Hudson -- The community is invited to a Sept. 28 breakfast and induction ceremony for the first 16 members of the Hudson High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.
The inaugural induction breakfast and ceremony will begin at 8:45 a.m. at Hudson High School. Inductees or family representatives will be introduced at the Hudson High School Homecoming pre-game festivities Sept. 27.
"The purpose of the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame is to recognize individual Hudson High School graduates who have distinguished themselves in their careers, positively contributed to society, or achieved significant or noteworthy success in a worthwhile endeavor," according to Derran Wimmer, HOF coordinator. "This award is as much about their book of work since high school, as it was for the athletic folks and their book of work while in high school."
A plaque, picture and pieces of available memorabilia of inductees will be placed in recently constructed display cases in the high school commons. The cases match the athletic hall of fame display cases, also in the commons area.
Inductees will receive and identical plaque, according to Wimmer. In the past, some distinguished alumni members were placed in a "wall of honor" which was a display case near the front of the building, Wimmer said.
Nominations for the hall of fame were submitted online at www.hudsonalumni.org, Wimmer said.
"We had a committee of former staff, community members and members of the alumni association make the selections," Wimmer added. " The committee met in early June to finalize the selections and then the honoree was notified by phone call and next of kin were notified for those honorees who are deceased."
Nominees were picked from a variety of categories, Wimmer said.
One of the inductees is D. Scott Lee, a 1978 graduate who is now the Shaker Heights Chief of Police.
"The Hudson School District does an outstanding job of preparing students for the future, and there are many who have gone on to do much greater things with their lives then I have, so to be included in this group is truly humbling and an honor," Lee said.
Lee has been with the department since 1986 and chief since 2008.
Richard Breedon, a 1973 graduate and research professor in the physics department at the University of California at Davis, was already planning on being in town to celebrate his 40th Hudson High School class reunion.
"It's very nice," Breedon, the author of more than 400 published scientific articles, said. "I'm also glad, if I was to be inducted, that my mother is still around to see it. I know she was pleased that her son was inducted into the hall of fame. "
Breedon is also happy so many of his classmates will be in Hudson to see the induction ceremony, he said.
Ed Sogan, of the Hudson Schools Foundation, called the first class of alumni inductees "representative of the fine quality of Hudson graduates who go into the world and make it a better place for everyone to live and flourish."
"We are very excited to welcome this group into the Hudson High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame and wish the inductees and/or their families continued success," Sogan added.
Last year, several graduates were inducted into the first-ever Athletic Hall of Fame.
According to Wimmer, Athletic Hall of Fame members will be inducted in "even years," while Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame members will be inducted in "odd years."
"This year we are incorporating the HHS Alumni Association's Hall of Honor folks into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame," Wimmer said. "The Hall of Honor was sponsored by the Alumni Association and they liked what we were doing so we decided for this first class to incorporate them into the Hall of Fame."
Tickets can be purchased by downloading an order form at www.hudsonalumni.org or by picking up a ticket order form at the Hudson High School main office. Ticket price is $20 per person. The deadline for reservations is Sept. 23.
• Richard E. Breedon, class of 1973: inducted for science, technology and engineering. Breedon was a member of the Compact Muon Solenoid Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2012 CMS announced the discovery of the Higgs boson-a particle that is evidence of a field pervading the universe that is the origin of mass.
• Weldon Case, class 1938 (deceased): inducted for business - entrepreneurship. Case was president of Western Reserve Telephone Co. and acquired and merged with other local companies to form Mid-Continent Telephone and led to the formation of Alltel Communications.
• Beth Creighton, class of 1987: inducted for military. Creighton is commanding officer of a Naval Reserve Unit in Washington, D.C. and an F/A 18 fighter pilot who flew combat mission in Operation Southern Watch and Desert Fox. Creighton was the first pilot worldwide to employ the Joint Standoff Weapon in combat. She completed multiple combat missions into Afghanistan and achieved Combat Air Wing Strike Lead qualification. Creighton has earned the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with bronze numeral 3, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
• Ronald Davidson, class of 1961 (deceased): inducted for military. Davidson enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1967, in honor of a good friend who was killed in action while serving in Vietnam. Davidson attended officer's training at Quantico, V.A. and was promoted to Second Lieutenant 3rd Battalion, 27th Marines assigned to Vietnam in Quang Nang Provence. Lt. Davidson was killed by gunfire when his jeep was ambushed by enemy forces. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart and several Medals from the South Vietnamese
• Howard E. Haskins, class of 1943 (deceased): inducted for government, education. Haskins served in the Air Force during World War II, was an assistant U.S. Attorney, adviser for Department of Interior in Alaska, administrative law judge in California and FBI Special Agent. Haskins was added to the Hudson Alumni Association Hall of Honor in 2003.
