Northshore Wall of Honor 2014 inductees have their day

Ten Northshore School District alumni, former staff and board members were recognized at a Wall of Honor induction ceremony Aug. 14 at Pop Keeney Stadium.

Since its inception in 2010, the Wall of Honor has recognized the outstanding achievements of Northshore alumni, staff and volunteers who have made a significant contribution to the district, community, state, nation or world. Inductees names are engraved on the wall, given a medallion and a plaque.

"I am amazed at the lives all the inductees have led," Northshore School District Superintendent Larry Francois said. "They all possess a sincere desire to give back and have enriched the lives of everyone around them."

This year's inductees include:

- Lee A. Blakely an educator and superintendent for the Northshore School District for 25 years. Blakely graduated from Eastern Washington State College and taught in several rural school districts before becoming Kenmore Elementary School principal in 1955. He served as superintendent from 1974 to 1980 and was active in school administration circles at the state and national levels. Blakely was the charter president of Northshore Kiwanis and received the Kiwanian of the Year and Citizen of the Year awards.

- Gary Fuller spent his first 12 years of education in the Northshore School District and was voted "most likely to succeed" by his Bothell High School classmates. He earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Washington in radio/television broadcasting and did post-graduate work at Indiana University before shifting his professional focus to accounting and finance. He has volunteered at many places in the community including the Seattle Art Museum, Pacific Science Center, the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the 5th Avenue Theatre.

- Dr. James Minstrell attended 12 schools in three states by the time he entered his sophomore year at Bothell High School. He earned a bachelor of science degree in math and science from the University of Washington and began teaching at Mercer Island High School. He then received a masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on creative teaching in physics and science. Minstrell spent 45 years researching, collaborating and developing conceptual teaching as well as helping set state and national standards for science education. He is internationally recognized for workshops he gave across the United States, South Africa, Venezuela, Mexico, Europe, Taiwan, China and Canada.

- Richard “Dick” Ramsey's accomplishments include operating a Kenmore pharmacy, encouraging the creation of a teen drop-in center in the 1960s and helping form the Northshore Scholarship Foundation to aid college-bound youths. A graduate of Seattle's Franklin High School and the University of Washington, he was the son of Eastern Washington grocers who later moved to Seattle. Ramsey purchased Ostrom Drug and moved with his wife to Kenmore where he served on the Northshore School Board for 15 years. He has and his family funded an annual scholarship for female pharmacy students.

- Keith “KC” Rousu cobined his love of music with innovative leadership to create and direct two community assets associated with professional sports. His Blue Thunder Drumline accompanies the Seattle Seahawks across the nation and his Sound Wave FC marching band performs with the Seattle Sounders FC soccer team. Rousu's interest in combining music with sports was sparked at Seattle University where he earned a masters in Sports Administration and Leadership in 2003 after getting a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Washington.

- Henry A. Simonds was the first superintendent of Bothell School District. He graduated from Amherst College in Massachusetts in 1883, his education career covered four Midwestern states where he taught Latin and Greek. While serving as superintendent for OshKosh, Wis., public schools in 1906, Simonds decided to retire and move his family to the Pacific Northwest. Simonds established Bothell High School in 1907 and brought it state accreditation, even teaching classes himself.

- Jim Sullivan was a Bothell High School coach of gymnastics champions, creating the Bothell High Championship Boards to showcase their team and individual achievements. Sullivan was a champion himself in high school at Clarkston, Wash., where he was 1947 state boxing champion and lettered in boxing, track and football. At Washington State University, he was a Pacific Northwest all-around gymnastics champion. Sullivan began teaching in 1958 at Bothell High School, where he taught world history, math and science and coached football, track, tennis, softball, golf, and men and women's gymnastics.

- John "Jack" Sutherland served the Northshore School District for 13 years and was a distinguished Boy Scout and Sea Scout leader and Northshore School District school board member. The Chief Seattle Council gave him its Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service to youth. Sutherland was raised in Iowa, earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Illinois and a masters degree from Washington State University. At 95, he continues his commitment to education, having funded the Sutherland Family Scholarship for Northshore graduates pursuing science, technology, engineering or math.

- Robert "Rob" Thompson has made his mark for decades as a an award-winning writer, director and producer for television and films. After graduating from Bothell High School and Whitman College, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from UCLA. He honed his skills as a director for documentaries with King5 television before writing a screenplay for a western comedy, "Hearts of the West," for which he earned a Writer's Guild Nomination and was lauded as a major creative talent. He received an Emmy in 1992, Golden Globe in 1991 and 1992 and the Director's Guild Award as Best Dramatic Director. For 25 years, he and his wife have lived in New Mexico where he is working on a series of novels about the American West.

- Frances Lynch Walster is a devoted community organizer and mentor, and founder and director of Maltby Food Bank. A lifelong resident of this area after graduating from Bothell High School, Walster saw the need to assist those who were hungry and homeless. She founded the Malby Food Bank in 1993 with several other women and managed to renovate an abandoned building with the support of local churches and businesses. The food bank now serves southeast Snohomish County, helping as many as 165 families each week. Walster has travelled to Russia three times since 2006, financially adopting five teenage girls and staying in touch with them as they matured.

The Wall of Honor is made possible thanks to the generous donations of community members and serves as a permanent reminder of Northshore's rich history and tradition of excellence and service.

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