Mary Lou Daniel 
Inducted: 1995

Mary Lou, 1962, became the first woman to attend the University of Kentucky on a men’s athletic scholarship, earning her varsity letters while playing golf on the men’s team. In 1962 The Courier-Journal named her its Amateur Athlete of the Year. In 1965 she won the Women’s 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 
Inducted: 1996

 

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 Shoney’s Inc., but has not been involved in the day-to-day operations since March 1989.

Eddie Davis
Inducted:  2014

 

     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.
     In 1965 he received a Key to the City of Louisville from Mayor Kenneth Schmied as an “ambassador of good will.”
     Eddie attended My Old Kentucky Home High School in Bardstown through his junior year where he played both basketball and baseball. As a catcher on the baseball team, he played every minute of every game and led his team to a district championship for the first time in seven years.  His family moved to Louisville in August of 1955. When he enrolled at Manual he was told he could not graduate that year because he did not have enough math credits, but Eddie was determined to succeed, and made up all the credits required for his diploma in June of 1956. With the demands of the additional course work, he still had the determination to try out and make Mr. Kimmel’s baseball team. After graduation he attended the University of Louisville and worked for Louisville Gas and Electric Co. 
     Umpiring softball is a passion of his. He belonged to all three major softball official groups—the ASA, the USSSA and the NSA—and was an officer in the Men’s Municipal Softball Association. He was an active official for the ASA for 36 years. He also plays the game and is currently on a team made up of many Manual alumni in the Metro Parks Men’s Senior Softball League. 
     Eddie’s favorite teacher at Manual was Joe Hughes, who taught mechanical drawing. He gives Mr. Hughes credit for honing his drafting skills so he could be successful in the business world. He has also edited two magazines—Downshift for the Kentuckiana Austin-Healey Sprite Club, and Hey Blue for the Men’s Municipal Umpires Association for whom he was voted “Rookie of the Year” in 1975,


F. J. Davis
Inducted: 2000

 

 

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 
Inducted: 1995

 

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.

 

 

George Dawson
Inducted:  2006

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.

Joe Dawson
Inducted: 2005

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
Inducted:  2007

 

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
Inducted:  2015

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.
In civilian life his toughest battle came as a retail grocer competing with nationwide chains.
Scott grew up in Louisville’s South End at the corner of Taylor Boulevard and Carol Jean Court. His father was an elected member of the old Louisville Board of Education for years and actually cast the deciding vote to keep the Board from moving Male High to that end of town. Scott, Sr. was an area icon who was very popular with elementary school students, entertaining them by playing Santa Claus for many years.
A civic leader in the Iroquois Park area, Scott, Sr. retired from the grocery business (Scotty’s Markets) and bequeathed the concern to his son at a time when it was struggling. Scott, Jr. operated seven stores with 80-100 employees, working 16 hours a day, seven days a week, for 25 years in an attempt to save the business, but the competition was simply too stiff. At the same time he was trying to save Scotty’s Markets (and Roppel’s), he maintained his status in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, before he retired after 25 years of service.
He sold the grocery business in 1993 and joined New York Life as an agent and financial planner, advising clients until 1996 when he became property manager for Marshall Realty in St. Matthews, ironically a company that traces its roots to Robert H. Marshall who taught math at Manual from 1919-39 until he ventured into private enterprise by opening a very successful sawmill operation in the Louisville suburb.
Scott fondly remembers his Manual days and is proud of the fact that he was part of two state championship teams—football in 1959 and track the following spring. As with many Manual athletes he had a “special” relationship with Coach Butch Charmoli.
After graduation from Manual in 1960, Scott attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he played football, served as president of his fraternity (Alpha Tau Omega), earned a B.S. in Business Management and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps in 1964.
 

Joseph "Uncle Joe" Dickson
Inducted:  2009

"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
Inducted: 1996

John Voltaire Doll, Class of 1925 , 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.

 

 

Diana Donsky
Inducted:  2017

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.
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Gwen Doyle
Inducted:  2004

Gwen Doyle was the most dominating basketball player Manual’s 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 Draut
Inducted:  2008

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.


Pete Dudgeon
Inducted: 2000
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
Inducted: 2000
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 long illness.

 

 

A.V. du Pont 
Inducted: 1994

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.

 

 

 


Bremer Ehrler 
Inducted: 1997 

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 Kentuckiana’s 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 Elston-Carter
Inducted:  2017

Jackie was voted Kentucky's Softball Player of the Year in 1997 after leading the Lady Crimsons to the State Championship.

