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|Kenneth Bradt, '44 - 2009 Hall of Fame|
Ken Bradt, '44 - Salutatorian of the Oakfield Class of '44, Ken Bradt went on to Syracuse University where he earned BA and MA degrees in psychology. He earned his PhD in 1951 in psychology at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Ken started out as a chemistry major, but switched to psychology when he became interested in the question of why people do what they do.
After obtaining his PhD Ken served in the U. S. Army Medical Service and achieved the rank of 1st. Lieutenant. While in the army he served as chief clinical psychologist at the US Army Hospital at Camp Atterbury, IN, and eventually served as a research psychologist with the Department of Defense in Washington, DC.
From 1959 to 1980 Ken was an adjunct professor at American University, George Washington University, and the University of Virginia. As an Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology at George Mason University in 1981 Ken originated one of the first graduate-level courses in organizational leadership in the country. During the 70s Ken also served as Chief Psychologist with the US Central Intelligence Agency. Since 1981 he has been a consulting psychologist and leadership trainer, helping hundreds of managers in business, industry, non-profits and government to become more effective and more humane leaders in their organizations and communities.
Ken has received numerous awards and honors including the Intelligence Medal of Merit awarded by the Director of Central Intelligence for outstanding contributions to Agency management. In 2004 he was elected Fellow in the American Psychological Association in recognition of outstanding and unusual contributions to the science and profession of psychology.
Ken is deeply indebted to his high school for laying the groundwork for everything he has achieved, and especially to his French teacher, Kenneth L. Lamb, with whom he feels he shares this honor, and who passed away at 94, just weeks before Ken Bradt's induction.
|Donald R. Carroll, '74 - 2009 Hall of Fame|
Donald Carroll, '74 - Donald R. Carroll was born in Kansas City, Kansas, but he and one of his sisters ended up being raised by an aunt in Oakfield, NY after losing both parents at an early age.
Donald's formal education began at Oakfield-Alabama Central School. Donald's humility, shyness, and quiet behavior did not stop him from playing varsity basketball for OACS as a student, and they didn't stop him from making a big difference in the lives of youth and less fortunate as an adult. All of his early life experiences would play a role in shaping the man he would become.
In 1974, when many of his classmates from the Class of 74 were heading off to college, Donald joined the work force and proceeded with his life long ambition of helping less fortunate children. For the last 35 years Donald has lived by his motto, "Pay it Forward." During this time he has raised thousands of dollars for needy kids. He started by organizing a biathlon to raise money to send kids to camp and ran this project for 23 years. Donald then decided to focus his fund-raising on assisting with college expenses of needy students by providing scholarships at Genesee Community College. To accomplish this he organized annual 5K and 10K runs. In 2003 Donald decided to raise funds for toys for needy children, thus insuring every underprivileged child he was aware of was not disappointed on Christmas morning. This project has recently been expanded to provide grade school kids with supplies for school and winter coats. Donald R. Carroll, the quiet, shy orphan who by chance grew up in Oakfield, NY, has become a true "Guardian Angel" of the less fortunate children of Genesee County.
Despite preferring to achieve results rather than garner recognition, Donald has received numerous awards and certificates for his humanitarian efforts. 1997 the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce honored Donald as Geneseean of the Year. The lives of hundreds of young people have been enriched because of the efforts and generosity of Donald R. Carroll, an exemplary OACS alumnus.
Donald credits his success to having grown up in Oakfield and attending OACS where one individual in particular took a special interest in him. Donald will always be indebted to Coach Bill Burns for guiding him in high school, and getting him his first job as a counselor at YMCA Camp Hough.
|Dr. Robert B. Diasio, '63 - 2009 Hall of Fame|
Dr. Robert B. Diasio, '63 - Dr. Robert B. Diasio became the Director of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center on September 1, 2006. He also holds the positions of William J. and Charles H. Mayo Endowed Professor as well as Consultant and Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
Bob was the valedictorian of the OA Class of '63. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and subsequent M.D. degree from Yale University School of Medicine in 1971. Following training in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, Bob was a Fellow in Medical Oncology and subsequently in Clinical Pharmacology at the National Cancer Institute. From 1976 until 1984 he served initially as Assistant Professor and then as Associate Professor at the Medical College of Virginia. In 1984 he was appointed Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology as well as Newman H. Waters Chair and Director of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He remained there until 2006, holding several other administrative positions including Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology and Associate Director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Dr. Diasio is the author of more than 200 manuscripts and invited reviews, and has authored chapters in several major medical textbooks. He is an active member of several academic societies including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association of Cancer Research, and the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
Bob has twice been selected for inclusion in "Best Doctors in America." In 1989 Dr. Diasio was elected as a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and in 1998 he was elected to the American Association of Physicians. In 2009 he was elected a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science. During his medical career Dr. Diasio has made a number of important contributions in pharmacogenetics/pharmacogenomics, pyrimidine catabolism, and antisense pharmacology.
|1st Lt. Harmon J. Norton, 1913 - 2009 Hall of Fame|
1st Lt. Harmon J. Norton, 1913 - One hundred years ago a young fellow who would make aviation history was growing up in the Town of Alabama. This young man was Harmon J. Norton, a member of the Oakfield High School Class of 1913.
Harmon went on to become a lawyer by studying law at the Detroit College of Law. In 1914 he served as a clerk in the New York State Legislature and in 1915 as a clerk at the Constitutional Convention of New York State. At about the same time he became one of the pioneer flyers of the country. His military career began in 1916 and he was appointed to an officer position in the air branch of the United States Marine Corps in 1918.
Preceding his appointment and during World War I, 1st. Lt. Norton served as a flying instructor at various fields throughout the country. As an able and skilled aviator he won wide fame among his fellow officers and citizens, and earned an enviable position in air circles. Besides piloting planes, Lt. Norton was continuously called upon to represent defendants in court martial trials. His practice before court martial boards made him well known throughout the service, and many times he was called to different parts of the country to defend men faced with court martial proceedings.
In 1923 Lt. Norton was appointed to command the then newly established land airplane squadron at Pensacola, Florida. Captain J.J. Raby, USN Commandant at the time, described Lt. Norton as a pilot of long experience and sure ability especially in land planes, but his ability does not stop at flying as he is an exceptional all around officer and is particularly valuable to aviation.
Because of his flying fame Lt. Norton was selected to be the aviation liaison officer in the Marine Corps of the expeditionary forces. In this position Lt. Norton handled all matters which came up between the force and its flying section. He was selected for this position because he was an able and skilled aviator; one who could make short trips in quick time and manipulate safe landings on hazardous fields. Special attention was paid to Lt. Norton's long and brilliant record in aviation.
Lt. Norton, who had held several prominent posts in the air branch of the United States Marines and who was declared to be one of the best fliers in the country, died in 1926 when a Navy plane he was testing crashed into the Potomac River. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.