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Class of 2018


Kenneth E. Baker (’59) (1941-2017)   Graduate, University of Louisville; Master’s Degree Troy State Univ. Retired USAF Colonel with 28 years’ service. SIOP advisor to two presidents and advisor to two vice presidents. 22 years with the Department of Energy/NNSA in the Senior Executive Service. Served as Principle Assistant Deputy Administrator to oversee international and U.S. non-proliferation of nuclear weapons materials while managing a multi-billion dollar budget. Recognized leader with the international community for his ability to build coalitions for the advancement of global non-proliferation. Dean of College Development, Distinguished Professor, and Department of Energy Chair at National Defense University/CISA. Developed curriculum and presented lectures pertaining to national security and terrorism at the Master’s degree level to high ranking officials from around the world. Member of the Academic Council. After retirement, served as a Board member for various national companies as a nuclear threat advisor. Recipient of the Defense Distinguished Service, Defense Superior Service, Meritorious Service (2), and two Presidential Service awards and the prestigious Roger W. Jones award for executive leadership in government.


Philip Cease (’67)   Served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps retiring in 1987 as a Master Sergeant (E-8). Served two tours of duty within the Western Pacific Command (’70-’71 and ’77-’79). Awarded Navy Commendation Medal for developing program that prevented items from falling off military fighters. Awarded Navy Achievement Medal for developing Top Secret program dealing with nuclear weapons codes. Awarded the William O. Florstedt and Master Training Specialist awards as the outstanding instructor in the USMC and Navy. Designated as Memphis, TN and New Haven, CT Marine of the Year. 1st Marine Corps Recruiting District Recruiter of the Year 1973 and 1974. Received commendation from the Emperor of Japan for his work with Japanese Self Defense Forces. Graduated summa cum laude, Charleston College, Law Administration; graduated magna cum laude, Bellarmine Univ., Psychology. USMC track coach; coach of New Bern, NC High School track champions; track coach Manual High School. Scout Master for BSA 25 years. Investigated crimes against women and children for Kentucky and Indiana. Vice president with Real Property Services, Crossroads Program that went on to HUD properties throughout the U.S. to rid them of gangs and drugs, making them safe for families. Initiated program to establish VHS Patriot Hall Trophy Case honoring all VHS Alumni who have served in the U.S. Military. As a Viking, he was the 440 yard regional and sectional champion and was the first male cheerleader in over a decade.


Judy Chandler (’73)   B.A. Western Kentucky Univ. Speech and Drama 1977; Outstanding Senior and Historian Kappa Delta Sorority; member Zeta Phi Eta National Professional Fraternity of Communications Arts & Sciences. Master’s in Secondary Education (’79) and Counseling (’89) Univ. of Louisville. Certified Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Kentucky 2002. Retired after 34 years empowering students in Bullitt County Public Schools to achieve their lifetime goals. Initiated competitive speech at North Bullitt and Bullitt East high schools, coaching students in the Kentucky High School Speech League and National Catholic Forensics League to State and National levels. Initiated theater program at North Bullitt and implemented the National Thespian Society at Bullitt East and continued theater program. Supervised student-teachers and first-year teachers and served on the Site-Based councils at Bullitt County Public Schools and served as District and Regional Coordinator. Selected as member of Louisville Writing Project XI. Currently serves as clinical counselor, specializing in adolescents and is a member of Actors Theatre Teacher Advisory Committee. As a Viking, she was treasurer of the senior class and voted Most Dependable; member of the annual staff, French Club, track team, and FBLA.


Cortland (Corky) Kelly Cox (’50)   Graduated Valley in 1950 and receive a full scholarship to play basketball at Univ. of Louisville. Made All-Conference team in 1948 – North Central KY High School Conference. Played basketball and baseball at Univ. of Louisville 1950-1954; voted “Most Popular Player” and MVP 1954. Voted Outstanding Guard to play in Madison Square Gardens 1954. Inducted into Univ. of Louisville Hall of Fame 1984. Spent 31 years in education as coach, teacher, federal coordinator, and high school principal. His coaching career averaged 19 wins and took 3 teams to the Kentucky State basketball tournament. Honored by the Hodgenville Jaycees for outstanding contribution to the youth of LaRue County. Three-time honoree as conference coach of the year. Inducted in to the 5th Region Athletic Hall of Fame 2001. Corky Cox Basketball Classic was created in 2011 at LaRue County High School in his honor. In 2014, LaRue County High School basketball court was officially named, “Corky Cox Court.” In 1997, LaRue County High School introduced the “Corky Cox” award to be given each year to an outstanding senior. Inducted into the Kentucky High School Coaches Association Court of Honor in 2013.


