The Woodrow Wilson High School Hall of Fame was established on the occasion of the school’s 60th anniversary in 1989. A representative of each decade of Woodrow’s existence, plus longtime faculty members and PTA volunteers, gathered together to nominate and select the first 17 alumni to be inducted. Since 1999, inductions have taken place every five years, coinciding with school anniversaries. We invite you to review a list of our honored alumni and a brief description of their numerous achievements.
Ruth Collins Altshuler Sharp Class of 1940 – SMU Board of Trustees and Governors from 1968 to 1987, Civic Leader.
Dr. Floyd Bloom Class of 1954 – Neuroscience, Medicine, Author.
Tim Brown Class of 1984 – Heisman Trophy Winner 1987 Notre Dame, NFL Los Angeles Raiders, NFL Rookie of the Year 1988.
Dr. Charles Max Cole Class of 1932 – President, Dallas County Medical Society, Chief of Surgery, Presbyterian Hospital, Diplomate, American Board of Surgery.
Jim Collins Class of 1932 – United States Congressman serving eight terms.
Trammell Crow Class of 1932 – Founder and Chairman of the Trammell Crow Company, largest and most successful real estate development company in the U.S.
Jack Evans Class of 1940 – Chairman, President and CEO of Cullum Companies, Inc., parent company of Tom Thumb Supermarkets.
Ralph Guldahl Class of 1930 – Golf pro, winner of the 1939 Masters, winner of the U.S. Open in 1937 and 1938.
Jim Mattox Class of 1961 – U.S. Congressman, Attorney General of Texas.
Geraldine Erwin Miller Class of 1952 – Texas State Board of Education.
M.T. “Buddy” Minyard Class of 1930 – Founder and Chairman, Minyard Food Stores.
David “Davey” O’Brien Class of 1935 – Heisman Trophy Winner 1938 TCU.
Thomas R. Phillips Class of 1968 – Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court.
Wallace Savage Class of 1929 – Mayor of Dallas 1949-1951, County and State Democratic Party Chairman 1952-1954.
Carroll Shelby Class of 1940 – National Champion professional race car driver, car builder, creator, Shelby Mustang and Shelby Cobra.
Dr. Tom Shires Class of 1942 – Chairman, Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in- Chief, New York Hospital Medical Center, Dean, Cornell University Medical College.
Rowland Wolfe Class of 1934 – Olympic Gold Medalist in Tumbling, 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.
Richard Berezden Class of 1956 – President, American University Washington, D.C.
Walter Evans Class of 1948 – Channel 4 Television.
Al Haynes Class of 1948 – Pilot, United Airlines.
Jerry Haynes Class of 1944 – Channel 8 Television, creator, “Mr. Peppermint”.
Samuel Robert Johnson Class of 1947 – Texas State Representative, Dallas/Collin County.
William Kieschnick, Jr. Class of 1940 – Former CEO, Atlantic Richfield Co.
Malcolm Kutner Class of 1938 – All- American, UT Football, NCAA Football Hall of Fame, NFL, NFL Most Valuable Player 1948, Vice-President, C&K Petroleum.
Alton Lister Class of 1976 – Professional Basketball Player, NBA, Golden State Warriors.
Dr. Percy Lueke, Jr. Class of 1943 – Medical Doctor, former member, DISD School Board.
William C. McCord Class of 1945 – Chairman, Enserch Corporation.
Nancy Armour Neeld Class of 1948 – Tennis professional.
William H. Seay Class of 1936 – Former CEO, Southwestern Life Insurance Co.
Charles W. Tessmer Class of 1938 – Attorney at Law.
Joel T. Williams Class of 1938 – Former Senior Chairman, Bright Banc.
Billy Andrews Class of 1941 – Founder and CEO, Rooster Andrews Sporting Goods, Inc.
Sam Blair Class of 1950 – Writer and sports columnist, The Dallas Morning News.
Stephen Cargile Class of 1982 – Artist, Walt Disney Studios, Art Director, Euro Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland.
Al Carrell Class of 1943 – Columnist, radio and television’s “Super Handyman”.
