2009 Hall of Fame Inductees

Class of 1945

Benton High School not only offered Ernie an excellent education, but also helped foster his life-long love of science.  The Navy advanced his experience of the world.  With the GI Bill he continued his education at Penn State and Drexel Universities where he obtained his BSEE and MSEE degrees.  His career as an engineer for General Electric brought opportunities to work on major power systems and invent better, more efficient equipment which saved millions of dollars.  He set up test laboratories, designed arc interrupters and surge suppressors, and worked on large electric conversion projects, such as the 450,000-volt DC transmission line between New England and Canada.  Ernie received six patents for his inventions and five awards for outstanding accomplishments.

Class of 1965

Graduating from Millersville State College, Rutgers University, and Auburn University, Kathy joined the faculty of Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, where she served as Assistant Department Chair of Educational Curriculum and Instruction and Graduate program Director for PreK–6/Middle School Education and K-12 Librarianship.  Under her direction, the library program achieved national recognition from the American Association of School Librarians.  Receiving a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, she developed an online graduate program for Virginia school librarians.  In addition to writing for scholarly journals and presenting at national conferences, Kathy wrote several books including Information Technology for Schools; Teaching in the Middle School, and Classroom Management.  Receiving the university’s 2006 Outstanding Achievement Award, she retired in 2008 as Professor Emerita.

Class of 1977

Dr. Teri Franklin, Professor of Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, is on a quest to understand the brain mechanisms underlying Addiction.  She has made significant contributions to the field that will aid individuals inextricably held within the grips of this most damaging and poorly understood illness.  Teri is blessed with three children:  Adam, Jesse and Kevin Franklin.  Teri’s heroes include Dr. Seuss, who submitted his first book for publication twenty-nine times before it was eventually accepted; Steven Tyler of the band Aerosmith, whose philosophy on life is more meaningful than it may seem; Bill Repko, her unfailingly present father, and Anna Rose Childress, her mentor, colleague, and trusted friend.  Teri believes that perseverance is the key to success and compassion is the key to happiness.


Class of 1950

A graduate of the Class of 1950, Don joined the United States Air Force in January 1951 as a private.  He retired as a Major and Master Navigator in March 1971 after a productive and interesting career.  Don had over 6,000 hours of flying time and received several commendation medals as well as an Air Medal for his fifty missions in Vietnam.

In 1980, he graduated cum laude from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, Structures.  After graduation, he worked for Boeing, and in his final ten years with the company was a 747 Flight Instructor, teaching many crews at the Boeing facility and overseas.  Notably, he was the only instructor for the space shuttle carrier crews and the Air Force One 747 crew.

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