Wayzata High School Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
Wayzata High School Distinguished Alumni
The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to a graduate of Wayzata High School who has made a significant contribution to his/her community, profession, and/or the nation. Nominees must have graduated a minimum of 20 years prior to consideration. The student council will accept nominations from students, staff, community members, and alumni. The individual selected will be recognized at an award ceremony.
After working at the family’s Wayzata dairy throughout high school and college at the U of MN, Earl Sween founded the E.A. Sween Company in 1955, as a Minnesota franchise of the Stewart Sandwich Company. He made and sold sandwiches to bars, bowling alleys and marinas. Within three months, the business doubled in size, selling over 3,000 sandwiches per week. By the 1965, the company became the #1 Stewart Franchise in the nation. The company switched its focus to the fast-growing market of convenience stores attached to gas stations and expanded their Eden Prairie facility to keep up with growth and the voluntary inclusion of a USDA office, making them the first in the industry to carry USDA approved products. In 1980, E.A. Sween ended its franchise agreement with Stewart Sandwiches and started the independent brand, Deli Express. In 1986, Earl passed ownership of the company to his son, Tom Sween. A very successful entrepreneur and employer of thousands, Earl Sween is a deserving recipient of the 2014 Wayzata High School Distinguished Alumni Award.
Gary Gandrud — Graduated 1962 — Inducted 2013
In January 2012 Gary retired as a partner in the law firm Faegre & Benson after 25 years and started his own practice, Gandrud Law, primarily representing Holiday Companies, Costco, and the Spectrum Group. Gary was one of four lead counsel representing the Metropolitan Airports Commission in the runway expansion at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Involved as lead counsel, Gary has worked on significant land use matters including the Mall of America, Holiday Companies, Minnesota Masonic Home, Metropolitan Sports Center, and countless shopping centers, warehouses, and office developments, and acts as outside legal counsel for USA Hockey, Inc., the National governing body of the sport of men’s and women’s ice hockey and in-line skating. In 2007 Gary received the Ambassador’s Award for his dedication and significant contributions to strengthening the ties between Norway and the United States. In recognition of his contributions to understanding between the United States and Norway, Gary was decorated by His Magesty King Harold V of Norway. Gary served as the Norwegian Honorary Counsel from August 1, 2008 until January 15, 2010 when he succeeded Vice President Walter F. Mondale as Honorary Counsel General. A man who balances family commitments with professional and civic responsibilities, a successful lawyer, a proud Norwegian, Gary is a leader, a hard worker, and a dedicated individual. Gary Gandrud’s many achievements and contributions merit his selection as the recipient of the 2013 Wayzata High School Distinguished Alumni Award.
Tracy Barnes — Graduated 1957 — Inducted 2012
After graduating from high school and serving in the U.S. Army Airborne Division, Tracy Barnes made his first hot air balloon in the backyard of his Wayzata family home using a sewing machine, two propane tanks and some nylon cloth. By 1964, he had designed and constructed the “Barnes A14”, the first manned hydrogen filled polyethelene balloon. On a flight in his creation, Barnes reached an altitude of 38,650 feet and established 7 world altitude records which still stand to date. Tracy continued to explore and invent, and break world records. In 1966, he made the first trans-continental flight by hot air balloon, flying from San Diego, CA, to Cape May, NJ, in a series of 34 flights and a total flight time of 200 hours. Barnes made the first flight in an aircraft solely powered by solar energy in 1973, in a tetrahedron shaped balloon. This was the first manned flight of what is now called a “tetroon”. On October 30, 2007, Barnes was granted a patent for a new tethered blimp design for the British Military. The blimp design is currently in use by the British in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Barnes was inducted into the U.S Ballooning Hall of Fame in 2008. He is currently the president of Blimp Works, in Statesville, NC, where he is still actively designing. His amazing world-wide contributions in the area of modern hot air balloons make Tracy Barnes a deserving recipient of the WHS Distinguished Alumni award.
Dick Beardsley — Graduated 1975 — Inducted 2011
Dick Beardsley is a distinguished marathon runner, an inspirational speaker, and the mainstay of the Dick Beardsley Foundation, which was created to educate people on the disease of chemical dependency. Hospitalized many times as a result of a series of accidents and surgeries, Dick developed a dependency to prescription pain medication. Following an intensive treatment program, he emerged in February 1997 free of drugs. Dick is the subject of the 2006 book, “Duel in the Sun” by John Brant, about the unforgettable 2002 Boston Marathon and his finish 2 seconds behind Alberto Salazar. The story of Dick’s life is being made into an inspirational feature film, “Against the Wind.” His outstanding achievements as a marathoner, an inspirational speaker, a foundation director, and a person who is passionate about his recovery merit Dick Beardsley’s recognition as a WHS Distinguished Alumni.
