Two Soldiers Among Inductees to Glen Burnie High Wall of Honor

Glen Burnie High School inducted four people into their fifth class for the Wall of Honor.

Glen Burnie High School honored four former students on Nov. 2, including two men who served in the U.S. military, by inducting them into the fifth class of the Wall of Honor, according to The Capital Gazette.

Jeff Warfield, class of 1982, served in the Army Reserves and National Guard for 20 years, earning a Bronze Star Medal and three air medals, according to the report.

James Saxon, class of 1964, went on to graduate from Towson State College and then enlisted in the Army, where he was sent to Vietnam. Saxon died in 1971 while on patrol, according to The Gazette.

Rodger Waldman, class of 1961, the founding president of the Chesapeake Audubon Society, was also inducted into the Wall of Honor, along with Jack Roeth, class of 1952, who was an active recreational sports coach.

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Candy Fontz November 12, 2012 at 05:50 PM
JACK ROETH: Jack Roeth graduated from Glen Burnie High School in 1952. He was very active in high school serving as senior class president, a member of the National Honor Society, and various athletic teams (including being a member of the 1952 GBHS state championship basketball team. Upon graduation, he was employed by Westinghouse Electric, where he worked for nearly forty years. For a significant part of his career, he was a key member of the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) radar, which is still in use today. Even though his days were filled with work and schooling, Jack managed to be active with his daughter in the Janette School of Dance and dance recitals at Severna Park High School. In addition, he coached the Linthicum Ferndale Youth Athletic Association for 15-year old baseball team for three (3) years. They had a 33-win/0-loss record during his tenure.
Candy Fontz November 12, 2012 at 05:50 PM
RODGER WALDMAN: Rodger Waldman graduated from Glen Burnie High School in 1961. In 1974, he founded the Chesapeake Audubon Society (CAS) and served as president for nearly 15 years. Under Rodger's leadership and inspiration, the chapter grew from a handful of concerned individuals to over 2,000 members. He did this on his own time, while holding a full-time position with the federal government. In 1977, Rodger led the way in enabling the chapter to purchase its first sanctuary, "Farm Creek", which would eventually grow to include approximately 750 acres; marshes that the Smithsonian Institute determined were a top priority for preservation of the Bay. In 1984, a 400-acre working farm on the Eastern Shore was donated to the CAS. From the start, Rodger envisioned the property, "Pickering Creek", as a place to teach about the unique environment and ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay. The center provides educational programs to thousands of students and adults annually from eight Maryland counties and the District of Columbia. Rodger was indefatigable inspiration to all who knew and worked with him while founding and directing the Chesapeake Audubon Society. He is the recipient of the William Dutcher award in recognition of his significant contributions to the environment. Due to his dedication, thousands of children and adults have participated in environmental educational opportunities, and these opportunities will continue into the future.
Candy Fontz November 12, 2012 at 05:50 PM
JAMES SAXON: James (Jim) Saxon graduated from Glen Burnie High School in 1964. In his three years at Glen Burnie, Jim excelled in sports and school activities. Wanting to be a teacher, Jim enrolled at Towson State College. He continued his love of sports, playing soccer and lacrosse during his four years at TSC. In his senior year, he received All-American recognition in lacrosse. During his time at Towson, he also served as president of the Kiwanis' Circle K Club, a community and school service organization. After graduation, Jim married Nancy Walker and attended graduate school at Bucknell University. The US Army had other plans for Jim, and he soon went to Infantry Officer Candidate School, leaving as a second lieutenant. Shortly after, he was sent to Vietnam. In June of 1971, while on patrol with the 101st Airborne Division, Jim lost his life in the Truoi River Valley. Jim will always be remembered for his courage, character, sense of humor and patriotism.
Candy Fontz November 12, 2012 at 05:50 PM
JEFF WARFIELD: Jeff Warfield graduated from Glen Burnie High School in 1982. He graduated "Magna Cum Laude" from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Upon graduation, Jeff served in the US Army Reserves and National Guard for 20 years, earning the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4. He has deployed twice as a MEDEVAC Black Hawk helicopter pilot, most recently flying 174 MEDEVAC missions in Afghanistan. Jeff has been awarded the Bronze Star medal as well as three Air medals.
Brian Hooks November 12, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Thanks, Candy!


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