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Nine more Springfield City Schools alumni have been selected to be honored at the Ninth Annual Alumni of Distinction Awards Dinner on April 25.

Among the honorees are: Harry O. Egger III, Kim Nedelman Fish, Jeannine Thompson Fox, Richard M. Hibbett, Bonita L. Dotto Longo, Roger E. McClure, Christopher J. Molnar, Ronald Lamar Stephens and George Robert Winkhouse.

Egger, a retired local banking executive, graduated from Springfield High School in 1957 and started his banking career two years later at Springfield Savings Society. He is currently Chairman of Security National Bank and Vice-Chairman of the Park National Corporation Board. His community affiliations included Chairman of the Board at the former Mercy Medical Center, Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, United Way Campaign Chairman, Clark State Foundation Board, Wittenberg University, Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield Symphony Foundation, Springfield Rotary Club and Springfield Foundation.

Fish graduated from Springfield North in 1976 and worked at the Johnson Space Center in Texas, in the high tech and biotech industry in California and started a consulting business in 1989. Locally, she worked a consortium of social service agencies and as Coordinator of Partners for Success, a state and locally-funded community planning project. Fish is a founding member and current board member of the Springfield Alumni Foundation, served in many capacities at the Springfield Foundation and was recently appointed a Clark County Park District Commissioner.

Fox is a 1962 Springfield North graduate who served as teacher, elementary principal, director of curriculum and Career Education Program Coordinator for the Springfield City Schools before retiring from the district. She retired from a full-time faculty position at Wittenberg University in 2006 and now serves as Coordinator for the Wittenberg Series on a part-time basis.

After graduating from Springfield High in 1951, Hibbett later went on to work for the Springfield News-Sun. Thirty-three years later, he retired as Publisher. Over the years, he was active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Friends of Mercy, Springfield Symphony, Springfield Art Center, Chamber of Commerce and Springfield-Clark County Mental Health Board.

Longo graduated from Springfield North in 1966. She is now an independent nursing educational consultant and contractor, educator, author, trainer and part-time employee with Parsons Publishers. Longo has numerous nursing-related publications to her credit as co-author, author and editor. She also co-developed programs sponsored by the Clark County Combined Health District.

Springfield High 1951 graduate McClure went on to college and then joined the U.S. Air Force in 1956, retiring in 1986 with the rank of Colonel. During is active flight years, he saw duty in fighters and bombers in Germany and Southeast Asia. Over the 30 years, McClure received numerous Air Force decorations, including the Purple Heart. He is currently owner/partner of Diamond Caves in Park City, Ky.

Molnar, who graduated from Springfield North in 2000, is currently co-producer of the top-rated television show, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” on CBS. During his college years at Miami University, he lent his technical and theatrical talents to the Springfield Arts Festival. Throughout his career, Molnar has served in numerous positions on various TV shows.

Stephens was a member of the 1967 Springfield South graduating class and pursued a career in commercial art and illustration. While working at International Harvester Corporation, he was commissioned to draw a portrait of company CEO John Horne and also did other company drawings, during his 30-year career with the company.

Springfield High 1944 graduate Winkhouse is a posthumous honoree. While a high school student, he excelled in football, basketball and baseball, earning All-Ohio honors. After graduating mid-term, Winkhouse joined the Navy and served aboard the destroyer USS Okinowa during World War II. After his military service, he lettered all four years in baseball and football at Wittenberg College, earning All-Ohio and All-Conference honors. He also had a lengthy career as as a teacher and coach at Fairborn High School and is a member of numerous locall halls of fame.

The banquet and presentation is open to the public and will be held at the Joseph C. Shouvlin Center at Wittenberg University, with social time starting at 6:30 p.m.

As part of the program, there will a special assembly at Springfield High School during school hours on April 25, to inspire current students to follow the honorees’ examples and learn from their wisdom.

The Alumni of Distinction Program began in 2005, as authorized by the Springfield City Board of Education. It is funded primarily by donations from community businesses, individuals and organizations and not by tax dollars or school district funds. Contributions can be made by calling Steering Committee Treasurer Patrick Ratstatter at 937-605-2455.

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