EAST PALESTINE Hall of fame to induct 8 members
The new hall of fame members will be honored in February.
EAST PALESTINE -- A Marine Corps veteran who flew 425 combat missions in Vietnam, two former mayors and the first woman faculty member of the University of Kentucky's College of Engineering are among the 2003 class of the East Palestine schools Distinguished Hall of Fame.
The group is the second to be inducted. The Distinguished Hall of Fame was established in 2001, and the first class was inducted in 2002.
Inductees can be East Palestine High School alumni or distinguished East Palestine citizens.
The latest inductees will be honored during the high school boys basketball game Feb. 14 and at a luncheon at 11 a.m. Feb. 15 in the high school cafeteria.
UDr. Kimberly Ward Anderson, a 1977 graduate of East Palestine High School, who became the first woman faculty member hired into the University of Kentucky's College of Engineering.
URick Brook, a 1954 graduate, who won more than 500 games as a high school basketball head coach and was elected into the Ohio High School Coaches Hall of Fame.
UDr. William J. Flynn, a 1993 graduate, who became a cancer specialist and surgeon and was the first Ohioan elected to honorary life membership in the National Cancer Society.
UWalter Hunston, former mayor of East Palestine, instrumental in having construction of the city swimming pool included as a federal Works Progress Administration project.
UDr. Thomas D. Meek, a 1953 graduate, accepted into Great Britain's Royal Academy of Physicians.
UDon Smith, a 1957 graduate, an educator, former councilman and former mayor of East Palestine.
URobert D. Taylor, a 1951 graduate and retired Marine Corps colonel, awarded five Distinguished Flying Crosses. He was also a helicopter flight instructor and worked in the nuclear power plant industry.
USandy Evans Wales, a 1961 graduate, supports the East Palestine community as president of the park board, and is a Social Concerns and Meals on Wheels volunteer.