Lee's Summit High School Hall of Fame Members

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Hall of Fame

Lee's Summit High School has inducted distinguished graduates into the school's Hall of Fame since 1997. Approximately five alumni are inducted each year during a dinner ceremony. Plaques featuring the honorees are also displayed on a "wall of fame" at Lee's Summit High School. The LSHS Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a committee of graduates and staff. Alumni are eligible for this honor 10 years after graduation.
Hall of Fame Nomination Form
Mr. William Cornelius, Class of 1949
Former Chairman of the Board and President of Union Electric
Mr. Charles Fillmore, Class of 1939
Unity School of Christianity
Mr. Harold Hook, Class of 1949
Former Chairman of the Board and CEO of American General Co.
Mr. Russell Long, Class of 1941
Former senior director of research and manager of technology for Gulf Oil Chemicals; holds patent of Polyurethane
Ms. Violet Mahan, Class of 1936
Distinguished career in the military and medicine; served in frontlines in WWII; recipient of both Bronze and Silver Stars
Ms. Gladys Alkire, Class of 1929
Distinguished music teacher in Lee's Summit for over 60 years; listed in "International: Who's Who in Music"
Sen. Paul Coverdell, Class of 1957
Former United States Senator from Georgia; past director of the Peace Corps.
Dr. Robert "Bud" Hertzog, Class of 1948
Missouri Veterinary Medicine Assn. leader; former member of Jackson County Legislature and R-7 Board of Education
Mr. George R. Rhodes, Class of 1942
Civic leader; served on Lee's Summit City Council; awarded Bronze Star and three battle stars during World War II
Dr. William Sappenfield, Class of 1941
Distinguished academic and research career; authored and published many articles on the subject of cotton genetics

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene (1939) and Margaret Browning (1941)
Distinguished musicians; founder of a family traveling music show; first couple to be inducted into the Hall of Fame
Ms. Lucile (Ludy) Davidson, Class of 1943
All American National Amateur Team in basketball; won 23 national tennis titles; Kansas City Sports Hall of Fame
Dr. Lisa Arel-Hammer, Class of 1988
National Collegiate Gymnast of the Year (1992); former NCAA Women of the Year recipient; Academic All-American; medical doctor
Dr. Ralph C. Hook, Class of 1941
Former Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Hawaii; authored many books and articles
Mr. Pat Matheny, Class of 1972
Internationally known jazz musician and composer; has won 16+ Grammy Awards and has been named Best Jazz Guitarist
Dr. Ralph Powell, Class of 1934
Practiced chiropractic medicine; former alderman and Mayor in Lee's Summit (1964-68)
Dr. William Francis, Class of 1940
Former Vice President of Gulf Oil Chemical Co.; inventor/co-inventor of 21 U.S. patents; awarded two Bronze Stars in WWII
Ms. Ann Place Jones, Class of 1960
Prominent Canadian educator; former Superintendent of Schools in Nova Scotia
Mr. Vernon Jones, Sr., Class of 1947
Former President and CEO of Williams Pipeline Co.; CEO of Explorer Pipeline
Dr. James McKitterick, Class of 1944
Prominent veterinarian; past President of Southern California Veterinary Association; former civic leader in Mexico, MO.
Dr. Norman Stephenson, Class of 1960
Vanderbilt University faculty; leader at Vanderbilt Transplant Center; past President of Tennessee Psychological Association

Dr. William Bell, Class of 1942
Prominent physician; past President of Lee's Summit Hospital staff and active in St. Luke's Hospital Foundation
Dr. Dale Cooper, Class of 1977
Principal scientist for Proctor and Gamble's Nutritional Service Institute; develops foods for the management of disease
Dr. Robert K. Dixon, Class of 1973
Deputy assistant secretary for U.S. Department of Energy; has served three U.S. Presidents as a science and policy advisor
Dr. Richard Ortiz, Class of 1976
Prominent Kansas City physician in the area of family practice; recognized musician and composer
Dr. Russell Ritter, Class of 1944
Practiced optometry for 40 years; active civic leader; former member of R-7 Board of Education; accomplished trombone player
Mrs. Nancy Blackwell, Class of 1963
Prominent civic leader and community volunteer; attorney with expertise in estate planning
Dr. Steven E. Shrader, Class of 1970
Dentist in Cheyenne, Oklahoma, for 21 years; founder of the Sayre Public School Foundation
Mr. Stan Slaughter, Class of 1964
Well-known "Eco-Troubadour at Large;" known for his environmental education publications and presentations
Mr. Dennis Smith, Class of 1969
Prominent Lee's Summit educator; Greater Kansas City Principal of the Year; former Lee's Summit alderman
Dr. Joe Stockard, Class of 1942
Physician; dedicated his life toward the reduction of tropical diseases; expert in campaign for control of river blindness