Pat Evans Class of 1947 – Sports Medicine specialist, Team Physician for Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks, Founder and Medical Director, Justin Sports Medicine Program for Professional Rodeo Cowboys.
Bill Forester Class of 1949 – All-American, SMU Football, NFL, Captain, Green Bay Packers Championship Teams of 1961, 1962.
Hershel Forester Class of 1948 – SMU Football, NFL, Captain, Cleveland Browns Championship Teams of 1954, 1955.
Lou Freeman Class of 1970 – Chief Pilot, Southwest Airlines Pilot Crew Base, Chicago Midway.
Kenyon Hiser Class of 1976 – U.S. Navy Commander, Destroyer USS Paul Hamilton.
Bradley Sue LaFon Howell Class of 1951 – Woodrow Wilson High School Librarian (1981-2006), Founder, Woodrow Wilson High School Archives, responsible for school designation as City and State Historical Landmark.
Georgia Ann Carroll Kyser Class of 1937 – Top John Robert Powers fashion model, Warner Bros. contract player, USO entertainer, wife of bandleader Kay Kyser, Model for “Spirit of the Centennial” statue at Fair Park (now Women’s Museum).
Lawrence Marcus Class of 1934 – Neiman- Marcus, U.S. Army Captain of victorious WWII 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion in El Guettar battle against German forces.
Dodd Miller Class of 1957 – Chief of Dallas Fire Department 1976-2000.
Ken Morris Class of 1968 – Co-Founder, PeopleSoft, Inc. California.
Boone Powell, Jr. Class of 1955 – President and CEO, Baylor Health Care System, Baylor University Medical Center.
Kyle Rains Class of 1976 – Co-Founder, Woodrow Wilson High School Alumni Association, Woodrow Wilson High School Historian.
Marvin Runyon Class of 1942 – Postmaster General of the United States.
Joe Sholden Class of 1976 – Merrill Lynch Financial.
John Sholden Class of 1979 – Dallas County Justice of the Peace.
Ken Woodfin Class of 1940 – Admiral, U.S. Navy (retired).
Michelle Bobadilla Class of 1973 – Associate Vice President, University of Texas at Arlington.
Mary Brinegar Class of 1965 – President and Chief Operating Officer, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society.
Bill Cunningham Class of 1949 – City and Community Leader, known in East Dallas as “The Insurance Wizard”.
Vickers Cunningham Class of 1980 – Judge, 283rd Judicial District Court.
Buckner Fanning Class of 1943 – Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, San Antonio for 43 years, has led mission ministries throughout the world.
Burton Gilliam Class of 1956 – Former Dallas firefighter, popular Hollywood character actor, appeared in films such as “Paper Moon,” “Blazing Saddles,” and “Honeymoon in Vegas,” Golden Gloves Title Holder.
Gary Griffith Class of 1966 – Member, Dallas City Council, East Dallas Representative on the Park Board, Planning and Zoning Commission, Center City TIF Board.
James Rogers Class of 1965 – Executive Director and Chief Psychiatrist, Child Guidance Center in San Antonio.
Toby Shook Class of 1976 – Dallas County Assistant District Attorney.
Peggy Hill Taylor Class of 1939 – Founder, Peggy Taylor Talent, Inc., first talent agency in the Southwest, has developed careers of hundreds of actors from New York to Hollywood.
George N. Zarafonetis Class of 1937 – Credit Card Pioneer, Founder, MasterCard (originally PrestoCharge).
Ed Bentley Class of 1940 – Chairman of the Board and CEO of Republic National Bank, longtime supporter of Woodrow programs and Juliette Fowler Homes.
Elizabeth Cupples Blessing Class of 1936 – First woman to campaign for Mayor of Dallas; second woman elected to Dallas City Council. Heralded as a pioneer who helped open Dallas politics to women.
Alan Bromberg Class of 1945 – Senior fellow of Yale Law School faculty, visiting professor at Stanford Law School, professor at SMU Law School. Acclaimed author of numerous books and articles on legal subjects.
