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Four to be inducted into Carrollton Alumni Hall of Fame

By Don Rutledge
FPS Associate Editor

Four Carrollton High School graduates who have distinguished themselves in their respective professions have been selected for induction into the Carrollton High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
The 2012-13 inductees are:

- John H. Davis, a 1959 Carrollton High School (CHS) graduate who is being honored in the Hall of Fame categories of Education and Community Service;

- Dennis Hoobler, a 1968 CHS graduate who has had a prestigious career in the Athletics Department at The Ohio State University.

- U. S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant Michael Joseph, a 1989 CHS graduate who is being honored for his Military accomplishments.

- Larry M. Starr, a 1964 CHS graduate who is being recognized for his involvement in professional athletics and community service

All four will be inducted into the CHS Alumni Hall of Fame at the Foundation’s annual HOF banquet May 3 at the Atwood Lodge and Golf Club.
Tickets are available at $25 per person until April 15 by contacting Shirley Walter at 330-627-5429.
The inductees will also be guests of the National Honor Society at Carrollton High School at noon May 3.

John Davis
Nominated by Lynn Markley, a 2010 HOF inductee, Davis grew up on a farm in the Petersburg-Perrysville area, the oldest of seven children, and the son of the late Arthur and Pauline Davis.

He became involved in the FFA program at Carrollton High School where he achieved the State FFA Degree. This began his life-long involvement with the Future Farmers of America.

Davis chose to attend The Ohio State University where he continued to be active in agriculture along with being a trainer for the Buckeyes, serving as head trainer his senior year.

Davis earned both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in agriculture education and taught vocational agriculture for five years in Ashtabula County before being asked to join the state staff of agriculture education.

Upon moving back to Carroll County, Davis supervised vo-ag teachers in 16 counties of northeast Ohio and was director of the Ohio FFA Camp Muskingum on Leesville Lake for 20 years.

In 1987, he was selected to be the State Director of Agriculture Education with the Ohio Department of Education. He took early retirement in 1992, but continued to direct the FFA Camp until 1995 when his son, Todd, took over the directorship. During those 28 years, Davis touched the lives of some 32,000 FFA members.

Upon retuning home from Columbus, Davis was elected Carroll County Commissioner and served one four-year term (1993-97).

He is presently enjoying retirement, volunteering with a special commitment to the national program called Project Food, Land & People, an agricultural and environmental literacy program.

Davis has been a member of the Carroll County Farm Bureau since 1994, serving as president from 2008-12. He also is a life member of the Carroll County Historical Society, having served as treasurer for five years. He assisted in creating the Carroll County Foundation as a charter board member and served as a member of the OSU Extension Advisory Committee.

From 1998 through 2006, Davis took eight one-week Haiti Mission trips and served as a member and secretary-treasurer of the Crossroads Resource Conservation and Development Council for 12 counties until it was dissolved in 2012.

Davis is a charter member of the Planning team that conducted a “Country Living” field day each September in Carroll County until 2010 and the Carroll County Farmland Preservation Task Force.

He has been a member of the Carroll County Comprehensive Plan, serving as committee chair and executive committee, and the Carrollton Ruritan Club since 1993, serving as treasurer since 2004.

Davis and his wife, Ruth, reside at 65 poinsettia Rd. SE, Scio, in Perry Twp. and are lifelong members of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church where he is member of the administrative Board.

John and Ruth have two grown children, Todd, FFA camp director and his wife Kim, and Justine (Todd) Warner, a 6th grade teacher in Bellevue schools. The Davises have five grandchildren, Brook and Zach Warner and Garret, Kady and Allison Davis.

Dennis (Denny) Hoobler
Nominated by Mark Householder, a 2006 HOF inductee, Hoobler is a 1968 graduate of Carrollton High School and resides in Upper Arlington with his wife, the former Nancy Drake, also a CHS graduate. They have two grown children, Angela and Andrew.

Hoobler has been associated with The Ohio State University since post-high school days when he obtained a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Business Administration and a Master of Arts degree in Education, Sports Administration.

Hoobler has been employed with the OSU athletic department for the past 27 years and is currently OSU’s Associate Athletic Director and Special Assistant to the Athletic Director.

Upon his honorable discharge from the US Army Reserves in 1979, Hoobler served as associate athletic director at Furman University in Greenville, SC, for three years until becoming associated with the OSU Alumni Association as Director of Alumni Clubs.

At OSU, Denny has served as Director of Marketing, Director of Development, Assistant Athletic Director and now as Associate Athletic director.

Hoobler is credited with giving leadership in the Ohio State University athletic department over the last 27 years, helping to grow the department’s 2012 budget to $130 million while giving 1,076 student athletes in 36 varsity sports a chance to earn a degree and compete at an intercollegiate level.

According to Householder, Denny has built a distinguished career at Ohio State University. “While coaches and athletic staff (those for whom he worked) have come and gone at OSU over the years, Denny has become a fixture in the athletic department”, Householder said in his nomination.

His steady and dependable leadership has helped OSU develop the largest athletic department in the country. Denny pioneered the OSU athletic department’s marketing strategy to become the athletic department’s first marketing director, Householder noted.

As a member of the Ohio State Athletic Department, Hoobler has held various positions in marketing, fund raising, ticketing and numerous administration positions. He also oversees the Marching Band and Cheerleading squad and represents the Athletic Director with the football program along with the University President and Board of Trustees offices.
Hoobler is currently a member of the National Association of Athletic Fund Raisers and National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

He also has been involved with the Upper Arlington Youth sports program, Upper Arlington Civic Association, Trinity United Methodist Church, American Legion and has assisted with fund raising projects in Upper Arlington schools.