Patricia Walker FitzGerald (’67)   B.A. Univ. of Kentucky (French/English); Juris Doctorate, Univ. of Louisville School of Law. Managing Editor, “Journal of Law and Education.” Hearing Officer, Exceptional Children Appeals Board Dept. of Education. Judge, Jefferson Circuit Court, Family Division, 1995-2015 (Chief Judge 10 years) following 17 years of law practice. Consultant, Casey Family Programs and National Center for State Courts. Faculty, Circuit Judges’ College and National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ judicial college. National speaker on Unified Family Court, role of the judge and child abuse and neglect law and practice. Board of Trustees, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. Board, Louisville Bar Association. Chair; Board of Louisville Legal Aid and Cedar Lake Lodge Inc. Co-authored Kentucky’s Guardianship Law. Recognized by Univ. of Louisville Law School, Louisville Bar Association, Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky Court of Justice in addition to numerous other awards.


Randall C. Fowler (’57)   Doctorate, English, Stanford Univ.; Master of Science, Arizona State Univ.; BS Univ. of Louisville. Assistant Professor, San Jose State. Patent for Attitude Control and Dynamic Stability for Spacecraft. Numerous patents on electro-optics techniques for fingerprint analysis. Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Identix Inc. Chairman, Identix Europe. Chairman, Electronic Health Plans. Board of Advisors, Univ. of Louisville. Advisor, Rembrandt Venture Partners. 1987, Univ. of Louisville Professional Award in Engineering. CEO, Fast 100 Companies in the Nations 1995, 1997, and 1999; CEO Fast 50 Companies in Silicon Valley 1996 and 1997. Silicon Valley Entrepreneur of the Year 1997. Kjakan Award, New York 1998. 1999, Univ. of Louisville Distinguished Alumnus Award. Authored numerous technical publications, articles, and speeches. Univ. of Louisville Commencement Address 1999. Published two short stories; The Homecoming in Catamaran Literary Reader and Dinner for Two in Chicago Quarterly Review – 2018. Recently completed lengthy novel.


Michael Hart (’67)   USMC and USMCR 1968-1974. Combat Recon Marine Vietnam 1969. Awarded the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts. Bachelors and Masters degrees, Univ. of Louisville with honors. Graduate, FBI National Academy. Louisville Police Department 1972-2000, retired Lieutenant. USCGR 1986-2009, retired Commander (0-6 select). Commanding Officer, Port Security Unit 308 (Mississippi) 2006-2009. Served in the military over 30 years participating in four wars. Awarded over 60 medals, ribbons, and qualification pins. Special Advisor in Afghanistan 2010-2011 with U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division, Combat Brigade Team field training Army MP’s and Afghan police. Life member of the KY Marine Corps League providing military honors at funerals for Veterans and working for “Toys for Tots.” Helped establish the VHS Veterans Memorial Display. Works with various JROTC and Naval Sea Cadets units providing boating safety and leadership training. 


Nancy Kaye Basham Parker (’61)   Graduate, Western Kentucky Univ.; BA (English, Math, Psychology), MA (Guidance and Counseling), and Rank I (School Administration. Teacher, 3 years (English, Math, Psychology). Counselor for JCPS for 24 years. Served in positions of President and Secretary of Middle School Counselors. Awarded Counselor of the Year. Served on the Board of Directors, Louisville Alzheimer’s Association as secretary and also Chair of the Public Policy Committee lobbying Washington D.C. and Frankfort, KY on behalf of Alzheimer families. Member of Southeast Christian Church—worked with Ukraine Clothing Ministry and made three trips to Ukraine working with the university and church there. Sponsored several Ukrainian college students. Serves as representative for the Class of ’61, maintaining a data base and coordinating class information and events. Lifetime member of the VHS Alumni Association. Co-Chair VHS Golden Years Reunion in 2016. Served as Secretary on the Board of Directors for Country Club Manor in Naples, FL.


Dr. Theresa Powell, Professor (’77)   Graduate, Morehead State Univ 1981; Outstanding senior in Biology, Cardinal Key Honor Sorority President. Doctor of Philosophy, Univ. of Kentucky 1989, Phi Kappa Phi. Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Univ. of California 1989-1993, American Heart Association Fellowship. Director of Pregnancy Research, Child Maternal Health Research Program, Univ of Colorado School of Medicine. Federal funding from National Institutes of Health for research to improve pregnancy for mothers and their newborn children, Published over 100 scientific papers. As a Viking, she was a member of the NHS, Beta Club, Student Council, Drama Club, Choir, and voted Most Talented Senior.


