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Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Award was initiated by the High School Student Council in 1992, at which time the Alumni Association assisted in the nomination and research process.  

The Alumni Association has continued the tradition after the Student Council disbanded the project.  The nominees are Lewisburg Area High School graduates who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in one’s chosen profession, who have demonstrated unique or unusual service to humanity, or who have demonstrated significant leadership or service to their communities thereby reflecting great credit upon themselves and the Lewisburg school system.

2018 Distinguished Alumni      


We are pleased to announce that Kristie Baumgartner Byrum ’86, Phyllis Wolfe Colter ’51, Jack E. Fisher ’69 and Harold A. Walters ’48 will be receiving the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards during the Alumni Weekend Cocktail Reception on Saturday afternoon, October 6.

After graduating from LAHS in 1986, Kristie Byrum received her BA in Journalism from Penn State, her MA in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina, and her PhD in Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design from Clemson University. Her career began as a newspaper journalist for the Greenville News-Piedmont Reporter, then to a public relations firm, after which she formed her own company - Kristie Bohm Communications. After working in public relations for other firms, Kristie then founded Byrum Innovation Group where she served as senior consultant to local, regional and national companies. She is now an Assistant Professor in the Mass Communications Department at Bloomsburg University.  Among the awards she has received are the Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award, membership in the College of Fellows - Public Relations Society of America, Women in Communications Matrix Award, the Influential Professor Award - awarded by student athletes at Bloomsburg University, and the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Education Award. In 2016 she was named Bloomsburg University’s Outstanding Undergraduate Professor. While living in Greenville, Kristie was a founding board member of Artisphere, one of the top arts festivals in the nation. After relocating to Pa., she became active with the Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and St. Andrews Episcopal Church. Kristie is an international public relations scholar who has presented her work in England, China, Norway, Greece, Switzerland, Canada and multiple cities in the US.  Her most recent book, First Amendment Enemy: The European Right to the Forgotten, was just published this June. She lives in Lewisburg with her husband Reed and three children.      

Phyllis Wolfe Colter ’51 devoted her life to raising her family and her efforts, interests and knowledge to education and the processes involved in how we learn. She spent her career teaching and as a literary consultant. She attended Brenau College and Women’s College of the University of North Carolina for her Bachelor’s Degree and earned her Masters and Doctorate Degrees from the United States International University in San Diego, Ca. She worked as a Department of Defense Teacher in North Carolina from 1955-1956 and as an elementary and middle school teacher in Maryland and California from 1957-1993.  From 1993-2002 she served as CEO of Adult Literacy in Imperial County, California. Phyllis served in leadership capacities in community organizations such as the Boy and Girl Scouts of America, the Sunnyvale (CA) Junior Women’s Cub, the American Red Cross, Goodwill Industries, the San Diego County Reach Out and Read Program, the Holtville Soroptomist International chapter, and AAUW. She was executive director of the Literacy Volunteers of America/Imperial Valley and served on the Workforce Investment Board and the Homeless Task Force in Imperial Valley. Phyllis was Woman of the Year in 1962 in Sunnyvale, CA, the Neighborhood Health Care Volunteer of the Year Award in 2009 and the San Diego County Volunteer Golden Book Award in 2011. Within her biographical information she writes: “I am a new resident of a Senior Retirement Community. After living here a few months, I realized many of the residents had remarkable stories to tell and their heirs should know of them.  With the aid of staff, I began a weekly program, ‘Telling Tales with Phyllis’. This is a meeting with residents who are encouraged to tell, tape and write of their experiences and memories. This group has grown in popularity to ‘standing room only’!” Her grandmother, Rachel Ann Wolfe Royer (LAHS 1905) and father, Carl Lee Wolfe (LAHS 1930) would be so proud that she keeps on giving to her community throughout retirement too. Phyllis has a son and daughter and lives in California.     

Jack E. Fisher ’69 earned AAS degrees in Forest Technology from Williamsport Area Community College and in Individual Studies from Penn College, his BS degree in Forest Science from Penn State and his Masters in Education degree from Wilkes University.  Throughout his career he was a business owner and an instructor in the Forestry Department for the Pa. College of Technology. He developed four graduate courses taught through Penn State. Jack received the Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges, the Outstanding Teaching Award at Penn College, the Forestry Club Advisor of the Year Award given by the Penn College Student Government Association and the Graduate Forestry Technician Achievement Award given by the Council of Eastern Forestry Technician Schools. Jack coached Lewisburg Elementary Wrestling and Lewisburg Little and Senior League Baseball, served on the 4th of July Veterans Parade Committee and the Dinner Dance Committee, offers classes in the history of logging, environmental science and wildlife through the Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority and offers History of Lewisburg Walking Tours (doing so for every Alumni Weekend rain or shine!).  He is a member of Masonic Charity Lodge 144, the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, the Union County Historical Society and the Muncy Historical Society. He lives in Lewisburg with his wife Lori and has two children, Christine ’94 and Nathan ’98.     

