RACINE — Nine Horlick High School alumni were inducted into the school’s Graduates of Distinction.
The induction ceremony took place June 7 at Racine Country Club. All of the inductees, their invited guests, Horlick High School’s administrative team, and the Graduates of Distinction committee were in attendance and enjoyed breakfast together.
The inductees who were able to join commencement that same afternoon at Horlick High School had a seat of honor on the stage and were recognized by Principal Angela Apmann as she introduced each inductee to the audience by reading a short biography of the individual.
William J. Little, M.D., January 1939
After preparing for college with the help of his favorite teachers at Horlick: Bertha Ott in Latin, Miss Turgasen in English and Werner Smith in chemistry, Little set out to attend the University of Wisconsin Extension in Milwaukee. He later transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned a bachelors of science degree in 1942 graduating summa cum laude and was awarded Phi Beta Kappa induction. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical school in 1944. His internship and medical residencies were done in Chicago and Detroit followed by a year in a cardiovascular fellowship at the University of Michigan. The next three years were spent in the position of assistant medical director at the Wisconsin State Tuberculosis Sanatorium. He is certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine with a certified subspecialty of Pulmonary Diseases.
In 1954, after his medical military service in the Korean War with the U.S. Army Medical Corps, he moved his family back to Racine and began a solo private practice for 34 years in internal medicine.
While practicing in Racine, he was medical director of the Sunny Rest Tuberculosis Sanatorium at the Racine County TB Clinic, served as president of the Wisconsin Thoracic Society, medical director of St. Luke’s medical intensive care unit and as the medical director of the respiratory care departments and the pulmonary function laboratories at both Racine Hospitals.
After his retirement in 1989, Dr. Little was appointed to the board of Health Care Network to help establish a free clinic and also served as its president for two terms. He continues to work there to this day and serves as a volunteer medical director. In addition, he served as Lincoln Lutheran’s Nursing Homes Medical Director from 1989-1999.
Since his retirement, he helped found The Racine Area Geriatric Assessment Center as founding president and served two terms as president of the board of directors. Since 1994 Dr. Little has been on the City of Racine’s Board of Health, serving as president during the past several years. Other memberships include the Racine County, Wisconsin State and American Medical Associations, the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Physicians. He also served on the board of directors of Villa St. Anna and the Hub of Senior Services.
In 2001, Dr. Little received the Downtown Rotary Club Community Service Award and in 2007, in Washington D.C., was given the Excellence in Medicine Award by the American Medical Association Foundation.
As a doctor who enjoys volunteer work, he belongs to an organization named Physicians for a National Health Program, and hopes that there will soon be a national medical insurance plan that covers all U.S. citizens.
Dr. Little had four children three of whom work in medical fields, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Dorothy, his wife of 57 years died in 2006.
Charles Pehlivanian, Class of 1951
Charles Pehlivanian was born in Racine and attended public school’s including Horlick High, where he graduated in 1951 at age 17, the youngest in his class. He was active in sports, especially football where he played halfback and was named to the first all-city (now all-county) football team.
He continued his football career by invitation at Northwestern University until an injury in a spring football scrimmage ended his playing there. He went on to graduate from Northwestern with a B.A. in economics and a minor in French. At his final exam of senior year he was told by his professor to wait until all others had left the room. At that time, the professor offered him a fellowship in economics at Vanderbilt University where he formerly taught. He decided to turn it down and shortly thereafter, was drafted and served two years in the Army at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. It was a time of peace and Pehlivanian was a member of the starting post football team, surrounded by former All-American players and future hall of fame sports celebrities. They all became close friends. Pehlivanian received an honorable discharge in 1958 and continued his football playing days with the Racine Raiders.
After working at a local firm for several years, Pehlivanian enrolled in Law School at UW-Madison. After his last final exam, he was in for another surprise. Again, he was told by his professor to wait until all others had finished and turned in their exam papers — leaving him with an uncomfortable feeling. It turned out that the professor was to be appointed deputy attorney general for the state of Wisconsin and asked Pehlivanian to come to that office to work with him as a special assistant attorney general. Upon graduation, Pehlivanian went to work in the Office of Attorney General in the state capitol. Among other things, he provided the basic research and preliminary drafts of the Attorney General’s anti-secrecy opinions and speeches throughout the state. He was also responsible for the research and final drafting of bimonthly bulletins to all law enforcement agencies in the state concerning recent developments in the criminal law including Miranda warnings — which became a new requirement at that time — no-knock warrantless private entry, etc.
