Mary Lou Daniel
|Mary Lou, 1962, became the first woman to attend the University of Kentucky on a mens athletic scholarship, earning her varsity letters while playing golf on the mens team. In 1962 The Courier-Journal named her its Amateur Athlete of the Year. In 1965 she won the Womens Kentucky State Championship. She joined the LPGA in 1966 where she competed full time until 1981. She finished in the top 50 on the money list 10 times.|
Ray Danner, 1942, is the CEO of The Danner Company, a firm with many diversified investments including real estate, automobile dealerships, golf courses, environmental projects and manufacturing concerns. The company employs 5000 people worldwide, including seven states and four foreign countries. Danner is also the major stockholder of Shoneys Inc., but has not been involved in the day-to-day operations since March 1989.
William Edward “Eddie” Davis has a long and distinguished career in
civic action and community involvement. He is a charter member of the
Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame and also of the Louisville Amateur
Softball Association (ASA) Hall of Fame. Having served on the
Boards of Directors for the Louisville Jaycees, the Miss Kentucky
Pageant and the Metropolitan Umpires Association, he also was a charter
member of the Austin Healey Sprite Club, secretary of the Kentucky
Region Sports Car Club of America and President of the Louisville
British Sports Car Club. He also is a member of the Civil War
Preservation Trust, the Filson Club, the Louisville Figure Skating Club
and a former member of Luminating Engineers Society and was a former
counselor for Junior Achievement.
F. J. Davis
As the well-liked and agreeable fifth principal of Manual, Frank James Davis' tenure covered the war years. Not only did he contend with deaths of Manual students overseas, but he also dealt with the change to co-ed education that was so opposed by the alumni. After teaching at Millersburg Military Academy, West Texas Military Academy and Louisville Boys High School, he came to Manual in November of 1919, and was a well-respected English teacher before he was named principal. He was known for his tolerance and sensibility, and "he set the standards of education and discipline which have carried our generation through the years," as quoted by Charles Stephan, class of '49. He was also considered "Firm but fair," and sadly Mr. Davis passed away in 1948 at the age of 60. His two grandchildren accepted the induction plaque in his honor.
|Fred Davis lettered in football all three
years at his alma mater and was All-State tackle in 1935 and 1936. His senior year he
captained the football team to an undefeated record and a 27-0 pounding of Male on
Thanksgiving Day. He earned a scholarship to the University of Alabama and twice earned
the honor of all Southeastern Conference tackle. He was named to several All-America teams
and co-captained the Crimson Tide his senior year. He also earned letters in track. In
1941 he entered the Air Force and served as a physical training officer. He returned to
the Washington Redskins in the NFL in 1945. He retired in 1951 from football. In 1957 he
was presented with the first ever Kiwanis award for the Kentuckian making the biggest
contribution to pro football.
|After graduating from Manual in 1954, George earned a biology degree from U of L. Soon after he began teaching at Gottschalk Jr. High he realized he had found his life's work. He was soon being asked to work for publishers, teach part-time at U of L, and do in-service programs for JCPS. After teaching seven years in Louisville, Florida State University recruited him, and 34 years later he retired as a full professor of Science Education. During those years George directed a large number of grants focusing on the development of science textbooks and multimedia materials. His work for governments, national and international agencies and publishers has taken him to 54 countries and nearly all 50 states. His most recent professional activity has been creating a website and DVD, Wild Horse Basin, about the role of fire in ecosystems. Another project, Silent Invaders, teaches students about invasive species. Both of these may be accessed through his FSU website.|
|The first player ever to earn a full baseball scholarship at the University of Kentucky, he set a record for the most strikeouts in a KHSAA baseball championship (17), in leading Manual to the 1955 State Title. He attended UK for four years, lettering his last three. But when he severed ligaments in his pitching hand in a woodworking accident his baseball career was over. In 1996 he retired as president of his medical equipment company. After retirement he renewed his ball-playing days, joining the Louisville Senior League where he currently plays every Tuesday morning along with many other Manual graduates. He is also on the board of directors of the Louisville Amateur Baseball Veterans Association.|
Lloyd "Irish" Deddens
|Deddens attended Manual from 1923 to 1927 and
was not only a star athlete, but also an excellent student. As a junior
quarterback, "Irish" led the Crimsons to a National Championship and an
unforgettable undefeated season, culminating in a whopping 36-0 defeat of
Male on Thanksgiving Day 1925. As senior captain in 1926 he led the Crimsons
to an 8-1 season. He was awarded first-team All-State honors for both 1925
and 1926. He was chosen quarterback and captain for the All-Southern team in
1926. During his high school career he was a four-time, three sport
letterman in football, baseball and basketball. He also earned other honors,
including the Jenkins Athlete Scholarship Medal in '24, the Appel Athlete
Scholarship Medal in '25, the McMeekin Medal in '25 and the Rotary Medal
and Yale Cup in '27. He was awarded an athletic scholarship to St. Xavier
College in Cincinnati, and later transferred to U of L, where he graduated
with honors in 1931. He then attended U of L Medical School and served his
residency at Emory University Medical Center in Atlanta, specializing in
urology. After Emory he served in the U.S. Army as a doctor stationed at
Pearl Harbor during WWII, earning the rank of captain. Afterwards Lloyd and
his family moved to Jackson, MS, where he practiced until his death in 1972.
