Wall of Fame

2015 Kenmore Wall of Fame

Buckey, Freeman, Fulton, Miller, Nice for website

Left to right:  Don Buckey (accepting for himself and Dave Buckey), Mike Freeman, Robert Fulton, Dick Miller (accepting for Lloyd Miller), James Nice

DAVE & DON BUCKEY – Class of 1972 – They both played in the Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33.  Both graduated from North Carolina State University in Economics/Business Management Curriculum.  Dave set numerous passing records and Don set numerous pass receiving records.  As freshmen at N.C. State they appeared on cover of Sports Illustrated Oct. 30, 1972.  Both of them made All-Atlantic Coast Conference in 1975.  They each played in 4 post-season bowl games at NC State in addition to the Hula Bowl and Japan Bowl All-Star games. They both were drafted by the New York Jets in 1976.  Dave was an assistant coach at N.C. State College and then worked for L&M Transportation.  Don worked for Roadway Express and L&M Transportation.

MIKE FREEMANClass of 1975 – Bachelor Degree from Massillon Baptist College; Northcoast Family Foundation.  Employed by The Salvation Army.  9th Ward Councilman – Jan. 1, 2002 – Present.  Vice President of Akron City Council – Committees: Budget & Finance (Chair), Planning, Committee on Committees, Rules, Public Service

ROBERT FULTONClass of 1962 – Bachelor and Masters degree in Psychology from The University of Akron; Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  Director of Oral Health for Amazon Promise: a Peruvian, upper Amazon River, based, American health care organization, delivering health care to the indigenous peoples living on the Amazon River. For which, he has received the Meritorious Service Award for International Dentistry from the American Dental Association. Founder and educational director of Oral Healthcare Consultants.  Focusing on bringing together members of the community outside of the dental profession to promote oral health care education to the public. Fellow and editor of the International Communicator journal of the Academy of Dentistry International. Clinical professor of curriculum development for oral health education, at the Northeast Ohio Medical University.  Private oral healthcare practice in Cuyahoga Falls, OH

LLOYD MILLERClass of 1939 – All Ohio & All State football; All City in Baseball at KHS in 1938-39.  Summit County Baseball Hall of Fame.  Played pro minor league baseball for Smith Sheriffs in World Championship Game losing to New York Life.  Helped start Kenmore’s Pee Wee Football program. Helped organize Kenmore Little League Baseball serving as coach, manager, president and commissioner for several years.

JAMES NICEClass of 1972 – United States Navy – 4 years.  Degree in education from University of Akron; Masters Degree from East Texas State University; MBA from University of Dallas.  Distinguished 26-year career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Was Chief of Undercover and Sensitive Operations at the FBI headquarters in Washington DC and directed all undercover operations for the FBI in the United States and overseas.  Akron Chief of Police – 2011 – Present. His great grandfather, Joseph F. Nice, was mayor of the village of Kenmore in 1914-16.

2011 Kenmore Wall of Fame


Left to right: Elizabeth Neidert (Principal), Sarah Wells (granddaughter of William Zekan),  Jerry Reeves, Jim Conrad (accepting for Gary Pinkel), Eleanor Hudson (wife of Jack Hudson), Mr. & Mrs. Chang (parents of Benjamin Chang), and James Butz


JAMES BUTZ – Class of 1942 – World War II Veteran;. University of Notre Dame – Magna Cum Laude; 34 years of service in Notre Dame’s Sports Information Office; 53 year career in sports and golf industry; Author and writer of instructional newspaper columns and books; Received the Ernie Sabrayac Award for Lifetime Contributions to the Golf Industry – The PGA’s highest award.

BENJAMIN CHANG, M.D. – Class of 1978 – Class Valedictorian; Harvard College B.A. – 1982; Harvard Medical School – 1986; Plastic Surgeon – Hand surgery, melanoma, microsurgery, and limb salvage; On Faculty Staff of University of Pennsylvania; Listed in 2009-2010 Best Doctors in America.

