There are six new inductees in the Woodward High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
The 2015 inductees are: Marilyn Hainbuch Ewing, Class of 1943; Joseph S. Badyna, Class of 1948; Smitty G. Belcher, Class of 1965; Dr. Daniel J. Winarski, