Class of 2012 / Biographies

Class of 2012 / Biographies

Mrs. Karen (Brock Goff) Dyser

Karen spent 23 years serving Zanesville City Schools, culminating her career as Director of Instruction from 1985-96. She was a Kindergarten teacher for 16 years at Grant, Madison and McIntire schools. She served Rufus Putnam, Pleasant Grove and Sheridan schools at Title I Reading Teacher for five years, also serving as Head Teacher at Sheridan Elementary.

After graduating from ZHS in 1959, Karen entered the Cadet Teacher Training program at Ohio University. She received her masters degree from Xavier University and earned her Administrative Certification from Ashland University.

Karen was a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar in 1979 and received the Effective Reading Project Award from Indiana-Purdue University in 1983. She was presented the Zanesville YWCA Women of Achievement Award for Education in 1991.

Following her retirement, Karen was involved in the Ohio Department of Education School Support Team and was an educational consultant in northeast Ohio as well as for Battelle for Kids in Columbus. She is also an ovarian cancer survivor and, in 2011, she realized a long-time dream by writing a children’s book, Bailey Bunny and the Fear Monster: A Story of Courage.

Karen is the daughter of the late Willard and Pearl Brock. She is the mother of Christopher Goff (Michele) and Cheryl Goff Tung (Henry), who have gifted her with six grandchildren. She is a member of Sterling Oaks Tennis Club in Naples, Fla., where her husband Joe is the head tennis professional. Karen and Joe reside in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Bonita Springs, Fla.

PRESENTERS: Mrs. Cheryl Tung & Mr. Chris Goff

Mr. Pearl "Zane" Grey

Pearl “Zane” Grey was born Jan. 29, 1872, in Zanesville’s McIntire Terrace area. His great-grandfather, Ebenezer, was the founder of Zanesville, builder of the National Road, and the father of Betty Zane – subject of the author’s first novel.

An avid outdoorsman and baseball player as a youth, Zane assisted his father, a dentist, until the state dental association stopped him. His prowess as a baseball pitcher led to a scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation from Penn, he settled in New York City to practice dentistry.

But Zane’s love of writing won out. He married in November 1905, and soon after he published a trilogy about the Ohio Valley and the life of Betty Zane. The books were not widely received, but in 1907 a cowboy showman named Buffalo Jones encouraged him to go west and seek the adventure that would eventually make him famous. Within 10 years, Zane would become the first millionaire author in the United States and would be ranked among the top five writers in the world. In his spare time and with his wealth, he became a world-class sport fisherman, writing 19 autobiographical novels based on his experiences.

Zane was also an avid photographer, which led him to eventually start a production company. Zane Grey Theatre eventually became Paramount Pictures, and more than 30 of his novels, including the famous Riders of the Purple Sage, were turned into movies.

He died October 23, 1939, in Altadena, Calif, at age 67. In 2010, one of the new Zanesville City Schools buildings was named in his honor.

PRESENTER: Mr. John Starner
ACCEPTOR: Mr. Dan Beebe

Mr. John Matesich III

John was born in Cincinnati, the second of five children of George and Louise (Kobunski) Matesich. His family returned to Zanesville after World War II, and his father's service in the U.S. Army.

He was educated in Zanesville parochial schools, served honorably in the U.S. Navy Reserves, and returned to Ohio to complete his degree from Ohio State. While in college, he met his future wife, Christine Meissner, an elementary school teacher in the Columbus City Schools. After a short period as a college publishing representative, John returned to Zanesville and joined his family beverage distribution business. As he gained more responsibility within the company, he eventually became its president and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board.

He and his wife Chris have been involved as community volunteers and local organization members in a diverse range of interests. John was honored to be a two-term member of the Zanesville City Schools Board of Education, and later as a team member of "Keeping Kids First" levy campaign that built all new community schools. Education and community have always been a focus of John's adult life. He served as a trustee of the Zane State College and currently serves as chairman of the college's foundation. He was one of the founding trustees of the Muskingum County Community Foundation, and currently serves as Chairman of the Wilds. In his professional life, he was president of The Ohio Beer and Wine Association and served ten years as director and chairman of The National Beer Wholesalers Association. He also served as a member of the Anheuser-Busch Wholesaler Advisory Panel, which met regularly with senior management of the corporation.

John and Chris are the parents of Kate Matesich and Jenn (David) Gran. They take special delight in the joys of their grandson, Ben, and his kind and gentle father.

PRESENTER: Mrs. Chris Matesich

Mr. Jim "Mac" McCandlish

Jim was an art teacher and coach at Zanesville High School for more than 30 years, and was one of the most beloved figures at ZHS.

He graduated from ZHS in 1967, after participating in marching band, dance band, orchestra, and the senior play. He was also president of Student Council. Jim graduated from Ohio University in 1971, earning a bachelors degree in fine arts, and he then obtained his teaching certificate in 1973 from Ohio Dominican University.

