Two McClain graduates and 10 graduating seniors were recognized by the McClain Alumni Association with two inductions into the school’s hall of fame and recognition of seniors and their mentors for academic excellence.
The McClain Alumni Association recognizes graduates for their academic, athletic, and professional accomplishments and for their achievement of personal excellence, contributions to a particular field or endeavor, and service to the community. Inductees represent the highest standards of excellence, according to the association.
Inducted into the McClain Alumni Association Hall of Fame on May 2, 2016 was Paul Eugene Cope, class of 1927.
Cope received his degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and worked for Proctor & Gamble in package engineering. His most recognized patent is for a laminated toothpaste tube that is still in use today by nearly all toothpaste manufacturers. Cope was also instrumental in developing the consumer product known as the “glue stick.”
He passed away in 2003.
Cope’s award on Monday was received by his niece, Colette Cope Baird. He was nominated for the award by his son, Don Cope.
Cope’s niece commented that the grounding he received at McClain High School served him well throughout his life. She said if Cope were still alive today, he would consider his recognition by the alumni association among his most precious awards.
Also inducted into the hall of fame on Monday was Dennis Charles Washburn, class of 1972.
Washburn received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, his master’s degree from the University of Oxford in England, and his doctorate degree from Yale University.
He has served as chair of the department of Asian and Middle Eastern languages and literature, and is currently chair of the comparative literature program at Dartmouth College. Washburn has published extensively on Japanese literature and culture and is an active translator of both modern and classical Japanese fiction.
Accepting the award on Washburn’s behalf on Monday were his sister, Susan (Washburn) Long, and brother, Terry Washburn. He was nominated by Kelvin Bryant.
A letter received by Washburn said he was “genuinely honored and grateful” for the encouragement and support he has received from the teachers at McClain. He wrote that we sometimes overlook what we owe to others.
Cope and Washburn join previous hall of fame inductees Steve Iseman, Paul E. Orr, Judith Felson Duchan, Heather Baird Tomlinson, George H. Ford, Eileen Tway, Sandra Schaffer McNeil, Wilfred Konneker, and Sue Reisinger.
Monday’s recognitions extended to graduating seniors and their mentors with the 17th annual Academic Excellence Awards.
The 10 graduating seniors honored on Monday were Cassandra Brooks, Anna Ehlers, Madison Foltz, Kimberly Goddard, Cody Hardesty, Thomas Henry, Jeffrey Mathews, Randall Mischal, Caleb Schluep and Preston Smith. Also honored were these students’ mentors: William Francis, Tonia McLanahan, Susan Long, Jo Ellen Gossett, Bob Bergstrom, Tim Gossett, Nathan Luke, Matt Shelton and Mike Anderson.