• Dante Lavelli, class of 1941 (deceased): inducted for professional sports, entertainment. Lavelli was drafted by Detroit Tigers and attended Ohio State University on a full football scholarship. He played only three games before joining the Army infantry where he fought in the Siege of Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge. Lavelli played for the Cleveland Browns as an end and receiver from 1945-56 and earned the name "Gluefingers." Lavelli inducted into Canton's Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975. Lavelli was added to the Hudson Alumni Association Hall of Honor in 2004.
• D. Scott Lee, class of 1978: inducted for government, education. Lee is the Shaker Heights Police Chief and assistant safety director. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1977-1983. Lee is a graduate of: Kent State University, FBI Academy, Southern Police Institute, Law Enforcement Foundation's Executive Program and Police Executive Leadership College.
• Jerry Lindh, class of 1981 (deceased): inducted for military. Capt. Lindh was an F-111 jet pilot assigned to Heyford, England and on special assignment to Turkey to direct and assign NATO aircraft. During a training mission on Sept. 17, 1992, his aircraft lost its hydraulics. He was directed to eject, but instead he and his navigator decided to maneuver the plane away from the populated town of Heyford, resulting in the plane crashing near the airfield thus saving countless lives. This act of heroism resulted in the death of both Capt. Lindh and his navigator. For this act of heroism, Lindh and his navigator were honored at the by the community of Heyford on the 20th anniversary of this heroic act. Capt. Lindh was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Joint Service Medal for Operations in Turkey.
• Paula Lerner, class of 1977 (deceased): inducted for fine and performing arts and literature. Lerner was an Emmy winning photographer and photo journalist who produced, in collaboration with the Toronto Globe, the award winning multimedia feature "Behind the Veil" about the women of Kandahar.
• Martha Litzell Marsh, class of 1947: inducted for community service. Marsh was instrumental in initiating HHSAA; life member American Legion Auxiliary and president of Hudson Senior Citizens. She is also an active supporter and volunteer with Meals on Wheels and Hudson Elms, and is the Women's Shelter public relations coordinator.
• Ada Cooper Miller, class of 1924: inducted for community involvement. Miller started, owned and operated a flower shop in Hudson for 70 years. Miller was a Board of Education member for 40 years and president for 24 years.
• Frances B. Murphey, class of 1940 (deceased): inducted for journalism. Murphey was a writer and columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal for more than 55 years. She established Two Scholarship Funds at her alma mater Kent State University. Murphey was added to the Hudson Alumni Hall of Honor in 1999.
• Gerald (Jerry) M. Reeves, Hudson City Schools staff member from 1957 to 1993: inducted for staff. Reeves was superintendent of schools from 1981 to 1993. He planned and constructed Hudson High School along with renovations to all other buildings and created the Hudson Public School Endowment Fund.
• Joseph Rosato, class of 1950 (deceased): inducted for military. Capt. Rosato, a Miami University graduate, was shot down and died during a combat mission in Vietnam. Capt. Rosato was recognized by the Air Force for "Outstanding Airmanship" and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart. Rosato was awarded posthumously awarded the Silver Star. Rosato was added to the Hudson Alumni Association Hall of Honor in 2004.
• Arthur J. Stokes, Sr., class of 1936 (deceased): inducted for science, technology, engineering. Stokes worked for the Naval Research Laboratory during WWII, where he developed protective clothing for mustard gas. Stokes was added to the Hudson Alumni Association Hall of Honor in 1999.
• Lila Sheetz Wagner, class of 1933 (deceased): inducted for education. Wagner was an active educator and conservationist and led children's crusade to save Malabar Farm. Wagner was editor of Akron Section News Digest. Wagner was added to the Hudson Alumni Association Hall of Honor in 2005.