Hall of Fame 2017

Hall of Fame 2017

Pictured left to right:  Dennis Liddle Jr, Andrea Romich, Cynthia Angerer Fay, Terry J. Wagner, D.O., Charles R. Parsons, Gary L. Sellers.

Walker J. Blakey, Class of 1958

After graduating from Barberton High School in 1958, Blakey went on to receive his undergraduate degree from Harvard University attending on full scholarship. From there he earned his law degree from The Ohio State University and returned to Harvard University for postdoctoral work.

While a fellow at Harvard Law School, he helped create a set of materials, Assignment in Trial Practice, which were the first real trial advocacy teaching materials. He was also the co-creator of UNC’s School of Law First Year Negotiation Skills program. As a law professor at The University of North Carolina, he obtained permanent tenure in 1977 and retired in 2010.

Blakey passed away September 24, 2011, of natural causes in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He is survived by many former co-workers who very much respected him both professionally and personally. Also left behind is Michael Matthysse who was like a son to him even having donations be made to the North Carolina Special Olympics in Michael’s behalf.

Cynthia Angerer Fay, Class of 1976

After graduating from Barberton High School in the top 4%, Fay received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing and Human Resources from Miami University and Masters in Business Administration from Roosevelt University in 1987

Fay’s other accomplishments include being named Dun & Bradstreet/AC Nielsen “National Most Valuable Player” in 1995, CoActive Marketing “Employee of the Year” for 2007 and Gannett Company Top Sales Achievement for Ohio in 2014. She is also a founding board member of People Reaching People, serving Kenya and Madagascar.

Fay currently is employed by EW Scripps/WCPO TV in Cincinnati and resides in Loveland, Ohio, with her husband John. They have one son, Daniel who recently earned his Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering.

Dennis Liddle Jr., Class of 1984

Liddle earned his Bachelors of Commercial Science from Tiffin University in 1989 and his Master’s in Business Administration from Ashland University in 1999.

Some of his accomplishments and achievements include earning Community Leader of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce in 2009 and in 2016 he was awarded by the Barberton Community Foundation the Game Changer Award.

Liddle has also been a member of the Magic City Kiwanis, South Summit Chamber of Commerce, Shriners International and Barberton Rotary. He has served 8 years as a Barberton School Board member and 11 years on the board of Barberton Community Foundation. He was also a Board Member for the Barberton Community Development Corp., Summa SW Region, Barberton Parks & Recreation, Barberton Salvation Army, and Barberton Rotary Club,

He currently works as the owner of DGL Financial as an Independent Investment & Financial Advisor here in Barberton where he also resides with his wife, Kim, and two daughters, Justine and Jessica.

Charles R. Parsons, Class of 1966

Parsons graduated from Barberton High School in 1966. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History and Government from Kent State University and his Master’s in School Administration from The University of Akron.

He was named the 1999 Distinguished Education Alumnus by The University of Akron Education Alumni Society and also received the BASA Distinguished Service Award in 2016. Medina Link, which provided state of the art distance learning classrooms in every high school in Medina County was championed by Parsons.

Parsons currently resides in Wadsworth and is retired. He is married to his wife Janet, has two daughters, Shelly and Sarah and two sons, Steve and Brian.

Andrea Romich, Class of 1989

Romich graduated from Barberton High School in 1989, after which, she took classes at Bluffton College. In 1999 she began her career with the Barberton Police Department as a 9-1-1 Public Safety Telecommunications operator and jailer.

Some of her proudest accomplishments include being certified as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher, Law Enforcement Automated Data System/Computerized Criminal History, National Incident Management System and in the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System.

Romich currently works at Southwest Summit Communications and is instrumental in training employees from other jurisdictions about the City of Barberton where she also resides.

Gary L. Sellers Class of 1973

Sellers graduated from Barberton in 1973 and earned his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management/Labor Relations from the University of Akron in 1978.

He has has a number of achievements to his credit including being a 32nd Degree Mason, President, Eta Triton Chapter, Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity, Vice-President of the Interfraternity Council and President, Order of Omega Honorary Society at U of A in 1977-1978, former Master Counselor of Barberton Chapter of DeMolay and has an Honorary Degree of Chevalier from DeMolay International. Sellers is a member of Columbia United Church of Christ having served in many capacities including Lay Leader, Senior Deacon in 1985 and 1992 and Chairman of Finance and Stewardship numerous times.

Sellers is retired and lives in Akron with his wife, Debi. They have two children and five grandsons.

Terry J. Wagner, D.O., Class of 1986

Wagner graduated from Barberton High School in 1986. After graduating he earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology and Pre-med at The University of Akron and earned the title of Doctor of Osteopathy from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1994.

He was the Chief Resident in the Akron General Family Medicine Program. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians as well as the Ohio Academy of Family Foundation. He is on numerous committees and chair positions at Akron General and Cleveland Clinic. In 2016, the State of Ohio House of Representatives awarded him with Outstanding Citizen Commendation. Wagner is most proud of being named Family Physician of the Year for the state of Ohio 2016-2017.

Wagner currently resides in Barberton and is a physician/owner of Hudson Family Practice. He is married to his wife, Erika, has two daughters, Hailey and Madison and one son, Connor
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