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 Hall of Honor 1959-1969

 Hall of Honor 1959-1969

 Hall of Honor 1959-1969

 Hall of Honor 1970-1979

 Hall of Honor 1970-1979

 Hall of Honor 1980-1989

 Hall of Honor 1990-1999

 Hall of Honor The Fallen


    Class of 1959

    Mr. Meador, a member of the first graduating class of South Houston, has been a fixture within the
    Leadership Council of the Texas United Methodist Church Conference hierarchy for many years. His service
    record includes his duties as senior pastor at John Wesley Methodist Church in Houston.


    Class of 1960

    A basketball standout at South Houston, Dr. Rucker guided San Jacinto College to its first national championship in 1968. He served 44 years at the college, the final 13 as vice chancellor for administration.


    Class of 1960

    A prominent figure in state education circles, Mr. Smith is one of only two South Houston graduates
    to be honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by the Pasadena ISD. He served as principal at Miller Intermediate
    for 16 years before assuming the role of director of transportation for another eight years.

    Class of 1960

    McIlhany is the only South Houston graduate to play in the National Football League. A football standout at South Houston, he played quarterback at Texas A&M. In 1962, he returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown with two seconds left in the game to beat Texas Tech 7-3 and give the Aggies one of their biggest victories of the era. He played 10 games as a safety with the Los Angeles Rams in 1965 and intercepted two passes. McIlhany earned his degree in veterinary medicine in 1970 and has owned Towne North Animal Hospital in San Antonio since 1984.


    Class of 1962

    Mr. Crow rose to the rank of chief of police for the City of La Marque. He used that as a springboard
    to earn election to the La Marque city council and then to the mayor’s office, where he served from 2002 to


    Class of 1962

    Dr. Romo has distinguished herself in a variety of academic circles for her extensive research in sociology,
    especially issues of childhood development and the cultural roles of young Hispanic women. She is the wife of
    UTSA president Dr. Ricardo Romo and the director of UTSA’s Mexico Center.


    Class of 1962

    The widowed wife of a Houston police officer, Mr. Ripley has served the Pasadena ISD for years in a
    variety of roles, including her current position as manger of the Pasadena ISD’s Police Department operations
    and also as co-administrator for her class’s South Houston scholarship fund.


    Class of 1962

    A former faculty member at South Houston, Mr. Shaunty applied his expertise as an agricultural
    researcher and economics teacher to become a driving force in the advancement of economics instruction
    statewide. He is a past president of the Texas Council on Economic Education.  


    Class of 1962

    A successful businessman, Mr. White played a central role in efforts by the Class of 1962 to provide scholarships to South Houston graduates. For many years, he served as executor and administrator of that
    scholarship fund.


    Class of 1963

    Mr. Swanson’s legal career carried him to the position of senior partner at the prestigious law firm of
    Baker Botts in Houston. An expert on securities and corporate finance, he has been a fixture on Texas Monthly magazine’s list of Texas Super Lawyers. 

  • Honor bestowed posthumously…


    Class of 1964

    Thought to be the only Presidential Scholar in South Houston High School history, Dr. Isgur earned his undergraduate degree from Cal Tech and later his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Through his research
    and writings, he became one of the world’s most renowned theoretical physicists.  In 2001, just three months
    before his death, he won the J.J. Sakurai Prize from the American Physical Society, sharing it with two others
    for “the construction of the heavy quark mass expansion, and the discovery of the heavy quark symmetry, in
    quantum chromo dynamics, which led to a quantitative theory of the decays of C and B flavored hadrons.”
    Dr. Isgur was a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.


    Class of 1964

    Mrs. Bolen’s diverse career has taken her from PTA officer to English teacher to newspaper reporter to historical romance novelist. She is the recipient of numerous Press Club awards. And her novels have earned her
    several awards, including “Best New Book” and “Notable New Author” laurels to launch her novelist career in


    Class of 1964

    One of the most prominent members of the Southeast Houston business community, Mr. Williams is a
    highly successful real estate investor and business man. Co-owner of Rountree Williams Men’s Wear, he is past chairman of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and is one of the most generous and committed members of
    the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation. In 2007, he was named the Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the
    school district.