Dr. Lynda Emery Redmon (’69)   BS Mathematics; Masters and Doctorate of Education, Univ. of Louisville. First Principal, East Oldham Middle School with Top 10 ranking in KY every year. Awarded 2010 National “Schools to Watch” Washington D.C. Founded Oldham County Learning Institute (OCLI) training teachers to incorporate “Thinking Strategies” in daily curriculum. 2011 Auditorium at East Oldham Middle School named for Dr. Redmon. Consultant Univ. of Louisville, mentored JCPS principals – UL School of Education. Donor and Volunteer “Water Step” program. Implemented “The Water Project” at East Oldham Middle installing water purification systems in Haiti, China, and Dominican Republic. Tournament Director, “Don Fightmaster  Golf Tournament for Exceptional Children.” Initiated and implemented event as permanent fixture of the Kentucky Derby Festival. Won 22 Women’s Golf Club Championships in Louisville and Fort Myers, FL. As a Viking, she was a cheerleader, a member of the Choir, Student Council Officer, Senior Play, Beta Club and National Honor Society.


Don Ray Smith (’66)   Graduate, Western Kentucky Univ. and Morehead State Univ. 1970. Reporter, Newark Advocate, Newark, OH. Media/Public Relations manager at Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center. Storyteller and humorist at festivals, coffee houses, clubs, churches, and other organizations throughout Kentucky. Member of the Cherokee Roundtable writers group and Kentucky Storytelling Association. Freelance journalist and humor writer for Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Living, African-American Journal, Louisville Courier Journal, Business First, and other regional publications. Author of three books, including short humor collections Feel My Humerus, and Kentucky Shorts and the comic romance, Racebook, or How He Found His Nubian Prin-cess. Writer of long-running Monday Humor email column and blog. Volunteer early reading mentor for Louisville public schools. Over 10 years’ of weekly visits with therapy dog to Louisville nursing home.


Rob Stephenson (VHS Principal)   Graduate, Univ. of Evansville and Indiana Univ. Southeast; Masters and Rank I in School Administration. Ran track for the Univ. of Evansville 1977-1979. Chemistry and Biology teacher at Southern High School for nine years and Silver Creek High School (West Clark, IN) for three years. Coached volleyball and softball at Silver Creek High School for three years. Coached volleyball at Southern High for nine years. Assistant Principal, Farnsley Middle School for three years; Principal of Farnsley Middle School for 10 years. Principal of Valley High School 2013 to Present. 2015-2016 Valley removed from Priority  Status due to increase in State test scores, graduation rates, and college and career readiness. 2017-2018 Valley began the Academies of Louisville program adding Health Science Academy and Industrial Maintenance Academy. Devoted 30+ years to educating students in Jefferson County Schools and West Clark, IN schools. Hilliard Lyons 2013 Educator Excellence Award. Louisville Metro Police Department 2016 Community Partnership Award. 


Evelyn Streble (’49)   1949 Graduate of Valley High School with honors in business courses and performed secretarial duties for basketball coach, J.C. Cantrell in her senior year. Secretary to VHS Principal O.M. Lassiter 1949-1952. Bookkeeper for Our Own Deliveries, forerunner to United Parcel Services 1952-1957. Secretary to VHS Principal J.C. Cantrell and school bookkeeper during tremendous growth in student population 1958-1970. For a number of years, Valley was the largest school in the state requiring double sessions—Evelyn worked both sessions. Evelyn’s devotion to the school and students was recognized and celebrated when the senior class of 1966 dedicated their Viking Yearbook to her, the highest honor a class can give to any individual at Valley. Secretary to Assistant Superintendent J.C. Cantrell and his Directors at the central office of JCPS 1970-1979. Secretary to Dr. Irvin Rice and W.D. Bruce at Department of Instruction for JCPS 1979-1990. Retired in 1990 after dedicating 34 years to the Jefferson County Public Schools. In describing her career at Valley, a former student said, “Evelyn was the glue that held things together, she was a wealth of knowledge, a willing worker and helper. Her quiet pleasant voice and sweet spirit were always calming factors as she helped others.”


Gary Wade (’69)   BS and MA degrees, Western Kentucky Univ. JCPS Teacher for 32 years including 13 years at Valley High School. Member of track team at WKU 1970, 1972 and 1973 as a walk-on athlete. Coached high school track – cross country for 40 years, including 24 years at Valley High School. Assistant coach 1976-1977 KHSAA Valley state championship track teams. Head coach of seven region track champion teams and one region cross country champion team. Head coach of 40 region individual or relay champions. Head coach of seven individual or relay KHSAA state champions. As a Viking, he was a 4-year track team member 1966-1969 and team captain 1969. Scored in four events 1969 regional meet; member of 880 yard relay regional championship team. Competed in KHSAA state track meet 1968-1969.