Committee selects 2015 Hall of Fame members

In November, the Rebel Hall of Fame selection committee met to review nominations for the Class of 2015. Three individuals were selected who in the eyes of the committee met the criteria and made important contributions to Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, the Godfrey-Lee community, or to society in general.

The selectees will be inducted into the Rebel Hall of Fame during the basketball games scheduled for Friday evening, February 12, 2016.

Selectees for the Rebel Hall of Fame Class of 2015 are:

Mr. Lloyd C. Fry, Superintendent of Schools, 1944 to 1965

Served the district for twenty-one years as its third superintendent and was principally responsible for organizing and leading successful efforts in defending against annexation of the district and its numerous businesses by the City of Grand Rapids. Planned and oversaw the construction of the new Godfrey School as well as the gym and “science wing” at Lee High School in 1952. Created the local Rotary Club that included business and other leaders from the community, and was part of the group that organized the original Ottawa-Kent athletic conference. Wrote and published a short history of the district in 1952 which he later expanded to a more detailed account upon his retirement in 1965.

Mr. Robert Nelson, Class of 1972

Was an active member of his class earning nine varsity letters as a member of the state championship cross country team, basketball where he was all-conference two years, and baseball with all-conference honors three years. Served as captain of the basketball and baseball team during his senior year. Continued his athletic accomplishments following high school and was selected as captain and MVP of the 1974 Grand Rapids Junior College baseball team, and voted to the college baseball all-area team. Upon graduation from Davenport College and the Chicago School of Transportation, served as logistics manager during a 30-year career with General Motors. In 1978, was named All-American shortstop at the National Class A softball championships. In 2015, was selected to the inaugural Lee High School baseball hall of fame. Currently serves as operations officer for a local logistics company and volunteers for the West Michigan Therapy Team along with his English Labrador Retriever.

Mr. Joe Moulder, Teacher, 1972 to 2000

A veteran of the Vietnam War, he began his twenty-eight-year teaching career at Lee High School in 1972. A graduate of Western Michigan University where he studied chemistry. Throughout his career he taught a variety of courses including 8th grade science, general science and chemistry before retiring in 2000. During his years at Lee High School, he was known by many students as someone who went above and beyond to make science interesting. His goal was always to help them succeed. His dedication to Lee High School was never more apparent when several years following his retirement, he returned to fill a vacancy for most of the school year despite a long daily drive to and from his home near Martin. For many years after, he continued promoting science education by his involvement in Science Olympiad.

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About David Britten

Retired U.S. Army Officer, former elementary, middle and high school principal, currently serving as a public school superintendent.
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