Scott C. Detrick
Scott Detrick has been a warrior
most of his life. The fighting may have begun in 1959 at Manual where he
competed for a starting position in a talented backfield on the most
talented of all the school’s football teams.
His fighting continued in a much tougher place after
college—Vietnam—where, as a platoon commander in the Marines, he would be
awarded the Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart.
Joseph "Uncle Joe" Dickson
|"Uncle Joe" Dickson attended
Manual on the first day the school opened in 1892, graduated in the first
all-Manual Class of 1895 and later reminisced about those early days in a
lengthy speech delivered to the Alumni Association in 1949. This speech was
later made into a booklet which he titled Memories of Manual. Joe also
served on the school’s athletic board of control for many years.
He became a successful businessman, president of a typesetting firm, The Dickson Company, which he founded with his father in 1905. He was also regarded as the patriarch of public links golf in Kentuckiana. He was twice president of the Kentucky State Golf Association, served as sectional chairman for the U.S. Golf Association from 1929 through the 1950s, and was instrumental in bringing the National Public Links Championship to Louisville in both 1932 and 1950. He helped organize and lay out the Seneca golf course and served as Seneca Golf Club president several years. He was also a president of the Cherokee Golf Club. In 1960 Audubon Country Club presented him with a lifetime honorary membership. He also served as starter for the Kentucky Amateur Golf Championship for over 20 years. In other endeavors, he was a charter director of the Louisville Golden Gloves Association and was active in boxing as a judge until 1959. He was also potentate of Kosair Temple in 1932 and served on the Kosair Hospital board of directors for 20 years. Uncle Joe passed away on October 7, 1963.
John Voltaire Doll
|John Voltaire Doll, Class of 1925
½, modestly described himself as "an average student and a pretty good athlete"
when he attended duPont Manual Training High School. Doll served his class as vice
president in 1923, president in 1924, and was a halfback on the 1925 football team that
claimed a national championship after beating Male 36-0 on Thanksgiving. He was a reserve
on the 1923 state champion basketball team that made it through the third round of a
national tourney at the Unversity of Chicago. He also lettered in track and baseball.
