2010

Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor
2010 Inductees

Darwin E. Smith
(1926-1995)
Class of 1944
Darwin graduated from Garrett High School in 1944. He served in the Army during WWII and upon returning graduated from IU School of Business and Harvard Law School.
From a Chicago law firm he joined the legal department of Kimberly-Clark in 1958. He became CEO in 1971 and refocused and built the company into an innovative consumer products powerhouse.
He served on the board of directors for United Technology and Citibank/Citicorp, was CEO of King Ranch in Texas and on the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. He was a generous supporter of Rawhide Boys Ranch for atrisk boys in Wisconsin, and the Darwin E. Smith Community Center in Wittenberg, Wisconsin was built and named in his honor.


David L. Jay
Class of 1956
David’s interest in helping people began early in life with 16 years of service to Scouting. He became an advocate for the hiring of individuals with disabilities. In 1986 he testified to the Subcommittee on the Handicapped in Washington, D.C. and traveled to several states promoting the hiring of the disabled.
He participated in mission trips, orchestrated food drives, visits nursing homes, worked with people with hurts, habits and hang-ups and those who wanted to improve their lives.
To quote him, “I was blessed with the personal drive to help people and given the opportunity to support the less fortunate.”


Hudson H. Freeze
Class of 1964

Hud Freeze was born in Garrett in 1946. Garrett High School biology teacher Jack Bateman steered him toward IU, where he discovered the hot springs bacterium (Thermus aquaticus), a discovery that led to the 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Kary Mullis.

Hud earned his PhD from the University of California San Diego. He detoured briefly into an acting career, but returned to UCSD and medical research. He is professor and director of the genetic disease program at Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, CA.

His 200 scientific papers and millions in private and public research grants focused on discovery and treatments ofchildren’s inherited diseases.


Gery J. Barry
Class of 1970
Supported by exemplary, dedicated parents and by the caring community of Garrett, Gery was inspired to focus his love of mathematics and problemsolving on broad issues confronting peoples’ everyday lives.
The complex and challenging world of healthcare offered him endless opportunities. Healthcare associations, the business community, the media, and senior government officials have all recognized his leadership in initiating and directing cross-sector efforts to structurally improve healthcare systems.
His ongoing leadership in improving Louisiana’s health care system in the wake of Hurricane Katrina has been particularly exceptional.


Mark S. Michael
Class of 1973
Mark Michael, President and COO of Fort Wayne Metals, has helped the company become a market leader in research, development and production of fine medical grade wire supplying wire for orthopedic, vascular interventional and cardiac rhythm management devices.
Mark encourages youth to “be curious, force yourself to explore areas that you do not know. In that exploration, find your passion.”

Mark has many great memories of exploring Garrett and learning from the teachers at this school.

His accomplishments have led to a rewarding and fulfilling life that Mark wishes for all who attend Garrett High School.


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