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Lemont High School welcomes third group of Alumni Hall of Fame inductees

3/29/2017

Lemont High School District 210 Superintendent Dr. Mary Ticknor (far right) congratulates (L-R) Al Albrecht '59, Norma (Landgren) Johnson '38 and Mary Lou Carlson '71 on their induction into the Alumni Hall of Fame.

Lemont High School’s Alumni Hall of Fame welcomed its next class of inductees when three graduates – Al Albrecht ‘59, Mary Lou Carlson ‘71 and Norma (Landgren) Johnson ‘38 – were recognized at the school’s annual Jazz Band Dinner Dance at DiNolfo’s Banquets in Homer Glen on March 4.

Each of the honorees was introduced by Lemont High School District 210 Superintendent Dr. Mary Ticknor, who presented each person with a commemorative plaque.

Alumni Hall of Fame Bios - Class of 2017 

The Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes graduates who have made significant contributions to society and serve as role models to Lemont High School students. This recognition is the highest honor that can be given by Lemont High School to one of its alumni. The Alumni Hall of Fame helps foster school and community pride by recognizing the achievements of those individuals who have made Lemont High School an outstanding academic institution.

All Alumni Hall of Fame honorees must be of good character, reflecting the qualities and ideals set forth by Lemont High School. Nominees are eligible for induction to the Lemont High School Alumni Hall of Fame 10 years after their graduation from the school.

Honorees are graduates who have achieved a high degree of success in their respective professional fields, committed a significant act of bravery or heroism, or dedicated their lives to community service. Honorees serve as role models for current students by demonstrating high ethical and moral standards - both as a student and an alumnus.

The Alumni Hall of Fame was spearheaded by the Lemont High School Alumni Association, which aims to foster a lifelong connection among alumni and to enhance the bond with their alma mater. The Alumni Hall of Fame is independent from the Lemont High School Athletic Hall of Fame, which was established in 2004. If they meet the selection criteria, Athletic Hall of Fame honorees are eligible for inclusion in the Alumni Hall of Fame as well.

The inaugural class of the Lemont Alumni Hall of Fame was unveiled as part of the school’s 125th Anniversary celebration in 2015. That group included Joe Forzley ‘45, Patricia (Dalman) Knight ‘64 and Al Meyer ‘67. Honorees in 2016 included Leo Cattoni ‘69, Terry Duffy ‘73 and Dr. Sam Forzley ‘77.

For more information, contact Director of School and Community Relations Tony Hamilton at (630) 243-3280.

LEMONT HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI HALL OF FAME BIOS — CLASS OF 2017

AL ALBRECHT ‘59
As a teacher, coach, administrator and community member, Al Albrecht has touched the lives of thousands throughout a 50+ year relationship with Lemont. After serving a brief stint as a teacher in Wisconsin, Al returned to his alma mater in 1969, beginning a 32-year tenure. He led the school’s Driver Education department and served as the head coach for baseball, wrestling and girls’ volleyball. As the school’s Athletic Director from 1991-2001, he supported the school’s girls’ sports programs as they gained their footing in IHSA competition. Al’s impact was not limited to Lemont High School. A Lions Club member for more than 50 years, he helped create the scholarship program that annually benefits select graduates. Al also served on the boards for the Lemont Library and Lemont-Bromberek School District 113A, was an auxiliary Lemont police officer for 20 years, officiated youth sports, drove for Gorski Bus Company, and was a Lemont Jaycee.

MARY LOU CARLSON '71
Mary Lou Carlson has committed her life to making significant contributions at home and abroad through her extensive knowledge of agricultural economy. An Agriculture Advisor at the University of Illinois for 20 years, she also served as an instructor and researcher at Penn State University. Mary Lou managed international agriculture programs while working for the United States Agency of International Development (USAID) from 2004-11, and now works as a Senior International Program Specialist at the United States Department of Agriculture, directing international programs focused on food security and food safety. She has received numerous accolades for her work, including an Exceptional Team Award for a USAID mission to Mali in 2008, an Action Award for a USAID mission to Afghanistan in 2011, and a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan in 2012. Mary Lou also has been a Team Lead with the Peace Corps.

NORMA (LANDGREN) JOHNSON '38
A pillar of the Lemont community for nearly 100 years, Norma (Landgren) Johnson has been proud to call Lemont her life-long home. Living by her motto - “Family First” - Norma has dedicated herself to serving Lemont’s schools, her church, and the community as a whole. As her children moved from activity to activity, she moved with them. Along the way, Norma was a Cub Scouts den mother, a Girl Scouts chairperson, and President of the Lemont Band Boosters. A member of Lemont’s Planning Commission for 12 years, she served on the Lemont Library board and was President of the Lemont Area Historical Society. A vital member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Norma played as an accompanist for Lemont band students and read to second graders at Oakwood School. She was selected as the Grand Marshal for the 1992 Keepataw Days parade, and was tabbed as 1995’s “Citizen of the Year” by the Lemont Chamber of Commerce.
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