Mr. Glen Chambers, Class of 1954
Prominent career in wildlife cinematography, photography, research, management and fundraising for habitat preservation
Mr. Charles (Russ) Davis, Class of 1963
Distinguished military career with U.S. Air Force; received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Bronze Star
Ms. Sarah C. Osborn, Class of 1984
Prominent lawyer; expertise in corporate security, emerging technologies and governing electronic communications
Mr. Walter Pinnell, Class of 1965
Past Chairman and CEO of Mark Twain Banks; past President of American Bank and North American Savings Bank
Dr. R. Roger Rowe, Class of 1947
Former Superintendent of Schools in California; serves on the Board of Scripps Hopsitals
Dr. Bernard C. Campbell, Honorary Graduate of Lee's Summit High School Distinguished career in education for 46 years; served as Superintendent of R-7 School District for 37 years; civic leader
Dr. Robert S. Belser, Class of 1972
Recognized director of college bands; conductor and clinician
Melvin E. Blunt, Class of 1971
Award-winning D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) officer
Mr. Jack L. Campbell, Class of 1963
Successful attorney, state legislator, lobbyist, and civic leader
Dr. David L. Osborn, Class of 1987
Distinguished scientific researcher and accomplished carillon performer
Dr. Michael K. Shafé, Class of 1982
Recognized emergency-medicine physician and track-and-field award winner

Ms. Sara M. Cunningham, Class of 1986
Chief executive officer of Benitec, a public biotechnology company; helped form the Creative Minds Foundation
Dr. Dayna Early, Class of 1982
Associate professor of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis; author of numerous publications in the medical field
Mr. David Mark Israelite, Class of 1986
Deputy chief of staff and counselor to the U.S. attorney general; helps manage Dept. of Justice's $21 billion annual budget
Ms. Shannon L. Jipsen, Class of 1984
Pilot for UPS and a professional speaker and author; wrote the book Conversations on Success
Ms. Jan Winburn, Class of 1972
Assistant managing editor for The Baltimore Sun; newspaper consultant and teacher of writing and journalism
Dr. Verna Brummett, Class of 1963
Teacher at Ithaca College in New York since 1990; authored numerous publications; presenter in the field of music education throughout the U.S.; current music teacher at PLMS
Mr. Edward A. Heinlein, Class of 1957
Retired attorney and corporate sales/marketing manager; the driving force behind the re-establishment of the class of 1957 as well as the establishment of a student scholarship in memory of Sen. Paul Coverdell
Mr. Manne Magady, Class of 1959
Recognized for his career in education as well as countless hours of civic activities in Lee's Summit; has served on the LS R7 Board of Education since 1997
Dr. Nolan C. Rucker, Class of 1964
Co-founder, professor, and Dean of Education of Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology; featured on TV program ER Vets on Animal Planet
Mr. P. Terry Tucker, Class of 1965
Director of logistics, distribution, systems development, and replenishment for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; worked as an executive with Wal-Mart since 1982; served on the AK Governor's 1996 transition team to interview and analyze the state's Dept. of Higher Education

Mr. Matt Lewis, Class of 1991
Recognized as one of the world's top Elvis Presley performers by USA Today; performs at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas as well as abroad; has hosted benefit concerts for charity
Dr. Darryl K. Nelson, Class of 1980
Currently senior member of Family Health Specialists of Lee's Summit; provides sports physicals for student athletes, band students, and Special Olympics athletes from local schools
Ms. Laurie Calzada, Class of 1986
Entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, consultant, and trainer; has presented on topics such as leadership, mastering change, coaching, living life with passion, technology, and sales throughout the U.S.
Mr. Shawn Dulohery, Class of 1983
U.S. Olympian and world champion skeet shooter; consultant to Daisy B.B. Co. where he is involved in youth education and safety programs; motivational speaker who shares his "triple D" message of devotion, dedication, and desire
Mr. Steve Flick, Class of 1976
Serves as CEO/CFO of Flick Seed Co. in Kingsville, MO; Chairman of the Board for Show Me Energy Cooperative; named Outstanding Young Farmer in 1985; brought medical clinic to Kingsville in 2004
Ms. Toni Horne, Class of 1965
35 year career in education at PLMS, LSHS, and LSNHS (English, yearbook advisor, assistant principal); Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce, PTA, Delta Kappa Gamma, and LS United Methodist Church Administrative Council
Mr. and Mrs. Robert and Sandy Montgomery, Classes of 1960 and 1964
Owners of Reliv Internatonal (specializing in comprehensive nutrional supplements); established more than 100 feeding centers throughout Asia, Africa, and the Americas; donated more than $10 million to nourish the poor as well as provide for disaster relief
Dr. Cindy Ramey, Class of 1967
Served as an educator for 31 years; began career in Centerview, moved on to Hickman Mills, then to Lee's Summit (served as district's first mathematics dept. chair); earned doctorate in education and mathematics and continued to work at UCM for 7 years; well-known math education speaker

