He was an assistant coach for the Roswell High state champions in He moved over to Goddard and was the head basketball coach until He moved to Dexter to become the Principal of the high school until his retirement in During his career he touched many lives and provided a living example of gentle strength and leadership. He enjoyed the many friends and activities he was involved in while a member of the Elks. Bill has served the community in many capacities and enjoyed meeting and working with everyone.
Bill discovered his passion for art after his retirement. He was a very talented painter with acrylic being his favorite medium. He was a member of and sold his work at The Gallery. He was also a member and past vice president of the Roswell Fine Arts League. Bill was confirmed into St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Through the years, he had enjoyed attending services with his children, grandchildren and many friends.
He served on the vestry for many years and took great pleasure in being an usher for services. Bill had always felt he found a home when walking into the church for the first time. It was his wishes to have his ashes interned in the columbarium there. Bill has always voiced that his greatest pleasure in life has come from being a father and grandfather. He was very excited about becoming a great grandfather to Ian who is expected any day.
Gallegos, Juan J. Services will be private. Harden was born Oct. He then entered the Air Force and served three tours in Vietnam as a fighter pilot and separated as captain. He was most recently a pilot with NetJets International in Okatie. He enjoyed restoring and riding motorcycles and vintage cars. Harden of Oklahoma City and two granddaughters.
Harrell, Alfred L. Hatfield, Robert D. Hooker, Jim L. He was a man with a brilliant mind and a heart of gold. The last 30 years of his life were spent recognizing disenfranchised individuals whom he could counsel and help get their lives in order so they could achieve confidence and peace through the Twelve Step program of AA. He had a special gift for discerning lost souls and never giving up pushing and encouraging them into productive and peaceful ways of life. Giving this help was his greatest pleasure. Through the years, Jim was passionate about bass fishing, golfing and tournament bridge excelling as well as having great fun.
In bridge, he was on the winning team in of the Grand National Tournament in Europe. He was an avid reader, art aficionado, and movie goer. Most of all, he loved and had a passion for people. Jim moved to California in and searched for and found a way to participate in helping with LGBT causes as a volunteer and philanthropist. He loved a challenge and he loved people. Many friends and family will lovingly think of him and dearly miss the person of Jim L.
He cared for, saw about, loved and helped humanity by consistently giving of his mind, resources, and his time. He was both gentle and tough, accomplished and intellectual. Jim will always be in the minds and hearts of untold numbers of lives that he helped, saved, or befriended. He and his wife, Myra, were married in Roswell, New Mexico in After working for Air-Research Garret Corp. He enjoyed sailing, music and writing. Husler, Joseph E. He served his country proudly for 20 years with the United States Air Force as a pilot and attained the rank of Major.
While serving his country Jim saw action during two tours in Vietnam. After his retirement from the Military, Jim flew for America West Airlines for 12 years and retired as a captain in Jim has resided in Arizona for the past 64 years. He loved astronomy and carpentry. His love for carpentry led him to build his home in Hereford where he has resided for the past 20 years. He also had a star named after him which is officially registered and located at RA In addition to his parents, James was predeceased by a stepson, Michael Avery, his beloved companions, Tigger, Callie, Boss, and Moxie.
Jim is survived by his wife Opal J. Ward Knowles; two sons, Kurt J. Knowles Sandee and James W. Knowles Yvette ; a stepdaughter, Teresa R. Gauthier and Kayla Knowles. Kranich, James L. Kranich was a veteran of the United States Army. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, 4 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.
Krause, Daniel F. Krause, Sr. He will be greatly missed. Red and Marie Nonnie Krause. They had two children Dan, Jr. And Kari Louise. He spent his life taking care of his family, working hard, playing golf, telling amusing stories, and ministering to others. He loved God and had great joy in visiting the dear men in prison. In his later years he enjoyed and loved his precious neighbors who tended to him so faithfully.
He is preceded in death by his wife Dottie, his parents Wendell and Marie, and his sister Patricia. He is survived by his son Dan, Jr. Paul, MN passed away in his sleep in the early hours of Tuesday, April 14, in his home after a long illness. Throughout his life, John was a passionate champion of the civic causes he believed in, counseling teens considering service in the Vietnam War and volunteering to drive seniors to polls during elections.
He traveled the world, birdwatching on five continents. He lived in Minnesota with his wife Renee and dog Dawson tending his koi and in Mexico listening to the jaguars. A man who loved dogs, he was also a counselor to recovering addicts, a friend to exchange students, a masterful model train collector. In addition to his beloved wife of 26 years, John will be missed by his step-daughter Aimee Petersen Schnabel, his son-in-law Eric Schnabel and his grandchildren Genevieve, McEwan and Kevin.
Lang, Jay R. James E. He attended school in Hagerman through the ninth grade. He graduated high school and junior college at New Mexico Military Institute. While in College at North Texas he met and married his wife Virgina of 55 years, who preceded him in death. After graduation, he moved his wife and two children to Roswell to set up and practice dentistry for 51 years. Outside of the dental world, he actively supported his children and grandchildren by attending their sporting events from all parts of New Mexico to Missouri, Montana to central Texas.
Distance and time were never an issue when it came to watching one of his compete in their desired sport. Larson, Victor L. He was a proud Friend of Bill W. Locklar, Jimmy L. Upon graduation, he began his law career which lasted over 40 years. Over the years, John spent countless fun-filled hours with his family and many devoted friends in Dallas, New Mexico, and Ferndale Fishing Club. Mansfield, John W.
