Hall of Fame

In 2008, the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Hall of Fame was established to recognize individuals who have been instrumental in supporting our school district. Individuals are recognized in the following six categories:

  • Distinguished LD Bell Graduate
  • Distinguished Trinity Graduate
  • Distinguished Former School Board Member
  • Distinguished Community Leader
  • Distinguished Former Employee
  • Distinguished Volunteer

Hall of Fame Nominations are currently closed, and will re-open in Spring 2017.

2008 Inductees - Inaugural year

  • Pat May - Distinguished Former District Employee
  • B.J. Murray - Distinguished Former District Employee
  • E. Don Brown - Distinguished Former District Employee
  • James L. Haley Distinguished LD Bell Graduate
  • John T. Montford - Distinguished LD Bell Graduate
  • Neil M. Denari - Distinguished Trinity Graduate
  • Todd Smith - Distinguished Trinity Graduate
  • Bill Souder - Distinguished Community Leader
  • David Moon - Distinguished Community Leader
  • Frances LaFerney - Distinguished Volunteer
  • Tom Vastine, Sr - Distinguished Volunteer
  • Lennijo Blair Danie - Distinguished Former Board Member
  • Dodie Souder - Distinguished Former Board Member

Bios:

Distinguished Former District Employee
Pat May

First HEB ISD Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education; First administrator to implement staff development for teachers; Named one of North America's top administrators by the National School Board Association; Pat May Center named in her honor


Distinguished Former District Employee
B.J. Murray

First Central Junior High School principal; First Trinity High School principal, 1968 - 1993; Built tradition of award-winning academics with extra-curricular programs; Vision of success by inclusion lives on at Trinity, where there is a club for every interest


Distinguished Former District Employee
E. Don Brown

Award-winning principal of LD Bell High School for 26 years; President of the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals; President of the National Association of Secondary School Principals; Founding member of the Board of Directors of the International Confederations of Principals

Distinguished LD Bell Graduate
James L. Haley

Award-winning author, specializing in Texas history; Has written four novels and 11 books of history; Received nine awards for "Sam Houston", largest and most complete biography about legendary icon; Wrote script for a Sam Houston documentary, now in production

Distinguished LD Bell Graduate
John T. Montford

President-Western Region Legislative and Regulatory Affairs for AT&T; Texas senator 14 years; Former Chancellor of the Texas Tech University system; Former elected District Attorney

Distinguished Trinity Graduate
Neil M. Denari

World renowned architect, based in Los Angeles; Teaches and lectures in Japan; Professor-in Residence in the Architecture and Urban Design Department at UCLA; Author of two bestselling books, with another to be released in 2009

Distinguished Trinity Graduate
Todd Smith

Euless City Councilman from 1991 - 1996; Elected to Texas House District 92 as State Representative in 1996; Honored for his legislative work by nearly a dozen state organizations; Named a "Texas Super Lawyer" by Texas Monthly magazine in 2006, 2007, and 2008


Distinguished Community Leader
Bill Souder

First Postmaster of Hurst; Mayor of Hurst for 24 years; Helped establish the community hospital that is now known as Harris Methodist HEB Hospital; Inducted into the HEB Sports Hall of Fame in 2000


Distinguished Community Leader
David Moon

Founder of Santa USA, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, that brings joy during the holiday season; Visits more than 10,000 elementary children in HEB ISD each December; Former school board member; Active in local civic and church organizations

Distinguished Volunteer
Frances LaFerney

Pioneer in the HEB ISD PTA; President of campus, council and district PTA; Served on the state PTA Board for 10 years; Served on the Partners in Education state board for 10 years


Distinguished Volunteer
Tom Vastine, Sr

Stonegate Elementary School volunteer since 1975, upon retirement from Gulf Oil; Has donated more than 16,000 volunteer hours to Stonegate; Received State Board of Education Heroes for Children Award; Served on numerous local committees and boards


Distinguished Former Board Member
Lennijo Blair Danie

Teacher at numerous schools and longtime principal at Stonegate Elementary School; Received numerous local, state, and national awards for her dedication to children; Helped establish KEYS Learning Center for dropout prevention, during her board tenure, 1986 - 1995; Blair Room at the Pat May Center named in her honor


Distinguished Former Board Member
Dodie Souder

First woman to serve on HEB ISD school board, from 1959 - 1965; Active in the PTA at the local and county level; Active in business associations and local boards; Volunteers for candidates running for various local, state and national positions

2009 Inductees

  • C. Irwin Mathews Distinguished Former District Employee
  • Dr. Jeff Burnett - Distinguished LD Bell Graduate
  • Dr. Randy Alkire - Distinguished Trinity Graduate
  • Mary Lib Saleh. - Distinguished Community Leader
  • Melody L. Davenport. - Distinguished Volunteer
  • Lorraine Tatarevich - Distinguished Former Board Member

Bios:

Distinguished Former District Employee
C. Irwin Mathews

Served 39 combined years in HEB ISD as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal; Was the first Principal of Bedford Junior High School, which opened in 1969 - 70; While Principal at Bedford Junior High, the school received numerous honors and awards; Served as an officer of several local and state education organizations; Awarded State and National Lifetime PTA membership.

