Two graduates of Liberty Memorial High School and two alumnae of Lawrence High School will be inducted into the schools’ Hall of Honor next month, the Lawrence Lions Alumni Association announced Wednesday.
• Gene Burnett, Liberty Memorial class of 1937, who was a longtime Lawrence businessman and philanthropist. He established Midwest Manufacturing, later known as Burnett Instrument Co., which manufactured disposable medical instruments. He died June 15 at age 91.
• Judith “Judy” A.K. Harmony, who graduated from Lawrence High in 1961 as Judy Kleinberg. As a biomedical scientist, she has focused on cardiovascular disease and obesity; since retiring as professor of pharmacology and cell biophysics at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine, she has advocated on behalf of girls and young women.
• Roberta Smith, Lawrence High class of 1965, an art critic for the New York Times and lecturer on contemporary art.
• R. Richard “Dick” Stanwix, Liberty Memorial class of 1949, who worked in the Lawrence Police Department for 35 years, retiring in 1987 after 17 years as chief. He also was an original board member for the Lawrence Girls Fast Pitch Association. Stanwix died in 2008 at the age of 77.
“It’s a very diverse list,” said Patty Kennedy, vice president of the association, which has more than 39,000 members. “Lawrence High turns out a lot of very well-educated, diverse individuals that have the education and the background to further themselves.”
The four — either in person, or represented by friends or family — will be inducted into the hall during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 in the rotunda at Lawrence High, 1901 La. Friends, family and others are encouraged to attend the induction ceremony and a reception afterward.
The hall honors alumni of the two schools or others who have contributed to the success of the schools and their graduates.
The association started the Hall of Honor in 1994, with the induction of radio broadcaster Max Falkenstien and Carl Knox, former superintendent of Lawrence public schools. Other inductees include Alan Mulally, now president and CEO of Ford Motor Co.; Srinija Srinivasan, former editor in chief of Yahoo Inc.; and Ralph Houk, former manager and general manager of the New York Yankees.
Liberty Memorial served as the city’s public high school following World War I, opening in 1923 and remaining until 1954, when Lawrence High opened. The Liberty Memorial building, 1400 Mass., is now home to Liberty Memorial Central Middle School.