Hall of Fame Archives

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2007

Considered a leader in the renewal of Washington D.C.’s historic districts, Jim Abdo is the founder, president and CEO of Abdo Development. His critically acclaimed company has completed over 30 projects in the urban core, specializing in converting unused and often dilapidated historic buildings into luxury residential and retail development. Abdo, a 1978 graduate of Roosevelt, turned one Hilton Head pizza shop into a chain before moving to Washington. He is recognized as an entrepreneur, conscientious business man and community builder.


A 1980 graduate, Lynn Ridinger was the first female athlete from Roosevelt to receive a full athletic college scholarship. She played field hockey for Central Michigan University, qualifying for the USA Field Hockey Olympic Developmental Program. Ridinger earned her Ph.D. in sport management from The Ohio State University in 1998 and currently is an associate professor at Old Dominion University. She has been involved in sports as a student-athlete, coach, athletic director, referee and professor of sport management.


Colleen Sell is the editor and creator of the 20-volume, best-selling anthology series A Cup of Comfort, which has sold more than a 1.3 million copies. A freelance writer and editor, she was the founding editor-in-chief of two award-winning magazines. Sell is the author of a number of books and dozens of commercially published magazine articles. Sell graduated in 1973.


Joseph Habraken, Jr., a 1952 Roosevelt graduate, started Kent’s youth hockey program in 1970, which led to the formation of the Tri-County Hockey League. His vision and volunteer efforts led to the establishment of Roosevelt’s first hockey club team, which became a varsity sport three years later. Habraken coached the Roosevelt team for five seasons, reaching the playoffs in the fourth and fifth years.


As a school psychologist and then Director of Child Study and Special Education in the Kent City Schools, Michael Chrin, who died in 1996, devoted his career to the education and development of all children. He promoted the idea that students with disabilities should attend their own city schools long before current state and federal mandates. Chrin was a local, state and national leader in his field and helped found the National Association of School Psychologists.

2008

A 1969 Roosevelt graduate, Doria Daniels is a respected professional in manufacturing information and security system development. She has earned a number of prestigious industry certifications, including Six Sigma. Daniels, honored for Career/Life Accomplishments, is also a longtime advocate for Kent neighborhoods. She co-founded and serves as chair of Thomas-Anderson Neighborhood Development Corporation, a non-profit group focused on improving housing in Kent’s South End.


Steve Myers, a 1971 Roosevelt graduate, is a member of the Ohio State Football All-Century Team and the Ohio State Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1974, he was recognized for the unusual accomplishment of winning two First Team All-American honors the same year—when he played center for OSU until he broke his wrist and then played at the guard position. Myers, honored for Athletic Accomplishments, was a member of three Big Ten Championships teams and competed in three Rose Bowls.


During 40 years with the Chicago Tribune, Don Pierson covered the Chicago Bears and the National Football League, as well as two Olympic Games. He is a winner of the Dick McCann Award for long and distinguished pro football reporting. Pierson, honored in the Cultural/Performing Arts category, collaborated with former Bears coach and ESPN personality Mike Ditka in writing the book, “Ditka: An Autobiography.”


Longtime Kent teacher Dorothy Parsons is being honored for Major Contributions to the Kent Schools. Born in Kent, she spent her 44-year career as an educator in her hometown, where she began teaching at South School in 1915. She then taught French and English at the old Kent Central High School, the predecessor of Theodore Roosevelt High School, and remained on the faculty until she retired in 1963. She also served briefly as acting principal of Roosevelt in the 1930s.


Recognized for Special Honorary Achievement, William Walls is credited for leading the Kent Schools into the 20th Century. He served as principal of the high school from 1907 to 1910 when Theodore Roosevelt High School (now Davey Elementary) was built. He served as superintendent from 1910 to 1915 and from 1920 until his death in 1936. As superintendent during the Depression, he established a free lunch program in the schools. Walls Elementary School bears his name.

David W. Woodring for Career/Life Accomplishments

Colonel David W. Woodring served for 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, pursuing his dual passions for flying and law. He flew 132 sorties in Korea before being selected for the prestigious funded legal education program. At the time of his death in 1992, Woodring was serving as staff judge advocate, one of a select number of attorneys in the military holding the rank of colonel. The legal building at Hawaii’s Hickam Air Force Base is named in honor of this 1965 Roosevelt graduate.