Pehlivanian later entered private practice in Racine where he was at the same time an assistant city attorney responsible for the prosecution and court and jury trials of all city ordinance violations. He later became an assistant corporation counsel and then acting corporation counsel for Racine County while maintaining a private practice. He and another part-time assistant were the only attorneys in the office at the time. During his term as corporation counsel, he won a reversal in the Wisconsin Supreme Court on an appeal in favor of Racine County. The decision still stands as legal precedent.
He was also appointed Trustee in Bankruptcy for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and served in that capacity for several years while in private practice.
Pehlivanian was active in several community organizations including the Racine Art Association and served as secretary. He was involved in the local art scene where he and his wife loaned artwork for display at local exhibitions. Pehlivanian also loaned photographs and provided information to the Whitney Museum in New York for use in an exhibition highlighting 20th century American art. The Whitney used photographs and information provided by Pehlivanian in that exhibition. The photographs and information were regarding the famous American artist, Arshile Gorky, who is said to be the greatest American artist of the first half of the 2Oth century (he died in 1948). During his days at Northwestern, Pehlivanian became friends with the nephew of the famous artist. He kept up the friendship and when the nephew and his mother (the sister of Arshile Gorky) died, Pehlivanian was the attorney in their estates and also the named personal representative because of the close relationship he had with the family. Many priceless Gorky paintings were in the estate. The family, with the input of Pehlivanian, decided to give the artwork as a charitable gift to the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America for all the world to enjoy. The paintings were kept in a state-of-the-art facility in Lisbon, Portugal.
Because of his insight of the artist and his family, Pehlivanian was interviewed by several authors and provided information used in their publications. Several books have been written on Gorky acknowledging Pehlivanian’s contributions. One such author is Mathew Spender, who is the son of a former poet laureate of England.
Pehlivanian is now semi-retired and is a volunteer at Wheaton Franciscan All-Saints hospital in Racine in patient registration. He also plays golf and has won several state championships as well as various club championships and events. He has five holes-in-one and has shot his age. He lives in Racine and Scottsdale, Ariz. with his wife, Sue. They have two children, a son Ara, a PhD in mathematics who formerly was a professor at West Point and now is with Goldman Sachs in New York, and a daughter, Liz, who owns Liz Lame Reps, a television advertising company in Chicago. They have four grandchildren.
Edward Chobanian, Class of 1951
After wonderful experiences at Horlick High School participating in football, basketball, track and tennis, Edward Chobanian began his post high school education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Korean War interrupted his pursuits after his first semester of college. Upon completion of his tour in Korea in 1955, he attended a year abroad and studied in Kyoto, Japan, then returned to Madison and graduated. He went on to graduate school at the University of Chicago and once again returned to Madison to attend the University of Wisconsin Law and Graduate School. During this time, he participated in establishing the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C., then accepted a Fulbright Scholarship to India in 1961 to finish his thesis.
Returning from India, he had the desire to know more about food production and distribution and became a product manager for a large food marketing firm. Chobanian then continued his education at the University of Chicago Business School and later taught at various institutions, including the University of Chicago.
In 1967, he accepted a position as Assistant Director of Marketing and Agribusiness at the International Marketing Institute, part of the Harvard Graduate School of Business where he taught marketing, agribusiness and economic development at the Cambridge and Boston campuses and nine other countries. HBS assigned him to participate in assignments in South Korea and Thailand preparing their five-year plans. He has worked as a marketing and development economist at the Asian Development Bank in Manila, and worked on sustainable development covering all East, South and Central Asian countries. He was recruited by the World Bank as an agribusiness economist in 1975 and covered most of East, South and Central Asia and retired after 20 years as principal economist and agribusiness.
Currently, Chobanian is a consultant for numerous U.S. and European companies consulting in agribusiness and marketing in Vietnam, China, Philippines, Georgia, Turkey and Central Asia. He is also a consultant for UNDP in Sustainable Development and Environment, World Bank, USAID and the Swiss Development Corp.
Chobanian serves as treasurer of the World Federalist Movement and is on the board of directors and an active participant for development in Armenia, India, Vietnam and Nagorno-Karabagh. He is also preparing an economic history of the role of silk in the development of Japan and United States from 1830-1920.
Chobanian and his wife, Jill, have four children and eight grandchildren, living in England, Isle of Jersey, San Francisco and Atlanta.