Herbert Falkenburg
Inducted: 2000

 

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 duPont Manual Training High School."

 

 


Bill Faris
Inducted:  2017

 
A successful businessman, he founded a variety of healthcare-related companies, beginning with Employee Benefits Management in 1981.

Walter J. Fightmaster
Inducted:  2012
 

     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
Inducted:  2016

     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).
     “Gerry” worked his way through the University of Louisville, first taking night classes in social science and history, majoring in anthropology. When Dr. Joseph Granger invited Fischer to become part of the U of L Archaeological Survey as a student assistant he discovered his first career. In 1967 he wrote the first of several articles and papers on archaeology, anthropology and history. He supervised an Archaeology 305 class project, a preliminary Southwest Jefferson County Floodwall survey. This project became the basis for the Army Corps of Engineers Archaeological Survey for which Fischer was an assistant superintendent.
     Elected Activities Director for the Louisville Archeological Society, he supervised excavations of the Ward Mill site in Cherokee Park, the Durrett Site at McNeely Lake and the Mill Creek Station site in southwestern Jefferson County.
     Financing his further education with part-time jobs and grants, he completed undergraduate degrees at U of L—an associate in Arts, Anthropology, and a Bachelors of Liberal Studies, History and Anthropology. In 2002 he completed a Master of Arts in Teaching from Spalding University where he graduated Cum Laude and was inducted in the Phi Theta Lambda honor society.  This led to his second career which began as a teacher at St. Simon and Jude Catholic School and ended in 2007. It was natural for him to sponsor the Archaeology Club at the south end school. He also coached the school’s chess team. 
     In 2006 he restarted his writing career, offering features for three weekly newspapers and five regional history and nostalgia magazines. He presently has published over 100 articles and reports.  In cooperation with the Meade County Library and historical society, in 2012 Fischer coauthored the Meade County History and Families Book. In December of 2014 his book Guerrilla Warfare in Civil War Kentucky was published. His next book, Battletown Witch, is due to be released this spring. 
     Gerry is a founding member of the Meade County Historical and Archaeological Preservation Society, its first president, and sits on the Board of Directors chairing the Museum Committee. He is also a current member of the Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society.

Rick Ford
Inducted: 2011

 

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.

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Franklin Foreman
Inducted:  2004

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 master’s 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
Inducted:  2015

Bob 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.
These are mere highlights from Bob’s 30-year career as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation specializing in the investigation of corrupt public officials in all branches of government from Washington D. C. to his home state. Other notable public corruption cases investigated by Foster and leading to criminal conviction include the Director and Assistant Director of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Dept. of the Treasury; president of the National Bar Association; organized crime head Carlos Marcello, and the Adjutant General of the Kentucky National Guard.
A native of the South End of Louisville, Bob graduated from Manual in 1966 where he was a member of the Mitre Club and was selected as “Best all Around” by his fellow seniors. His favorite memory is of the 1962 Crimsons’ Thanksgiving upset of Male High 13-0, and he also looks back fondly on mentors Wid Ellison, “Ace” Hudkins and Virginia Williams.
After graduation from Western Kentucky University in 1971, Bob joined the Bureau. During his tenure he was a founding member of the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team.
After the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Bob retired from the FBI to become the Federal Security Director of the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. He was responsible for all TSA assets as well as the overall security for the Louisville, Lexington, Owensboro and Paducah airports. This position required him to train, equip and upgrade security including passenger and baggage training as Louisville was the second airport in the nation to be federalized. Bob also served as a member of the TSA Administrator’s Executive Advisory Board in Washington.
In 2008 he became the Commissioner, Dept. of Criminal Investigation, Office of the Kentucky Attorney General. He was responsible for all criminal investigations and law enforcement issues for the AG. He established the very successful Cyber Crimes Branch and Cyber Forensic Laboratory, available to all law enforcement agencies in Kentucky. He also served as a member of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council.
 

Buz Frank
Inducted:  2017

 

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 Frank 
Inducted: 1995

 

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. Frank’s funeral the Manual chorus sang and the football players served as pallbearers.

 

 

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Norman Duffy Franklin
Inducted:  2002

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 Kentucky’s 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.

Bill Freeman 
Inducted: 1996

In the late 1940s the legendary Ray Bear called Bill Freeman the best halfback in the school’s 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 Manual’s 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 ever done.

