A retired educator who is still educating adults, a retired doctor and a construction company president have been selected for the Brainerd High School Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame for 2003.
* Jim Anderson, a 1961 BHS graduate who is sole owner of Anderson Brothers Construction.
* Dr. Helen Bane Longfellow, class of '29, who retired from full-time medical practice in 1981.
Dr. Helen Bane Longfellow
* Duane Lund, a 1943 graduate who retired as superintendent of the Staples School District to become a senior consultant to the Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids.
They will be in the spotlight at the school's annual Recognition Night May 19 in the high school gymnasium.
The hall of fame activities begin with a 4:15 p.m. social, 4:45 p.m. dinner and 5:20 p.m. program in the high school cafeteria for friends and family members. They will be recognized during the student scholarship awards program at about 7 p.m. in the gym.
The Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame, formerly known as the Brainerd High School Hall of Fame, is co-sponsored by the Brainerd Public School Foundation, the Brainerd Rotary Club and The Brainerd Daily Dispatch.
Brainerd High School alums who have been graduated for at least seven years and have achieved distinguished careers after high school are eligible for induction. Plaques of hall of fame members are on a wall across from the high school cafeteria.
Anderson's construction company has grown from about 12-15 jobs in 1962 to about 180 workers now. And the growth of Anderson Brothers is projected to continue as the lakes area grows.
Anderson has served on and been president of many boards in this area and in the state.
His involvement has included:
Past president of the Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce, past board member of the state chamber, past board member of St. Joseph's Medical Center, board member of Bremer Bank since 1977.
Past chairman, National Infrastructure Division of Associated Builders and Contractors of America in whose behalf he has testified before Senate and House committees several times; past board member of Central Minnesota Chapter of Boy Scouts of America; past board member of St. Cloud State University Foundation; past board member Brainerd Community College Foundation.
Past president of Minnesota Asphalt Pavement Association, past board member of Minnesota Transportation Alliance, recipient of the Brainerd Tower Award and co-chair of the Governor's Fishing Opener on Gull Lake.
He also is the owner and/or partner in several other area businesses.
He has been known for his in-kind contributions and outright financial gifts to organizations over the years.
"I'm kind of a private person when it comes to this stuff and don't need a lot of noise when it comes to being involved in something that needs to be done," Anderson said.
Longfellow received her bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Minnesota. She was one of four women among 125 students in her first year in medical school.
After serving residency and short-term practitioner stints in New York, Maine and Wisconsin, Longfellow returned to Brainerd as family practitioner and surgeon from the mid-1940s until her retirement in 1981.
She and her husband, the late Judge Henry Longfellow, have three children who also graduated from Washington High School and Brainerd High School.
She often was in solo practice but she served several terms as chief of staff at St. Joseph's Hospital and worked closely with Dr. William Fitzsimmons.
Her compassion for poor families resulted in untold low budget services. A common reference to her was "free baby deliverer."
As co-founder of the Brainerd Zonta Club, she participated in that organization regularly for 50 years. She also was a leader in the Toastmistress Club, Salvation Army Board and First Congregational Church where she was a trustee.
When she retired in 1981 she found time for service as a volunteer for the Crisis Line and literacy tutoring.
Since retiring after 25 years as the Staples superintendent, Lund has been a senior consultant to the Blandin Foundation. Part of that work has been with Blandin's community leadership program that works to educate community leaders.
Before that he served as chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Edward J. Thye in Washington, D.C.
He is the author of 35 books, including "Lessons in Leadership," "Early Native American Recipes and Remedies" and a variety of historical books and cookbooks.
Lund served two terms on the National Advisory Council for Vocational Education under appointment by President Nixon and was appointed by the secretary of interior to the national Advisory Council on Trails. He was appointed by Vice President Walter Mondale to the White House Conference on Education and by Minnesota governors to the Boundary Waters Advisory Committee, the Minnesota Manpower Commission and the Minnesota Professional Teaching Practices Commission.
Lund also served on task forces for the National Academy of Science and the National Institute of Education. He was a consultant on vocational education to the Washington, D.C., School District and to the U.S. House. He was awarded an honorary American Farmer degree by the Future Farmers of America.
He served on the People-to-People missions to China and Cuba and was a member of a team of educators studying in western Europe.
Lund received his bachelor of arts degree from Macalester College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Members of the hall of fame selection committee chaired by Jim Hunt, retired principal, are:
Debra Balzer, BHS career center coordinator; Howard "Jiggs" Blanck, BHS graduate and former chair of Brainerd Public School Foundation; Ruth Gmeinder, Rotary Club representative, BHS graduate and school board member; Terry McCollough, Brainerd Dispatch publisher; Roy Miller, Brainerd Dispatch editor; Karen Owen, BHS graduate and MidAmerica Mortgage loan officer; Steve Razidlo, high school principal; Dave Stark, high school economics teacher; Darrell Schneider, Rotary Club representative; Arnold "Casey" Stengel, retired high school counselor; Kevin Thesing, BHS graduate, Rotary representative, Lakes Area Printing owner; Jerry Walseth, superintendent of schools; and Charles Warnberg, BHS graduate and retired sheriff.
Friends of the inductees attending the dinner may contact Carolyn at the superintendent's office at 828-5300. Tickets are $10.
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