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90_HR0220 LRB9006558KBkb 1 HOUSE RESOLUTION 2 WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois House of 3 Representatives wish to honor four individuals that will be 4 inducted into the Centralia Historical Hall of Fame at a 5 dinner on September 16, 1997 at the Centralia V.F.W. Hall; 6 and 7 WHEREAS, The first individual is J. Faye Wham; Ms. Wham 8 has owned and operated The Smart Shop in downtown Centralia 9 since 1935; she was the first female board member of the 10 Illinois Retail Merchants Association and the Southern 11 Illinois Foundation Board; she was also the first woman 12 chosen for the Centralia Junior Chamber Service Award in 13 1953; Ms. Wham is a 55 year member of the Centralia Business 14 and Professional Women's Club, a member of the Kaskaskia 15 College Foundation, a supporter of the Centralia Cultural 16 Society, BPW Outstanding Woman of the Year in 1986, a member 17 of the St. Mary's Hospital Development Council, former 18 Saleswoman of the Year for the Illinois Retail Merchants 19 Association, 1982 Senior Citizen of the Year of the Illinois 20 Retail Merchants Association, and 1997 winner of an award 21 from the Greater Centralia Chamber of Commerce for her 22 contributions to the community; and 23 WHEREAS, Former White House Press Secretary James Brady 24 is the second inductee; James Brady will be remembered for 25 surviving an assassination attempt on President Reagan in 26 March of 1981; as a result of his injuries, Mr. Brady was 27 unable to continue in his role as press secretary, but he 28 continued to work on several projects of importance; in 1994 29 James Brady saw the passage of the Brady Bill, which required 30 a waiting period before a person was allowed to purchase a 31 handgun; James Brady is working on a second version of the 32 bill, which involves licensing and registration for the 33 purchase of only one gun a month and mandatory gun safety -2- LRB9006558KBkb 1 training; Brady is the national spokesman for Handgun Control 2 Inc.; James Brady is also affiliated with the National 3 Organization on Disability; Brady's story has been published 4 in the book "Thumbs Up" and was later told in a movie of the 5 same name; and 6 WHEREAS, LeRoy H. Fischer will be the third inductee into 7 the Hall of Fame; Mr. Fischer was a professor at Oklahoma 8 State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma; he is a well known 9 historian, and has written several books on the Civil War and 10 Oklahoma history; one book "Lincoln's Gadfly: Adam Gurowski", 11 won the Literary Award of the Loyal Legion of the United 12 States; Fischer, a graduate of Centralia Township High 13 School, was instrumental in several fund raising projects for 14 Oklahoma State University, aiding in the restoration of 15 historic buildings on the campus; and 16 WHEREAS, Captain Robert H. Beaver of the U.S. Navy 17 (Retired) is the fourth inductee into the Historical Hall of 18 Fame; Captain Beaver passed away in 1993; after graduating 19 from Centralia Township High School in 1938, he joined the 20 U.S. Navy; while serving in the Navy, he specialized in 21 electronics and armament control equipment and air-to-ground 22 armament control; Captain Beaver also served as a project 23 test pilot; Captain Beaver received a medal from the 24 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) stating that 25 he received the highest grades of any Naval officer in 26 graduate school at M.I.T.; after his career in the military, 27 he worked on the eastern shore of Maryland, where he was 28 involved in land and building developments; therefore, be it 29 RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 30 NINETIETH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we 31 honor, along with the Centralia Historical Hall of Fame, J. 32 Faye Wham, James Brady, LeRoy H. Fischer, and Captain Robert 33 H. Beaver upon their inductions; and be it further -3- LRB9006558KBkb 1 RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be 2 presented to the four new inductees of the Centralia 3 Historical Hall of Fame.
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