Jefferson High School Hall of Fame - 2003
The biographies listed here were current at the
time the honoree was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Jane graduated among the top ten students of her Jefferson High School class.
While at Jefferson Jane was an active member of the Student Association Council,
the Honor Society, A Cappella Choir and the Jefferson Guard. She was also on
the Cheerleaders Advisory Board, Block Section and Sunshine Society Board.
Jane also lettered in volleyball and was selected to participate in Girls State.
Jane graduated with High Distinction
from Purdue University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management.
While at Purdue Jane was involved
in Beta Gamma Sigma (National Business Honorary), Mortar Board, Iron Key (Presidential
Advisory Board), and Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honorary). In
addition, she was President, Rush-Chairman and Scholarship Chairman of Kappa
Kappa Gamma; Communications Director and a representative to the national
convention of the Association for Women Students; a working member of the University
Senate Financial Aids Committee. While at Purdue, her awards included Outstanding
Management Senior Award 1978; Outstanding Senior Woman – honorable mention,
1978; and Outstanding Young Woman of America Award, 1979, 1980. Jane presently
sits on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Krannert School, Purdue University’s
School of Business.
Jane worked for Raytheon Data Systems
from 1978 to 1981 as a production and Material Control Supervisor, before
heading to Harvard Business School receiving
her Masters in Business Administration in 1983. While at Harvard, Jane was
an elected representative to the Woman’s Student Association.
Upon graduating from Harvard, Jane
joined and eventually became partner at Bain and Company – one of the world’s
leading management consulting firms specializing in the development and implementation
of corporate strategy.
Jane has worked with her colleagues at Bain to improve the market value of
a number of high-profile U.S. and international companies.
Since 1991, Jane has served as Managing Director of Berkshire Partners, a
private equity firm managing approximately $3.5 billion of equity capital.
Berkshire has consistently performed within the top quartile of all firms managing
Her leadership and dedication are
evident in her community and philanthropic work. As co-chair of Boston’s United Way 2001 Women’s Leadership
Breakfast, Jane led the United Way to its largest and most successful fundraising
event in their annual campaign. She was inspired by the organization’s
program Today’s Girls…Tomorrow’s Leaders – an initiative
that provides resources to help young girls develop the skills, self-esteem,
and courage they will need to succeed. Jane has also participated in bringing
more diversity to the United Way’s Private Equity Breakfast committee
and has actively solicited others to join her as an Alexis de Tocqueville Society
member. Jane is also on the Board of Trustees for the Windsor School.
Thomas graduated from Jefferson
High School in 1972, where he participated in track and football, earning
All-conference designation in both sports in
his junior and senior years. He also earned State Honorable Mention designation
in football in 1971 and 1972. In 1971 Thomas won NCC and sectional long jump
titles and was state runner-up in long jump. He was voted Jefferson High School’s
MVP in football and track in 1971. In 1972, Thomas was the Indiana state long
jump champion. He was awarded a full scholarship in track to the University
of New Mexico.
White attending the University of
New Mexico, Thomas earned admittance to two Academic Honor Fraternities,
Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Fraternity and
Vigilantes Sophomore Honor Fraternity. He was also selected to Who’s
Who in American Universities and Colleges two years in a row, 1974-75 and 1975-76.
As a member of the sprint medley relay track team, he broke the world record
at the Pocatello, Idaho Relays in 1974. Thomas earned a Bachelors degree in
Political Science and the Student Achievement award for outstanding achievements
and contributions to the University of New Mexico in 1976. In December 1978,
he earned a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University
of New Mexico.
Thomas’s career in business
began with a position as Account Manager with DunHill of Chicago where he
was responsible for sourcing professional
candidates to fill vacancies in corporations throughout Chicago. He then joined
Kemper Financial Services as a Corporate Recruiter and focused on hiring systems
and accounting professionals into the company. Thomas joined Allstate Insurance
Company at their corporate headquarters in a Professional Recruiter capacity.
He was promoted up to the position of Human Resources Manager.
Later, Thomas joined Carrington & Carrington, Ltd, a retained executive
search firm, as their Senior Director, where he earned an award for being their
top salesman. Thomas returned to the corporate arena when he joined Knightsbridge
Solutions, a data management consulting firm, as their Director of Employee
Relations & Recruiting. He was then recruited to be Director of Human Resources
for ThinkFast Consulting, Inc., a business intelligence consulting firm. He
was promoted to Vice President responsible for managing and directing activities
in six regions throughout the United States.