Dr. Frank Schiebe — Graduated 1952 — Inducted 2010
Following graduation from WHS, Dr. Schiebe earned a B.S. degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the Univ. of MN. In 1957, Frank accepted a research staff position at the St. Anthony Falls Hydraulic Laboratory at the Univ. of MN and entered graduate school. He earned an M.S. and a PhD in hydraulic engineering with a minor in aquatic biology. In 1972, Frank accepted a position with the United States Department of Agriculture. Dr. Schiebe conducted research and directed research and development leading to significant breakthroughs in a wide variety of fields. In addition, he developed a particular shape used in water tunnels of laboratories around the world and literally known as “The Schiebe Body”. It is a worldwide standard used in research. In 1983, Frank became the Director of the Water Laboratory. Under his leadership the laboratory became a true center of excellence and was rated one of the best USDA laboratories. Dr. Schiebe has amassed a publication list of over 200 public domain articles and documents. Dr. Frank Schiebe was a consummate research scientist and development engineer who chose to apply his unique talents to large society wide problems with significant risks and rewards. Because of his contributions to research in watershed hydrology and environmental quality, we all benefit by living in a world that is cleaner, safer and richer.
Jeanne J. Graham — Graduated 1976 — Inducted 2009
The Honorable Jeanne J. Graham, U.S. Magistrate Judge is the 2009 award recipient. After WHS and a degree in chemistry from Gustavus Adolphus College, Jeanne received her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and began her legal career. She began as a law clerk to a U.S. Magistrate Judge, a Special Assistant Attorney General and an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and then was appointed Hennepin County District Court Judge in 2001. As a federal prosecutor, Ms. Graham was responsible for prosecuting all crimes that occurred on the Red Lake and bois Forte Indian Reservations, due to unique federal jurisdiction in those areas. She now serves as the U.S. Magistrate Judge for teh District of Minnesota where she presides over federal, civil and criminal matters from the inception of the case. Jeanne represented the District in the Open World Program, training visiting Russian judges in Washington D.C. In addition, she has given her time and capacities to organizations working to combat domestic violence and drug abuse. Jeanne J. Graham's contributions and her character qualify her to receive the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Scott Kloeck-Jenson — Graduated 1983 — Inducted 2008
Scott’s journey started in high school as he participated in debate, tennis, NHS, and was chosen to be a graduation commencement speaker. While enrolled at St. Olaf College, his passion for peach and justice issues on an international level began with his participation in a Study/Service Program in South Korea. After graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1987, Scott joined the Peace Corp and lived in Africa. He was awarded the first Sargent Shriver Peaceworker Fellowship at Georgetown University. Scott also was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. Enrolled in a political science doctorate program at the Univ. of WI, Scott was serving as the project director for the Univ. of WI's Land Tenure Center Program. In 1999, while vacationing in Mozambique, Scott, his wife and two children were killed in a tragic car accident. The Kloeck-Jenson Endowment for Peace and Justice Studies was created by Scott's family and friends at St. Olaf. It's purpose is to provide funding for academic initiatives that encourage deeper study of peace and justice issues, to inspire future generations to become participants in making peace a driving force around the world. For his vision and commitment to peace and justice, and for the life he lived, Scott Kloeck-Jenson is a worthy recipient of the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Paul Klapprich — Graduated 1955 — Inducted 2007
Paul began making a difference in the Wayzata area as a young boy. He spent a great deal of time organizing baseball games on the only ball field in town. Repeatedly disappointed when the older boys would come and kick the younger boys off of the field, Paul’s father noticed that there was an unused area of Wayzata that could serve as a baseball field for the younger boys, He got permission from the Wayzata City Council to turn the field into another ball field for the kids. The Klapprich family continued to groom that field over the years an it is now a local landmark to the city of Wayzata known as Klapprich Field. Thanks to Paul and his family, generations of Wayzata-area families have wonderful memories of playing ball, sledding, learning to skate or playing pond hockey at Klapprich Field. While attending WHS, Paul was a defenseman on the very first Wayzata High