|Multi-lingual, she came back to her alma mater and taught English, German and even a little Yiddish during her tenure on the Manual faculty from 1964 to 1993.|
|Gwen Doyle was the most dominating basketball player Manuals Lady Crimsons ever produced. She was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Kentucky, received the Naismith Award and was selected to the USA Today Super 25 all in her senior year. She was named the Most Valuable Player of the Louisville Invitational Tournament in both 1989 and 1990 and let her teams to a combined 69-7 record her junior and senior years. Her college career bagan at U of L where she played for two years and rewrote the Lady Cardinal record book. She set eight school records in scoring 17.9 points and by gradding 8.5 rebounds per game. She led U of L to the National Women' Invitational Tournament where she was named to the All-Tournament team. After transferring to Western Kentucky University she led the Lady Hilltoppers in scoring, rebounding and minutes played. She was named the Lady Toppers'Defensive Player of the Year in 1993-94. Her senior year she was named to the All-Sun Belt conference team, was Female Athlete of the Year and was named to the All-America Team. After graduation in 1995, she played two years of professional ball in Waregem, Belgium, then came home to pursue other career interests. She currently works at the Ford Motor Company truck plant as a production supervisor, and is a member of the Kentucky All-Stars Hall of Fame.|
|Art graduated from Manual in 1942. He enjoys pointing out that he never saw a Manual team lose to Male on Thanksgiving, with Ray Baer’s teams winning in 1939, '40 and '41. After earning a bachelor’s degree at U of L, Draut spent four years in the Navy at the end of WW II in the Pacific and as a commander in the Korean War. He began his teaching career in 1950 and helped open Waggener High School in 1954. In 1968 he became only the third principal in the school’s history, and ran it for 15 years. Beginning in 1984 he also ran one of the most solvent city governments in Kentucky, St. Matthews. After being elected and re-elected five times, he finally retired in 2006.|
|As the center linebacker of the
1959 Manual Football Team, Pete was the inspirational leader that led the Crimsons to the
State Championship. He was called "the heart and soul of the team," as quoted by
a fellow player. Dudgeon was invited to the Courier-Journal's All-State Team and an
All-American squad his senior year. He was given a scholarship and played for Purdue's
Boilermakers. His junior year he was named Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Ten,
and was recruited professionally, but his son quotes that Dudgeon "never had an
overpowering ambition to play in the National Football League." He graduated from
Purdue in 1964 and entered a Management Training Program, where he became a stockbroker.
He opened two brokerage firms in Kentucky, Morgan Stanley/Dean Witter and A.G. Edwards.
His five children were athletic, and his oldest daughter thinks that what he did best was
"fathering us. Dad gave every spare moment to us." Sadly enough, Pete Dudgeon
died of a heart attack at the early age of 53.
J. W. Duke
|Jesse W. Duke, Jr. was the captain of Manual's
football team in 1945, and was a versatile performer, playing linebacker, defensive end,
and tackle. When he was 17 he was hired as a lifeguard at Lakeside Swim Club, where he met
his wife, Betty Evans. After serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, he returned to the game he
loved and became a three-year letterman at U of L, where he graduated in 1950. He was
named to the All-Ohio Valley football team in 1947. After his playing days ended, his love
for the game never waned. He coached Little League football for 8 years, and refereed high
school games around town. He was later elected President of the Metro Football Officials
Association. Duke was a community leader, and active in Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, the
Junior Chamber of Commerce, Commanding Officers Club, Harmony Landing Country Club and was
a devout member of the Southeast Christian Church. Regrettably, Duke died in 1998 after a
|A. V. du Pont was the founder of Manual High
School. At the time of his death, he was a vice president and director of the First
National Bank in Louisville. He was also a major stockholder in the Central City Coal and
Iron Company, in street railway systems in cities from Brooklyn to Chicago, including
Louisville, and a couple of steel companies. A lifelong bachelor, he nevertheless served
as guardian for two families of orphaned children, those of two older brothers.
|Before becoming Judge/Executive
of Jefferson County and President of the National Association of Postmasters,
Bremer Ehrler began a 56-year career in 1936 when he joined the U.S.
Post Office Department. As Kentuckianas District Manager/Postmaster,
he was responsible for 1300 post offices and a $100 million annual budget
statewide. Following his retirement in 1973 he was elected to three
terms as Jefferson County Clerk. A leader in civic affairs, he was active
in Rotary; the Federal Executive Association; KY Region, National Conference
of Christians and Jews; the Louisville Urban League; and many more organizations.
|Jackie was voted Kentucky's Softball Player of the Year in 1997 after leading the Lady Crimsons to the State Championship.|
|On December 13, 1930, a Manual-Male game was
in progress, raising profits strictly for charity. In the third quarter, with Manual down
6-0 and five minutes before the end of the game, Falkenburg scored on a third play. Lyl
Judy held the place kick and flipped the ball to Falkenburg once again who made it across
the goal line to give Manual the 7-6 decision. Falkenburg also ran track for Manual and
his team won second place in the National Meet in Chicago. After graduating in 1932, he
enrolled in the Coyne Electrical School, which led him to a successful business in radio
and television technology. Among many other things, Falkenburg designed radar bombing
systems and logged some 4,000 hours flying time. He witnessed 8 atomic bomb test
detonations, and says that "It all began with the electricity course at
Training High School."
