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2022 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 High School 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
Nancy Brown Diggs, PhD
1952
  • At Atherton: president of Spanish Club, on Aerial staff, National Honor Society. A.A. degree, French, University of Louisville, U. of L. summer work exchange program in Switzerland, Mortar Board Honorary Society; B.A., French, Case Western Reserve University; M.H., East Asian Studies, Wright State University; Ph.D., East Asian Studies, Union Institute and University. Post-graduate courses in Spanish and German. Language study and homestays in Japan and Mexico. Fluent in French, Spanish, German; conversant in Japanese.
  • Translator of French, Spanish, German for 25+ years; former substitute teacher and tutor: French, Spanish; former high-speed stenographer and assistant court reporter, U.S. Army, Orléans, France. Created and taught adult-education courses on Japanese culture.
  • Numerous lectures and speaking engagements on various cultures. Subject of many national media reports, radio interviews, and book reviews.
  • Volunteer experiences in Ecuador, Haiti, Romania, and in the U.S. With husband, co-funded the Matthew O. Diggs III Laboratory for Life Science Research, in memory of son.
  • Author of six books concerning different cultures, co-author of two more, including In Search of Appalachia (Hamilton/Rowman and Littlefield, 2020).
  • Published numerous articles, including “Reflections on Race in the 1950’s,” (Louisville Courier Journal, February 28, 2021).
  • Married to Matthew O. Diggs, Jr. for 67 years in 2022; three daughters, seven grandchildren.
  • Owes a debt of gratitude to Atherton’s Miss Bohon and Miss Elrod, the French and Spanish teachers, respectively!

     Biography

       
Katherine Millicent Demling Evans 1960
  • Education: University of Kentucky, B.A., Western Kentucky University, M.A., Western Kentucky University, Rank 1 in Counseling
  • Career; Educator in parochial and Jefferson County Public SchoolsAmerican Choral Conductors Association’s Julius Herford Dissertation Prize.
  • Former President of Beargrass Christian Church Disciples Women’s Ministry
  • Deacon and Board member at Beargrass Christian Church
  • Board Member of The St. Matthews Area Ministries representing Beargrass Christian Church for 20+ years
  • President of The Greater Louisville Medical Society Alliance three times, and present Board Member. Former President of the Kentucky Medical Association Alliance
  • Former Secretary and current President of InvestHers Investment Club of Louisville, and former President and current Secretary of the Mutual Investment Club of Louisville
  • Board member of The Woman’s Club of Louisville and Chairman of The No-Jury Art Show (2017-2023)

      Biography

       
Walter L. Hixson, PhD
1973
  • History Professor for more than three decades, ultimately achieving the rank of Distinguished Professor before retiring from the University of Akron in 2020.
  • Author of eleven books (1989-2019), mostly on the history of U.S. foreign policy, especially the history of the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and American Middle East policy.
  • Columnist and contributing editor for the national magazine the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, 2019-present.
  • • Recipient of two Fulbright teaching awards, one to Kazan State University in Russia (1990-91) and the other to the China Foreign Affairs Institute in Beijing (2010).
  • Discussion leader in “Eyewitness Palestine,” a three-week intensive study tour encompassing Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, and Palestine (2013).
  • History consultant on two-week study tour of Vietnam with veterans of the 101st Airborne Division, who were returning for the first time to the sites of their military service (1997).
  • Husband and father of two children as well as two grandchildren.
  • Lifelong hiking enthusiast, especially in the Colorado Rockies. Also, a diehard fan of Louisville Cardinals basketball. Remained active in retirement as a basketball referee and a baseball umpire for youth and high school sports in northeast Ohio.

