Every year the Brentwood Alumni Association inducts a new class into the Brentwood High School Hall of Fame. The inductees were recognized in the Brentwood High School Auditorium on Sept. 14. The descriptions, here, are excerpts from the program.
Edwin Dugger, 1958
Dugger studied music in Salzburg, Austria, before completing his undergraduate degree at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. He taught music composition and analysis at the University California, Berkeley for 35 years He also founded and directed the music department’s first electronic music studio. Dugger has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Naumberg Award, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received commissions from the Boston Symphony and others.
Gary G. Grindler, 1968
Grindler is now serving as Chief of Staff and counselor to the U.S. Attorney Bureau. He practiced law for more than 35 years, but wanted do to devote a significant part of his career to public service. He represented the Secret Service in the Kenneth Starr investigation and represented the President in the Whitewater investigation. In 1995, after leaving a small law firm he had started, Grindler joined the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division. He has written and co-authored many publications.
Nancy Jo Olson Hacker, 1969
Hacker is the Deputy Director, Financial Management and Comptroller for the U.S. Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. She oversees an $11 billion budget. She was the first civilian to attain this post. She began her civilian career with the U.S. Air Force in 1982 as a clerk typist. Hacker has a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree from Midwestern State University and a Master of National Resources Strategy from National Defense University.
Linda Pribble Hamberg, Ph.D., 1966
After 14 years as an elementary teacher, Hamberg originated and developed Parkway’s Early Childhood Education Program in 1986, and was also appointed its director. She oversaw many programs with a staff of 50 teachers. In 1994 she received the Pillar of Parkway Award by the Parkway District. She also received the West County YMCA Community Service Award in 1986. From 1999 until her retirement in 2010 she served as Professor and Department Chair of Teacher Education in St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley, and taught as an adjunct professor at Fontbonne University from 2010-2011.
Karl E. Heger, 1981
Heger was the 1981 state champion in pole vault while at Brentwood. In 1980 he competed in the World Trampoline Championships, placing 6th. He was inducted into the USA Gymnastic Hall of Fame in 2007. He attended the University of Missouri and Northern IL University on ROTC scholarships. He was Outstanding Scholar Athlete of the Year at Northern IL University in 1986. From 1987 to 1983 he served as a lieutenant and captain in the U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery. In 1992 he was awarded a Bronze Star for his platoon’s performance during Operation Desert Storm, capturing two enemy armored personnel carriers and 110 enemy soldiers. He is currently assistant SWAT team leader for Chicago FBI SWAT team.
Jimmy Hoskins, 1952
Hoskins majored in fine arts at Drury College. He began his professional dancing career in a Latin ballroom dance act with Reina, Queen of the Mambo, in the Crown Room at the Kingsway Hotel, in St. Louis. While in the U.S. Army he was a winner in the All Army Talent Contest and toured the world. He performed for President Eisenhower and appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. He has taught, as a professor, at Penn State University for the past 30 years. He lives in Sarasota, FL, where is staff choreographer for the Asolo Repertory Theatre and a freelance choreographer.
Donald D. White, Ph.D., 1962
White was on the faculty of the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas from 1971 until 2012, when he retired as Professor Emeritus. He taught classes in the doctoral MBA and undergraduate and China executive MBA programs. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. He has written or edited six books and over 150 articles and case studies. He headed the University of Arkansas task force, which developed Wal-Mart’s first advanced management training program.