|A successful businessman, he founded a variety of healthcare-related companies, beginning with Employee Benefits Management in 1981.|
Walter J. Fightmaster
Although he was a member of Manual's 1948 State Champion football team, it
soon became obvious that Walter J. Fightmaster would make a livelihood using
his brains rather than his brawn. It only took him two and a half years to
get a Manual diploma, graduating with the Class of 1948-1/2. In just three
more years he received a B.S. degree from U. of L. in Education and
Psychology, then a M.A. in Psychology in 1954. After serving as a captain in
the Air Force from 1954 to 1957, Walt began an intellectual career which
culminated in the presidency of Oakland Community College in Royal Oak,
Michigan. Comprised of two campuses, one at Royal Oak and the other at
Southfield, Michigan, OCC was established by Fightmaster in 1965. By the
time he retired in 1986 his Royal Oak campus featured a 33-classroom
structure which housed a theater, labs for ceramics, art, photography and
secretarial science, a library, bookstore and dance studio.
Dr. Fightmaster is included in Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the Midwest and Leaders in American Science. He has authored six books in industrial psychology and training and has published numerous articles. He has also served as a Board Member for the U. of L. Alumni Association and was formerly Executive Director for the Kentucky Vocational Association from 1987-90.
Gerald W. Fischer
His ambition as stated in the Crimson yearbook in 1963 was “to be a
good commercial artist.” In Gerald Fischer’s lifetime he has plied his
talents to three careers, but commercial art was not one of them. His
three favorite teachers at Manual logically would have prepared him for the
avocations he loved. They were Julia Aubrey (English), Joe Hughes (drafting)
and Robert Kerr (biology).
Rick Ford, Class of 1970, was Senior Class President and a 3-sport athlete. He graduated with honors in business administration and as a distinguished military graduate from the University of Kentucky. He is Executive Vice President for Host Communications, and co-founded iHigh.com in 1999, which became the nation's largest high school internet and marketing network. He created The Great American Rivalry series and iHigh marketing, which has driven over $9 million into high school athletics and provided over $500,000 in scholarships for student athletes.
|Franklin Foreman showed signs of greatness early, winning the Hudkins Award as the Most Valuable Jayvee, and by the time he graduated in 1966 he had earned nine athletic letters at Manual, three each in football, basketball and baseball. He captained each sport his senior year and was named to the All-City and All-State teams in football and basketball. He won a football scholarship to Michigan State University, and in his senior year was picked as a pre-season All-American at tight end by The Sporting News. He graduated with a B.A. in social sciences and economics. He was selected to play in the Hula Bowl, the Football Coaches All-American Bowl, and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. He played briefly with them, with the Atlanta Falcons and the Oakland Raiders. In 1973 Frank began a career with General Motors, then returned to school to earn a masters degree in economics. Two years later he became a financial consultant/investmenrt counselor with Merrill-Lynch in Washington, D.C. where he worked for 20 years. He has lived in the Greater Kansas City area for a year and a half and now is the general manager of a consulting firm.|
Robert "Bob" Foster
served as lead agent in the largest corruption investigation in Kentucky
history, known familiarly as Operation BOPTROT. The investigation resulted
in the conviction of 19 legislators, lobbyists and state employees. Based on
BOPTROT, the legislature endured a self-examination that ultimately produced
some of the nation’s toughest laws on legislative ethics and campaign
finance. In another famous case, he was directly responsible for the
indictment of Bill Collins, husband of former governor, Martha Layne.
|A most devoted grad, he played on the 1966 State Champion football team and now does play-by-play for Old Goat Radio. He has attended every Old Rivalry game since 1956.|
|Clarence attended every Male-Manual football
game from 1921 to 1990. Mr. Frank is said to be the most loyal supporter of Manual ever,
but ironically, he never graduated. He was forced to quit when a family illness forced him
to get a job and support his home. He belonged to the Manual Alumni Association and
Football Boosters where he served as vice-president and was a lifelong member. He was
visible at almost every football practice as well as every game. At Mr. Franks
funeral the Manual chorus sang and the football players served as pallbearers.
