They were being honored for their distinguished achievements but highlights family members told Sunday night about the late Wallace L. Lind and John Arnold were more like dubious distinctions.
Lind, a Navy hero, and Arnold, a resorter, were inducted in the 10th class of the Brainerd High School Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame in a ceremony in the school cafeteria.
Carlos Lind of Brainerd, whose father was a cousin of Lind, asked the Naval Academy for information about Wallace Lind. What he received, among other things, were records detailing the demerits Lind picked up at Annapolis.
Lind, a member of the Brainerd High class of 1905, entered the Naval Academy a few weeks after his high school graduation. His demerits included "bed not turned back, being late for formation and smiling in ranks."
"That sounds like typical Lind," Carlos Lind, a retired Potlatch office worker, quipped. Carlos is the son of Gust Lind.
Wallace Lind was born in June of 1887, just a few days after the first BHS commencement ceremony. Capt. Lind received the Navy Cross for his service on the U.S.S. Lincoln when it was torpedoed in World War I. His career included serving in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington. He died in 1940. In 1944 the U.S.S. Wallace L. Lind was commissioned and the destroyer served in three wars.
"To Capt. Wallace Ludwig Lind, we say thank you, thank you, thank you for devoting your life to the military," Carlos Lind said. "Thank you for a job well done. We all know freedom is not free."
John Arnold, who died in January, was co-owner of Madden's. He was active in the state resort industry and in Brainerd civic matters. He was a member of the BHS class of 1937.
He was represented at the ceremony by two of his four sons. Jim Arnold, who is a professor of communications at St. Thomas University, said his father learned about his selection to the hall of fame a couple of weeks before his death.
"Dad would be so pleased with this award," Jim said.
Jack Arnold, who is in investment banking in the Twin Cities, showed progress reports their father received from Franklin Junior High in the 1930s. One noted that he mastered "the playing of the ukulele." And another was a commendation "for coordination of the muscles for dancing."
A note from John Arnold's widow, Lovelle, said that "John was one of the most loyal alumni of the high school." Because of health, she was unable to travel to Minnesota from Florida.
Wallace L. Lind
The selection of Arnold and Capt. Lind will be announced at the beginning of the Senior Recognition Night program at 6:30 p.m. in the BHS gym.
The hall of fame is sponsored by the Brainerd Rotary Club, Brainerd Dispatch, Brainerd Public Schools Foundation and Brainerd High School.
Brainerd School Board member Ruth Gmeinder (left) showed the wall of plaques honoring those who have been inducted in the Brainerd High School Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame to Jack Arnold (center) and Jim Arnold. Their father, the late John Arnold, and the late Wallace C. Lind, a U.S. Navy hero, were added to the hall of fame Sunday night in a ceremony in the high school cafeteria. Gmeinder grew up in the same north Brainerd neighborhood with the Arnold boys. Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls» Purchase reprints of this photo.
Thirty-two BHS grads are now in the hall of fame. Those chosen range from a nuclear physicist to an operatic singer.
It is expected that the next hall of fame ceremony will be in the fall of 2009 when the induction becomes part of the enhanced Warriors homecoming celebration.
Alumni of Brainerd High School who have been graduates for seven years are eligible for the Brainerd High School Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame. Nominations, which should include some background and other particulars about their achievements after leaving BHS, may be sent to the superintendent of schools.
ROY MILLER may be reached at 855-5855 or firstname.lastname@example.org. He is a member of the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.
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