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2013 Atherton High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame Inductees
In 2001, a small alumni group gathering at Atherton High school had the vision of honoring Atherton alumni who have contributed to our community and our country. Through this vision senators, a brigadier general, authors, teachers, university presidents, doctors, financiers, congressmen, entrepreneurs, a ballerina and more have been welcomed home to Atherton High School and inducted into the Atherton Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Our list is distinguished, impressive, and inspiring to each of us. It is especially important for the students of Atherton High School to witness this rich legacy.


Top Row, left to right
Hal Heiner, Barbara Weakley-Jones, Melvyn Koby, Frank Yeager, Betty Scott (Regina Mills' sister), Bill Lawrence
Seated, left to right
Cliff Richardson, Alice Tucker (Lois Bewley's niece), Clarke Schleicher, Janice Fish, Wood E. Currens
       
Inductee Year Graduated Biographical Data
Lois Bewley 1952
  • Performed on Broadway as a principal actress in the play First Impressions
  • Soloist with Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo
  • Performed with the American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Jerome Robbins’ Ballet: USA and First Chamber Dance Quartet
  • Choreographed and performed four one woman shows televised in Italy, Germany and Iran
  • Directed, costumed and designed visuals for several operas performed in the U.S. and abroad, including Christopher Columbus, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C
  • Taught master classes as a visiting professor for the Opera Department of Yale University
  • Acclaimed as the “Michelangela of the Theatrical World” for both her serious and comedic choreography
  • Known also for her pastel portraits of animals, including those done for stars such as Mary Tyler Moore, Dom DeLuise and Betty Whit
Wood E. Currens,
DMD, MEd
1960
  • Elected President of the Atherton Student Council and named cartoonist for The Aerial
  • Attended Vanderbilt University and graduated from University of Louisville School of Dentistry
  • Captain in the U.S. Air Force Dental Corps at Hickman Air Force Base in Honolulu
  • University of Louisville School of Dentistry Faculty Member for 43 years; serving as Assistant Dean, Associate Dean and Acting Dean
  • Earned Master’s Degree in Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA; taught at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
  • Elected Chair of the U of L Faculty Senate and member of the U of L Board of Trustees
  • President of the Louisville Dental Society and Parliamentarian of the Kentucky Dental Association
  • Named University of Louisville Alumni Fellow
Janice F. Fish Principal
  • Principal, Atherton High School, 1988 – 1998
  • Initiated construction of the Atherton High School second gymnasium and 3-story academic wing
  • Oversaw installation of building-wide air conditioning at Atherton
  • Introduced Participatory Management Program for students, staff, parents and the community involvement through PTSA, Youth Service Center, Athletic Booster Club, International Baccalaureate and International Studies Support Groups
  • Trainer and Coach, National Association of Secondary School Principals’ Leader 123 for aspiring principals, Kentucky Principal Intern Program
  • Coordinator of Implementation/Curriculum Development, Jefferson County Public Schools Education Career Magnet Program for aspiring teachers
  • Chairperson, JCPS High School Principals; Liaison, JCPSS Superintendent, Board Member, Women in School Administration
  •  Community volunteer: God’s Pantry Food Bank, docent at Louisville Zoo, Komen Cancer Foundation, St. Paul United Methodist Church
Hal Heiner 1969
  • Parent of four children with Sheila Reitz, Class of 1970
  • Louisville Metro Councilman for eight years
  • 2010 Republican nominee for Mayor of Louisville
  • Board Chairman of Christian Academy of Louisville School System
  • Board Trustee of Asbury University
  • Chairman and Founder of Kentuckians Advocating Reform in Education, Inc
  • Partner, Sabak, Wilson, Heiner & Lingo, Inc. consulting engineering firm
  • Chairman and Founder of Capstone Realty, Inc., a commercial real estate development firm
Melvyn M. Koby, M.D. 1956
  • Graduated from Vanderbilt University with BA in chemistry
  • Graduated from University of Louisville School of Medicine with MD degree
  • Internship, and one year of internal medicine residency at Barnes Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Captain in U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War
