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Six Craig graduates to be honored Thursday

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Gazette Staff
April 15, 2008
— Six Craig High School graduates will join Craig’s honor wall Thursday.

The third annual induction ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Craig’s large auditorium, 401 S. Randall Ave.


Here are this year’s honorees:


-- Ruby (Hinkle) Beyer, class of 1933


Beyer, a licensed practitioner nurse, is one of the longest-serving and best-known volunteers at Mercy Hospital and the Salvation Army Auxiliary. She performs free blood pressure screenings every month at Mt. Zion Methodist Church. She also has volunteered with the Roosevelt Elementary School PTA and Marshall Middle School PTA and represented the PTA on the Janesville City Council. She has participated in local quilting and singing groups for many years.


-- Howard C. Peterson, class of 1948


Peterson started his career at age 19 when he became a masonry contractor in Indianapolis. In the 1960s, he built and developed a 128-acre office park with 48 buildings— the largest private real estate development in Indianapolis at the time. In 2002, he was inducted into the Junior Achievement’s Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame. He created a fund that awards annual scholarships to one Craig and one Parker student who plan to study construction management or related fields.


-- V. Duane Rath, class of 1959


Rath helped turn his family’s company, Rath Manufacturing, into a corporation known worldwide before he sold it in 1991. His foundation has given millions of dollars to AIDS research, Alzheimer’s research and Janesville Rotary Gardens. Rath also offered full college scholarships to children of full-time employees. Rath was murdered in 1994, but his foundation continues to offer scholarships in Janesville and around the country.


-- Bob and Dorothy (Jaeger) Suter, class of 1956


These high school sweethearts dedicated their lives to education in the Janesville School District. Dorothy taught at Lincoln, Adams and Van Buren elementary schools for 35 years. Bob taught physical education in the district for 40 years and has served as head coach of Craig’s baseball, football and basketball programs. He was inducted into the Wisconsin State Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame for all three sports.


-- Jacquelin “Jackie” (Perry) Wood, class of 1960


Wood has been called a “professional volunteer.” She has served on boards for the Rock County Historical Society, Beloit Janesville Symphony Orchestra, Janesville Art League and Girl Scouts. She was inducted into the Rock County Hall of Honor in 2001 and named a YWCA Woman of Distinction in 1986. She was a Rock County Board supervisor from 1998 to 2006 and has also worked to improve Janesville’s downtown through Forward Janesville and downtown committees.



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