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Class of 1973 Reunion Planning Meeting
The GHS Class of 1973 is having its first meeting for their 45th reunion to be held in 2018. The meeting will be held at the Galion Public Library Community Room in the basement, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm.
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The 2017 Hall of Fame Banquet and inductee presentations will be held on October 7, 2017. Do you know a Galion High School Graduate that deserves recognition for outstanding accomplishments in their careers and communities? Please fill out a nomination form for that individual to be considered for that honor. Nominating forms are due by June15, 2017. Click on the banner below to print out the nominating criteria and and form. Provide as much information as possible, but most importantly nominate some one you feel is deserving of recognition.
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|2014 Inductee Bios|
|Written by Contributed Material|
|Friday, 03 October 2014|
E. Richard Hottenroth
Class of 1954
According to his sister and 2010 inductee, A. Elaine Hottenroth, E. Richard Hottenroth has always been a steady, supportive member of the Galion community and the organizations of which he has been a member." A look at his life and career illustrates this.
Born in Galion in 1936, Dick attended Galion schools and graduated in 1954. While in high school, he played football and baseball, was a 4-year class officer and student government president. Dick was selected to attend Boys State and earned induction into the National Honor Society. Following his high school graduation, he attended Capital University, earning a BA degree and again served as a class officer and as a member of the student government while continuing to play football and baseball. He then moved on to the Ohio State University College of Law where he earned his LLB and JD degrees.
He was admitted to the practice of law before the Supreme Court of Ohio in 1962 and was later admitted to practice in Federal Northern and Southern District Courts in Ohio and finally before the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a longtime member and past officer of the Crawford County Bar Association as well as holding membership in the Ohio State Bar Association. As a member of the OSBA, he has served on special committees dealing with the adoption of oil and gas drilling regulations.
In his hometown of Galion, Dick has held a multitude of positions and served on various boards. Among these are Chairman and 20 year member of the Galion Planning and Zoning Commission; member of the Galion City Charter Commission and the First Review Committee of the Galion City Charter; and member of the founding body and continuing officer of the Galion Community Improvement Corporation (CIC). Other positions include formerly serving as a director on the First
Federal Bank Board; as a member of the Galion YMCA Board, helping to merge this organization with the Community Center; as the former chairman and member of the Peace Lutheran Church Council; as the past president (1983-89) and member (1974 - 1989) of the Galion Community Hospital Board; as a former director of PECO II; and as a former member of the Ohio Bar Title Insurance Company.
Currently, Dick is a partner in Hottenroth, Garverick, Tilson and Garverick (formerly Petri, Hottenroth; later Petri, Hottenroth, Garverick). He is serving on the board of the Crawford County Council on Aging and sits as a board member and chairman of the Egbert M. Freese Foundation.
He and his wife Carol celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in August. They are parents of three children, David (New York City); Gail (Sunbury, OH); and Marc (Louisville, KY); all three are Galion High School graduates.
As Elaine has said, "His devotion and contributions to his family, profession, and the community certainly qualify him for induction into the GHS Hall of Fame
Richard L. Ekin
Class of 1955
Galion industrialist and civic leader Richard L. Ekin is a 1955 graduate of Galion High School. As a student, he participated in track and basketball all four years, played the trombone for six years, and was involved in a variety of school activities such as Hi-Y, National Honor Society, The Spy staff, and he also played the lead part in a drama department production his junior year.
Following his graduation from GHS, Dick enrolled in the University of Illinois and graduated in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Administration and Engineering. While at Illinois, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and also served as the manager of the Fighting Illini basketball team for four years. A member of ROTC, he graduated and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the US Army Reserves. After serving his active duty requirement, he served with the Ohio National Guard and became the Battery Commander of the Galion unit, 1st Bn 136th Artillery.
During high school, Dick worked with his father at Cemco Industries, Crestline, and later in the Rensch Avenue building that was to become the original home of Elliott Machine Works. Having graduated from college and completing his military service, Dick took a position as an Industrial Engineer at North Electric Company. In 1964 he decided that he wanted to work for himself, and he and his father Hursel Ekin formed Elliott Machine Works, Inc, which today is located in Galion's Industrial Park on SR 598. His sons Brad and Brent have joined their father as a third generation involved in the family's manufacturing operation in Galion.
Dick has served Galion agencies, organizations and the community as a whole in many ways. He became an active member of the Active 20-30 young men's service club and was the Ohio Governer representing the state at the National Convention in Eugene, Oregon, where he was selected Governor of the Year. He helped form and served as president of the Ohio Quarter Pony Association. He has chaired the local United Fund organization, co-chaired school levy campaigns, and worked to facilitate the merger of the YMCA and the Community Center to form the current Center-Y. Dick has been a director and/or chaired various boards including the Galion Hospital Board, the Chamber of Commerce, First Federal Bank of Ohio, and the Crawford County Economic and Education Partnership. As a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, he has been the chair of the trustees and led the project to build the Center for Life addition to the church. In 2013, he was inducted into the North Central Ohio Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.
