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Louis Martin
Retired educator (deceased) with BCCHS after 20 years; first African-American high school principal; active par- ticipant with BCC Fndt., WMU,
and Kellogg Company in promoting a pipeline of BCCHS graduates to return to BC to teach in public schools; recipient of Urban League’s highest honor, the Whitney M. Young Award in 1992.
Robert Owen
1947 grad; employed by
BC Enquirer for 36 years;
Geo Award recipient by BC Enquirer for his involvement in the Stan Musial World Series;
member of Wall of Fame for BC Area Amateur Sports Association
Deborah Owens
1967 grad; retired from City of Battle Creek after 34 years as City Clerk; elected to City Commission in 2005 and 2014-15 mayor; active in
many civic, educational, and historical organizations.
Gary Pierce
1959 grad; associate & head tennis professional for 30+years across nation; cofounder of Rotary Club in Midland, Texas; recipient of
commendation for volunteer tennis instructor at VA hospitals and received proclamation from City of Midland in 2003.
John Ryor
Retired educator from Spring- field Public Schools with 18 years of service; president
of Springfield Education Assoc.; president of Michigan
Education Assoc.; National State Teacher of Year for Michigan awarded in 1973; president of National Education Assoc.; and served on Presi- dent Jimmy Carter’s staff as deputy assistant in public liaison area.
Thomas R. Shaw
1978 grad; retired Navy Lt. Commander after 23 years; lead NATO Public Affairs Team Training in Norway in 2004 and awarded Joint Service
Commendation Medal; became 4th generation licensed Mich. Funeral Director in 1989; active in many civic and business-oriented organizations.
Theodore Sovern
1949 grad (deceased); recipient of Geo. Award by BC Enquirer in 1972 for McCamly Place and revital- ization of downtown district
with creation of the downtown mall; named in 1976 Boss of the Year by the BC Chamber of Commerce along with being recognized by the State Senate.
Their Inductees
Truman Stelloh
Retired educator (deceased) for BCPS for 25+ years as Dir. of Health, Physical Education, & Recreation for 16 BCPS elementary and four junior
high school buildings; organized/coordinated all jr. high school athletic programs (which in turn, created some highly regarded teams at BCCHS); member of Michigan Jr. High School Athletics Hall of Fame; active in many civic organizations and also worked closely with Battle Creek Parks & Recreation Dept.
Robert Tessin
1953 grad (deceased); worked for 30 years as a public safety officer and in 1981 made the first apprehension of the larg- est credit card fraud at that
time ($1 million in fraudulent credit cards and $46,700 in cash); instructed over 1500 youth
in hunter safety; certified bowling coach and recipient of special tribute in 1987 by State of Michigan; held one of the first “Officer Friendly” positions in the greater B.C. area.
William Tunnicliff
Retired 30+ year educator; BCPS high school principal and Ass’t. Supt. for Employee Relations & H.S. Education; Supt. of Mt. Morris Consoli-
dated Schools and Supt. of Flushing Community Schools; Director of Community & Member Services for Middle Cities Education Assoc.; William H. Tunnicliff Auditorium named for him in Flushing in 2000.

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