Weather Forecast


South Dakota Hall of Fame to induct 13 this weekend

CHAMBERLAIN -- Following are biographies, provided by the South Dakota Hall of Fame, of each of the 13 people who will be inducted into the hall at Chamberlain this weekend.

Induction Ceremony Weekend events began Friday and will continue today at Chamberlain and Oacoma, culminating with an Honors Banquet at 6:15 p.m. at Cedar Shore Resort.

Thomas Stone, Chamberlain

Tom Stone was born Nov. 25, 1932, in rural Wagner. He attended Southern State College in Springfield, earning a bachelor of science degree in industrial arts and vocational education. In 1959, he started his teaching career at Chamberlain Public School and attended Colorado State University during the summers, earning a master's degree.

In 1963, he started his academic career with Southern State College and would hold various teaching and administrative positions including chief administration officer and dean of instruction until the college closed in 1984. While teaching at SSC, he attended CSU and received a doctorate degree. He was the Southeast Community College, Milford, Neb., campus president from 1984 until his retirement in 1995.

Tom is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the American Technical Education Association Outstanding Service Award in 1996.

Clarence Auld, deceased

Clarence Vivian "Doc" Auld was born in Plankinton in 1886. He attended Plankinton City School and one year in Iowa. He attended medical school at the University in Michigan and graduated in 1909 as a general practitioner.

Doc practiced medicine in the Plankinton area his entire life. He delivered three generations of babies in the same families. He was the doctor of the S.D. Training School from 1918 until he retired in 1962. He served on the draft board for Aurora County during World War I and as a medical examiner for three wars: World War I, World War II and the Korean War. He was a 60-year member of the Masons and held memberships in the Presbyterian Church of Plankinton, the Mitchell Medical Society and the South Dakota State Medical Association. In 1957, he was awarded the honor of General Practitioner of the Year by Joe Foss, Sen. Case, Sen. Karl Mundt and George McGovern.

Dr. Auld died in 1968.

Dr. Clarence V. Auld began his life in Plankinton. He was born to Oliver P. Auld and Nelli Hoon Auld, and when he was growing up he ran the city cow herd. At the age of 9, he'd take them out of the city to graze in the morning and bring them back in the evening.

Sam Dupris, Bloomington

Sam Dupris was the first and only American Indian to be employed as a pilot for the Federal Aviation Administration. A member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, he was born on the reservation, the fourth of five children in the depth of the Depression. During his distinguished and storied 40-plus year career, he has been involved in many history-making changes in the aviation industry and in paving the way for opportunities for Indian people.

He was educated through the Catholic-run mission boarding school system and after high school graduation, he answered the call of duty and volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army and was awarded a Purple Heart. He worked his way into a career in aviation that would take him from Southeast Asia with the CIA to Alaska, Europe and the Middle East with the FAA. He was also an aviation project manager for the Saudi Kingdom. He has received numerous commendations for his service over the years and was inducted into the South Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame in 2001.

Eagle Woman Who All Look At, deceased

Eagle Woman Who All Look At, also known as Matilda Picotte Galpin, was a Teton Sioux known for her diplomatic skills and dedication to seeking peaceful compromise between her native people and the whites living on the frontier.

After the death of her father, Chief Two Lance, she married Honor Picotte, general agent of the fur trading post at Fort Pierre. In 1850, she married trader Charles Galpin. From both men, she learned the ways of the whites and used her influence to find nonviolent solutions to the conflicts that arose between the Indians and the whites between 1860 and 1880.

Mrs. Galpin is notable for her role in mediating an 1868 meeting between Sitting Bull and Father De Smet and for saving the priest's life. In 1869, she took over a Grand River trading post and became the first Sioux businesswoman in the territory.

John Lillibridge, Burke

John Lillibridge was born on May 9, 1939, in Burke. After graduating from Burke in 1958, he obtained a business degree from the University of South Dakota in 1962. A standout athlete, John won multiple awards and set several records on the high school, college and state levels.

John impacted his hometown of Burke and the entire state of South Dakota. Currently serving as chairman of the board for his family's First Fidelity Banks, he helps lead branches in Burke, Bonesteel, Colome, Gregory, Murdo, Platte and Winner. He also helped establish foundations in each of these communities to improve the quality of life for all ages. He provides support for the fellowship of Christian Athletes, the University of Sioux Falls and the South Dakota Community Foundation.

John married Linda Piersol, and they raised three children: Laurie Kinzy, Lisa Govoni and Mark Lillibridge.

Geraldean Fluke, Custer

Geraldean Lynn Fluke was born in Winner in 1926 and grew up in Deerfield. She earned a bachelor's degree in physics from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1948 and pursued a career in engineering/aerospace, having worked for General Electric, Boeing, Aerojet General Corporation, and the U.S. Air Force Rocket Propulsion Lab.

Since 1955, she has been a professional engineer. In the midst of employment in industry, she taught at Edgemont High School and Fork Belknap College. She earned master's degree in physics from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in atmospheric, environmental and water resources in 1997 from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, where she had been awarded the Guy E. March Silver Medal for outstanding professional achievement in 1989.

Geraldean and Gordon Fluke divide their time between their home in Missoula and ranch in Custer County. They have two children, Roberta Evans and Douglas Fluke, and six grandchildren.

Gordon Garnos, Watertown

Born and raised in Presho, Gordon R. Garnos is a lifelong South Dakotan, except for the five years he served in the U.S. Air Force in Texas, England and Germany. Gordon and his wife, Elizabeth, have lived in Watertown since 1964.