Dick and his wife Sandy, formerly a Galion teacher, reside in Galion and spend part of their time in Hilton Head, SC. They are the proud parents of five children, Beth Ann, Becky, Richelle, Brad and Brent. Richard Ekin illustrates very well the ideal of Connections Weekend --- giving back to your school and community
Herbert L. Miller, P.E.
Class of 1955
Herbert L. Miller, son of Harold and
Mary (Howser) Miller, was born in Galion in 1937 and graduated from GHS in
1955. That year’s Spy lists his school activities as “Football Manager 1,2,3,4; Track 1,2,3,4; Boy’s State
Alternate 3; Hi-Y 3; Chaplain 4; Varsity G 3,4; College Club 2.” Omitted from the list is
Basketball 1, 2, 3, 4. Following high school, Herb moved on to
Miller’s career runs from 1962 until
his retirement in 2003. Between 1962 and 1973 he was the Senior Engineer and
Supervisor of Analysis groups related to the fossil and nuclear power
generation industry. From 1973 to 1979 he was a Manager of Nuclear Programs and
Director of Quality Assurance for Bailey Control Inc. (now ABB ELSAG Bailey).
In this position he was responsible for the control systems and instrumentation
for nuclear power plants in the
Miller’s work in the “Severe
Service” Control Valve Industry in the areas of Fossil/ Nuclear Power and the
Oil/Gas High Pressure Transmission production industries have earned him
international recognition. His more than 70 articles in technical journals on
Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow have been published worldwide, having been
translated into Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Herb has given presentations
in six countries as well as all over the
Herb and his wife Darlene reside in
Mr. Miller has the following advice for today’s youth: Always try to build up the other person. The only price you may pay is an impact to your ego and you have control of that.
Dr. Victor M. Cooley
Class of 1972
In nominating Dr. Victor M. Cooley for induction into Galion’s Alumni Hall of Fame, his friend and hiking buddy, fellow mechanical engineer Matt Smith wrote about Vic’s life and career and their impact on the world today.Smith noted that Cooley is “…passionate about improving the future through Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)” and that he tries “… to attract students to STEM careers.”
The son of Charles and Mabel Cooley, Vic completed his high school education in 1972. While a student at GHS, he held a number of leadership positions including serving as President of the Student Council his senior year. An active member of Junior Achievement, he earned the distinction of “Salesman of the Year” in 1971. As a two-year school representative to the Hi-Y Youth in Government Program, Vic served as a Senator in 1971 and as a Supreme Court Justice in 1972.
Following high school, Dr. Cooley
started college at Mansfield-OSU, planning to attend medical school. After two
years, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving two years and earning Expert Rifle
and Grenade Ratings, with Decoration. Then using the provisions of the GI Bill,
he returned to school, this time enrolling in the
After hearing a presentation on the space program at a conference where he was to deliver a presentation, he began researching the requirements for becoming an astronaut. A professor introduced him to a fellow Bearcat who a NASA employee. This led to his going to work for NASA, doing research on scale models of the Space Station Freedom, which in 1993 became the International Space Station (ISS) Program. While continuing to pursue his dream of becoming an astronaut (which sadly did not happen due to his eyesight), Cooley took a position with the ISS
program and, in 1994, moved to
In concluding his comments about Cooley, Smith noted that “Vic has a gift for explaining science principles in clear terms” and that “Vic’s own personal story about goals and continuous improvement is compelling and will likely inspire other Galionites to imagine they might contribute to our scientific future,”
Class of 1973
Describing himself as a “business owner, entrepreneur, and community servant,” Mark Rodman’s objective is “To be the best person I can be, specializing in the following: Father, Husband, Community Servant, Christian, Coach, Business Owner.” These traits are all reflected in his life and experiences.
Lumber from 1973 to 1975 and then
moved on to
After graduation from
In 1989 he formed Midwest Controls, a sales agency in Industrial Motion Control and Material Handling. Today, he continues to own and operate this seven-employee company that serves a five-state area. In 2004 Mark saw a need in the industry, so he formed Talon Design, a custom engineering business that manufactures lift assist products used for material handling. He operated this firm until 2009 when he sold it. In 2014 he recognized another gap and formed Tracking Tech, a company that specializes in industrial data acquisition and monitoring products. About this business, he said, “We offer a unique service. That helps lower the risk. But it’s another start up...... so, here we go again.”
As this illustrates, Mark is a man
of vision. His awareness led him to his involvement with the Trinity Free
Mark Rodman served as the founder
and driving force behind this clinic and as its first executive director
(2000-2005). During which time the Clinic expanded its services to include full
dental care, eye care, and pharmaceutical needs for almost 2000 low income
Mark, says his interests include “Family, Adventure, tennis, water skiing, snow skiing biking, hiking, and absolutely anything with my wife and children.” He and his wife Laura are the parents of three, Cole (22), Kelly (20), and Jack (16).
In his attempt to be “the best person he can be,” Mark tries to live by these words of Mother Teresa: “The good you do today will no doubt be forgotten tomorrow... but do it anyway.”
