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The Suburbanite
  • JHS Alumni Association inducts new Wall of Fame members

  • The Jackson High School Alumni Association has announced four new members for the Wall of Fame, class of 2012. The official induction will take place at the Jackson vs. Akron Garfield basketball game Feb. 16.

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  • The Jackson High School Alumni Association has announced four new members for the Wall of Fame, class of 2012. The official induction will take place at the Jackson vs. Akron Garfield basketball game Feb. 16.
    In the early 1970s, inductees honored in the Jackson High School Hall of Fame were outstanding football players. The award ceremony was set up by then-head football coach Jim Laut. Poster-size photos of the members were displayed on a wall in the high school. When Laut left Jackson, then-athletic director Bill Dessecker organized a formal election committee. The committee set up guidelines and opened elections to all athletes, both male and female.
    Inactive for several years, the Jackson High School Alumni Association, with the cooperation of JHS administration, assumed responsibilities in 2002 and renamed the honor The Wall of Fame. The original pictures have been replaced with individual plaques with the inductee’s photo and the alumni association logo and slogan, “Once a Bear, always a Bear.”  
    New guidelines and categories were established that, in addition to outstanding athleticism, now include Community Contribution, Education, Professional Accomplishments, Political Leadership and Humanitarian Contributions.
    The class of 2012 Jackson Wall of Fame members are detailed below.
    Glen (Butch) Lanzer- Athlete, Class of 1971
    During his high school career, Glen Lanzer received nine varsity letters: three football, two basketball and four baseball. He was 1st Team Federal League in 1969 and 1970 in football.  He was awarded 1st Team All-Stark County and 3rd Team All-District in 1969 in football and also was named to the All-Federal League Team in basketball and baseball during the 1970-71 seasons.
    After high school, Lanzer entered the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval Aviation training program. After graduating in 1976, he was designated a naval aviator and flew the A-4 Skylark and A-6 Intruder. He also was an instructor pilot for both aircrafts. Lanzer retired as a lieutenant commander in March 1987 and started a new career in 1987 as a pilot for Delta Airlines. He retired as a captain in 2005.
    Lanzer resides in Texas with his wife, Tammy, and their three sons, Glen III, and Tanner,
    Taylor, and grandson Tanner (Ayden). He enjoys spending time with his family.
    “I knew someone had put my name in for the Wall of Fame awhile ago, so I was shocked to hear I was being inducted,” Lanzer said. “It’s nice to be recognized by your hometown. I left Jackson Township 42 years ago, but it is still home to me. The teachers at Jackson schools were first class and prepared me for my future.”
    Lanzer still has family living in the township, including his mother, who lives in the house where he grew up. He still is athletic and plays golf now.
    “I feel like I share it with all of my teammates, classmates, friends and their families,” Lanzer said. “It was a great place to grow up in, and I look forward to visiting in February.”
    Page 2 of 3 - Robert (Bob) Kolberg- Community Contribution, Class of 1974
    Robert Kolberg is a lifelong resident of Jackson Township and has dedicated his life to the community.
    His community contributions include: charter member and umpire for the Boys Baseball Association; coach for boys youth baseball; coach for midget football; charter member and coach for the Girls Softball Association; coach for girls soccer; volunteer driver for the Jackson Marching Band’s Purple Army bus; chairperson on the last six successful Jackson Local Schools Levy Committees; charter member and past president of the Jackson Alumni Association; member of the Jackson Alumni Scholarship Committee; charter member of the Jackson Port Authority; past board member of the Jackson Community Parks System; committee member of the Jackson Township YMCA; committee member for the Jackson Police Levy in 2003; and member of the Stark State College of Technology/ Jackson Work Occupation Program.  
    He has two children, Mike and Liz.  
    Kolberg was voted the Jackson Chamber of Commerce’s Man of the Year in 1996. He is employed by Jackson Local Schools.
    “It’s nice the alumni association recognized my contributions throughout the community,” Kolberg said. “Everybody that lives and grows up in the same community should be active in the community. It makes it a better place to live. Many other Jackson alumni deserve to be on the Wall of Fame. I don’t think I’m anything more special than so many other township residents.”
    Dr. Dina Rooney- Professional Accomplishment, Class of 1981
    Dina Rooney was very active in extracurricular activities during her high school years at Jackson, but now she is a board-certified oncologist and hematologist.
    Rooney received her degree in biochemistry in 1985 and her MD in 1989 from The Ohio State University. She did her residency of internal medicine at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and her fellowship of hematology-oncology at Indiana University Medical Center.
    Rooney chose to return to Jackson Township to pursue her career in medicine. She is active at both Mercy Medical Center and Aultman Hospital, where she serves on many committees.  She is the director of and was instrumental in developing the Breast Cancer Center at Mercy Medical.
    “It’s a big honor and nice to be recognized by the community you grew up in,” Rooney said. “It has been an incredible experience to move back to my hometown, and from the beginning, they have put their trust in me and helped me build my career.”
    Bradley (Brad) Doemel- Athlete, Class of 1990 (posthumous award)
    Bradley Doemel was an All-Ohio athlete in football and track his senior year. In 1989, he was a two-way lineman for the Polar Bears and was named to the 1st Team All-Federal League Team as an offensive guard and 1st Team All-Stark County Team as a defensive tackle. He was selected to play in the North/South football game.  
    Page 3 of 3 - Doemel also excelled on the track team where he threw the shot put and discus. He held school records in both events upon his graduation. He qualified for the state track meet his senior year in the discus and finished in 6th place. He continued his athletic career at Ashland University and received Academic All-American honors as a three-year starting lineman for the Eagles.
    He is most remembered for the type of man he was off the field. Battling a brain tumor for nine years, he used the same tenacity he used to protect quarterbacks and running backs. He privately fought the battle of his life at home in Jackson Township with his wife, Lisa, his high school sweetheart, and daughters Katelyn and Riley.  
    Doemel was a data analyst at Aultman Hospital and a part-time firefighter at the Jackson Township Fire Department. Doemel lost his battle with cancer on Nov. 14, 2010.
    “He would be so pleased to be inducted,” Lisa said. “He was so proud of being in football and playing sports. He would have appreciated being nominated for this category. We’re very proud of my husband and looking forward to his being inducted. My girls will be able to see his accomplishment when they go to school.”