Editor's note: The following Wall of Fame information comes from Great Valley School District.
As part of its Homecoming celebration on Sat, Oct. 27, the Great Valley School District will induct three outstanding alumni into its Wall of Fame. Wall of Fame Inductees for 2012 are: Jack Scott (Class of 1963), Thomas Fillippo (Class of 1965), and Duane Milne (Class of 1986). Inductees will enjoy a tour of their alma mater at 11:45 a.m., will ride in the Homecoming parade at 1:00 p.m., be formally welcomed at a student-planned reception at 1:30 p.m., and will then be formally inducted in a short ceremony on the game field just prior to the start of the 2:30 p.m. football game.
This year’s Inductees were selected from 16 nominations received by the selection committee. Anyone can nominate a Great Valley graduate for consideration, but nominees are judged according to strict criteria. According to the District website, the program is designed to “ensure that the lives and achievements of Great Valley’s most accomplished graduates will forever be known among fellow graduates, current and future high school students, and the Great Valley community.” Inductees are those graduates who: model high standards of excellence in their personal and/or professional life; make outstanding contributions to volunteer service or their local community; and have demonstrated success at the local, regional, or international levels in any appropriate area of endeavor, including academia and education, arts, business, media, public service, medicine, military, sports, etc. The number of inductees is limited to three per year.
2012 WALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ARE:
- Jack Scott, Class of 1963. Mr. Scott is a member of Great Valley High School’s first graduating class. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and later earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Scott served as a U.S. Navy supply corps officer and was stationed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He also served as a member of the Marines ground defense force, and was active in the Navy Reserves for five years. Mr. Scott worked professionally for 25 years with DuPont, starting in international finance and corporate finance, and then in sales and operations. When he retired from his position as a Division Director for DuPont, Mr. Scott served as the president of a long-term care company and for the last 10 years has been a board member and vice president of business development for Materials Sciences Corporation, working primarily with the Department of Defense. Mr. Scott volunteered on the Board of the French Foundation for Alzheimer’s Research, as a protocol officer with the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, and as a board member and treasurer for the Kennett Square YMCA. A former athlete himself, Mr. Scott is currently an assistant track and field coach at Unionville High School.
- Thomas Fillippo, Class of 1965. Tom Fillippo is President of Devault Foods, one of the largest portion controlled meat processing companies in the country. A graduate of West Chester University, Mr. Fillippo is a recognized business leader who has been profiled in Forbes Magazine, Philly.com, and on Executive Leaders Radio. Mr. Fillippo serves as Chair of the West Chester University's Council of Trustees and as a board member of the West Chester University Foundation and Sturzebecker Foundation. Mr. Fillippo is past chair of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, past chair of the Chester County Industrial Development Authority, past president of the Great Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce, and past president of the Pennsylvania Meat Packers Association. Mr. Fillippo remains connected to his alma mater, serving as president of the Great Valley Alumni Association and as a member of The Foundation at Great Valley’s Board of Directors. A former football and wrestling coach in the Great Valley School District, Mr. Fillippo is also a recipient of the Chester County Council Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizenship Award in recognition of his service to local children.
- Duane Milne, Class of 1986. With a doctorate in political science from the University of Delaware, Dr. Milne’s professional accomplishments include a career as an award-winning political science professor at West Chester University as the director of the master’s degree program. During his time at West Chester, Dr. Milne progressively advanced from instructor to assistant professor to associate professor. He is an author of articles on federalism and public sector management and has been a speaker at numerous professional conferences. He has served as an expert commentator for the media and written many opinion pieces for publication. Long dedicated to community service, he volunteered for 25 years with campaigns and elections at the local, state, and national levels, and was himself elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 2007. In addition, Rep. Milne functions as a captain in the Pennsylvania Military Reserve, a civilian disaster management organization; is a member of the President’s Council at Immaculata University; and has coached youth league sports.
Nominations for the Wall of Fame are accepted annually in late summer. For more information, please visit www.gvsd.org/walloffame.
Edited 10/26/12 5:30 p.m. to correct that these are not the inaugural inductees. Five people were inducted at graduation in June 2012 to celebrate the high school's 50th anniversary.