Jim began his career at Hancock Junior High in 1974, where he also coached the boys basketball team. In 1980, he moved to ZHS, and he took over the Lady Devils basketball program the following year. He twice led ZHS to the regional tournament, and his 1981-82 team won the school’s first-ever Central Ohio League title. Jim also started a booster club, designed a team logo, and started the elementary school program.

He left the ZHS program in 1985 but returned to coaching in 1989 at Roosevelt Junior High. He stayed in that post until 1992, when he returned to coach the Lady Devils for the next three seasons. He also assisted his daughter as coach at RMS from 2003-06 and at ZHS through 2007.

Jim retired from teaching in 2004, but his handiwork can still be spotted around campus. He was also a founding member of the Hall of Fame. In late 2007, he passed away after a short battle with cancer. The James W. McCandlish Art Scholarship was founded in his honor to assist aspiring ZHS art students with college costs.

PRESENTER: Mr. Roger Cook
ACCEPTOR: Mr. Matt McCandlish

Brig. Gen. Michael McHenry

A military officer, soldier, and airman who has and continues to serve his country and state for the past 38 years, Gen. McHenry began his career May 30, 1973, when he enlisted in the United States Air Force just a year after graduating from ZHS.

After duty with the USAF, he continued his enlisted service with the Ohio National Guard before receiving his Army commission from Officer Candidate School. Over the past 32 years as a commissioned officer, Gen. McHenry has held numerous staff and command positions – 214th Maintenance Company; 237th Personnel Service Battalion; 371st Corps Support Group; and Special Troops Brigade. He is currently Deputy Commanding General of the 38th Infantry Division. In addition, he has served in various combat service support (logistical) staff positions, culminating as the J4, Director of Logistics, for the ONG from May 2003 to February 2010.

Gen. McHenry deployed to Iraq in 2005-06 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was attached to the 18th Airborne Corps and Multi National Coalition Force-Iraq. His duties supported the entire Iraqi theater of operations by testing and placing new equipment prototypes in the hands of the American warfighter.

Gen. McHenry possesses a bachelors degree in sociology from the University of New York and a masters degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College. He has received numerous awards and decorations for his service, including: the Meritorious Service Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster; Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Joint Service Achievement Medal; Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster; Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with one silver oak leaf cluster and three oak leaf clusters; National Defense Medal with one Bronze Service Star; Iraqi Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with gold hourglass; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device; Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon; Ohio Distinguished Service Ribbon; Ohio Faithful Service Ribbon with one silver oak leaf cluster; Ohio Award of Merit with Numeral 2; Indiana Commendation Medal; and the Combat Action Badge.

Gen. McHenry has been past president and member of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of the United States Army; a member of the National Guard Association of the United States; Ohio National Guard Association; U.S. Army Quartermaster Association; Military Officer Association of America; and the Knights of Columbus Council 505.

PRESENTER: Maj. Gen. Greg Waite

Mr. Melvin "Sy" Oliver

Sy was born in Battle Creek, Mich., in 1910, the son of two musicians. He grew up in Zanesville and graduated from ZHS.

He left home at age 17 to join Zack Whyte and his Chocolate Beau Brummels, launching a career during which he became an influential Big Band arranger, conductor, composer and singer. In 1939, Sy became on of the first African Americans with a prominent role in a white band when he joined the Tommy Dorsey Band as an arranger and singer. He was also credited for helping to lead the Dorsey band from Dixieland music into a modern Big Band. In the six years prior to that, Sy was trumpeter, vocalist and arranger for the Jimmy Lunceford Band.

World War II interrupted his time with the Dorsey band, but he led a band during the war, too.

Sy also served as a freelance arranger after leaving the Dorsey band, and he worked with some of the world’s biggest names, including Frank Sinatra, the Mills Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sammy Davis Jr. He also served as musical director for Decca Records from 1947-57.

Among his famous compositions are “OPUS 1,” “ ‘Taint Whatcha Do,” “Sunny Side of the Street,” “My Blue Heaven,” and “For Dancers Only.”

Sy formed his own orchestra, which played at the Rockefeller Center’s famed “Rainbow Room” from 1974-84. He also returned to play his trumpet.

Sy passed away May 28, 1988, in New York City.

PRESENTER: Mrs. Carlotta Workman
ACCEPTOR: Mr. Jeffry James Oliver

Mr. David Schubach

A writer/composer who graduated from ZHS in 1970, David is based in both Los Angeles and Ohio.

His original music compositions have been performed by symphony orchestras, concert bands, jazz bands, choirs and solo artists in southern California and the Midwest. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Before moving west, David operated Schubach Music Center, marking his family’s fourth generation in the retail music business.

In Hollywood, he was twice elected vice president of the Los Angeles Musicians Union, working closely with the Recording Artists Coalition (Don Henley, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks, Carole King) to lobby for artists’ rights. A live-performance contract that David initiated helped free-lance musicians attain health insurance and pension benefits.

His fact-based TV movie “The Lee Donoho Story” was optioned for production. David was the musical arranger and producer for a Hollywood gala featuring pop stars Michele Phillips (The Mamas & The Papas) and Maria Conchita Alonso. His music has been performed by artists as widely varied as jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton and concert organist Hector Olivera.

