The annual Wauseon High School Academic Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held April 29, with several distinguished alumni honored. The hall of fame is comprised of three components: Hall of Fame (students in the top five percent of each class), Distinguished Alumni, and Legends of Education.
Distinguished Alumni honored were Paul A. Reichert, Richard D. Schwab, Charles Provost, Robert J. Distler Jr., Shelby Eicher, and Patrick (Bill) Frank. Legends of Education honorees were James P. George, Steve Schneider, and Neil D. Weber.
Paul A. Reichert graduated from Wauseon in 1946. He then graduated from Defiance College and followed that with a master’s degree in school administration from Kent State.
Also at Kent State, he served as Dean of Academic Center for 23 years and interim Dean of the Kent State Trumbull campus. He was also an associate professor in the College of Education at Kent.
Under Reichert’s leadership, the Ashtabula Campus of Kent State University acquired the present 100-acre campus site, and he coordinated the construction of the first three buildings from 1965-72.
Richard D. Schwab graduated from Wauseon in 1949, and after graduating from Capital University earned his M.S. in law and taxation. He has been a successful educator in accounting and business law for 35 years.
He has received honors, such as Professor Emeritus of Business Administration at Capital University, Professor’s Hall of Fame at Capital, Business Alumni Award, and the President’s Cup Award.
Charles Provost graduated from Wauseon High School in 1971, then received a degree in civil engineering from Purdue University, along with a master’s degree in industrial administration. He served as founder and president of Provost Construction from 1987-2002, and is currently the manager/owner of Provost Contracting Co. and Provost Construction in Indianapolis.
Notable accomplishments include modifying NASA and Boeing supersonic wind tunnels for aerodynamic research and furnishing equipment for Launch Complex #41 at Cape Canaveral, Fla.
Robert J. Distler Jr. is a 1978 Wauseon graduate. He graduated from Notre Dame University with a degree in chemical engineering.
One notable achievement has been working with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the city of Marion, Ind. He led the effort to transform a former manufacturing field site into a municipal water park.
Shelby Eicher graduated from Wauseon in 1978. Eicher was a member of Roy Clark’s band for 15 years, recording five albums. He had multiple performances with the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville Now, Crook and Chase, and Merv Griffin.
In 2006, he was an inductee into the Western Swing Music, Society of Kansas. In 2012, Eicher was inducted into the Swing Music Society of the Southwest.
Patrick William Frank, commonly known as Bill, graduated from Wauseon in 1986. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toledo and attended New York Chiropractic College.
Besides becoming a chiropractor, Frank became an assistant professor in the Neuroscience Department-Gross Anatomy, as well as an assistant professor in the Neuroscience Department at the University of Toledo. He was also the principal investigator in research publication for the Journal of Clinical Anatomy.
James P. George was the Wauseon High School band director from 1965-90. After graduating from Wauseon High School and Bowling Green State University, George served in the Grand Rapids, Ohio, schools, New London, Ohio, and Indian Lake Local Schools before coming back to Wauseon.
At Wauseon, he added the jazz/rock ensemble to the music program, added the flag corp to the marching band, and established the marching band camp at Lake Wawasee in Indiana
Steve Schneider was a math teacher in Wauseon from 1969-2014. His 45-year teaching career began after graduating from Wauseon and Bowling Green State University.
Schneider also coached wrestling for 34 years, football for 25 years, and baseball for two years. He received multiple honors in wrestling and retired with 287 career wins, the third highest all-time in Ohio at the time.
He also received the Franklin B. Walter Teacher of the Year Award and the Educator of the Year award from the Wauseon Chamber of Commerce.
Neil D. Weber was a teacher and superintendent for Wauseon schools from 1963-99. Weber graduated from Pettisville High School and Bowling Green State University before a brief stint at Berlin Heights Local Schools. He taught chemistry, physics, and math at Wauseon.
While teaching, he received a grant from the National Science Foundation to attend Brown University for a year, and received a Master of Arts in Teaching (Chemistry). When he returned to WHS, he established an Advanced Chemistry course.
Weber served as superintendent from 1984-99. After retiring from Wauseon, he served as interim superintendent in Bryan, and then as high school principal and superintendent for Swanton Local Schools.