2011 Inductees

Whether they are a past Sidney High School graduate,
a former staff member, or someone who has had a significant impact on our community, the achievements of these inductees are a source of pride for Sidney City schools and our community.

Frank Fahrer dedicated his life to teaching music to his beloved students for over 36 years. Frank worked as a choral teacher for the Sidney City School District for 31 years before his retirement in 2005. He has also taught at Lehman Catholic High School and continues to work with both schools and students to this day. He has worked to help his students achieve numerous recognitions and awards through choral competitions and events. In addition to his teaching career, he led the Sidney Singing Soldiers group and has served as the choir director for numerous local churches.

Brad Henke, PhD (SHS 1980) is a major player in the field of pharmaceutical research. Brad currently works for Glaxo SmithKline as the Director of Chemistry for metabolic diseases drug discovery. His research work throughout his professional career has made a significant impact on the field, primarily through researching and studying drugs to treat diabetes, obesity and endocrine disorders of aging. In addition to his research on these important health issues, Brad has also primary-authored 12 publications in scientific journals, co-authored 15 publications and is named the inventor on 5 U.S. Patents. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society, American Diabetes Association and works as a Sunday school teacher at his church in Cary, North Carolina.

Melvin Lantz (SHS 1949) worked for 35 years at the Cummins Engine Company, now known as Cummins, Inc. as an application engineer. His designs and contributions to the company were directly responsible for integrating various diesel engines in their applications including tanks, military trucks, marine vessels and highway trucks. He also worked to design an “advanced” truck that drastically improved handling and fuel economy. Many of his designs are still seen on the road today. Melvin also served his country in the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant before his honorable discharge in 1969. He has served as a major contributor to his community and youth hockey programs in his home of Columbus, Indiana.

Kevin Stayton (SHS 1970) is the Chief Curator of The Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked for the museum for 30 years, holding various positions before being named Chief Curator in 2001. He is a graduate of Yale University and has written or co-written several professional publications and led acclaimed exhibitions and gallery installations in The Brooklyn Museum. Kevin is currently an adjunct professor at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts and is a member of the faculty committee of Sotheby’s Works of Art program and has taught at Columbia University.