Distinguished LD Bell Graduate
Dr. Jeff Burnett

Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Hurst since 1991; Joined the staff of First Baptist Church of Hurst in 1979; Volunteer with Santa USA; TEAMS mentor with LD Bell High School since the program began in 1991; Has served on the HEB ISD Board of Trustees since 1997 and is the current President.

Distinguished Trinity Graduate
Dr. Randy Alkire

Research scientist at Argonne National Laboratory's Structural Biology Center; Co-author of 30 scientific publications; Co-author of two scientific patents, with a third patent pending; Has received numerous awards from research and scientific organizations; Invented a brand new double-ended deck of playing cards, marketed by the U. S. Playing Card Co. as Crazy Rummy in 1998.

Distinguished Community Leader
Mary Lib Saleh

Elected the first female Mayor of Euless in 1993, and has been Mayor ever since; Instrumental in the growth of the City of Euless; During tenure as Mayor, the City of Euless has won awards from Business Week, Money magazine, and Playful City USA for the city's quality of life; Has received numerous local, area, and state awards; She is a Texas Lifetime member of PTA.

Distinguished Volunteer
Melody L. Davenport

Highly involved with PTA for 17 years; Fourth Vice President of the HEB Council of PTAs over the Clothes Closet; Serves on the HEB ISD Volunteers In Public Schools planning committee for the annual awards luncheon; Won the 2006 Texas Volunteer Partnership Gold Award from the Texas Association of Partners in Education; Volunteers more than 1,000 hours in HEB schools each year.

Distinguished Former Board Member
Lorraine Tatarevich

Served a total of 17 years on the HEB ISD Board of Trustees, from 1967-1975 and 1997-2003; Served as a teacher and administrator at Trinity High School; Was the first female school board member in North Texas; During her first tenure on the school board, helped the District through a period of rapid growth; During her second tenure, ushered in programs such as International Baccalaureate, Spanish Immersion, Suzuki Strings, and Core Knowledge.

2010 Inductees

  • Bliss Dodd - Distinguished Former District Employee
  • David M. Kunkle - Distinguished LD Bell Graduate
  • Michael Muhney - Distinguished Trinity Graduate
  • Mary Martin Frazior - Distinguished Community Leader
  • Dave Burns - Distinguished Volunteer
  • Lois N. Nixon - Distinguished Former Board of Trustees Member

Bios:

Distinguished Former District Employee
Bliss Dodd

• Began teaching special education in the HEB ISD in 1967.
• District's first Director of Special Education in 1969.
• Testified at state and federal levels on behalf of special education programs.
• Was a member and president of the Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (TCASE).
• Received the first TCASE Hall of Honor Award in 1991 for her dedication to the education of special needs children.

Distinguished LD Bell Graduate
David M. Kunkle

• Began his police career in Dallas in 1972.
• Became Grand Prairie Police Chief in 1982.
• Served as Arlington Police Chief and then as assistant city manager.
• Served as Dallas Police Chief 2004-2010.
• Helped found and is Executive in Residence at the Caruth Police Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Distinguished Trinity Graduate
Michael Muhney

• Actor on television show, "The Young and the Restless."
• Has numerous film credits and has co-written and produced a film.
• Has appeared on several television shows as a cast member and as guest star.
• Member of MENSA.
• Has returned to Trinity to offer advice to students in the Theatre Department.

Distinguished Community Leader
Mary Martin Frazior

• President and CEO of the HEB Chamber since 1997.
• Director of the HEB Economic Development Foundation.
• Serves with the North Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives Association and Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition.
• She supports HEB ISD through Adopt-A-School, Education Foundation, and School Health Advisory Committee.
• Received the Arts League Shining Star Award for her service to the HEB ISD Education Foundation.

Distinguished Volunteer
Dave Burns

• Navy officer with three years' sea duty on destroyer escorts.
• Had a railroad career of 33 years
• Began volunteering at KEYS Learning Center upon retirement in 1995.
• Works with students at KEYS who are at risk of dropping out of high school.
• Volunteers at KEYS four days a week, donating more than 1,000 hours each year.

Distinguished Former Board of Trustees Member:
Lois N. Nixon

• Taught at Central Junior High School and Trinity High
School and retired from Trinity as an assistant principal.
• Volunteered with the renovations of the Old Bedford School
• Member of the HEB ISD Board of Trustees from 1994 - 2001.
• During her board tenure, the District established a mentoring program where retired teachers support new teachers
• Tenure also saw the establishment of the HEB ISD Education Foundation and International Baccalaureate in both high schools.

