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Wheeling Hall of Fame Index


Origins

Wheeling Hall of Fame Class of 2015 Poster (designed by Erin Rothenbuehler)

When the Wheeling Civic Center (now known as WesBanco Arena) was being built in 1977, the founders decided to include a “Wheeling Hall of Fame” to honor past and present residents “who had attained considerable distinction in some specific field and thus brought honor to their home city.” City Council created a Hall of Fame Board tasked with nominating and inducting new members in six categories: Music and Fine Arts; Sports and Athletics; Business, Industry and Professions; Public Service; Education and Religion; and Philanthropy. To qualify, a person has to have lived in Wheeling for at least 15 years. The inaugural, 1980 class featured 18 inductees. Numerous others have been added in the years since, and many qualified candidates have yet to be inducted. Honoring Wheeling’s finest is an ongoing process.

And in case you are wondering why Wheeling legends like Betty Zane and Samuel McCulloch are not enshrined, the preamble from the Ordinance establishing the Hall of Fame provides the answer: “While outstanding public services were rendered by our founding fathers and early citizens, these worthy deeds are recognized by historical publications and appropriately honored in other halls, museums, and memorials. Therefore, honorees in the Wheeling Hall of Fame shall be selected on the basis of accomplishments after 1863 [later amended to 1836].”


 Wheeling Hall of Fame 2015 induction program cover.Wheeling Hall of Fame Program Booklets (via wheelingwv.gov)
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The Wheeling Hall of Fame

