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1988 Hall of Fame

The words of Science awardee Dr. Amar G. Bose , Class of 1947, at the first Hall of Fame Dinner and student assembly in 1988 epitomize the spirit of the Abington Senior High School Hall of Fame . . .

This alumni of yesterday helped the youth of today with the promise of tomorrow.

 

1989 Hall of Fame

Martin Eichelberger, M.D., Class of 1963, inducted for his accomplishments in Science, was effusive on the day of his induction, but a letter written months later to an Abington student whom he met that day at Abington indicates its true impact on both of them . . .

It was a happy surprise to find your note concerning your school work and the EMTP [Emergency Medical Training Program] course. I was sorry to hear that Abington did not go to the State Championships, even though your team deserved it.

I am sure that the EMPT course continues to challenge your ability to think and provide emergency care to needy people. I commend you on your effort and willingness to give yourself to the community.

I would be delighted to work out a visit for you to the Trauma Center at Children’s Hospital. June and July are the best time for me . . . . You can spend as much time as you care to with us. We have many excellent EMPT’s working with us now. I think you would enjoy a week of activity during a very busy time of the year for us. . . .

I hope you continue to focus on your academic pursuit of excellence. To obtain your life-long goals, you must be able to perform in the classroom at a high level. To succeed, it takes persistence, determination and a “can do” attitude. Keep up the good work and I look forward to hearing from you.

 

1990 Hall of Fame

Who said Athletes can’t write! Wayne Ambler , Class of 1932, eloquently expressed his feelings after being inducted into the 1990 Hall of Fame . . .

I am slowly coming back to earth, despite U.S. Air’s touching down a week ago, from the great wide yonder that you kind folks elevated me to on October 19.

I meant every word when I told the student assembly that “I’m a little nervous. It’s because I value this honor so highly, and it has special meaning to me because I was born in Abington and lived here 55 years, and always was very proud to say that I was from Abington High.” At least I think that’s what I said, . . . .

The time in class was challenging and fun; the students’ questions and comments very sharp, especially in the two of Ms. Foley’s classes. . . . The questions directed at me were not confined to baseball. It was inspiring to have to think back as to what courses I took at Abington and at Duke that helped me most in life after baseball- at first, I answered in favor of Economics and Finance, but then corrected myself to English Composition because it taught me to express myself properly . . . .

I must add how impressed I was with Sarah and Jarrad, my two guides. I totally forgot our age differences, in their kind and friendly custody, and I regret that I did not see them later to thank them more emphatically.

Also, high on my enjoyment list was meeting the other five inductees and hearing their speeches. You put me in very high company- it was like wearing a Yankees uniform in the days of Gehrig or DiMaggio.

I really can’t thank you enough. You even put to rest that old proverb that a prophet is without honor in his own home, because the beautiful plaque has put me in the Hall of Fame here at 305 Tournament Road.

 

1991 Hall of Fame

Honored in 1991 for his accomplishments in the Arts, Bob Saget , Class of 1975, credited a number of Abington teachers for his success, especially Mrs. Elaine Zimmerman . . .

When I got to [Abington], I had to make up two years of English in one, . . . Mrs. Zimmerman took me as a solo effort in her honors class and would meet with me a few times a week to discuss books she’d asked me to read. Anything by Steinbeck, Kipling, Hemingway I read, and we’d have lengthy discussions about them. Moby Dick and The Scarlet Letter I took rainchecks on.

There went my A, but she was so giving as a teacher and as a person, I can say that she is one of the greatest influences in my life so far. I used to show her Super 8mm movies I’d made and bore her with my “creative” writing and she wound up suggesting I not go to college as a pre-med student, but study to become a comedy filmmaker. That’s dangerous advice for a teacher to give a student. She even wrote in my yearbook, “To the next Groucho-Fellini.” I haven’t yet reached those goals she had helped me realize for myself, but I’m working on it.

 

1992 Hall of Fame

After the 1992 Hall of Fame events, Athletics award honoree William (Billy) Sautter , Class of 1974, reflected, not about the day, but instead about the experience to which he attributed to it …

Now that the days are shorter and a little cooler, it allows me a chance to sit down and write a short note to say thanks for an unforgettable day on Oct. 23rd.

