People & Places: Will Rogers High School inducts hall of famers
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer
Monday, October 29, 2012
10/29/12 at 6:25 AM
Eight outstanding Will Rogers High School alumni will be inducted into the school's hall of fame Nov. 9 during a ceremony at Will Rogers. A reception will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the ceremony at 7 p.m.
This will bring to 29 the number of alumni inducted into the hall of fame. The honorees will receive a 14-inch replica of the famous 7-foot Jo Davidson statue of Will Rogers that is featured in Claremore at the Will Rogers Memorial and the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
This year's honorees are Neil B. Sparks Jr. (class of 1954), a Vietnam helicopter rescue pilot and Navy Cross recipient; Paul B. Davis (1955), an acclaimed artist-illustrator who has designed scores of magazine covers; Nancy Jo (Daulton) Beier (1956), a soprano and international opera star; Elvin Bishop (1960), a blues and rock 'n' roll musician; and H. Thomas Harrison (1972), senior minister at Asbury United Methodist Church.
Posthumous awards will go to Fred Sanders (1945), a spacecraft designer-builder; Dr. Warren G. Guntheroth (1945), a renowned pediatric cardiologist; and Donald "Babe" Chandler (1952), a Super Bowl champion and kicking great.
David Rader is event chairman. Committee members are Janet Shumaker Rader, Judy Shumaker Garmaker, Jamie McKenzie McCullough, Tracy Pace Hull, Wes Conley, Tony Bacher, Howard Cunningham, Bob LaBass and Steve Wright.
Both events are open to the public. The hall of fame event is sponsored by the Will Rogers High School Community Foundation Inc., a nonprofit founded in 2010.
Tickets are $25 per person. For reservations, call Rader at 918-704-5981.
For more information about the foundation and the hall of fame event, go to tulsaworld.com/willrogersfoundation
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