29th Anniversary
Community Hall of Fame Banquet

  November 17, 2015
 South Bend Century Center

Six individuals and one family will be inducted this year into the South Bend Community Hall of Fame. The 2015 inductees are:

EA PhotoElijah Anderson. A South Bend Central graduate, he holds the William K. Lamman Jr. professorship at Yale University, where he teaches and directs the Urban Ethnography Project. Dr. Anderson is one of the nation’s leading urban ethnographers and cultural theorists. He has written and edited numerous books, book chapters, articles and scholarly reports on race in American cities and won many prestigious awards.


JodyFreid-DSC_1144aJody Freid. A community activist, Jody has lent her organizational skills and enthusiasm to such causes as the American Cancer Society, Broadway Theatre League, Irish Youth Hockey, Human Rights Commission, YWCA, YWCA, Stanley Clark School, College Hall of Fame Committee, Temple Beth-El and Sinai Synagogue.


Jack McGannJohn (Jack) McGann. Retired editor and publisher of The Tribune. He served as chairman of the $1 million Campaign of Art Foundation; chairman of the 1981 United Way Campaign; co-chairman of the YWCA Capital Fund Drive; chairman of the Chamber of Commerce board; board chairman of Project Future; president of the board of the South Bend Regional Museum of Art; and creator and chairman of the Sunburst Marathon.

JCC11691-Miller     , Jane Woodward  -Jane Miller. Superior Court Judge since 2006. She served on the board of the Family & Children’s Center; special advocate for the CASA program; designed “Kid’s Court” program; started CASIE Center. She was a deputy prosecutor for 13 years, handling child abuse and neglect cases. The Life Treatment Center houses “Jane’s House,” a local residential facility for women with substance problems. From 1998 to 2013 she coached the Mock Trial program at Adams High School. 

TopBenito Salazar. A founder and one of the first directors of La Casa de Amistad. Boy Scout scoutmaster; served more than 40 years as director of Celestial Choir at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church; member of Salvation Army’s Kroc Community Center arts committee; active in United Way for more than 28 years. In 2013 he was honored as a Trailblazer for his efforts to further civil rights.

The Veldman Family. The late Pete Veldman founded the Tire Rack. He and his wife Wilma operated several businesses on South Bend’s west side before encouraging son-in-law Mike Jones to start the Tire Rack in 1979. The Veldman family has been active in various youth programs and in Catholic education. 

Thomas StanfieldThomas S. Stanfield (historical inductee). A key figure in the early history of South Bend. He came here in 1831 and helped establish the first railroad here. He was the city’s first postmaster, and in 1845 was elected to the state legislature. In 1853 he became a judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit.   


In addition to the inductions, the Hall of Fame annually presents awards to local citizens or organizations for outstanding contributions to our community. The 2015 honorees are:

WNIT logoWNIT, the local PBS affiliate, receiving the Corporate Contributions to Education Award. The station has enhanced local television programming in our community and promoted news and documentaries about the people and places that make us unique. Its move from Elkhart to South Bend has contributed to the revitalization of the downtown area.

Kevin Smith, local businessman, receiving the Distingushied Achievement Award. Smith bought the former Union Station in 1979 and housed the family business there before converting it into a technology center. More recently, he acquired the former Studebaker assembly plant and is renovating it for use as an expanded version of the Technology Center.  

St. Margaret's House logoSt. Margaret’s House, receiving the Community Service Award. St. Margaret’s House is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It provides assistance to women and children, particularly a safe place for them to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It offers meals, showers, clothing, laundry facilities, counseling and other programs.


Evie Kirkwood, county parks superintendent, receiving the Ideal Baldoni Distinguished Public Service award. Evie has led the county park system for many year.  During a time of increasing budget constraints she has managed to keep the parks vibrant and meaningful. She uses her time and talents to educate the public about the value of preserving and maintaining our natural resources. 




Sponsorships last year exceeded those of past years. Some the sponsorships included not

The new Wall of Fame features touch-screen technology, improved lighting and room to expand with more plaques in the future.

