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University City High School Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

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11 Honorees to be Inducted into the University City High School Hall of Fame

Disney Animator Marlon West to Deliver Keynote. Marlon served as Head of Effects Animation on the Oscar winning films Frozen and Feast.


St. Louis, MO (July 28, 2017) – The tradition continues as University City High School (UCHS) Principal Susan Hill and Superintendent Sharonica Hardin-Bartley, Ph.D. PHR, today announced that 11 new names are being added to the historic high school’s star-studded Hall of Fame (HOF).

Marlon West (UCHS Class of 1981 and HOF 2002), lead Disney effects animator – Moana, will serve as keynote speaker for the induction ceremony on Friday, October 13, 6 – 9 p.m., in the Fleur de Lis room of the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel, located at 7730 Bonhomme Ave., 63105. This year’s honorees are:

  • Jack Fishman, Ph.D. (1966), professor of meteorology, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Saint Louis University;

  • Marlene Scheinkman Hammerman (1969), social justice and women's rights activist;

  • The late Hasan Houston (1976), trailblazing UCHS athlete with careers as a commodities broker, Chicago Mercantile Exchange and federal probation officer

  • Robert Kalish (1958), journalist and author of the"Bloodrun" book series;

  • James Katzman (1964), co-founder, Tandem Computers, Inc. and private investor in high tech companies;

  • Anthony “Tony” Neal (1979), president and CEO of Education Equity Consultants;

  • Virginia E. Palmer (1979), U.S. Ambassador to Malawi;

  • Jerry Sugerman (1959), conservationist;

  • Jake “Alex” Williams (1975), sports and entertainment videographer;

  • Todd Williams (1985), assistant professor of Music Education, Indiana Wesleyan University and,

  • Andrew Woods (1975), president Andrew Woods & Associates, LLC./Public Relations

Hill says, “The Hall of Fame, photos and biographies of honored graduates from each era, is a tremendous source of pride and inspiration for our students. It is not uncommon to hear one of them predict that they’ll be on that wall someday.” She added, “And, we are grateful to have Marlon West return to tell them that they can make their dreams come true. Having created the effects of fire, water, snow, destruction and magic in a string of Disney blockbusters, Marlon is a perfect example of what you can do with talent, imagination and determination.”

In 2017, the historic high school held its 100th commencement. The University City community continues to take pride in its tradition of graduating individuals who have made, and are making, a difference in the world through philanthropy and contributions to their fields of expertise. This years’ inductees are joining the likes of Thomas Lanier “Tennessee” Williams, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright (“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”); Bob Gale, writer and producer (“Back to the Future” movies); Marlon West, Disney animator (Lion King/Moana); Gerald Greenwald, former Chairman and CEO of United Airlines; Cornell “Nelly” Haynes, Jr., national recording artist; Marylen Mann, founder of national non-profit OASIS and others who once proudly walked the halls of UCHS.

The UCHS Hall of Fame was launched in 2000 and remains a daily inspiration to the students who walk the same paths and sit in the same classrooms as these accomplished men and women. Presently, the HOF committee biennially (and on odd numbered years), calls for nominations in the last week of January. Eligible alums are those who graduated at least 10 years prior and have positively impacted our world through noteworthy achievements in philanthropy, business, science, medicine, research, athletics, literature and art.


Read more about the UCHS HOF, including how to nominate and information about its prestigious members at ucityschools.org/Hall of Fame. Ticket information for the induction dinner will soon be posted on-line or you may call the University City Education Foundation’s Director of Development Lori Willis at (314) 456-5457.

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