Name: Induction: Category: Biography:
Agostino, Dominic 1998 Business, Industry and Professions founder of Aladdin Food Management
Beneke, Phyllis 1990 Education and Religion philanthropist and educator
Berry, Leon "Chu" 1998 Music and Fine Arts tenor sax giant
Biery, Bob 1984 Sports and Athletics golf pro and course designer
Bloch, Samuel S. 1982 Business, Industry and Professions founder of Bloch Brothers Tobacco Co.
Bloch, Stuart F. 2008 Sports and Athletics golf executive
Bonar, Levering C. 1980 Education and Religion educator
Brinkman, V. Everett 1982 Sports and Athletics Wheeling High coach
Brooks, Alonzo "A.B." 1980 Education and Religion naturalist
Burkett, Jesse 1982 Sports and Athletics baseball great
Burrus, William 2019 Business, Industry and Professions labor leader
Caldwell, Eleanor Glass 1982 Music and Fine Arts founder of the Wheeling Symphony
Campbell, Archibald W. 1980 Public Service newspaper editor
Campbell, Clyde D. 1980 Public Service scientist, educator, and community booster
Carroll, Sally 1994 Sports and Athletics golfer
Ceo, Stefano R. 2008 Music and Fine Arts music educator
Connolly, Allan 2015 Education and Religion educator
Corbett, John 2015 Music and Fine Arts actor
Cox, Bill 2015 Music and Fine Arts bass guitarist
Cunningham, Annie Sinclair 2004 Education and Religion Elmhurst founder
Davis, Rebecca Harding 1984 Music and Fine Arts author
Devore, Leland S. 1986 Sports and Athletics All-American football player
Dungan, Ellis 1994 Music and Fine Arts filmmaker
Fahey, John Edward “Jack” 2011 Public Service political leader
Farnsworth, Sue Seibert 2019 Public Service lawyer and education advocate
Efron, Mary Louise Snider 2016 Business, Industry and Professions health researcher
Elikan, Ethel Clare 1998 Public Service founder, Seeing Hand Association Inc. of Wheeling
Faris, Frederick 2015 Business, Industry and Professions architect
Fassig (Keyser), Mary Elizabeth 2015 Music and Fine Arts dance icon
Foti, James 1982 Sports and Athletics basketball coach
Freese, Gene 1994 Sports and Athletics baseball player
Friend, Harriette Shull "Hydie" 2019 Public Service historic preservation leader
Front, Rosemary 2013 Public Service community activist
Fulton, Dr. William S. 1986 Business, Industry and Professions founder of Wheeling Clinic
Gacioch, Rose 2004 Sports and Athletics women's baseball great
Gaither, Helen B. 2000 Philanthropy philanthropist
Glass, Alexander 1980 Business, Industry and Professions founder of Wheeling Corrugating Co. and Wheeling Steel
Glasscock, John Wesley 2000 Sports and Athletics baseball player
Gonter, Sister Joanne 2019 Education and Religion educator and religious leader
Goodwin, Russell B. 1990 Sports and Athletics high school and college football tar
Grimes, J. William 2008 Sports and Athletics sports media executive
Hamm, Harry C. 2000 Public Service newspaperman
Handlan, John B. “Jay” 2015 Sports and Athletics college basketball star
Harshman, Marc 2013 Music and Fine Arts poet and author
Hazlett, Robert C. 2004 Business, Industry, and Professions Wheeling banker
Herndon, Judith 1984 Public Service legislator
Hodges, Most Rev. Joseph H. 1990 Education and Religion Catholic bishop
Hogan, Susan Cox 2015 Public Service community activist
Holbert, Harry C. 1982 Music and Fine Arts artist and educator
Hopkins, Budd 1992 Music and Fine Arts artist and author
Howley, Chuck 1980 Sports and Athletics football player
Hubbard, Chester R. 1990 Public Service attorney and legislator
Hullihen, Dr. Simon P. 1982 Public Service pioneer oral surgeon
Ihlenfeld, Charles L. 1992 Public Service Wheeling mayor
Jones, Wilbur S. 1980 Business, Industry and Professions executive
Kindleberger, James Howard 1980 Business, Industry and Professions aeronautical engineer
Kirkpatrick, Dr. Forrest H. 1992 Education and Religion educator and business executive
Kitchen, Ralph R. 2011 Business, Industry and Professions master contractor
Kline, Elizabeth Stifel 2011 Philanthropy philanthropist
Kossuth, George J. 1980 Music and Fine Arts photographer
Laughlin, George A. 1982 Philanthropy philanthropist, newspaperman, businessman
Lee, Everett 2019 Music and Fine Arts ground-breaking African American conductor
Lewis, Rev. Clifford M. 1994 Education and Religion priest, educator, and historian
Linsly, Noah 1986 Education and Religion founder of Linsly Institute
Long, Howard W. 1992 Business, Industry and Professions founder of Coronet Foods
Lutz, George W. 2011 Philanthropy philanthropist
Magruder, Dennis  2011 Music and Fine Arts entertainment venue manager
Maillard, Keith 2004 Music and Fine Arts novelist 
Marsh, Mifflin M. 1990 Business, Industry and Professions cigar manufacturer
Meagel, Irene Doretta 2002 Philanthropy philanthropist
Mehen, Bernie 1992 Sports and Athletics Wheeling High Basketball great
Mercer, Dr. Donald 2019 Business, Industry and Professions physician
Mercer, J. Loran  2002 Education and Religion band director
