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Fred Bollerer

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Fred L. Bollerer graduated from Zanesville High School in 1960. In 1965, he graduated from Ohio University with a BBA and in 1967 he graduated from the American Graduate School of International Management (part of Arizona State University) with a Masters of International Business and Spanish. Fred was Ohio University’s Businessman of the Year in 2008.
After completing his MBA, he joined the International Division of Chicago’s Continental Bank serving in Chicago, New York and Argentina. After returning to the United States in 1974, he joined First City Bank in Houston where he headed the International Division becoming the bank’s President and CEO in 1984.
In 1988, Fred moved to Washington, DC to serve as President and CEO of First American Bank and later held the same positions for Riggs Bank in 1993. Both banks were troubled banks and Fred had become known in the banking industry as a turn around expert. After negotiating the successful sale of First American and returning Riggs to financial strength, he retired in 1997.
Following his retirement, he became the Chairman and CEO of a non-profit focused on developing the Internet industry in the Washington region. In 2001, he became the Investment Partner of Venture Philanthropy Partners, a fund investing in enhancing the performance of youth focused non-profits.
After retiring from VPP, he joined the troubled Corcoran Museum of Art and the Corcoran College of Art and Design as their Chief Operating Officer. Bollerer assumed the role of Executive Director and President in 2010. He successfully negotiated the acquisition of the museum’s assets by the National Gallery of Art and the acquisition of the Corcoran College of Art and Design by George Washington University assuring the future of both the museum and the college.
Fred retired for the fifth time in 2013, but he continues to serve on several non-profit and for-profit boards.
Bollerer has been married to Susan Puryear, also a 1960 graduate of ZHS, for 52 years. They have one son, Christopher, born in Argentina and married to Beth Hoffman. They have two beautiful grandchildren, Mia and Owen.
PRESENTER: Liz Burrier

Kenneth Burke

Embedded Image for: Kenneth Burke (2016511114747411_image.jpg) Kenneth Thornton Burke was born and educated in Zaneaville. He graduated from ZHS in 1966. He played football as running back, center and defensive end for the Blue Devils.
In 1967, Ken joined the United States Army. He served in Vietnam for a year and then in Oklahoma and Germany, reaching the rank of Sergeant.
Ken returned to Zanesville in 1970 and worked for John Hancock Insurance before his life service at Burnham foundry. While working, he attended classes at Zane State and Ohio University, Zanesville. He earned a degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He also attained a degree in Methods Engineering and Time Study from Panico and Sons School of Engineering in Columbus. In addition, he qualified for a license in real estate. At the time of his retirement from Burnham in 2008, Ken was the Supervisor of Quality Control.
Burke is a long time member of the NAACP and served as President of the Muskingum Chapter in 2000 - 2001. He also served as the Treasurer of the State Conference. He is the first African-American to be a Big Brother and serve on the Board of Directors. Other Boards on which he has served include: Muskingum County Behavior Health, United Way, Salvation Army and We Care Council. Ken is a lifelong member of the Union Baptist Church. He has been active as a Sunday School teacher and a member of the choir. He was ordained as a Deacon in 2009.
Volunteering has always been important to Ken. His motto “I volunteer to help others achieve, not for self gain” has governed his life. He enjoyed tutoring at Westview Elementary as well as chaperoning the ZHS band trip to Florida in 2014.
In 1991, Ken was married to Carla Scipio and together they raise their family of one daughter and two grandchildren. Another daughter, a son and four other grandchildren live in the Zanesville area.
PRESENTER: Ron Apperson