Trent Boykin for Athletic Accomplishments

Trent Boykin earned 12 varsity letters at Roosevelt where he graduated in 1990. His achievements on the football, basketball and track teams were recognized with numerous athletic honors. At Youngstown State University, he earned four varsity letters in football and played on three Division IAA National Championship teams. After playing for one year in the Arena Football League, Boykin has coached at a number of colleges and universities.


Erica Floyd for Athletic Accomplishments

A 1988 Roosevelt graduate, Erica Floyd was an All-State basketball and track star in high school. She attended The Ohio State University on a full basketball scholarship where she earned two varsity letters and was a two-year starter. Since graduation, she has served as an assistant women’s basketball coach at four universities.


Gordon Marsh for Major Contributions

A 1967 Roosevelt graduate, Gordon W. Marsh, D.D.S., has volunteered in a number of capacities, including helping train and place career education students interested in dental careers. He served as volunteer kicking coach for the football team for nearly 20 years and has donated his dental services to Kent students in need. Marsh has worked with Boy Scouts, youth sports and church groups, as well as organized dental relief trips to the Dominican Republic.


Leslie Leonard for Special Honorary Achievement

Roosevelt English teacher Leslie Leonard embraced diversity and differences and inspired all she touched before her death in 2004. In her Senior Seminar classes, she helped students reach out to their community by completing a service learning project. Her years of advising Student Council, commitment to mentoring new teachers and belief in introducing students to positive risk taking on high ropes trips are a few examples of her dedication as an educator.


Michael Kneale for Special Honorary Achievement

Michael Kneale, Ph.D., began his work as an educator in the Kent City Schools and served as principal of Theodore Roosevelt High School. He continued his commitment to helping people reach their potential as the superintendent of three school districts in Nebraska and Colorado. As president of Kneale Enterprises, he gives motivational addresses on enhancing personal and professional growth to audiences across the U.S. and around the world.


Richard K. Wilson for Career/Life Accomplishments

Considered a leader in human genome research, Richard K. Wilson, Ph.D. has devoted his academic career to studying the genetic code and mapping, or sequencing, genes. His research, focused on the technology for genetic analysis, led to the most proficient DNA program in the world. A 1977 Roosevelt graduate, Wilson is currently serving as director of the Genome Sequencing Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.


Jose Picayo for Cultural/Performing Arts

One of the fashion industry’s top photographers, Jose Picayo creates stunning images for both magazines and advertisements. A native of Cuba, he lived in Puerto Rico before moving to Kent and graduating from Roosevelt in 1978. He has been honored with numerous photography awards and has exhibited his photos at a number of galleries.


Thomas L. Campana for Athletic Accomplishments

Named a High School All-American by Parade Magazine, Thomas L. Campana was an outstanding running back on Roosevelt’s football team and a three-year letterman in football and track. He was a starter on The Ohio State University football team and played in the 1970 Rose Bowl. A 1968 Roosevelt graduate, Campana also played for six years for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders in the Canadian Football League.


James P. Myers for Major Contributions

Longtime owner and pharmacist at Thompson’s Drug Store – Kent’s oldest retail business, James P. Myers has been a faithful supporter of his hometown. He has volunteered his time and energy on the Kent Board of Education, as well as with numerous business, educational, church and civic groups. Myers is a 1949 Roosevelt graduate.


Richard L. Pfeiffer for Special Honorary Achievement

A teacher at Roosevelt for nearly 30 years, Richard L. Pfeiffer taught marketing education and helped his students earn national recognition at DECA competitions. Pfeiffer also served as Roosevelt’s golf coach for 25 years, leading his teams to 17 league championships. He helped promote the game of golf to young people by organizing and running a number of tournaments for high school and junior players before his death in 1995.


For Career/Life Accomplishments: Dr. Billy C. Hawkins

A nationally known educator and author, Dr. Billy C. Hawkins serves as president of Texas College in Tyler, Texas, one of the oldest historically black colleges in the state. Under his leadership, the college has been reaccredited, as well as linked to the United Negro College Fund; enrollment has more than tripled; and football was reinstated after 40 years. In addition, Hawkins has held administrative positions at a number of universities and is the author of two books. He has served on national boards, appeared as a keynote speaker at regional and national conferences, and has been a national spokesman on the topic of special education. 1972 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School, Hawkins earned his doctorate from Michigan State University.


