Class of 1925
Mary graduated from the Bloomsburg Normal School and received her Master’s Degree from the Pennsylvania State University. She furthered her education at Cornell, Bucknell, and Columbia Universities as well as the University of Arizona and the University of Colorado. Miss Hartman challenged every English student to strive for excellence in the writing, reading, speaking, and understanding of the English language. This excellence was not an accident; it was always the result of high intention, determined effort, and skilled execution. Miss Hartman was a teacher who dedicated her adult life to instilling in our students the value and purpose of education.
David C. Klementik
Class of 1966
David graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Engineering Mechanics and was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy in 1970. He continued his academic career at Dickinson School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctor Degree in 1979 and a Master of Laws Degree in Taxation in 1990. David is a retired Captain of the U.S. Naval Reserve with a total of twenty-six years of military service, including active duty from 1970-76 aboard the USS Forrestal. In 2001, he was named by Modern Healthcare as Trustee of the Year and is currently a partner in the law firm of Leventry, Haschak, Rodkey, & Klementik. He was awarded admission to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court in May 2004. He and his wife, Ruth, reside in Windber, Pennsylvania.
Class of 1940
Eleanor Klementik graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree in public school music. She began teaching in the Benton Area School District in 1955 and was responsible for all vocal programs in both the elementary and secondary schools. She was a highly effective teacher who was positive and real, demonstrating the qualities of caring, empathy, respect, and fairness in relationships with students, parents, and colleagues. She brings the force of her personality, her sense of humor, energy, and enthusiasm to her commitment to music in her community. Eleanor has devoted her life to sharing her love of music.
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.
Class of 1954
James graduated from Oregon State University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. His U.S. Army Reserve career began as a private in 1958; he received a district officer’s commission as a second lieutenant in 1960, and retired as a brigadier general in 1995. General Phillips performed in both staff and commanding officer positions and his military medals include the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters. His civilian career spanned thirty-seven years with the J.C. Penney Company where he held management positions at store, regional, and corporate levels. He and his wife, Jacque, reside in Wenatchee, Washington.
Rick graduated from Temple University with a degree in music education in 1974. He continued his education by attaining a Master’s Degree from Ithaca College in 1984. In 1975 he began his career at the Benton Area School District as a music teacher and band director. He was the director of the Catawissa Military Band for twenty-eight years and a French horn player with the Bloomsburg University Orchestra from 1977-2002. Rick was an outstanding musician who enriched the lives of our students and community members. His passion was to encourage and promote a greater appreciation and participation of the performing arts. His energetic enthusiasm as an educator was an inspiration to those who knew him. We salute a man who touched our human feelings and created a lasting influence on our lives