Dr. Jeffrey Jacob

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Jeff Jacob graduated from Zanesville High School in 1966 having previously attended Sheridan Elementary and Hancock Junior High School. Jeff subsequently earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Cincinnati, a Master of Music Degree from the Julliard School in New York and a Doctorate from Johns Hopkins University.
Since his graduation from Hopkins, Jeff has pursued four separate but related careers: concert pianist of classical music, college professor, composer, and recording artist. He was, for 37 years until his retirement last year, Chair of the Piano Department at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana.
As a concert pianist, the New York Times described him as “an artist of intense concentration and conviction” and the Warsaw Music Journal referred to him as “unquestionably one of the greatest living performers of contemporary classical music.” He has performed solo piano recitals in London, Dublin, Glasgow, Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Prague, Warsaw, Bucharest, Milan, Madrid, Helsinki, Rio, São Paulo, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Jakarta, Sydney, Auckland, Toronto, Ottawa, and throughout the United States. He has appeared as piano soloist with over 25 orchestras internationally including the Moscow, St. Petersburg, London, Seattle, Portland, Indianapolis, Charleston, and New Jersey Symphonies. In April he became the first U.S. pianist in over 50 years to be invited to perform with the Cuban National Symphony in Havana.
As a composer, Jeff has written 4 symphonies, 3 piano concertos, 3 string quartets, and numerous other works. Three CD’s of his music have been released by major classical labels in the U.S. and Europe.
Jeff has recorded over 120 piano compositions by living American composers. He recently received the Artist-of-the-Year Award from the International Consortium of New Music at New York University for his work as pianist, composer and educator.
Most importantly, 25 years ago he adopted two infant girls from South America. Ana now teaches second grade in the Los Angeles Public School System and Christina graduates this May 15 from the University of Hawaii.
NOTE: Dr. Jacob was unable to attend the induction ceremony. His acceptance was read.

Micah Jones

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Micah Jones has become a source of inspiration through her story of faith, determination, and hope. A 1999 graduate of Zanesville High School, Micah’s love of music began at a young age. It was this love of music that took her from Miami University of Ohio to Middle Tennessee State University. Micah knew it was there that she would be able to chase her dream of working in the music industry.
At the end of her senior year at MTSU, her life changed dramatically. On July 9, 2004, just a month before graduating with a music business degree in Mass Communication Micah was injured. After working an event with a record label, Micah was crossing the street to get a taxi when she was struck by a drunk driver. She was thrown, landing on a curb with a metal edge. Micah was given a 10% chance of survival after sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI), among other injuries.
She has learned to live with the struggles that come with a TBI and has had to adapt to what she has lost. Having both long and short term memory deficits, the reality and severity of this life altering event has become very apparent to Micah, yet she believes adversity brings opportunities greater than we can imagine.
Micah continues to make a difference in others’ lives volunteering for the nonprofit foundation she founded in 2010 for brain injury survivors, called BrainSong, The Micah Jones Foundation. Micah was the driving force behind naming July 9 Ohio Brain Injury Awareness Day. She is a frequent speaker for Genesis and The Ohio State University’s ThinkFirst Programs.
Micah realizes that her life can have incredible influence, although the path getting there was very different from the one she had imagined. She is now living a life with new lyrics. Micah’s song continues.
PRESENTER: Paula Vandegriff

Robert Kessler

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Robert Kessler graduated from Zanesville High School in1968. While in high school, he played varsity football for two years and varsity baseball for three years. He was a southpaw pitcher and still holds the ZHS record for the most strike outs in one seven inning game (20).
Bob spent his summers during high school playing with the Junior Pioneers organization in Zanesville. He presently holds the records for most innings pitched, most strikeouts and most wins. In 1969, he signed with the New York Mets and played in that organization through 1971.
Bob is the Founder, President and CEO of Kessler Sign Company which he opened in 1973. The company, which began as a one man business, now employs over 50 people in the Zanesville and Dayton areas. Along with his brothers, Rodger and David, he started the Kessler Outdoor Advertising Company. Today this company has 365 billboard faces in Ohio and 35 faces in Florida. In 1988, he started the first of many commercial real estate and investment companies that he operates with various partners today. They have properties and holdings in four counties.
In 1991, Bob was inducted into the Old Timer’s Baseball Hall of Fame. He has also been honored with the Dick Johnson Civic Leadership Award and the civic leadership award of the local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America.
Bob has served on the board of directors for many organizations including: the Zanesville Chamber of Commerce, the Community Foundation, Genesis Healthcare System, Bank One, Century National Bank, and is past President of the Zanesville Country Club. He currently serves on the Board of directors for The Wilds, The John M. Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, and North Valley Bank.
Bob married the former Debbie Bateson in 1970. The have three daughters, Julie, Valerie and Natalie, and four grandchildren, Cassandra, Nicholas, Madison and Michael.
PRESENTER: Mike Bennett