Norman Duffy Franklin
|At Manual Norman Duffy Franklin was an honor roll student and president of the 435-member class of 1953 (then the largest ever in Kentucky). He was also president of the National Honor Society and lettered in basketball, baseball and track. He made the "Little Colonels" all-star baseball team in 1951 and 1952, and the Courier-Journal sports staff chose him as Kentuckys best amateur ballplayer in 1953. The Bull Pen Club followed suit and named him Louisville Amateur Baseball Federation player of the year. His baseball skills earned him a scholarship to Indiana University. After receiving B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from I.U., he had a successful 35-year career with Western Electric/AT&T. He now resides in Summerfield, NC with his wife of 41 years, the former Maryann Wilson. They have three daughters and eight grandchildren.|
|In the late 1940s the legendary Ray Bear
called Bill Freeman the best halfback in the schools long history. High praise
indeed. Freeman first tasted fame in the 1937 Male-Manual game when, coming off the bench
as a sophomore, he set up Manuals first two touchdowns. The Reds lost 25-20 that
day, but he went on to dominate the next two Turkey Day games the way no Manual player has
Edwin Earl Gaar
Dr. Don Gambrall
The fact that Donald Lee Gambrall earned six varsity letters at Manual from
1953 to 1956—two each in football, basketball and track—was merely a
predictor of success for his adult life. Don received his pre-dental
education at the University of Kentucky and graduated from the University of
Louisville School of Dentistry in 1964. Following a stint as a clinical
dentist with the State Department of Health, Dr. Gambrall attended the
University of Michigan where he earned a Masters of Public Health degree in
1966. He then returned to Kentucky to serve as Associate Director and
Director of the Dental Division of the Kentucky Department of Health.
|Although this future Hall of Famer did not
attend Manual as a student, he played a very important role in the lives of many. He
attended Trenton High School, and graduated from Georgetown College. He was immediately
hired at Mason High School and taught math, while coaching boys' and girls' basketball
teams. He stayed at Mason until January of 1936, when he moved to Louisville to teach
algebra at Hallack Hall Junior High. In November of '41, Garth moved to Manual and became
Dean of Boys. In 1945 he replaced Morton Walker as the Business Manager for Athletics, a
job he kept until 1953. In the fall of '55 he took the principal's job at Atherton High
School, where he stayed until his retirement in 1970. He quotes, "I had 13 wonderful years at Manual. I don't
want to forget them or the fine students with whom I worked." His two sons have
become successful in their own fields, one in Washington, D.C, and the other in Boston.
Dr. Gregory L. Geoffroy
|On July 1, 2001, Dr. Gregory L. Geoffroy became Iowa State Universitys 14th President. He earned his B.S. degree with honors at the University of Louisville in 1968. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1970, he earned his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1974. He began his teaching career in 1974 at Pennsylvania State University. In 1988 he was named head of Penn States Department of Chemistry, and the next year was appointed dean of PSUs Eberly College of Science. Geoffroy is a nationally acclaimed researcher in organometallic chemistry. He has published more than 200 research articles and has presented more than 200 invited lectures in the United States and nine other nations. He is co-author of the book Organometallic Photochemistry, and has directed the work of nearly 60 graduate students. His teaching and research have earned him fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan and John Simon Guggenheim Foundations, visiting professorships to major universities in Germany and France, the Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award, and, in 1991, election as a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He and his wife, Kathleen Carothers Geoffroy, have four children.|
|Paul Gering put his stamp on Manual history in the spring of 1975 when he coached the boys track team to the state championship, to date the last Crimson track team to reach that pinnacle. He has just finished his 50th year in the business, and his name figures not only at Manual, but with old Flaget and Trinity High Schools as well as the University of Louisville. He played on two state championship teams at Flaget, 1949 and 1952, and among his teammates were Paul Hornung and Howard Schnellenberger. He was the first football coach at Trinity, coaching the freshman team there in 1953 while he was earning a degree at U of L. He was hired as an assistant football coach at Manual in 1966 under head coach Charlie Bentley , and stayed on the Crimsons sidelines until 1984. But coaching track and field proved to be his passion. He was voted Coach of the Year by his peers for winning the championship in 1975. When Howard Schnellenberger was lured away from Miami by U of L in 1985, Paul was hired as his assistant. His current title is Special Assistant to the Head Coach. This is Pauls third enshrinement: He is already a member of the Flaget High and the Kentucky High School Coaches Association Halls of Fame.|
After graduating from Manual and the Youth Performing Arts School in 1995,
Sara earned a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts in Musical Theater from the
Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and then moved to New York in
1999. She has toured with the first national company of Fosse,
and has appeared on Broadway in Seussical the Musical, The Boys
from Syracuse, the 2003 Tony Award-winning revival of Nine with
Antonio Banderas and Chita Rivera, and most recently has created the role of
Jolene Oakes in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, co-starring with John
Sara has also been seen in various concerts and benefits throughout New York City in which she's shared the stage with the likes of Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Jason Robards, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker and Brian Stokes Mitchell.
