2000 Interboro Hall of Fame
C. Hilyard Barr
Glen-Nor Class of 1942
Scholar, athlete, businessman, and philanthropist are all names that describe C. Hilyard Barr. As a scholar, Mr. Barr earned degrees from both the University of Pennsylvania and Pepperdine University. As an athlete, Mr. Barr was both an All State football player and an Honorable Mention All American at Penn. His highly successful business career spans almost fifty years of work in medical product manufacturing. Since retiring, Mr. Barr has been extremely active and generous in donating both time and financial support to a number of good causes, including establishing a full scholarship in perpetuity at two universities and a Family Foundation for scholarships and medical care.
Edward Thomas Bowen
Glen-Nor Class of 1940
Mr. Edward Thomas Bowen graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1947. He then began a thirty-five year career in positions of increasing responsibility from refinery engineer to executive with the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO). His assignments and professional credentials include the start-up of a subsidiary company in Houston, Texas, and five years as Managing Director of the Saudi Consolidated Electric Company, which helped provide electricity in two hundred remote villages to over 100,000 people who had never had it before. Mr. Bowen is now retired, living in Texas, and has remained interested and supportive of his Pennsylvania “home,” contributing nearly $20,000 in scholarships to Interboro students.
Prospect Park Class of 1939
“The Pride of the Fleet” was the name by which Ben Martin was known after he performed with distinction on the gridiron as a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy in the 1940’s. Prior to entering the Academy, Mr. Martin had attended Princeton University. After an outstanding football career and graduating sixth in his class, Mr. Martin served seven years in the U.S. Navy being assigned both as an Aide to the Commandant and to the Naval Academy Athletic Department. He served as the head football coach at the University of Virginia and later at the Air Force Academy, where his teams registered over 100 victories with appearances in the Cotton, Gator and Sugar Bowls.
Christine Larson Mason
Interboro Class of 1974
Christine Larson Mason was one of the finest athletes to graduate from Interboro High School. A member of the Class of 1974, Christine was a member of the 1980 and the bronze medal winning 1984 U.S. Olympic Field Hockey teams and participated in the 1979 and 1983 World Championships. Among her other accomplishments are All American Honors at Penn State and induction in both the Delaware County Athletic Hall of Fame and the U.S. Field Hockey Hall of Fame. She currently serves as the highly successful head field hockey and lacrosse coach at Williams College in Massachusetts.
Mr. Al Rigby
Al Rigby (1927-1999) will long be remembered as one of Interboro High School’s most loved and respected teachers. A graduate of Ridley Township High School and Pennsylvania Military College, where he starred as an All-Conference football player, Mr. Rigby began his long and successful career in the classrooms of Interboro in 1961. Over the next years, Mr. Rigby would touch thousands of lives in his role as teacher, coach, and adviser of so many different school activities. The faculty of Interboro High School is proud to honor one of its own by welcoming Mr. Al Rigby into the Interboro Hall of Fame.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Witmer
If there are two people who truly represent the spirit of caring, support, and service that exists in the Interboro community, those two people would have to be Frank and Peggy Witmer. The Witmers first moved to Prospect Park in 1941 shortly after Frank had graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Peggy had attended Temple University. They quickly embarked on a lifetime of community service. Frank coached football and baseball and served on both the Prospect Park and Interboro School Boards, while Peggy served as a Cub Pack den mother, Secretary to the Interboro Sports Boosters, and medic and chief cheerleader for the Prospect Park Termites. They have received numerous awards over their lifetime and are generally recognized as the Interboro sports teams truest and most dedicated supporters.