Darren LaShelle

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Darren graduated from Zanesville High School in 1985 and was active in the drama club, choir and student-run charities. He always had an interest in broadcasting, and although ZHS did not have radio or television classes at the time, he was able to take media classes at OUZ during his junior and senior years and record “teen reports” at WHIZ radio. He entered Marietta College’s media program, graduating with a BA in Radio and TV in 1989. At Marietta, he gained experience as a TV news reporter, producer, program director and became student general manager of Marietta College’s WCMO-TV2 as a college senior.
His professional experience includes four years as a creative services producer at NBC affiliate WTOV9 in Steubenville, Ohio, and two years as promotion producer at FOX affiliate station WUPW-Fox36 in Toledo, Ohio. Darren left commercial television to begin a career in non-profit media as a public television and public radio producer-host at WGTE Public Media in Toledo. As the Executive Producer of the Toledo production unit, he led the production effort of a number of nationally-broadcast public television documentaries, including the Emmy-nominated programs: “War of 1812 in the Old Northwest,” “Body by Fisher,” “Jeep: Steel Soldier” and “Reverence: Life in Ballet.” His productions at WGTE included the creation of two of Toledo’s most-watched TV series - the history show “Toledo Stories” and the Emmy award-winning science and technology series “Plugged-In,” for which he was honored with the Emmy for best educational series.
Darren now serves as Content Manager and Senior Producer in the San Francisco television market at KRCB North Bay Public Media in Sonoma County, California. His recent TV and radio documentary work focuses on health and educational disparities primarily amongst the Latino population of the region, and projects that explore food system safety, organic agriculture, alternative energy and water conservation.
Darren has served as a board member of the Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Toledo Ballet and Perrysburg Historic Museum and continues his work as a Panelist for selection of independent films for Public Television.

Dr. John McCarroll

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John Robert McCarroll, son of Robert and Marguerite McCarroll, was born and raised In Zanesville. He attended Wilson Elementary, Grover Cleveland Junior High and graduated from Zanesville High School in 1962. While in high school, he participated in football, gaining All Conference and Honorable Mention All Ohio. He was also active in baseball, track, basketball, Thespians and National Honor Society.
He attended the Ohio State University for his undergraduate degree. John then attended the Ohio State Medical School, receiving his M.D. In 1970. He did his internship at Indiana University Medical Center.
In 1971, John was chosen to serve in the United States Navy and completed his orthopaedic residency at Portsmouth Naval Regional Medical Center and an orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center.
After his discharge in 1980, he moved to Carmel, Indiana and started his practice of orthopaedics and sports medicine. He is a founding partner of Methodist Sports Medical and continues to practice there today. He has been the team physician for local high schools and was the orthopaedic team physician for Indiana University for thirty years.
John has authored several orthopaedic and sports medicine journal articles and chapters in textbooks. He edited FEELING UP TO PAR: MEDICINE FROM TEE TO GREEN, a textbook on golf injuries. He is a member of many medical societies and has been a presenter at national and international meetings.
John was inducted into the Indiana Soccer Hall of Fame and Indiana Football Hall of Fame. He was also named Indiana University School of Medicine’s outstanding teacher of the year as well as the Sports Medicine Physician of the Year from both Indiana Athletic Trainers Association and the Indiana State Medical Association.
In 1971, he married Janice Snee and they have four children: Tara, Tracey, Tammy, and Tyler. They have seven grandchildren: Cameron, Cassidy, Brooks, Oliver, Rory, Ellery and Clark.
John’s hobbies include sports, especially golf. He has played courses all over the world. He is a member of Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana. However, His favorite activity is being with his children and grandchildren and watching them participate in their activities