She is currently starring as Little Edie Beal opposite Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole in Playwright's Horizons world premiere of the new musical Grey Gardens.
Peter J. Gianacakes
|Peter’s grandfather, a Greek
immigrant, opened the popular Old Fourth Avenue Candy Shop directly across
Broadway from the Brown Hotel. His father and mother later inherited this
successful business. Peter, an excellent student, graduated from Manual in
1941. He was a member of the concert and marching band. He entered U of L’s
Speed Scientific School, but interrupted his education to serve from 1944 to
1946 as a sergeant-major in the infantry in Japan and the Philippines. He
finally received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1947, and
worked with Standard Oil of Indiana, St. Regis Paper in Middletown, Ohio and
with General Electric in his home town. He left in 1958 for New Jersey and a
position with Cities Service. He also served as president of Metcalf and
Eddy Environmental Engineering Group in Boston, Mass in 1976, the same year
he earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Speed.
Peter has earned a Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America, and in May of 1982 received the first Distinguished Alumnus from Speed School.
Tom M. Girdler
|Although he became the first
board chairman of the giant Republic Steel Corporation, Tom M. Girdler
(1896) is remembered primarily for the steel strike of 1937 and his
refusal to sign a contract with John L. Lewis and the CIO. The 1937
strike lasted for six weeks and affected a million workers in seven
states. Ten people were killed in clashes known as the "Memorial
Day Massacre" at Republics South Chicago plants. Republic
finally signed a CIO contract in 1942 after waging an expensive court
battle, but Girdler never signed the agreement. Though he was still
Republics chairman, he was in California, making airplanes as
CEO of Consolidated Aircraft, the nations leading warplane manufacturer.
Republic Steel was formed in the 1920s out of four small steel companies
by Cleveland financier Cyrus Eaton. Eaton hired Girdler from the presidency
of Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp. to save Republic. He turned the company
completely around, easing Eaton out of the picture in the process. He
hired scientists and forced the development of more and better alloys
until his stainless steel had gained a national reputation. Republic,
and similar companies, then became known as "Light Steel."
Girdler was born in 1877, the son of Lewis and Elizabeth
Girdler. He was graduated from lehigh University in 1901. Ironically,
a distant cousin was Walter H. Girdler, Manual 04, the founder
of the Girdler Corporation which later became Tube Turns. A loyal graduate
of Manual, Tom Girdler returned to Louisville many times to address
business groups and alumni. He died in Easton, MD in 1965 at the age
of 87. As of spring 2002 no descendants have been located.
Walter H. Girdler
|Girdler graduated from Manual in 1904 and
moved to Somerset, KY to operate a general store. He returned to his
native Louisville in 1913 and a year later purchased an interest in the
Kentucky Oxygen-Hydrogen Company. From that start his industrial
holdings pyramided through the years until he rose to worldwide
prominence in the industrial world, running a number of manufacturing
plants that employed thousands of workers. In 1929 he formed the Girdler
Corporation, which passed the $5 million mark in total assists in 1943.
In 1938 the Girdler Corp. sold its helium gas properties to the U.S.
