Redefining the Classroom

Distinguished Citizens through the Years

Awards were not given in 1997 or 1998

Reverend Timothy H. Desrochers Awarded in 1996

  • Graduate University of Detroit Law School 1948
  • Practiced law for 25 years with Plunkett, Cooney, Rutt & Peacock in Detroit
  • Oakland County Circuit Court Judge 1977-78 (part-time)
  • Graduated from LSSU in 1987 after a distinguished career in law. He added a B.A. in political science two years later
  • member and past chair of LSSU Foundation; Hudson Foundation Board of Directors of Sault Ste. Marie; member of Bi-national Regional Initiative Developing Greater Education board of directors
  • Chippewa County Commissioner two terms
  • Mr. John Peacock Awarded in 1995

  • Graduate University of Detroit Law School 1948
  • Practiced law for 25 years with Plunkett, Cooney, Rutt & Peacock in Detroit
  • Oakland County Circuit Court Judge 1977-78 (part-time)
  • Graduated from LSSU in 1987 after a distinguished career in law. He added a B.A. in political science two years later
  • member and past chair of LSSU Foundation; Hudson Foundation Board of Directors of Sault Ste. Marie; member of Bi-national Regional Initiative Developing Greater Education board of directors
  • Chippewa County Commissioner two terms
  • Mr. Robert Arfstrom Awarded in 1994

  • President, Chairman of the Board, C.E.O., and registered pharmacist of Arfstrom Pharmacies, Inc. since 1973 of Regents 1978-86; Chairman 1982-84
  • LSSU adjunct instructor of pharmacology
  • Sault Ste. Marie Business Person of the Year 1992
  • Michigan Small Business Person of the Year 1993
  • Member of LSSU Board of Regents
  • Received Merck Award for outstanding contributions to pharmacy from Merck, Sharp & Dohme Laboratories, 1993
  • Russell H. Ramsay Awarded in 1993

  • Minister of Labour in the Ontario Government
  • 30 years in radio and television, most as President and General Manager of Hyland Radio TV Ltd. and Lake Superior Cablevision of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Chair of many community organizations in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • inducted into the Order of Canada October 27, 1993
  • has had a high school sports hall of fame and a sports gallery in a Sault Ste. Marie museum named after him
  • Carl Levin, Senator Awarded in 1992

  • Appointed Assistant Attorney General of Michigan and first general counsel for Michigan Civil Rights Commission in 1964.
  • Elected to Detroit City Council in 1969; president in 1973
  • Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1978; reelected in 1984 and 1990
  • Senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee and Small Business Committee
  • Author of many laws and bills to strengthen ethic rules and eliminate government waste
  • William A. Sederburg, Ph.D. Awarded in 1991

  • Member, Michigan State Board of Education
  • Michigan State Senator
  • Chair-Founder, Midwest Higher Education Commission
  • President, Ferris Sate University
  • Walker A. Cisler Awarded in 1990

  • Promoted use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes around the world
  • Supervised production scheduling of power-generating equipment to keep Europe alight prior to U.S. entry into WWII
  • Oversaw the restoration of power in war-torn Europe and the Soviet Union, 1943
  • Spearheaded development of Enrico Fermi (#1) Atomic Power Plant, the nation's first large fast breeder reactor power plant
  • Decorated by Emperor Hirohito with the First Class Order of the Sacred Treasure of Japan, the highest decoration for an individual who is not Japanese, 1976
  • Honorary Chairman, Campaign for LSSC Student Center, 1972
  • Mildred Jeffrey Awarded in 1989

  • Board of Governors, Wayne State University
  • Chair, State Board of Education, Special Committee on the Future of the Sault Ste. Marie campus of Michigan College of Mining and Technology
  • Distinguished Trustee Award, National Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
  • Commission on the International Year of Women appointed by President Jimmy Carter
  • Labor, political and community activist
  • Thomas S. Monaghan Awarded in 1988

  • Founder, president and chairman of Domino's Pizza, Incorporated
  • in 1959 he borrowed $900 and bought a small pizza store in Ypsilanti, Michigan; in less than one year he bought out his brother's share and opened additional stores in Ann Arbor and Mt. Pleasant
  • pioneered several innovations in the industry that have set standards among other operators including dough trays, the corrugated pizza box, insulated bags for transporting pizzas, a conveyor oven and a unique franchise system
  • Sam Cohodas Awarded in 1987

