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Achievers named for this year's gallery

Melissa Topey • Apr 22, 2014 at 11:50 AM

An artist, a woman of firsts, businessmen, lawyers and an NFL coach.

These are this year’s inductees into the Erie County Chamber of Commerce Gallery of Achievers.

They will be honored in a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. May 5 at Plum Brook Country Club.

“There are some really accomplished, very interesting people in this group,” chamber president John Moldovan said.

•Andrea Bowers, a 1983 Huron High School graduate, is an artist based in the Los Angeles area. She teaches at the California Institute of Art. Her work has been displayed worldwide and in some very prestigious galleries and museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

•Mark Dray, a 1961 graduate of Perkins High School, is a lawyer and tax partner at Hunton and Williams in Richmond, Va. He received the 2010 Citizen-Lawyer award, presented to him by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

•Mary Eloise Evans, a 1938 Sandusky High School graduate and a 1939 graduate of Sandusky Business College. She was the first female deputy sheriff for Erie County, the second female Erie County Clerk of Courts and the first female county commissioner when she served from 1980 to 1985.

•Aaron Kromer, a 1985 Margaretta High School graduate, is the offensive coordinator/ offensive line coach for the Chicago Bears. Kromer has also worked as a member of the coaching staff, including as interim head coach, for the New Orleans Saints.

•The Rev. David Link, a 1954 St. Mary’s High School graduate, is a lawyer, trial attorney and Catholic priest. He is dean emeritus of Notre Dame Law School and helped establish the University of Notre Dame in Australia, which he served as president. Link is an ordained Roman Catholic priest who is a volunteer chaplin in the Indiana Department of Corrections.

•Robert Thiede, a 1966 Sandusky High School graduate, has a doctorate from the University of Toledo. He teaches graduatelevel educational administration courses at Ashland University, teaching education professionals how to best operate schools and educate students.

•Alvin Weichel, a 1907 Sandusky High School graduate, served in World War II before earning his law degree from the University of Michigan. Weichel was elected as a Republican to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1943 to 1955.

Receiving an honor as Historically Significant Individuals are Charles Frohman and Sidney Frohman. Although the two are not related, they share the same name and now the same award.

Charles Frohman, a Sandusky native, was born in 1856. The family moved to New York when Charles was 8. It was here that Charles started working in the theater in various roles. He began to produce plays in 1886. Some of the notable talent Charles found included William Gillette, Ethel Barrymore and Maude Adams.

Sidney Frohman, born in Sandusky in 1881, served as president of the Hinde and Dauch Co. for 34 years. Sidney Frohman made his name, and his money, with corrugated cardboard boxes.

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