School men’s hockey team and helped lead the team to the MN State Hockey Tournament in that first year. It was another 50 years before a WHS men’s hockey team made another appearance at the state tournament and Mr. Klapprich was there to cheer them on. In 1981, he received the "Trojan of the Year" award because of his unending support of the Trojan athletics. Mr. Klapprich was honored by the Hennepin County Highway Department with a Volunteer of the Year Award because of the numerous hours he spent giving back to his community. Paul was a volunteer youth hockey for 20 years with the Wayzata Youth Hockey Association. In addition to his service to athletes, Paul served his community with years of service with the Wayzata Fire Department, acting as Fire Chief and also serving on the MN Association of Fire Chiefs board of directors. He is a familiar face at the Wayzata homecoming parades as he volunteers each year to drive the fire truck carrying the WHS Adaptive PE team. Mr. Klapprich exemplifies servant leadership in all aspects of his life. His dedication to serving others has had a direct impact on individuals as well as benefiting the community as a whole and has made him a most deserving recipient of the the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Michele Grego — Graduated 1980 — Inducted 2006
Michele began studying bassoon at the age of 15, while attending WHS. She entered high school as a flutist, but upon the urging of her band director, John Paulson, she switched to the bassoon. Her senior year, she studied with John Miller, principal bassoonist of the Minnesota Orchestra. She continued to study with Mr. Miller until 1982 when she transferred to the University of Southern California and earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Bassoon Performance. In 1986 she earned a Master of Music degree at the prestigious Julliard School of Music in New York City. One of her most outstanding achievements was receiving the Coleman Award from the Coleman Chamber Music Society. Michele has held positions with many different musical groups in Southern California including the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra where she appeared as a soloist, the Los Angeles Music Center Opera Orchestra, and the Long Beach Symphony. Her career has included work in television and motion picture. She has performed with the Philharmonic in numerous cities and countries. Michele is a testament to the perseverance and drive it takes to succeed in the world of professional music and a sound choice as recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Amy Scherber — Graduated 1978 — Inducted 2005
As the founder and owner of Amy’s Bread, Amy has distinguished herself as one of the top American bakers. She earned a Business degree in 1982 from St. Olaf College. While living and working in New York she realized she had a passion for cooking and baking and enrolled in the New York Restaurant School. While in culinary school, Amy’s aptitude for bread baking became evident. She moved to France to learn more about bread and honed her skills by working in three bakeries. Amy returned to New York City and in 1992, Amy opened her first bakery in the notorious Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. Her bakery was featured in many media publications including The New York Times and New York Magazine. It was also listed as one of America’s favorite neighborhood restaurants in Bon Appetit’s neighborhood issue. Amy has opened two additional bakeries. She was named Woman of the Year in 2001 by the Professional Women’s Exchange in New York and nominated by the James Beard Foundation for the 2001 Best Pastry Chef/Baker. Amy serves as a role model to all that the learning process never ends, thus making her a deserving recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award.
Parker W. Borg — Graduated 1957 — Inducted 2004
Ambassador Parker W. Borg spent more than thirty years in the United States Foreign Service. While in high school he served as President of his Freshman Class, participated in speech, directed the variety show, handled the finances for the yearbook, and managed the basketball team. He graduated from Dartmouth College, with a major in international relations. Parker has a lengthy, but very reputable list of distinguished positions he has held for the Government in Washington, Foreign Relations in New York City, along with other positions for the State Department in Washington and serving at Embassies overseas. Some specific positions Parker held include the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Mali in 1981-84 and to the Republic of Iceland in 1993-96. He also served in senior leadership positions in Washington working on international terrorism, narcotics control, and telecommunications. Parker W. Borg's long and beneficial government service in the promotion of our country's interests and well being eminently qualify him to be selected as the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.