  • Veteran of World War I
  • Founded three exclusive fine fruit and vegetable stores in the Copper Country in 1913; by1983 Cohodas Brothers was the third largest business of its kind in the United States
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem conferred a doctorate of philosophy in 1983
  • Director of Bell Memorial Hospital for 25 years
  • Past chair of the Michigan Financial Corporation; chaired nine subsidiary banks
  • Member, U.P.'s Great Lakes Regional Economic Development Advisory Task Force
  • Established scholarships at many U.P. high schools and colleges including LSSC
  • William R. Gregory Awarded in 1986

  • President, Edison Sault Electric Company
  • Named president of Edison Sault in 1972 at the age of 33; one of the youngest utility presidents in Michigan
  • Chaired LSSU's Operation Ice Campaign in 1973-74
  • Instrumental in establishing the Aquatic Lab in the Edison building. This cooperative effort between LSSU, the Department of Natural Resources and Edison Sault Electric Company has earned regional attention for its Atlantic salmon program
  • Named "Fisheries Conservationist of the Year" in 1992 by Michigan United Conservation Clubs
  • Roy R. Warren Awarded in 1985

  • Retired president of the Central Savings Bank
  • Member of the executive council of the Michigan Bankers' Association and the Advisory Council of the American Bankers' Association
  • Former part-time instructor at Lake Superior State University
  • Past joint chairman of the Chippewa County EDC, Base Closure committee and Military Affairs Committee, all leading to the economic revitalization of Chippewa County
  • President of the Chamber of Commerce, member of the Emma Nason Home board, Urban Renewal Commission, Downtown Development Commission and Lake Superior Circle Route
  • Stanley R. Pratt Awarded in 1984

  • Mentor for career enhancement of younger persons in radio news and sports reporting, and in newspaper editorial professions
  • A member of the team instrumental in founding of MCMT-Sault Branch
  • Pioneer in local radio news coverage in the Midwest via radio station WSOO
  • Co-founder and second president of Michigan Association of Broadcasters
  • Continued as mentor with Michigan governor's staff in mid-70s throughout early '80s, and with younger persons in Sandhills of North Carolina to present.
  • Dominic J. Jacobetti Awarded in 1983

  • Served a record 40 years in the Michigan Legislature, 1954-94
  • Chairman of State House appropriations committee for 18 years, 1975-93
  • Served on most of the 33 standing committees of the House
  • His two goals in the legislature, creation of jobs and provision of educational opportunities for all citizens, resulted in lasting contributions to the people of Michigan
  • Known throughout his career as a champion of the worker
  • Edmund S. Muskie Awarded in 1982

  • Member, Maine House of Representatives, 1946-54
  • Governor of Maine, 1954-58
  • Democratic Senator, Maine, 1958-80
  • U.S. Secretary of State, 1980-81
  • Presented LSSU commencement address honoring Senator Philip A. Hart, 1982
  • C. Ernest Kemp Awarded in 1981

  • Flight instructor at Michigan Technological University; also trained army and civilian pilots
  • An original faculty member of Sault Branch
  • Michigan Tech, beginning in 1946
  • Recipient of Michigan Tech's Distinguished Teaching Award, when he was teaching in Sault Ste. Marie, 1963
  • Retired in 1981, but continued teaching at LSSU until 1993
  • First full-time faculty member to be selected Distinguished Citizen
  • Edgar L. Harden Awarded in 1980

  • Former president, Michigan State University and Northern Michigan University
  • Under his leadership NMU grew from 888 students in 1956 to 8,000 in 1980
  • Initiated widely acclaimed and innovative "Right to Try" program
  • Said to have stimulated the Upper Peninsula more than any other single person
  • No award awarded in 1979

    Richard Helmbrecht Awarded in 1978

  • Executive director of Michigan State Housing Development Authority, beginning 1977
  • Instrumental in conversion of Kincheloe Air Force Base in the mid-1970s
  • Director of the Michigan Department of Commerce, 1972-77
  • Distinguished career in public service in Michigan
  • Philip A. Hart Awarded in 1977

  • United States Senator, 1958 to 1976
  • Known as the `Conscience of the Senate' for the qualities of his character.
  • He practiced the virtue of humility and therefore presented his arguments with civility. He was courageous and took on the special interests in Michigan without fear or favor.
  • Major advocate for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Leader in the enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act
  • Worked extensively for the development of Michigan's Upper Peninsula
  • A memorial scholarship was established in his name at LSSU
  • Judd Arnett Awarded in 1976

  • Detroit Free Press columnist for 31 years, 1959-90
  • Veteran Ohio, Florida, Georgia and Michigan journalist
  • Appointed to LSSC's Board of Control by Governor William Milliken, 1978
  • Chair, LSSC Board of Control, 1985
  • Thomas F. Schweigert Awarded in 1975

