Hall of Leaders - 2005

Jean K. Gurucharri

Was a founding member of CPSF and served several years on the Board of Directors.

Coordinates dental care, including organizing over 100 volunteer drivers, for over 100 Columbia Public School students per year as a member of the King’s Daughters-Constance Circle Dental Aid Board of Directors.

Coordinates volunteer workers for the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri’s Upscale Resale Shop; served on the Board of Directors in all leadership positions, and developed a grant program for Columbia Public School classroom projects as the Links to Learning Chair.

Served as PTSA officer and building volunteer at Jefferson Jr. High School and Hickman High School and as a member of the Hickman High School Computer Lab Fundraising Committee.

Contributes to other community development projects through numerous organizations.

Received the 1993 JC Penney Golden Rule Volunteer Award.

Honored as Volunteer of the Week by the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Sondra Oetting Flaker

Served on Columbia Public Schools District committees including the Middle School Committee, District Boundary Committee, Vending Machine Sub-Committee, and the High School Task Force.

Volunteered at Southwest Playschool, serving as the president, treasurer, and concert coordinator.

Served as PTSA officer and building volunteer for Russell and Rock Bridge Elementary, Gentry Middle School, Jefferson Junior High School, and Hickman High School.

Was the chicken BBQ chair for 9 years at Rock Bridge Elementary.

Was the The Non-Alcohol and Drug Organization (T-Nado) parent co-coordinator for 7 years at Jefferson Junior.

Served as the All-Night Senior Party president, concessions chair for 6 years, and general chair for 3 years.

Volunteer for the Assistance League and Dental Aid Board through the King’s Daughter-Constance Circle.

John G. Patterson

Currently serves as Music Director of the Columbia Community Band and is active as a clinician, adjudicator, and conductor.

Held the position of Director of Bands at Hickman High School from 1966 to 2000 and Director of Music for the Columbia Public Schools from 1975 to 2000.

Served as Interim Assistant Director of Bands at MU during the 2001-2002 year.

Served as president of both the Missouri Bandmaster’s Association and the Missouri Educator’s Association.

Received the Citation of Merit from the MU College of Education Alumni Organization, the Missouri State High School Activities Association Outstanding Missouri Music Educator Award, the Missouri Arts Award, and a College of Arts and Science Honorary Alumnus Award.

Inducted into the Missouri Bandmaster’s Hall of Fame and the Marching Mizzou Hall of Fame.

William (Bill) F. Higdon (posthumous)

Began teaching at Hickman High School in 1959 and served as chair of Secondary Social Studies for Columbia Public Schools for many years.

Taught in MU Summer Sessions and was a part-time teacher for the MU Extension Division.

Hired as a consultant for Holt, Rinehart & Winston Publishers in 1980.

Maintained memberships and was an officer in several professional education organizations and was a charter member of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the professional geography fraternity.

Selected as an Honorary Fellow of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute.

Was a member of the committee which developed the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Guide to Social Studies Curriculum Development.

Served in the U. S. Marine Corps and was a Korean War Veteran.

Honored with several awards including Academic Excellence in Columbia Public Schools, Missouri State Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Educator of the Year from Guardians, Inc., and a Certificate of Meritorious Teaching Achievement from the National Council for Geographical Education.

Marilyn Silvey Tatlow (posthumous)

Served as the editor of the SlugFest Literary Magazine and as a contributing editor of Family Journal.

Was a columnist and regular contributor to several papers and magazines including Missouri Life, St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and Chicago Daily Tribune.

Earned an award for best adult fiction in 1992 from the Missouri Writers’ Guild, a best historical article award from the guild and several other awards.

Served on the Missouri Arts Council, Board of Directors for the Museum of Art and Archeology at MU, Columbia College Board of Trustees and the MU Capital Campaign Committee.

Was a director of the Moberly Area Community College Foundation and a director of the Missouri Mansion Preservation Board.

Appointed to the Appellate Judicial Commission.

Funded with her husband, the Gary and Marilyn Tatlow Early Childhood Development Center.

Honored by her husband through funding of the Mizzou on Broadway Scholarship Program at MU.

Dan M. Schuppan

Is the founder and President of MBS Textbook Exchange, the largest college wholesale textbook distributor in the US and is the largest private employer in Columbia with over 1,000 employees.

Lettered in football, basketball, and baseball for 3 years at Hickman.

Selected as the co-captain of the football team his senior year.

Selected all-State and all-district in football.

Received the Joe M. Barnes award as the outstanding high school athlete.

Lettered 3 years in football at MU and selected first team all-conference and first team scholastic all-American, and first team all Bowl after the 20-18 defeat of the University of Florida in the 1966 Sugar Bowl.

Served on the Strategic Marketing Board of the MU College of Business.

Robert (Bob) M. LeMone

Is the owner and president of Little Dixie Construction (LDC).

Is Columbia’s largest general contractor and has recruited many companies and hundreds of employees to Columbia.

Has built many of Columbia’s big buildings including MBS Textbook Exchange and its expansion, Perry Chevrolet, Anheuser Busch on Interstate 70, Expo Center, Home Depot, and DataStorm Technologies.

Described by individuals in the construction field as a self-made man.

Has won the American Building Company’s annual Building Design Award for several years.

Earned a freshman football scholarship to MU based on his speed as a sprinter on Hickman’s track team and his football prowess.

Selected as one of only 29 Faurot Fellows, an honorary group recognized for significant contributions to the MU Athletic Department.

Clay Cooper

Currently retired but remains active in Columbia.

Served as honorary co-chair of Hickman Fund Raising Drive for a new turf field.

Started on the 1935 Kewpie unbeaten Basketball State Championship team and the Mythical Missouri State Championship football team. Scored half of the team’s total season points in football and added a state title in the 100-yard dash.

Played 3 sports at MU: wingback in football, forward in basketball, quarter-miler in track.

Played for Big Six Conference Championship teams in all 3 sports.

Served as MU assistant football coach and/or recruiting coordinator from 1947-85, producing 3 All American players and numerous bowl victories.

Was a P.T. boat captain in the Pacific during WW-II.

Justin Bohon

Performed in All Shook Up at the Palace Theatre in New York.

Performed in the new musical based on Bob Dillon music with Twyla Tharp as the choreographer.

Debuted in the movie Good Shepherd directed by Robert DeNiro and also starring Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie.

Starred as Will Parker in the Broadway revival of Oklahoma, for which he received the Fred Astaire Award as best male dancer on Broadway and the Theatre World Award, in addition to being nominated for a Drama Desk and an Outer Critic Circle Award.

Performed in the Broadway hit, The Producers, and played the role of Bobby in The Boyfriend, directed by Julie Andrews.

Is a graduate of Rock Bridge High School.

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