2011 Inductees

  • Buddy Whittington - Distinguished L.D. Bell Graduate
  • Amy Sorlie - Distinguished Trinity Graduate
  • Georgia Kidwell - Distinguished Community Leader
  • Holley Hendrickson - Distinguished Volunteer
  • Jerry Longwell - Distinguished Former District Employee
  • Nancy Rippy Welton - Distinguished Former Board Member

Bios:

Distinguished L.D. Bell Graduate
Buddy Whittington

- The accomplished guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist emerged in the local DFW music scene as a teenager - forming his own band, "The Sidemen"
- Joined John Mayall's "Bluesbreakers" as lead guitarist in 1993 - following in the footsteps of former Bluesbreakers Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Taylor.
- In 2008 Whittington launched his solo career, releasing three albums to date.
- Currently tours with his band abd performs throughout the United States and Europe.
- Has appeared on Jay Leno's Tonight Show
- Longtime volunteer in HEB ISD schools.

Distinguished Trinity Graduate
Amy Sorlie

- Moved to Los Angeles to pursue a writing career after graduating from UTA.
- Her articles have appeared in "American Way" and other national publications.
- In 2010, her first feature film screenplay went into production in South Africa and London.
- Sorlie's film, "Dark Tide", starring Halle Berry, will be released in 2012.
- Sorlie currently has more film and television projects in development.
- She visits her family often and makes time to speak to students in HEB schools.

Distinguished Community Leader
Georgia Kidwell

- Hurst-Euless-Bedford resident since 1967.
- Has a passion for health and education issues.
- She spent 30 years in HEB clasrooms as a substitute teacher and then as a teacher
- Kidwell leads the student scholarship committee for the Rotary Club of HEB.
- She also oversees the Rotary's Four Way Speech contest for local students.
- In 2010, the second JPS/HEB ISD school-based clinic was named the Georgia Kidwell Child Health Care Center.

Distinguished Volunteer
Holley Hendrickson

- Hendrickson has been a volunteer in HEB schools since the early 1990s.
- When her son pased away in 2002, she devoted more time to giving back to HEB schools.
- Hendrickson has continued to volunteer at Spring Garden Elementary School, especially with the annual sixth grade production.
- Currently serves as a Trojan Talk mentor at Trinity High School.
- Hendrickson took volunteering to a new level when she led the effort to pass the HEB ISD spring 2011 bond proposal.

Distinguished Former District Employee
Jerry Longwell

- Longwell began teaching in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD in 1961.
- He was the L.D. Bell Band Director for seven years.
- Served as District's first Director of Fine Arts, a position he held for 18 years.
- Longwell held numerous positions with state music education associations and state textbook committees.
- He is a member of the Texas Bandmasters Hall of Fame and TMEA Region 5 Band Directors Hall of Fame.

Distinguished Former Board Member
Nancy Rippy Welton

- Hurst-Euless-Bedford resident since 1963.
- Welton was an active school volunteer and has a Lifetime Membership in PTA.
- She was elected to the HEB ISD Board of Trustees in 1967.
- During her board tenure, she oversaw the construction of numerous HEB schools.
- She also helped implement policies to keep pace with issues that came with the rapid increase in student enrollment.
- When she retired from the school board in 1979, her tenure was the longest time served by an HEB ISD Board member.

2012 Inductees

  • Karen P. Tandy - Distinguished LD Bell Graduate
  • Scott Sheppard - Distinguished Trinity Graduate
  • Larry J. Darlage, Ph.D.- Distinguished Community Leader
  • JR Goad - Distinguished Volunteer
  • Hulin “Hoot” Smith - Distinguished Former District Employee
  • John Henry Clanton - Distinguished Former Board of Trustees Member

Bios:

Distinguished LD Bell Graduate
Karen P. Tandy

Tandy earned her bachelor and law degrees from Texas Tech University. For more than 30 years, she served as a federal prosecutor in positions with the US Department of Justice, including Associate Deputy Attorney General, Director of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces, and Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and in the Western District of Washington. She was nominated by President George W. Bush, and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 31, 2003, as the first female Administrator of the US Drug Enforcement Administration. Since 2007, Tandy has served as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for Motorola Solutions, Inc. (MSI), a high tech Fortune 300 company.