The new Wall of Fame features touch-screen technology, improved lighting and room to expand with more plaques in the future.

just the banquet, but funding for the newly designed Wall of Fame in Century Center,
which was unveiled on the night of the banquet. The convention facility had pledged half the estimated $50,000 cost of renovating the Wall, provided that the SBAA could raise the other half. The banquet enabled us to reach that goal. We extend special thanks to Burkhart Advertising, the Communications Co., WNIT and the Center for History for their special contributions to the new Wall of Fame. SBAA Board members Ryan Kring and Dan Schmidtendorff spearheaded the renovation effort and worked tirelessly to finish the wall in time for the banquet. 


The primary purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those who have distinguished themselves and our community. A secondary purpose is to raise funds to support extra- and co-curricular activities in South Bend’s public schools.  Those activities do not receive tax dollars for all of their needs. The Alumni Association’s Co-Ex Grants program, funded from proceeds of the Hall of Fame Banquet, provides grants to those activities. In exchange, students are required to perform community service as a pay-back. Please check out the Co-Ex tab at the left side of the home page for more information.


We wish to thank the following sponsors for their support


of the 2014 Community Hall of Fame Banquet:


Title Sponsor: Teachers Credit Union


Honor Roll Sponsors

1st Source Bank
Faegre Baker Daniels
Rod Ganey
Holladay Properties

Memorial Hospital
Memorial Children’s Hospital
South Bend Tribune/WSBT
University of Notre Dame

Community Sponsors

The Cressy Foundation
Electronics, Inc.
Four Winds Casino

Gates Automotive Group
Indiana University South Bend
South Bend Chocolate Co.

Silver Star Sponsors

American Structurepont
Gurley Leep Automotive Family

Chris and Carmi Murphy
St. Joe Valley Metronet

Bronze Sponsors

Center for Hospice Care
Dr. Fred Ferlic
KADA Partnership

South Bend Education Foundation
Trinity School at Greenlawn


Patron Tables

Center for History
James O. Harris
Robert Benjamin Johnson
Merrill Lynch

Parkwood Auto Spas
Kathryn Shields
South Bend Heritage
Frank Sullivan Jr.


Joseph A. Bauters
Lauren Davis
Dave and Billie Dunlap
Gary and Debra Gilot
Mary Lou Gordon
Jack Gregory
James Kapsa
Steve and Peg Luecke

Robert O’Connor
Lou and Melinda Pierce
Frank Schurz Jr.
Mary and Bill Stanley
Steel Warehouse
Nan Tulchinsky
Morton Ziker
Harold and Doreen Zisla


 Hall of Fame Information


Primary Goal:

To publicly recognize  individuals whose achievements and services  have distinguished both themselves and the South Bend community.

Secondary Goal: 

To provide a visible tribute to Hall of Fame inductees  for residents and visitors to our community, enabling them to learn how these people made our community what it is today.

 Hall of Fame Categories of Recognition

These are categories to be considered by the Search Committee, but the search for honorees is not  limited to this list, and the list can be amended as needed.     Often nominees qualify in more than one category.

  • Arts—Architecture, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts
  • Athletics
  • Business and Industry
  • Education
  • Historical (people who have been deceased fifty or more years)
  • Public/Community Service
  • Science & Technology

Eligibility Requirements

1.  Candidates must have resided or worked in the South Bend Community for ten (10) or more years
(a) South Bend Community  is defined by the  Hall of Fame Committee

2.  Candidates must have notable personal achievements and/or made notable contributions at the local, state, national or international level.


There is no official  nomination form     If a person you are nominating meets the eligibility requirements, simply send written nominations to:  South Bend Community Hall of Fame, c/o South Bend Alumni Association, 215 South St. Joseph Street, South Bend, IN 46601 including:     
1.  A detailed biography  and     
2.  Two letters supporting the nomination. 
Please include the following information.

COMPLETE NAME OF CANDIDATE: _________________________________________

NAME OF PERSON SUBMITTING THIS NOMINATION:_______________________________

YOUR ADDRESS:____________________________________________________________


EMAIL ADDRESS:____________________________________________________________


The Hall of Fame Organizing Committee welcomes and considers only written and documented nominations. A Search Committee seeks out qualified candidates and sends a list of 20 or more  nominees’ names to a Selection Committee that compiles a list of 8-10 candidates in order of choice for induction. An Oversight Committee reviews the work of the Selection Committee and reports to the Hall of Fame Organizing Committee. There is a one-year waiting period from the time a person is first nominated to the time he/she can be inducted.

If you have questions please make contact via email.    Click the email icon on this site or  you can use our email address: sbaa@sbcsc.k12.in.us