2021 Nominations accepted through Thursday, March 25, 2021.  Click here to review criteria and what is needed with nominations.

Bay City Central has instituted the Alumni Hall of Fame to help students build pride in their school, find identity in a large school, and reach standards. Under the direction of the Student Council, the Hall of Fame recognizes those graduates whose achievements serve to inspire today's youth.

Citizens of the community make nominations. From the names submitted, a committee of local citizens, faculty and students selects the alumni to be inducted each year. The criteria for selection is (1) he/she has brought honor to Central High School, (2) he/she has achieved success in his/her field or endeavor, (3) he/she holds concern and compassion for his/her society and community, and (4) he/she has made some type of contribution to humanity. A new member is inducted each June at Commencement.

The Alumni Hall of Fame is on permanent display in the main hall of Central High School and below sorted by year inducted (oldest to current).

Yr. Inducted Photo Grad. Year Biographical Information
1975 alt 1939 Nathan Doan
  • The “Original” Santa Claus of Bay City – 40 Years
  • Dean, Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School, beginning in 1966
  • World wide recognition with Santa School in 1967
  • State President, Michigan Association of School Employees
  • Participated in Central High School Band Bounce for 35 years
1975 alt 1941 Edward Jablonski
  • Served in the U.S. Army during World War II
  • Worked for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis and helped organize the Salk vaccine tests in Staten Island
  • Published his first book, The Gershwin Years
  • Published about 20 books dealing with music or military aviation
1975 alt 1959 James Kanicki
  • High School All Valley, All State, All American Football Player
  • Michigan State University Graduate
  • Member Cleveland Browns National Football League Team – 1963 through 1969, and the New York Giants 1970-1972
  • Actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America, the March of Dimes, the Heart Fund, the Cancer Fund, Happy Hearts School for the Mentally Retarded
  • Successful Business Owner, Cleveland, Ohio
1975 alt 1927 Eleanore Niedzielski
  • Owner and teacher Craves Dance School – 46 years
  • Founder Bay City Ballet – 1974
  • March of Dimes Benefactor – donation of over $25,000.00 from dance recital proceeds
  • Woman of the Year, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, 1964, for her work with the Salk Foundation
1975 alt 1943 William Thomas
  • Began career in Journalism with the Buffalo News.
  • Editor, Sierra Modre News.
  • City Editor, Los Angeles Mirror
  • Metropolitan Editor, Assistant City Editor, and Editor for Los Angeles Times.
  • Recipient, Harrington Award-Medell Graduate School of Journalism.
  • Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from Pepperdine University.
1976 alt 1935 Elford Cederberg
  • Graduate, Bay City Junior College
  • Executive Officer, Division of Special Troops, 83rd Division at Normandy, France and Germany – 1944-1945
  • 5 Campaign Battle Stars
  • The Bronze Star
  • Mayor of Bay City
  • Member, Bay County Board of Supervisors
  • 10th Congressional District Representative – 83rd Congress Appropriations Committee. 93rd Congress ranking minority member
1976 alt 1929 Roy Klepser
  • President, Washington Academy of Surgery
  • National Chairman, Pulmonary Surgery
  • Chairman, International Conference on Diseases of the Chest
  • Consultant, United States Naval Medical Center
  • Chief or Thoracic Surgery, Washington Hospital Center – Children’s Hospital
  • Northern Virginia Physician of the Year – 1974
1976 alt 1925 Irene Warsaw
  • Vice-president and Trust Officer with Peoples National Bank
  • Rene's literary efforts include hundreds of serious and humorous poems published in major magazines
  • First prize winner in the Shakespearean Sonnet Contest of the Poets Club in Chicago
  • First prize winner in the Humorous Poetry Contest of the League of American Pen Women
1976 alt 1930 Louis Westover
  • Director, Community Chest
  • Officer, First Presbyterian Church
  • Director, Bay County Recreation Commission
  • Director, Peoples National Bank and Trust Company
  • Director, Bay City Rotary Club
  • Trustee, Essexville-Hampton Board of Education
  • Trustee, The Kantzler Foundation
  • Active in numerous community fundraisers
1977 alt 1935 Sarah Gudschinsky