He was born in Hobbs, New Mexico, April 16, He attended schools in Carlsbad, and graduated from Carlsbad High School in Thomas served in the U. Naval Reserve for eight years. He worked on several committees over the years, most notably chairing the Grant County Subdivision Committee.
Thomas thoroughly enjoyed his last days by traveling with his son to Ruidoso to attend the horse sales with his good friend, Bill Melson. He was doing what he loved most visiting with good friends and family and talking horses. Moore, Elza D. He grew up in Roswell, N. He then worked at Lockheed Martin for 23 years until his second retirement. Curley was a muscle car enthusiast but had a special love for Buicks. He also enjoyed all genres of music. Moore, Wood M. He graduated from University of Texas El Paso. Before founding Landcoast, Michael was a consultant for a worldwide Insulation company.
During his career Michael and the family spent a year living and working in Israel. Michael was fortunate enough to earn a living doing what he loved. In August he founded Landcoast Insulation Inc. Through his hard work and tireless dedication Michael built Landcoast into what today is a leading force in the insulation industry. Michael was also actively involved in St. A man of few words, shy and reserved, who had a heart as big as could be.
Never one to want any praise or credit for the countless things he did. Never one to complain, no matter the pain. Without question his passion was his family. A loving husband of 56 years, a loving and caring father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he never missed the opportunity to be together. For those lucky enough to be with him at those times, the casual smile on his face told us all we needed to know. He was quietly taking it all in, one breath at a time. We are so very blessed to have been able to share our lives with such an amazing person, in every facet of the word.
Army as an equestrian coach and trainer for the U. Parsons, Robert E. On Oct. He was a longtime resident of Artesia. He was preceded in death by his parents; son Ray Gwynne; and daughter Christy Patterson. Pemberton, James L. Colonel Pohly was born in Chicago, Illinois, on December 28, Colonel Pohly entered active duty, Regular Army, in July After his military career, among other areas of expertise, he taught Occupational Therapy at the University of Texas Health Science Center.
He was a lover of music being a member of the Opera Guild. A gifted artist in many mediums, he received awards for his stained glass and marquetry. All his life he was a superb athlete and runner, serving as a Scouting Leader for over 17 years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. During his life, Glenn constantly stressed that it was his parents who taught him integrity, and a love of education and family. He is survived by his wife, Helen; sons, Glenn W. Pohly, Jr. Ponder, Hart H.
A lifelong resident of Roswell, Joseph was born on Sept. He and Nancy Thomas were married June 16, ; she survives him at the family home. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Joseph was a retired U. Army Lieutenant Colonel, serving from , service in West Germany , and two combat tours in Vietnam and seven campaigns. Price, Raymond S. In , Mr. Rodgers graduated from St.
Roff, Col Thomas D. Tom and Carolyn were married for 61 years. Louis, Missouri in Tom was commissioned in the U. Air Force as a navigator and second lieutenant in June of During the next eight years, Tom accumulated over eight thousand flying hours in Cs, Cs and Cs. During this assignment, he had extensive involvement in combined Special Operations Forces. Tom completed airborne training with the Navy SEALS in and participated in numerous joint operations during the next three years.
He was promoted to Colonel in August He retired from the Air Force in March As a result of his outstanding service, Colonel Roff was awarded several awards and decorations. He retired from Boeing in Tom and Carolyn enjoyed touring on his Harley motorcycle and supported several charitable organizations while living in the Pacific Northwest.
Roy, Charles D. He graduated from the University of Maryland and served his country proudly with the U. Marine Corps serving two tours in Vietnam. Schrader, Daniel W. Schrader was born Oct. He graduated from West Point and served 21 years in the Marine Corp. In , he moved to Molalla; he was administrator of Senior Estates in Woodburn for 11 years.
He married Suzanne Helfrech in Survivors include his wife; daughter, Kathleen; sons, Steven and Sean; and six grandchildren. Sefrit, Frank W. While at Pomona, Brian competed in cross-country running and track and field, running a mile. After serving in the Army, Brian attended law school at University of California Berkeley, where he became deeply involved in the free speech and civil rights movements.
During this time, he worked to help register black voters in the south and became interested in Socialist politics. Brian worked in the field of typesetting and graphic design for most of his career and was the owner of Village Type and Graphics in New York City. After moving to the Berkshires with his family in , he was employed as a graphic designer by Homestyle Magazine. Earlier in his career, he worked as a photographer. Brian was an avid reader, particularly of history, politics, biographies, and mystery novels, and also enjoyed writing political commentary.
He was a principled man who could honestly say that he lived his life according to his ideals of social justice and respect for humanity. Above all, Brian was a loving and devoted father and husband. Brian leaves his wife, two children and faithful dog. Ron served in the U. Slatton, James A. He was 78 years old. Ronald was born to G. He and his family moved to Plainview, Texas at the age of Ronald then went to work in Dallas, Texas at Gaylord Container. After several years he moved back to Plainview and opened his own insurance brokerage company called the Vernon Agency. After thirteen years in business, he sold The Vernon Agency and moved to Birmingham, Alabama and began work as a court reporter.