Dr. Myron Moorehead

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Dr. Myron Moorehead was born and raised in Zanesville. “Skip” as he was known by all, graduated in the final class of Lash High School in 1954. He was a member of National Honor Society and served as “Mayor for a Day” during high school.
Myron attended Muskingum College (University) and graduated with a BS in Biology in 1958. He attended medical school at Meharry Medical College in Tennessee where he received his Medical Degree in 1962. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. He served as an OB/GYN specialist in the USAF hospitals from 1967 to 1970.
In 1970, Dr. Moorehead, his wife, Patricia (Cook), also from Zanesville, and their three children, Dawn, Chip and Kelli, moved to Columbus where he started a private practice in OB/GYN. He continued in private practice until 1978 when the family moved to New Orleans.
Dr. Moorehead has received many medical, civic and social awards and recognitions throughout his career. Some of his accomplishments are as follows: member of the Tulane Medical School faculty (1978 - 2013); First African-American Laser Microsurgeon in the U.S. (1983); Muskingum College Distinguished Alumni Award (1992); Junior Achievement Council, Business Hall of Fame inductee (2002); Young Leadership Council, Role Model of the Year recipient (2004); Weiss Foundation Distinguished Service Award in Human Relations recipient (2010); and Muskingum University Baccalaureate Speaker and Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree (2013). He has also held Chairmanships for the following Boards: Greater New Orleans Foundation; Xavier University Board of Trustees and Covenant House of Greater New Orleans. Lastly, Dr. Moorehead has been a board member of the following organizations: New Orleans Audubon Institute; The Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation; National Planned Parenthood; planned Parenthood of Louisiana; Lakeside Hospital of Metairie, LA; Elmwood Medical Center and the Board of Trustees for Muskingum University (1992 to present).
At Mardi Gras 1999, Myron served as King Zulu of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club. He initiated the first historical meeting of King Zulu and Rex. This Mardi Gras tradition has continued annually since 1999.
PRESENTER: Jon Moorehead

Douglas Vinsel

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Doug Vinsel was born and raised in Zanesville and graduated from Zanesville High School in 1968. He was a two-year starter in football, earning ALL-COL honors as a senior. He was also a three-year baseball starter, serving as team captain as a senior. Both the football and baseball teams were COL champions his senior year.
Doug went on to play football and lacrosse at Wittenberg University where he was a member of Wittenberg’s small college football national championship team in 1969. He was also selected as the lacrosse team’s Most Improved Player in 1970. In 2007 he was recognized by being presented with the Wittenberg Alumni Award of Distinction.
After graduating from Wittenberg in 1972, he attended Duke University where he received his Master’s Degree in Health Administration. Doug was also the recipient of a grant from The Duke Endowment to attend King’s Fund College of Hospital Management in London, England.
Doug had a long and fulfilling career in healthcare, culminating in serving as the Executive Vice President and COO at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh, NC from 1984 to 2006 and as President/CEO of Duke Raleigh Hospital from 2006 until his retirement in December 2012. Upon retirement he was honored with receiving Lifetime Fellowship in the American College of Healthcare Executives and Lifetime Membership in the North Carolina Hospital Association.
During his time in Raleigh, Doug was involved with a number of community organizations including: Triangle United Way; Wake Education Partnership; American Heart Association; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation; Raleigh Chamber of Commerce; Midtown Raleigh Alliance; and North Wake Basketball Association – among others. He was named to the Triangle Business Leader Hall of Fame in 2009 and named one of the Triangle’s 100 Most Influential Business Leaders by the Triangle Business Journal in 2012.
Doug has been married for 43 years to the former Tammy Arnold (a 1969 ZHS graduate). They continue to reside in Raleigh and have five children and nine grandchildren.
PRESENTER: Mike Vinsel

Lt. j.g. Osborne Wiseman

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Osborne B. Wiseman was born in Zanesville, Ohio on February 20, 1915. He graduated from Lash High School in 1932. After his graduation, he was appointed to the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 1938. He was designated a Naval Aviator and promoted to Lieutenant, Junior Grade, serving as a dive bomber during WWII.
In April of 1942, Wiseman played a pivotal role in the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo. He discovered a Japanese fleet while on a scouting mission ahead of the American task force. He returned to the U.S. battleships and due to mandatory radio silence dropped a weighted message onto the deck of the USS Enterprise with the information. This prompted the launch of a successful raid.
Wiseman participated in the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942. His squadron’s objective was the destruction of four Japanese aircraft carriers. He flew two sorties, one against the carrier Soryu in the morning, and the second that afternoon targeting the last of the four, the Hiryu. He successfully struck the ship and helped seal the fate of the final remaining enemy aircraft carrier in the Midway Battle Fleet. This produced an overwhelming victory and became the turning point of the war.
After striking the Hiryu, Wiseman’s SBD Dauntless Dive Bomber was swarmed by Japanese fighter pilots. He was last seen attempting to fight them off. Wiseman was declared Killed in Action and was awarded the Navy Cross for his “extraordinary heroism and distinguished service.” The Navy honored him by naming a ship after him, the USS Wiseman DE 667, which was commissioned in April 1944.
Osborne Beeman Wiseman was survived by his wife, June Smith Wiseman and an infant daughter, Judith Lee.
PRESENTER: Judith Farkus