  • Residency in Ophthalmology at Barnes Hospital at Washington University in St. Louis
  • Started private ophthalmology practice in Louisville, KY in 1971
  • Founded Doctors Eye Institute and Surgery Center in 1973
  • Founded Right to Sight Program
  • Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine
Bill Lawrence 1959
  • Named co-captain of Atherton’s 1959 State Championship Swimming Team – 1st title in school
  • Was high point team swimmer, KY State Champion, KY Record Holder and Southeastern Interscholastic Champion while at Atherton
  • Trained with world class swimmers at Indiana University for berth in the 1960 Olympics; collegiate record holder at Florida State University
  • Appointed vice president at Humana and assistant secretary/treasurer at GTE in KY
  • Recognized as a pioneer and industry leader in telecommunications while at Humana by several national journals • Supervised the implosion of two warehouse buildings and later a plaza at Louisville’s Waterfront Park
  • Received Cornerstone Award for significant contributions to the revitalization of downtown Louisville
  • Has a long history of commitment to numerous community organizations and human services
Regina Pearl Hensley (Mills) 1985
  • Honorably served 25 years in the United States Navy
  • Obtained the rank of Lieutenant Commander (LCDR/O-4)
  • Was the first female Aircraft Handling Officer (Handler) in the U.S. Navy
  • Was the first female Flight Deck Officer in the U.S. Navy
  • Was the first female Air Boatswain (Bos’n) in the U.S. Navy
  • Was the first female Aviation Deck Limited Duty Officer in the U.S. Navy
  • Recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal
  • Her remains are buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Cliff Richardson Teacher
  • Taught at AHS his entire 27-year career; Social Studies Chairman for seven years; Senior Sponsor; President of the Atherton Faculty League
  • Built AHS into a soccer power in the 1970’s, winning two league titles
  • Coached boys’ tennis for 22 years and girls’ tennis for 18 years; KY High School Athletic Association tennis official and member of the state seeding committee
  • Taught tennis in the Louisville area for over 30 years; U.S. Professional Tennis Association certification in 1990; developed curriculum for Adult Education tennis program
  • KY Tennis Association Tennis Family of the Year in 1992; ranked in the state in men’s 35+ Singles
  • KY Tennis Association Educational Merit Award for innovative teaching techniques
  • Recognized by the U.S. Tennis Association and U.S. Professional Tennis Association for growing the game of tennis in KY
  • Coached two U.S. Tennis Association women’s teams to state championships
Clarke Schleicher 1976
  • Grammy Award for 2010 Record of the Year
  • Grammy Award for 2010 Country Album of the Year
  • Grammy Award for 2011 Country Album of the Year
  • Music Row 2002 Top Ten Album All Stars Award
  • Recorded or Mixed over 20 Number 1 Singles
  • Recorded or Mixed 10 Number 1 Country Albums
  • Sound on Sound magazine interview in September 2010
  • Behind the Glass Volume I” 2009 book interview by Howard Massey
Barbara Weakley-Jones, M.D. 1968
  • Member of Atherton High School National Honor Society
  • Recipient of the John Hellman Academic Achievement Award, University of Louisville, 1973
  • Graduated from U of L with an M.D. degree in 1977
  • Appointed KY State Medical Examiner in 1981 and dedicated 29 years in the field of Forensic Medicine
  • Director of the Clinical Forensic Medicine Program at U of L from 2002 – 2008
  • Professor, Department of Pathology, U of L, 2004 – present
  •  Member of the Board of Overseers, University of Louisville
  • Member of Disaster Mortuary Operation Response Team, 2001 – present
  • First woman to be elected as the Jefferson County Coroner
Dr. J. Frank Yeager 1953
  • Atherton High School Class of 1953; lettered in three sports for three years; was captain for both the football and basketball teams
  • Four year alumni scholarship to Centre College
  • Centre College BA degree in 1957; Western Kentucky University MA degree in 1966; University of Tennessee Education Doctorate degree in 1969
  • Atherton High School teacher and head coach for football and baseball
  • Special agent, U.S. Secret Service; assigned to the White House Detail for Presidents Kennedy and Johnson
  • Deputy Superintendent of Schools, 1969 – 1973 in Louisville, KY
  • Superintendent of Schools, 1974 – 1997 in Durham, NC; Owensboro, KY; and Asheville, NC
  • National Superintendent of the Year on two occasions; Centre College Athletic Hall of Fame; one of North America’s Top 100 School Administrators
       
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