  • M.A. Degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Linguistics – The University of Pennsylvania
  • Eight-year term as chairperson of the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Brazil
  • Helped with linguistics, literacy, and translation problems in Brazil’s languages for 40 years
  • Model of Merit Award – Brazil’s National Indian Foundation
  • Served on the faculty at the University of Brazil
  • Visiting Professor of Linguistics at Universities in England, India, and the United States
1977 alt 1950 Sarah Hansen
  • First Bay Music Foundation Scholarship Winner
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Michigan State University
  • Received the Lewis Richards Memorial Award for Music Performing and Scholarship Excellence
  • Masters Degree in Applied Piano, Michigan State University – 1969
  • Established Delta College Music Scholarship Fund and Music Festival
  • Associate Professor of Music, Delta College
1979 alt 1924 Dr. Charles Frantz
  • B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Michigan.
  • Active in the development of special clinics for poliomyelitis and for the crippled child with cerebral palsy.
  • Pioneer work in the area of the management of children with acquired amputations or congenital limb deficiency.
  • Established the Juvenile Amputee Training Center in 1946.
  • First Chairman of the subcommittee on child prosthetic problems for the National Academy of Science.
1979 alt 1940 Harold Paige
  • Bay City Public Schools Board of Education - 3 Years
  • Lifelong farmer in Bay County
  • Director, Bay County Bean Growers Association
  • Bay County Agricultural Council
  • Bay County Fair Board
  • The planning committee for the Bay-Arenac Skill Center
  • Member, Boy Scouts of America Board
  • MSU - Outstanding farmer of the year for 1965
1979 alt 1949 Peggy Rowley
  • Peggy is a community leader with an interest in the arts, particularly music
  • Active member, Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Bay City Junior Women’s Club
  • Performed with the Midland and Saginaw Symphony
  • On March 12, 1959, the Bay Music Foundation was incorporated under Mrs. Rowley’s direction
  • Instrumental in the organization of the Bay Concert Band in 1977 and the Bay Arts Council in 1978
1980 alt 1948 Charles Coryell
  • Past Director and Chairman of the Board Monitor Sugar Company
  • Past member board of directors for United Way, Chamber of Commerce, General Hospital, Rotary Club and Bay Medical Center
  • Past board member, Boys and Girls Club of Bay City
1980 alt 1963 Dr. William Kelly
  • The United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, Outstanding Young Man of America Award
  • President, Pennsylvania Society of Hospital Pharmacists
  • Director, Drug Information Service – Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Consulting Editor, “Drug Topics”
  • Chairman, Drug Utilization Review Committee – Pennsylvania Department of Welfare
1980 alt 1934 Louis Wirth
  • Presented the Distinguished Service Award by the American Chemical Society – Division of Environmental Chemistry (1975)
  • Elected to the grade of Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1977)
  • Presented the International Water Conference Award of Merit (1977)
  • Instrumental in the development and implementation of water treatment Condensate Polishing Process for use in the electric power and industrial fields
1981 alt 1970 James Barcia
  • Past Democratic State Representative – 101st District
  • Student Body President, Saginaw Valley State University
  • Distinguished Service Award, Saginaw State University Alumni Association – 1977
  • United States Congressman – 1992
1981 alt 1953 Mark Jaffe
  • M.B.A. University of Michigan
  • President, Bay Medical Center Board of Directors
  • President, Essexville-Hampton School Board
  • Six-time State of Michigan Open Tennis Champion
  • Three-time Big Ten Tennis Championship winner
  • Member, the University of Michigan NCAA Tennis Championship Team – 1957
  • Past ranked #1 in the Western Lawn Tennis Association
1981 alt 1943 Anne Hachtel
  • Local Realtor in Bay City
  • Soloist for the Bay City Choral Society
  • Chairman, Urban Renewal Program of Bay City
  • Instrumental in planning for the first high-rise housing for the elderly – Smith Manor
  • Co-chairman, YWCA Building Drive
  • First woman President of the Men’s Business Association of Bay County
  • Bay County Board of Canvassers
  • Chairman, Profession Standards Committee of Bay County Realtors Association
1982 alt 1929 Tyler McVey
