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2017 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.
       
Inductee Year Graduated Biographical Data
James Albus, Ph.D.
1953
  • Inventor, Visionary, and Author
  • Internationally known leader in the theory and design of intelligent systems and their application to robotics and automation system
  • Developed a new theory of cerebellar function that modified and extended a previous known theory published by David Marr in 1969
  • Invented a new type of neural net computer, the Cerebellar Model Articulation Controller (CMAC)
  • Invented and developed a new generation of robot cranes, based on six cables and six winches
  • Published over 150 scientific papers, journal articles, and government studies on intelligent systems and robotics. Authored or co-authored six books (Peoples’ Capitalism, Brains, Behavior, and Robotics, Engineering Mind, The RCS Handbook: Tools for Real-Time Control Systems Software Development, Intelligent Systems: Architecture, Design, and Control, and A Path to a Better World)
  • 52 years of Federal Government Service

     Biography

       
James Barr III 1960
  • 1960 Co-Captain of swimming team (Kentucky State Champion – 1959)
  • Assistant Attorney General for Kentucky
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney General for Western District of Kentucky (and 1st Assistant)
  • Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General Corps
  • Recipient, National Younger Federal Lawyer Award from Federal Bar Association
  • Past President of Louisville Boat Club
  • Principal financial support for the annual Major John Alexander Hottell III Award at U.S. Military Academy at West Point
  • Author of extensive published history on Pope Family, which includes George Washington, General George Patton and 12 Members of Congress

      Biography

       
Ben Daughtrey
1983
  • Editor and Producer: The 74th Annual Academy Awards
  • Producer: Little People, Big World; The Bachelor; The Wild and Wonderful; Whites of West Virginia
  • Emmy Award Nominated Editor
  • Drummer, Singer and Entertainer
  • Movie and Television Actor and Performer
  • Musician for Movie and Television
  • Volunteer and fundraiser for Senior Citizen Homes and Handicapped Children Centers

      Biography

       
Livingston Holder 1974
  • BS Astronautical Engineering, United States Air Force Academy, 1978
  • MS Systems Management, University of Southern California, 1981
  • Titan III Launch Officer and Company Grade Officer of the Year, 6595th Aerospace Test Group, Air Force Systems Command and #2 in the United States Air Force
  • Manned Spaceflight Engineer (USAF Space Shuttle Payload Specialist) and Chief Program Analysis and Mission Requirements Division (Classified National Reconnaissance Office program)
  • Program Manager, Boeing International Integration International Space Station, Sea Launch, Reusable Launch Vehicle Programs, Future Space Transportation Systems, and Aviation Information Services
  • Chairman Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee, FAA
  • Vice President Space Systems, Andrew Space
  • Co-Founder, Partner and Managing Member, Holder Aerospace

      Biography

       
Heidi Margulis 1971
  • Senior Vice President-Corporate Affairs, Humana Inc.
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, University of Louisville
  • Board of Directors, The Humana Foundation
  • Board of Directors & Executive Committee, Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board
  • Various national business & trade group organizations’ public health policy groups and boards
  • Previously, federal appointments to national health-related commissions by the Bush and Clinton Administrations
  • Vassar Book Award; Spanish Award (Atherton High School)
  • Gymnastics team, River City Players, Natl Honor Society(Atherton)

      Biography

       
Dwight Mitchell 1979
  • 33 years in Law Enforcement with Jefferson County Police Department and Louisville Metro Police Department
  • 1 of 5 Original D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officers in Louisville
  • 15 Years Spokesperson for J.C.P.D./LMPD Police Departments
  • 21 Years Deacon at St. Stephen Baptist Church
  • 1992 Chestnut Street YMCA Black Achiever

      Biography

       
Evan Roth 1988
  • Founder and co-Managing Partner of BBR Partners in New York City, one of the largest independent high net worth advisory firms in the country
  • Graduate of the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania
  • Four year letterman as coxswain of the University of Pennsylvania heavyweight rowing team. Winner of the National Collegiate Championship in 1991 and competed with the U.S. Rowing team.
  • Trustee for the Packer Collegiate Institute
  • Life Trustee and former President of the Kentuckians of New York
  • Co-President of the Jewish Community Project
  • Member of the National Honor Society, speech and debate, yearbook, cross country and inaugural wrestling team at Atherton

      Biography

       
Bruce “Coach” Veneklase 1977-1987
  • A father, husband, brother, uncle, son, friend, coach, student, volunteer, referee, and teacher; but the most cherished moniker was “Coach”
  • Coached varsity soccer at Atherton for 10 years from 1977-1987. Advancing to the state tournament in each of those years
  • Advanced to or won the state finals, semifinals and quarterfinals and regional championships numerous times
  • Numerous firsts, including starting Atherton’s Junior Varsity program and enabling one of his first players to become the first female to score a goal in the state tournament
  • A Jefferson County Public School teacher for more than 25 years, including three at Atherton
  • Founder of Highland Youth Recreation (HYR) soccer, a pillar of the community and sport since the late 1970s
  • A founding member of the Kentucky Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA)
  • His work with the HDSA and his ability to inspire those around him earned him the National HDSA Person of the Year award in 2005

      Biography

       
Mike Ward 1969
  • United States Congressman
  • Kentucky State Representative
  • Peace Corps Volunteer, The Gambia, West Africa
  • Associate Director, U.S. Peace Corps, Washington, D.C.
  • International Elections Monitor
  • University of Louisville School of Business, Bachelor of Arts

      Biography

       
       
       
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