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Lancaster High School's Distinguished Hall Of Fame

Last Updated: 2/6/2019 9:05 PM

Lancaster High School's Distinguished Hall of Fame

The LHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, which currently includes 68 inductees, was created in 1992 and the most recent honorees were inducted in 2018. Among other accolades and professions, the inductees include two CEO’s of major American corporations, four outstanding and nationally recognized physicians, a former Congressman, a nationally recognized physicist in the field of plasma physics, and the designer of the current American flag.

It is the purpose of the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame to recognize such individuals who have, through their performance, conduct and achievement brought credit and honor to themselves and Lancaster High School.  Their public example will hopefully serve to inspire future graduates to perform and serve in the same spirit.

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2016 recipients:

Richard England, Class of 1950


 Recognized as an outstanding athlete and coach. Three athletic hall of fame inductions. Served as athletic director for 19 years at LHS


 Margaret Powers, Class of 1970



Nationally known leader, advocate, presenter and professional mediator, in private practice in the field of family and divorced mediation. Certified welder of nuclear submarines in the United States.

Chester Swett, Class of 1957


Recognized in the field of patient care in psychiatry at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a Harvard Teaching Hospital. Produced 50 publications in referred journals and lectured in Finland, Sweden and Wales. Named the 2008 Outstanding Clinical Psychiatrist by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society.


2017 recipients:

        Mark Baltz, Class of 1966


        50 years of Sports Officiating

           (including NFL, MAC, and Big 10.


Richard Bradford, Class of 1957


          Internationally known Business Executive

Beverly Kay Logan Hardesty Wolford, Class1954


Outstanding achievement as a musician, educator, philanthropist and arts advocate


Norman "Joe" Ogilive, Class of 1992



 Longtime PGA Player


2018 recipients:


Charles Bensonhaver, M.D.  Class of 1957




 Mike Parobeck, Class of 1983




Comic Book Artist

Ron Ramey, Class of 1953


37 Year Educator and Administrator

James Russell Lloyd, M.D. Class of 1938




Exemplary pilot, physician, surgeon, teacher, mentor and human being



Lancaster High School Class of 1959 is well represented in the Distiguished Hall of Fame. To read more about this outstanding class, please follow this link to the website

Lancaster High School Class of 1959 



Lafayette "Hack" Abbott, Class of 1914

First college football All-American

from Lancaster High School

Played football at Syracuse University


Christa Elaine Adams, Class of 1959

Outstanding educator and President of

St. Clair Community College


Jeff A. Ankrom Ph.D., Class of 1974

National and international recognition for

writings and teachings

in the field of Public Sector Economics


Don E. Bainter, Class of 1945

Superintendent of the

Lancaster City Parks and Recreation Department

Instrumental in the creation of

Olivedale Senior Center


Allison Jay Batchelor, M.D., Class of 1977

Director of Geriatric Training,

Family Practice Residency at

The Medical Center in Beaver, Pennsylvania


John C. Behrens, Class of 1951

A professor of Journalism at

Utica College of Syracuse University

Author of six books and more than

four thousand articles


Karen Stuck Borda, M.D., Class of 1969

Recognized authority and researcher in the

field of diagnostic radiology


Lewis J. Boyer, Class of 1943

"Service above self" exemplifies the life

of "Lew" Boyer.  His devotion to provide

opportunities for youth and the disabled

were met by his extensive public service


Lester Burcham, Class of 1931

Former CEO and Chairman of

the Board of the F. W. Woolworth Co.


Mary Kerns Burnham, Class of 1920

Recognized for dedication to teaching and

being an outstanding role model for thousands

of teens as being the Director of the Lancaster YWCA for 31 years


Michael D. Campbell, Class of 1959

Internationally recognized expert in

the field of hydrogeology,

Serving in numerous capacities in relation

to environmental and geotechnical programs


Rob Carpenter, Class of 1973

All-Ohio football player, former running back

with the Houston Oilers,

New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams


Judge Joseph T. Clark, Class of 1959

Outstanding achievement in the fields of law and public

service as an exemplary judge



Kenneth M. Clemens, D.D.S., Class of 1945

Recognized for outstanding contributions to

the fields of dentistry and

Ohio Regional Campus higher education


R. Brian Cline, Class of 1978

Recognized in the field of engineering

Chief engineer of Raytheon Missile Systems

Served as chief engineer for Paveway(TM) Laser Guided Bomb Program

Holds four patents


Ed Clum, Class of 1949

Recognized in the field of public service

to the community of Lancaster as the founder and director

of Foundation Dinners and Shelters


Dorothy Kirn Coen, Class of 1934

Distinguished educator and advocate for children

Served for sixteen years on the

Lancaster Board of Education


George W. Coen, Class of 1932

Distinguished jurist and civic leader


Gene Cole, Class of 1948

Track silver medalist in the 1952 Olympic Games

at Helsinki, Finland


David R. Contosta, Ph.D., Class of 1963

Professor and Chair of the History Department

at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA


James E. Daubenmire, Class of 1944

Recognized for outstanding contributions

to the field of public education


Robert D. Dickey, Class of 1944

Outstanding contributions to the fields

of education, athletics

and water pollution control devices


Melissa Dittmar–Douglas, Ph.D., Class of 1981

Recognized for contributions to the

field of physics as well as her leadership for

women in the sciences

Received the 1999 Institute of Electrical and

Electronic Engineers Early Achievement Award


Richard "Dick" England, Class of 1950

Dick England

Coached baseball at Lancaster High School for 12 seasons with a record of 172-45.