In he left Birmingham and moved to Corpus Christi. There he married Patricia Lee Ryan in They remained in Corpus Christi until they moved to Seguin, Texas in Ronald continued as a court reporter until he retired in He retired again in January of Ron was an avid woodworker. He loved to build and finish furniture, went hunting every weekend, and enjoyed boating.
Ronald was preceded in death by his daughter, Jana Leanne Vernon, in Vertrees, Donald W. Always a math whiz, he agreed to tutor the friend of a friend for her Economics class and she turned out to be the love of his life. Shortly thereafter, he graduated with a business degree from OU and he and Patty moved to Houston, TX to begin his career in the insurance industry. He became an agent serving and selling to clients when he joined the Howell-Stone Independent Insurance Agency in Edmond.
Courtney also volunteered in his industry to better the business serving locally in Oklahoma and advancing to become the President of the Independent Insurance Agents of America IIAA , representing over , members. He spoke for reform and better legislation before United States Congressional Committees and met with national dignitaries during this work. He received many honors and awards for his contributions to the industry including the Eagle of Excellence Award and the Woodworth Memorial Award, the most prestigious of the industry.
In , after more than 25 years of efforts toward the technical arenas of the industry he was awarded the Matthew A. Cantoni, Jr. Technical and Risk Management Award. He was only the second person to ever receive this honor. He taught classes for over 20 years at Central State University, the University of Oklahoma and a variety of insurance schools. Additionally, he received wide acclaim as a speaker and author of dozens of insurance-related articles. He also received the John G. Cross Award from the University of Oklahoma.
Shortly before turning 65, Courtney suffered a massive stroke which left him with debilitating consequences that he lived with for his last 19 years. He learned to compensate for his speech deficiencies by using a flipbook. He might not be able to say the word he wanted, but he could flip to it and show you. He suffered mightily but rallied and began a crusade for stroke awareness, leaving brochures and information at businesses and organizations throughout Edmond. During his later years, Court lived at Touchmark Senior Living and he continued to bless others with his gregarious personality and a ready smile on his face.
The family wishes to express our gratitude for the excellent and loving care that Court received during his many years living at Touchmark. Courtney went to be with the Lord and his precious Patty on Wednesday, February 6, Wright, John R. Services for Mr.
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Wright will be held on Tuesday, December 15, at p. Randy Holman officiating. A visitation will be held on Monday, December 14, from 5 until 7 p. He was known for his strength of character, strong values and love of his country.
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He proudly served his county in the United States Marine Corp. He was a true friend and never met a stranger. He believed in living everyday to the fullest, and always had a positive attitude. Wright was always willing to help his family and along with his tremendous strength of character he had a tender heart and was a true inspiration to all who knew and loved him. Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife; Gayle, son; Dr. D and husband Robert, and brother in-law; Robert L.
Hunt and wife Audry. Wunderlich, John W. He was born in El Paso on July 11, He is survived by his wife of 48 years Priscilla Prissy , brother David, sons, Sky and Mark, step children Joel and Lynn Ducky , many grandchildren and Ron Carpenter, his lifelong buddy. He was preceded in death by his father Frank Yutz and mother Elizabeth Schulte. Tom started his career in the automobile business with El Paso Ford. It led to his ownership of the Sunrise Subaru dealership plus interests in others. Tom was a devoted animal lover with had a special affection for dogs, cats and horses.
Allday, L. An avid sailor, he returned home to Abilene from the sea in He will miss his large family, many friends and acquaintances. Bill met and married Antonia Caricato in in Washington, D. Miracle Turner preceded her grandfather in death in He was surrounded by family members at his death. Philip passed away nine months after the death of Emily, his beloved wife of 60 years, and he is buried with her. Born April 4, , in Belen, to Manuel E.
Aragon, Philip graduated from Belen High School, where he was very popular and a star athlete in football and track. Philip served three years in the U.
Army, deployed to Alaska during the Korean War during part of his military service. He was on the boxing team while in the Army. His love and talent for the sport shined through with many boxing victories. He married his high school sweetheart, Emily Olguin, of Jarales, and shortly thereafter they relocated to southern California.
Philip worked as a skilled machinist and as a bus driver with the Metropolitan Transportation System of Los Angeles County. He referred to this job as a labor of love, where he could lighten the day and spread good humor among his passengers. He was a loving grandfather to nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Richard E. He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Maria; and his brother, Robert. The family wishes to thank hospice Chaplain Randy Courtney for his spiritual guidance and steadfast counsel to the family during the period of medical difficulties suffered by Philip and Emily.
He was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, to William S. Bailey, Sr. He attended University of Texas and graduated from University of Houston with a degree in history. He lived with his grandparents, Mr. Ivey in Fabens. Together they have 7 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
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Donny has numerous cousins, nieces and nephews in the area. Donny served in the Army for 2 years. He retired from Clint in Donny was a member of Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. He was Worshipful Master from to He enjoyed spending time at his lake house at Elephant Butte and was an avid fisherman. He was raised on a cattle ranch, later helping his dad and brother, John, run the ranch. Placeholder After some overseas military service, Bill settled on and shared working the cattle ranch again. After having cared for animals, then trees and yards, his next wonderful choice was to care for people through chiropractic care.
Bill took over Gold St. Chiropractic in May , then moved to Kresky in May of , where he practiced until his passing. Bill is survived by his wife, Rojeanne, his son, Britt and daughters, Brenda and Bileejean and their families. Blake, John T. Stan was a retired real estate professional that included appraisals, receiverships and eventually became a real estate broker before fully retiring in the late s.
