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Beatrice Educational Foundation to induct 3 into Hall of Fame | Beatrice Educational Foundation

Beatrice Educational Foundation to induct 3 into Hall of Fame

May 16, 2013 6:00 pm

The Beatrice Educational Foundation will induct three people into the Beatrice High School Hall of Fame Saturday at the annual Hall of Fame Luncheon.

This year’s honorees are Bill Roach, Wayne Kaeding and Dr. Louis Gilbert.

“I am very honored to be able to be inducted,” Roach said. “I think it is kind of a neat thing.”

Roach graduated from Beatrice High School in 1973 with a list of athletic achievements in tennis and basketball. He went on to the University of Nebraska-Kearney to play both sports.

He was conference singles champion in tennis both years he competed and reached the national quarterfinals his junior year.

He was inducted into the UNK Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.

After graduation he became a tennis pro in Omaha and is still teaching the sport today. He also was a firefighter for Omaha Fire Department retiring three years ago after working for 21 years.

Although his life has been mostly dedicated to tennis, he said his fondest memories at BHS were playing basketball.

The other BHS inductee, Gilbert, graduated in 1936.

He attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Medicine in 1943.

After interning, he joined the United States Army Medical Corps, serving as medical battalion surgeon in the Pacific.

In 1955, he opened a urology practice in Lincoln. He is a founding member Urology P.C. of Lincoln.

The foundation is inducting Kaeding as a Friend of Education, an honor given to people in the educational field in Beatrice who have impacted students or the community through their educational efforts.

Kaeding came to Beatrice in 1948 and taught social studies, physical education, and math at BHS. He then moved to the Junior High School and taught algebra for 14 years before becoming principal in 1966, a position he held for 19 years.

Beatrice Educational Foundation board member Kay McKenzie said the foundation looks for inductees in all fields including the fine arts, sports, science and military.

“We try to cover the whole range,” McKenzie said. “It doesn’t mean you have to be a scientist in order to be recognized.”

The foundation puts out requests for nominations in the fall.

Past honorees include: Robert Taylor, Louis Goossen and Ervin Dixon.

The Beatrice Educational Foundation and Beatrice Sertoma Club have co-sponsored the event since 1996.

This year’s luncheon will begin at 12 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday) at the Centenary United Methodist Church Dining Room. Valentino’s will cater the event.

The main goal of the foundation is to promote educational scholarship and support the total educational process. The foundation is the repository for scholarship monies.

In April, the foundation awarded $55,225 in scholarships to 24 Beatrice High School seniors and one college student.

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