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Distinguished Alumni Award


OHS Alumni Association logRecognition as a distinguished alumnus shall be limited to those individuals, living or deceased, who have attended and/or graduated from Oakwood High School no fewer than fifteen (15) years previous to the nomination and have made significant accomplishments in one or both of the following areas while maintaining high standards in personal integrity and character:

  1. an outstanding leader in his/her field
  2. service to his/her community through local, state, national, or international organizations

To nominate, please print the Nomination Form.

Distinguished Alumni to be Honored

Every two years the OHS Alumni Association selects some of OHS’s finest and celebrates their accomplishments and contributions at the Distinguished Alumni Awards, a cocktail hour and awards banquet. This year's event will be at the Dayton Country Club Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor alumni who have have made significant accomplishments in their careers or community service while maintaining high standards in personal integrity and character.

This year, Alumni Association is excited to announce the following individuals as recipients of that honor:

  • Edward J. Schneider, Class of 1947 - An engineer with degrees from the General Motors Institute and the University of Michigan, Schneider began his career back in Dayton with a direct commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force, assigned as a Research and Development Contracting Officer at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He moved from the Air Force to hold engineering positions at electronics companies Electronic Associates and then Computer Products, Inc. where he became President and CEO. He then went on to co-found Unipower Corporation, and in 2008, he became a founding director and financial supporter of the Harkness Institute high school in Nuevo Vallarta, a leading high school in Mexico.
  • Irvin H. Harlamert, JD, Class of 1948 - A graduate of Denison University and The Ohio State Law School, Harlamert enlisted in the Navy as an Airman Recruit at the outbreak of the Korean War, and served in a fighter squadron for five years, and after law school rose to Full Lieutenant and then was faculty at the US Navy Intelligence School in Washington, D.C. In addition to his tenure as judge, he has been faculty at Sinclair Community College as well as the University of Dayton and Denison University. He is a member of many associations and organizations supporting the communities of Dayton and Oakwood, the legal community, and his faith community at Westminster Presbyterian Church. In addition, he created and funds The Harlamert Foundation Entrepreneurship Competition with the Oakwood Schools Foundation to teach high school students about entrepreneurship.
  • Carolyn “Toni” Winger, Class of 1953 - A graduate of Miami University of Oxford, entrepreneur and dedicated volunteer, Winger established Oakwood business Park Avenue Antiques, and has volunteered her time and talent at countless Dayton organizations. Her leadership in fundraising roles has been a source of growth and stability for the Dayton Arts community, as Winger was the Director of the Gold Standard Campaign for the Dayton Opera and also established the Winger Family Foundation to support the Dayton Arts environment. Toni has received accolades for her service many times over, including being named as one of Dayton’s Top 10 Women in 2011 by Dayton Daily News.
  • Alexander and Sue Williams, Class of 1961 - The first couple to be named OHS Distinguished Alumni, Alexander and Sue are a shining example of civic involvement and professional leadership. Alex served as a 1st Lieutenant in the armored Calvary of the US Army from 1966-69, and in addition to his professional career, he has held leadership positions on the Board of Trustees for over 10 organizations - most notably the Dayton Boys and Girls Club for 19 years. Sue is equally involved as a leader - receiving the Top Ten Women of Dayton, Judges Award in 1982 - and most recently - the Hanover College Alumni Achievement Award this year. She is a champion of the environment, having served on the Board at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, The Woodland Arboretum Foundation, The Garden Club of America, and Green Downtown Dayton.
  • Douglas C. Lane, Class of 1963 - The leading donor for the newly built Lane Stadium, Douglas C. Lane is a name gaining recognition in the community these days, but his accomplishments began years ago when he and his wife Gay started their own investment firm after experiencing a large personal setback. Through persistence and hard work, he succeeded. In addition to the support of the Oakwood community, he and his wife are supporters of many non-profit pursuits including Girls, Inc. and Lehigh University.

Tickets for the Distinguished Alumni Awards are $40, and are available by calling Alumni Director Amy Martin at 937.371.1479 or emailing


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