Stan also served in the Army as a cryptologist specialist from to After the passing of Lila, Stan met and married his second wife, Jean, on January 17, She preceded Stan in death. Brentari, Edward G. A kind and noble soul, he will be greatly missed. He spent his youth in Belen, New Mexico, where his father was a dentist and his mother was active in Eastern Star. Army in , where he served three years in Europe as a radio repairman. After being honorably discharged from the Army in , he entered the University of Colorado, Boulder, to study mechanical engineering and business administration.
After graduating from CU in with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, Edward went on to study advanced engineering and mathematics courses at the University of Denver. His intellectual curiosity led him to continue his studies in philosophy, completing nearly all of the requirements for a Ph. After completing his academic career, Edward worked as an engineer at Eaton Metal Corp.
Some of the projects he worked on include, the construction of the Eisenhower tunnel on I, and the design of coal conveyer belts for Wyoming power plants. Edward married Marjorie Tarbell Demmer in the living room of their Mapleton Hill home in , where they continued to live for over 43 years. Edward was an avid traveler. England was one of their favorite places. He created over 35 folio sized scrapbooks, detailing their life together over their 45 year marriage. Throughout life, Edward was dedicated to learning and self development in his quiet and unassuming way. He was truly a wise, generous, and loving soul.
Broome, Tom K. Jack was born April 21, to Oliver S. After his mother passed away when he was three, his father remarried Doris Thompson who raised Jack, Beverly and later his two sisters, Judy and Vicki. After graduating from Roswell he went on to attend the University of Kansas where he met his wife Sharon. At KU, Jack received his law degree and was a proud Jayhawk the rest of his life. He was an outstanding litigator and attorney and was awarded numerous honors as a public speaker.
He enjoyed serving the communities he lived in as a city councilman for Roeland Park, a municipal judge for Westwood and as the longest serving city attorney for Fairway, Kansas. Our fondest Sebago memories include Jack fishing, playing horseshoes, volleyball, organizing turtle races with pari-mutuel betting, and late night card games. Jack is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Judith Brown Clouston. Buck, J. Ben was instrumental in the success of Dallas-based Lear Petroleum. He joined the company in as its Chief Financial Officer and first employee and guided it through its first public stock offering in , a series of debenture offerings, and its listing on the New York Stock Exchange.
He retired from the company in Boone Pickens. Growing up, Ben was a junior gold champion, caption of the golf team and winner of many tournaments. He continued in business as a management consultant for a number of public and private companies. Ben spent that last several years traveling the work with his wife Carole. Ben was predeceased by his parents Ben C. Burkett, Sr. Robert J. Burkett of Fort Worth.
Of The US Marines. Byrd, James C. He spent summers working in the oil fields with his father. Upon his return from his service as 1st Lieutenant in Korea, that he said was the coldest place on earth, he joined Magnolia Petroleum as an oil scout and he and his wife were moved to San Antonio, Texas, where his daughter Dollianna was born; Corpus Christi, Texas; to Shreveport Louisiana, where his Son Robert Vincent was born; to Jackson, Mississippi, for one year; then back to Shreveport, Louisiana, where his son Paul Hunter was born.
Instead of making yet another move Bob resigned and moved his family to Roswell where he opened his office as an Independent Petroleum Landman. Bob retired in but still maintains an office at the J. White Building in Roswell with his wife. His children graduated from the University of Oklahoma where he and Jeannine became associated with the Sooner Club.
He and Jeannine drove miles each football season numerous time a year to enjoy his Sooners and family that attended the games. He loved going to the Sooner tailgates, games, Charter trips and special events.
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He has enjoyed spending time with his family in Ruidoso at their cabin on Camelot Mountain, Thursday night dinner at the Roswell Country Club and his morning coffee club. He and several members of the association worked to enlarge the organization with more educational programs. Chambers, John S. John was born Jan. He was Georgetown resident for the past eight years. He was a veteran of the U. Cletus J. Edward A. Donald W. Eugene C. James M. John B. Elmer J. Albert L. Frank A. Urban B. Dominic E.
Eugene M. Leo A. Sarah S. Clement S. Herman J. Mark Ferguson suggested interactive video interviews, a daily news show, and a video history of the tournament. But always the educator, he used his students and alumni as crew. Audiences were entranced, but rarely realized that hour days and immaculate planning were necessary to create this ultimate reality show. Using a grant from the Bradley Foundation, Mark Ferguson directed a series of videos featuring great NFL coaches, each teaching their specialty.
Champion student, champion coach, director of professionally staged award shows and important educational videos: the NSDA applauds the compelling work of Hall of Fame Coach Mark Ferguson. Words like opportunity, commitment, and pride would define the life and work of Robert Shepard, originally from Missouri, currently the coach at Plano High School TX.
Robert maximizes opportunity for his students. He provides his commitment to their growth and success, requests their commitment, and gives them opportunities to succeed. He takes pride in the result, and the results have been consistently excellent.
In Texas, his squad won the state sweepstakes with entries only in individual events. At Nationals, he has coached a Poetry champion, a third place in Dramatic, and a finalist in Oratory. A team can only improve to the level of their competition, so the stronger the playing field, the stronger the competitor.
