2003-05-15 / Front Page

New class will be inducted into high school hall of fame

New class will be inducted
into high school hall of fame

LAKEWOOD — Seven people will be inducted into the Lakewood High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame at its eighth annual luncheon at noon May 18 at the Woodlake Country Club.

They are Helen Bryce, Andrew Glasson, Gene L. Hendrickson, Gilda M. Karu, Harold R. Payne, Ben G. Pulcrano and Dr. Ruby Ora Williams. All of the inductees are Lakewood High graduates except Bryce, a veteran Lakewood High School educator who grew up in Trenton and attended Catholic schools there.

The honorees, chosen from 30 nominees, include three educators, two police officers, a businessman and a federal government employee.

"As usual our group consists of a variety of people who have distinguished themselves in their workplace and community," Nancy Rogers, alumni association president, said in a press release.

Luncheon tickets at $25 each are available by contacting Rogers at (732) 657-2761.

Bryce has worked in the Lakewood schools for all of her 30 years as an educator. An English teacher, she now is coordinator of the English Department. Bryce received Princeton University’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002 and the New Jersey Humanities Teacher of the Year Award in 1998. She lives in Lakewood.

Glasson, class of 1954, retired as a Lakewood police captain in 1997 after 38 years of service and now lives in Williamsburg, Va. Glasson organized the Police Special Operations Unit. Duties included undercover narcotics investigations. He received the Ocean County College Social Science Award in 1971.

Hendrickson, class of 1944, founded Gene’s Photo Centre in 1948 and Gene’s Photo and Sports Centre in 1959 in downtown Lakewood. He and his wife, Jane, retired in 1985. Hendrickson, a town historian, has presented slide shows of Lakewood’s golden years to thousands of viewers. He is a former Chamber of Commerce president and ex-chairman of the Redevelopment Agency and Heritage Commission. He lives in the Cream Ridge section of Upper Freehold Township. Hendrickson is a native of Jackson.

Karu, class of 1970, has held various positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, including quality control and supervisor and section chief in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. An Arlington Heights, Ill., resident, Karu also is a part-time, self-employed attorney.

Payne, class of 1950, became the first police officer hired by Manchester Township in 1960. He was appointed police chief three years later, becoming New Jersey’s first full-time African-American police chief. In 1984 he was among 35 law enforcement officials who represented the United States in an exchange program with the People’s Republic of China. Payne is deceased and will be honored posthumously.

Pulcrano, class of 1961, retired in 1994 after 29 years as a Lakewood elementary school teacher. He also is a historical writer and lecturer on local and New Jersey history as well as a musician [percussionist and pianist for 32 years] and an art restorer. He is a Lakewood Heritage Commission member. He lives in Brick.

Williams, class of 1943, was an English instructor and professor for 35 years in colleges throughout the United States before retiring in 1992. She organized a panel that presented papers in Paris on "The Importance of Black Music in Europe" in 1996. She was cited by the Long Beach, Calif., Improvement Association for contributions to education.

She has had numerous articles and books published. Williams lives in Glassboro.

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