ARCANUM – The Distinguished Alumni and Honorary Trojan Hall of Fame was established to honor those individuals who have made a significant impact through achievement, actions and contributions within their communities and professions and serve as exemplary role models for Arcanum students. The Arcanum Hall of Fame Committee is pleased to recognize the following inductees for 2017.
This year’s Distinguished Alumni inductee is Carl “Bud” Gray. Gray attended all 12 years at Arcanum Schools. He graduated in 1946. All five of his children graduated from Arcanum, as well as his wife, Sara O’Dell Gray (1946).
Gray lettered three years in basketball, four years in baseball, and two years in track at AHS. After graduation, he continued playing baseball as a catcher mainly in amateur leagues.
Gray returned to Arcanum where he joined the Fire Department. His devotion to this organization was evident throughout his 59 years of service. He served as the Fire Chief for 37 years. Additionally, his strong leadership helped establish the founding of the Arcanum Rescue where he served as president for many years. He also started his own construction business and built custom homes and did home improvements in Arcanum and the surrounding areas.
During the historical blizzard of 1978, Gray led the efforts to assist the residents of Arcanum. In 1992, the Village of Arcanum suffered from a devastating tornado. Gray immediately assumed the duties of Town Coordinator. He and his firemen quickly rendered much needed assistance to those who were hardest hit by the storm giving first aid, food and shelter at the fire department. He always placed the welfare of Arcanum’s residents at the top of his priorities.
Gray passed away on Nov. 25, 2008. His wish was to be buried in a fire engine red casket and take his last ride on the fire truck that was restored and named after him – Ole Bud. Those wishes were granted.
This year’s Honorary Trojan award goes to Eugene Cullers, former faculty member of Arcanum-Butler School from 1960 to 1967. Cullers taught physical education, history and coached Jr. High basketball, high school baseball and other sports. He is a graduate of Western State College of Colorado and Miami University.
He was endeared by his students and had the respect of his students whether it was in the classroom, on the gym floor or on the outside track or baseball field. His demeanor was always professional, supportive and encouraging to his students. In fact, Cullers is still coaching. He is coaching the high school girls’ basketball team of Winchester High School in Indiana.
He and his wife, Kay, reside in Greenville and have four children: Coleen and Kirk Holsapple of Greenville, Kelly and Rick Hanes of Kingwood, TX, Mark and Cindy Cullers of Austin, TX and Liz and Mark Buchy of Westerville. They also have their beloved dog, Tommy.
The induction ceremony to honor the new hall of fame members will take place at the Trojan Alumni Homecoming event on April 21, in the school cafetorium starting at 5 p.m. with dinner to begin at 6:30 p.m. Registration forms are available on the district’s website and must be returned by April 1.
Criteria for the awards as well as nomination forms are available at the Arcanum Board of Education Office or on-line at http://www.arcanum-butler.k12.oh.us/.