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Once taught and coached, a team is great to behold. Alfred "Tuna" Snider Inducted Vermont. Bruno Jacob, a college debate competitor and college teacher, was its founder. His model was Pi Kappa Delta, a college debate fraternity. When debate was banned at the National Tournament by the Secondary Principals Association for five years, it was Karl Robinson, a Northwestern University professor, who helped Bruno reinstate debate in Many colleges hosted the National Tournament.
High school coaches who became college coaches conducted high school invitational tournaments: Glenn Pelham, the Barkley Forum at Emory; and J. Patterson, the Tournament of Champions at Kentucky. Rich Edwards of Baylor spent hundreds of hours computerizing an ever-larger National Tournament. But it was Dr. Alfred Snider, coach of debate at the University of Vermont, who was the key figure in international high school debate.
For three years, he coached of the U. Snider spent more than 40 years promoting debate and critical communication worldwide. He knew debate was competitive, but proved it also could unify people, cultures, and nationalities. Elizabeth Ballard Inducted Oklahoma. The doctor is in…the NSDA. Academics always support their discipline, and Dr.
Ballard has performed continuous service to the speech community: as host chair of the superior Oklahoma Nationals, at the University of Oklahoma; and ten terms as district chair of the Western Oklahoma District. Betsy has earned many honors for her teaching and coaching skills: the H. Ballard was awarded the Ralph E. She earned five coaching diamonds. Ballard is also play director, and her students excelled by winning several state team speech championships and One Act Play Awards.
Under the tutelage of Dr. Ballard, her chapter led the district in new members nine years; and was the largest chapter three times. Elizabeth Ballard: Ph. When the doctor was in, speech activities in Oklahoma were indeed, OK! Whatever service was needed, Jane Boyd performed to perfection: teaching, coaching, management, hospitality. A four-diamond coach, she served for more than two decades on the District Committee, three terms as district chair, and won the Best New Chair award in Jane co-hosted the immaculate Dallas National Tournament, played a key role in the and tournaments and again in She also directed the largest tournament hosted by a single high school in the country for more than 30 years.
After four years of teaching and coaching in Arkansas, she was named Outstanding Young Coach in and coached two state champions. In , Ms. Boyd came to Grapevine High School Texas. Her chapter led the district in new members 14 times, was the largest chapter in and , and won Leading Chapter Award in and District tournament honors include five yearly Sweepstakes Plaques with her most recent in , four Cumulative Sweepstakes Trophies, and still competing. In Texas state events, the team finished twice runner-up and once third in sweepstakes, including two LD championships, one in Policy Debate, one in Extemporaneous Speaking, one in Impromptu, and several finalists in all debate events.
On the national circuit, they won the Harvard Round Robin in Policy. She qualified three LD entrants the same year to Nationals, and all broke to elimination rounds! Everyone has different levels of success… all successes are deserving of praise. I work hard, ask questions, and embrace growth. Kim Jones says being part of a team of colleagues was the key to her success. She began as assistant to Hall of Fame coach James Harville. Deedee Sullivan for creating an educational community of colleagues who teach students to also teach each other.
In competitive California, the team won 17 state championships, 12 with Jones as head coach. Kim and colleagues coached a remarkable 44 individual state champions. They reeled off 10 consecutive years of winning School of Excellence Awards in both debate and speech. Jones was awarded Coach of the Year honors in and Kim co-coached qualifiers to Nationals. Thrice winner of the Leading Chapter Award, the team models a purpose greater than competition. Jones served her profession well: as district chair, winning three Gold Awards; as a member of the LD Topic Wording Committee; and as a Nationals tab room official.
She earned three diamonds. Second, WOW! Several teachers have coached debate at two schools simultaneously, but none with more success than Fred Robertson. The Fremont Policy team won the Nebraska state tournament in , while the Millard West squad won the state debate sweepstakes four years in a row and counting. Coach Robertson has always been on the cutting edge of argumentation. He and his students enjoy working on creative cases and arguments.
Fred has great empathy with his debaters. That happens a lot, of course, because debate is so tough. Robertson works tab rooms, prepares judge assignments, and serves on committees, as he supports his profession. Fred cites the quality work of the many assistant coaches he worked with over the years, and thanks many giants of the debate community, like Hall of Fame brother J.
Patterson, who helped him develop a sterling career. Two jobs at two winning programs and two great daughters who competed for his team. Double the work; double the joy! He never competed in high school debate, or high school speech, either. He was too busy with theatre and choir. But once beginning as a teacher, Darrel Harbaugh was assigned to coach speech and debate, and he fell in love with the activity—a love that has continued for almost four decades. His service to the speech community reaches from the local to the national.
For nine years, Mr. Darrel has also earned six NSDA diamonds. The goal was to strive to improve each day. Tommie Lindsey, Jr. Inducted California. He has proven that success in speech, school, and life can be achieved by students whom others label as disadvantaged or at risk. Lindsey was a college valedictorian but began his career teaching incarcerated children. His California State Tournament record also is remarkable: five team sweepstakes wins and more than 70 event champions. Speech trips visited historical sites like the Holocaust Museum and places in Birmingham where the struggle for Civil Rights met fierce resistance.
Coach Lindsey produced articulate voices. Jacob Trophy, for tournament excellence; the Karl E. Mundt Trophy, for Congress excellence; and School of Excellence awards. Among many finalists, Ms. Miller coached seven national champions and three national runners-up. Her organizational skills are well known. She helped spearhead the Broward Initiative, which insured a forensic team in every high school.
