Natural Science

Science Hall of Fame


Natural Science HOF DisplayNatural Science Hall of Fame

The Southwestern Natural Science Hall of Fame was established in order to honor alumni who have performed significant achievements in the sciences, technical industries, and medicine. The college is known for having a quality science department and for producing outstanding graduates. It is the intent of the college to honor graduates who excel in scientifically-related careers.

For more information on the natural sciences at Southwestern College, please refer to the appropriate webpage: biologymarine biology or chemistry.

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Candidates for induction into the Southwestern College Natural Science Hall of Fame will be considered for induction based on their achievements, professionalism, and character. A significant achievement is one in which the exceptional skills and abilities of the candidate are exemplified. All candidates must be graduates of Southwestern College.


Nominations will be received from alumni and friends of the college. In order for a nomination to be formally accepted, a completed nomination form must be submitted to the nominations committee. Nominations will be sought via college publications and communications. Once an individual is formally nominated, that name will remain eligible for selection for induction for 5 years. After that time has passed, the individual must be formally nominated again to be considered for selection. The nomination pool will be managed and maintained by the alumni department. Click here to submit a nomination online.

Natural Science Hall of Fame Nomination Form

Number of Inductees

The number of inductees per year will be three, one of which may be posthumously inducted.

Natural Science Hall of Fame Members

Southwestern College alumni who have made significant achievements in the sciences are recognized annually in the Natural Science Hall of Fame.  Since the inaugural year of 2001, many notable Moundbuilders have been honored by having their names placed in this Hall of Fame.  The actual display is located in the north end of Beech Science Center on the Southwestern College main campus.

2017 Inductees

James AndersonJames A. Anderson ’62 is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of South Carolina Upstate.  From 1989 to 2007 he was professor of mathematics at the school, where he chaired the Division of Mathematics and Computer Science. He was awarded the first University Annual Award for Scholarly and/or Creative Pursuits. He also had been director of academic computing and coordinator of computer sciences at Emporia State University, and for six years was a software engineer and research scientist at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His duties there included technical responsibility for the eight ground software systems of NASA’s Galileo Space Project, which contained more than two million lines of code and involved more than two hundred personnel. His 40 publications in number theory, abstract algebra, and computer science include four books.

Ernest ReidErnest W. Reid 1916 was a chemical engineer who became a pioneer in using agricultural products to produce chemicals. He was associated with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research in Pittsburgh when he received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. During World War II, Dr. Reid helped establish the chemicals branch of the Office of Production Management (which became the War Production Board) and served as its deputy director general and head of its chemicals division. Reid left that board in 1943 to become vice president of Corn Products Refining. After organizing the chemical division and directing research and development he was named a director in 1947 and president in 1951. He was board chairman from 1956 to his retirement in 1958. Dr. Reid was awarded the medal of the Society of Chemical Industry in 1951. He died in 1966.

Brad WeigleBrad Weigle ’72 was hired as a research scientist at the Florida Marine Research Institute in St. Petersburg even before he finished his graduate degree at the University of South Florida.  His thesis, a study on the abundance and movement of bottlenose dolphins through Tampa Bay, preceded 13 years leadership of statewide manatee, dolphin, and whale studies. A pioneer in the work of Geographic Information systems, he initiated the vector mapping system for the laboratory; this became a valuable tool for storage and analysis of environmental data. Weigle transitioned into private industry and managed a national GIS contract with the USDA Forest Service. During 17 years he completed more than 300 projects. He retired in 2016 and is now mapping remote areas of Kauai as a volunteer at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens.

2016 Inductees
Arthur E. Hertzler, class of 1896
K. Charles "Charlie" Hunter '67
Gerald "Eddie" Weigle '93

2015 Inductees
Nathan L. Eckert '01
Harold E. "Gene" Miller '62
Esther Winkelman Overstreet '28

2014 Inductees
Harold C. Tretbar '52
Mark W. Turrentine '79
Belinda A. Vail '76

2013 Inductees
Ann Allegre '72
W. Brian Howard '82
Ronald K. Lohrding '63

2012 Inductees
Gordon H. Scott '22
Gregory K. Unruh '77
Servant Leader Award
Robert "Doc" Wimmer 

2011 Inductees
Jeffrey L. Boone '73
Darrel English '59
Jesse Gulick '44
Kenneth Laws '72

2010 Inductees
Douglas J. Fort '86
Harold L. Taylor '42
Servant Leader Award
Charles Maddin

2009 Inductees
John L. Antal '58
William A. "Bill" Glass '53
Lyle R. Kallenbach '61

2008 Inductees 
Robert G. "Bob" Hamilton '80
Roger M. Rowell '61
William G. "Bill" Stanley '48

2007 Inductees
William M. "Bill" Cloud '47
L. Erlis Cranston '31
David E. Smith '73

2006 Inductees
James L. "Jim" Fishback '77
Fay P. Greene '38
Margaret Phillips-Randolph '30

2005 Inductees
E. Keith Hege '56
Verlin L. Hoberecht '51 
Ray A. Waller '59

2004 Inductees
Melvin Cheatham '55
Franklin Newman '53
Max Thompson '57

2003 Inductees
Michael F. Allen '74
Allan Lundeen '54
Karen L. (Ramsdale) Nonhof '75

2002 Inductees
Harlan E. Lenander '39
LeRoy A. Spitze '39
Dee F. Taylor '40

2001 Inductees
Lloyd M. Bertholf '21
Etcyl H. Blair '47
Hobart Paul Boles '39
Sven Ebbesson '57
Neil L. Frank '53
Asher D. Kantz '43
Lewis G. Longsworth '25
John Lawrence Oncley '29
R. Stephen White '42
Wayne E. White '27

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