    Class of 1965

    One of the most lauded football players in South Houston history, Mr. Allen went on to star on the
    gridiron at Texas Tech, where he was the Red Raiders’ leading receiver in 1968. A highly successful
    Friendswood businessman, he stepped forward in recent years to become perhaps the school’s most generous benefactor. His contributions to the Trojans’ athletic program reach into the tens of thousands of dollars.


    Class of 1965

    Most of the most recognized and respected individuals in the South Belt community, Mr. Gadd serves
    as youth minister at Sagemont Church, and unofficially, as a community counselor and confident to two
    generations of local residents. He is a committed volunteer in numerous Pasadena ISD endeavors. In 2005, he
    was named Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the school district.


    Class of 1965

     Mike Kocyon, Class of 1965: Kocyon rose to the rank of captain in the U.S. Army and ranks as
    perhaps South Houston High’s most decorated service member. During combat service in Vietnam as a member
    of the Army’s Fifth Special Forces Group, he earned the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Army
    Commendation Medal with a bronze oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service medal
    with three bronze service stars, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross and several others. Kocyon died in
    2005 and will be honored posthumously.


    Class of 1965

    A graduate of Emory University and Harvard Law School, Mr. Williams served as Assistant Attorney
    General of the United States from 1983 to 1988 during the Reagan Administration. In that role, he served as
    head of the Civil Rights Division, the largest division in the Department of Justice. As a judicial clerk, he worked
    for current Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, then a justice on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and
    later under Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmon. A former vice-president and senior counsel for
    Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Mr. Willard is today a senior partner with the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson in
    Washington, D.C.

  • Honor bestowed posthumously…


    Class of 1965

    One of the most unique individuals to graduate from any Pasadena ISD high school, Dr. Zanowiak founded
    the Smile Store, the largest provider of dental services to underprivileged children in Texas. He also established
    dental clinics in Third World areas, including one at the foot of Mt. Everest in his beloved Himalayas. An
    adventurer, an author, an artist, and a patron of the arts, Dr. Zanowiak was selected in 2004 as a Distinguished
    Alumnus by the Pasadena ISD.


    Class of 1966

    Ms. Bryant is a clinical professor at the University of Texas Law School, where she teaches dispute
    resolution and supervises the school’s Mediation Clinic. She helped establish the Children’s Rights Clinic in 1980.
    And for three years, she led the largest division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office in her duties as Deputy
    Attorney General for Child Support. She has served on the Texas Supreme Court’s Task Force on Foster Care
    and later on another task force dealing with Child Protection Case Management. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her service to the legal protection of children in Texas.


    Class of 1966

    The daughter of Dorothy Williams, a long-time South Houston faculty member who taught math to
    many in this audience, Ms. Williams rose through the ranks of the oil and gas business to become director of
    oil and lease management for the Amoco Corporation.


    Class of 1967 

    A standout lineman during his football days at South Houston, Mr. Adams returned to Pasadena to become
    one of the Pasadena’s ISD’s most dedicated and energetic educators. He served as principal at Pasadena High
    School and, through his work with the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation, currently serves as the principal
    organizer of the annual McDonald’s Texas Invitational Basketball Tournament, one of the state’s most prestigious
    high school athletic events.


    Class of 1967

    Judge Covington retired last year after 17 years as judge of the 201st State District Court in Travis
    County. A University of Texas Law School graduate, she began her career as a legal aid attorney in Arizona and
    later in Boston. She returned to Texas as a member of the Legal Aid Society of Central Texas and served as
    director of the Children’s Rights Clinic at the UT Law School. The Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas
    has named its Pro Bono Service Award in honor of Judge Covington.


    Class of 1967

    Dr. Harris combined his love of music with his Christian beliefs to form one of the most influential
    endeavors in the Christian music community. He founded Star Song Communications, a prominent Nashville
    recording company responsible for promoting the careers of some of the most popular Christian music artists.
    Star Song was later acquired by international recording giant EMI. Dr. Harris’s ministerial work now revolves
    around his affiliation with the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orlando, Fla.


    Class of 1968

    For the past 18 years, Dr. Thielemann-Downs has served as an associate professor at the University of Houston-Downtown, teaching courses in reading, language arts and multiculturalism. Her areas of research include teacher preparation and retention; middle and high school English/Language Arts instruction ,and multicultural attitudes and beliefs.