She and other coaches revived FFL, the dormant state league. Lisa was its first president. Tournaments are won prior to ever setting foot on the campus.
All winners! Randy Patterson Inducted Mississippi. For more than 20 years, Randy Patterson, Ph. Randy served as Mississippi High School Activities Association Coordinator for Speech and Debate, where he worked with coaches to build growth and developed qualifying requirements for the state tournament. Before teaching, Randy taught at two universities, worked for the governor, and was executive director of a political party. In , he began the speech and debate team at St. Randy, a two-diamond coach, counts that tournament success as his most exhilarating moment. Awards are fun, but Dr.
His program qualified more than students to TFA State and is regularly among the top ten schools. The school, usually the largest chapter and usually in the U. Jay has qualified 83 contestants to the National Tournament and 22 to the National Congress, including a champion in Congressional Debate. Jay has earned five diamonds for his key. Our Hall of Fame has many members who are expert judges, but only one expert referee! He earned five diamonds. Burton also served a term as president of the National Federation of Officials, a group aiding scholastic sports officials.
Coach Burton has produced winners at the state level 36 state championships and on the national circuit. But he officiated a national championship college game! Like the great athletic coaches, Burton stresses the team concept. Mike the coach and Mike the referee are also Mike the mentor. During his outstanding year career, he has again and again stepped forward to help others.
In the classroom, at the tournament, on the court, or on the field, Mike Burton has promoted excellence and ethics. A teacher, a coach, a referee would never settle for less. Robert Littlefield Inducted North Dakota. Robert Littlefield. Lindsay Littlefield led all students in , the first female in NFL history to win that honor; her brother, Brady was the leader in I encourage students to practice in order to be consistent… One of the hardest lessons to learn for students with talent is they need to develop a consistent performance… In addition, students need to have heart, they need to care, in order to reach their goals.
As a tenured professor, Robert carried a full teaching load, conducted research projects, published articles and a book, served as department chair, and yet made time to serve the NFL and high school students—not just his own children, but all students. Marks, I finally understand how to use my writing skills in such ways as to improve myself and the world around me. In the past 35 years, he coached 68 students to final rounds, where 21 were named national champions.
David McKenzie Inducted Indiana. Only a great coach could move from a state where debate competition is intense to a larger state where debate competition is even fiercer, and still experience local and national success. But Mr. Huston is not just successful coaching Policy Debate, as proven by his Lincoln-Douglas national champion from Iowa.
His national Policy champion team from Texas would win in That team had bittersweet success. Earlier that year, they lost the final rounds at the Tournament of Champions and at the National Debate Coaches Association Tournament. Reaching the final round is sweet; not winning the championship is bitter. To ensure his team would win Nationals and the Unger Cup, Dave reminded his team that the horse Alydar had been runner-up in each of the three triple crown races—and they did not want to be remembered like Alydar!
Dave says his job as coach is to facilitate students and provide them tools necessary to achieve success. But he quickly points out that their success is dependent on their effort. He believes the best coaching may be with students who have good, not great, talent, but who know how to work hard. Naylor Inducted Kansas. Gail, and her school of students, have enjoyed tremendous success in Kansas and nationally. Coach Naylor created the team in Since that beginning, she has qualified more than 80 students to the NDSA National Tournament; almost half reached elimination rounds!
Silver Lake has won seven Kansas state speech championships; 46 students won individual state titles; 14 LD debaters were state champions, as were seven Policy teams. This success is generated by Gail and her philosophy. The talented Ms. The job of a good educator is to provide them these tools… The ability to problem solve, resolve conflict, develop goals, and execute objectives are formidable qualities… As a teacher, I am charged with the most important task: to compose the society of the future… It is my desire to help students meet their full potential by providing an atmosphere that supports the growth of mind and self.
I have a stake in seeing pupils soar beyond what they may deem capable. They are my peers, colleagues, and friends in the next generation and beyond. Cynthia Timmons is not just a nationally successful coach; and not just a superbly organized National Tournament host. Cindi is also the most effective advocate for women in our debate community. Attracting young women to participate in debate; attracting women to become coaches; breaking down barriers and ending stereotypes, which hamper women from becoming full partners in the debate activity: these are Mrs. They need to be addressed. In its first 86 years, the National Debate Tournament celebrated only one female Policy team champion; two ladies teams placed second; 17 young women won with a male partner.
A three-diamond coach of multiple championships in national circuit events, her most memorable were an LD championship at St. Marks, against the reigning national champion; and two top Policy Debate speakers at the TOC, brothers in successive years. Timmons coached a national semifinalist Policy team.
She served five terms and counting as district chair and thrice as host chair to the , , and Nationals. Hosting three in ten years is unprecedented and she says there may yet be a fourth! He also believed the most important goal in NFL was not winning a national championship, it was becoming an NFL member. Participation was most important. I always wanted to have everyone involved. Steve became an NFL student member in He stated his coaching career in at Parsons High School. In , he moved to Emporia High School.
Steve came to Blue Valley North in He was presented the rare sixth diamond in Steve always served his debate community. Blue Valley North was the Largest Chapter in the Three Trails District during his reign, finishing six times in the national top ten and second in At the NSDA National Tournament, the Eagan team has qualified 38 students to finals, winning 13 championships, seven seconds, and five thirds, including the aptly named John Eagan who won Drama and Humor and placed third in Oratory.