For nearly 40 years, Mr. Garnos was employed by the Watertown Public Opinion daily newspaper, rising through the ranks from a reporter to area editor, to state editor and for 24 years serving as the editor. He retired in 2002.

During his career, Gordon received numerous state and national awards for his news articles, photos and editorials, including being named Newsman of the Year in 1981. He was named Lusk Fellow at South Dakota State University and was inducted into South Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2007.

He has also been recognized several times over the years for his many acts of community service, both on the local and state levels.

Lawrence L. Piersol, Sioux Falls

Lawrence L. Piersol is a native of Wakonda. He received his bachelor of science degree in 1962, and his law degree in 1965 from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. Larry subsequently served in the JAG Corps and after leaving active duty returned to South Dakota and began practicing with Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz and Smith in Sioux Falls.

He served as the majority leader in the South Dakota House of Representatives. In 1993, Larry was appointed by President Clinton as a United States district court judge for the District of South Dakota and served as chief judge from 1991 to 2006. He continues to serve as a district court judge. In 2006, Chief Justice Roberts appointed Judge Piersol to the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Larry has served on a variety of boards, has been a member of many professional and judicial organizations and is past president of the Federal Judges Association.

Larry and his wife, Cathy, have one son, two daughters and four grandchildren.

Al Schoeneman, Sioux Falls

Al Schoeneman was born on Sept. 28, 1947, in Sioux Falls. He is the son of Alvin and Geradyn Schoeneman. He has lived his entire life in Sioux Falls, except for the years he spent as a student at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. He received his degree in business administration in 1970.

After his graduation from the University of Kansas, he has spent his entire working life with the family owned Schoeneman Brothers Lumber, now known as Schoeneman Lumber Company.

Al has literally given of his life for the benefit of other people and especially young folks through scholarships and investment in organizations that help underprivileged children.

Al has given generously to the University of Sioux Falls and Augustana College scholarship funds, as well as many other charitable organizations in South Dakota.

He was named South Dakota Philanthropist of the Year in 2005.

Dale Clement, Rapid City

Dale Eugene Clement, former professor and dean of the University of South Dakota School of Business for 26 years, began his lifelong career devoted to education excellence, business and economic research, charitable endeavors and public service to South Dakota.

In addition to his dedication to USD School of Business, Clement served on the South Dakota Investment Council and the REDI Fund Board. His public service included the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce, South Dakota Council on Economic Education, founding of the Small Business Development Centers in Vermillion, Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Watertown, establishment of the German Sister Cities in Vermillion and Rapid City and service on numerous boards.

Clement also has received numerous awards, including the Deans Wing of the new USD Business School named the Clement Wing, the most recent honor bestowed on him.

He is married to Barbara Clement and has two children, James Clement and Crystal Rimsza, and two grandchildren, Lauren and Sarah.

Greg Latza, Sioux Falls

Greg Latza is a professional photographer who focuses his lens on the people and places of South Dakota. He was born on a Letcher farm in 1970. In 1997, he began a freelance photography business with his wife, Jodi. Since then, he has tirelessly photographed the tiny towns, big cities, mountains and prairies of our state. Perhaps most importantly, he's captured the spirit of South Dakota.

He has published nine photo books and has had his work appear in numerous national and regional publications such as the New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, South Dakota Magazine, Farm Journal, the Argus Leader and Successful Farming.

Latza also manages an extensive stock photography portfolio of agriculture, prairie, landscape and travel images.

Greg's inspiration comes from his own rural background and a desire to capture and document life in South Dakota today.

James Kuehn, Rapid City

Jim Kuehn has spent a lifetime committed to the newspaper industry and to providing readers with accurate, unbiased information along with awareness of issues critical to the community.

A lifelong resident of the state of South Dakota, Jim's passion spurred a career that spanned his teen years through his retirement in 1986.

As editor and a vice president of the Rapid City Journal, Jim was a voice for positive change. He was a vital community leader in the difficult days following the devastating 1972 Black Hills flood, providing encouragement that "Yes, we will get through this."

Jim's positive impact in the Rapid City community is witnessed by his vital roles in building a new library, Rapid City's Lasing Legacy (celebrating South Dakota's Centennial) and participation in Rapid City's Berlin Wall memorial.

Since his retirement from the Rapid City Journal, Jim has been a tireless worker and promoter of South Dakota's most famous landmark, Mount Rushmore.

Howard Wood, deceased

Howard Wood was one of the most successful high school coaches in the Dakotas and the Midwest.

He was born March 3, 1883, in Marvelville, Ontario, Canada, just miles from where he was raised in Potsdam, New York. He graduated from New York State University in the four-year English program and continued in summer sessions at Harvard University. His first position was in Rugby, N.D., followed by several years at Sioux Falls High School and a brief stint at North Dakota State University. Coach Wood returned to Sioux Falls High School to teach, coach and direct the athletic programs for the next 40 years.

He married Ruth Wells, an English teacher. They had six children: Rollin, Robert, Mary, Helen, Howard and Albert. There are 23 grandchildren, and 13 continue to reside in South Dakota.

At Sioux Falls High School, renamed Washington High School in 1908, he coached track 38 years (16 state championships), football 35 years (20 undeclared state championships) and basketball 33 years (seven state championships). He was also the athletic director, golf, tennis and girls' basketball coach. He died Feb. 21, 1949, at 65.

He was a leader for 28 years in the State Athletic Board of Control and vital in the early developmental years of South Dakota high school sports.

In 1923, he established and directed the Dakota Relays until his death. The meet continues to this day, renamed The Howard Wood Dakota Relays to honor his legacy.