  • Retired Chairman/CEO of Michigan Liquor Control Commission
  • Past United States Commissioner of Delaware River Basin Commission
  • Past federal co-chair, Upper Great Lakes Regional Commission
  • Michigan State Senator 1961-71
  • Received award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture by Michigan State University, 1961
  • Legislative Conservationist of the Year for Michigan United Conservation Clubs in cooperation with the National Wildlife Federation, 1966
  • George W. Romney Awarded in 1974

  • Managing director of the Automotive Council for War Production, 1939
  • Chief executive of American Motors Corporation 1954-1962; led the company out of debt with successful marketing of compact automobiles
  • Spearheaded founding of Citizens for Michigan, a nonpartisan group dedicated to mobilizing concerned citizens and solving state problems, 1959
  • Governor of Michigan, 1963-69
  • Pushed for expansion of Soo Branch-Michigan Technological University, 1960s
  • Secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 1969-72
  • Organized National Center for Voluntary Action, 1972, which merged with the Points of Light foundation in 1991
  • Secured Presidents Clinton, Bush, Ford & Carter for a 1996 summit on non-political volunteerism; General Colin Powell, chair; all presidents attended, as well as Mrs. Reagan
  • Dean C. Burns, M.D. Awarded in 1973

  • Founded Burns Clinic Medical Center in Petoskey, Michigan, 1931
  • Director Emeritus of Burns Clinic
  • Credited with saving the lives of thousands of people by providing medical service otherwise unavailable outside of the Detroit-Ann Arbor area
  • Trustee, chairman and founder of North Central Michigan College
  • George L. Lahodny Awarded in 1972

  • Executive Vice President of Detroit Edison
  • Worked in a range of public service activities throughout Michigan
  • Organized and directed more than 50 community celebrations in Detroit, including Detroit's 250th birthday in 1951 and the dedication of the Mackinac Bridge, 1958
  • Spearheaded $7 million fund drive for the construction of Cobo Hall
  • Instrumental in the construction of the Walker Cisler Center
  • Member, LSSC Board of Control, 1976-82; chairman, 1982
  • He and his wife Virginia established a scholarship endowment at LSSC, 1979
  • David S. Holbrook Awarded in 1971

  • Former president and chairman of Algoma Steel Corporation, Limited
  • First Canadian to receive LSSC's top honor
  • Received the American Iron and Steel Institute Medal, 1958
  • Honored by the International Nickel Company for outstanding contributions to Canadian mining and metallurgical industries, 1967
  • Director on a dozen boards including Royal Bank of Canada, Canadian Steamship Lines and Dupont of Canada
  • Great believer in community service and education
  • Jean Worth Awarded in 1970

  • Journalist and historian of Michigan's Upper Peninsula
  • Received the Pfizer Award for Michigan agriculture writer of the year
  • Cited for journalistic excellence by the Michigan State Medical Society, the Michigan Education Association, the A.P. Managing Editors and other state organizations
  • Editor for nearly forty years, first of the Menominee Herald Leader, 1930-55, and later at the Escanaba Daily Press, 1955-69
  • Leading conservationist, a respected writer in reporting forest and agricultural problems and progress across both peninsulas
  • Champion of many causes relating to the welfare of the area
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    Richard Y. Burnett Awarded in 1969

  • General Manager of radio station WSOO AM, 1940-57
  • Began working with Edison Sault Electric Company in 1957; president, 1963-74
  • Recognized by the state with a Michigan Minute Man Citation, 1967
  • Member of the Michigan Advisory Task Force to the Upper Great Lakes Commission
  • Charter member of the Lake Superior State College Board of Control, 1970-78
  • Chair of fund raising committee for the Walker Cisler College Center
  • Prentiss M. Brown Awarded in 1968

  • Born and raised in St. Ignace; practiced law in his home town; Prosecuting Attorney for Mackinac County, 1914-27
  • First Democrat elected to Congress from Michigan's old 11th District, 1932 & 1934
  • U.S. Senator, 1935-43; Upper Peninsula's only Senator
  • Declined Vice Presidential candidacy on Franklin D. Roosevelt's ticket at Chicago Democratic Convention, 1940
  • Director, Office of Price Administration in War Cabinet, 1943
  • Chair, Detroit Edison Company Board, 1944-1955; served the board until 1973
  • The "Father of the Mackinac Bridge" and first chairman of the Mackinac Bridge Authority, 1948-73, which organized financing and construction of "Big Mac" from its inception
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