In , they took home the Bruno E. Eagan has been the largest Chapter in Southern Minnesota for 25 years consecutively and won five Leading Chapter Awards. They have won five District Sweepstakes Trophies and 16 Plaques. She has earned five diamonds; her co-coaches also have diamond awards. The greatest gift I have been given from this amazing activity is to see a student discover they can do something they never thought they could.
Meg Howell-Haymaker Inducted Arizona. Judy Kroll Inducted South Dakota. James Menchinger Inducted Michigan. It is unusual when one coach at one program dominates a state decade after decade. Jim has qualified 70 students to the National finals, where his entrants were named second in Prose and Senate and a finalist in Duo.
His son qualified in Humorous Interpretation. He coached the high point student in the Michigan District for 15 years. Menchinger served ten years as Michigan district chair, winning a Bronze Award. He was instrumental in rebuilding the Michigan District. Jim earned five NFL diamonds for his key.
Rosie is prominent in a vibrant interpretation community. She coached the Dramatic champion in Not able to attend the tournament, Rosie coached her student by telephone after each round. Blunk coached the Poetry winner in , using an unusual strategy. She and the student agreed the student would have a greater chance to win Poetry than her qualifying event. So teacher and coach concentrated their preparation on Poetry and won the championship! Now living in Iowa to be close to family, was the first year she did not coach a team.
Her many friends miss her, and hope she returns soon to her two great loves, literature and students. Pauline began as a year-old Oratory contestant, who broke into tears at the end of her first round. Forty-five years later, she is one of the most honored women in her profession. In , Pauline was presented the Ralph E. As a coach, she has earned six diamonds. Carochi coaches in a small town where she teaches a full class load, coaches with limited help, and raises funds for her program. More than 50 students qualified for the National Tournament; more than 20 for the National Congress.
Pauline coached two national champions in Commentary. Pauline began as a tearful competitor. As she reviews her career, she recalls mentors who helped her, graduates who thanked her, and colleagues who loved her. Any tears now will be tears of joy. CDE also sponsored one of the best debate institutes. Cat coached at schools in Nebraska and South Dakota, but mainly at St. Ten different years she coached the student who was top NSDA point earner in New Mexico, including a second and a third in the nation.
Her chapters won two Leading Chapter Awards. Bennett qualified 90 students to the National Tournament and National Congress, including her daughter, Jasmine, who qualified in three different years. Cat earned four diamonds and served four terms as district chair, winning a Bronze Award. An actress and play director, she softly commands any situation, whether a tab room protest or a contentious coach controversy. Beloved by students and respected by peers, her teaching, coaching, directing, and serving her profession has established a reputation for competence far beyond Kansas.
For almost 30 years she taught, coached, and directed at South with great success: more than 70 qualifiers to the National Tournament, including the Dramatic Interpretation champion, and two semifinalist Policy Debate teams. In , the South squad was second in National Sweepstakes. Cathy also coached more than 30 Individual Events champions at the Kansas state tournament.
Carey Trophy for Distinguished Career Service. She coached three district point leading students and three Academic All Americans. The NSDA also applauds the many fine theatrical performances she has directed. Her most exciting career moment was hosting the National Tournament.
In other years, she has co-chaired the speech tabulation room, and served as a final auditor to confirm the accuracy of all results. The competence and fairness of Cathy Wood has been widely praised. In retirement, Cathy wishes to act, direct, read, and spend quality time with her husband, the great debate coach and fellow Hall of Fame member, Steve Wood. Her career was great; now life is good. Michele Kilcullen Coody was a woman of faith. James School AL in , later retiring in James School. Sixty students qualified for the national finals, 45 in speech, 12 in LD Debate, and ten in Congress, including a champion and a runner-up in the Senate and third places in Prose and Extemp Commentary.
James program and made regular appearances at tournaments. Who makes a better judge than a judge?
Michele Coody passed away in Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb was the Celebrant at her Mass of Christian Burial. She left her beloved husband, Charles, three daughters, and hundreds of students who loved her. Jan Heiteen Inducted Illinois. Teaching, coaching, and directing has nurtured me and given me a voice that I am honored to pass on to others. Link Mentor award. In , she was named Chair of the Year. At the district tournament her squad won ten Plaques and six Trophies.
And Ms. Jan qualified more than students to the National Tournament, including champions in Humorous Interpretation, Prose, Poetry, and Expository Speaking. Her team won the Bruno E. Jacob Trophy in ; she was awarded the inaugural Albert Odom award as coach.
Teacher Jan Heiteen retired in Coach Heiteen soldiers on. Masters Inducted Texas. A well-worn path has been trod from high school debate to college debate to high school debate coach; debate holds on to its true devotees. Chuck Ballingall is an excellent example. Chuck debated his college sophomore and junior years for Bill Southworth at the University of Redlands. Junior year, he and his partner were ranked 12th nationally, receiving a bid to the NDT, where Chuck was 10th speaker.
Damien competes in California; more than teams have qualified for state, and they won in They also compete on the national circuit; reaching the TOC semifinals three times in four years. Damien has qualified almost 50 teams to the National tournament and five times finished in the top six: 1st in ; 2nd in ; 3rd in ; 5th in ; and 6th in Chuck once said, humorously, that he hoped for a fourth place. Thirty years later, he became a member of that Hall of Fame. Debate never lets go of one of its own. An important employee of the National Forensic League is the official calligrapher.
