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Third Salem Community High School Academic Foundation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The Salem Community High School Academic Foundation held the third Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Salem Community High School cafeteria on Saturday, October 16, 2010.

The honorees were selected by the Academic Foundation committee based on leadership and character and by having made exceptional contributions to the honor and prestige of SCHS. Members selected for induction are: Robert “Chip” Petrea, Bob Wallace, Harold Thurman, and posthumously, Linda Lance Mobley, and Barbara Smith. A continental breakfast was served to those attending.

Linda J. (Lance) Mobley, Class of 1970


Linda Mobley had a career in nursing and served as an administrator at Salem Township Hospital. She oversaw many improvement projects including several after becoming seriously ill. Linda was committed to saving lives and improving the quality of care for our community. Mike Mobley in his letter of nomination indicated that since 1970 Linda has devoted herself to helping others --- and the community is better and healthier for it.

Dr. Robert E. “Chip” Petrea, Class of 1971


Dr. Robert "Chip" Petrea is currently the University of Illinois Extension Specialist for Agricultural Safety and Health. Salem Fire Marshall and Illinois Fire Service Institute lead Field Instructor Bill Fulton, in his letter of nomination, noted that Petrea has always been grateful for firefighters who rescued him when he suffered a tragic baler accident, losing both legs. Fulton notes Petrea has assisted others hurt in farm accidents through rehabilitation and has helped fire departments train to help those involved in farm accidents. Lives have been saved and work environments are now safer due to Dr. Petrea’s research and work in the field of agricultural safety.

Barbara A. Smith SCHS Superintendent 2003-2009 Honorary Induction


Barbara Smith spent her life in education and was Superintendent of Salem Community High School for six years before suffering a fatal heart attack in September 2009 at the start of what was going to be her last year before retirement. She promoted the success of students at SCHS and challenged staff members, families, and the community to work toward the goal of continued implementation of programs for improvement. Her personal beliefs on education inspired all that came in contact with Barb Smith.

Harold V. Thurman, Class of 1952


Harold Thurman became a distinguished professor of marine biology and oceanography at Mt. San Antonio College for 30 years before retiring. Thurman authored numerous textbooks on oceanography, at least five of which are currently in use at universities and colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Robert “Bob” Wallace, Class of 1962


Bob Wallace served as President of an Exxon Enterprises company in the Philippines, worked with start-up companies in the medical electronics and semiconductor field and later became vice-president of operations and engineering for SanDisk Corporation. During his time with SanDisk the company increased from 12 employees to a multi-billion dollar company. Wallace has over 100 patents and co-patents starting in 1964 covering material sciences, electronic components and electronic systems design.