      Biography

       
Robert N. Klein, MHA 1978
  • Proud son of Ann and Sandor Klein, Hungarian immigrants and Auschwitz survivor, teachers of hope, tolerance, love and inclusion
  • Proud husband to Laura (36 years) and father of three beloved children (Alex, Elizabeth, Sarah)
  • BA Biology, University of Louisville, 1983; MHA, Washington University, St Louis, 1986le, 1983; MHA, Washington University, St Louis, 1986
  • Served in several senior hospital administrative roles for a large national healthcare system (HCA) including CEO for 3 hospitals
  • Served as Senior Vice President, Division/Group President for large national healthcare system (LifePoint Health) responsible for 1/3 of company’s operations
  • Served in various leadership roles across the US on hospital, joint venture, community, and state hospital association boards
  • Voted “Most Lovable” by 1978 Atherton senior class

      Biography

       
Sarah K. Martin, PhD 2002
  • Scientist working in the service of science and patients through strategic regulatory policy.
  • 2006 Bachelor of Science in Animal Science; 2010 Master of Science in Animal Nutrition and Animal Science from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.
  • 2015 Doctorate in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Delivered translational advances in therapeutic targeting of advanced prostate cancer to improve patient outcomes.
  • 2015 Robert A. Lester Award. This award is given annually to a graduate student at the University of Kentucky whose work in biochemistry exhibits unusual potential for significant contributions to biochemical research and to recognize the quality, originality, and significance of their thesis work and contributions to the community.
  • 2015-2016 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Science Policy Fellow in Washington, DC.
  • Led the American Association for Cancer Research’s efforts to modernize the regulatory process and engage in the development and implementation of programmatic and policy initiatives with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Oncology Center of Excellence to improve the development, evaluation, and regulation of cancer drugs, biologics, and devices (2017 -2020).
  • Directed the development and implementation of science and regulatory advocacy efforts for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America on key issues including clinical development, real-world evidence, and human drug review (2020 – present).
  • Mentor to graduate students and post docs who seek to engage in science policy and/or pursue careers in science and health policy.

      Biography

       
Damaris Phillips 1999
  • Celebrity Chef and TV Personality
  • 2013 Winner, Food Network television series “Food Network Star”
  • Culinary Arts degree from Jefferson Community and Technical College
  • Instructor in Culinary Arts, Jefferson Community and Technical College
  • Hosted five seasons of “Southern at Heart” on the Food Network
  • Co-hosted The Bobby and Damaris Show on Food Network with Bobby Flay
  • Co-hosted “Southern and Hungry” on Cooking Channel
  • Author of Southern Girl Meets Vegetarian Boy cookbook

      Biography

       
John Woodruff Rumble, PhD 1969
  • Emory University, BA, Magna Cum Laude, 1974
  • Vanderbilt University, PhD. United States History, 1980
  • Senior Historian, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Founder and director, Oral History Project, Country Music Foundation
  • Editor, Encyclopedia of Country Music
  • Grammy nominee, liner notes, “From Where I Stand: The Black Experience in Country Music.”
  • Essayist, Exhibit developer, and interviewer of Country Music most historic legends.

      Biography

       
Tara Spencer Singer, PhD 1979
  • First Atherton High School female student to earn letters in football and baseball
  • Bachelor of Arts with honors (1983); Master of Arts (1987); Doctor of Education (1993) -all from the University of Louisville
  • Outstanding senior university woman graduate and outstanding graduate from the College of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville (1983)
  • Former board member or director of Arts Illiana, Kentucky Special Olympics, Kentucky Humanities Council, Farrington’s Grove Renaissance – Community Development Corporation, Greater Louisville Behavioral Health Center, Conference USA Alumni Directors Group (Chair, 2000-01), Georgia Chief Advancement Officers Association
  • Current member of the Wayne Theatre Alliance Board of Directors and the Honor Society Caucus
  • Author of numerous research publications and author/editor of more than 100 institutional articles and publications, including several award-winning communications
  • Former senior alumni, development, intercollegiate athletics, and communications administrator in various roles for the University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, University of West Georgia, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Indiana State University
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society (2013-23)

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