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Clifford Ostermeyer Ayres
Class of 1941

Clifford achieved much in
the music industry. From
overseeing recordings, pro-
motions, and publishing, to
his first love of performing,
Cliff produced hundreds of
singles and albums and
recorded the million-selling
hit, "It's All in the Game".
He began his career as a
big band singer, performing
with Sammy Kaye and
Jimmy Dorsey. Cliff re-
ceived many awards in the
music industry and was CEO
of Cliff Ayers Enterprizes in
Nashville, Tennessee.
Bob Young
Class of 1927

Bob was a member of the
Founder's Board of Little
League, Inc. and the first
midwestern commissioner
for the program. He earned
his doctorate in theology
and served in Lutheran
parishes over a five-decade
period in Indiana, Ohio,
Pennsylvania, and Nevada.
In addition to Bob, his family
proudly claimed three more
South Side graduates.
Dean Rhoads
Class of 1945                

Dean started his first business
while a freshman at South
Side. He entered I. U. before
he graduated from South
side. He enlisted in the U. S.
Merchant Marines and
served in the South Pacific.
He founded Lincoln Manu-
facturing Company, now
known as Lincoln Wearever
and Worldmark Group of
Companies in 1977. In 1998
 he founded Worldmark
 Family of Funds, which soared
to over one hundred million
dollars in assets. Dean served
as Kiwanis Indiana district
governor and international
chairman of Kiwanis Key and
Circle K clubs, and president
and chair of numerous other
organizations. He has been
listed on the Forbes 400 list
of the largest private companies.

Kathryn Vonderau       
Class of 1945

Kathryn started her baseball
career with the All American
Girls Professional Baseball
League from 1946-1953.
She worked as a teller at
Peoples Trust Bank in Fort
Wayne during the off season
while a member of the Fort
Wayne Daisies and other
teams. She followed baseball
with a teaching career, teach-
ing nine years in public schools
in Michigan, Indiana, and
Illinois. She also taught at the
university level as Professor
of Education at the University
of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
During her twenty-two years
there she was instrumental
in the early promotion of
equal opportunity in
athletics and was inducted into
the Athletic Hall of Fame
in 1996.

Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet
Class of 1948

Agathawas a national and
international leader in Family
and Consumer Sciences
education for 40 years. A
recognized authority in the
cultural history of textiles
and apparel, Dr. Burnet
served as national president
of the American Association
of Family Consumer Sciences
in 1986-1987. Among her
many recognitions and awards
were distinguished service
citations form her graduate
alma mater and the community
of Ames, Iowa. She achieved
emeritus professor at Iowa
State University where she
served as head of the Textiles
and Clothing Department.

Art Kimball
Class of 1952                    

In 1952 Art began a career
in broadcasting which spanned
fifty-two years. He was a
sportscaster in radio and
television, where his beats
included all high school sports
plus collegiate football and
basketball. Art was a play-
by-play broadcaster on the
Illinois state high school
basketball telecasts for ten
years. He also covered Big
Ten, Missouri Valley Confer-
ence, and the NCAA Divi-
sion III national finals. During
his career, Art oened radio
stations in Mendota, Illinois,
Bloomington, Illinois, and
Shelbyville, Indiana.

James Davis
Class of 1952                    

Jim graduated from the Uni-
versity of Illinois in 1957 in
chemical engineering. After
four years in the Navy (two
years aboard an aircraft
carrier and two years teaching
chemistry at the U. S. Naval
Academy), he graduated from
Georgetown University Law
School in Washington, D.C.
in 1963. He clerked for a
Court of Appeals judge in
Washington and practiced
patent law for two years in
Chicago. In 1966 he was
appointed trial judge with the
U.S. Court of Claims in
Washington, the youngest
person ever appointed. He
left the court in 1972 to return
to private practice. Jim also
served for many years as an
adjunct professor of law at
Georgetown University, teaching
patent and anti-trust law.

