Submitted by West Aurora Unit District 129
The West Aurora High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor will recognize four graduates this spring who have gained recognition for outstanding accomplishments in their fields of endeavor.
The 2013 Hall inductees will be Edgar Neil Foster Jr., Class of 1938; Robert Garrison, Class of 1954; Carol Cauldwell McElroy, Class of 1961 and Michael Oros, Class of 1980.
The inductees visit West Aurora High School and speak to the students in a variety of forums Friday, April 19. The induction ceremony and banquet will be held on the evening of April 20 at the Aurora Country Club. For dinner information, call Randi Ochsenschlager at (630) 897-6785.
This year's inductees will be the seventh group honored. For more information about previous inductees and the foundation, visit aplusfoundation.org.
• Foster was a world-famous magician who was invited to perform at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in London. He was the editor of The New Tops, a trade journal for magicians, edited several magic books. He also operated a school of magic and invented many effects. He was world famous for his floating sphere illusion.
• Garrison is an astronomer, author and educator. His primary research has involved the discovery and description of certain types of stars. He is known for his way of making the most complex of subjects -- advanced areas of the Milky Way Galaxy, analysis of the stellar contents of star clusters and galaxy nuclei, for example -- accessible for his students.
• McElroy is a teacher whose classroom locations have included China, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand, Mauritania, Turkey, Armenia, Spain, Iceland and Costa Rica. She and her husband, Richard, go into developing countries to teach children and adults ways in which to better themselves and their communities, thereby impacting their countries as a whole. McElroy teaches English skills, of course, but her broader scope of influence has been her instruction of teachers in how they can become more effective in their classrooms.
• Oros is an American Board certified and Illinois licensed prosthetist and orthotist, an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University's orthotic/prosthetic program and president of an orthotics and prosthetics firm. His expertise extends beyond the borders of the United States as he and a team of associates make yearly trips to remote villages of Ecuador to fit prosthetic devices for the poor who have lost limbs and who could never afford these devices. This life-changing service is provided free.
The Hall of Honor program is sponsored by the A+ Foundation of West Aurora Schools, which seeks to inspire excellence in students and staff through its support of educational, cultural and charitable programs.