Since college, Thomas has been active
in various community organizations and social activities and has received
special recognition. Some of these include
the following: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Man of the Year Award for Community
Service; Board of Directors for Hispanic Alliance for Economic Growth; MERC
(Minority Economic Resource Council); Career Job Fair; Keynote speaker at the
Alpha Phi Alpha Save Our Youth Day; President of the Thornridge Community Block
Club; and one of Ebony magazine most eligible bachelor’s in the United
Michael Lynn Brooks
While at Jefferson High School Mike
was active in extra-curricular activities. He was a member of A Cappella choir,
Booster staff for two years, Sophomore
and Junior Hi-Y, and the N.F.L. He also participated in the Red & Black
Mike attended Indiana State and
received his B.S. in Communications in 1965. In 1963 and 1964, he was in
Who’s Who Among Students in Universities
and Colleges. While a student at Indiana State, Mike was involved with radio
and television and journalism. In 1965 he was editor of the student newspaper
and was named Outstanding Senior Journalist. He was active in the Memorial
Union Board, Press Club, and Social Affairs. He also served as a residence
hall resident assistant, treasurer of Alpha Phi Gamma, and Fine Arts Festival
co-chairman for convocations. Sigma Delta Chi named him Man of the Year in
As a journalist, Mike worked at
the Indianapolis News as a special assignment reporter from 1965 to 1967
and at the South Bend Tribune. Michael was co-owner
of Clay Recreation Enterprises – merging with Clay City News in 1971.
Eventually he and his partners created CRE, Inc., an advertising company in
Indianapolis, and he became its president in 1972. In 1976 Mike was in Outstanding
Young Men of America, and he was recognized by Who’s Who in the Midwest
and Who’s Who in Finance & Industry. In 1987 as an ambassador to
South America for the Partners of America Organization, Mike taught the principles
of establishing a small business.
Community service was an important
aspect of Mike’s life. From 1968-1972
he was director of the Vigo County Community Blood Program. He was also director
of the Clay City Mental Association in 1972-1973. He also served on the board
of directors of the Kathryn Hamilton Mental Health Center in Terre Haute. Before
his death he established the Michael L. Brooks/CRE Charitable Trust for the
benefit of education in Indiana and for the arts in Indianapolis. The trust
has provided donations to Lafayette’s Long Center and Civic Theater.
D. Masse’, M.D., A.C.O.G.
Don attended Lincoln Grade School and graduated from Jefferson High School
in 1952. At Jeff, Don was a member of the marching band for four rears, Student
Council, and Radio Club. He lettered in track and football and was secretary-treasurer
of his senior class.
Don attended Purdue University and
received a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-medicine in 1956. After serving
three years in the US Army in the Medical
Corp 1957-1960, Don entered Marquette University School of Medicine in 1960,
receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1964. Don went to Detroit, Michigan
and served as Medical Intern at Receiving Hospital in 1964-65 and Resident
in Obstetrics & Gynecology 1965-1969, serving as Chief Resident in 1969.
Don joined a renowned group of prestigious
black physicians in 1969 that became known as “Vincent, Combs, Masse’, and Shade, MD, PC”. Don
because a fellow in The American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology in
1970 and certified as a Diplomat, American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
in 1971. Don was appointed to the faculty at Wayne State University School
of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology as Adjunct Instructor
on completion of his residency and subsequently was appointed Clinical Assistant
Professor working with students, interns, and residents. Don’s hospital
staff appointments included seven hospitals, and he served as Chairman, Department
of OB/GYN at three, Kirwood General Hospital, Southwest Detroit Hospital, and
St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital. Don actively participated in several medical
societies: Wayne County Medical Society (member medical service board), Michigan
State Medical Society, Detroit Medical Society (officer and board member),
Wolverine State Medical Society and National Medical Association. Don took
time to speak to junior high students on Career Day and to classes at Oakland
Community College and Detroit College of Business. Don served on the Board
of Directors of Catholic Social Services of Wayne County. He is a member of
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Phi Chi Medical Fraternity, NAACP, DMC Men’s
Guild, and several local organizations.
Although he is retired from practice, Don spends 12-16 hours per week instructing
residents in training.
Ralph E. Mayerstein
While Ralph “Buffy” was at Jefferson he was involved in the Spanish
Club, president for two year; freshman class treasurer; Performance Club; Hi-Y
and Hi-Y Council; debate team; Key Club, vice president two years; J-Club three
years; golf 4 years; Junior Achievement president two years, and Boys State.
Buffy was one of Jeff’s outstanding high school golfers. His golf career
was highlighted by qualifying for the USGA Junior Amateur in 1955, 1957 and
He started his college career at
Northwestern University by qualifying for the 1958 U.S. Amateur. He was fortunate
enough to represent Northwestern University
as an individual when Purdue hosted the NCAA men’s golf championships.
During his tenure at Northwestern, he was a member of the varsity golf team
and very active in campus affairs. The Northwestern yearbook in 1962 was in
part dedicated to Buffy for his contributions to the school as an undergraduate.
Following graduation from college
he spent two years on active duty with the U.S. Navy as an officer on a destroyer
that operated in the Mediterranean.
After his Naval tour he entered the insurance business with the local agency
Mayerstein-Burnell Company and has been a partner since the mid 1960s. As a
local insurance agent in Lafayette for over 35 years, Mayerstein has always
been involved in his profession as well as in community affairs. He obtained
the CPCU professional designation in 1971 and was elected President of the
Independent Insurance Agents of Indiana in 1981. In 1975, the Independent Insurance
Agent of America selected Mayerstein to be the tournament chairman of their
national junior golf tournament. Under Buffy’s leadership and direction,
the event is now the largest junior golf tournament in the world involving
over 6500 qualifiers each year. He continues to serve as its tournament chairman.