Distinguished Trinity Graduate
Scott Sheppard

Sheppard is a Euless native and fifth-generation member of First Baptist Euless. He majored in architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington. After college, Sheppard had a career in the construction industry until entering full-time ministry. He served on staff at First Euless for 11 years. In 2009, Sheppard was reassigned to launch 6 Stones Mission Network. The mission of 6 Stones is to build a coalition of churches and community businesses and organizations that provide solutions to meet the community’s needs. 6 Stones Mission Network facilitates Operation Back2School, Black vs. Blue food drive, Night of Wonder, and they are a member of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Adopt-A-School program.

Distinguished Community Leader
Larry J. Darlage, Ph.D.

Darlage was born and raised in southern Indiana. He developed a love for science early in life when he heard about Sputnik in October, 1957. Darlage received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Indianapolis and teaching and research fellowships at Iowa State University, where he completed a Ph.D. In 1978, Darlage moved to Dallas to help start Brookhaven College. In 1996, Tarrant County College hired Darlage to serve as the president of the Northeast Campus in Hurst. His leadership has helped the campus grow from about 9,000 students to more than 17,000. Pharmacy Technology and Long-term Care programs were added to complement the many Allied Health programs already at the campus.

Distinguished Volunteer
JR Goad

Goad is a Sweetwater, Texas native. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Hardin-Simmons University. He played high school and college tennis, and he played on the Texas Junior Davis Cup in 1950. In 1956, Hardin-Simmons University named Goad to their Athletic Hall of Fame. After a 35-year career with the JC Penney Company, Goad retired and earned his real estate license to begin a career with Century 21 Mike Bowman. He dedicates his time with the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Adopt-A-School, Volunteers In Public Schools, and HEB ISD Education Foundation Board of Directors. He has been a volunteer reader at Wilshire Elementary School for more than 20 years.

Distinguished Former District Employee
Hulin “Hoot” Smith

Smith was raised in Grand Saline, Texas. He served in the Navy in WWII and with scholarships and the GI Bill earned degrees from Texas A & M University and East Texas State University Commerce. He was named head football coach at LD Bell High School in 1962. Smith was the first full time Athletic, Health and Physical Education Director in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, serving from 1968 – 1995. Smith’s athletic and physical education programs were state and national models. He helped bring full-fledge gymnastics to HEB ISD and to the state. He had the first athletic trainers on high school campuses and he helped develop the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association.

Distinguished Former Board of Trustees Member
John Henry Clanton

Clanton is a native of Wichita Falls, but has been a resident of Hurst since 1966. He received a Bachelor of Science from Midwestern University and a Master of Education from the University of Texas at El Paso. In his 27 years in Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Clanton was a coach and then a vice principal at Central Junior High School. He was Vocational Coordinator at Trinity High School, Vocational Director for HEB ISD, and he founded Adopt-A-School. Clanton served on the Board of Trustees from 1995-2004, serving as both Vice President and President. His time on the Board ushered in International Baccalaureate, Suzuki Strings, Spanish Immersion and other enrichment programs.

2013 Inductees

  • Joel M Montgomery, Ph.D. - Distinguished L.D. Bell Graduate
  • John Wood - Distinguished Trinity Graduate
  • Michael G. Brown - Distinguished Community Leader
  • William "Bill" Barnes - Distinguished Volunteer
  • Billie Jane Martin - Distinguished Former Employee
  • Georgeann Gallian - Distinguished Former Board of Trustees Member

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2014 Inductees

  • Dr. Robert K. Glenn - Distinguished L.D. Bell Graduate
  • Michael A. Jutras, MD - Distinguished Trinity Graduate
  • Randy Gardner - Distinguished Community Leader
  • Alicia McGlinchey - Distinguished Volunteer
  • Mattie R. Thompson - Distinguished Former Employee
  • James B. Morgan - Distinguished Former Board of Trustees Member

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2015 Inductees

  • Michael Foster - Distinguished L.D. Bell Graduate
  • James R. Powell - Distinguished Trinity Graduate
  • Steve Farco - Distinguished Community Leader
  • Lisa Theisen - Distinguished Volunteer
  • James "Bub" Downe - Distinguished Former Employee
  • Neal W. Adams - Distinguished Former Board of Trustees Member

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2016 Inductees

  • Distinguished LD Bell Graduate -- Ray Oujesky -- senior corporate in-house attorney and former municipal judge
  • Distinguished Trinity Graduate -- Roger Vizard -- artist and animator for movie, television, and interactive productions
  • Distinguished Community Leader -- Linda Eilenfeldt -- city council member and supporter of programs that benefit HEB ISD
  • Distinguished Volunteer -- Anthony Hardy -- founder of mentoring organization that supports teenage boys with strong role models
  • Distinguished Former District Employee -- Steve Lineweaver -- 15 seasons as Trinity's head football coach, including 3 state titles and 175-29 overall record
  • Distinguished Former Board of Trustees Member -- Kay Miller -- board member for nearly a decade, also involved in HEB Council of PTA, Education Foundation, United Way, and more
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