    Lt. Col., United States Air Force, retired

    Class of 1968

    Among his many prestigious Air Force roles, Lt. Col. Lutz was selected as one of the first three test pilots assigned to the development of the B-1 bomber. He later became operations officer of the Air Force’s Test Pilot School. He joined the civilian sector as a Boeing engineer and later became Boeing’s Chief Test Pilot for Flight Operations. He retired after 36 years in aviation and now serves as an instructor in the Aerospace Engineering Department at Texas A&M, where he once served in the Corps of Cadets.


    Class of 1968

      Mr. Munster has served in a variety of faith-based roles over the years, including chairmanship of the Greater
    Houston Youth for Christ.  He continues to serve as a liaison between South Houston his graduating class, one
    of the most active of all Trojan alumni groups. Mr. Munster oversees the annual selection of South Houston
    scholarship recipients, one boy and one girl. Each is awarded $1,500 from funds provided by the Class of 1968.


    Class of 1969

      A long-time area optometrist, Dr. Baza is the founder and director of the Pasadena Eye Center, one of the
    most established eye clinics in Pasadena. Dr. Baza has been practicing optometry since 1975. He is a graduate
    of the University of Houston and a member of the Rotary Club of Pasadena.


    Class of 1969

      For all of his remarkable success as a Pasadena real estate investor and developer, Mr. Brotherton has made a
    far more remarkable impact through his commitment to various community causes. He is a past chairman of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and one of the most active members of the Pasadena ISD Education
    Foundation. In 2009, he was honored as the district’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year.


    Class of 1969

      A partner in the Los Angeles-based Paul Hastings Law Firm, Mr. Lindsey is a nationally known expert in
    intellectual property, cyber law, anti-trust and trade regulation issues. Widely published, he has been named to
    the list of Southern California Super Lawyers on multiple occasions and is frequently cited in national legal
    “Who’s Who” publications.


    Class of 1969

      Dr. Dorris serves as senior pastor at Faith United Methodist Church in Richmond. She is a past director
    of the Texas United Methodist Church Conference. She graduated from the Perkins School of Theology at
    SMU in 1977 as the highest ranking graduate in her class. She received her Doctor of Ministry degree from
    Perkins in 1991.


    Class of 1969

      As a reporter for Channel 13, KTRK in Houston, Ms. Wrigley has become one of the most familiar faces
    in local TV journalism. She has covered events ranging from hurricanes to storms in the Texas legislature. She
    is a past Texas Headliners Award winner for her coverage of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake.


    Class of 1970

    A University of Texas graduate, Carter worked for more than three decades as a sports writer and editor for major newspapers in Texas and Oklahoma, earning several awards. He was a sports columnist for the Houston Chronicle, Houston Post and the Dallas Morning News over a 22-year span. He was honored as Texas Sports Writer of the Year in 1985 after earning the same honor for Oklahoma, as a columnist for the Daily Oklahoman, in 1980. He covered numerous Super Bowls, college bowl games and other championship events. Carter was named a San Jacinto College distinguished alumnus in 1986. He left newspapers in 2008 and taught two years at South Houston before taking his current position as communications specialist with the Pasadena ISD.


    Class of 1970

      Miss Coffey’s diverse career began with divinity studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. There, she helped establish a community food bank. A decade later, she moved to the West Coast for
    a second career as a Hollywood production assistant with credits in movies and several hit TV shows, including
    “Ally McBeal,” “Picket Fences” and “the Practice.”


    Class of 1970

      Judge Isgur presides over the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas. He earned his MBA
    from the Stanford University Business School in the late 1970s and then returned to Texas to embark on a
    successful real estate investment venture.  His interests soon turned to a legal career and he enrolled in the
    University of Houston Law Center. He was appointed judge of the federal bankruptcy court in 2004.


    Class of 1970

      A Rice graduate with advanced degrees from USC and UCLA, Dr. Lund earned a fellowship to advance
    her studies in psychology at Cambridge University in England. She is now a leading expert on the psychological
    impact of divorce on children. In high demand as a lecturer and media source, she has appeared as a guest on
    “The Today Show” and the Lifetime cable program, “Growing Up Together.”