Denny’s other volunteer activities include the Ronald McDonald House at Children’s Hospital and Franklin County Food Bank.

He is a son of Lucille Hoobler of Dellroy and the late Robert Hoobler. He also has a brother, Jim, who lives in Hilliard with his family.

US Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Michael S. Joseph
Michael S. Joseph, a 1989 CHS graduate who was nominated by Don Rutledge, is being honored in the Military category, having made the United States Air Force a career.

Son of Shari Howells of 405 McKinley Ave. NW, Carrollton, Joseph entered the service in October 1989 upon graduation from high school and began a prestigious career which led him to his current ranking.

During his 23 years of active duty, Joseph specialized in air crew life support as a military personnel superintendent.

He also completed various military training schools and the Air Force’s Community College where he received Associate of Applied Science degrees in life support and human resources.

He earned numerous honors, awards and achievements, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal with 6 Oak Leaf clusters, a Joint Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf cluster and an Air Force Achievement Medal with three oak Leaf clusters.

His most recent honor was attaining the highest rank in the senior noncommissioned officer tier of the US Air Force.

The then Senior Master Sergeant was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant during a recognition ceremony in 2012 at the Peterson Air Force Base Club in Colorado Springs, CO.

He has been named Airman of the Year and Non Commissioned Officer of the Year several times, along with Personnel Manager of the Year twice. Joseph earned the United States Northern Command Senior Non Commissioned Officer of the Year award in 2010 and the National Aerospace Defense Association Patriot Award in 2011.

His community service includes serving as treasurer of the Team Shaw Chiefs Group, operating Marion House to feed homeless in Colorado Springs, CO., and coaching soccer for six years and T ball for three years.

He served as the military advisor to the Air Force Academy gymnastic team and numerous Air Force community programs.

In nominating Joseph, Rutledge said he feels Michael Joseph is the epitome of the old cliché “local boy makes good” by having moved up the military ladder rapidly and professionally.

Joseph has achieved what only 1% of the Air Force and enlisted personnel achieve. He was among only 2,201 eligible Senior Master Sergeants eligible for promotion to Chief Master Sergeant and only 457 were selected.

Joseph and his wife, Julie, have a son, Brannon, 19, and a daughter Mia, 12. The family resides in Sumter, SC, while Joseph is currently on deployment to Afghanistan.

Larry M. Starr
Larry M. Starr, a 1964 CHS graduate, was nominated for the honor in athletics and community service by William Roberts of Hinesdale, IL.

Starr began his athletic training career at CHS with the football and basketball teams. He went on to Ohio University (OU) in Athens, graduating in 1968. That same year Starr was named the assistant athletic trainer at OU under head athletic trainer Al Hart.

During this tenure, he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in education. In October 1971, he was named head athletic trainer for the Cincinnati Reds professional baseball team. During his 21 years in Cincinnati, he was a part of three world championships in 1975, ’76 and ’90 and also with his former Reds’ assistant Dan Wright received the Major League Baseball (MLB) Athletic Training Staff of the Year award in 1991.

Starr served as National League Athletic trainer for MLB All-Star games in 1976, ’77, ’85, ’88 and ’95.

In November 1992, Larry was named the head athletic trainer for the Florida Marlins and played a key role in the Marlin’s 1997 world championship, the quickest in MLB history. Starr served as the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society’s (PBATS) secretary from 1990-95 and as its historian from 1996-2001. During this tenure he completed the first PBATS history entitled “Behind the Scenes: The History of PBATS.”

Larry received the National Athletic Trainers Association’s (NATA) 25-year Distinguished Service award in 1991 and served on the NATA Public Relations Committee 1990-95. He had the distinction of being inducted into the Ohio Athletic Trainer’s Hall of Fame in April 1994 and named Southeast Athletic Trainers Association Professional Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1999. He also was honored in 2005 by being inducted into the Athletic Trainers Association of Florida’s Hall of Fame and served as its vice president and southeast representative.

In 2002, Starr was inducted into the Tennis Fantasy with the Legends Hall of Fame in New Braunfels, TX. The National Athletic Trainers Association honored Starr in 2006 with the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award.

He also was honored in 2008 by his Alma Mater (OU) with the Medal of Merit Award for his Achievements in Athletic Training and was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in New Orleans in 2011.

After 30 years in professional baseball, Starr returned to the academic world as the Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Medicine at Nova Southern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, in 2002. Larry created the first NCAA Division II Sports Medicine Interdisciplinary Team Model to provide healthcare to the NSU student-athletes.

After eight years at NSU, Starr left the university to start an injury/conditioning consulting business Starr Athletic Solutions LLC  that will allow him to share his vast knowledge and experience in injuries and conditioning.

He is also an adjunct professor at Nova Southern University and is finishing his dissertation for his doctorate in Education Leadership.

Larry is a National Strength Coaches Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and holds a Professional 2 level certification with the United States Professional Tennis Association.

Starr is an avid runner, completing 18 marathons and is also an Elvis Presley memorabilia buff. He and his wife, Linda, a certified reading specialist, have two grown daughters, Laura and Amy. They reside in Coral Springs, FL.

Larry’s brother, Thomas J. Starr, a 1963 CHS graduate, was inducted into the Carrollton Schools Alumni Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 2004. Both are sons of the late Roy and Virginia Starr, late of Carrollton.


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