ANDERSON – The Anderson Education Foundation hosted its 5th Anderson Community Schools Hall of Fame event on Friday and Saturday to celebrate the life, professional excellence and impact of ACS alumni.
Since its inception in 2010, 53 distinguished alumni, whose names appear on a “Wall of Fame” outside the Anderson High School auditorium, have been inducted into the ACS Hall of Fame.
The 2021 Hall of Fame inductees are:
Terre d’Arno (AHS 1950)
A gifted athlete during his high school years, Land was on five Indiana State Championship teams and nine North Central Conference teams.
He served 23 years in the military, including the Korean and Vietnam wars. He received a Silver Star, four Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart.
On June 23, 2017, a bridge over US 31 near the Tipton / Howard County line was dedicated to Command Sgt. Arno C. Earth.
Land died in 2012.
Dr Virginia Chapman (AHS 1965)
For nearly 50 years, Chapman has helped high school, college and graduate students find their voices through oral communication and English lessons. In high school, she was a member of the AHS Debate Team.
After college, she returned to AHS as a teacher. She then taught at Anderson University and became director of its debating program. Over the years, Chapman has shared his knowledge with many organizations. She lives in Anderson.
Dr Mark Kane (AHS 1965)
Kane hopes everyone he knows calls him a clown. The clown is what he uses to help veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Prior to clowning, Kane traveled the world solving rural housing issues, serving in refugee camps in the Middle East, and working in Belarus with survivors of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
In 2015, he was invited to work with Dr. Patch Adams to bring the humanitarian clown as a healing modality for veterans. The story of his work is presented in a documentary film, “Clownvets”.
Jack Brinkman (MHHS 1968)
During Brinkman’s final year of high school, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were both murdered. These events affected her decision to become a lawyer.
He presided for 30 years as a judge of the Madison County 2 Superior Court. During this time, he founded the Madison County Youth Center and the Court Appointed Special Advocate program. He plans to retire fully in 2021.
Stephen Hofer (MHHS 1968)
Hofer founded the Aerlex legal group in 2005 and has managed over 1,000 aircraft acquisitions for clients such as Tom Cruise, Magic Johnson, Tiger Woods and Nicole Kidman.
He began his career as a reporter in Anderson, Bloomington (while at Indiana University) and Miami. He then graduated from Northwestern University Law School and joined a law firm in Los Angeles.
Hofer is a member of 11 genealogical heritage groups and sits on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
Jim Regenold (MHHS 1968)
If you had been a student at Anderson High School 20 years ago, Regenold would have been your principal. It was his job to unite the student body and faculty of the consolidated Anderson High School after the closure of Madison Heights High School.
While Regenold was in high school, he was an outstanding athlete. He played college basketball at Ball State and averaged 27.5 points per game during his junior year. This accomplishment is still a record for the Cardinals.
Regenold taught at Anderson Schools before becoming an administrator. He ended his career at Alexandria School Corp.
Rod Freeman (AHS 1969)
While in high school, Freeman was an All-State in basketball and soccer. He played basketball at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
Freeman was drafted by the New York Giants from the NFL, despite only appearing in one season of spring football training “for fun” and by the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA. Freeman spent a season with the 76ers before returning to Nashville to open Fitness Systems, a business specializing in fitness and exercise equipment.
He is currently developing and managing commercial properties in the Nashville area.
Reverend Bill Watson (AHS 1970)
Watson wore several hats during his life. He has also received numerous awards and distinctions.
Watson was affected by the civil rights movement, sometimes becoming provocative in school. Two teachers gave her life-changing advice: “Don’t make what they think of you come true.
Watson was a marine drilling instructor during the Vietnam War. He then worked at Pentagon and Marine Corps Headquarters at Guide Corp. and Anderson Community Schools.
Watson established the PITTT BBQ and Grill in 2008. He uses his degree in religion to be the pastor of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church.
Dr Leslee Keys (MHHS 1973)
Keys is an assistant professor of humanities and director of historic preservation at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. She is passionate about how rising sea levels affect cultural resources.
Keys teaches historic places and has helped preserve important cultural resources in America. She has written four books on the historic preservation of Florida sites.
His advice to young people is: “Get out of your comfort zone to know your strengths and your shortcomings. “
Rob Spaulding (MHHS 1977)
Spaulding runs the Christian Center of Anderson, which provides meals, clothing, hygiene products and safe living spaces for homeless people. Many participants at the center have graduated from its program and received vocational training.
Spaulding recently helped open a shelter specifically for women and a facility that offers various services to homeless families. He is proud to do a job that makes a difference.
Dorothy Boyd (AHS 1983)
Boyd worked in the Diet Department at Anderson Community Hospital for 26 years.
She then felt called to become a foster parent. Since then, she has welcomed 19 children, many of whom have behavioral and emotional needs. She even defends the young people in greatest difficulty. Ms. Boyd serves as a mentor to other foster parents.
She says the children helped guide her as much or more than she guided them.