Carol Meads Lewark      
Class of 1933 

Carol developed Indiana's
first licensed childcare for
children with severe disa-
bilities. She was chair of
Allen County First Steps
and Step Ahead councils
and the Mayor's Fort Wayne
Community Development
Block Grant Committee.
She also was on the board
of directors of Vincent
House and Arc Foundation.
She was a national presenter
on innovative programs,
services, and best practices
for people with disabilities.
Carol retired as senior vice
president of Easter Seals
Arc after thirty-two years
of service.

Diana Fowler Hill        
Class of 1955

Diane write of her career:
:Teaching is the art of awa-
kening the natural curiosity
of young minds for the purpose
of satisfying it afterward". This
is a quote from A. France,
and Diane felt it was true
because South Side teachers
awakened and nurtured her
curiosity and love for science
and english, leading to a most
satisfying and long hands-on
career as a biomedical
researcher and editor for
those in the laboaratory and
on the cutting edge.

Joe Winder
Class of 1957             

Joe had a thirty-two year
career in international dip-
lomacy and public policy in
the U.S. Foreign Service and
eight years managing an
international institute in Wash-
ington, D.C. He helped
broaden mutual understanding
between the American people
and the governments and
peoples of countries in South
America, Europe, and Asia.
He negotiated bilateral agree-
ments with foreign governments
and managed several major
U.S. programs at embassies
throughout the world and at
the departments of State and
Treasury. Joe also organized
and implemented a wide-
ranging program of speeches,
seminars, and symposia on
U.S.-Asia relations with
pulic affairs organizations,
universities, and the media
across the United States.

Susan Rothert Meyers 
Class of 1959

Susan began competing in
Masters swimming in 1996.
She won a gold, three
silver, and two bronze
medals in the 1999 Senior
Olympics. She was named
All-American for winning
the One Mile Open Water
Championship in 2003 and
twice named All-American
for pool events in 2004. In
addition to winning several
national championships, she
was awarded the Irv Merritt
National Award by Greater
Indiana Master Swimming
in 2000 for achievement in
and promotion of swimming,
and ranked in the top ten
swimmers in the world in her
age group. Susan started and
coached a high school swim
team at Columbia City and
returned to her alma mater
to teach swimming in 2001.
Linda Tobey Bloom 
Class of 1959

Linda has served theciti-
zens of Fort Wayne since
1978. Her career in Allen
County government began
when she joined the staff
of the Allen County Asses-
sor's Office. In 1980 Linda
was elected Allen County
Treasurer, and held that
position until being elected
Allen County Auditor in
1986. She serverd as auditor
until 1994, when she became
the first woman elected to the
three-member board of
Allen County commissioners.
In 1998 she became the first
female president of the board.
She served a second term as
president in 2002. She was a
recipient of the "Outstanding
First Term Commissioner"
award and was named to the
Indiana Commission for
Women. She also served as
treasurer of the Multi-Agency
Communications Partnership.
Bill Lentz
Class of 1960             

Bill got his medcal degree
from Indiana University in
1964. Following internship
in SPringfield, Ohio, in
1967-1969, he became a
Navy flight surgeon from
1968-1971. BIll served
in Vietnam, then did his
residency in dermatology
at Indiana University
Medical School from 1972-
1975. He founded and was
president of Fort Wayne
Dermatology, He served as
a board member of the
American Cancer Society,
director of Annual Skin
Cancer and Melanoma
Screening and an associate
professor of Dermatology
at IUMC. Bill also went on
multiple medical missions to
William (Bill) Spindler
Class of 1960

After graduating from Saint
Francis College with a
degree in chemistry, Bill
founded Wayne Chemical
Inc. in1969. In the mid
1980s he consolidated two
locations into one, where
his company created several
hundred chemical products
and approximately seveny-
five types of chemical appli-
cation equipment for the
food processing industry.
His company holds several
patents. Bill was an active
member of the church and
co-founder of Canterbury
School in Fort Wayne.