For Major Contributions to the Kent City Schools: Reed Strimple

Reed Strimple served as a member of the Kent Board of Education for 20 years during a time of both unprecedented growth in student enrollment and expansion of curriculum offerings. He played an important role in explaining and promoting numerous school levies which helped finance the purchase of seven school sites and completion of four building programs during his tenure. He graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School in 1938, was elected senior class president at Miami University and then served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II. A Kent business owner for more than 45 years, Strimple has been involved in leadership roles in a number of civic and community organizations, including service as a charter member and trustee of the Kent Historical Society.


For Special Honorary Achievement: Dr. Tony Adamle

Tony Adamle, M.D., a longtime Kent physician, served as team doctor for Theodore Roosevelt High School and Kent State University for more than 35 years. A standout football player at The Ohio State University in 1946, Adamle played for the Cleveland Browns from 1947 to 1954. He served as captain of the 1950 championship team and played in the first two Pro Bowls. Adamale graduated from Western Reserve University College of Medicine in 1956. He generously treated a number of athletes at no cost over the years and possessed a wealth of knowledge about athletic injuries. Dr. Adamle died in 2000.


For Cultural/Performing Arts: Todd Hido

Todd Hido is a highly acclaimed photographer, whose images of homes have been widely exhibited around the world, including the Cleveland Museum of Art. His photographs are included in a number of public and private collections. In addition, his images and writing have been published in a number of international magazines. Hido is the author of two large-format books, House Hunting and Outskirts, which feature his striking photographs of suburban homes and landscapes. A 1986 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School, Hido earned a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from California College of Arts and Crafts.


For Career/Life Accomplishments: Tom and Ruth Seeh Nighswander

In the first step of a lifetime committed to serving the world’s less fortunate, Tom and Ruth Seeh Nighswander, class of 1960, joined the Peace Corps in 1964. They worked in the African country of Malawi on a tuberculosis eradication program. After returning, Tom became a physician and the couple relocated to Alaska where Ruth obtained a nursing degree. For the past three years, they’ve made personal missions to Malawi where they help support the Malawi Children’s Village, a home-based program to clothe, feed and educate some of the millions of African children orphaned by AIDS.


For Athletic Accomplishments: Tom DeLeone

A standout athlete at Roosevelt in football, basketball and track, Tom DeLeone, class of 1968, played starting center for the Ohio State Buckeyes for three years. He was named All Big Ten and First Team All American at OSU and inducted into The Ohio State University Football Hall of Fame in 2002. DeLeone played 13 seasons with the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals and was named All-Pro three times. He lives in Park City, UT, where he works as a criminal investigator for the Department of the Treasury.


For Cultural/Performing Arts: Jan Pfeffer Strimple

A 1972 Roosevelt graduate, Jan Pfeffer Strimple is an international haute couture model who has performed on runways around the world. A tireless fundraiser, she has helped raise millions of dollars for AIDS research and the Kidney Foundation. Currently, she is producing fashion shows in California, Dallas and New York.


For Major Contributions to the Kent City Schools: Richard Roberts

A 1948 Roosevelt graduate, Dick Roberts served as teacher at Theodore Roosevelt High School for 27 years. Best known for directing more than 150 plays, including 20 musicals, Roberts also taught English and Public Speaking and coached the debate team. Roosevelt’s auditorium was named in his honor in 1995.


For Special Honorary Achievement: Robert W. Stanton

For 25 years, Dr. Robert Stanton provided leadership for the Kent City Schools. As principal of Theodore Roosevelt High School from 1952 to 1958, he was at the helm when the current facility was planned and built. As Superintendent, he supervised many building and renovation projects, as well as developed and implemented a number of innovative educational programs. The Kent Board of Education honored his commitment to students by naming the new Stanton Middle School in his honor in 1999.


For Career/Life Accomplishments: Joseph T. Gorman

Joseph T. Gorman, a 1955 Roosevelt graduate, retired as Chairman and CEO of TRW Inc. after more than 30 years of service. A longtime supporter of the arts and active in the Cleveland community, national and international activities, Gorman serves as a director on a number of corporate, civic and cultural boards.

