The Niles McKinley Alumni Association will be recognizing its 2013 Distinguished Alumni at its annual banquet to be held Nov. 3 at Ciminero's Banquet Centre.
Social will begin at 5 p.m. with dinner at 5:30 p.m.
The 2013 alumni Hall of Fame inductees are Ted Barritt, Traci Buttar, Richard Doran, J. Phillip Richley (posthumous), Louis Tripodi (posthumous) and Walter Wick. Honorary inductees are James Fedor and Billie Neuman.
Ted Barritt, from the Niles McKinley High School class of 1969, attended Kent State Trumbull Branch and was employed for 33 years with Delphi Packard Electric. Barritt served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve for 34 years and taught ROTC at Youngstown State and Kent State Universities for nine years. He donated more than 30 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross, organized fundraising for the American Lung Association, volunteered at Shepherd of the Valley - Howland and volunteered as a driver for the Trumbull County Veteran's Association. He is an active parishioner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Barritt and his wife, Ginger, have two children, T.R. and Mollie, and four granddaughters, Hayley, Macey, Zeelia and Delylah.
Traci L. Buttar, from the Niles McKinley class of 1986, is the owner of Buttar and Buttar CPAs LLC and is the owner of Professional ID Cards, Inc. Buttar is an executive board member and treasurer of The Avenue and Main revitalization committee. She is a member of the board of directors with Niles Community Services and is a member and former president of the Niles Rotary Club where she is a Paul Harris Fellow recipient. Buttar is a former member of the Niles Board of Education and it's liturgical minister at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church where she also volunteers at the annual festival held each summer. Buttar and her husband, David, have two children, Jacob and Katherine.
Richard W. Doran was a member of the Niles McKinley class of 1949 where he was a three-year letterman in football and track and was a member of the debate club. A veteran of the U.S. Army where he was a platoon leader, Doran was a speech teacher and coach at Niles McKinley High School from 1958 to 1962. He reinstituted the Trumbull County Bond Memorial Tournament and was stadium public address announcer from 1958 to 1971. Doran campaigned for three successful city school operating fund levies and led the Boy Scout Troop jointly sponsored by the Methodist and St. Stephen churches to achieve a national record in 1971 for 11 scouts awarded Eagle rank. Doran founded the Trumbull County Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and is a charter member of the county joint vocational school board. He is nationally recognized for assisting displaced workers with job search skills and career management planning. Doran has been married 59 years to his wife, Fern, and they have four children.
Walter M. Wick is from the Niles McKinley class of 1949. He was editor of the Niles Daily Times from 1953 to 1961 and was president of the Niles Chamber of Commerce in 1955 at the young age of 24. He led two campaigns for the American Heart Association and raised enough money to provide polio vaccines for every school child in Niles despite American Medical Association opposition. Wick went on to become publisher of the Daily Herald newspapers in Williston, N.D., and Sierra Vista, Ariz. and worked as an undercover agent in the successful apprehension and dismantling of an international fencing ring operating between the U.S. and Mexico. Wick is the Co-Chair Emeritus of Wick Communications Co., and is co-founder of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University. He is a recipient of the Arizona Newspaper Association Hall of Fame Award and of the Medallion Award, the highest non-academic award given by KSU. Wick is the founder of the Walter Wick Family Foundation. He is married to Beverly Sullivan, also a 1949 graduate of NHS.
Posthumously inducted is J. Phillip Richley of the Niles McKinley class of 1943. Richley was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and worked with the engineering department for the City of Youngstown where he was commissioner of engineering. He also was Mahoning County engineer and was the director of the Ohio Department of Transportation. Among his many accomplishments, Richley was vice president of Dalton, Dalton, Little & Newport Engineering, he was mayor for the city of Youngstown and senior vice president of engineering and development for the Cafaro Company. He was founder of the Mahoning Valley Economic Development Corp. and board member with St. Elizabeth's Hospital Medical Center, Metropolitan Savings Bank and YSU Alumni Association. He also was a member of the Ohio High Speed Rail Task Force and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee.
Also posthumously inducted is Louis J. Tripodi of the Niles McKinley class of 1936. Tripodi was a Niles businessman for close to 70 years. He was co-founder of Niles Machine Welding and was its president for 25 years. He also was co-founder of Valley Steel Erectors and was the developer of the Shadowridge development, which consists of more than 250 family residences. He was a member of Masonic Lodge 394 where he was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite Consistory of Youngstown, the Shrine of Al Koran Temple and the BPOE Lodge 295. Tripodi established the Tripodi scholarship for McKinley High School seniors and his public building achievements include Grace Lutheran Church of Hubbard, additions to Lakeview High School, Newbury Ohio High School and St. John High School in Ashtabula.
Honorary inductee James S. Fedor was a graduate of the Struthers High School class of 1979. Fedor has been a Niles resident for 30 years where he worked as department manager with MaCali's Value King and Giant Eagle and is a firefighter with the Niles Fire Department. Is is past president of Niles track and cross country boosters, secretary of Niles Firefighters Local 320 and head boys track and field coach, head cross country coach at Niles McKinley High School. Fedor has been active in many school and community benefits and is co-founder and race director of the Ides of March 5K race. He is meet-director of the Niles Cross Country Invitational and has personally accomplished 35 marathons in his running career. He has been married 29 years to his wife, Karen, and they have two children, James and Megan.
Honorary inductee Billie Neuman was a 1971 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School. She works as a paralegal with the Newman Law Office and has been a Realtor for 34 years. Neuman was named citizen of the year in 1990 and she is a Paul Harris Fellow with the Niles Rotary Club where she also was named a Niles Rotary Citizen of the Year. Neuman is incorporator of Niles Beautification Commission, Niles Academic Boosters and Washington Home and School Association. She is a Cub Scout and Girl Scout Leader and is a former First Christian Church Youth Group Director, youth band and youth choir leader, librarian, adult choir member for 35 years and organized the Traveling History Trunk Program for the Niles Historical Society. She also has performed the Indian Suitcase Museum for the Arms Museum in area schools. Neuman has been a Niles City Schools Prep Bowl coach, Odyssey of the Mind coach, developed the Washington Science Lab and summer enrichment program, Great Books instructor and Clayman Scholarship administrator. Newman is married to Doug and they have four children and three grandchildren.