Dr.Tyler K. Huggins, M.D.
Class of 1980
Born in 1961 to Dr. Thomas and Mrs.
Marian Huggins in
An active member of the community and
a strong supporter of the schools, Dr. Huggins co-chaired the “Pennies for
Progress” campaign, a 0.5 mil levy for maintenance of the new school buildings,
in May 2005, and chaired the operational levy campaign of 2006. He has held
positions on the
number of hospital committees,
including the Executive, Surgery, and Obstetrics Committees. He has even found
time to coach AAU basketball for three years. He is a member of
To facilitate and promote women’s
health care in Galion and the surrounding communities, Ty developed and
operates The Women’s Center, which opened in 1996. The Center is a facility
dedicated to providing a wide range of health services for women in and around
Galion and Crawford, Morrow, and
Dr. Huggins is married and he and his wife, Caryl (Mowery) Huggins, M.S., R.D., L.D., have three children, Pearson, Evan, and Lauren. Ty and Caryl can often be found in the home stands cheering on the Galion teams or on the road following their children’s athletic pursuits.
Class Of 1948
Outstanding Educator 1965 - 1995
“Show me! Don’t tell me!” Students who went through Joice Hayden-Cating’s English classes may well remember hearing those words or seeing them written in the margin of a composition written for her. (Or perhaps the pencil stuck in her hair!) She asked her students to provide facts, reasons, examples, etc., to back up points made. No just expressing an opinion and getting credit. So, with that in mind, here are the “FACTS.”
Born in Galion to George and Arleen Hayden, Joice attended Galion schools and graduated in 1948. While at GHS, she was involved in numerous activities, playing field hockey and basketball as part of the Girls’ Athletic Association, sang in the choir, led cheers as a member of the cheerleading squad, and performed in productions under the direction of 2009 inductee, Miriam Sayre.
Following graduation, Joice attended
Florida Southern College in
After graduation Joice returned to Galion and took a position at the First National Bank. Tiring of banking, Joice began looking for other employment and learned of the need for English teachers from the Galion Superintendent, Harold Blosser. She accepted a position and began her stellar 30-year career teaching eighth and ninth graders at the junior high in the fall of 1964. The next year she moved to the high school where she taught courses ranging from English 9 (the freshmen having come to the high school in 1968) and Senior Composition to Thanatology and Short Stories in the “mini-course” era. Among her other responsibilities, Joice served as the advisor to the National Honor Society and Chair of English Department from 1970 until her retirement in 1995. During her career, she held professional memberships in the Galion Education Association, the Ohio Education Association, the National Education Association and the National Council of Teachers of English; was named a Martha Holden-Jennings Scholar; and presented the commencement address with colleague Denver Wilson for June 2000 service.
In retirement, Joice has continue to serve her school and community, involving herself in the Galion Historical Society, helping to found the current Galion Alumni Association, and serving multiple terms on the Egbert M. Freese Foundation board of directors, coordinating its scholarship program among her other responsibilities.
When she retired, the community, the high school staff, and most importantly, Galion students lost a role model who displayed excellence in the classroom and inspired that same trait in her students and colleagues. Joice Hayden-Cating is one of Galion’s successes who returned to her home town to mold students who’ve gone on to conquer other worlds.
Class of 1974
Outstanding Educator 1934 - 1974
Chatfield, Lorain County Schools, Galion’s West Elementary, the Junior High School, and finally, Galion Senior High School. According to The Galion Inquirer, those were the stops in Josephine Tracht’s distinguished 48-year (40 in the Galion school system) career as an educator.
Jo Tracht was born in 1907, attended
Galion schools, and graduated in 1924. She earned her Bachelor of Science
Miss Tracht taught at all levels from elementary to high school. At Chatfield, she taught grades 5 and 6. When she came to Galion, she began her stay teaching grades 3 and 4 at West Elementary, which was housed in the junior high building. She later moved to the junior high level and, finally, progressed to the high school. At GHS she taught English, Latin, Social Studies, and American history.
Her niece Sally (Tracht) Heximer
said of Jo, “Josephine had a passion for teaching, reading, learning and
traveling.” Gillette’s article backs this up, indicating Jo had visited many
parts of the
Jo inspired not only Galion students but also reached out to others, once working with Mexican railroad workers living in the Galion area during World War II, instructing them in the English language. She found this very rewarding, noting that the workers were courteous…gracious…and gentlemanly.”
During her years in Galion, Miss Tracht was a member of the Grace Episcopal Church, the Galion Study Club, and the Retired Teachers Association, and also served as a director of the Crawford County Humane Society.
Whether it was helping immigrants learn English, pushing her students to strive for high achievement, preparing young men to attend Buckeye Boys State and speak about the experience at a later date, or chaperoning members of the College Club on visits to nearby colleges and universities or accompanying students in travels beyond the borders of the United States, Josephine Tracht gave of herself to make the lives of others better. According to Heximer, her Aunt Jo ‘”would have been honored by this tribute.”
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