Government, a move precipitated by the Hindenburg disaster. In WWII his
plants, particularly Tube Turns, engaged themselves in war work and grew
a hundredfold. His companies won numerous decorations and praise from
Army and Navy authorities for their war efforts.
|Richard D. Gloor graduated as valedictorian from Manual in 1946, and signed up for NROTC at Speed Scientific School, graduating in 1951. After serving his duty aboard two Navy aircraft carriers, he took the G.I. Bill and a scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where in 1955 he received his master's degree with a major in computers. He then had a 35-year career with Thompson-Ramo-Wooldridge (TRW), a front-runner for systems engineering and technical direction of the U.S. ballistic missile programs, including Atlas, Titan, Thor, Minuteman and Peacekeeper. He was the co-chairman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in its early days and the project engineer for the Mercury Guidance System in 1958-59. His name was added to "Who's Who Biographies of Living Notables" in 1966, and in 1987 U of L proclaimed him "Professional Engineer of the Year." Richard retired in 1990 and currently resides in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.|
|Gerald Glur, Class of 1959, was starting center for Manual's 1959 State Runner-Up men's basketball team, and later starred for Furman University in Greenville, SC where he attended on a basketball scholarship. He was inducted into Furman's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006 and is currently the owner of a successful real estate agency in Greenville.|
|Serving as Executive Director from 1994 to 2003, Allen led the Manual Aluymni Association to unsurpassed heights, building membership, esprit de corps and a strong endowment program that covers alumni affairs, academics, extra-curricular activities, scholarships, and even maintenance of the stadium. As a student he played on a city champion J.V. football team, on the golf team, was a member of the student council and was sports editor of the yearbook. He also served as president of the Key Club. He was a political science major as Western Kentucky U. In 1965 he began teaching. He has been a high school social studies teacher, a college instructor for both Jeffeerson Community College and Murray State. Aside from his alma mater, he has served Ahrens, Thomas Jefferson, Shawnee and Iroquois High Schools. His last full-time position was as assistant principal at Manual in 1993-94. Since 1992 he has been involved with the Portland United methodist church Center, a place that provides an "anchor of hope" for the young people of east Portland, and sits on their Board of Directors.|
Phillip Ernest "Cookie" Grawemeyer
|Manual was in need of a unifying force in the early 1950s. Co-education and a new school locale had alienated loyal supporters and alums. The faculty was divided into gender camps. Parents were angry; students were confused. Cookie was the first "big man" to play basketball for Manual. Standing 6-7, he led Crimson teams to the State Tournament in both 1951 and 1952. Though the Reds could not bring home the championship trophy either year, going to the "Sweet Sixteen" gave the school an infusion of school spirit.|
|Preston Gray was the best at gliding over high hurdles, at least that's what the veteran observers thought. He set records that still stand after more than 17 years. He was an All-Stater on the football team, scoring touchdown after touchdown. He was also an All-American, chosen by Parade Magazine, Street and Smith's, Adidas, and the National Coaches Association. Preston Gray was a state champion hurdler and a 1982 All-American in track. He was called the best high school athlete by his former coach, Buddy Pfaadt. He also earned himself a scholarship to Michigan State. But things weren't going so well for Preston at Michigan State, so he transferred to the University of Louisville. He scored touchdowns along with Ernest Givens of Oilers fame. But a tragic car crash in August of 1985 ended his glorious football career at U of L. Preston still graduated in 1990 with a degree in education. He coached four years with Buddy Pfaadt at Pleasure Ridge Park, at Western High and New Albany High. He is now a youth counselor and head track coach at Jeffersonville High. One other thing that Preston is very proud of, is that while being an outstanding athlete, he managed to be a Prep Academic All-American. He says that was all because of his mother. His football jersey was retired at Manual, and is hanging on the wall of the first floor today.|