Miller, Thomas B. 2004 Public Service West Virginia Supreme Court Justice
Northwood, Harry C. 1994 Business, Industry and Professions glass manufacturer
Nutting, G. Ogden 2013 Business, Industry and Professions newspaper publisher
O'Brien, Tim 2006 Music and Fine Arts bluegrass musician
Ogden, H. C. 1982 Business, Industry and Professions newspaper publisher and industrialist
Oglebay, Earl W. 1980 Philanthropy leader of iron industry and philanthropist
O’Leary, Harold G. “Hal” 2008 Music and Fine Arts community theatre leader
Owens, John Joseph "J. J." 2019 Music and Fine Arts oil painter and surgical illustrator
Owens, Michael Joseph 2002 Business, Industry and Professions glass industrialist and inventor
Peterson, B. Walker 1994 Philanthropy businessman and community leader
Peyton, Ronald G. 2019 Sports and Athletics physical therapist pioneer
Phillimore, The Reverend Margaret Bird Caldwell  2006 Education and Religion church leader
Pollack, Augustus 2013 Business, Industry and Professions Businessman (Stogies)
Warren, Pugh:  2006 Sports and Athletics sports official
Quarrier, Mary E. “Fritzi” Stifel 1980 Sports and Athletics golfer
Reed, Mary Louise Butler 1986 Education and Religion leader of King's Daughters organization
Reed, Phillip Nathaniel 1998 Education and Religion educator and community leader
Reeves, Dr. James Edmund 2011 Business, Industry and Professions community health advocate
Reger, John 1998 Sports and Athletics football player
Reuther, Walter P. 1980 Public Service labor leader
Reymann, Anton 2008 Philanthropy brewer and philanthropist
Rivlin, Jule 1980 Sports and Athletics basketball player and coach
Roe, Bob 1984 Sports and Athletics football coach
Romanoski, Stanley 2013 Sports and Athletics track and cross country coach
Rybeck, Dr. Arthur 2015 Philanthropy dentist, inventor, and organic farmer
Schenk, Otto 1984 Philanthropy businessman and civic leader
Schmitt, Most Rev. Bernard W. 2011 Education and Religion Catholic bishop
Schiffler, Margaret McCluskey 1982 Philanthropy philanthropist, businesswoman
Schrader, Henry Stifel 1998 Philanthropy philanthropist
Schwinn, Dr. Jacob 1986 Public Service physician and surgeon
Seibert, George H. Jr. 1982 Public Service legislator
Smith, Dr. Harlan J. 1998 Business, Industry and Professions astronomer
Spears, Ralph Reed 2000 Business, Industry and Professions industrialist
Statler, Ellsworth M. 1984 Business, Industry and Professions hotel businessman, founder of the Statler Hotels
Steber, Eleanor 1980 Music and Fine Arts Opera singer
Stifel, George E. 1980 Philanthropy philanthropist
Stifel, Johann Ludwig 1984 Business, Industry and Professions pioneer industrialist
Stone, Wilbur E. 1984 Philanthropy president of Stone & Thomas and civic leader
Strider, Rt. Rev. Robert E. Lee 1982 Education and Religion Episcopal bishop of W. Va.
Strider, Robert E. Lee II 1982 Education and Religion educator
Sullivan, Patrick J. 1980 Music and Fine Arts painter
Summers, Earl Jr. 2004 Music and Fine Arts musician
Sweeney, Andrew J. 1986 Business, Industry and Professions industrialist, mayor
Swint, Most Rev. John J., D.D. 1980 Education and Religion Catholic Archbishop
Valan, Michael J. 1986 Sports and Athletics sports promoter
Van Horne Bill  2002 Sports and Athletics sportswriter
Vance, James Nelson 2015 Business, Industry and Professions industrialist
Wagner, Wesley J. 2002 Music and Fine Arts artist and educator
Weiss, William E. 1980 Business, Industry and Professions founder of Sterling Drug Co.
Welty, Clara M. 1980 Philanthropy philanthropist
West, Gary E. 2008 Business, Industry and Professions entrepreneur
Whelan, Richard V. 1984 Education and Religion first bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling
White, James S. "Doc" 1986 Public Service pharmacist, civic leader
Williams, Doc 1984 Music and Fine Arts country music star
Worls, G. Randolph “Randy” 2000 Public Service CEO Wheeling Park Commission
Brennan, Margaret Ann "Peg" 2017 Education and Religion historian and archivist
Felton, J. Ross 2017 Business, Industry and Professions promoter
Frissel, Dr. John 2017 Business, Industry and Professions physician, co-founder of Wheeling Hospital
Nutting, Betty Woods "Snookie" 2017 Public Service building preservationist
O'Brien, Mollie 2017 Music and Fine Arts Grammy Award-winning singer
Sand, Charles P. 2017 Sports and Athletics athletic trainer
Sands, Harry S. & Helen Turner 2017 Philanthropy philanthropists
Stamp, Judge Frederick P. 2017 Public Service legislator and Federal judge
Villamagna, Robert 2017 Music and Fine Arts mixed media artist
O'Leary, Harold G. "Hal" 2008 Music and Fine Arts community theatre leader
Huss, Carl Richard 2000 Business, Industry and Professions aeronautical engineer
O'Leary, Sister Anne Regina, S.S.J. 2000 Education and Religion Wheeling Central principal, general superior
Phillis, Marilyn Hughey 2000 Music and Fine Arts renowned watercolor artist

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