He also served as chairman of Cleveland Tomorrow and has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Japan Prime Minister’s Trade Award in 1994 for promoting improved U.S.-Japan trade relations. Gorman is a leader in educational reform and a founding member of the Ohio Governor’s Education Management Council.

A 1959 graduate of Kent State University, Gorman, in honor of his mother and father, created a $2.5 million endowment for a faculty chair in the College of Education, where his father, Dr. Burton Gorman, taught for many years.


For Athletic Accomplishments: Charles Boykin

An outstanding basketball player, Charles Boykin played for Roosevelt, Kent State University and on a semi-pro team. Boykin, a 1957 graduate of Roosevelt, was named to All District, All Metro and All State teams for basketball.

Considered one of the all-time leading scorers in Ohio, he helped Roosevelt compete for the state title his freshman and senior years. He was also a valuable member of the Roosevelt baseball and track teams.

Boykin went on to coach successful men’s and women’s high school basketball teams in the area and was named to the Portage County Sports Hall of Fame. A faithful supporter of Roosevelt athletics, Boykin has been a regular on the sidelines, especially at track meets.


For Cultural/Performing Arts: Vincent J. Cardinal

Vincent J. Cardinal is an educator, a theatrical director and a writer for stage and screen. A 1978 Roosevelt graduate, Cardinal graduated from Kent State University and received a master of fine arts in dramatic writing from Yale School of Drama.

His plays, including The Colorado Catechism, have been produced internationally. His television work ranges from soap operas to MTV. Cardinal has directed in professional and educational theaters from coast to coast. Cardinal was a member of off-Broadway’s legendary Circle Repertory Company where he seved as the Company’s School Director.

Cardinal chairs the Theatre Arts Department at the University of Miami, served as Director of the School of Theater at Ohio University and taught at New York University, SUNY Buffalo, Shaker Heights High School and Roosevelt High School.


For Major Contributions to the Kent City Schools: Don Bentley

Don Bentley has been a loyal fan and inspiration to Roosevelt student athletes, as well as a lifelong supporter of his community. Many benefited from his generous spirit.

He contributed not only funding, but also his time and energy to help young people in his hometown. Founder of the Kent Wrestling Club, Bentley built a practice facility and purchased equipment to encourage Kent youngsters to participate in the sport. He is a member of the Portage County Sports Hall of Fame and a charter member of the Rough Rider Association.

A Kent businessman for over 50 years, Bentley designed and built over 100 homes in the area, as well as owned and operated the Rusty Nail restaurant. He graduated from Roosevelt in 1946 and was president of his class.


For Special Honorary Achievement: Reverend Fred Thomas, Sr.

A minister at Union Baptist Church in Kent for 42 years, Reverend Fred Thomas, Sr. touched the lives of many of Kent’s young people. He served as president of the Kent Ministerial Association and Robinson Memorial Hospital Chaplaincy Board, as well as contributed to a number of other community organizations.

For many years, Reverend Thomas was secretary of the Ohio Baptist Convention. The Kent Chamber of Commerce awarded him the Distinguished Service Award.

A respected member of the community, Reverend Thomas took an active role in the Kent Schools and contributed to increasing racial harmony among students. Reverend Thomas died in 1985.


For Career/Life Accomplishments: Albert J. Flogge

A 1952 graduate of Roosevelt, Albert J. “Al” Flogge is devoted to his adopted hometown of North Muskegon, Michigan. Flogge is active in numerous civic, community, educational and religious organizations. He retired as president and CEO of seven Allied/Federated Department Stores after a 35-year career in retail management.

Flogge’s passion for movies, Shakespeare, theater, opera and music is evident in his valuable and extensive collection of thousands of celebrity autographs, photographs, books, posters and memorabilia assembled over a lifetime.

He donated his performing arts collection to Kent State University where he graduated in 1956. The University honored him with its Distinguished Alumnus award in 1983. Flogge gave the Abbey of Gethsemani his collection of rare letters, books and manuscripts written by Father Thomas Merton. The collection is on permanent loan to the International Thomas Merton Library at Bellarmine University, which is the official archive of materials on the famous writer and Trappist monk.