Assistant coach for the 1970 OU baseball team

Athletic Director at LHS for 19 years

Received the "Certificiate of Merit in Recognition of Outstanding achievements in the Fields of Athletics" from the Green and White Club of OU in 1967 and 1988

Inducted into the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1989, the Ohio University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991, and the Southeatern District Basball Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003.



Rebecca A. Fannin,  Class of 1973

Distinguished journalist in the world of

international news

Editor-in-Chief of the Pulitzer family-owned

International Business magazine


Jodi L. Fausnaugh-Politt, Ph.D., Class of 1978

Exemplified service to mankind through

pharmaceutical research and development


Alan H. Geiger, Class of 1956

Recognized for leaving an indelible mark and

guided Ohio University’s physical, financial and academic future


William "Bill" Glassford, Class of 1932

Football All-American at

the University of Pittsburgh

Former head football coach at the

University of Nebraska


Charles Goslin, Class of 1923

Noted local author, naturalist and historian


Thomas A. Gossel, Ph.D., Class of 1959

Distinguished educator and leader in

the field of pharmaceutical education

Ohio Northern University


G. Thomas Graf, Class of 1956

Internationally recognized leader in

securing human rights, education and

opportunities for the disabled


Alex W. “Pete” Hart, Class of 1958

President and CEO of

MasterCard International


William H. Hauenstein,

Rear Admiral, Ret., Class of 1954

The United States Navy’s

first Director of Acquisition Career Management


Robert G. Heft, Class of 1960

Created the design for the 50 star American Flag


G. Edwin Johnson, Class of 1955

Ohio’s dynamic ambassador for agriculture

President and farm director of Agri Communicators


Dianne Jones, Ed.D., Class of 1970

Lifetime achievements in athletics

Professor at the

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater


Dwight L. Kane, Class of 1925

Outstanding educator and athlete

Former world record holder in the

65 yard low hurdles

Former Principal at General Sherman JH School


Rex Kern, Class of 1967

College football All-American Ohio State University

Most Valuable player - 1969 Rose Bowl


Rear Admiral John E. Kerr, Class of 1963

Served as pilot in Vietnam, Instructor pilot at the Navy’s “Topgun” Fighter weapons school

Crisis Action Team for Operation Joint Endeavor (Bosnia) and

Deputy Commander in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Fox


Edwin A. (Ed) Kitchen, Class of 1964

Professional artist and art educator


James A. Lantz, Class of 1939

Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives

Outstanding achievement in the fields of law and public service as an attorney


Gerald E. Lowther, O.D., Ph.D., Class of 1961

Recognized authority in the field of optometry,

in particular, as an internationally

renown publisher, lecturer and researcher

in vision science


Captain Frederick R. Lutz, USN—Class of 1962

Supervisor of shipbuilding United States Navy


Major Charles E. Lytle, Class of 1955

Distinguished military officer, outstanding service during the Vietnam War

Recipient of the Bronze Star and Silver Star

with Oak Leaf Clusters

Captain of the 1958 undefeated Army football team


Clarence E. Miller, M.C., Class of 1935

Former Member of the

United States House of Representatives

for thirteen consecutive terms


Marc E. Miller, Ph.D., Class of 1960

Marc Miller


Founder of Hospice and Special Wish Foundation

Chief of Neuropsychology


Stephen Wilmot Miller, M.D., Class of 1959

Internationally known authority on cardiac

imaging and member of the Faculty of the

Harvard Medical School


Norman C Neeley, DDS, Class of 1961

Norman Neeley


Outstanding Dentist and Professor


Virgina L. Pickering, Class of 1945

Locally known philanthropist making possible

The Pickering House for hospice and palliative care


Margaret Powers, Class of 1970

Margaret Powers

Ms. Powers' life mission to reshape the legal system and how it manages families experiencing divorce.

She earned a Master Degree is Psychology and Social Work and is a licensed clinical social worker.

Teacher at Northwestern University and in the past, DePaul University

In 2004, she received the Mediation Council of Illinois Presidents Award


Stanley F. Pratt, Class of 1922

Stanley Pratt

Outstanding teacher and jurist


Emily Rawlins, Class of 1964

One of the leading singing actresses in the world of opera


Frederick R. Reed, ESQ., Class of 1966

All Ivy and All East football player, Harvard University

Managing partner of the Cincinnati

office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease


Colonel J. Mark Reed, USMC, Class of 1971

Distinguished Officer and Aviator for the United States Marine Corps,

Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars,

Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars

and the Presidential Service Badge


Martin C. Robson, M.D., Class of 1957

Internationally recognized plastic surgeon in wound physiology and burns


Robert Lee Sells II, Class of 1944

Outstanding author and educator in the field of physics


Dennis B. Sprague, PH.D., Class of 1959

Nationally recognized author, lecturer and teacher

in the field of sports psychology


Gerald L. Stebelton, Class of 1957

Outstanding achievement in the field of law as a trial attorney

Recipient of the Lawyer-Legislator Distinguished Service Award

Chairman of the House Education Committee

Served on Lancaster City Council and Lancaster Board of Education

Chairman of the LHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame


Chester Swett, Class of 1957

Chester Swett

Career in academic psychiatry with emphasis on patient care, research and teaching.

Graduated from Denison University and from Harvard Medical School in 1966

He was named the 2008 Outstanding Clinical Psychiatrist by the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society



Kenneth D. Trimmer, Class of 1934

Major of the United States Army in World War II

A life of exemplified integrity, personal service and philanthropy