2006 Hall of Fame Inductees

Gregory Fritz
Class of 1976

At Benton High School, Greg was class president for two years, lettered in soccer, was a member of National Honor Society, and earned Eagle rank in Boy Scouts.  His passion is to see Christ worshiped throughout the world.  Greg’s missions experience began in Honduras in 1974 and was deepened by teaching English in Libya (1980-81).  He still finds expression through his leadership of Caleb Project  (a ministry he helped found).  He has helped connect thousands of Christians with the world’s neediest people.  Greg graduated from Penn State in 1980 and completed a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Seminary in 2004.  He is married to Nancy.  They have four children.  Greg’s historical mentor is Dr. Frank Laubach.

Sterling E. Fritz
Class of 1940

After Pearl Harbor, Sterling enlisted in the Marine Corps with the goal of becoming a corsair pilot.  He attended Baylor University, Louisiana Normal School, and the University of Georgia (1942-1944).  He received a special wartime officer’s commission as Second Lieutenant and obtained his “wings” in 1944.  In 1946 he qualified for carrier landings and was honorably discharged as Master Sergeant in 1947.  Sterling then returned to Benton to raise a family.  Because lack of a college degree nearly cost Sterling his goal of becoming a corsair pilot, he dedicated his life to promoting educational opportunities.  Throughout his 23-years on the school board, his vision and due diligence greatly advanced education in Benton and  its surrounding communities with inception, fundraising, and service as first president of the Columbia Montour Area Vocational Technical School in 1970.

Pierson J. Holcombe
Class of 1952

Pier graduated from Penn State in 1956 with a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering.  He completed post-graduate work at Syracuse University and UCLA.  During a career spanning 40 years in the defense and aerospace industries, he worked for IBM-Federal Systems, United Technologies Corp., and Loral, progressing through engineering, business development, and general management to Division President with Northrup Grumman.  Several of Pier’s key assignments involved Gemini, Apollo, Sky Lab, the space shuttle, stealth aircraft, classified intelligence systems, and defense programs in Europe and the Middle East.  He now operates his own consulting business, focusing on hospital acquisitions with Community Health Systems, Inc.  He and his wife, Beth, live in a private flying community in Advance, North Carolina.

John M. Unbewust
Class of  1964

After graduating from Pennsylvania State University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, John moved to Denver, Colorado to begin a long and successful career with the Colorado Department of Transportation.  He received a license as a Professional Engineer in 1975 and managed the construction of many transportation projects during his 32-½ year tenure.  Earning an MBA from the University of Colorado early in his career enhanced John’s skills as a manager of resources and systems and led to a succession of positions, culminating in his selection as Chief Engineer.  An effective leader, John would say that the most satisfying aspect of his professional experience was mentoring and fostering the professional growth of many protégés throughout his career.  John currently works in San Diego, California as a transportation consultant.

Jenet Carol Vance
Class of 1956

Carol graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.  She earned a Masters of Science in Education from Marywood College in 1980.  An educator for 28 years, in 1990 she received the George Washington Freedom Foundation Medal for Excellence in Economic Education and was a finalist for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year.  In 1984 Carol began writing for magazines and papers, and went on to write four cookbooks.  Before retiring in 1992, Carol became the principal of the largest private school in Guatemala.  She is currently president of the Bucks County Organization for Intercultural Advancement, which promotes literacy, educational exchanges, and staff development, and sponsors public schools in remote areas of Guatemala.  Carol resides in Benton and is active in community affairs.   

Laurie Kline Lamoreaux
Class of 1975

Laurie Lamoreaux, a 1975 Benton Junior-Senior High School graduate, attended the Pennsylvania State University prior to transferring to Old Dominion University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology in 1980.  As of the date of this award, May 2005, she has worked four years at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health.  During this time, Laurie was responsible for designing and performing cutting-edge, highly complex research that monitors how the body responds to novel HIV, Ebola, SARS, and West Nile vaccines.  The results from this research will help define the cellular responses that provide protection against these viral infections, and will aid in the development of future vaccines.  Laurie encourages future graduates to strongly consider highly rewarding careers in the medical sciences.

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