Manual Alumni of the Year
In 1962 the Alumni Board selected the first Alumnus of the Year recipient.
1962 Roy Howard 1981 Robert J. Kryter 1998 Janet Cheatham Bell
1963 Louis Borinstein 1982 Charles E. Menges 1999 Ray Raker
1964 Mary J. Spiegel 1983 Richard A. Steele 2000 Gordon Durnil
1965 John King 1984 Dorothy M. Monroe 2001 Norman C. Beplay
1966 John Higdon 1985 Dr. Arvine Popplewell 2002 Judy Rodman Blough
1967 Cyrl S. Ober 1986 Richard A. VanArsdale 2003 Donald J. (Jim) Edison
1968 Marian E. White 1986 Thomas A. VanArsdale 2004 C. Bruce Haddix
1969 Daniel Glossbrenner 1987 David L. Cohn 2005 Albert S. Tavenor
1970 W. Henry Roberts 1988 William C. Green 2006 Elise Stefan Marshall
1971 Richard Emery 1989 Dr. Frank Teague 2007 Paul C. Brandt
1972 Norman G. Wilson 1990 Jimmie Angelopolous 2008 Dallas Schnitzius
1973 John E. Cady 1991 William R. Kniptash 2009 Charlotte Hafer
1974 Louis A. Weiland 1992 David Fogle 2010 Dr. Donald J. Kerner
1975 James C. Skinner 1992 Libby (Kipp) Fogle 2011 Non Selected
1976 Dr. Irvin W. Wilkins 1993 Charles A. Henzie 2012 Willis Overton &
1977 Herbert F. Schwomeyer 1994 Ann Cory Bretz 2012 Janet Stout Cotton
1978 Charles P. Monroe 1995 100th Anniversary 2013 Charles Williams
1979 Walter W. Floyd 1996 Ray Schultz
1980 Helen Fehr 1997 Lucille Wahl
Manual's First Man of The Year - 1962
Roy W. Howard graduated from Manual in1902. He lived on South Delaware St. so he was not far from the original school building on South Meridian St. He was a keen, alert student with a great sense of humor. His father died during his early years of High School, leaving him to help take care of his mother. He was busy and industrious. It has often been told how Roy carried two newspaper routes at once, ushered in a theater, worked in the school lunchroom, and acted as Manual's correspondent for the Indianapolis News.
When Roy entered Manual he made many fast friendships that endure today, although he has not lived in Indianapolis since 1905.
After Roy's graduation in January 1902, he went to work for the News, July 6, 1902. In October he left the News and entered the Sports Department of the Indianapolis Star, for $20 per week, and it was not long until he was Sports Editor. Later he followed Ray Long, an Indianapolis man and long-time friend, to the Cincinnati Post. Always looking ahead, he landed with the Scripps-MacRae newspaper syndicate of New York City in July 1905.
Since then his Scripps-Howard biography points to mileposts like correspondent in New York for the Ohio papers, general news manager of Publishers Press at the age of 29, and by 1922 his name joined that of Scripps at the head of all Scripps-Howard newspapers.
Louis J. Borinstein - 1963
Louis J. Borinstein has made a great many contributions to the public welfare during a long, successful business and civic life.
After graduating from Manual in 1899 he immediately went to work in his father's business. He became active in charitable and civic efforts of Jewish organizations in his early life. He became a director of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce in the late twenties and in 1930 was elected its president. He served as president for five years, longer than any other individual has served in that office. These were in the lowest days of the Great Depression and he brought the organization through this period successfully.
He was a member of the governor's commission on unemployment relief during this same period. He was a director of the Indianapolis chapter of the American Red Cross during the depression and World War II. He was for many years a leader of the Jewish welfare and fraternal organization, B'Nai B'rith, holding many responsible local, regional and national offices. He was a board member of the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, a hospital providing treatment to tuberculosis patients without regard to race or religion.
He has received many public tributes from organizations he has served. One of his notable characteristics has been his unusual ability to write and speak eloquently, though his formal education did not proceed beyond high school.
He surely is to be listed among the very few Indianapolis citizens universally respected and loved for a long life of good works.
Mary J. Spiegel - 1964
In January 1907, Mary Johnson, a small brunette freshman; a quiet unassuming girl, was destined to leave quite a mark on Manual. During her 3 1/2 years there, she was a good student and a reserved but avid observer. Although shy in nature, she became so imbued with the Manual spirit that she is today a person of the Redskin ideal. She has often been dubbed "Dame Manual."
After graduating in June 1910, she attended Indianapolis Conservatory of Music for 2 years. She then worked as a secretary at Eli Lilly & Co. There Mr. Milo Stuart, 2nd principal of Manual, saw her when he visited the plant. He invited Mary to return to her Alma Mater as his secretary. This she did, and she turned out to be a valuable asset to Manual and remained through 47 years as "right hand man" to five principals.
In 1917, Manual's "first lady" changed her official signature to Mrs. Mary J. Spiegel when she married Ralph Earl Spiegel. They are proud of their son and their three grandchildren.
Mary held Manual on an even keel and kept her bossmen and many Manualites in line. She served Manual faithfully and well; she has been an expert as a gracious homemaker, wife and mother; a career woman civic-minded in all dealings, and has been interested in each student's welfare.
Mary is an ex-officio member of the publications staffs and a staunch supporter of the Music Department. She is an honorary member of Masoma and the Roines Club. She has served in many other capacities in other groups too numerous to mention here.
One of Mary Spiegel's most noted characteristics is her unusual ability to inspire those with whom she comes in contact. We love her very, very much and we all share her love for Manual.