Jane Tellekson Juten — Graduated 1981 — Inducted 2003
Through Jane’s dedication to quality education, she has influenced countless young people’s lives through out the United States and Internationally. As an Acting Head Mistress, at a secondary school for girls in Monduli, Africa known as the MaaSae Girls Lutheran Secondary School, Jane and other American volunteers taught the young women math, science, geography, English, and Swahili. Through Jane, the students learned a great deal, both academically and personally. Jane helped facilitate a connection between Greenwood Elementary School in Plymouth and the MaaSae Girls Lutheran Secondary School. Greenwood students have sent school supplies to the MaaSae Girls school, and several of the girls have visited Greenwood Elementary. For her commitment to education and humanity as well as her efforts to promote international good will, Jane Tellekson Juten is a most deserving recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Harold Van Every — Graduated 1936 — Inducted 2002
Harold has proven time and time again what a team player he is in every aspect of his life. As a high school student, Harold was a member of the WHS football and basketball teams leading them to the Lake Conference Championships. He continued his winning ways at the University of Minnesota as a Golden Gopher as an All-Big-Ten selection and the MVP for the Gophers in 1939. He then was drafted by the Green Bay Packers to continue his career in football but this was cut short when he was drafted and served five years in the Air Force in World War II. During his ninth mission as a pilot he was shot down over Germany and spent a year as a prisoner of war. After the war Mr. Van Every spent 55 years working for the Principal Financial Group as a salesman and underwriter. His community involvement includes past president of the University of Minnesota “M” Club, past president of Big Brothers Inc. Harold is married and has 2 children. His accomplishments in career, civic participation, military service and athletics make Harold Van Every a top choice for the Distinguished Alumni Award. Harold passed away in August 2007.
Robert Sullivan — Graduated 1958 — Inducted 2001
Are you interested in electronic control systems for nuclear submarines, breeder reactor technology, patents in the areas of photovoltaics, electronic testing and ultrasonics? Do the areas of designing and developing the first commercially available, completely automated high power communications amplifier interest you? What about the idea of starting several high tech companies, authoring best-selling small business books, lecturing on starting businesses and entrepreneurialship in forums including colleges and out-placement organizations attract your attention? Dr. Robert Sullivan has played major roles in all of the above enterprises. He also appears on CNBC and NPR as a small business expert. His service to his country and his numerous accomplishments based on his ingenuity, focus and hard work all commended him and qualified him for the 2001 Wayzata High School Distinguished Alumnus.
On behalf of her company, Custom Research Inc., Judy had the privilege of receiving the Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award from President Clinton. Having served either as a board member or an officer of many major organizations, including the Council of Marketing and Opinion Research, World Presidents’ Organization, Center for Ethical Business Culture and the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Judy has shown commitment to her career. Various community as well as educational organizations have also benefited from Judy’s time and talents. Judy has proven herself to be a good citizen, community leader, and a consummate professional. In 2013, she became a Director at HealthPartners, Inc.
Amy Klobuchar — Graduated 1978 — Inducted 1999
WHS valedictorian graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School where she was member and associate editor of the University of Chicago Law Review. This is how it all started for Amy Klobuchar. She served as a special assistant to former Vice-President of the US, Walter Mondale, practicing law at Dorsey and Whitney. She went on to prosecute criminal cases for the City of Minneapolis and became the first woman to be elected Hennepin County Attorney. Amy’s community activities range from being a leading advocate for state legislation assuring forty-eight-hour hospital stays for new mothers and their babies to serving on the Minneapolis Council of Camp Fire Boys and Girls to being the chair of the Communications Section of the Minnesota Bar Association. First elected in 2007, Amy is the current United States Senator from Minnesota.
Cal Simmons — Graduated 1966 — Inducted 1998
Cal has distinguished himself as a person who takes the time and gives the commitment that makes our communities better places to live. Although he has achieved success in the business world, it is his work with his college youth athletics, Children's Cancer Research Fund, and the golf world that have marked him as a person who gives.
Bonnie has had a positive impact on the lives of students, parents, and colleagues not only as a teacher in the Anoka-Hennepin School District but also as a respected leader in the mathematics education profession at the state and national level. Bonnie served as a member of the steering committee for the development of SciMathMN, a partnership between education, business, and government, dedicated to the improvement of mathematics and science education in the state of Minnesota. As a facilitator of the Teacher Academy of SciMathMN, Bonnie designs and presents workshops for Teachers Teaching with Technology. As a member of the Best Practice Network, Bonnie works with teachers throughout the state on issues relating to improving mathematics instruction. She received the 1992 Presidential Award for Excellend in Mathematics and Science Teaching for elementary mathematics.
David Koch — Graduated 1948 — Inducted 1996
Financial World named him the Bronze Award CEO of the Year in the Industrial Machinery (under $500 million category), the Twin Citian named him to its first annual Volunteer Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Minneapolis Star Tribune has called him “a leader in Twin Cities corporate-responsibility thinking.” David Koch is a business executive who has emphasized the importance of returning to the community a share of the success. He is a believer in the concept that a corporation must serve its stakeholders: employees, customers, shareholders, and the governments and communities in which it is located. David retired after 39 years as the CEO and Chairman of Graco, Inc.
