2008 Hall of Fame Inductees

Jimmie D. Johnson
Class of 1949

Guided by a strong belief in perseverance and excellence to reach goals, Jimmie’s achievements testify to a lifelong fervor for excelling.  He graduated in the upper fifth of the Class of 1949 and was senior class president.  At Bloomsburg State Teachers’ College, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree and later earned his Master of Science Degree in Meteorology from Penn State. 

Jim served in the United States Air Force and Active Air Force Reserve, retiring with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  Assigned as Station Manager of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA) Weather Satellite Command and Data Acquisition Station at Wallops Island, Virginia, Jim supervised one hundred-five employees and was responsible for the command and control of four to eight active weather satellites.

Donald P. Martini
Class of 1950

A graduate of the Class of 1950, Don joined the United States Air Force in January, 1951, as a private.  He retired as a Major and Master Navigator in March, 1971, after a productive and interesting career.  Don had over 6,000 hours of flying time and received several commendation medals as well as an Air Medal for his fifty missions in Vietnam.

In 1980, he graduated cum laude from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, Structures.  After graduation, he worked for Boeing, and in his final ten years with the company, was a 747 Flight Instructor, teaching many crews at the Boeing facility and overseas.  Notably, he was the only instructor for the space shuttle crews and the Air Force One 747 crew.

Sue Albertson Walker
Class of 1961

Known as an educator, author and civic leader, Sue graduated from Benton High School in 1961.  She graduated from Millersville University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Library Science and obtained a Master of Science Degree in Library Science from Syracuse University in 1967. 

Sue taught at Benton High School from 1964 to 1968, moving and teaching in a Virginia school from 1968 to 1973.  She was then a teacher and administrator for Lancaster (Pennsylvania) City Schools from 1973 until 1999.  In 2004, she authored Standards of Practice for Teachers – A Brief Handbook.  Sue was Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Millersville University from 2000 through 2005 and was presented with the Millersville Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award in 2005.

Warren L. Ketner, Honorary Inductee
Educator and Principal
Sugarloaf School 1927-1945
Benton Area School District 1945-1969

Warren graduated from Gettysburg College and Bucknell University.  For forty-two years, his life was dedicated to education, sharing his love of learning, inquisitive intellect, and passion for excellence with area students.  Warren also devoted much time and energy to the community.  He was a leader in the Methodist Church, Secretary to the Benton Borough Council, and active in the Kiwanis Club, having served as Pennsylvania District 17 Lieutenant Governor.

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