Harold A. Walters ’48 is best known as an owner/operator of Walter’s Oldsmobile, which served Lewisburg area residents for decades.  As a Korean War Veteran (1951-1953), he received the United Nations Service Metal, the Korean Service Metal, One Battle Star and the Honored, Union County Korean War Veteran Metal. Harold is an active member of Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, serves on the Board of Directors of the Lewisburg Cemetery Association where he helps with the beauty and maintenance of the grounds, the Election Board and Sons of the American Revolution.  He has been involved with the Lions Club, the Lewisburg American Legion and the Lewisburg VFW. Within his biographical materials he writes: “I am proud to be a native and life long resident of Lewisburg. For 52 years, I worked in the automobile business started by my father. Over the years I’ve enjoyed getting to know many Lewisburg area residents through my business and community. The history of Lewisburg has always been of interest to me.  I have been an active member of the Class of 1948 by serving on the planning committee for the majority of our reunions. Our local class members enjoy a monthly breakfast together.” He and his wife Gloria Lyons Walters ’55 are the proud parents, in-laws, and grandparents of Lewisburg graduates – Lisa ’76, Laurie ’79, Christina ’85, Rob Black ’68, Rick Slear ’77, Bill Shaffer ’84, Sara Slear Haley ’03 and Adam Slear ’12.     

Please join us as we congratulate these LAHS graduates on their achievements.


Barbara Hubler Mummey - Class of 1965

James McClure - Class of 1948 *

John Zeller - Class of 1937*

Russell Fairchild -Class of 1965

Graham Showalter -Class of 1958

Jim Wetzel - Class of 1958

Dian Biernstein Diamond - Class of 1967

Wayne Bromfield - Class of 1965

Laura Biernstein Cozac - Class of 1968

Gary Baylor - Class of 1964

George Ramer - Class of 1944 *

Robert Rooke*

Norma Gotwalt - Class of 1948

Frank Bowe - Class of 1965 *

Thomas Wilson - Class of 1940 *

Ted Parker - Class of 1960

John Beck - Class of 1951

Eleanor McDowell - Class of 1933*

William Gale Reish - Class of 1960

Amos Smith III - Class of 1962

Elwood Derr - Class of 1950 *

Ethel Wilhour Snook - Class of 1950

George Fairies - Class of 1955

Robert Edwards - Class of 1960

Barbara Alspach Baylor - Class of 1964

David Pursley - Class of 1956 *

Donald Heiter - Class of 1946 *

Carol Himmelrch Brann - Class of 1956

Matthew Reish  - Class of 1989

Nicole L. Loyd  - Class of 1991

Spencer W. Walker* -  Class of 1942


Richard Jarrett - Class of 1948

David Swartzlander - Class of 1964

Kenneth Zearfoss - Class of 1948

Robert Donehower - Class of 1936*

Richard Sterry - Class of 1947

Harry Ammon - Class of 1946 *

Robert Good - Class of 1938 *

Philip Stamm - Class of 1939 

Betty Cook - Class of 1946

Albert Pursley - Class of 1948*

Judith Wagner - Class of 1960

George Hurst - Class of 1951

Andrew Machamer - Class of 1940 *

Winston Sturgen - Class of 1956*

John Huckaby - Class of 1960

Steve Kline - Class of 1990

Drew Hyman - Class of 1956

Fred Brouse - Class of 1943

Terry Gessner - Class of 1971 *

Lonnie Hill - Class of 1972

Jodi Jarrett - Class of 1975

Robert Stackhouse - Class of 1945

Thomas Marino - Class of 1978

Joseph Roy - Class of 1980

Richard L. Keyser - Class of 1960

Douglas R. Lebda - Class of 1988

Jack E. Solomon - Class of 1948

June Catherman Solomon - Class of 1948 *


David Powell - Class of 1960

Joseph Reish - Class of 1962

Dominic Herbst - Class of 1972

Francis D. Stillman - Class of 1953

Stanley L. Wood - Class of 1978

Patty Bird Hess - Class of 1975

James Stamm - Class of 1980

Philip Stamm - Class of 1953*

James Bergen - Class of 1969

Fred Wulczyn - Class of 1971

Edith Erdley - CLass of 1930 *

Myles Crebs - Class of 1962

Roger Crebs - Class of 1982

George R. Diefenbach - CLass of 1958

Kevin A. Gardner - Class of 1972

Shirley Jarrett Gromlich - Class of 1956 *

Sharon Schnure Laverdure - Class of 1969

R. Brooks Gronlund - Class of 1986

Andrew Shaw - Class of 1988

P. George Benson - Class of 1964

Michael D. McDowell - Class of 1966

Kim T. Thomas - Class of 1978

Charles D. Vollmer - Class of 1965

William S. Heim Sr. - Class of 1940 *

Seth M. Jarrett - Class of 2002

William James Poynter - Class of 1973

Darlene Rein Rowe - Class of 1971


*deceased

Nomination Instructions

To nominate a candidate for this award, please submit the graduate’s name, address, email address (if known), telephone number, their year of graduation, and the reason you feel they are qualified for this Award with your name to: LAHS Alumni Association, P.O. Box 38, Lewisburg, Pa. 17837 or to our email address – lhs.alumni@hotmail.com. Photos, newspaper articles and other support data is welcome.

Although the Alumni Association accepts nominations throughout the year, the deadline for considering the 2016 award applications is March 15th, 2016.