 

 

 

 

Edwin Earl Gaar
Inducted:  2010


A 1974 Manual graduate, Dr. Gaar limited his extracurricular activities to the German Club, the school newspaper and to playing violin in Manual’s orchestra. Gaar’s love for music eventually earned for him an undergraduate degree in that field from Boston University. Changing his entire approach from liberal arts to sciences, he came back home, applied for and was accepted to the medical school at the University of Louisville.  Earning a medical degree from U of L, Earl also did his internship and residency there. He then received a surgical fellowship at the Price Institute allowing him to do research in the area of surgical infectious diseases. Shortly after his fellowship he joined the staff of Veterans Medical Center, and the rest is history.  Gaar was appointed Chief of Surgery at Veterans in 2001. He also teaches surgery at U of L, eventually seeing all surgery students at the school at a clip of 25 per class. Recently, he was given the title of Academic Advisory Dean at the school of medicine.  As though he were not busy enough, he also serves on the National Veterans Administration Advisory Board for Surgery, is a Fellow with the American College of Surgeons, a Diplomat with the American Board of Surgery, and is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society.  A new Veterans Hospital is in the works for Louisville. Dr. Gaar wrote the original proposal to build the new hospital and was part of the design team that has envisioned a one million sq. ft. building which, if left intact, will bear over a billion-dollar price tag.

 

Dr. Don Gambrall
Inducted:  2014

     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.
     In 1968 Don joined the faculty of the School of Dentistry at U of L to assist in the development of a Department of Community Dentistry. For the next 30 years he held a variety of roles and responsibilities at the School of Dentistry including Coordinator of Preventive Services, Director of Admissions, Chairman of the Dept. of Community Dentistry, Assistant to the Dean for Student and Alumni Affairs, Acting Chairman of the Department of Perio-, Endo- and Dental Hygiene, Dental Director, Louisville and Jefferson County Health Department and Associate Dean for Clinical Services. He was awarded Professor Emeritus status in the School of Dentistry upon retirement in 1998.  During his tenure at the School of Dentistry, Dr. Gambrall received numerous awards and recognition for his service and expertise in Administrative, Preventive and Community Dentistry. Such recognition included a Distinguished Service and Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Louisville, a Lifetime Superior Achievement Award from the Louisville Dental Society, a Lifetime Achievement Award from NU Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Honorary Dental Fraternity, a Distinguished Citizen Award from the City of Louisville, Honorary Captain of the Belle of Louisville from Jefferson County and election to the Portland Community Hall of Fame.
     Dr. Gambrall is a life member of the Louisville Dental Society, the Kentucky Dental Association, the America Dental Association and the American college of Dentists. He also served as vice president and president of Neighborhood House, a community service organization located in Louisville’s West End.
     Don was an active participant in seemingly everything when he was a student at Manual. In addition to playing sports all year around, he also was a member of the Key Club, the Mitre club, the M Club and was elected Sgt. at Arms for the graduating class of 1956. He likes to remember “the close relationship between faculty and students, the school’s excitement over athletic events and the life relationships that began at Manual.”



Russell Garth
Inducted: 2000

 

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.
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Dr. Gregory L. Geoffroy
Inducted:  2002


On July 1, 2001, Dr. Gregory L. Geoffroy became Iowa State University’s 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 State’s Department of Chemistry, and the next year was appointed dean of PSU’s 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.
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Paul Gering
Inducted:  2004

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 Paul’s third enshrinement: He is already a member of the Flaget High and the Kentucky High School Coaches Association Halls of Fame.

Sara Gettelfinger
Inducted:  2006
 

     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 Lithgow. 
     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
Inducted:  2008

 

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.

 
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Tom M. Girdler
Inducted:  2002

 

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 Republic’s 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 Republic’s chairman, he was in California, making airplanes as CEO of Consolidated Aircraft, the nation’s 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
Inducted:  2007

 

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
Inducted: 2005

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
Inducted: 2011

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.
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Allen Goulder
Inducted:  2004

 

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.
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Phillip Ernest "Cookie" Grawemeyer 
Inducted: 1996

 

Manual was in need of a unifying force in the early 1950’s. 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
Inducted: 1999

 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 
Inducted: 1997

Robert Griffith earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Degree in 1937 and a Master’s 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 school’s 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
Inducted:  2009

 

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.

 

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Dr. Beverly McMurtry Grissom
Inducted:  2003

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
Inducted: 2000

 

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.

 

Harold Gruner 
Inducted: 1996

A 1949 graduate, Harold "Bunky" Gruner is arguably the greatest all-around athlete in Manual’s 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.