Hall of Fame

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The Park Forest Historical Society was founded in 1985 to promote and preserve the history of Park Forest. It is an independent not-for-profit organization, which presents programs to share various perspectives of the village's unique past. The main criterion for election to the Park Forest Hall of Fame is consistent, substantial and beneficial contributions to the life and citizens of Park Forest over a considerable span of time. The Hall of Fame nominations take place each year from October 1 through December 15.

Members of the Park Forest Historical Society Hall of Fame For biographical sketches, click on year the member was inducted.


* Oral History Transcripts are available.

1989

Philip M. Klutznick

1994

Lois Coxworth
Bernard G. Cunningham
Henry X. Dietch *
Robert A. Dinerstein
Gerson Engelmann
Dewey Helmick
Art Hodes
Nathan Manilow
Leona Ringering
Carroll F. Sweet, Jr.
Earl M. Wade

1995

Elaine Sigrid Garretson *
James Lusk Garretson *
Gertrude L. Gold
Tom McDade *
Lester B. Vande Berg

1996

James Marzuki *
Mary Lou Marzuki
J. Ron McLeod
Alice B. Racher
Emanuel M. Racher
Marge Friedman Scherr
Charles Waldmann

1997

Rhoda Adler
Ronald Bean
Harold Brown
Rose Carol Brown
Ross De Lue
Leona B. De Lue
E.C. (Eddie) & Margaret Edwards

1998

John Goodrich
Therese Goodrich
Beverly Myrow
Gerald (Jerry) Myrow
Leo E. Orsi
Anthony Scariano
Lester S. Skaggs
Ruth Skaggs
Edward Waterman

1999

Lynn Brenne
Wilma Brenne
Raymond W. Janota
George & Josephine Maeyama
John C. North
Leonard Carl Robinson
Sam Walker

2000

Etel Bilig
Harriet Marcus Gross
Jerry Knight
Stan & Jan Moore
Irwin "Pappy" Schechter
Robert Smart
Warren Utes

2001

F. Patrick Kelly
Hugo Leinberger
John "Jack" Morrissey
Mayer & Peggy Singerman
Harry Teshima
Rita Walker

2002

Dorothy M. Colson
John & Doris Hill
Bo & Helen Lawrence
C. Shanti Thayil

2003

Ralph Gordon Johnson
Rudy Lachmann
Georgia C. O'Neill
Blaine "Bud" & Hope Osterling
Frederick W. Peterman
George Taradash

 

2004

Richard Marsh Bennett
Gretchen Falk
William I. Hamby
A. Oscar Johnson
Betty L. McDonnell
Florence Oliver
Jack & Dorothy Rabin Star

2005

Robert E. Brooks, Sr.
Norma Jean Crute Collins
Judy Lohr
Robert G. Maeyama
Jerry Mathews
Patricia M. Moore

2006

Keith Hauge
Janet R. Muchnik
Dr. Mel Muchnik
Jon D. Steinmetz
Jane Steinmetz
Alfred "Al" Van Horn III

2007

Mary McCall
Jane Nicoll
Rev. Daniel O'Sullivan
Anna T. Saul
James D. Saul
George C. Townsend
Theresa (Terry) Townsend

2008

Jean Bernstein
Suzanne Brown
Kenneth W. Kramer
Barbara J. Moore
Valerie L. Nicholson
Elmer L. Washington, Sr., PhD
Michael Wheeler

2009

Gary Kopycinski
Myrtle C. Martin
Marty O'Neill
John R. Ray

2010

Ivan A. Baker
Christine R. Blue
Mae R. Brandon
Diana Cruz
Jerrold Loebl
Norman J. Schlossman
Jerry and Penny Shnay

2011

Helen S. Brunner
Florence Cunningham
Adele Glassner
Alvin Glassner
Richard "Dick" Humbert

Celia-Ann Toll
Aunt Martha's Youth Services

2012

Mary H. Davidson
Francis G. Dioguardi
Marie A. Iafollo
Leonard McDannel & Margaret McDannel
Roger D. Paris
Al Sturges & Barbara G. Sturges
Tall Grass Arts Association

2013

James Gallagher
Marlene H. Gallagher
John Joyce
Alicia Rodman McCray
William M. Tilley
Park Forest Nurses Club



 

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The mission of the Park Forest Historical Society is to preserve, interpret and celebrate the unique history, diversity and achievements of the Village of Park Forest, Illinois through exhibits, publications and special programs;To educate residents, students and visitors in all aspects of village history;To encourage donations and enlist volunteers for the Park Forest Local History Collection and Archive and the 1950s Park Forest House Museum;To honor those who have, over a long period of time, contributed to the Village of Park Forest.


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