Bob English Class of 1942 – Borrowed $1,100 from parents upon graduation from Texas A&M, started English Bros., and built it into the largest distributor of automotive paint and body supplies in the Texas- Oklahoma-Louisiana region.
Neil “Skip” Fletcher Class of 1953 – Served as “official taster” in the family kitchen as father Neil and Uncle Carl developed the recipe for world famous Fletcher’s Corny Dog at the State Fair of Texas.
Lawrence Good Class of 1968 – Distinguished architect whose projects include University of Texas-Dallas campus master plan, Lakewood master planning, Dallas Civic Garden Center, and Victory Development District.
Bob Goodrich Class of 1963 – All-America and All-State end for Woodrow who has had an illustrious career as TV sports producer, winning 15 Emmy awards. Responsible for ABC’s “Monday Night Football,” Super Bowl Telecasts, Indianapolis 500, Summer and Winter Olympics. Played on SMU’s 1966 Southwest Conference Championship team.
Tracy Hiser Harding Class of 1981 – Former Yale cheerleader, served two years with Peace Corps, earned Master’s in International Relations at University of California San Francisco, works for the State Department in Jakarta, Indonesia. Recently hosted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Phil Johnson Class of 1943 – Navy Veteran and career professional dancer who helped launch Woodrow’s proud tradition of annual musicals by choreographing 1958 landmark production of Oklahoma!
Larry Karl III Class of 1968 – National Wrestling Hall of Fame member, won 31 District Championships as coach of men’s and women’s wrestling teams at Skyline High School. Former Dallas Cowboys waterboy.
William Lewis Lester Class of 1929 – Acclaimed painter who helped develop Texas Regionalist Style, has works in the Dallas Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, and the Whitney and Huntington Art Museums. Chairman of Art Department, UT Austin 1952-54, Triptych “Development of American Industry” hangs in Woodrow Library.
John Paul McCrumbly Class of 1971 – Woodrow Wilson’s first African-American football star, propelled 1969-70 team to Texas State Semi-Finals. Also played for Texas A&M and NFL Buffalo Bills.
Mariano Martinez Class of 1963 – Accomplished restaurateur. In 1971, modified a soft-serve ice cream maker into the world’s first frozen margarita machine which is now displayed in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
Steve Miller Class of 1961 – Steve Miller Band, World famous musician and guitarist. Album “The Steve Miller Band’s Greatest Hits 1974-1978” has sold over 13 million copies. Band continues to perform at sold- out concerts.
Danielle Drury Petters Class of 1985 – Successful international fashion model before pursuing a career in education. Former member of Woodrow faculty, now principal at J.L. Long Middle School. First of seven siblings to graduate from Woodrow.
Marjorie Hardwick Schramel Class of 1982 – Acclaimed ballerina, successful international fashion model, danced with Mikhail Baryshnikov at American Ballet Theatre. Now Director of Schramel Conservatory of Dance in New Orleans, Associate Director of New Orleans Ballet Theatre, soloist with Dallas, Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Miami Ballets.
Inez Sookma Class of 1983 – NATO, Colonel in U.S. Air Force, currently serving with International Military Staff at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
Barbara Galleher Tonry Class of 1954 – Held 12 national titles in tumbling, qualified for U.S. Olympic Trials in 1960 before a knee injury redirected her focus to teaching. Organized first women’s gymnastics team at Yale and has been Head Coach since 1973. Won 14 Ivy Classic Championships.
Ruth Allen Vail Class of 1991 – First Woodrow graduate to serve as school’s principal, in 2008 spearheaded efforts to upgrade Woodrow campus resulting in building restorations, and recently opened Science/Performing Arts Wing.
Lawrence George Wright (Larry) Class of 1965 – Pulitzer Prize Winner, author, screenwriter, playwright, staff writer for New Yorker magazine. His book, The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11, was an international bestseller and won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction. His book, In the New World: Growing up with America 1960-1984, is set in Dallas and recounts his experiences at Woodrow during the Kennedy assassination period.