More than 100 people gathered at Canton High School Friday night as six graduates were added to the Wall of Fame.
Started in 2002, the effort lapsed last year. As he welcomed attendees, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jordan Grossman said it was a great return for what he considered an important aspect of school life — for students to see positive role models who've made a difference in Canton and elsewhere.
"It's very important they see the Canton High School alumni and the Canton community at large as role models," Grossman said.
In addition to dinner and presentation of the awards, the evening featured a dinner the Canton High School jazz combo, Chamber Singers and several student volunteers, who served drinks, introduced the honorees and more.
Realty Works, Henry Bahre Real Estate and the John and Joni Bahre athletic scholarship sponsored the event.
- Tim LeGeyt, Class of 1969 — an attorney, 33-year teacher in the Canton schools and current state representative for the 17th District.
- Teresa Martin Dotson, Class of 1984 — a registered dietitian who has received several grants for local wellness programs. She has also volunteered for many PTO and school-related activities.
- The late David Whirty, Class of 1973 — a 25-year police officer, member of the town of Canton Volunteer fire and EMS Department, mason, and second lieutenant with the First Company Governor’s Horse Guards.
- Bruce Lockwood, Class of 1983 — who has served as the town’s fire marshal, with the town of Canton Volunteer Fire and EMS Department, as town selectman, soccer coach and as Cawasa Grange’s 2010 Citizen of the Year. He is also a professional firefighter in East Hartford, a private consultant and has served on many state and national boards that deal with emergency preparedness and homeland security.
- Mike O’Brien, Class of 1960 — Owner of Time Was Garage in New Hartford, he has restored classic cars on a business and personal level for 37 years. O'Brien is also a member of the 100 Club, which assists families of police and firefighters killed in the line of duty.
- Jim Bahre, Class of 1949, who served more than 40 years in the biotech industry before retirement in 2002. His work consisted of stints with the E.I. DuPont Company, the Beckman Company and the Bentagen and Fuji Company. In 1985 he received the National Institute of Health Director’s Award. He lives in Rockville, MD and has been an active coach, church member and horseman.