  • President, The American Foundation of Television and Radio Artists Appeared in 300 television shows including:
    I Love Lucy
    Wyatt Earp
    Wagon Train
    The Jack Benny Show
  • Radio personality for 15 years in shows including:
    Fibber McGee and Molly
    Lux Radio Theater
    Burns and Allen
    The Cisco Kid
1983 alt 1958 Gary Adelman
  • Bicentennial Award Community Leader – 1976
  • Michigan Volunteer Leadership Award – 1977
  • Michigan State University Club President’s Award – 1976
  • Outstanding Young Man of America Award – 1973
  • Distinguished Service Award – 1972
  • State of Michigan Special Tribute – 1977
1984 alt 1940 Arnold Copeland
  • Industrial designer for Buick Motor
  • Taught the art of camouflage during World War II
  • Designed 27 Postage Stamps
  • Designed the Cover Page for the Dedication of the Mackinaw Bridge
  • Designer Mickey Mouse telephone
1985 alt 1954 Walter Kanicki
  • Athletic trainer, Central High School – 20 years
  • Nationally known in the field of athletic training
  • Selected to make presentations at the Michigan State Medical Society Conference on Sports Medicine
  • Authored numerous articles on athletic training that were published in professional journals
  • Guest lecturer at Michigan State University School of Medicine
1986 alt 1940 Walter Wozniak
  • Bay City Clerk
  • Bay City, City Manager
  • Active in the Easter Seal Campaign
  • Served on the Bay Arenac Community Health Board
  • Active in the Knights of Columbus
  • President of Michigan Municipal Clerks Association
  • Instrumental in fundraising for the restoration of City Hall
  • Served in the United States Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict
1987 alt 1963 Noel Anketell-Kramer
  • 1963 Magna Cum Laude, Central High School
  • Cum Laude, Vassar College
  • Honors graduate, The University of Michigan Law School
  • Federal Prosecutor, United States Attorney’s Office – 1976
  • District of Columbia Superior Court Judge – 15 year term, nominated by president Reagan – 1984
1988 alt 1972 Dr. A. Frederic Youn
  • Phi Beta Kappa – Albion
  • University of Michigan – Family Practice Specialist (1984)
  • Towsley Award Winner – Outstanding Performance as a Family Practice Resident
  • Family Physician practice encompasses caring for people from pediatrics to geriatrics and including obstetrics
1989 alt 1929 Harold Hemstreet
  • 42 years, The United States Postal Service
  • 23 years, Assistant Postmaster
  • The first Postmaster in Bay City to be appointed under the merit system
  • Vice-chairman of all state and federal committees of the United Way
1989 alt 1927 Marian Neumeyer
  • Graduate, Erie College (Painesville, Ohio) and University of Michigan
  • Director, Children’s Services, Bay Area Libraries
  • Co-created the original Merry-Go-Round at Handy Junior High School
  • Namesake for Music Man song, “Marian, the Librarian”
1990 alt 1948 Gladys Stroemer
  • Executive director, Bay County American Red Cross
  • Precinct chairman, Bay County Board of Elections
  • Volunteer First-Aid instructor in Bay County
  • Instrumental in implementation of the Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation Program of Bay County
  • Instrumental in organizing the Bay County Emergency Services Disaster Plan
1991 alt 1929 Oscar Baker
  • Graduate, University of Michigan Law School
  • Chairman, Civil Liberties Committee of the Michigan Bar Association
  • Life member, 6th Federal Circuit Judicial Conference
  • University of Michigan, Board of Regents Outstanding Achievement Award
1991 alt 1941 Robert Sherman
  • CEO, Sherman and Sons, shoe store locations in 4 states
  • Bay Area Chamber of Commerce – Hall of Fame Award
  • Chairman, Bay Medical Center Board of Directors
  • President, Downtown Bay City, Inc.
  • President, Bay County Child and Family Services
1992 alt 1963 Abel Torres
  • Graduate Delta College, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University Law School
  • First Hispanic Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Bay County
  • Member, Bay City Human Relations Commission
1993 alt 1961 Dr. Janet H. Jopke
  • Graduated Michigan State University, Oakland University, Wayne State University
  • Doctorate, Educational Administration, Wayne State University
  • Superintendent, Troy, Michigan, Public Schools
1994 alt 1965 Perry Woodard-Conway
  • Owner of Perry-Woodard School of Dance since 1965
  • Choreographer for community productions at Bay City Players, Garber High School, Central High School Band Bounce, and Miss Bay County Scholarship Pageant since 1969