Anne Torosian Samuelian, Class of 1957
As a service-orientated young woman Anne Torosian Samuelian was involved in a club known as Tawasi during her days at Horlick High School. Tawasi was an affiliate of the YWCA and played a major role at both Horlick and Park High schools. Torosian Samuelian helped raise money and donated her time through Tawasi for many charitable endeavors and for school projects including pep assemblies, dances after the games and various parties. According to the 1957 yearbook, meetings also consisted of assembling panels on boy-girl relations, planning style shows and taking time to enjoy movies of previous post-proms. Her involvement in her high school paved the way for future community involvement and for venturing out into the business world.
Torosian Samuelian’s desire for a challenge and a mere $400 investment led to the formation of Torosian Enterprises and the opening of the first Kelly Services in 1965. She was one of few women in business at that time and with a strong desire for success she continued her business efforts in Racine and then opened a second office in Kenosha in 1992.
During her tenure with Kelly her business attained sales of $300 million dollars. In 1981 she opened the first high-end retail discount store which included selling 27 different name brand jeans along with Evan Picone suits. In 1967, she purchased Barkley’s Print Shop Inc. and holds the position of vice president. In 1995 she sold her licensee back to Kelly and became a corporate manager until May of 2007 when she retired. Torosian Samuelian’s first account 42 years ago is now a Kelly global account and is still a customer in Racine and worldwide.
In recognition of her business success she was the recipient of a “Woman of Distinction Award” for Business sponsored by the YWCA in 1991 and has been given many awards for Outstanding Service through Kelly Services for sales and growth. Besides her business involvements, Torosian Samuelian has served generously in the Racine community. She is the past president of sales and marketing clubs of Racine and Kenosha, present chairperson of Opportunities Industrialization Center since 1990, past chairperson of Rotary Post Prom, chairperson of the Racine Area Manufacturing and Commerce-Commerce Division. She has been a member of the Racine Jaycettes, Crime stoppers, Sheriff’s Advisory Board and Racine Convention Bureau.
Torosian Samuelian and her husband, Sam, are members of St. Hagop’s Church and participate with many other groups in Racine. They have two children, Jodie and husband Geoff Schick, and son Jason Samuelian. Three grandchildren enrich their lives — Sawyer 9 years old, Spencer 7 years old and Sasha 5 years old — love living next to their grandma and grandpa. Anne and Sam thoroughly enjoy the fact that the grandchildren live nearby and that they can see them often and watch them grow.
Glenn Lampark, Class of 1967
In 1973, Glenn Lampark began his career with Racine Country government as a park manager participating in the development and construction of Quarry Lake Park. He later was promoted to the director of park operations where he oversaw operation of the Park system consisting of more than 2,000 acres, with nature preserves, campgrounds, beaches, athletic fields, golf courses, trails, boat launches, 16 major parks and the recreational amenities throughout the more than 330 square miles of Racine County. Subsequently, he was named to be superintendent of highways and parks for Racine Country where, in addition to the park system, more than 1,000 lane miles of state and county highways, county equipment fleet and bridges, dams became a prime responsibility.
In 1994, Lampark was appointed by then County Executive Dennis Kornwolf and confirmed by the Racine County Board of Supervisors to the position of Racine County Director of Public Works. Throughout his career he coordinated and oversaw major construction and developmental improvement of many Racine County projects including the Racine Harbor, Racine Courthouse, Law Enforcement Center, Kornwolf Service Center, Ridgewood Care Center and numerous highways, bridges and dams.
During his tenure, Lampark was heavily involved in transportation planning and traffic safety. He served as the chair of the Intergovernmental Coordinating and Advisory Committee on Transportation System Planning for the Kenosha, Milwaukee and Racine Urbanized Areas and was a member of the Technical and Advisory Committee for the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Freeway Reconstruction Study.
In 1995, Lampark was appointed as the representative of Racine County on a series of three committees that examined a wide variety of transit improvements for the Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee corridor, including a feasibility study and alternatives analysis for commuter rail. He retired in 2008 and continues in environmental issues and youth sports.
Lampark attended the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and Madison and received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside majoring in geography. He also received a master of education degree from Carthage College. He has been married for 33 years to Elizabeth who recently ended a 33 year teaching career with the Racine Unified School District, having taught English at Horlick High School for the final 21 years of ehr career. The Lamparks have two sons, both of whom attended Racine Unified schools.
