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Parsons College Wall of Honor names released

Aug 08, 2017

The Parsons College Alumni Association and Parsons College Foundation Fund will induct 10 more people to the Wall of Honor Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

This will mark the ninth year the association and foundation fund have inducted Parsons College alumni to the prestigious wall. Next year, No. 10, will be the annual induction ceremony’s final year. Dave Neff, president of the foundation fund, said they are running out of space on the wall.

“We promised to administer and recognize 10 classes over a 10-year period,” read the Summer 2017 Parsons College electronic newsletter. “In all reality, there aren’t enough walls in Fairfield to house the many alums/students who have used their Parsons education to become distinguished in their careers.”

Per custom, the honorees will be introduced at 10 a.m. in the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts. A presenter will say a few words about the recipient, and then invite them to the stage to accept the award and address the audience.

A luncheon will follow the ceremony at the Elks Lodge. A “welcome back” reception will be held from 3-7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Fairfield Golf & Country Club. Coinciding with Parsons College’s weekend of events, the Lee T. Gobble statue will be unveiled at 6:30 p.m. outside the convention center.

The Ledger will run more information about the inductees to the Wall of Honor as the calendar approaches Oct. 7. Today we offer a snapshot of each one, courtesy of Parsons College E-News.

• Richard Barton, Class of 1966 — Centerville: Dick Barton was a Fairfield townie of modest means. He attended Fairfield High School, played football and graduated. He had no idea he would attend Parsons College, play football for Frosty Westering, earn a Master’s Degree in physical education at Northeast Missouri State University and return to southeast Iowa years later as superintendent of the Van Buren County School District. He was an administrator and superintendent/principal of junior and senior high schools in Anchorage, Alaska, before returning to Keosauqua for eight years. He retired to the Black Hills of South Dakota, but moved once more to Centerville, where he resides with his wife, Joyce.

• Michael Brouwer, Class of 1961 — Burlington: Brouwer hails from Garner and spent 39 years in Fairfield as a student, college director of activities and chamber of commerce executive. He’s served as president of the Iowa Chamber of Commerce Executives, and received the “1995 Iowa Statesman of the Year Award.” He moved to Burlington and became president and CEO of the Burlington/West Burlington Area Chamber. His leadership, influence and ability to get things done have made his community a better place to live. Mike, a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, is now retired and lives with wife Kay in Green Valley, Arizona. They have two children and families.

• Sandy Konrad McCullough, Class of 1972 — Carlisle: McCullough’s distinguished high school career as a teacher, coach, advisor, counselor and principal spanned 40-plus years, half of which were devoted to helping at-risk students. She is recognized as an authority in alternative education. At Southeast Warren High School, she was an All-State basketball and softball honoree. She was invited to the Pan American games basketball tryouts and served as an alternate. She now enjoys retirement with husband, Greg, and they have two sons and families. She will be presented by her former Wildkittens coach, Bob Spencer.

• Tony Demacio, Class of 1967 — Waxhaw, North Carolina: Demacio was able to parlay his love for baseball into a distinguished career as a Major League Baseball scout for 31 years. He’s scouted for Atlanta (twice), Cleveland, the Chicago Cubs, Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Tony was director of scouting for Atlanta and Baltimore, and received “The George Genovese Lifetime Achievement Award in Scouting,” the highest award in MLB scouting. He played baseball for the Wildcats and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Tony is a McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, native, now enjoying retirement with wife Diane. They have two children and families. He will be presented by Dave Neff.

• Frank Falks, Class of 1967 — Columbus, Ohio: Falks made his mark as a football coach. Over a 35-year span, he coached at nine colleges and three NFL professional teams (San Diego Chargers, Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams). Frank was an All-American linebacker in college, coached all phases of the game and has been an assistant head coach. He not only played at Parsons, he also started his coaching career at the college. Frank was voted into the Joplin Junior College Sports Hall of Fame. He and his family reside in Columbus.

• O. Frank Repass, Class of 1971 — Max Meadows, Virginia, and Cocoa Beach, Florida: Repass is a nationally and internationally recognized court-certified firearms expert. He has trained over 6,000 students in the law enforcement officer field. He served as the range master for the Orlando Police Department, was a member of the Special Weapons and Tactic Team for 21 years, and was involved in more than 500 operations. Frank was selected as the “1999 Fraternal Order of Police Officer of the Year” in Orlando. He’s attended numerous instructor schools and carries 29 certifications. Frank received the IALEFI’s “Charlie Smith Award,” the highest honor for contributions to the International Firearms Training Industry. He is now retired but serving as range master at the Kennedy Space Center and doing volunteer work at several facilities. Repass, who was a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon and WTBA at Parsons, while playing four years of football, splits time living between Virginia and Florida. He will be presented by David Thompson.

• Arnold Rothschild, Class of 1969 — Rochester, New York: Rothschild is president and CEO of Normal Communications, LLC, dealing in advertising, sales, marketing and messaging strategies. He’s acting CEO of Rochester Theatre League, Inc, offering theatre education programs locally. He is President of Growth Marketing Group of New York, LLC, specializing in advertising articulations, while providing print services to hundreds of businesses. After starting a career at Empire State FM radio as an account executive and now, in the communications field, Arnie’s regarded as an expert in public policy, political strategy, media strategy and public relations. At Parsons he was a member of the Phi Sigma Delta fraternity and currently lives in Rochester, New York. He will be presented by Dr. Richard Ivins.

• John “Jack” Sullivan, Class of 1972 — Naples, Florida: Sullivan is an expert with 40 years in hospitality management. Managing member-owned and private developer golf, country, and yacht clubs has earned him recognition as one of the country’s leading experts in private clubs. At Grosse Point Yacht Club in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, the club was three times selected as “The No. 1 Yacht Club in the Country.” In 1992, his reputation went national when selected to serve as National President of the Club Managers Association of America. Eight years later, he received two most distinguished awards: the “Club Manager of the Year” honor by Club Management Magazine and the “Excellence in Club Management Award” by the McMahon Group. Jack’s been married to Darcy Mellen-Sullivan for 46 years and they reside in Naples. His wife will be his presenter.

• David W. Switzer, Class of 1966 — Brainerd, Minnesota: Switzer graduated Cum Laude from Parsons with B.S. Degrees (double major) in physics and mathematics. He continued his education and obtained many more degrees. He is a distinguished physicist. David was a pioneer in the uses of computers in radiology and radiation therapy. He was involved with the early installation of CAT head scanning equipment and MRI imaging equipment in hospitals. David and wife Carol reside in Brainerd, Minnesota.

• William “Bill” Winger, Class of 1964 — Denver, Colorado: First and foremost, Winger is an educator. He began as admissions representative for Parsons. He started two education related businesses, one of which, Admissions Management Corporation, became a nationwide college recruiting business that was featured on CBS television and in the New York Times. In an 11-year stint with Bell & Howell Corporation, Bill went from sales to national sales manager, to midwest regional manager, where he won “Regional Manager of the Year” honors. At Parsons, Bill was a member and president of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He met and married his Parsons sweetheart, Donna Hotaling, a Delta Zeta. They’ve been married 52 years. Winger will be presented by Don Samuelson.


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