|Robert Griffith earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Degree in 1937 and a Masters in 1954 from UK. He spent five years in the army, rising to the rank of major. He saw combat in the South Pacific during World War II, earning the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the Asiatic Theater Ribbon with four Battle Stars. He composed The March of the Century, adopted by the the 100th Division, Army Reserve, as its official march; the Red "M" March, later retitled The Courier-Journal March; and Fight U of L, to this day the schools fight song.Mr. Griffith was the band and orchestra director at Manual from 1945 to 1961. In 1961 he was named head of U of L's music education division and he remained a professor at the university until 1978. He was a composer of over 75 published marches, including "The Courier-Journal March" written in 1972. Every first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs his ballad arrangement of "My Old Kentucky Home," written in 1962, is played prior to the running of the Kentucky Derby. That same year Griffith wrote "Fight U of L," the official school song at all U of L sporting events.|
|Freddie Grimm loved the game of
baseball. He managed Manual’s teams all three years before graduating in
1927. He helped support his family by writing baseball recaps and sending
them to the local papers. He was a natural at reporting and stayed in the
newspaper business from 1927 to 1940, but he yearned to be around the game
again. He began serving the Colonels as secretary-treasurer in 1942. In 1953
he became president of the Colonels, and in 1954 they won the Little World
Series. Then in 1955 the parent Boston Red Sox began calling up players
wholesale to the big leagues, and local fans, resentful, stayed away from
Parkway Field. The dwindling revenues resulted in the Sox pulling out,
selling the team to a group of Cuban businessmen, who kept Freddie on as
president for 1956. But the Cubans had made their fortune in utilities, and
when the Batista regime crumbled, Cuba nationalized the utilities, and the
owners could not pay their bills for the last season at Parkway. Freddie
resigned and went on to other employment, and passed away in 1987.
Beverly McMurtry Grissom
|A native of Louisville's South End, Beverly Grissom launched her impressive academic career at Manual where she was an honor roll student and a member of the National Honor Society and the student council. Thirty-one years later she was selected President of North Florida Community College in Madison, Florida. Prior to retiring in July 2001, Dr. Grissom served on the board of the Madison Rotary Club, as President of the Chamber of Commerce, and was a graduate of Leadership Florida. She also chaired the local United Way campaign for two years. A graduate of the University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University and the University of Florida, she began her career as a French/English teacher at Warren East High School in Bowling Green. In 1975 she moved to the Sunshine State where she took a job at Daytona Beach Community College. She became a program administrator two years later, and in 1982 was promoted to the position of Director of Adult Education. In 1988 she moved to Ormond Beach where the next year she became Dean of Adult Education at DBCC. At Ormond she served on the board of the housing authority, was president-elect of the Junior League and a charter member of the Rotary Club. She was also the first female president of the Daytona Beach Leadership Council and served on committees for the Leukemia Society and the Heart Association. In retirement Dr. Grissom left Madison and returned to Ormond Beach. Since then she has been appointed to the boards of the American Cancer Society and the Symphony Guild and was selected by the city commissioners to serve on the city planning board. She is a member of the Florida Adult Education Hall of Fame and the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. A dedicated lifelong learner, she is learning a variety of new leisure arts, spends time honing her bridge game, cruising the Caribbean and developing her company. She has one daughter, Tammaye, who is an adjunct professor for the Art Institute of Washington, D.C.|
|Bill Gruner, Number 27, was
the first of the five Gruner brothers to play football for Manual, and he now joins his
brother, "Bunky", as the second brother combination in the Hall of Fame. During
his football career at Manual, Bill Gruner gained many aliases from the Courier Journal,
such as "Lightning on Legs," "Hurricane," and "Mercury Bill." He
gained an athletic letter for football both junior and senior year, and
lettered three years for Track. He captained the 1943 squad, and finished second in both
the 100 and 220 yard dashes. At State Competition, he finished runner-up in the 100, and a
muscle pull in the regional meet his senior year kept him from qualifying. After graduation
he joined the Navy, and following that, he worked for Kellogg's, Louisville Grocery
Company and Sysco Louisville Food Services where he received numerous Salesman of the Year
Awards and became an area manager. In 1992 he received Mayor Jerry Abramson's Good
Neighbor Award. Before his death in 1999, he attended almost every Male-Manual game since
1946. His grandsons now wear Number 27 in their sports endeavors to honor the fame and
ability of their grandfather.
|A 1949 ½ graduate, Harold "Bunky"
Gruner is arguably the greatest all-around athlete in Manuals long history. He
lettered three years each in football, basketball and baseball; he earned All-American
honors in football, leading the Crimsons to the 1948 State Championship, and was elected
captain of the All-State team in both 48 and 49.