Professor emeritus Ken Maguire recently was inducted into the Black Hawk College East Foundation Wall of Fame in a ceremony at the college’s East Campus south of Kewanee.
The Wall of Fame represents individuals and organizations that have made Black Hawk College East Campus the quality higher education institution it is today.
As one of six original East Campus faculty members hired in 1967, 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 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.
Maguire is a longtime member of the Kewanee Elks Club and served as chairman of the Kewanee Human Relations Committee.
At the April 22, 2016, Wall of Fame induction ceremony, Maguire received tributes from professor emeritus Steve Sams who retired in 2003 with Maguire; BHC alumnus Brock Tumbleson of Schueneman & Tumbleson Funeral Home; BHC alumna RaeAnn Tucker, director of health promotion for the Henry & Stark County Health Departments; and Dr. Dennis Gerleman of Gerleman Chiropractic Clinic and president of the Illinois Elks Association.
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.
To honor Maguire for his outstanding career and contributions to higher education, the foundation established the Ken Maguire Liberal Arts & Sciences Scholarship. It will provide financial assistance to East Campus liberal arts and science transfer students for many years to come.
More than $22,000 has been raised for the scholarship in cash and pledges, including a generous donation from Ken and Cathy Maguire.
As of May 3,2016, scholarship donors include:
Dallas and Jan McCleery
Dan and Liz Breedlove
Dan and Deanna Hoge
Alan Abbot, Ph.D.
Tim and Linda Black
Janene Blodgett Lourdeau
Milt & Mary Carlson & Sue Carlson Colgan
Nelson M. Lay
Dallas and Jan McCleery
Peoples National Bank of Kewanee
Steve and Janice Sams
Union Federal Savings and Loan
Mr. and Mrs. Spike Young
Carolyn & Lanny Anderson
Eldon R. & Virginia E. Aupperle
Dorothy & Byron Beck
Mark and Sue Bowen
David L. Bradbury
Del & Meg Chance
Chuck & Sharon Deahl
Dave & Lori Emerick
Bill and Loretta Fulton
Dr. Dennis & Mrs. Jeanette Gerleman
Mary Jo Gibson
James & Alice Ann Golby
Bill & Norma Good
Tom and Jovone Miler
Kalvin, Jeremy & Ryan Peart
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry A. Pyle
Toni E. Smith
Steve & Sandy Spivey
Gary Taets Family
Dr. & Mrs. Charles Warthen
John & Beverly Wohlrab
The 2016 Wall of Fame Committee members are:
Janene Blodgett Lourdeau, co-chair
Betty Pillen, co-chair
Alan Abbott, Ph.D.
Last updated 5/4/2016