For Athletic Accomplishments: Dominic Mittiga

A 1937 graduate, Dominic “Mickey” Mittiga starred on the football field and basketball court and served as president of Roosevelt Student Council. Mittiga played football for Kent State University, winning numerous league honors including All-Ohio, and played in the 1941 College All-Star game against the Cleveland Rams.

After graduating from KSU in 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was one of five Mittiga brothers serving at the same time during World War II. Mittiga taught and coached football and basketball in the Kent City Schools for most of his 35-year career. He is a member of the Kent State University Athletic Hall of Fame.

A well-known figure at high school athletic events over the years, Mittiga helped and encouraged many of Kent’s young people.


For Cultural/Performing Arts: Dennis Deal

Dennis Deal is an accomplished writer, director and composer, as well as an arranger and singer. A 1967 graduate of Roosevelt, Deal served as president of the senior class and was active in music and theater productions.

He is an acclaimed director of stock and regional theater productions and has written television shows.

Deal developed and arranged a number of CDs for well known singers and has also recorded his own music. Best known for his original 50’s musical, Nite Club CONFIDENTIAL, Deal directed numerous productions of his award-winning show, including Off-Broadway, in Los Angeles and London’s West End.


For Major Contributions to Kent City Schools: Mary Kathleen Young Lilley

Mary Kathleen “Kathy” Young Lilley is recognized for her many years of volunteer work with American Field Service, a foreign exchange program for high school students.

As a regional and national representative for AFS, she and her husband John have hosted a number of foreign exchange students who attended Roosevelt, as well as coordinated AFS events in Northeast Ohio for over 26 years. Active in a number of community organizations, including the Kent State University Orchestra Society, she served as Kent’s Welcome Wagon hostess for 26 years.

Lilley received the Tullis Young/Florence Kerr Community Service Award presented by the Portage Foundation. She graduated from Roosevelt in 1949.


For Special Honorary Achievement: David H. Green

A longtime supporter of education, David H. Green was a Kent businessman who contributed to the Kent City Schools and the Kent community.

He served on the Franklin Township Board of Education until it merged with the Kent City Schools. Green then was an active member of the Kent Board of Education for 10 years.

Well known as a community supporter, Green was recognized by the Kent Chamber of Commerce for his many contributions and received the Public Service Award. He died in 2000.


For Academic/Career Accomplishments: Brigadier General Jerry M. “Mike” Drennan

Brigadier General Jerry M. “Mike” Drennan served in a variety of staff positions in space and missile operations in the U.S. Air Force after he graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1972.

As commander, 21st Space Wing, located at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, Drennan led the Air Force’s largest wing of more than 8,000 people who provide missile warning and space control for combat forces. A 1968 Roosevelt graduate, Drennan’s leadership skills took him from wing level to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, including a tour at the Defense Nuclear Agency.

In addition to numerous professional military accomplishments, Drennan also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia.


For Athletic Accomplishments: Stanley R. White

Stan White’s athletic accomplishments led him not only to a 13-year professional football career, but also to practice law representing athletes, as well as to enjoy a second career in sports broadcasting. A 1968 graduate of Roosevelt, White was the only Ohio high school athlete to play in Ohio High School All Star Games in football, basketball and baseball. He also was named All State in all three sports his senior year.

An All Big Ten and All American football player at Ohio State, White went on to play for the Baltimore Colts, Detroit Lions and the USFL. He was a three-time All-Pro and holds the NFL record for most interceptions in a season (8) as a linebacker.

White graduated magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1978. He not only played in a Rose Bowl game, he also broadcast one, in addition to games for NBC and ESPN.


For Cultural/Performing Arts: Marilyn Hughey Phillis

A renowned watercolor artist, Marilyn Hughey Phillis of Wheeling, West Virginia, was active in a number of state and national watercolor groups. Her work is in museum, corporate and private collections nationally.

She was an elected member of the American Watercolor Society, where she served on the Board of Directors from 1991-93. Phillis established national creativity seminars for the Ohio Watercolor Society and wrote and illustrated “Watermedia Techniques for Releasing the Creative Spirit.”

A 1945 Roosevelt graduate, Phillis received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and attended the Toledo Museum of Art School of Design.


