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  2002 Atherton High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame Inductees
  In 2001, a small alumni group gathering at Atherton High school had the vision of honoring Atherton alumni who have contributed to our community and our country. Through this vision senators, a brigadier general, authors, teachers, university presidents, doctors, financiers, congressmen, entrepreneurs, a ballerina and more have been welcomed home to Atherton High School and inducted into the Atherton Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Our list is distinguished, impressive, and inspiring to each of us. It is especially important for the students of Atherton High School to witness this rich legacy.

Top row, left to right
Charles Keeton, Tom Owen, Charles Tyra, Skip Weigand, Fred Cowan, John Ellis, Jack Kleier, George Nichols
Middle row, left to right
Rob Foshee, Rip Smith, John Yarmuth, Butch Martin, Duane Schwartz, Steve Plank,
Seated, left to right
Sue Grafton, Betty Miles, Kelly Neal Street (Dan Neal's daughter), Louise Carmentz Wilson, Mitzi Bornwasser Friedlander, Chilton Searcy Price
(Doug Von Allmen, not pictured)
Inductee Year Graduated Biographical Data
Fred Cowan 1963 *Member of the House of Representatives (KY) * Former Attorney General (KY) * Board of Trustees with the Louisville Bar Association * Student Council President while at Atherton
John Ellis 1969 *Team physician for the University of Louisville basketball program * Partner with Ellis-Badenhausen Sports medicine * lettered in basketball, football and baseball at Atherton * Senior Class President
Rob Foshee 1990 *Reporter for WLKY-TV * Won Emmy Award
Mitzi Friedlander 1948 *Actress * Singer with the Kentucky Opera association, Actor’s Theatre, Iroquois Theatre * Professor at the University of Louisville and Indiana University Southeast * Director at Louisville Children’s Theatre, IUS and UL * Narrator of talking books for the Library of Congress * Recognized in 1997 by the American printing House for the Blind having recorded over 1000 books
Sue Grafton 1957 *Author of mystery novels * Internationally renowned author of murder mysteries (A is for Alibi) * 18 bestsellers on the New York Times bestseller list
Charles Keeton 1990 *Astrophysicist * Graduated at the top of his class from Cornell * Doctorate from Harvard * Awarded the Hubbel Postdoctoral Fellowship for astronomy research, 2001
Jack Kleier Teacher
*Former football coach at Atherton * Football stadium was dedicated to him in 1999 * Coached some of the greatest football teams in school history including 8-1-1 season in 1969 * Several of his former players went on to star in college and professional football
Norvell “Butch” Martin 1971 *Principal, Shawnee High School * Instrumental in setting up the first middle school (Kennedy Metro) for students with disciplinary problems in Jefferson County * Former principal at Johnson Middle School
Betty Miles 1953
*Coordinator of International Baccalaureate (IB) Program at Atherton * Former teacher at Atherton for 32 years * Helped to create the “Atherton Advantage” program 
Dan Neal 1968 *Assistant football coach, Buffalo Bills * All-State football at Atherton * All-American in football, University of Kentucky * All-Pro center and team captain for the Chicago bears Nat’l football League, 1975-1983 * Former assistant coach with Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, and New Orleans Saints * Recipient of the Ralph Mills Award for Outstanding Excellence in Athletics and Citizenship
George Nichols, M.D. 1964 *Forensic pathologist * Current medical Director for Quest Diagnostics * Chief medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, 1977-1997 * Professor at University of Louisville and National College, Houston, Texas * Telly Award winner from the Educational Video Foundation * Author of numerous medical publications
Tom Owen 1957 *Historian and archivist for the City of Louisville * Former alderman in Louisville * Ph.D. in History, University of Kentucky * Professor, U of L * Produced two videos about the history of Louisville
Steven Plank, Ph.D. 1970 *Professor of Musicology, Oberlin College * Author of books and other publications * International authority in Medieval and Seventeenth Century musical culture * Former trumpeter, Louisville Orchestra * Leading Cornetto players (a 17th century trumpet) in the world * Former principal trumpeter with Louisville/Jefferson youth Orchestra
Duane Schwartz 1960 *Director of Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office * Director’s Award for Superior Service in 1995 from the Attorney General Janet Reno * Department of Justice Special Achievement Award winner * Lead attorney for Operation BOPTROT(corruption in Kentucky government) * All-State athlete in football, track, baseball and basketball (Atherton) * Former football and baseball player , University of Kentucky
Chilton Searcy Price 1931 1/2 *Songwriter * Two gold records, “You Belong To Me” and “Slowpoke” * Wrote the song, “Never Look Back” for the movie, “Love Me or Leave Me” * One of her songs was used in the movie “Schreck” * Former musician with the Louisville Orchestra
Edwin Milton “Rip” Smith 1968 *Professor of International Law, University of Southern California * Leon Benwell Fellowship in Law and International Relations, USC * Graduated magna cum laude from Harvard * Distinquished as a scholar, teacher, and consultant in international relations * Former attorney for NOAA * Former special counsel for foreign policy to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan * Author of several books
Charles Tyra 1953 *Two-time All-American in basketball at the University of Louisville * Most Valuable Player in the National invitational Tournament, 1957 * Led U of L to national championship at the NIT * All-time leading rebounder in U of L history * All-State basketball at Atherton
Doug Von Allmen 1961 Doug Von Allmen, 1961 *Chairman, Group One Capital, St. Louis, Missouri * Acquired more than 25 businesses in his career* Key donor to the University of Kentucky (UK named the School of Accountancy after Doug and his wife)
Roy “Skip” Wiegand 1969 *First Officer with Airborne Express * Former Commanding Officer, United States Navy * Former Commanding Officer, Navy Patrol Squadron 90 * Highly decorated Naval Officer * Played basketball (Atherton)
Louise Camentz Wilson 1947 1/2 *Six time Champion of the Kentucky State Women’s Golf Association *Semi-finalist, USGA Women’s Amateur Tournament, 1961 * 19 time winner, Louisville District Women’s Amateur Tournament * Member of both the KY Athletic Hall of Fame and KY Golf Association/KY Professional Golf Association Hall of Fame
John Yarmuth 1965 *Publisher and founder, LEO Newspaper * Host of Straight Talk television show * Founder and publisher of Louisville Today magazine * Graduate of Yale University * Pat president of Student Council (Atherton) * National Merit Semi-finalist
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