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LHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees (Bios)


Lancaster High School's Distinguished Hall of Fame

The LHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, which currently includes 80 inductees, was created in 1992 and the most recent honorees were inducted in 2023. 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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Lancaster High School Class of 1959 is well represented in the Distinguished 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


Robert "Bob" Arledge, Class of 1951

Colonel, Retired

Chief of Physical Therapy and

Associate Chief of the Biomedical Science Corp of the USAF following 31 years of Service


Robert %22Bob%22 Arledge Class of 1951


Don E. Bainter, Class of 1945

Superintendent of the

Lancaster City Parks and Recreation Department

Instrumental in the creation of

Olivedale Senior Center


Mark Baltz, Class of 1966   

50 years of Sports Officiating

   (including NFL, MAC, and Big 10)



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


Charles Bensonhaver, M.D.  Class of 1957




Bolinger (Bahnsen), Allison, Class of 1999

NASA Flight Director


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



Richard Bradford, Class of 1957

Internationally known Business Executive



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


Steve Ehrler, Class of 1972

United States Navy Submarine Officer

Served 25 years in the Department of Navy – large acquisition programs – 

from submarine fire control systems to communications satellites and cryptologic systems
Technical Director for the Navy-Marine Corp Intranet

Steve Ehrler Class of 1972


Charles W. "Chuck" Ellinger, Class of 1952

Professor and Chairman of Prosthodontics at UK Dental School

Captain in he US Army Dental Corps at Fort Hood Texas


Richard "Dick" 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

Dick England


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



Paul "David" Graf, Class of 1968

American actor, best known for his role as Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry in the 

Police Academy series of films

Paul %22David%22 Graf Class of 1968


William J. "Bill" Grein, Class of 1966 (Major)

Vice President of Marketing and Development for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

Recipient of the Development of Navy Superior Public Service Award


Alex W. “Pete” Hart, Class of 1958

President and CEO of MasterCard International

Alex %22Pete%22 Hart Class of 1958


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


Carol (Morley) Israel, Class of 1954

Advocate for People with Disabilities

Established Raising Special Kids, a grass-roots effort for 

children with disabilities and special health care needs

Carol Morley Class of 1954


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


Stephen G. Jones, Class of 1966

Professor Emeritus of Music (42 years) Western Michigan University

Award of Merit by International Trumpet Guild

Stephen G. Jones class of 1966


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

Ed Kitchen Class of 1964


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


James Russell Lloyd, M.D. Class of 1938

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



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

Fred Lutz


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

Founder of Hospice and Special Wish Foundation

Chief of Neuropsychology

Marc Miller


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

Outstanding Dentist and Professor

Norman Neeley


Norman "Joe" Ogilvie, Class of 1992

Longtime PGA Player




 Mike Parobeck, Class of 1983

Comic Book Artist



Virginia L. Pickering, Class of 1945

Locally known philanthropist making possible

The Pickering House for hospice and palliative care


Kathy (Wright) Priest, Class of 1970

Internationally Recognized Professional Dressage Trainer

Kathy Wright Class of 1970


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.


Margaret Powers


Stanley F. Pratt, Class of 1922

Outstanding teacher and jurist

Stanley Pratt


Ron Ramey, Class of 1953

37 Year Educator and Administrator



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


Ethan Reeve, Class of 1973

All-American wrestler, served as a wrestling coach for 44 years

Director of Strength and Athletic Performance

Induction into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Ethan Reeve Class of 1973


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

Internationally recognized plastic surgeon in wound physiology and burns


Patricia (Lahrmer) Ross, Class of 1957

Pioneer in the field of broadcast journalism

First female voice on the first 24-hours-a-day all-news station

Broadcasted news reports internationally for ABC Radio News

Patricia Lahrmer Class of 1957


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

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.

Chester Swett



Randall Thropp, Class of 1974

Paramount Pictures Costume and Prop Archivist


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


Beverly Kay Logan Hardesty Wolford, Class1954

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