Close to home, he was commissioned to compose a trumpet concerto for the Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, and a new score for the Charlie Chaplin silent film, “The Immigrant,” which premiered at Ohio University-Zanesville. As a playwright, David’s drama “Back Words” was given its Ohio premiere in Zanesville. The Schubach Big Band, a 17-piece jazz ensemble, performs at dances and concerts around the Midwest.

PRESENTER: Mr. Robert White

Dr. William Stewart

Bill attended Zanesville City Schools and was blessed with outstanding teachers at all levels. They challenged him to think, practice what he learned, and look at the world around him. Bill earned admission to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a leading science and engineering university, and majored in mechanical engineering and industrial management while playing golf and basketball, and running track, during his four years.

Bill then began teaching at Muskingum Area Technical College (now Zane State College) and later returned to graduate school, earning his M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Ohio University and Ohio State University, respectively. At Purdue University, Bill was given the 1981 Dean Potter Award as the outstanding engineering professor in all the schools of engineering. He conducted research, consulted, and published articles in the area of productivity measurement and improvement of organizations. Bill then joined the faculty at the University of Virginia’s Darden MBA Program.

In 1985, Bill returned to Zanesville as president of Stewart Glapat Corporation, a family-owned engineering and manufacturing business that produces materials handling equipment for numerous blue-chip companies such as Walmart, Federal Express and Frito-Lay.

Bill and his wife, Jennifer, have raised five children, all graduates of ZHS. Brian, Amy and Jessica are teachers; Allison is an attorney; and David will graduate with a degree in sports management from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he was a four-year football letterman.

Recently, Bill and Jennifer have become full-time teachers at ZHS: Jennifer in Spanish and Bill in Advanced Placement Calculus and Physics as well as robotics. Bill has also been an ACT tutor for area students for the past 20 years, and currently conducts Sunday evening sessions at the Muskingum County Community Foundation.

He has served on the board of trustees at Zane State College for 25 years and was a director of First National Bank and Unizan Bank. He currently serves as vice chairman of The John McIntire Foundation, which annually supports more than 150 college students with financial aid.

PRESENTER: Mr. Bob Johnson

Mr. Ty Tucker

Ty became the head coach of the Ohio State men’s tennis team in 1999, and has guided the Buckeyes to six consecutive Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles (2006-11) for a total of seven tournament championships, while also earning six consecutive Big Ten Coach of the Year honors during that span. The 2009 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Coach of the Year, Ty has coached the Buckeyes to 20-win seasons each year since 2000 and 30-win campaigns the past four seasons. Ty has consistently coached Ohio State deep into the NCAA championships, including the national championship final in 2009.


Ty is accustomed to success in tennis. A two-time All-American at Ohio State, Tucker earned three letters from 1989 to 1991 during his collegiate career. He captured the No. 1 singles position his freshman year and held it for three seasons, while also securing his place in the Buckeye history book with his dominating play, finishing with 64 career singles wins. In 2004, Ty was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.

In 1992, Ty decided to pursue a professional tennis career. He achieved a world ranking of No. 273 and in 1994 was ranked as high as No. 35 in the U.S. He earned significant wins over Tim Henman, Hendrik Dreekman and Sargis Sargisian and defeated Jimmy Arias to win the Novi Auto Mall Professional Tennis Challenge in Michigan. Ty also played in more than 40 foreign tournaments between 1992 and 1995. After returning to Ohio State as an assistant coach, Ty earned his degree in anthropology in 1998.

Ty’s success in tennis began at an early age. As a player on the junior circuit, he established himself by accumulating nine United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Junior titles and was a tournament finalist 11 times. Ty notched victories over Andre Agassi, Michael Chang and Jim Courier. As a student at Zanesville High School, Tucker became the only student-athlete to win the Ohio High School state title as a freshman, in 1985.

PRESENTER & ACCEPTOR: Mr. Rob Sharrer

1955 Boys Basketball State Champions

As if it wasn’t enough that Zanesville was celebrating a sparkling new high school on Blue Avenue, the community got a little extra to cheer.

After starting the season with a 3-3 record, head coach Wayne Ashbaugh and assistant coach Harold Slack led the Blue Devils to 19 straight victories to win the school’s second state basketball championship. It has been 29 years since ZHS had won its first, and it would be another 40 before the Blue Devils would win another.

This ZHS team defeated Akron Central, 63-56, in the state semifinals at Cincinnati Gardens as Donis Toler scored 18 points, Doug Palmer had 17, Larry Crist 13 and Ron Curtis 12. In the final against Cincinnati Hughes. the Blue Devils trailed 22-15 at halftime, but rallied to take a 32-31 lead after three quarters before scoring 11 straight points in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Rodger Humm led ZHS with 17 points while Toler added 15 and Crist 11 as ZHS won, 56-42.

Other team members included Don Branson, Jerry Cooper, Chuck Gause, Glenn Lewis, Dale McLain, Stan Slack and Dale Young. Ernie Bynum and Tom Bollinger were team managers.

PRESENTER: Mr. Doug Palmer
ACCEPTOR: Mr. Chuck Gause
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