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Steel City Hall of Fame

located in the Main Library - north lobby

The Steel City Hall of Fame is a visual display of over forty plaques and photographs that honor individuals "who have spent many years forging successful careers and enriching the lives of others through their volunteer gifts of time, energy, talent and substance."

The Gary Public Library was selected to house the Steel City Hall of Fame in March, 1990. The Steel City Hall of Fame Board of Directors is responsible for the content and selection of its inductees. Nomination Rules and Standards for nominees are provided to the Library each spring and new inductees are installed in the fall. For more information about the Inductees, please visit our Indiana Room.

History and Purpose

In an effort to promote esteem for the city of Gary and its citizens, Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher, encouraged by Monsignor Joseph J. Viater, convened a meeting of citizens on April 10, 1985, to establish the City of Gary Hall of Fame. The induction ceremonies and dinner initiated the city's annual Founders Day Celebration.

From 1985 through 1987, induction ceremonies were a part of our city's Founders Day celebration. During 1988 a Task Force was named by the Gary Hall of Fame Board of Directors to develop a plan that would enhance and broaden the focus of the original design.

Under the guidance of Randall Morgan, Sr., and after a year and a half of concentrated effort, the "Steel City Hall of Fame: Gary's Celebration of Excellence" was born. We are pleased to become an integral part of the new directions of our city; and in a larger sense to join with the renewed national push for voluntary service. Through this annual recognition of educational, interdenominational, corporate, and individual excellence, we hope to build a greater awareness of the role of voluntary, positive contributions in improving our way of life.
 
Conditions
Permanent enshrinement in the Steel City Hall of Fame is awarded to those individuals (living or deceased), who, while working for twenty-five years or more in a career make broad, significant, and multiple contributions to the Gary community or to society at large.

Race, color, creed, or national origin do not determine an individual's acceptance. Persons so honored must have exemplified what William James described as a "civic passion" as well as a penchant to work for the common good. 
 
Recommendations for Enshrinement
Final selections and elections are made from nominations by the citizens of this community. Individuals, organizations, or agencies may submit nominees on appropriate forms by a designated deadline. A call for nominations will be made annually. Two panels of judges will make the final decisions based on criteria established by the Board of Directors of the Steel City Hall of Fame, Inc.


INDUCTEES 

1985
Judge Elbert H. Gary
Bishop Andrew G. Grutka
Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher
H. Theodore Tatum
William A. Wirt
 1996
Monsignor Joseph J. Viater
Al Thomas, Sr.
James Holland
James L. Dandurand

 

1986
Benjamin F. Grant, MD
Congressman Ray J. Madden
Thelma Marshall
Rabbi Carl Miller

 1998
Doris Finkel Peltz
Leon Lynch

 

1987
Rev. Julius James
Orval J. Kincade
Andre A. Means
Barbara Leek Wesson
Tony Zale

 

1999
Rev. Dr. L.K. Jackson
Clifford Minton, Litt.H.D.
Jack Parton
Kellee Patterson

1988 no inductees
 

2000
Dr. Clarence W. Boone
Melvin Clark
Frederick F. Eichhorn
Rev. H.S. Malone, Jr.

1989
Attorney Charles E. Daugherty
Ida B. King
Mamon Powers, Sr.

2001
Brigadier General David M. Hall
Congresswoman Katie B. Hall
Murcie Poplar Lavender
Dr. Alexander S. Williams, III

1990
Eskil Eskilson
Rev. Dr. Robert Lowery
Lotte Myerson
Randall C. Morgan Sr.

2002   No Inductees

 1991
Haron J. Battle, Ph.D
Quentin P. Smith
Jean Thurman
 

2003
Dharathula "Dolly" Hood Millender
Dr. Randall C. Morgan, Jr.
Dr. Steve Simpson

 1992
Attorney F. Laurence Anderson, Jr.
Congressman Adam Benjamin, Jr.
Attorney Hilbert L. Bradley
Frankie Woods McCullough
Bernard C. Watson, Ph.D.

2004   No Inductees

 1993
Bishop J. Claude Allen
Robert Gasser
Karl Malden
 

2005
Rudolph (Rudy) Clay
Thomas Crump
Sgt. Louis Stewart

 1994
John H. Betjemann
Yjean S. Chambers, Litt. H.D.
Georgia B. Mitchell, M.D.  
 

2006
Barbara Cope
Eloise Gentry
Burton D. Wechsler

 1995
Thomas V. Barnes
Hank Stram
Judge Ora L. Wildermuth 

 2009   J. Guadalupe Valtierra


 

 

Steel City Hall of Fame

located in the Main Library - north lobby

The Steel City Hall of Fame is a visual display of over forty plaques and photographs that honor individuals "who have spent many years forging successful careers and enriching the lives of others through their volunteer gifts of time, energy, talent and substance."

