Updated: 2:29 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 | Posted: 2:28 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010

6 chosen for Fairborn Schools’ Hall of Honor

The induction ceremony will be April 23 at Fairborn High School.



Staff Report

FAIRBORN — The annual Hall of Honor program, which recognizes the achievements of graduates of the Fairborn City School District or the service provided by others to the Fairborn schools and community, will be April 23 in the Fairborn High School auditorium.

The inductees for 2010 are:

Rex Aukerman

Auckerman was an industrial arts teacher, a vocational counselor for Baker and Park Hills high schools, an academic counselor for Fairborn High School and a football, cross country and track coach.

He was a member of the Ohio State Track Coaches Association, Greene County Career Center Board of Education, the Order of Masons, and the Fairborn Park and Recreations advisory board, chamber of commerce, Rotary, Jaycees, Sertoma and the Fairborn Board of Education.

He was married to Jeanene Aukerman and is the father of Kim, Kevin, Kendra and Kraig.

Joyce Dennis

Dennis began her career in Fairborn as a fifth-grade teacher at Central Elementary School and became the guidance counselor at Five Points Junior High School and, later, Baker Junior High School.

She was a softball and volleyball coach at Five Points and initiated the BIONIC Weekend Drug and Alcohol Education Program.

Although she retired in 1996 after serving 37 years for the Fairborn school system, she continues as a school volunteer. She is a life member of the Greene County and Ohio Retired Teachers Associations.

Daniel Florio

Florio, son of the late Charles and Peggy Florio, graduated from Fairborn High School in 1985, received a bachelor of music degree from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music.

Florio was a percussionist with the Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonic, the Honolulu Symphony, the Canton (Ohio) Symphony and has been a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra since 1996.

He has performed in Carnegie Hall (NYC), London, Paris, Japan and Germany and has made numerous recordings.

Martha Rockwood King

King graduated as the Fairborn High School valedictorian in 1963. In the early 1970s, she and her husband, John, launched an aviation business, King Schools, and began teaching pilots. She is the first and only woman to hold every category and class of FAA rating on her pilot certificate and every ground and flight certificate offered by the FAA.

She was honored in 2003 as one of the 100 Distinguished Aviation Heroes in the first century of flight. In 2008, she and her husband were inducted into the International Aerospace Hall of Fame.

Lt. Commander Erik J. Neal

Neal graduated from Fairborn High School in 1983, from Seattle University in 1996 and holds a master of science degree in financial management from the Naval Post Graduate School.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1984 and was commissioned as an officer through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1996. He deployed in support of Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and served as executive officer of the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides).

He currently serves as the Chief Staff Officer of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division in Keyport, Wash.

Gertrude Simms Williams

Williams graduated from Fairborn High School in 1955, received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Cincinnati and holds a master’s in business administration from Seton Hall University. She was customer services manager for Goebel of North America until her retirement.

She has been a participant, volunteer and member of the professional staff for the Girl Scouts for more than 35 years. She was the executive director of the Lenni-Lenape Girl Scout Council and also served as president of the Girl Scouts of the South Jersey Pines.

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