2-Star Major General Harry Brooks, Jr. (Crispus Attucks, ’47): Maj. Gen. Brooks (retired) graduated Crispus Attucks High School as an officer in the R.O.T.C. program, and went on to have one of the most illustrious careers in the history of the United States Army. Brook’s decorations include: the Distinguished Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Legion of Merit Medals, two Bronze Star Medals, and seven Air Medals. Awards from NAACP and Kiwanis recognize Brooks volunteer activities. After retirement in 1976, Brooks became executive vice president of Amfac, Inc. He then founded, with some of his friends, Advanced Consumer Marketing Corporation. Colin Powell considers Brooks one of his greatest mentors.
John Mutz (Broad Ripple, ’54): An accomplished Indiana politician, Mutz served as Lieutenant Governor of Indiana (1981-1989) and as an Indiana State Senator (1971-1980), and as an Indiana State Representative (1967-1970). In addition to more than two decades in public life, Mutz has been a successful entrepreneur and manager, including the development of 31 Burger Chef restaurants and the formation of equipment lessor Circle Leasing Corp, which was ultimately sold to Xerox Credit Corporation. Mutz is a columnist for the Indianapolis Business Journal and is the author of Fundraising for Dummies, which is now in its third printing.
Gaylen Ross (Broad Ripple, ‘68): has had an accomplished career as an award winning film director and producer for the past 30 years. Her films, seen all over the world, have premiered at such renowned festivals as Toronto International Film Festival, and Berlin Film festival, with broadcasts on the BBC, PBS and A&E TV. Her documentaries have been a recipient of an Emmy award, Gold Plaque from the Chicago International Film Festival, and best documentary from Athens International Film and Video Festival, and Boston and Minneapolis Jewish Film Festivals, and on many ‘best film lists’. Ms. Ross is also well know for her brief interlude as an actress, starring in the George Romero classics Dawn of the Dead and Creepshow.
Deborah Hearn-Smith (Shortridge, ’66): A devoted girl scout from the age of five, Hearn-Smith has earned numerous awards as CEO of the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, including the Indiana Commission for Women Torchbearer Award, Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis Civic Award, Martin University’s President’s Award, Black Police Association’s Community Service Award, and Women’s Empowerment Leadership Award. During her tenure, Hearn-Smith has advocated tirelessly for inclusion by adhering to her philosophy that all girls, regardless of ability or background, should have a chance to succeed.
Randy Minniear (Broad Ripple, ’62): A high school football foundation set at Broad Ripple High School lead Minniear to play football for Purdue University where he graduated With Honors was inducted as a life member in the Ross Aide Foundation. Following college, Minniear was drafted by the New York Giants while simultaneously being drafted to play baseball for the Minnesota Twins. Minniear chose football, and went on to play four seasons with the Giants and one season with the Cleveland Browns. Upon retirement from professional football, Minniear went on to a successful career on Wall Street, and became the chairman of the board for the NFL Alumni Association for nine years.
Dean Phillips – Posthumous – (Howe, ’45): A true Indianapolis leader, Phillips dedicated his life to creating a successful foundation for the future of his city. A charter member of the Indianapolis Zoo, Phillips served as the executive director of the Hoosier Dome and Indiana Convention Center for twenty years.