Many times an athlete makes sport look so easy and effortless, but there isn’t a player alive who hasn’t had to deal with doubts about his or her ability, being idled by an injury or been on the losing end of a contest, all of which will test to see what you’re made of. Without the lesson I received at Abington through its teachers and coaches, any one of these obstacles could have caused me to drop my head and walk away. But one of the most valuable experiences I had left AHS with is that “you make your own luck” through hard work and dedication which will lead to success in all that you do. I feel that this is the common denominator that all inductees, past and present, grasped while attending AHS. You and your fellow colleagues should be proud of teaching this trait!

 

1993 Hall of Fame

Al Sudler , Class of 1943, inducted in 1993 for the service he rendered to many people in the Abington community, remembered the day . . .

Only now am I coming down off Cloud 9 from the joy and excitement of that Hall of Fame Friday, AM &; PM.

The AM was very exciting to me, a privilege to speak with the students and I remain at their service.

The banquet was fantastic. I had a prepared text but the Lord gave me another (smile).

 

1994 Hall of Fame

Janet Stone , having participated in the 1994 Hall of Fame events with her husband, Arts awardee David Stone, Class of 1965, wrote afterwards . . .

A word to thank you for your kindness and caring during David’s visit, and for including me in what was one of the most special events of my life!

It was all so beautiful-full with charm and warmth and many very special people! An [event] neither of us will ever forget.

 

1995 Hall of Fame

Inducted October 1995 for her accomplishments in Business, Maxine Coleman , Class of 1961 sent this note . . .

Friday, October 20, is a day that I shall never forget. I’ve been fortunate enough to have received a number of awards and honors over the years, but none of them compares with the one bestowed upon me by my “Abington Family”. . . being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Addressing the all-school assembly, spending time in the classroom with the students, and attending the awards banquet was an exceptional experience. A special thanks to my student hosts, Laura and Rachel, who took very good care of me during the day. They were gracious, helpful, and exhibited all of the fine qualities we expect of Abingtonians.

I’m very proud of my Abington heritage, and freely acknowledge that much of what I am and do today is directly related to the foundation I received at the school. I also appreciate the efforts of the Hall of Fame Committee for working so hard to make sure the events of the day went as planned.

Thank you for the recognition, and if there are ways in which I can continue to serve as a role model for the students, please let me know. The fact that I am some distance away from the school should not be a deterrent when it comes to ensuring our young people get the support and encouragement they need to become productive citizens.

 

1998 Hall of Fame

Many of our awardees travel great distances at their own expense in order to participate in the Hall of Fame ceremonies. Coming from California for his induction into the Service category of the 1998 Hall of Fame, William Wagner, M.D ., Class of 1938, said . . .

The high-point of the day was certainly the association with the students in class. I sense a good spirit among the students and they are certainly blessed with competent teachers who take a worthy pride in their profession.

I want to thank the students for their friendly acceptance and courtesy to a wanderer come home, . . .[Besides residing in California, in his career as a Relief Surgeon, Dr. Wagner worked in many parts of the world.]. Through the gracious hospitality of my student escorts, Shamika, Missy, and Rochela, I felt right at home and in good hands. It was also a privilege to meet again fellow students of sixty years ago, Mrs. Mary Farmer [also inducted] and Norm Kelly [a frequent nominator]. Norm has been a pen-pal for years.

Please express my deep appreciation to Dr. Burt and his associates, the faculty, the Board of School Directors, the Hall of Fame Committee, and the Alumni. We [Dr. Wagner and his wife] enjoyed warmth and fellowship with our fellow Awardees. To share in their lives and experience has only deepened my honor in being chosen to stand with them.

 

2002 Hall of Fame

Captain Norman Shriver , inducted for his distinguished career in the Navy, noted some of things about Abington High School that make it special . . .

My impressions of the school, the faculty, and the students was overwhelming and my student host was one of the most impressive young men that I have ever met. Just to walk through the hallways and observe the attitude and enthusiasm of the students only further confirmed their pride in being Abingtonians.

I was particularly struck by one of the inductees [Ellery Schempp] who quoted Sir Isaac Newton as saying that he attributed his vision to the fact that “;he stood on the shoulders of giants.”; Can’t we all say that? From the shoulders of team mates and shipmates to those of a superb faculty!