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Area alumni get call from Leo Hall of Fame

Updated: June 20, 2013 6:02AM



Some longtime Southland residents recently were inducted into Leo High School’s Hall of Fame at the 58th Annual Leo Alumni Association banquet.

Leo’s Man of the Year is 1985 graduate Mark Lee.

Richard Furlong, of the Class of 1959, received the Dr. Thomas P. Driscoll Award, while Michael Anderson (1991) was recognized with the Community Service Award.

The banquet brought together hundreds of alumni from all class years, honoring the golden (1963) and silver jubilee (1983) classes.

Hall of Fame inductees included Dr. James Stankiewicz, Class of 1966; Dr. Lawrence J. McCaffery, 1943; William R. Murphy, 1958; Harold Blackmon, 1996; Daniel Earner, 1982; Bill Figel, 1972; Mike Nix, 1976; and Natasha Adams for her long career and dedication to the Chicago school.

Figel, of the Beverly and Morgan Park communities, has been involved in media for more than 30 years, following teaching tenures at St. Felicitas and Brother Rice. A Chicago Sun-Times reporter from 1980 to 1988, Figel also was a television and radio reporter and has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Nix, of Evergreen Park, became executive director of the Beverly Arts Center in 2003. Under his watch, classes grew from two dozen to 135 offerings, membership increased 110 percent, and outreach programs engaged more than 50 area schools.

Earner spent most of his working life at the Chicago Board Options Exchange, most recently in the Regulatory Services Division. He recently celebrated 25 years with the exchange.

Blackmon was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks after playing college football for Northwestern University. He played two seasons as a defensive back with the Seahawks before returning to Chicago and serving as an assistant football coach at Leo under Mike Holmes. Blackmon now is the head football coach at St. Laurence High School in Burbank.

Staff reports



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