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2009 INTERBORO HALL OF FAME

 

JACK AND VERNE BIXBY

Community Members

Mr. and Mrs. Bixby served in almost every capacity of community service. The Bixby’s are known to be beacons for the “right thing to do.” Their hallmark of fairness is the way they respected others and their opinions. They dedicated their lives in service to their church and community by being involved. He as a coach, scoutmaster, President of Norwood Borough Council, a member of the Norwood Recreation Board and a board member of the Norwood Boys Club. She as the epitome of the perfect teacher – wise, patient, sharing from the heart and never giving less than her very best. Mr. Bixby served as vice principal, principal and then as assistant superintendent for the Interboro School District, retiring in 1984. Mrs. Bixby taught at Norwood Elementary School, retiring with 22 years of service.
Both agree that their greatest achievements are their wonderful marriage of 63 years, their four precious sons, and the lifelong dear friends they have made.


DAVID DUNLEAVY



Interboro High, Class of 1988

David Dunleavy, an American artist, painter, muralist, designer, graphic artist and sculptor, is considered in his mechanical virtuosity and immense diversity to be an influential figure in conservation contemporary art. He is widely recognized as one of the most celebrated endangered species artists. To date, David has painted 54 life-sized and larger-than-life murals along the Eastern Seaboard from Atlantic City to the Florida Keys and the Bahamas Islands. The largest environmental awareness mural is at the Melbourne Aquarium in Australia, and the endangered species mural painted in Cape May is a historic landmark. Hoping to raise awareness, David has a goal to paint over 100 murals in strategic locations around the world by the year 2026, spreading his dream of a healthy ocean planet to millions worldwide. 
Mr. Dunleavy partnered with Oceans for Youth Foundation to create an original work of art for the cover of the DVD and its contents for the interactive 15-chapter presentation, the first ocean education program submitted into the school systems teaching students about our ocean planet. Dunleavy collaborated with underwater explorer Jean Michel Cousteau, actor Leslie Neilson, Hollywood producer Pete Haymen, and Oceans for Youth President Wayne Hasson to produce this wonderful program. 
David has dedicated his talent for the preservation of our fragile ocean planet and hopes his art will inspire people to educate themselves on how to help protect it for future generations. He supports many marine conservation organizations by donating original art for auctions.

FRANCIS R. HOFFMAN
Glen-Nor High

Coach Francis R. Hoffman graduated from East Stroudsburg State Teacher’s College and began his coaching career at Northampton High School in 1931. He won his first championship in 1933. His winning record for 4 different sports over the next 40 years was 80.5%. In 1940, his Glen-Nor Indians football team was undefeated, untied and unscored upon – a truly unbelievable accomplishment. The following year (1941) Glen-Nor was undefeated and untied. Coach Hoffman was the recipient of the Essex County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Distinguished Coach Award in 1991 at Columbia High School in West Orange, N.J. He had 44 active years as a player, coach, official, and administrator in amateur, high school, college, pro, and U.S. Navy football, basketball, baseball, and swimming. In that same year, Coach Hoffman received a congratulatory letter from President George Bush recognizing Glen-Nor’s two outstanding seasons.

 MICHAEL J. PLADUS
Staff Member

Dr. Michael Pladus, a three sport athlete, scholar-athlete and president of his class at Shenandoah Valley High School, earned his Bachelor’s degree from Kutztown State College, Master’s degrees from both Temple University and the University of Scranton, and a Doctoral degree from the Teachers College of Columbia University. His awards and honors include induction in the Shenandoah Valley Athletic Hall of Fame, the Shenandoah Valley Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame, the Little League Hall of Excellence in Williamsport, the Pennsylvania District XI Wrestling Coach of the Year Award, induction in the Northwestern Lehigh and the Schuylkill County Wrestling Hall of Fame, and the Kutztown University Wrestling 1970’s Hall of Fame and All Decade Team. As principal of Interboro High School for seven years, and Superintendent of Schools in the Interboro School District for two years, Michael Pladus was a tireless advocate for students and learning. In 1999, Interboro High School earned the distinction of being named a Pennsylvania Blue Ribbon School, and Dr. Pladus was named Pennsylvania High School Principal of the Year and the National High School Principal of the Year, the only principal from Pennsylvania to have received this honor.


WILLIAM W. WALLS, JR.
Prospect Park High, Class of 1950

After serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, William Walls graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He joined the Boeing Company’s Helicopter Division in Philadelphia in 1959 holding various positions until becoming a Boeing vice president in 1988. In 1992, he became Vice President of Research and Engineering where he remained until his retirement in 1996. In 1991, he received the Honorary Fellow award for outstanding achievement from the American Helicopter Society, an international technical society of 8,000 members from industry, government and academe. The highest honor the American Helicopter Society bestows on an individual for notable achievement in advancing the field of vertical aeronautics is the Dr. Alexander Klemin Award. Mr. Walls was the recipient of this prestigious award in 1997 for “an outstanding aeronautical engineer, for his advancement of the rotorcraft industry through ground breaking research and devotion to education.” Listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World, William Walls held consultant positions with NATO, NASA, the National Research Council Board of Aeronautics and Space Engineering, Rensselaer Polytech Institute board of advisors, and the Pennsylvania State University Aerospace Engineering Industrial Professional Advisory Council while at Boeing.
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