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Leaders in education, business and social progress honored

Elizabeth Hampton-GrayBert WaughThe Beaverton High School Hall of Achievement has another seven members in its inaugural class.

The newest members are teacher and principal Merle Davies and alumni Ross Fogelquist ('57), Lucille Goyak Rogers ('50), Elisabeth Hampton-Gray ('60), James Springer ('54), Nancy Teufel Schmidt ('43) and Bert Waugh ('61).

These seven join six inductees announced at an all-school assembly in December. Additional inductees will be named by this spring to complete the first class for the Hall of Achievement, which is part of the school's centennial celebration.

“It’s no surprise that Beaverton High School has a very diverse, talented and successful alumni population,” Principal Anne Erwin said in a news release.

“What these inductees have accomplished serves as an inspiration to our current student body. We remind students that these fine BHS alumni started on their journeys in the same classrooms and within these same walls. I have no doubt that students currently attending Beaverton will one day be selected for the Hall of Achievement.”

Two committees are responsible for selecting the inductees.

Nominees who graduated from, coached or taught at Beaverton High School prior to 1965 are being selected by the Golden Grads, an organization consisting of Beaverton High School alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago.

A second committee, comprised of BHS alumni, administrators, parents and students, will select additional inductees this spring.

Anyone can nominate a potential inductee candidate by submitting a form online at The deadline is January 31.

The two selection committees will choose people who, through their exceptional achievements, have brought honor to themselves, their school and their community over the past century. The goal is to recognize their contributions and to foster pride within the current generation of students to inspire them to achieve greatness in their own lives.

More about the latest seven inductees:

• Merle Davies (teacher/principal) was a career educator who started teaching grade school in the Beaverton district in 1916. Davies became principal of BHS in 1923 and retired in 1957. Widely recognized as an effective and popular teacher and principal, Davies was honored by the district with a building named for her in 1948. It is now part of Beaverton High School.

• Ross Fogelquist (’57) was a German teacher and foreign exchange student advisor in Vancouver, Wash. He received numerous awards for his contributions to Scandinavian culture and was knighted by the King of Sweden for creating the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation. He served as acting Swedish Counsel for Oregon and as Honorary Vice Counsel.

Lucille Goyak Rogers• Lucille Goyak Rogers (’50) entered first grade at Cooper Mountain School speaking no English. Encouraged by her teachers, she became a teacher herself, ending her career with 18 years at BHS after teaching in Portland and overseas. She was influential in developing a multicultural curriculum for teachers working with second-language students and has helped Bosnian families who are new to the metro area by serving as an interpreter.

• Dr. Elisabeth Hampton-Gray (’60) is an educator who served as a prison chaplain and as a pastor in Oregon, and worked in ministry to help children in crisis in The Philippines, rescuing young girls from sex trafficking. In addition to being a Classical Pipe Organist, she is co-producer of two monthly television programs: Classic Senior Show and Oregon Quilting.

James Springer• James Springer (’54) graduated from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. He owned and operated Pegg, Paxon & Springer Chapel from 1966 to 1983. Springer was active in the Beaverton Jaycees, a member of Rotary and served on the boards of St. Mary’s of the Valley and Maryville Nursing Home.

Nancy Teufel Schmidt• Nancy Teufel Schmidt (’43) was a part of the Teufel family holly business for many years and supported the Beaverton community through extensive charity work. As co-owner (with her husband Martin) of Martin Schmidt and Sons, she strongly supported the Cedar Mill community by hiring many local citizens. She has had a lifelong dedication to her high school.

• Bert Waugh (’61) and his wife Susy started Transitional Youth in 1991 as a means to support homeless children. The Waughs opened the doors in 2005 to the first home for homeless youth in the Transitional Youth program. Waugh has also served as board chair of Medical Teams International, which responds to disasters around the world.

The induction ceremony will take place in the fall of 2016.

Read earlier coverage of the first inductees

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