JACK HUDSON – Class of 1945 – First Lieutenant U. S. Army; Pilot – Served two years in Post War Japan; Kent State University – Class of 1951; Chrysler Corporation – Management level; 1956 – Formulated a technical training program in East Africa for African secondary students; Retired from Goodrich in 1987 as Manager of Executive Bonus and Compensation Department. Jack passed away in 2010.

GARY PINKEL – Class of 1970 – Member of KHS 1969 City Series Football Championship Team – First championship since 1942; Graduate of Kent State University and member of its football team and Athletic Hall of Fame; Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American – 1973; Offensive Coordinator University of Washington – 1984-1990 – National Champions – 1990; Head Coach – University of Toledo – 1991-2000 – Record – 73 – 37 -3; Head Coach University of Missouri – 2001 – Present – Record – 67 – 46 – 0.

JERRY REEVES – Class of 1953 – Played football, basketball, and baseball at KHS; Made the All-Ohio Conference Team while playing football at the University of Akron; Kent State University – Masters Degree in Education; History teacher, Assistant Basketball Coach, Head Football Coach at Hudson High School; Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of Hudson Schools – 36 years of total service to Hudson schools; University of Akron Honors – Distinguished Alumni Award and Sports Hall of Fame; Summit County Sports Hall of Fame.

WILLIAM ZEKAN – Class of 1937 – Office boy and salesman for A. Schulman Company; World War II Veteran; After the war headed A. Schulman’s New York Office; Convinced A. Schulman to move into plastics; Became President, Board Chairman, and C.E.O. – Expanded the Company world-wide; Received the Bert Polsky Humanitarian Award; William C. Zekan Memorial Award given by Society of Plastics Engineers. William passed away in 1991.

2004 Kenmore Wall of Fame


Front row, left to right:  Philip G. Barnes, Richard “Dick” Fortner, Jackie Cummings (daughter of Thelma Furry), Donald Jenkins, Steven Kiba, Adele Bickett Webb

Back row: Pam Kilgore (granddaughter of Thelma Furry), Paul E. Martin

On September 25, 2004 the following were inducted to the Wall of Fame:

Philip G. Barnes – Class of 1935 – 51 years on the Akron Police Force; 20 years as Deputy Chief; 9 years as Chief of Police

Richard “Dick” Fortner – Head Football Coach – 9 years – 1963, 1966 – 1973; Two City Series Championships – 1969 & 1970; Only Kenmore Football Coach to have a winning career record – 58 – 25 – 4

Thelma Furry – Class of 1945 – 1st Woman Trial Attorney to have law office in Summit County; Won two cases before the United States Supreme Court; Practiced law for nearly 50 years

Donald Jenkins – Class of 1945 – 31 years – Law Professor at The University of Akron; Dean of the Law School at the University; Served in the Korean War – 200 Combat Pilot hours; Achieved the rank of Major General

Steven Kiba – Class of 1950 – Korean War Veteran; Prisoner of War – Held by the Chinese Communist after being shot down over North Korea in 1953; Author of the book “THE FLAG” – (MY STORY: KIDNAPPED BY RED CHINA)

Paul E. Martin – Class of 1951 – One of the largest automobile dealers in Ohio; Twice named “TIME” Magazine’s “QUALITY DEALER OF THE YEAR”; Founder, President or Chairman of 12 companies; The “Martin Center” at The University of Akron is named in his honor.

Adele Bickett Webb – Class of 1968 – Executive Director of The Association of Nurses in Aids Care; Developed and patented the only existing Infant Stabilizer in the world; An international leader in HIV/AIDS nursing

2003 Kenmore Wall of Fame

Wall of Fame 2003 Inductees

Left to right:    Mayor Don Plusquellic, Tim Owens, Norma Summerville, Etta Mae Smith, Sam Salem, Dave Heideman

The Inaugural Inductions of the Kenmore High School Wall of Fame was held September 13, 2003. The purpose of the Wall of Fame is to recognize individuals who were both outstanding students and accomplished individuals. The following individuals are the first inductees to the Wall of Fame.

