William Penn Senior High School Hall of Fame honors a host of York County achievers

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Judge Emanuel A. Cassimatis, William Penn Senior High School class of 1944, is a member of the William Penn Hall of Fame. The retired judge of York County Court is among an elite group of achievers who are members of the hall. Background posts: York County sports a miniature Cooperstown and York County high school grads teach lessons in achievement on national stage and York County native Maj. Gen. David F. Wherley Jr. assumed major role in guarding post-9/11 D.C.
A recent post about an upcoming Smithsonian exhibit honoring pioneering Appalachian Trail through-hiker Earl Shaffer included an interesting fact
The most famous trail hiker in the world had to wait three years to be inducted into the William Penn Hall of Fame.
The hall takes one person a year and equally deserving candidates had been nominated before him.
That should show the quality of those who are members of the hall.
Who are others who have been so honored? … .


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Chris Doleman, former NFL player, graduated from William Penn in 1980, and is a member of the school’s hall of fame.
Here’s a sampling of William Penn Senior High School Hall of Fame inductees, with the year they graduated, according to York Daily Record/Sunday News files:
Dave Bupp, 1960, and Buddy King,1965, members of the The Magnificent Men
Jacob Devers, 1905, four-star World War II general
George M. Leader, 1934, former Pennsylvania governor
Herbert B. Cohen, 1918, state Supreme Court justice
– Henry L. Yeagly, 1918, professor
– William C. Decker, 1918, industrialist, Corning Glass Co.
– Julius H. Comroe, 1927, educator
– O. Meridith Parry, 1968, assistant superintendent, York City School District
- Emanuel R. Freedman, 1927, former New York Times foreign editor
– Fred Link, 1922, inventor of the two-way radio
– Francis McCord, 1946, sports trivia expert
– John B. Terpak, 1956, U.S. Marines, served in Middle East and Vietnam
Dominick Argento, 1945, symphonic composer
– Dr. M. Elaine Eyster, 1952, director of hematology, Hershey Medical Center
– Charles Ruby, 1923, sculptor
John Rauhauser, former York County district attorney, judge
William F. Goodling, 1945, U.S. Congressman
Marie White Bell, 1954, attorney and politician
Emanuel A. Cassimatis, 1944, retired president judge
– Donald Neff, 1982, author and former York Dispatch reporter
– Theodore Holmes, 1958, businessman, restaurant owner
Woodrow Bennett, 1974, football player
William J. Althaus, 1965, former York mayor, lobbyist
Dr. Reuben Washington, 1961, general orthopedics
– Kenneth Potter, 1957, owner, Martin Potato Chips
– Dr. Peter J. Jannetta, 1949, brain surgeon, state Secretary of Health
– Dorothy M. Di Orio, 1950, educator
– Ernest E. Hartzog, 1946, educator
– James I. Tarman, 1946, retired director of athletics, Penn State University
Loretta Claiborne, 1972, Special Olympic gold medal winner
Maulana Karenga, 1958, founder of Kwaanza
– Edward E. Grimm, 1928, retired U.S. Navy rear admiral
– Dr. Guy Leader Hovis, 1960, physicist
Arthur Glatfelter, 1942, Glatfelter Insurance Co., philanthropist
– Christopher Rojahn, civil engineer, earthquake expert
– Frederick Miesterfeld, 1955, inventor, electrical engineer
– Dr. Wendell M. McMillan, 1941, agricultural economist, formerly assistant director in the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Chris Doleman, 1980, All-Star pass rusher for the Minnesota Vikings

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. East Region Editor, Digital First Media. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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2 Responses to William Penn Senior High School Hall of Fame honors a host of York County achievers

  1. Jo says:

    Please check name. I think it is Marie White Bell, not Mary White Bell. Incidently, she will be in York for the 55th reunion on September 19th.

  2. Jim McClure says:

    Jo, right you are. I corrected it.
    Thanks,
    Jim McClure

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