“Academic Alumni Hall of Fame” Recipients for 2013
The goal for the Academic Alumni Hall of Fame is to recognize successful
former students, who have contributed to their profession and community
while practicing character qualities such as perseverance,
self-discipline, curiosity, honesty, responsibility, etc. A committee
makes the final selection of no more than three recipients. Criteria
are: graduate of Parkway Local Schools (including Willshire, Rockford,
Mendon-Union, and Parkway), graduated at least ten years prior to
nomination, given time to enhance their profession, and demonstrated
leadership, citizenship, and volunteerism.
This year’s recipients are:
Mr. Farrel Krall, Class of 1956
Current Employment: Truck Research Services, Inc., Willshire, OH – self-employed
Indiana Institute of Technology BS-Mechanical Engineering 1960,
Advanced Engineering Courses at University of Michigan Transportation
Achievements: Member of Willshire
Village Council for eight years, 1964 Charter Member of Willshire Lions
Club, former Certified EMT, scoutmaster, Little League coach &
corporate sponsor for last 10 years. Former member of Van Wert County
Hospital Commission for eight years. In 2006 prepared a
photo-documentary of the Willshire School Building.
Mr. Krall has been Manager of Technical Legislation at Navistar, a
member of the NHTSA Motor Vehicle Safety Research Advisory Committee;
the Federal Highway Administration; the Society of Automotive Engineers;
the National Academy of Science Transportation Research Board; and the
Intelligent Transportation Society of America. He received a
Distinguished Service Award from the Motor Vehicle Manufacturers
Association and a 40-Year Service Award from the Society of Automotive
Engineers. Mr. Krall has also authored several publications pertaining
to his profession.
Dr. Jerry Sell, Class of 1965
Current Employment: Family Medicine Associates, Inc., Rockford, OH,-
Physician, owner & president; attending physician for Van Wert
County Hospital and Mercer Health
Education: BS from OSU
in Microbiology; Doctor of Medicine from OSU; Family Medicine Residency
at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Dayton, OH.
Achievements: Active member of American Academy of Family Physicians,
Ohio State Medical Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society,
Christian Medical & Dental Association; Van Wert County Hospital
Chief of Family Medicine, Chief of Obstetrics, Medical Executive
Committee, Medical Staff President, and Board of Trustees; Courtesy
Staff at Mercer County Community Hospital.
include Rockford Citizen of the Year in 2010, a member of New Horizons
Community Church, Rockford Lions Club, Shanes Crossing Historical
Society, Dublin Township Zoning Board, and Rockford Area Development
Corporation. Dr. Sell served in the U.S. Army and was awarded the Army
Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. Mission work has included
several trips to Honduras and Haiti.
Dr. Ron Weitz, Class of 1963
Current Employment: Senior Scientist, Science Applications International Corporation, Albuquerque, NM
U.S. Military Academy, B.S. in Engineering 1967; M.S. in Physics from
Purdue University; PH.D. in Nuclear Physics from The Catholic University
of America in 1982.
Achievements: Dr. Weitz has over 25
years experience conducting applied research in the health physics area.
He has been actively involved in the evaluation of radiation detection
technologies for potential application to nuclear threat reduction, arms
control, and treaty verification. He has worked extensively in the
field of nuclear weapons effects on electronics, and has participated in
test planning & data analysis activities in support of numerous
experimental programs both above ground and underground simulation
environments. He has also directed work as a Space Environments Analyst.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Weitz served as head of the Radiation
Sources Division at AFRRI where he studied the effects of radiation on
biological systems and electronics components. Dr. Weitz is a member of
the American Physical Society, the Health Physics Society, and he has
been published numerous times in refereed journals.