  • Actively involved with Bay Arts Council
  • Provided guidance to thousands of high school students through dance involvement
1995 alt 1944 Richard Somalski
  • Founded Bay Landscaping, Inc. (1948)
  • Founded Bay City Speed Skating Club
  • Coached Terry McDermott, the United State’s only Winter Olympic Gold Medal winner in 1964, Olympic Silver Medal winner in 1968
  • Elected into the Hall of Fame of the Amateur Skating Union of the United States
  • Chairman, Bay County Ice Arena Committee
1996 alt 1973 Myra C. Selby
  • Associate Justice – Indiana Supreme Court
  • Kalamazoo College – Kellogg Academic Scholarship Recipient – 1973 to 1977
  • University of Michigan Law School – 1980
  • Board of Directors – National Health Lawyers Association
  • Board of Visitors – University of Michigan Law School
  • Board of Advisors – Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis
1997 alt 1957 Bruce MacDonald
  • University of Michigan – B.A., M.A.
  • Michigan State University - M.B.A.
  • University of Michigan – Varsity Tennis – Member of Two Big Ten Championship Teams
  • General Motors – Public Relations
  • Elected vice-president of Corporate Communications for GM (1992)
  • Brigadier General – U.S. Army Reserve
  • Commander of the 300th Military Police Command
1998 alt 1924 Alison A. Clarey, D.O.
  • American Osteopathic Board of Surgery – 1986. President of Board in 1995.
  • Chief of Staff, Grandview Hospital, Dayton, Ohio, second largest Osteopathic hospital in the United States.
  • Volunteer with STARFISH (Society Taking Active Responsibility for International Self Help) conducting clinical medical activities in Africa, Romania, and Madagascar.
  • Licensed pilot, involved in Young Eagles program to introduce aviation to youth across the U.S.
1999 alt 1960 Lou Kasischke
  • MSU – Business and Finance Degree, MSU and Detroit College of Law - Law Degree, Wayne State University Law School – Advanced Law.
  • Partner in Dykema Gossett Law firm. President and CEO of Pella Window and Door.
  • Selected by colleagues for “The Best Lawyers in America” a list representing one percent of the nation’s lawyers. Author of Michigan Closely Held Corporations.
  • Avid athlete and mountain climber, climbing most of the classic mountains in the world.
  • Survivor of worst mountain climbing disaster in Mt. Everest history. Lectures on this life altering experience, emphasizing making good choices and decisions in life.
2000 alt 1950 James F. Sams
  • Graduate University of Michigan Law School, Harvard Law School with a degree in International Legal Studies, and International University, Luxembourg with a Fellowship in Comparative Law
  • President and owner of American Development Services Corporation, a real estate development and investment company in Chevy Chase, Maryland
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Global South Studies, which examines critical issues affecting the poorer developing countries of the world
  • Director of the Grameen Foundation USA. Established in 1976 as a micro lending institution to aid the rural poor (primarily women heads of families) and evolving to be a world wide non-governmental movement working to reduce poverty in developing countries.
  • Established James and Betty Sams Family Foundation for the purpose of supporting charitable and educational institutions, including an Endowed Fund for International Legal Studies at the U of M Law School.
2001 alt 1924 Gilbert V. Blanquart
  • B.S. Marketing Ohio State University, J.D. Capital University Columbus, OH, attended Harvard Graduate School of Business
  • Asst. V.P. of Compensation and Organizational Planning for U.S. Steel Corp. Responsible for compensation plan for 30,000 employees and recommending business model changes.
  • Member Compensation and Organizational Planning Committees of National Industry Conference Board.
  • Member Advisory Committee to the United States Salary Stabilization Board.
  • Appointed by the Governor of Ohio to the Council for Reorganization of Ohio State Government. Focused on welfare operations, five state pension plans, and purchasing methods for textbooks and library books for the Ohio Dept. of Education.
  • Served a four-year term on the Naples, FL City Council.
  • Volunteer for Service Core Of Retired Executives serving in El Salvador to help modernize companies in developing nations.
2002 alt 1978 Amy M. (Perry) Stone
  • BS & Masters of Public Administration/Computer Science Central Michigan University Honors Program
  • Honor Graduate, Army Officer Quartermaster Basic Course, Ft. Lee, Virginia
