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New Ottawa Hall of Fame Members Announced

Posted by wlpo on January 5, 2011

The latest class being inducted into the Ottawa High School Hall of Fame includes a soap opera actor and major newspaper correspondent.

All My Children’s Walt Willey, 1973 Ottawa High graduate and New York Times Chief Congressional Correspondent Carl Hulse class of 1972 headline the nine person class.  Also going into the hall are:  Class of ’65 Dan Battles who was an all-state quarterback; Class of ’44 Norlyn Allison who retired as the Boy Scouts of America Director of Training and International Programs; Class of 1907’s John Hoff who wrote the lyrics to the school fight song “Pep”; Class of ’62 Doug McKendrick who played college basketball at Rice University and now owns a steak house chain; and class of ‘52’s Ralph Nelson who was an all-American football player and former coach and principal at Ottawa High.

Dorothy Love and Jim Sutherland aren’t Ottawa grads but round out this year’s class.  Love is honored for establishing a scholarship at the school in honor of her husband while also leading a fundraiser for the Kingman Gym scoreboard.  Sutherland meanwhile taught and coached at the school for over 30 years and is credited with starting Ottawa’s T-Ball program.  The school’s mascot “Sudsy” is named in Sutherland’s honor.

The Hall of Fame banquet is February 19th.

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