Cindy Anne Bononno Maragos, Class of 1974
Cindy Bononno Maragos’ family has been a part of the “spirit” of Horlick High School since the doors first opened on Sept. 17, 1928. Her great aunt Rose Giacinti Zwaga (Class of ’32), mother Anita Giacinti Bononno (Class of ’49, Cindy and son Christopher (Class of ’05) represent four generations of Horlick family graduates. In addition, there are aunts, uncles and cousins who are Horlick High School graduates from every decade since the ’30s. As a sophomore entering Horlick High School in 1971, it was her turn to experience student involvement with hopes that her experiences would turn out as satisfying as the ones family members had described.
Bononno Maragos was a cheerleader all three years, captain of both the sophomore squad, and the varsity squad her senior year, a member of The Scarlet Letter Society (letter winners club), Junior Girls Club, Polaris yearbook staff, Homecoming Court Junior and Senior Year, Coronation Court, the vice president of her senior class, Homecoming Queen and represented Horlick High School at Badger Girls State. Her number one job was cheering the Rebels sports teams on to victory and her second job was working in the family business, Matranga’s Super Market, to begin a savings account for her much desired college pursuits to advance a career as a physical education and health education teacher.
While attending the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse she majored in physical education and health education, toured and performed with The L-X University Dance Team, was a member of Campus Crusade for Christ, was a dormitory resident assistant and participated in community service efforts. In 1977, she married her high school sweetheart, Nick Maragos (Park Class of 1973), and together moved to Iowa and finished her undergraduate education at Iowa State University earning a bachelors of science degree in 1979. In 1993, she received a masters degree in Education from Aurora University.
Since 1990, Bononno Maragos has been employed by the Racine Unified School District and has been a member of the Racine Education Association. As a faculty member of Park High School (1990-2005) along with teaching physical education and health education, she was a student government advisor, served as co-chairperson of Park High School’s 75th Anniversary Celebration, and in 2004 received an honorary teacher induction into Park High School’s National Honor Society. In addition, she was the chairperson of her 20th and 25th class reunions. She is currently teaching physical education at Horlick High School and serves as the chairperson of the Graduates of Distinction Committee, is a mentor to new teachers, is a member of the Rebel Golf Outing Committee which provides funds and scholarships to coaches and students at Horlick High School, works in partnership with Youth for Christ as a devotion leader serving the girls athletic teams and is co-coaching the two-time state champion varsity cheerleaders of Horlick High School.
Outside of her educational career she has been a real estate business partner with her husband, Nick, for the past 20 years and manages and oversees their residential and commercial holdings, all of which are located in Racine. She is a member of Grace Church and enjoys being involved in women’s bible studies, is a member of Vittoria Colonna, an Italian-American women’s organization through the Roma Lodge, and enjoys community service, culinary and recreational opportunities.
Cindy and Nick have been married for 32 years and along with sons Troy and Christopher will always call Racine their home.
H. Wayne Foreman, Class of 1970
Wayne Foreman is a problem solver, a leader and enjoys confronting challenges.
During his educational years, Foreman excelled at mathematics. He approached his math problems like a game puzzle. Each was a challenge to be won. He also liked the purity of having only one true answer to a question.
Foreman also enjoyed the challenge of sports. He was a starting offensive guard on the football team for two years despite being only 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing less than 150 pounds. He loved surprising the opposition, who typically underestimated his ability. Wayne also swam on the varsity swim team, lettered in each of his three years and was elected captain of the team.
Foreman went on to major in finance at the University of Wisconsin Business School in Madison. He received both his BBA and MBA degrees there.
After graduation, Foreman worked in Milwaukee for a mortgage company workout team that was tackling massive default and foreclosure issues. It is there where he met his wife of 30 years, Deanna. All good workout teams eventually work their way out of their jobs. So, from there, he joined a small Midwestern-based venture capital company as an investment analyst. Within his first year, he was promoted to vice president and manager of its Milwaukee office.
In 1983, at the age of 31, Foreman was recruited to start and be the CEO of a new venture capital subsidiary for Marine Bank, in Milwaukee, which was later acquired by Bank One. Over the next 13 years, he built a tremendously successful portfolio by investing in privately held, Midwest companies. He also served on dozens of boards of directors for these companies and helped guide them toward financial success.
In 1996, Foreman and his executive team, separated from Bank One and formed an independent private equity firm called Cedar Creek Partners. Cedar Creek used the same investment strategy that he developed at Bank One and grew to more than $100 million in capital under management.
Foreman retired in 2000 and now resides in Naples, Fla. He and his wife, Deanna, spend each summer in Waupaca. He has a stepson in Denver, Colo. and three grandchildren.