  • Presidential Management Intern, 1983-1985
  • Outstanding Young Woman of America, 1986
  • Human Resources Professional for U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Commerce, and Defense Logistics Agency
  • Designed and Implemented U.S. Army Acquisition Corps.
  • Awarded top HR Professional in U.S. Army in 1998
  • Awarded U.S. Dept. of Commerce Bronze (2000) and Gold Medals (2001) for Outstanding HR Management
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Leader Presidential Transition Team (2000)
  • Director, HR Strategy, Defense Logistics Agency
  • Retired from U.S. Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel (2001)
  • Adjunct Faculty member at Catholic University of America, Keller Graduate School of Management, and Strayer University
2003 alt 1942 James W. Baker. Sr.
  • First African American to be elected to the position of the President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in the State of Michigan
  • First black President of Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
  • First black inducted into the Society of International Barristers
  • Received the Arthur Briesen award for devoted leadership - this award is given to give lawyers in the United States for work done in establishing a procedure for impoverished people to have a lawyer
  • Served in World War II and participated in D-Day, June 6, 1944, Normandy Beach
  • Chairman of the State of Negligence Section of the State Bar of Michigan
2003 alt 1952 Dr. Jack R. Beattie
  • National High School All American in Junior and Senior years
  • High School State Champion - 200 Freestyle
  • NCAA All American at Michigan State University
  • University of Michigan School of Dentistry - 1956 - 1960 - D.D.S.
  • Recipient of American Association of Orthodontists Milo Hillman Research Award - 1964
  • Recipient of Special Service Award from Florida Association of Orthodontists - 2002
  • Completed English Channel Relay Swim in record time in 2000
2004 alt 1951 Eugene C. Penzien
  • Graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and entered private practice.
  • Elected Bay County Prosecuter, working beyond measure to keep Bay County a safe place for everyone and earned him the reputation of being tough on crime and prosecuting criminals to the fullest extent of the law.
  • Served 17 years as Bay County Circuit Judge and was known for fairness, integrity, sound judgement and compassion for the ordinary citizen.
2004 alt 1952 John C. Calvin
  • President and CEO and sole owner of J. Scott Industries in Watertown, South Dakota.
  • Reconstructed and designed the MR II, which became the first successful pre-stressed concrete cross tie in the United States and is still produced in Jacksonville, Flordia.
  • Continued support of the Boys and Girls Clubs, Boys and Girls Scouts and various business and scholarship activities in both Bay City and South Dakota.
  • Appointed by South Dakota Governor Michael Rounds as his cabinet secretary in March 2003.
  • Most recently appointed by the Governor of South Dakota as the Director of the Revovling Economic Developing Initiative Fund. This REDI Fund consists of a portfolio of approximately $90 million of loans in place, together with substantial cash reserves used to encourage various enterprises to participate in South Dakota.
2005 alt 1948 Robert Urban
  • Served in the Korean War
  • Retired from General Motors
  • Volunteer at St. Hyacinth Church in the 'Food for Faith' Program and member of church council
  • Responsible for care and upkeep of St. Hyacinth Athletic Field
  • Nominee for 1989 Outstanding National School Volunteer Award
  • Member of the Bay City Central Booster Club for 30 years, Past President
  • Chairman of the Board of the Booster Club
2005 alt 1963 David J. DeYoung, DVM
  • Attended MSU Veterinary School and selected to participate in experimental heart surgery teams. In private practice in Saginaw and at the same time an adjunct faculty member at MSU.
  • Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists and Surgeons.
  • Professor of Surgery at North Carolina State University specializing in orthopedics. Research lead to the development of hip replacement systems for dogs.
  • Received Education and Science Trust Fund Award for Lifetime Achievement by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, Norden Distinguished Teacher Award and Innovations in Teaching Award.
  • Dean of School of Veterinary Medicine at Ross University in St. Kitts, West Indies.
2006   1973

