Brief biographical sketches of the 14 people inducted into the Anderson Community Schools Hall of Fame on Friday, with information taken from the induction booklet.
Jim Ault (Anderson High, 1953)
Ault studied mechanical engineering at GMI (now Kettering) and went on to a career with General Motors, where he was director of engineering and eventually held three general manager positions — at Delco Remy Division, Rochester Products Division and Saginaw Gear Division. He retired as executive vice president of GM Overseas.
Sharon Buchanan (Highland High, 1987)
Buchanan is the principal at Anderson Elementary School. The youngest of seven children raised in Anderson, Sharon went on to Indiana University for her undergraduate degree and Anderson University for graduate school.
Wayne Ellsworth (Anderson High, 1964)
Ellsworth received a diploma 15 years after he first enrolled at Anderson High School. The oldest of 10 children, he had left school after his sophomore year to provide for his family by working full time at Delco Remy. Later years found him employed by the railroad, then drafted by the Army for a two-year tour. At 24, Ellsworth returned to Anderson, resumed his employment at the railroad and re-enrolled in Anderson High School. After graduating, Ellsworth returned to work at Delco Remy and, with wife Mary, raised a family. He also drove a bus for ACS as an owner/operator. Ellsworth still maintains a fleet of buses used for ACS athletics, donating much of his time.
Robert Gillette (Madison Heights, 1978)
Gillette attended 29th Street Elementary, South Side Junior High and Madison Heights High School. He was a four-sport athlete, participating in football, basketball, baseball and track. He graduated in 1982 from Indiana University with a degree in finance.
Lee Handley (Anderson High, 1946)
At Anderson High School, Handley participated in student council, executive council, Hi-Y, Torch Club, the golf team, Red Cross, Conservation Club, Tom Tom Club, Prom Committee, and as sophomore and senior class president.
Bill Hardacre (Anderson High, 1949)
Hardacre began his working career in the family business, East Side Jersey Dairy, at the age of 13 and worked his way up to become the company’s treasurer. Hardacre’s business interests included real estate projects such as The Flagship Park, Creedmoor Addition and Hudson House, and he was a founding partner for EVI and for Madison Community Bank. He was instrumental in the formation of the Harter House assisted-living facility.
Gary Hoover (Madison Heights, 1969)
After graduating from Madison Heights, Hoover received a bachelor of arts in economics in 1973 from the University of Chicago. At age 30, he founded BOOKSTOP, a pioneering superstore that eventually was purchased by Barnes and Noble. He took Hoover’s public in 1999 and later sold the Internet-based business research company to Dunn & Bradstreet in 2003 for more than $100 million. Hoover has a wealth of knowledge, thanks in part to his 55,000-title personal library.
Misty Novak (Madison Heights, 1973)
Novak attended Anderson College and Ball State for her undergraduate and then graduate work in education. After 31 years of teaching, she is now retired.
John Pistole (Anderson High, 1974)
Pistole was in the FBI for 26 years and became the deputy director from 2004 to 2010. He was appointed by President Obama as the top administrator of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and took that position in June 2010.
Bev Pitts (Anderson High, 1960)
After receiving a degree from Anderson University, Pitts returned to Anderson High School, where she taught honors English and was yearbook advisor.
Holly Renz (Anderson High, 1974
Renz is the program director and clinical coordinator of the Madison County Sexual Assault Treatment Center at Anderson’s Community Hospital. In 2007, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed her to serve on the state’s Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Standards and Certification Board. She has served as president of the Christian Center’s board of directors and is former president of the Indiana Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.
Joe Royer (Anderson High, 1971)
While at AHS, Royer balanced work at Anderson Public Library with school activities. He was the AHS Indian mascot, appeared in many musical productions and was a member of Choral Club, Swing Choir and Madrigal Singers.
Bobby Wilkerson (Madison Heights, 1972)
Wilkerson attended Hazelwood Elementary and South Side Middle School. Phil Buck, Madison Heights’ basketball coach, inspired him to focus his passion for basketball on a career beyond high school.
Gene Yates (Anderson High, 1940)
Yates was an Indiana All-Star basketball player and was a four-time high school state champion in the half mile. At Ohio State, he was a member of Big Ten championship track teams and was later elected to the Indiana Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame.
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