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LeBlanc to enter Brainerd HS Hall of Fame

Posted:September 16, 2011 - 5:33pm

Dr Basil LeBlanc will be inducted into the Brainerd High School Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame on Oct 7 in the high school cafeteria

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September 16, 2011 - 06:33

Remarkable careers in medicine, special education, music and the nonprofit field will be highlighted with the induction of three more graduates into the Brainerd High School Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame

Selected for this year's hall of fame class were the late Brad HIll, Gayle Ober and Dr Basil C LeBlanc

Basil LeBlanc graduated from Brainerd High in 1972 and went on to graduate magna cum laude from St Olaf College in 1976 and later from the University Minnesota Medical School in 1993

He is being honored for his medical and humanitarian service

LeBlanc was commissioned in the US Army in 1988 and was eventually promoted to colonel in 2004 and served as state surgeon for the Minnesota Army National Guard from 2006-2010 He continues to serve in the Guard

He has been deployed overseas several times, once to Kosovo, twice to Iraq and he served on humanitarian missions to Central America

Closer to home, he volunteered for 15 years at Camp Needlepoint, a summer camp for children with diabetes

His nomination notes that throughout his military and civilian life Dr LeBlanc has used his talents to care for people in need and donated his "time, skill and energy to those less fortunate and to those in need"

Brad Hill, valedictorian of the Class of 1969, is being honored for his achievements in the field of special education Summer employment at the former Brainerd State Hospital ignited Brad's passion for better treatment and training of residents

He developed a professional assessment test for developmentally disabled individuals Known as the Scales of Independent Behavior, the test was co-authored with, Dick Weatherman, Richard Woodcock and Robert Bruininks The test is widely mandated by states across the country

Bruininks is the former president of the University of Minnesota who said in a letter to Brad's parents upon Hill's death in 2005, "We are proud to be able to claim your son as an alumnus His research and devotion to the deinstitutionalization of people with developmental disabilities improved lives throughout the world His work left an enduring legacy of tremendous importance"

Hill, who died from Marina's Syndrome, studied economics and special education at the University of Minnesota, eventually earning a master's degree in special education

Gayle Ober, a 1977 graduate, is executive director of the George Family Foundation She is being honored for her achievement in music and non-profit management

Most recently she was the director of classical music programming for American Public Media/Minnesota Public Radio which serves more than 15 million people a week

Before that, she was director of arts, culture and entertainment for the city of St Paul and was executive director of the Dale Warland Singers from 2000-2005

She holds a master's of arts degree in non-profit management from Hamline Univeristy and a bachelor of music degree from the University of Minnesota She lives in Mendota Heights with her husband, Tim, and daughter, Analise

This year's hall of fame induction will again be part of the Brainerd Community Homecoming The reception will be Friday, October 7, at 5 pm in the high school cafeteria The dinner will be at 5:30 pm
Tickets costing $15 are available through the superintendent's office in the Washington Education Services building

The Brainerd High School Distinguished Achievement Hall of Fame is sponsored by Brainerd Rotary, Brainerd Public Schools Foundation, Brainerd High School and the Brainerd Dispatch

All people who have been graduated for seven years from Brainerd High School are eligible for nomination for the hall of fame The recognition seeks to honor those who have made distinguished achievements after graduation from high school

Nominations may be made with the superintendent's office or members of the hall of fame selection committee that is chaired by Jim Hunt

Other members of the selection committee are Terry McCollough, Ruth Gmeinder, Don Ryan, Arnold "Casey" Stengel, Katie Ulm, Rick Bricker, Jill Carlson-Ferrie, Roy Miller, Kevin Thesing, Karen Owen, Andrea Rusk, Steve Razidlo and Bob Nystrom

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