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October 8, 2012

Eight inducted into Fort Hill Hall of Fame

CUMBERLAND — Eight men were inducted, several posthumously, into the Fort Hill High School Hall of Fame Friday night at Greenway Avenue Stadium in conjunction with the school’s 75th anniversary.

Fort Hill Assistant Principal Richard King made the presentations.

Honored were:

• The late James Deetz, class of 1948, who was one of  the world’s leading historical archaeologists. He was awarded three degrees at Harvard University, including his doctorate in 1960. He continued his academic and field work through a number of prestigious institutions that included the University of California, Brown, William and Mary, UCLA and the University of Virginia.

In 1967, he published a book, “Invitation to Archaeology.” He died in 2007 and is buried in Westernport.

• Mark Manges, class of 1974, excelled in football, basketball and track. He was honored as an all-state and all-American player in both football and basketball. Manges’ football jersey, No. 45, and basketball jersey, No. 43, were retired by Fort Hill at his graduation.

Manges was a three-year starter and four-year letter winner in football at the University of Maryland. In 1976, he was honored with the Dapper Dan’s top award and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams and played for the St. Louis Cardinals in the National Football League.

• The late Charles Lattimer, class of 1949, excelled in football, baseball and basketball. He played basketball for one year and football for four years at the University of Maryland. He was a member of the 1954 college all-star team and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A physical education teacher, Lattimer coached the Fort Hill football teams for 20 years. He led the Sentinels to the 1975 state championship and was named Maryland high school coach of the year. He also coached the track and field team for about 15 years. Lattimer served as vice principal and interim principal at Fort Hill and was the supervisor of physical education and athletics for the county and later served on the elected school board.

• Dr. James Heavner, class of 1962, is professor emeritus and clinical professor at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock.

 Heavner was a 4-H all-star at Fort Hill and completed preveterinary medicine studies at the University of Maryland. He obtained a doctor of veterinary medicine degree at the University of Georgia and a doctor of philosophy degree in pharmacology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

A branch chief at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Heavner is known worldwide for his work in the field of pain control and the pharmacology of local anesthetics.

• The late Steve Trimble, class of 1976, excelled in football, track and basketball. He was honored as the football player of the year and was named to the Maryland all-state team in 1975. Trimble was a state champion in the 120-yard high hurdles and in the 330-yard intermediate hurdles. His football jersey, No. 44, was retired in 1992.

Trimble played football at the University of Maryland and also played free safety for the NFL Denver Broncos and the Chicago Bears, the USFL Denver Gold and the Denver Dynamite of the Arena Football League.

He was on the coaching staffs of the New Orleans Saints, New York Jets and the Detroit Drive of the Arena League. He also coached at the University of Colorado, Howard University, New Mexico Highlands University and DeMatha Catholic High School. Trimble was varsity head coach at Bishop O’Connell High School and was honored as the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference coach of the year.

• The late Capt. Russell L. Poling Jr., class of 1954, ran track and played football at Fort Hill, scoring the only touchdown for the Sentinels in the 1953 Turkey Day Game against Allegany, which resulted in a 7-7 tie.

He was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and joined the U.S. Navy Reserve, Civil Engineering Corps and  the “Fighting Seabees.” He also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from West Virginia University.

Poling managed numerous multimillion-dollar projects across the U.S. and other countries, including the largest sanitary engineering project ever undertaken by Egypt. He helped construct the C&O Canal boat replica.

He coached the Cumberland Colts football team, taught engineering at Allegany College of Maryland and served as the Cumberland city engineer.

• Edward L. Root, class of 1958, attended Frostburg State and earned his doctorate in education from the University of Maryland.

He was dean for the School of Education at Frostburg State University and a member of the Maryland State Board of Education from 1999 to 2003 and president from 2003 to 2007.

Root was named Maryland educational leader of the year in 2003 and received the outstanding teacher educator award from the Maryland Association of Teacher Educators. He has received the distinguished alumni, outstanding mentor and university service awards from FSU.

• Elwood “Woody” Norris, class of 1956, won the school’s best actor award and was a member of the thespians, the Fort Hill Players and the student council.

Norris was trained as a nuclear weapons specialist in the Air Force and after serving there became an inventor. He invented the precursor to the sonogram, holds patents on one of the first cordless microphones, an artificial hip, the world’s first “tapeless” handheld digital recorder, the JABRA cell phone earpiece, a one-one helicopter, a plasma antenna used by the Air Force and a new type of speaker that creates sound in the air.

Norris won the 2005 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize as inventor of the year and has received nearly 70 patents with more than 300 corresponding patents worldwide.

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