Four inducted into Loveland Schools Foundation Hall of Fame
At its annual Distinguished Alumni Banquet on Friday, Oct. 24, four Loveland High School graduates were inducted into the Loveland Schools Foundation Hall of Fame. Jerry Brock, Class of 1956, Donald L. Burton, D.V.M., Class of 1970, Steve McGowan, Class of 1982 and James Michael Ward, M.D., Class of 1966, were so honored in front of 75 friends, relatives and guests at Receptions Banquet and Conference Center in Loveland. Each of the inductees received a bronze tiger and a plaque a duplicate of which will hang on the “Wall of Fame” at Loveland High school.
Jerry A. Brock has been a successful attorney in Marietta, Ohio, for over 50 years and is very proud of his association with the Law Firm of Theisen Brock, lpa where he is a senior partner. A certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law he was named as a “Super Lawyer” in 2008. Aside from his professional accomplishments, his family and community service, done with his wife of 55 years, Jennylou, hold special significance for him. He coached high school soccer for 14 years, helping to establish a competitive program. He served on the Board of Trustees for Marietta College for 20 years, served on the Board of United Way and was a Lions Club member for 15 years. Jerry was named Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 1991. Jerry and Jennylou, have served as foster parents to the Marietta College Basketball Team, and through the Marietta Community Foundation have established the Stanton Brock Art Discovery Fund in memory of their son, Stanton, an artist, which provides an art scholarship annually, promotes art through art camps and provides supplies for art education. They have also established the Fund for the Homeless, Needy and Hungry with funds to help food pantries and homeless shelters.
Thirty years ago, Dr. Donald Burton founded the Ohio Wildlife Center to foster awareness and appreciation of Ohio’s native wildlife through rehabilitation, education and wildlife health studies. Today it is recognized as one of the largest wildlife rehabilitation facilities in the Country. Over the years Don has received many awards for his community service: He was presented the Columbus Dispatch Award for Outstanding Community Service in 1990, the Jefferson Award Central Ohio for Community Service, 1991, Columbus and Central Ohio’s Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 1994 and the Ohio State University Alumni Association Citizenship Award for Outstanding Service to the Community in 2006. Don is a thirty year member of the Columbus Zoological Park Association Board of Trustees, a Consultant and Guest Lecturer of the Humane Society of the Unites States and in 2014 had the Eagle Habitat in the North American Region of the Columbus Zoological Park and Aquarium dedicated in honor of his lifelong dedication to Native Wildlife and Conservation.
In his own words, Steve McGowan says “I always knew that I wanted to do something that would be different. As a kid I was into everything and at a very early age, inspired by the arts.” He credits high school teachers Bob Wagner, Cookie Berwanger, Virginia Reynolds and “tough love” from Winkie Foster as helping him create his own path which he has been doing ever since. He is the Producer/Director of Lumenocity, Cincinnati’s premier visual and performance art event which, this past year, attracted 440,000 people to Washington Park for a shared experience. It was the first ever projection mapping to a live symphony orchestra. Steve was Production Designer for Paramount Parks, Executive Creative Director of FRCH Design Worldwide, designing retail and attractions for Disney, Universal Studios, MGM, Busch Gardens, Sea World, etc. He now owns his own company, Brave Berlin, which allows him freedom to work on major projects that impact change. He also serves and chairs many nonprofits such as Art Works, CAC, CSO, and the Cincinnati Film Commission.
In 1973 James Michael Ward, Jr. graduated from the Ohio State University, Cum Laude, with a Doctor of Medicine. He selected Emergency Room Medicine because of the challenge and has risen to this challenge for over 40 years. He served his Medical Internship at the University of Cincinnati and his Medical Residency at the University of Wisconsin. Throughout his tenure as Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Bethesda Hospitals, and Medical Director of Highland District Hospital, Hillsboro, Ohio, he has served his community as Medical Director of several local life squads in the Cincinnati area. He has also served as a board member of Premier Health Care Services. In 2014, he was honored by the American Board of Emergency Medicine as one of 750 doctors in the country to be continuously board-certified for more than 30 years. Although now officially retired, he still spends one day a week in the ER at Mercy Rookwood. Despite his career successes, Mike feels that his greatest achievement is being a Dad to daughter Cassi and Grandpa to his two granddaughters, Emily and Maggie. Mike and his wife, Sharon, have been married for 45 years.
Photo caption (Left to Right): Don Burton, Mike Ward, Jerry Brock, Steve McGowan