For Major Contributions to Kent City Schools: Dr. Emilio D. Ferrara

Well known for his dedication to the Kent Schools, Dr. Emilio Ferrara served on the Board of Education beginning in 1975. A 1955 graduate of Roosevelt, Ferrara is an oral-maxillofacial surgeon practicing in Kent.

He received the 1999 Distinguished Alumni Award from Kent State University and was elected to the International College of Dentists in 1991. He also served on the Foundation Boards of both Robinson Memorial Hospital and Kent State University.

Ferrara, a graduate of Kent State University and Case Western Reserve University Dental School, completed his residency at Cincinnati General Medical Center.


For Special Honorary Achievement: Thomas Campana

For nearly 30 years, Tom Campana served the Kent City Schools as a teacher, coach and the district’s first athletic director. As head football coach in the 1960’s, Campana’s championship teams helped build the Roosevelt tradition. His career record was 148 wins.

In his term as Athletic Director, girls’ sports were added at Roosevelt and in the league, while the number of different sports grew from five to 18. Campana was also at the helm when the Roosevelt football stadium, track, baseball and softball fields were added.

Campana received a bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University and a master’s from Kent State University. He was named a member of the Youngstown State University Football Hall of Fame, the Ohio High Schools Football Association Hall of Fame and the Ohio High School Athletic Directors Hall of Fame.


For Academic/Career Accomplishments: Martin L. Davey

A 1900 graduate of Kent High School, Martin L. Davey was elected governor of Ohio in 1934 and 1936, the only governor to serve from Portage County. At age 29 he was elected mayor of Kent and then served as U.S. Congressman for four terms.

He succeeded his father as president of The Davey Tree Expert Company in 1923 and held that position until he died in 1946.

Davey remained faithful to his hometown of Kent and as governor made certain that the former Kent State Normal School received university status.


For Athletic Accomplishments: Michael Adamle

A national television sports broadcaster and color analyst, Mike Adamle had a seven-year NFL career as a running back. He played for the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets and Chicago Bears.

After graduating from Roosevelt in 1967, he attended Northwestern University where he holds 17 rushing records. An outstanding all-around athlete, he competed in nearly every sport, including the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.

During his broadcast career, Adamle anchored the sports desk for NBC 5 Chicago News and hosted sports events for ESPN, ESPN II, NBC, ABC and international networks.


For Cultural/Performing Arts: Julianne Baird

An internationally known performing and recording artist, Julianne Baird is considered one of the most distinguished sopranos of her generation.

Renowned for her intelligent and beautiful renditions of baroque opera roles, she has performed with major symphonies and toured around the world. Through her radio and television performances, as well as over 90 recordings, she has reached a wide audience with her music.

Baird graduated from Roosevelt in 1970. Very active academically, Baird holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Eastman School of Music and a doctorate in musicology from Stanford University. She taught at a number of universities, including Princeton and Rutgers.


For Major Contributions to Kent City Schools: Carl W. Gilcrest

Carl Gilcrest spent nearly 40 years associated with the Kent City Schools. He taught math, science and health and served as Roosevelt’s head football coach for 22 years.

He was assistant principal at Roosevelt, principal of Davey Junior High and, finally, the first director of business services for the district. In that position he helped oversee the construction and expansion of a number of school buildings.

Gilcrest even served as a school board member when he briefly operated his family farm in Kent in the early 1950’s. Gilcrest graduated from Roosevelt in 1932 and received his bachelor’s degree from Miami University.


For Special Honorary Achievement: Leroy Peoples

A 1942 graduate of Roosevelt, where he starred on the basketball and baseball teams, Leroy Peoples taught physical education for nearly 20 years in the Kent schools. He also coached baseball at Roosevelt, as well as basketball and football at Davey Junior High.

Peoples graduated from Kent State University where he became only the second four-year letterman in KSU basketball history. One of Ohio’s premier softball pitchers, he made his mark in local athletics by hurling eight no-hitters while leading his teams to 12 championships. In 1952, he won an incredible 33 consecutive games while compiling a 34-1 record.

A strong supporter of youth athletics, Peoples volunteered countless hours as coach and served as the City of Kent’s Recreation Director. Leroy Peoples died in 1987.

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