William Streib (William Missouri Downs)

  • Graduated Cum Laude from Northern Michigan and holds a M.F.A. in acting from the University of Illinois and an M.F.A. in screenwriting from U.C.L.A.
  • Member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America
  • Wrote for My Two Dads, Amen and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air
  • Winner of the Jack Nicholson Award for screenwriting
  • Professor of Playwriting/Screenwriting at the Unviersity of Wyoming Theatre & Dance Facility
  • Author and co-author of several books regarding Screenplay Writing and Playwriting
  • Writer of numerous plays that have been produced in the U.S. and abroad
2007   1975

Timothy J. Kelly

  • B.A. from Michigan State - Juris Doctor (law degree) from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.  Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Bay County 1989-2000
  • Former instructor at the Northeastern Police Academy at Delta and adjunct instructor at SVSU.  Continues to be a guest lecturer
  • Elected 74th District Judge in Bay County in 2000.  Implemented a specialized Domestic Violence Court and started a "Court to School" program in the local high schools
  • Community involvement includes Paint-N-Pride, the Bay City Players, Liaison Officer for Tall Ships Celebration and a member of the Morning Rotary Scholarship Committee.  Founding member of the "Old Wolves Blues Band" that is made up of Central staff, alumni and friends
  • Student Council Vice President the year the Hall of Fame award was created as a project for the Class of 1975
2008   1963

John T. Meyer

  • Classes at Central fostered a love of architecture.  Earned degree in Architecture from Kansas State University
  • Past President of the architectural firm of Wigen, Tincknell and Meyer and Associates
  • Specialized in three areas of Architecture:  Educational facilities, Court facilities and Historic Preservation
  • Principal architect for major renovations and improvements of Bay City Public School buildings, with a particular interest in construction and restoration of Central High School
  • Responsible for preservation of historic structures in Bay City encouraging the City to adopt a grant program and was on Architectural Review Board to oversee preservation
2009   1951

Guy T. Moulthrop

  • Partner in Moulthrop-Clift Inc. Insurance Company, one of the oldest businesses in the area
  • Member of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame
  • Inducted into the Junior Achievement of Northeast Michigan Business Hall of Fame
  • Presented with the Fundraising Volunteer of the Year Award in 2006
  • Little league sponsor for over 30 years, member of the 500 Club of the Boys and Girls Club and host of many exchange students over the years
  • Honored in this Hall of Fame for his generosity and love of anything to make Bay City a better place to live
2010   1965
Howard Kohn
  • Began his career as an investigative reporter with several papers in Michigan, California and Washington D.C.
  • Wrote for Rolling Stone, Redbook, Readers Digest and other magazines.
  • Received several journalism awards for his writing.
  • Books authored are "Who Killed Karen Silkwood" (made into a movie), and "We Had a Dream."
  • Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his memoir "The Last American Farmer."
  • Involved in community work in Tacoma Park, Maryland earning several awards such as "Citizen of the Year," "Caring Heart Award," and "Community Appreciation Award."
2011   1970
Susan H. Zurvalec
  • Began her career as a paraprofessional working with elementary age students having reading difficulties and later teaching at the secondary level.
  • Master's Degree in Education from Michigan State University and a 2nd Master's Degree in Labor and Relations also from MSU.
  • Many "firsts" in her career such as: first female elected to presidency of the Michigan Negotiators Association, first woman to receive the "Dudley Sherman Award" for exemplary contributions to Michigan's public sector labor relations field and in 2005 appointed the first female Superintendent in Farmington Public Schools.
  • Remains an active individual within her community working with organizations such as the Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce, Farmington Hills Pledge for Success, Farmington Hills Multicultural / Multiracial Community Council (MCMR) and Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth and Families.
2012   1952
Charles B. Curtiss
  • Graduated at the age of 16 to attend Yale University under full scholarship receiving a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
  • Received a Masters in Business Administration with his focus in Finance and Economics from University of Michigan.
  • Worked at General Motors, was a stock broker and most recently retired from the Michigan Small Business Bureau as the counselor for small business development.
  • Instrumental in establishing Saginaw Valley State University.  His 32 year tenure on that board earned him the recognition of naming the Business and Professional Development building at SVSU the "Charles B Curtiss Hall".
  • As President of the Great Lakes Center Foundation Mr. Curtiss was instrumental in the purchase and restoration of the historic Pere Marquette Depot in downtown Bay City.
  • He has spent his life trying to rebuild our community into a place to be proud of.
2013   1962
Thomas W. Grein
  • Overcame adversity (polio) to become a very successful journalist and publisher.
  • Unable to participate in sports joined Singing Statesmen, a men's a cappella chorus at Michigan State University later forming a group called "The Burgundy Trio" and producing a record.
  • Graduated from Michigan State in 1967 with a degree in journalism.  Then working at newspapers in Nashville, Tennessee; Lafayette, Indiana; Fremont, Nebraska; Virginia and later for USA Today in the Washington D.C. area.
  • Publisher of "The Observer Newspapers" for 14 years.
  • Working tirelessly on disability issues, serving on the boards of directors for the March of Dimes and the Post-Polio Society.
  • Currently serving as President of the Disability Connection / West Michigan.
2014 1961
Dr. Clayton T. Shorkey
  • Achieved outstanding success in his field of teaching and research as a Professor of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Pioneer of multimedia methods and resources for Social Work education.
  • Established a Field Experience with at-risk women and children in Guatemala for University of Texas Social Work students.
  • Founder and President of the Board of Directors the Texas Music Museum; leadership of the Museum in creating many of its culturally diverse programs.  Other board memberships have included the Austin Museum Partnership, the Carver Museum and Cultural Center, the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center, Austin Recover, and the Center for Students in Recovery.
  • Received multiple sources of grant funds to support work in Behavior Therapy, Rational Emotive Therapy, culturally competent alcohol and drug treatment programs, and spirituality in substance use disorders treatment.
  • His extensive academic publications have made significant contributions to the foundations and practice of Social Work.
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Tirina Geneseo

