An award-winning novelist, an Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, an amateur golfer and golf course designer, an accomplished attorney at Eli Lilly and Company, and one of George W. Bush Sr.’s “1,000 Points of Light” awardees represent the IPS Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
This year’s inductees include:
• Dan Wakefield, Shortridge High School Class of 1950
• Ralph Taylor, George Washington High School Class of 1965
• Alice Dye, Shortridge High School Class of 1944
• Monique Hunt McWilliams, John Marshall High School Class of 1982
• Phyllis Imel, George Washington High School Class of 1953
Wakefield is a novelist, journalist, and screenwriter whose best-selling novels “Going all the Way” and “Starting Over” were produced as feature films.
Taylor is an extremely active civic leader serving on the boards of a multitude of community organizations, while also staying connected to his alma mater Purdue University and serving as the color analyst for Purdue Basketball.
Dye is known as the “First Lady” of golf architecture for her innovative golf course design work and is the holder of eleven Indianapolis Women’s City titles in golf.
Hunt McWilliams has worked at Lilly since 1998 in a variety of capacities in Lilly Legal and since 2013 has served as the Chief Diversity Officer, driving the company’s workforce diversity and inclusion strategy.
Imel worked as a passionate educator as a principal and teacher in IPS for 42 years and went on to found Teachers Treasures after her retirement.
These community and civic leaders will be honored at the Alumni Hall of Fame Luncheon on September 30, 2014 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. Funds raised from this event support the IPS Education Foundation’s mission to help teachers create innovative learning spaces. For more information on sponsorship or to purchase tickets, please visit: http://ipsef.org/hall-of-fame-luncheon/.
The Alumni Hall of Fame honored its first class in 2006 and now boasts 57 IPS graduates who have made significant contributions in their respective careers and professions. These men and women also inspire current IPS students to reach for the stars and set goals of success for themselves.