    Class of 1970

      A basketball standout at South Houston, Mr. Moss helped lead Sam Houston State University to a national
    small-college championship in 1973 and then eased into a college coaching career. After leading Laredo Junior
    College to national prominence, he took head coaching jobs at West Texas State and then at his college alma
    mater, Sam Houston State. He was serving as coach of the Kuwaiti national team in 1990 when Saddam Hussein invaded the country. Back home in Texas, Coach Moss moved into the high school coaching ranks and used that
    as a springboard to two high-school principal positions, the last at Tomball High School. Coach Moss is a
    member of the Sam Houston State Athletic Hall of Fame.


    Class of 1970

      A Texas A&M graduate, Mr. Vanway is now known as the estate planner for the stars, in and around Austin.
    An authority on estate and corporate planning, Mr. Vanway sports a clientele list that includes Texas Longhorn
    coaching legend Darrell Royal, many former UT sports standouts and many high ranking figures in state
    government. His Vanway Law Firm is located in Lakeway, Texas.


    Class of 1971

      Less than a decade ago, Ms. Duff left Texas for Hollywood with her two young daughters in tow – and soon thereafter helped make entertainment history. Her daughters, Haylie and Hilary Duff, blossomed into talented
    singers and actresses, as well as outstanding role models for a generation of young girls. Ms. Duff’s role as
    mother, manager and confidant has been instrumental in providing her girls with stability in Hollywood’s often
    unstable environment. Ms. Duff has garnered her own Hollywood credits for her role as producer in several TV
    and movie ventures and is well known for her contributions to numerous charitable causes.


    Class of 1971

      Dr. Palos is an assistant professor in the Department of Symptom Research in the Division of Internal
    Medicine at M.D. Anderson Hospital. She serves as a nurse scientist in symptom management and is also
    licensed as a social worker and registered nurse.  She has been appointed to a variety of panels and boards in
    her field and took onn the role of principal investigator for a five-year study of cancer symptoms on minority
    caregivers, funded by the National Cancer Institute.


    Class of 1972

      Dr. Fuller is the chief of pathology and the chief of the neuropathology section at M.D. Anderson Hospital.
    He sits on the editorial boards of five scientific journals. He has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed research
    papers,35 book chapters, and two medical textbooks. He joined the faculty of M.D. Anderson in 1992
    following a fellowship at Duke University.


    Class of 1972

    A former publications adviser at Pasadena High School, Ms. Keiser left education to enter the world of
    banking as a technical writer. There began a truly meteoric rise. Ms. Keiser eventually became the head of trust
    securities at LaSalle Bank, Corporation, a division of Bank of America. Still later, she was named president of
    LaSalle National Trust of Delaware. She has also served as board chairman for ABN AMRO Trustees, Ltd., for
    both London and Dublin.


    Class of 1976

      After graduating from the University of Houston, Mr. Hall went to work for Texas Instruments as a
    semiconductor specialist. Hired away by Advance Micro Devices, he was tabbed to lead company start-ups
    on the West Coast. He now runs his own company in Georgetown, Texas, specializing in company start-ups
    and turnarounds. He sits on several company boards and owns four patents.


    Class of 1976

      Mr. Hubert ranks as possibly the most honored football talent to come out of South Houston. A four-year
    letterman at the University of Texas, he earned All-Southwest Conference honors at center in 1979. Later, he
    was named to the Longhorns’ All-Decade football team for the 1970’s.


    Class of 1978

      Ms. Cisneros, of course, is the second of our two South Houston graduates with almost nightly visibility as
    reporters for Channel 13. Ms. Cisneros worked for several TV and radio stations in East Texas after her
    graduation from the University of Houston. From the piney woods, she took a job with a Bakersfield, Calif.,
    TV station, winning awards for her coverage of human rights and migrant farm issues. She joined Channel 13 in
    1989 and continued her award-winning ways covering a variety of breaking news stories. Her parents still live
    in South Houston, and Cynthia has made her way back on many occasions, for both business and pleasure.

  • State Representative JOHN E. DAVIS

    Class of 1978

      John Davis represents District 129 in the Texas House of Representatives. His district includes much of the
    Clear Lake area. He currently serves as chairman of the Economic and Small Business Development Committee
    in the House. He was first elected to the legislature in 1998 and has been honored in that capacity many times
    by various groups.


