East Foundation inducting Maguire into Wall of Fame on April 22

Ken Maguire

In 1992, the Black Hawk College East Foundation welcomed the first inductees into the Wall of Fame, honoring its founders Robert Eastman, Robert Glidden, Gust “Brick” Lundberg, E.O. Good and Roy “Tex” Reynolds.

Including the five inaugural inductees, the East Foundation has inducted 27 individuals and awarded 19 individuals and/or organizations the Distinguished Service Award as part of the Wall of Fame program.

On Friday, April 22, professor emeritus Ken Maguire will be inducted into the 2016 Wall of Fame at a ceremony at the East Campus.

Maguire began at Black Hawk College in 1967 when the East Campus opened five miles south of Kewanee. He was one of six original faculty members who opened the doors for classes in the Kewanee National Guard Armory. He taught history, sociology and anthropology, retiring in May 2003.

The 2016 Wall of Fame Reception & Induction Ceremony will be Friday, April 22 at the Black Hawk College East Campus, 26230 Black Hawk Road, Galva. There will be a hors d’oeuvres reception from 5:30-7 p.m. followed by the program and induction ceremony at 7 p.m.

RSVPs are requested by Wednesday, April 13. Cost is $25 per person. Late registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at $30 per person.

A portion of the registration will go toward establishing the Ken Maguire Liberal Arts & Science Scholarship, which will further recognize his dedication to the East Campus and its students as well as his generous support of the foundation and the community. The scholarship will provide financial assistance to liberal arts and science transfer students.

As of March 31, more than $10,000 has been raised for the new scholarship. Donors as of March 31 include:

  • Diamond Sponsor – Anonymous
  • Silver Sponsor – Dan & Liz Breedlove and Patty Varner
  • Bronze Sponsor – Dr. Alan Abbott; Milt, Mary & Sue Carlson; Carla Hillman; Steve & Jan Sams; and Spike & Terry Young.

For more information on becoming a sponsor, contact Liz Breedlove at breedlovel@bhc.edu or 309-854-1715.

For more information about the event, visit www.eastfoundation.bhc.edu.

To register for the event, contact Jimalee Driscoll at driscollj@bhc.edu or 309-854-1718 or register online at www.bhc.edu/walloffameregistration.



As one of the original East Campus faculty members hired in 1967, Ken Maguire devoted 36 years as a professor of liberal arts and science, teaching U.S. government, sociology, anthropology and other history courses to thousands of students.

Students and faculty peers describe him as one of the best lecturers at the college. Maguire also served as the chair of the Liberal Arts and Science Department for 13 years, interim dean of instruction, and chaired two North Central Association Accreditation studies.

He was a major influence on the athletic programs at the East Campus as co-coach of the first women’s basketball team and founder of the Black Hawk East Booster Club in 1973. He also was co-founder and first president of the Arrowhead Athletic Conference.

Through his dedication and leadership, Maguire was instrumental in the growth and development of the Black Hawk College East Campus. He and his wife Cathy have generously supported the college through the Black Hawk College East Foundation.

Maguire also is a longtime member of the Kewanee Elks Club and served as chairman of the Kewanee Human Relations Committee.


Last updated 3/31/2016