Scott Alumni Association Holds Hall of Fame Induction
Sojourner’s Truth Staff
On March 24, 2018, the
Jesup W. Scott High School Alumni Association welcomed 11
graduates into its Hall of Fame with a luncheon and
induction ceremony at The Pinnacle. The ceremony also
included the presentation of the 2018 Scholarship Recipients
– 10 Scott students bound for college.
The Hall of Fame program
began in 1981 in an effort to honor Scott alumni who had
achieved notable success in a range of areas – business, the
arts, the professions, government an community service.
After 1987, the inductions ended and the Alumni Association
became inactive. The Association was re-organized in 2006
and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony began again in 2016.
This third induction
ceremony in the revived series featured a welcome by hosts
Tara Ali, class of 1977 and the Membership Committee
Chairman, and Richard Eppstein, class of 1965 and the vice
president of the Alumni Association who also presented a
brief history of the school.
Scott Principal Carnel Smith, EdD
This year’s inductees
included: Allan Jerome Chabler, Jerry Chabler, Vallie
Bowman-English, Theresa M. Gabriel, Juanita Greene, Frank D.
Jacobs, Gus Nicolaidis, Clarence R. Smith, Jr, Larry Sykes,
Roy Treuhaft and Henry Triplett.
Allan Jerome Chabler
(Class of 1953) became an attorney who became an assistant
Ohio attorney general under two administrations and a staff
attorney for the Lucas County Recorder’s Office, during and
in between his 51 years in private practice.
Jerry Chabler, Allan’s
twin, was a member of the Toledo Police Department before
entering real estate and forming the Greater Toledo
Development Company – owner of numerous apartment complexes.
Jerry Chabler, an active member of the Lucas County
Democratic Party served in numerous positions in city,
county and state governments, receiving appointments from
Mayors Carty Finkbeiner and Jack Ford, along with Governors
Gilligan, Rhodes, Celeste and Strickland. Most recently he
has been a member of the Ohio State Lottery Commission, the
Ohio Casino Control Commission and the Ohio State Racing
(1987), an attorney, earned her law degree from the Ohio
Northern University College of Law and joined the Lucas
County Prosecutor’s Office. In 2003, she was elected the
City of Toledo Clerk of Court and has held that position
ever since. During her tenure she has implemented real-time
daa entry in courtrooms, increased public access to the
court’s records and developed a mobile court app. In 2016,
she became the first minority president of the Toledo Bar
Association in its 138 year history.
Theresa Gabriel (1955) has
a long history of public service. Currently the deputy
director of the Lucas County Board of Elections, Gabriel has
served as a City Councilwoman, assistant chief of staff in
the Finkbeiner administration, director of the Department of
Human Resources, Clerk of Toledo Municipal Court, director
of Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, among other
positions during her many years with the City of Toledo. She
is also a past president of the Toledo NAACP.
Juanita Green (1968). A
former banker, Greene began her career with Toledo Trust
Bank and eventually became a loan officer with Society, now
Key Bank. She entered public service as Housing Commissioner
during the Finkbeiner administration, then Economic
Development Director, before being named executive director
of the Board of Community Relations.
Frank Jacobs (1953), an
attorney, is also a CPA. He ultimately became a partner with
Eastman & Smith, Ltd, Toledo’s oldest law firm. He has been
a member of the Toledo Community Foundation, Toledo Law
Association, Toledo Lucas County Public Library Legacy
Foundation, Toledo Opera, UT Foundation and Toledo Symphony
Gus Nicolaidis (1963), a
restaurateur, started his career working with his father at
Nick’s Hot Dog on Dorr Street. Over the years he has owned
and operated 11 restaurants in the Toledo area including the
Hungry I, Avenue Bistro and the City Diner. His last venture
is La Scola Italian Grill on Airport Highway.
Clarence Smith (1965) is
an educator, musician, director, producer and consultant. In
1976 he founded the Clarence Smith Community Chorus
dedicated to the perpetuation of the Negro Spiritual. The
Chorus is the oldest functioning artistic organization in
the Toledo African-American community.. Smith has also
served as chairman of the board for WGTE Public Radio and
Television, board member of the Toledo Zoo and board member
of the Toledo School for the Arts.
Larry Sykes (1967) is one
of the most active, visible members of the Toledo
African-American community due to his many years of service
with community organizations and as an elected official. A
former boxer in his youth, Sykes was the community affairs
officer for Fifth Third Bank for more than 30 years. He
served on the Toledo Board of Education for 12 years and is
currently a Toledo City Councilman. He has served on boards
such as Metroparks, Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority,
Lucas County Children Services, St. Vincent Mercy Medical
Center, among many others.
Roy Treuhaft (1934) was a
realtor for a number of years, retiring in 1991 as president
of Michael Realty, the largest commercial-industrial real
estate firm in northwest Ohio. He was involved in numerous
civic, professional and religious organizations – a board
member of the Medical College of Ohio, the Toledo Board of
Realtors, the Toledo Development Committee, among others. He
died in April 2017 at the age of 100.
This year’s scholarship
recipients were: Ayden Braziel, Keyonna Carnes, Nikaija
Colbert, Zhane Crockett, Kennedy Harper, Tiana Jones, Tiara
Jones, Antonia Mitchell-El, Ramona Stephenson and Jayona
Avie Dixon, Scott Class of
1964 and a long-time teacher at her alma mater, is president
of the Alumni Association. The Hall of Fame Committee
consists of: Zahra Collins, chairwoman; Rochelle Dunning,
co-chairwoman; Doris Jones, correspondence & sales; Tara
Ali; Vernice Blanchard; Donald Steve Cole; Richard Eppstein;
Susan Hirsch, Patricia Squire and Stan Odesky.