Door to Hall of Fame opens for 5

2013-05-05T00:00:00Z 2013-05-15T16:14:06Z Door to Hall of Fame opens for 5By Diane Poulton Times Correspondent
May 05, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CROWN POINT | The Crown Point High School Alumni Association recently honored one teacher and four alumni.

The late J. Russell Keller was inducted into the Teacher Hall of Fame, while four other CPHS graduates were welcomed into the Alumni Hall of Fame during a dinner and ceremony April 28 at Youche Country Club.

Keller taught at CPHS from 1958 to 1974 and wrote the school corporation's first physical education syllabus. He founded a club to train teenagers to work with children with mental challenges and began a student athletic trainers’ program.

Keller was a junior and senior high school wrestling  referee and aided the CPHS football team until 1991.

The four Alumni Hall of Fame inductees are John Friend; Elaine J. Oehmich, M.F.A.; Judge Randall Lawson Dunn; and Christine Badowski.

A 1953 graduate, Friend was head football coach at Munster High School from 1964 to 1979, winning seven Lake Suburban Conference titles. Friend also served as athletic director at Munster High School and Purdue University Calumet.

Author of “Coaching Youth Football,” Friend was elected into the Indiana Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1987 and the National Association of Inter-Collegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.

A 1968 graduate, Oehmich is a nationally-acclaimed painter of sound. Her visual sound paintings represent synesthetic visions of wind, music and birdsong. Her latest project is “The Sounds of Paris, France.”

A 1968 graduate, Dunn was appointed to the U.S. District Bankruptcy Court of Oregon in 1998. Prior to his judicial appointment, Dunn was the managing partner of the Portland office of Copeland, Landye, Bennett and Wolf.

He has served as the chair of the Federal Bar Association Bankruptcy Section, spending five years as editor-in-chief of its newsletter.

A 1984 graduate, Badowski is a freelance writer, photographer and web content specialist. Her awards include League of American Communications Professionals Magellan Award for Communications Campaigns “Top Fifty,” and Communications Award for The International Academy of the Visual Arts.

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