Mr. James T. Brockman, Special Honoree
Served as a Missouri educator for 40 years; spent 26 years in the R-7 School District (19 years as Principal of LSHS and seven years as coordinator of secondary education.) Organized the first National Honor Society within the R-7 schools and helped organize the first NHS convention in Missouri.
Mr. T. Robert Belser, Class of 1944
Served for 24 years as the senior vice president of the Bank of Lee's Summit. Served on the LSHS Hall of Fame committee, is an active Boy Scout leader; original member of the R-7 citizens advisory committee, and has volunteered more than 1,900 hours to the Lee's Summit Medical Center.
Mrs. Diane Jenkins, Class of 1992
Special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Billings, Montana. Is an active volunteer in her church youth program and in local schools. Previously served as a volunteer victims' advocate in Colorado.
Dr. Susan Ann Miller, Class of 1958
Retired associate dean of education from Northern Arizona University. Served in education for 38 years, teaching in Lee's Summit, MO, Fulton, MO, and Brussels, Belgium. Has written federal grants which have funded more than $2 million to support teacher training for Navajo and Hispanic students.
Mr. Joseph M. Piccinini, Class of 1979
Currently serves as Chief of Police for the Lee's Summit Police Department and has spent 24 years in law enforcement. Serves on the Lee's Summit CARES Board, Lee's Summit Character Council and the Lee's Summit Coalition to Curb Underage Drinking.
Mrs. Kathryn Moore Giangreco, Class of 1978
American History teacher in the Lee's Summit R-7 School District. Outstanding American History teacher in Missouri in 2008. Co-Author of The American President, published by Barnes and Noble in 2009.
Mr. Lawrence Johnson, Class of 1945
Band and Chorus director of Kingsburg High School, Kingsburg, CA for 30 years. Began Jazz band and Kingsburg High School and introduced the Jazz Band as part of the California State Music Curriculum.
Mrs. Cindy L. (Hoover) Martin, Class of 1977
Appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District in 2009. Practiced law in the state of Missouri for 25 years. Partner. Member of the Lee's Summit Educational Foundation Board.
Mr. Jack R. Smith, Class of 1958
Co-owner/Chief Operations Officer/Vice President of Aerial Viewpoint Aerial Photography in Spring, TX. Largest Aerial Photography company in Texas. Capable of serving most of the United States.
Ruth Stafford, Class of 1944
Pilot for Globe Aero. Made 52 solo crossings of the Atlantic Ocean in a single engine, single passenger plane from 1970 to 1990. Conducted flight seminars from 1989 to 1994 for pilots.

Mr. William Joseph Cox, Class of 1941
Conservationalist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 30 years. Joined the Peace Corps after retirment.
Mr. Michael G. Gaffney, Class of 1967
United States Navy Officer for 26 years. Captain of Nuclear Missle Cruiser. Managing executive of several nuclear power plants in the United States.
Mr. Patrick J. Gaffney, Class of 1965
Field operative for the Central Intelligence Agency
Mr. Michael Sharp, Class of 1977
Served as Jackson County Sheriff and spent a total of 26 years in law enforcement in the Kansas City area.
Mr. Matthew Tegenkamp, Class of 2000
Professional Track and Field Athlete. American record holder in the 2 mile race and 2008 Olympian.
Mrs. Bessie Miller Chittwood, Class of 1938
Teacher in the Raytown School District from 1963 to 1981.
Mrs. Carole Culbertson, Class of 1974
Downtown Lee’s Summit business and property owner.
Mr. Dale Hartley, Class of 1944
Local businessman and community icon in Lee’s Summit. Corner of Third and Douglas is known as Harley’s Corner.
Mr. Kevin Charles Johnson, Class of 1983
Associate General Counsel and Director of the Intellectual Property Division of the Gillette Company.
Mr. Michael R. Nill, Class of 1982
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Cerner.

Mrs. Roby Combs Little, Class of 1970
Teacher in the Lee’s Summit School District from 1974 to 2001. Director of Lee’s Summit Cares.
Mr. Lyle Brizendine, Class of 1970
Executive at Boatman’s Bank, TIAA-CREF, and Bank of America. Director of Development of Major Gifts at the University of Missouri-St. Louis
Mr. Scott Graham, Class of 1974
Sales executive at Bristol-Myers Squibb. Volunteer for Lee’s Summit Junior Basketball Association and Lee’s Summit High School
Mr. Scott C. Wehner, Class of 1976
Vice President of Chaparral Energy Corporation
Ms. Phyllis Clark Balagna, Class of 1976
Owner of Steppin’ Out – The Studio in Lee’s Summit. Member of the Lee’s Summit R7 School Board

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