Jim Carter
Class of 1961

Pursuing a career in law,
Jim became president of the
American Society of Inter-
national Law. He also served
as chairman of the board of
the American Bar Association
Section of International Law
and Practice, director of the
American Bar Association,
and member of the Court of
Arbitration for Sport and the
London Court of International
Arbitration. Jim served as an
international lawyer and
arbitrater with the law firm of
Sullivan and Cromwell LLP in
New York.

Barbara Nelson Alving
Class of 1964

Barbara served as director
of the National Heart,
Lung, and Blood Institute
(NHLBI) at the National
Institutes of Health and the
director of the Women's
Health Initiative (2004).
She was a research investi-
gator in the Division of
Blood and Blood Products
at the Food and Drug Ad-
ministration. In 1980 she
joined the Department of
Hematology at the Walter
Reed Institute of Research
and became chief of the
department in 1992. In 1996
she left the Army with the rank
of Colonel to become the
director of the Medical
Oncology/Hematology section
at Washington Center Hos-
pital in Washington, D.C. She
served as professor of
medicine at the Uniformed
Services University of the
Health Sciences in Bethesda,
Md., and became a master in
the American College of Phy-
sicians. She edited three books,
recieved two patent awards,
and published more than
100 papers in the areas of
thrombosis and hemostasis.

Victor Martin
Class of 1965

As an architect with a pas-
sion for history, Vic focused
on restoring the Baker
Street train station in Fort
Wayne. He was instrumental
in having it placed on the
National Register of Historic
Places. Capitalizing on this
accomlishment, Vic organ-
ized the Baker Street Com-
munity Association whose
missions include preservation
of the station and assisting
other not-for-profit organ-
izations. Vic and South
Side High School are proud
of the fact that three gener-
ations of Martins have
graduated from our hallowed

Tim Beyers
Class of 1966

Tim began his medical
career treating disease in
the Indiana Health Service.
He then focused his attention
on disease prevention, work-
inginm both public health
agencies and in academia on
the link betwee nutrition and
disease. He became a national
expert in epidemiology, the
science of disease prevention.

Carter Bishop
Class of 1966          

Carter has played a leading
role in the creation and de-
velopment of state, national,
and International business
laws regarding the limited
liability of companies and
partnerships. He chaired the
committee to write Minne-
sota laws and was selected
as the national reporter to
write uniform laws for the
National Conference of
Commissioners on Uniform
State Laws. He also co-
authored a major national
and international two-volume
law treatise.

Martin Gepsman
Class of 1970

Martin earned an M.B.A.
degree from Indiana Uni-
versity in Marketing and
Finance. He started his
career at the Chicago Board
Options Exchange, then
moved to the Chicago
Mercantile Exchange and
traded foreign currency
options. He was elected to
the Board of Directors in
1993. He played a large part
in transforming C.M.E. from
a mutual member-run
organization to a publicly
listed company on the New
York Stock Exchange with
a market capitalization of
$5 billion. Martin served as
secretary of the Chicago
Mercantil Exchange Holding
Board. He was an independent
floor broker and trader from
1985 on, holding two booths on
the exchange where he bought
futures and commodities.

Tom Hendry
Class of 1970               

Tom worked with the
electrochemistry and
chemical analysis of
gold, silver and platinum
group metals for the gov-
ernment and private indus-
try from 1977 on. He also
developed a method to
fabricate nano-particles of
elemental silver metal for
the production of anti-
fungal products. Tom worked
as a consultant for Delphi/
General Motors to establish
a non-oxidizing finish in
ruthenium for fuel cell

Valerie Gunderson Osiecki
Class of 1973

Valerie wove together a
lifelong passion for the arts,
especially theater. She earned
an M.B.A. degree in Non-
Profit Management awarded
by Boston University, and then
gained many years of exper-
ience in public television. She
became budget director of
WGBH/Boston and guided
the financial management of
public television's flagship
station. She was as premier
producer of primetime and
children's programming.