  • Achieved her lifetime goal of saving a life as an organ donor.
  • Selflessly gave a complete stranger living 2,400 miles away a second chance.
  • Registered member of matchingdonors.com.
  • Recognized by the American Red Cross "Heroes Among Us".
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Ryan Van Den Boom

  • Attended New York University earning a BFA in theatre from the Tisch School of the Arts.
  • Has made & continues to nurture a career in performing arts in New York City extending to Broadway and the big screen.
  • Performed in the show Here to Stay: The Gershwin Experience and was the featured song and dance man while also providing choreography and musical staging.
  • Also debuted in Tap Dance Concerto, the revival of Annie, Parallel Exit in Germany, Something Rotton! and Hamilton.
  • Big screen performance in the film Hail, Caesar! staring among others, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansen and Channing Tatum.
  • Continues to share his passion by teaching both in New York and in Bay City.
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Barry Klapish

  • Attended the Culinary Institute of America.
  • Served as the Executive Chef of the Dow Events Center.
  • Currently Director of Food and Beverage at a 5,500 seat arena and events center in Concord, NC.
  • Received certifications CFBE (Certified Food & Beverage Executive) and FMP (Foodservice Management Professional).


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Bryan Bishop

  • Dedicated his career to helping over 2,000 Bay City Central students as a teacher, coach and mentor.
  • He is the winningest wrestling coach in Bay County history and was named Saginaw Valley League Teacher of the Year in 2013-14.
  • Coach Fraser shared this remark:  "In my 35 years at Bay City Central I cannot think of a person that has touched more lives in a positive way than Bryan Bishop.  He takes the time to know the student's brothers, sisters, moms, dads and grandparents.  He deeply cares about the lives of his students in and out of the classroom.  If you want to see the true face of Bay City Central look at Bryan Bishop."
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Peggy Sue Barber

  • Delta College Professor of Health and Wellness who was a driving force in moving Delta's PE department into the mindset of Lifelong Wellness.
  • She is an International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness professional holding both Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and American College of Sports Medicine certifications.
  • Initiated the start of a summer camp for elementary students called "Write Fit".
  • Continues to hold her annual "Peggy Sue's SUPER Fit camp" with over 100 attendees.
  • Continues to help the community by organizing & sponsoring "Work Out for a Cause" in which money is raised for the Gary Stanley Memorial Scholarship fund.
  • Currently working toward the start of a weekly workout or nutrition seminar for Breast Cancer Patients, survivors and others in support of REAL PINK WOMEN.

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