Cliff Battles graduated in the class of 1927. Cliff played football and basketball at Kenmore. He went to college at West Virginia Wesleyan where he starred in football and the classroom as a Phi Beta Scholar. He was a candidate for a Rhodes Scholarship. Cliff played in the National Football League for the Boston Braves, the Boston Redskins, and the Washington Redskins. He earned All-NFL honors three times. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1968. In the business world, Cliff retired from General Electric as a customer relations executive. He passed away in 1970.

Bill Heideman, from the class of 1959, played football, basketball and track at Kenmore. He won the 880 State Track Event with a record time. After graduation, Bill attended the University of Akron where he was named top male athlete two years in a row. Bill is remembered as a great teacher and coach. While at Buchtel High School, he coached the track team to 14 straight City Series Championships. For his yearbook ambition, Bill wrote, “Go to college and participate in sports, learn to be a coach, then be a good one.” Bill definitely fulfilled this ambition. Bill passed away in 1994. Dave Heideman accepted the award for his father.

Tim “Ripper” Owens graduated in 1985. He was a member of the Madrigals and Select Choir, a sign of things to come. In 1996, Tim flew to England to audition for the lead singer of the heavy metal band, “Judas Priest”. He got the job. In 1997, the “Judas Priest” CD “Jugulator” was released with Tim as the lead singer. It was nominated for a Grammy in 1998. Also in 1998, Tim was awarded “Vocalist of the Year” and “Best Live Performance” by Burn Magazine. Tim has toured all over the world including the Olympic Stadium in Greece. Whenever he gets the chance, Tim promotes Kenmore, now Kenmore promotes Tim “Ripper” Owens.

Mayor Don Plusquellic is a member of the class of 1967. While at Kenmore Don quarterbacked the football team earning All State honors. He also played on the basketball team. Don attended the University of Pittsburgh and graduated from the Bowling Green State University School of Business. He then earned a law degree from the University of Akron. The future mayor served on Akron City Council for 13 years and has been mayor for 17 years, the longest serving mayor in the city’s history. He is also the chairman of the advisory board of the U. S. Conference of Mayors. He has been honored by the Wall Street Journal for local leadership.

Sam Salem graduated from Kenmore in 1945 where he was a member of the National Honor Society and High-Y Club. Sam went on to graduate with distinction from the University of Akron and also earned a masters degree from Case-Western Reserve University. He retired as manager of Communications and Publications of Loral Defense Systems (formerly Goodyear Aerospace). Sam served on the Akron School Board from 1972 – 1999, the longest all time service record, never missing a regular meeting. In January 2000, Highland Park grade school here in Kenmore was renamed Sam Salem Elementary School.

Etta Mae Smith was a cheerleader, choir member, participant in school plays and talent shows while a student at KHS. A professional dancer, Etta Mae opened her own dance studio, which has become a Kenmore “institution”. She has danced on both the stage and T.V. Etta Mae was President of Dance Masters of Ohio and is currently on the board of directors of Dance Masters of America. She has given back to the high school over the years as a choreographer for musicals and as a cheerleader advisor.

Norma Summerville, from the class of 1933, attended KHS during the Great Depression. She wrote the class poem for graduation. As a mother of nine, Norma began an office supply and furniture company out of her home while her husband worked at Seiberling Rubber. She was a pioneer for women in the business world. Norma was the first woman member of the five state regional buying groups. Mrs. Summerville is a benefactor for many organizations. She has made and donated over 1,000 quilts to different groups. Here at Kenmore we know first hand how much of a benefactor she really is. The Norma Summerville Scholarship is awarded to four graduating young ladies from KHS. The program is ten years old.

Dr. Ron Williams is a 1964 graduate of KHS. He was President of the National Honor Society, winner of the Manhood Award, lettered in football, basketball, track, and cross-country. He earned All State honors for track. After high school, Ron earned Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and chemistry and then a master’s degree in geology. He was a science teacher at Buchtel High School. He left teaching to become a medical doctor, doing his residency in family practice. Dr. Williams has been in family practice for twenty years. He also spent four years as a medical missionary in Haiti. Dr. Williams was unable to attend the inaugural ceremony..