Karen Wolf — Graduated 1957 — Inducted 1995
Karen is a people person. She was a member of Quill and Scroll, NHS, yearbook co-editor and valedictorian of her WHS class. Having graduated cum laude in Child Development, Karen was a social worker with Hennepin County Human Services. She took time off to devote more exclusive efforts to raising her three children and is now employed by Children’s Home Society. Karen is active in volunteer work, mainly in her church serving on the church board, a Sunday school teacher and social chairman.
Frank Larkin — Graduated 1934 — Inducted 1994
Being elected the very first president of WHS Student Council and leaving the University of Minnesota when he had the opportunity to be an assistant to Governor Elmer Benson set Frank Larkin on his way to being a public servant extraordinaire. World War II interrupted his job as treasurer of Minnetonka at the age of 23. Upon returning, Frank became the deputy county auditor for Hennepin County and in 1954 was elected Secretary of the Minnesota Supreme Court. Frank went on the represent the Third Congressional District at the convention in Chicago. As well as serving as the mayor of Corcoran for 13 years, Frank also served as the first president of the Northwest Hennepin County League of Cities, first chairman of the Area Watershed district and also served on the Hennepin County Agricultural Society and Fair Board. Frank also served on the Wright County electrical poser board.
Penny Hatcher — Graduated 1966 — Inducted 1993
Public health is in good hands with Penny Hatcher. A Doctorate of Public Health with a specialty in International Health qualifies Penny for a varied career in pediatrics, involvement as a migrant public health nurse work with Project HOPE in Brazil, and service as a community health nurse educator in Tunisia. She has also served as a child health clinical specialist in Saudi Arabia where she was the first clinical nurse specialist ever hired at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital. Through these experiences she has learned to speak Portuguese, Spanish, French and some Arabic. Penny is a member of numerous professional and honorary societies and has published numerous articles and participated in lectures and symposia throughout the country.
Kenneth Leuer — Graduated 1952 — Inducted 1992
Ken Leuer was two-time state wrestling champion and won all-state honors in football during high school. After a distinguished wrestling career at the University of Iowa where he was the 1956 Big Ten and NCAA National Champion, he entered the US Army where he rose to the rank of Major General while organizing and training the first Ranger Battalion duty since WWII and implementing the “One Infantry Concept”. Since Ken’s retirement he has worked for Goodwill Industries.
Marilyn Peterson — Graduated 1949 — Inducted 1991
Minnesota Business Hall of Fame, Edina Chamber of Commerce, religious commitments and travel have made up Marilyn’s life. She also has a strong attachment to clowning. Marilyn performs as the Aqua Jester “Happy Daisy” as well as individually at various public venues. Marilyn passed away in April 2007.
Bill Bushnell — Graduated 1962 — Inducted 1991
An active community supporter, Bill Bushnell spearheaded the volunteer committee to raise funds and build the playground at Sunset Hill, and served as a coach. He taught omnibus communication and intermediate-district advertising classes and received national and regional awards for television, radio, and print advertising. District Chairman for scouting, eagle advisor and troop leader, he received the Viking Council Silver Beaver and District Award of Merit. As an almost 20-year volunteer with the Minneapolis Aquatennial, Bill reestablished the Flotilla Frolic River Parade and coordinated other events. President of the Board of Directors of an organization that provides mental health counseling and support services to several counties in our area, he also serves on the board of a youth theater company. A Navy Captain, Bill remains active in the Naval Reserve.
Howie Schaber — Graduated 1959 — Inducted 1990
Howard Schaber highlighted his career by trying out for the 1979 Pan-American games in fast-pitch softball. He was an avid sports participant in high school, a long-time community leader and continues to support WHS athletics today.
Bill Koski — Graduated 1949 — Inducted 1990
Bill Koski was an effective and caring Wayzata High School counselor who worked to open homes for pre-delinquent girls, developmentally disabled children and establishing Louis House, a chemical dependency residential treatment center. Bill received the Dick Sladek Educator Award in 1977 and Career Teacher of the Year in 1981.
Gordy Engel — Graduated 1965 — Inducted 1990
Gordy Engel is a dedicated family man, active in his church, coach of youth baseball, basketball and football as well as the developer of the “Neighborhood Watch” against crime program in Wayzata. Gordy and his family have owned the Foursome clothing store since 1955, and were honored with the 2013 Uptown Downtown Award for its ability to keep up with shifting customer demand, marketing techniques and successfully undergoing a major location change during one of the country’s worst economic recessions.