    Class of 1978

      Mr. Harris has carried his family’s stake in real estate investment in the Pasadena community into a new era.
    A developer and entrepreneur, he is owner of John O. Harris Properties, a leading development and
    management company. Mrs. Harris has expanded his business interests to North Carolina, where he now
    makes his home. He remains active in the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and as a generous contributor to
    the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation.


    Class of 1978

     Lutz serves as manager of the Extravehicular Activity Office at NASA. Lutz has put together a
    distinguished 23-year career with the space agency, all of it dedicated to the technology of spacewalk
    assignments. He currently manages all activities associated with hardware, standards, capabilities and techniques
    of EVA, including spacesuit design. In 2010, he was awarded the Exceptional Service Medal by NASA. Lutz
    continues to follow the footsteps of his father, Charles, who pioneered spacesuit design and coordinated EVA endeavors for NASA from the agency’s inception. He is the third Lutz sibling to be inducted into the Hall of
    Honor. His brother Wayne, a member of the Class of 1968 and a former test pilot, and sister Ann Lutz Pearson,
    a member of the Class of 1981 and a honored San Jacinto College faculty member, were inducted in March.


    Class of 1981

      The younger sister of Hall of Honor inductee Wayne Lutz, Dr. Pearson is an English professor at San Jacinto College. An author, an editor and a featured speaker at numerous conferences and symposiums, she was
    recently nominated for the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award. Last year Dr. Pearson was honored as
    Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year at San Jacinto College.


    Class of 1985

      The owner of Philibert Allstate Insurance, Ms. Philibert is recognized as one the most active of all
    Pasadenans in government, business, education and other community service circles. A former Pasadena City Councilwoman and an energetic supporter of the Pasadena ISD Education Foundation, Ms. Philibert is the
    current chairman of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.


    Class of 1988

      The most accomplished baseball athlete in South Houston history, Mr. Tremie was a college standout at the University of Houston before playing four seasons as a catcher for four major league teams. After playing
    stints with the Chicago White Sox, the Texas Rangers and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Mr. Tremie was acquired by
    the Houston Astros in 2004. He is now the manager of the Eastern League’s Akron’s Aeros in the Indians


    Class of 1990

    A former college All-American in softball, Holas has served as head softball coach at the University of
    Houston since 2001. Starting the program from scratch, Holas has propelled the Cougars to the highest tier in Conference USA and consistently high national rankings. This spring Holas’s team earned an NCAA Super
    Regional berth for the second time in the past four years.  As an All-American pitcher at Louisiana-Lafayette
    from 1991-94, she set numerous records, won 84 percent of her games, hurled 17 no-hitters and five perfect
    games. She was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.


    Class of 1991

      A graduate of UTSA and the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Ms. Bowen has established
    herself as a much-acclaimed mezzo-soprano on the New York City opera scene. She is currently preparing for a
    May 2011 opening in the title role of “Carmen,” produced by the Amore Opera Company. A year ago, she
    made her Carnegie Hall debut in Beethoven’s “Mass in C” with the New York City Youth Orchestra.

  • JASON JOLLIFF, Major, United States Marine Corps

    Class of 1992

      Major Jolliff is an F-18 fighter pilot and a decorated veteran of the conflict in Iraq. His flying skills have
    qualified him to perform in various show units requiring close formation maneuvers.


    Class of 1993

      The youngest of our inductees, Dr. Regner has already established himself as a noted surgeon,
    professor of surgery and an innovator of medical devices and surgical procedures. Although in residence in
    California, he remains associated with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

The Fallen

Class of 1969
Private First Class, United States Marine Corps, killed in action, 17 May 1968, Vietnam.

Class of 1999
Petty Officer, United States Navy, killed in action, 16 May 2010, Afghanistan.


Class of 1961
Specialist, United States Army, killed in action, 28 April 1968, Vietnam.


Class of 1962
Staff Sergeant, United States Army, killed in action, 28 September 1968, Vietnam.


Class of 1984
Captain, Houston Fire Department, killed in the line of duty, 2005, Houston, Texas.


Class of 2002
Private First Class, United States Army, killed in action, 1 February 2004, Iraq.


Class of 1965
Lance Corporal, United States Marine Corps, killed in action, 21 September 1966, Vietnam.