The Wakefield High School Education Foundation will induct six new Hall of Fame members at a ceremony at Wakefield High School on June 10.
The induction – the ninth – will take place in conjunction with the Student Honors Awards ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. in the auditorium, with a reception preceding the ceremony.
The Hall of Fame was created to recognize alumni or staff who have made significant contributions to society. Those selected for the Hall of Fame have a widespread reputation, and serve as models to which students can aspire.
“This year’s inductees cover a variety of professions including education, sports writing, auto racing, medicine and the Armed Services,” organizers said. A committee of alumni, retired staff, current staff and students selected the inductees from more than 80 nominees.
The ninth class inducted into the Wakefield High School Hall of Fame comprises:
Gene Altizer (Class of 1959) – As a driver, builder and mechanic Gene accumulated multiple National Hot Rod Association Championships and records from 1963-68. He continued with numerous East Coast “Funny Car” records from 1969-83. Inducted into the East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame in 2003, he received its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.
U.S. Army Col. (retired) Karen Anderson Lloyd (Class of 1972) – Col. Lloyd began her military career as one of only five women nation-wide in the ROTC flight program, and became the first female Medical Service Corps officer to receive aviator wings. She went on to be the first woman Commander of the Grafenwoehr Army Airfield in Germany. Lloyd was named as the Federal Women’s Program Professional of the Year in 1996, and the National Aviation Club Army Women Aviator of the Year in 1993. She became the director of the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress in 2016.
Dr. Marylyn Lewis Renfield (Class of 1957, deceased) – Dr. Renfield was a pediatrician as well a child and adult psychiatrist. She began her medical profession with a residency at Children’s Hospital, eventually becoming the Director of Neonatal Intensive Care at George Washington University Hospital. She retrained and went into private practice in Adult and Pediatric Psychiatry, while also serving Hospice of the National Capital Area and teaching psychiatry at George Washington School of Medicine. In retirement, Dr. Renfield took up painting, and was juried into an art show at the Art League of Alexandria.
Delores Bushong (staff) – As a gifted-and-talented resource teacher, Bushong was a mentor to her fellow educators. Working with teachers in their classrooms, she taught how to use Socratic Seminars. She also worked with countless students to apply for special opportunities such as Governor’s School, PRIME internships and summer experiences on college campuses. She was a co-creator of the Cohorts and United Minority Girls. The Humanities Council of Washington D.C. featured Bushong in a video production on “Why I Do What I Do.” In retirement, she has become a deeply involved community volunteer.
Bill Minton (staff) – Minton taught history and government at Wakefield for 30 years. An innovative teacher, he developed various creative teaching techniques, and took students to the State Geography Bee. In 1992, he received the Teacher of the Year Golden W award. Minto was a co-developer of the Senior Projects Program and continued as a reviewer in his retirement. In addition, Minton was a coach, served as the school’s probation officer to the Arlington County courts, and volunteered with the adult-education program. He volunteers at the Lorton Community Action Center, ECHO and with the Annandale High School adult-education program.
Bob O’Donnell (staff, deceased) – O’Donnell taught English at Wakefield for 20 years and was sought out by students and teachers for guidance and support. After graduation from Villanova and American universities, he volunteered with VISTA and implementing the GED program at the Rowan County minimun-security prison. Before coming to Wakefield, O’Donnell was a sportswriter awarded by the AP Sports Editors Association for Best Enterprise Reporting in 1985. He was the co-author of the critically acclaimed Pro Football Chronicle. In 2012, he was the adviser for Wakefield’s state-champion “Its Academic” team. O’Donnell received several Golden W awards, and the honor was renamed as the “Robert O’Donnell Golden W Award for Teaching Excellence.”
Past inductees into the Hall of Fame include, among others, Dr. Hunter “Patch” Adams, founder of the Gesundheit Institute; jurists Henry Hudson and William T. Newman Jr.; business leaders Henry “Ric” Duques and Ron Terwilliger, photojournalist Douglas Mills, Paul Ferguson, clerk of the Arlington Circuit Court; Coach Maynard Haithcock, who led Wakefield to a state basketball title; Olympian Jim Bregman; and artist and teacher “Big Al” Carter.