1997 Inductees

Russell B. Dahl - Class of 1973

Russell Dahl has been a key supporter of the Fenton High School Boys' Cross Country and Track Teams for more than 20 years. He established a summer cross country running camp scholarship in 1989, and has contributed more than $7,000 since that time to help Fenton athletes attend these camps. As an active member of Fenton's unofficial track and cross country alumni club, Russell has also developed and directed a $1,000 per year college scholarship fund with other cross country graduates.

Through his work as a business manager with Richardson Electronics, Russell has been instrumental in creating more than 60 jobs in the U.S. and abroad.

John C. Geils​ - Class of 1969

John Geils became the village president of Bensenville in 1985. After graduating magna cum laude from Western Illinois University, he returned to Bensenville where he has been active in all aspects of the community.

As an active supporter of education, he served on Fenton's Board of Education from 1975-1981 and coached at Fenton from 1981 - 1993. As village president, John as acquired over $25 million in grants for community redevelopment. He also implemented on of the first Tax Increment Finance Districts in Illinois for town center redevelopment. John founded the Bensenville Intergovernmental Group, through which he spearheaded many programs for education, development and cooperative operational programs, including construction of the Redmond Retention/Multi-Purpose recreational facility and the Illinois 2000 Program.

He is chairman of the Suburban O'Hare Commission and is a charter member of many community organizations, including the Bensenville Historical Society, the Bensenville Environmental Protection Coalition and the Bensenville Rotary Club

Arnold J. Greve, Jr. - Class of 1961

Dr. Arnold Greve Jr. has been superintendent of the Springfield, Missouri Public Schools since 1995. He has been with the district since 1966, and has held positions as teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. Under his leadership as principal, Springfield's Kickapoo High School was selected as one of only 152 outstanding secondary schools in the nation in 1983 by the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Greve has received numerous honors in his field, including the 1982 Outstanding Principal Award from the Southwest Missouri Guidance Association and the Missouri Guidance Association, and the President's Award and Distinguished Alumnus Award from Evangel College.

Robert M. Grothe​ - Class of 1964

Robert Grothe has been an educator for more than 28 years, the last 19 of which have been spent as a member of the Fenton High School English Department faculty.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Fenton, Robert has been instrumental in developing Fenton's highly-acclaimed drama program.  He has directed and designed over 70 theater productions on the high school and community levels, which has often included building sets, designing costumes and creating light and sound effects.

In conjunction with the fall and spring drama productions, Robert works with the Board of Education in hosting annual free productions of each show for senior citizen residents of Bensenville and Wood Dale.  In addition to his work with he drama program, Robert is advisor to Fenton's National Honor Society, and coordinator of the Big Brother/Sister program and freshman orientation program.

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