Looking back, Foreman attributes much of his successes to lessons learned at Horlick High School. His football coach, Jerome Fishbain, taught him not to back down from challenges and to believe in himself. His swim coach, John Molitor, taught him how hard work will pay dividends in the future. His economics teacher, Ken Wagner, taught him the fundamentals of capitalism and he will never forget Wagner’s first law, “there is no such thing as a free lunch.”
In 2007, Wayne and Deanna started the Foreman Family Scholarship for Horlick graduates. They have pledged to fund $10,000 in scholarships each year.
Steven T. Botzau, Class of 1979
While a student at Horlick High School, Steven Botzau played varsity baseball and volleyball. He said that his proudest sports accomplishment was actually fouling off a pitch in practice thrown by Don Heinkle. Being involved in sports and having an interest in politics led him to pursue majors in political science and physical education at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, where he graduated with his bachelor of science degree in 1984.
Prior to his decision of entering Marquette University Law School in 1985, Botzau taught history in Racine at Park High School and physical education at St. Edwards and Holy Name schools. In 1988 he graduated from Marquette University Law School and was a member of the school’s law review in 1987-88.
Since 1991 he has been employed as an attorney with the law firm of Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C. Botzau is currently the managing attorney in the firm’s Racine and Kenosha offices. He also serves on the firm’s executive, office management and human resources committees. During his career he has tried more than 100 civil jury trials. Botzau has been board certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1997. For the past three years he has been voted by his peers as a “Super Lawyer.” Only 5 percent of lawyers in the State of Wisconsin achieve this distinction. He is also a member of the American Bar Association, the American Association of Justice, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Association for Justice and the Racine County Bar Association (president in 2003 and 2004) and the Kenosha County Bar Association.
Over the years Botzau has been very active in the Racine community. Since 1999 he has been a member of the board of directors for the Racine Youth Sports Organization. He has also coached his children through RYS and currently serves not only on the board of directors but also on the organization’s personal committee.
Botzau is very proud of the Class of 1979 and is currently organizing their 30 year class reunion and served on their 25 year class reunion committee as well.
Botzau has been married to his wife, Sue, for 25 years and they have three children, Steven, Andy and Jackie. Steve’s mom, Class of 1955 and brother, Class of 1981, are also proud graduates of Horlick High School.
Chief Sam W. Lathrop, Class of 1975
When traveling home for family visits, Sam Lathrop would tell his children to place their hands over their hearts as they passed by the high school on Rapids Drive. “Why?” they would ask. “Because we’re passing by my alma mater,” Sam would explain. Soon, the trips would include the placing of the hands over hearts without spoken words or prompting. While a bit of a joke, much humor has a basis in reality, and Sam had always felt pride in being a Rebel.
A Racine native, Lathrop was an active Horlick High School student, serving on the Herald, and playing football in his senior year. Many of his classmates may recall that his athletic efforts really focused on his involvement in the Olympic sport of judo. As a senior, Lathrop placed second in the nation in his division at the high school nationals in Dallas. His yearbooks are filled with friends commenting on his judo activity. Lathrop still participates in martial arts today, and also contributes to the sport as a referee for local, regional and state tournaments.
After high school, Lathrop attended and graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire with an associate degree in criminal justice. After many applications and testing processes, he was hired by the Beloit Police Department in 1978 where he has worked ever since. His work has included assignments as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant and captain. He has worked in some capacity in every division in the department. Lathrop was appointed as the chief of police in June of 2003 and continues his service in this position. He recently celebrated his 31st anniversary with the department.
Recognizing the need to further his education, Chief Lathrop returned to night school and eventually completed his bachelor’s degree in business management through Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee in 1994.
Lathrop is a graduate of the 177th Session of the FBI National Academy. He has also attended many law enforcement training seminars. Chief Lathrop has taught and lectured on various topics, and is very knowledgeable on defensive tactics techniques and use of force issues. He has been published in an assortment of law enforcement periodicals on related topics.
Lathrop has been involved with various volunteer efforts in his community. He has served as president of the PTO and later as a school board member for his children’s school, he has served as a board of director member for the Stateline Area Boys and Girls Clubs as well as a board member for the Rock Valley Community Corrections program. Sam has participated in his church choir and is also responsible for establishing the Beloit Police Vocal Ensemble which performs at various law enforcement memorials and community functions.
Lathrop has been removed from Racine for some time, but is always proud to say that he is a Racine native and a proud son of Horlick High School.