The Gary Public Library was selected to house the Steel City Hall of Fame in March, 1990. The Steel City Hall of Fame Board of Directors is responsible for the content and selection of its inductees. Nomination Rules and Standards for nominees are provided to the Library each spring and new inductees are installed in the fall. For more information about the Inductees, please visit our Indiana Room.

History and Purpose

In an effort to promote esteem for the city of Gary and its citizens, Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher, encouraged by Monsignor Joseph J. Viater, convened a meeting of citizens on April 10, 1985, to establish the City of Gary Hall of Fame. The induction ceremonies and dinner initiated the city's annual Founders Day Celebration.

From 1985 through 1987, induction ceremonies were a part of our city's Founders Day celebration. During 1988 a Task Force was named by the Gary Hall of Fame Board of Directors to develop a plan that would enhance and broaden the focus of the original design.

Under the guidance of Randall Morgan, Sr., and after a year and a half of concentrated effort, the "Steel City Hall of Fame: Gary's Celebration of Excellence" was born. We are pleased to become an integral part of the new directions of our city; and in a larger sense to join with the renewed national push for voluntary service. Through this annual recognition of educational, interdenominational, corporate, and individual excellence, we hope to build a greater awareness of the role of voluntary, positive contributions in improving our way of life.
 
Conditions
Permanent enshrinement in the Steel City Hall of Fame is awarded to those individuals (living or deceased), who, while working for twenty-five years or more in a career make broad, significant, and multiple contributions to the Gary community or to society at large.

Race, color, creed, or national origin do not determine an individual's acceptance. Persons so honored must have exemplified what William James described as a "civic passion" as well as a penchant to work for the common good. 
 
Recommendations for Enshrinement
Final selections and elections are made from nominations by the citizens of this community. Individuals, organizations, or agencies may submit nominees on appropriate forms by a designated deadline. A call for nominations will be made annually. Two panels of judges will make the final decisions based on criteria established by the Board of Directors of the Steel City Hall of Fame, Inc.


INDUCTEES 

1985
Judge Elbert H. Gary
Bishop Andrew G. Grutka
Mayor Richard Gordon Hatcher
H. Theodore Tatum
William A. Wirt
 1996
Monsignor Joseph J. Viater
Al Thomas, Sr.
James Holland
James L. Dandurand

 

1986
Benjamin F. Grant, MD
Congressman Ray J. Madden
Thelma Marshall
Rabbi Carl Miller

 1998
Doris Finkel Peltz
Leon Lynch

 

1987
Rev. Julius James
Orval J. Kincade
Andre A. Means
Barbara Leek Wesson
Tony Zale

 

1999
Rev. Dr. L.K. Jackson
Clifford Minton, Litt.H.D.
Jack Parton
Kellee Patterson

1988 no inductees
 

2000
Dr. Clarence W. Boone
Melvin Clark
Frederick F. Eichhorn
Rev. H.S. Malone, Jr.

1989
Attorney Charles E. Daugherty
Ida B. King
Mamon Powers, Sr.

2001
Brigadier General David M. Hall
Congresswoman Katie B. Hall
Murcie Poplar Lavender
Dr. Alexander S. Williams, III

1990
Eskil Eskilson
Rev. Dr. Robert Lowery
Lotte Myerson
Randall C. Morgan Sr.

2002   No Inductees

 1991
Haron J. Battle, Ph.D
Quentin P. Smith
Jean Thurman
 

2003
Dharathula "Dolly" Hood Millender
Dr. Randall C. Morgan, Jr.
Dr. Steve Simpson

 1992
Attorney F. Laurence Anderson, Jr.
Congressman Adam Benjamin, Jr.
Attorney Hilbert L. Bradley
Frankie Woods McCullough
Bernard C. Watson, Ph.D.

2004   No Inductees

 1993
Bishop J. Claude Allen
Robert Gasser
Karl Malden
 

2005
Rudolph (Rudy) Clay
Thomas Crump
Sgt. Louis Stewart

 1994
John H. Betjemann
Yjean S. Chambers, Litt. H.D.
Georgia B. Mitchell, M.D.  
 

2006
Barbara Cope
Eloise Gentry
Burton D. Wechsler

 1995
Thomas V. Barnes
Hank Stram
Judge Ora L. Wildermuth 

 2009   J. Guadalupe Valtierra