Gazette News Report
XENIA — Five will be inducted as members of the Xenia Hall of Honor Saturday, April. 30.
The annual Hall of Honor Dinner and Induction Ceremony will take place at Tecumseh Elementary School and will culminate with the induction of Chad R. Jackson, Ph.D.; Jane Newton; Donald R. Person; Richard Strous; and Robert E. Williams. All are or have been local Xenia area residents and are being honored for their successful careers and contributions to the community.
Jackson (XHS class of 1998) was very successful in academics and athletics. He was a member of the XHS National Honor Society, Student Council president and lettered in both track (4) and football (3). He attended Earlham College in Indiana where he majored in biochemistry and ran track. He then dedicated his life to science and earned his doctorate in neuropharmacology from Emory University in Georgia. Currently, he serves his country as a science policy advisor in the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State at the US Department of State. He has a passion for research, development, innovation and entrepreneurship to help keep the United States as a leader in these areas.
Newton (XHS class of 1976) is the owner and president of Collett Propane, Inc. She graduated from Wright State University with a B.S. in business and has worked in the family operation since 1980. She is a past president of the Ohio Propane Gas Association. Newton is an active community volunteer and supporter. She has provided service on the Greene County Community Foundation and as president of the Xenia All Sports Boosters.
Person (XHS class of 1973), exemplifies a local person who has stayed and worked in his home community to make it a great place to live. He was sworn in as police chief for the City of Xenia in 2003. Person has been employed by the XPD for almost 40 years and worked his way through the ranks to his current position. He has an A.S. degree in law enforcement from Sinclair Community College, a B.S. in urban studies from Wright State University, and graduated from the Northwest University’s School of Police Staff and Command. He and his family “give back” to the community through a special light display at their home during the holiday season. The display serves as a fundraiser for the Greene County Interfaith Hospitality Network.
Strous (XCHS class of 1951) has demonstrated his devotion to Xenia community for several decades through his involvement with Xenia’s Rail Art Fest and the Greene County Historical Society rail display. Strous has held office in several organizations, including Faith Community United Methodist Church, Greene County Historical Society, Xenia Adult Recreation Service Center, and as the organizer of Xenia Rail Art Fest. He has also has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. He was one of the founders of the “Meet Me At The Station” program at the Xenia Bike Hub in 1990.This educational program serves third grade students. The program received an award from the Ohio Historical Society.
Williams, a former superintendent, had his approach to education summarized by his nominators: “As a teacher, principal, superintendent, parent or board member, we make our best decisions when we determine first what is best for the students, and then make all subsequent judgements based on that insight.” Williams began his career in Xenia in 1963 as a science teacher. He later worked as assistant principal and principal at Central Junior High School and as principal of Xenia Junior High School. Williams became the superintendent of Xenia Community Schools in 1986 and retired in 1995. During his career, he developed many new initiatives and worked to revitalize the Xenia Educational Endowment Fund (now known as the Xenia Community Schools Foundation) and helped to develop the Xenia Community Schools Hall of Honor.
Plaques honoring each of the inductees will be permanently displayed at Xenia High School.
Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.