These societies, like the adult lodges and literary societies which they emulated, were very much devoted to ceremony: a badge or pin signifying membership; an ornate, sometimes framed, certificate or diploma; the ritual of induction. The fledgling NFL had all of these honorifics, especially the diploma of membership. Bruno Jacob insisted that calligraphy gave the NFL diploma the weight of importance and the elegance of style. Several artists lettered names over the years. Elly drew free hand and her beautiful rendering of names was of the highest quality. Her workload consisted of engrossing names on student membership diplomas, names on certificates earned by National Tournament qualifiers, names on first diamond coach certificates, and names of founding members on school Charters.
Elly worked in her home with her husband Carl, who affixed the initial seal on every diploma. Costs would be less without a calligrapher. Money was saved, but a valued tradition was lost. In , a new Secretary reinstated the historic diplomas and reinstated Elly. Over the years, Elly lettered almost one million , to be exact certificates and 1, Charters. Elly says she is grateful for having the opportunity to share her God-given talent with so many appreciative people. Because of severe osteoarthritis, Elly retired in Her art lives on.
Over the years the coaching staff worked as a team; the students also accept the team concept. The amazing results: the number of National Sweepstakes won five, in consecutive order ; three Bruno E. Jacob Trophies won demonstrating excellence over two decades ; many School of Excellence awards won at the National Tournament ; and the number of Indiana State Sweepstakes won 18, including 11 in a row. But every winning team must have a brilliant director—a conductor, who can meld the disparate elements into a successful unit.
At Chesterton, that man was and is Robert J. After a brief hiatus, Bob returned to again direct the team. Challenging his sophomores to win the Indiana State Sweepstakes, after a dry spell of 12 years, they responded with wins in and ! He is proud that he and his colleague, coach James Cavallo, were inducted together.
Bob Kelly will always be remembered by his students as a man who truly cared about them; he cherishes the moments they spent together. Good things always come from small packages. She taught next at San Antonio Madison. Her debaters won a Phillips Performance Award. Kandi also coached a National third place student in Congress and a sixth place student in International Extemp.
In , she joined the Churchill faculty. During her career, more than 80 students qualified for the National Tournament, many advancing to elimination and final rounds. She coached two Top Speakers in Policy Debate. Her Churchill squad won the Leading Chapter Award twice. Coach King earned five diamonds. Beloved by her students, elected by her peers, honored by her colleagues: small lady, big career! In retirement Ron collects grand pianos: he owns one for each day of the week. During his career, he probably coached more national champion teams and speakers than anyone else. Many schools have multiple coaches, and summer institutes offer instruction, as do internet webinars and videos.
In the summer, he taught at speech institutes. Four-time Coach of the Year, his teams won two Bruno E. Ron coached 23 students to the final round. The list of his national circuit invitational champions is extensive. Hard work mixed with love! His students were given a rigorous practice schedule.
Adolescent students will work hard and succeed, if they are treated with respect and love. Tony Figliola Inducted Pennsylvania. He wrote the guidelines and developed the event ballot. Tony also urged the NFL to adopt the event in a Rostrum article. Coach Figliola has written detailed handbooks on the Interpretation events and Oratory for several summer speech institutes, where he has been a marquee coach for many years. Oral Interpretation has not always had the respect it deserved. Only years later were scripted events added: Poetry and Prose as supplemental events. Points awarded for Interpretation events were less than in original contests.
Not until the 21st century were scripted events given trials and adopted and credit points equalized. Tony and his colleagues finally prevailed. Figliola led the Holy Ghost squad to 17 Pennsylvania state team titles and coached individuals to win more than state championships! Champions numbered two in Oratory; seven in Oral Interp; and seven in Duo. Tony, a member of the Pennsylvania Speech Hall of Fame, earned four diamonds.
Literature holds up a mirror to life; Oral Interpretation is its voice; Tony Figliola is its advocate. It was crisis time in December, A California school district that had agreed to host the National Tournament abruptly resigned. Mel graciously agreed, and in less than 18 months presented one of the best planned, conducted, and popular events in NFL history.
He immediately began to build a world class speech and theater program at Dobson High School. His chapter was usually the largest in Arizona, and almost always led the district in new members each year. Dobson won the Leading Chapter Award in Coach Olson qualified more than Arizona students to Nationals, including a champion Duo Interpretation team, a runner-up in Dramatic Interpretation, and a first and a third in Impromptu. He coached a Humor champion at Harvard and finalists at the Harvard and Berkeley tournaments.
State and National Tournament qualifiers were motivated to perform well, and they gained valuable audience experience. I want them to know I appreciate their work. They need to be needed. He is totally involved with speech and judges all year long. His students would have been proud. Betty taught the forensic arts for 42 years. I want my students to…build skills that will allow them to communicate effectively in their adult lives… Speech and debate makes a life difference. I, of course, was excited about the national champions, but the most exciting was when a student who had worked with me for four years…won fourth place…at a local tournament, earning his first award.
Excellence is the goal—winning is a bonus. During her tenure, Loyola established a record, cumulative total of Class A medalists at the Minnesota state finals. Notably, her student won the first state LD festival. Together, they coached 73 state champions, five national champions in Oratory, and one in Dramatic Interpretation. During the early years, she coached at every school and the students traveled together. Copeland Coach of the Year award in and earned her seventh diamond in