In addition, he is a past president of the local chapter of the American Red
Cross and has since been involved as an officer of the Chamber of Commerce
as well as a director of the Lafayette Bank and Trust Company. He has served
four terms as a director of the Greater Lafayette Community Foundation as well
as being on the advisory board of Lafayette Neighborhood Housing Association.
Mayerstein’s long-time interest in golf led to his involvement in golf
administration. In 1975, Mayerstein began his career with the Indiana Golf
Association as a district director, and he served as its president in 1998 & 1999.
Also, under the leadership of Mayerstein and his wife, the Indiana Junior Golf
Association (now a part of the IGA) became one of the premier junior programs
in the U.S. In 1998, both Mayerstein, a past recipient of the Clifford Wagoner
Award from the IGA, and his wife were inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of
Fame. In addition, he is active in the United States Golf Association and Western
Golf Association. Mayerstein is one of the most well-respected rules official
with the USGA and has been a member of the USGA Junior Amateur committee for
over 25 years. In 2001, the USGA recognized Buffy by awarding him the prestigious
Grainger Award for his volunteer efforts – the first player participant
in the committee structure to win the award. His involvement with the Western
Golf Association started in 1981 when Mayerstein was selected to be the local
house chairman for the Purdue chapter of the Evans Scholars. In 1990, the WGA
selected Buffy as it's chairman of the Western Open Golf Tournament – a
position he held until 1997. In 2002, Mayerstein was elected as President of
the Western Golf Association and was reelected for a second term in 2003. He
is the first president in the association’s 103 year existence to be
from the state of Indiana.
John B. Scheumann
While at Jefferson High School,
John participated in football, wrestling, golf, Key Club and served as “J” Club president. During his senior
year, John was co-captain of Jeff’s undefeated football team, selected
first team All-State and defensive tackle, and played in the first Indiana
high school All-Star Football game.
After graduation, John accepted
a football scholarship from Ball State University where he played defensive
tackle. Graduating with a degree in accounting, he
joined National Homes Corporation, John’s first affiliation with the
housing industry, which would provide his career opportunity.
As co-founder, Chairman, and CEO
of Crossmann Communities, Inc. John guided his company’s remarkable growth from small local beginnings to a position
of national prominence in the home building field. In 2001, Crossmann became
America’s 12th largest home builder. Crossmann was acquired by Beazer
Homes in 2002. Crossmann was recognized by Forbes magazine for three consecutive
years as one of the “Best 200 Small Companies in America.”
While CEO of Crossmann Communities,
John saw to it that corporate philanthropy was a major part of the company’s
focus. Crossmann and its affiliated tradesmen and suppliers sponsored 15
Habitat homes, and Crossman partnered
with Habitat for Humanity in the development of Bristol Park Subdivision in
Lafayette. The company also funded scholarship programs at many central Indiana
school corporations as well as participated in the 21st Century Scholars program.
In addition to directing these corporate
philanthropic efforts, John has made many personal contributions within his
local and collegiate communities. Programs
to assist the homeless and those in need of educational assistance and affordable
housing have benefited from John’s generosity. John has also established
the Scheumann Family Foundation, which will continue to provide charitable
contributions for generations to come.
John is actively involved in this
community through his service as director of the Golden Bronchos, Lafayette
Parks Foundation, Family Services Asset Management,
Trinity Church, and Habitat for Humanity in Indiana. John is a recipient of
the Ball State University Distinguished Alumni Award and the Ball State College
of Business Award of Distinction.
Catherine Weaver Beauchamp
Catherine graduated from Jefferson
High School in 1922. While at Jefferson she participated in the senior play,
girls basketball, Booster and Glee Club.
She was in a journalism class that originated the Booster (school’s first
Catherine graduated from Purdue
University in 1926 and was named outstanding senior woman. Then she taught
home economics for years in Warsaw, Indiana.
During World War II Catherine married and moved to Washington, D.C., where
both she and her husband had government careers. Catherine wrote radio scripts
for the Dept. of Agriculture and became editor of the “Extension Service
Review” that went to the Cooperative Extension offices throughout the
United States. Catherine also edited the
Industrial Hygiene Newsletter” for the U.S. Department of Health.
In 1957 Catherine moved with her
husband to Kissimmee, Florida where he founded Orange Gardens, a retirement
community of more than 200 homes. Catherine became
a real estate broker. In 1960 with other members of the community, Catherine
founded the Footlight Theater Guild, where she performed as an actress. With
the support of the community Catherine organized and was a primary fund-raiser
for the Osceola County Art and Culture Center that featured art, history, drama
and music. Its theater is named for Catherine W. Beauchamp. Catherine also
wrote and published a local history, Look What’s Happened in Osceola
County and a book of family memoirs, Family Ties and Tales.
In 1974 Catherine was named First
Lady of Osceola County. At the age of 86, after her husband’s death,
Catherine organized a support group in Kissimmee for the deaf and hearing
impaired. Throughout her life Catherine traveled widely
including a round-the-world tour in 1968 and an archaeological dig in Israel
in 1986. Catherine enjoyed entertaining and was an outstanding hostess.
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