humanities. But while studying biochemistry at Cornell University he wrote satirical, anti-war articles for the student newspaper and eventually became Associate Editor of the Cornell Daily Sun.

His experiences as a prisoner of war during World War II earned him a Purple Heart. It also provided the basis for his best known novel Slaughter House Five. His works are a blend of satire, science fiction, and comedy. Between 1950 and 1963 Vonnegut published stories for such publications as The Saturday Evening Post, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, and the Ladies' Home Journal. Mr. Vonnegut was known for his humanist beliefs and was honorary president of the American Humanist Association.




Rev. Sharon E. Watkins - Class of '72

A graduate of Butler University, Yale Divinity School and Phillips Theological Seminary, Rev. Watkins was the first woman ever chosen to lead a mainline Protestant denomination. She serves as President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) a 700,000-member organization.

Whether working on adult literacy programs as a missionary in the Congo, the plight of Iraqi refugees in the Mid-east or with the World Council of Churches in Geneva, her participation in the U.S. and abroad has been extensive.

The first woman selected to lead the National Prayer Service in Washington D.C. following the inauguration of President Obama, she was also named to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.