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Perry Local Schools
4325 Manchester Road
Perry, OH. 44081
Phone: 440.259.9200
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2001 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

Lucy Kraws Banks, Class of 1961, Distinguished Hall of Fame

Lucy exemplifies lifelong learning with a career change that took her back to college and into a new field. After a 17-year career, Lucy retired from her flight attendant duties in 1978 and eventually became a full-time college student. The Minnesota resident used her religion and education degree as Director of Shepherding at the largest Lutheran church in the United States. After earning her law degree in 1994, she continued to help people as a lobbyist, as the Assistant Director of Missing Children in Minnesota and most recently as the Executive Director of the Minnesota General Crime Victim Coalition. She serves on a governor’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Task Force. Her volunteer efforts include aiding Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners Clinic, Habitat for Humanity and St. Joseph’s Emergency Shelter.

Phyllis Wilson Hudson, Class of 1936, Distinguished Hall of Fame
Phyllis turned her interest in art into a livelihood preserving it. She retired after spending 40 years as an art conservationist. After she and her husband sold their business in Chicago in 1960, Phyllis pursued her interest in art restoration, training in France and the United States to become an art conservator. She and her family relocated to New Orleans where she served apprenticeships for two established art conservators. Now an expert in the art, science and craft of art conservation, Phyllis has run Phyllis Hudson, Ltd. in New Orleans, restoring paintings and paper works throughout the South for private clients and museums. She has been a member of the American Institute for Conservation, the International Institute for Conservation, and the Institute of Paper Conservation in London, England.

Carl P. Meglan, Class of 1955, Distinguished Hall of Fame
Carl uses the skills he developed as a professional civil engineer and professional surveyor in his own business of construction dispute resolution. The Ohio State University (1961) graduate put his civil engineering degree to work in a variety of positions, including working for two separate city departments in Columbus, Great Lakes Construction in Cleveland and S. D. Pomeroy and Associates. In 1981, he became self-employed, operating the Meglan Companies, Inc. in Columbus. His experiences have enabled him to help attorneys and contractors embroiled in construction disputes. In fact, Carl was chosen to serve as a construction arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association’s Construction Arbitration Tribunal, working on 113 cases since he began in 1982. He shared his knowledge with students as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University (1978-79) and Franklin University (1980-1985) in Columbus. Carl has held offices in professional organizations, including the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, Professional Engineers in Construction and the Ohio Pavers.

Leonard Trubisky, Class of 1952, Distinguished Hall of Fame
Leonard pioneered developments in computer technology until his retirement in 1997. After receiving an electrical engineering degree from the Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland in 1956, Leonard joined General Electric. In 1958, he began working on government defense projects for the GE Electronics Laboratory in New York and worked on the Polaris Missile Fire Control and Guidance Computers, the United States’ first attempt to fire a rocket from a submarine. He moved to Phoenix to work at the GE Computer Department in 1964. He continued his computer engineering work even after GE sold its computer business to Honeywell and after Honeywell partnered with a French firm to become Bull HN. He served as manager of the Central Processing Design group, a manager of systems design for a Micro Technology Center and as a consultant on several important projects. During his career, he was granted many patents for computer-related technology including the major patent on the Central Processor. Retired since 1997, Leonard and his wife, RoseAnn, are active as American Rose Society Consulting Rosarians. Leonard serves on the Board of Directors for the Scottsdale Rose Society and publishes its monthly newsletter.

Ann Cook Whitman, Class of 1925, Distinguished Hall of Fame
Ann developed secretarial skills that took her to New York and the White House during her career. After early jobs in New York City, including secretarial and accounting work for philanthropist Adele Rosenwald Levy, Ann became the confidential secretary to Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1952 to 1962, working during his campaign and during his two terms as president of the United States. Later, she served as confidential secretary and executive assistant to New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller. When Rockefeller became vice-president under President Gerald Ford in 1974, Ann became his Chief of Staff, the first woman to hold that position. She later handled Rockefeller’s personal affairs in New York before retiring in 1977. Ann died at the age of 83 on October 15, 1991, in Clearwater, Florida. She left her estate, worth over $1 million, to be used for educational purposes. In her honor, the Eisenhower Institute for World Affairs began administering in 1994 the Eisenhower/Whitman Scholarship for graduating Perry High School seniors from her funds.

Ralph Rockow, Class of 1951, Distinguished Hall of Fame
Ralph is the founder and president of Exodyne, Inc, in Phoenix, AZ. The Ohio State mechanical engineering graduate oversees its four wholly owned subsidiaries offering engineering and management services to the government and private industry. Early in his career, Ralph was the project leader for the development of the lunar module descent engine for the Apollo space flights. He was also responsible for testing and evaluating nuclear reactors and heat transfer studies of nuclear reactors. He was also instrumental in advancing state-of-the-art safety measures in automotive vehicles. A recognized expert in his field, Ralph has authored technical papers, participated in panel discussions and testified at hearings in Washington, D.C. He has received a number of special recognitions from The Ohio State University, including the OSU Benjamin G. Lamme Meritorious Achievement Medal, the most honored award presented by the College of Engineering. He has contributed to and founded scholarship funds, including the GIFT ’51 Scholarship at Perry High School.
Richard Drews, Class of 1954, Athletic Hall of Fame
Dick was a lineman on the undefeated 1953 football squad and received All-League and All-County honors in 1952 and 1953. At one time, Dick held the school record in the half-mile and mile track events. He advanced to the State Meet in 1953 and 1954, and was Perry’s first athlete to qualify for the state finals.

Bernie Trubisky, Class of 1954, Athletic Hall of Fame
Bernie played center on offense and middle linebacker on defense. He was part of the 1953 undefeated football team. In the 1953 season he was selected First Team WRL and the Cleveland Touchdown Club WRL Most Valuable Player. As center on the basketball team, Bernie earned All-WRL First Team honors in 1953 and 1954.

Dennis Loria, Class of 1975, Athletic Hall of Fame
Dennis was a Sectional Champion in both the 120-yard high hurdles and 180-yard low hurdles in 1974 and 1975. He placed at Districts in 1974 to qualify for the State Meet where he finished third in the 180-low hurdles. In 1975, he set a Perry record and a District record in the low hurdles with a time of 20.2 and also set a Perry record in the high hurdles with a time of 15.1, qualifying him to the State Meet a second year in a row. In 1975, he was selected as one of the National Prep Track & Field Athletes of the Year.

David Trubisky, Class of 1984, Athletic Hall of Fame
David holds the honor of being the sport MVP in all the sports in which he participated, including two times in football and tennis. In football, as a senior quarterback, David was chosen Lake County Touchdown Club’s Player of the year, received All-Ohio Football Honorable Mention, First Team All-GRC and Second Team All-Lake County Quarterback. In basketball, he earned First Team All-GRC, First Team All-Lake County, News-Herald Coaches All-Star, and Western Reserve Basketball Coaches Association All-Star in 1984. David led Perry to a GRC Championship in tennis in 1984 and qualified to the OHSAA District Tournament. He was the Lake County Tennis Classic Champion at first singles.

William Coleman, Class of 1991, Athletic Hall of Fame
Bill earned nine varsity letters in four sports. His senior year, he was First Team ESC, First Team All-District and All-Ohio First Team Linebacker in football. He received the Army Scholar/Athlete Award his senior year, along with an Army ROTC Scholarship and appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.

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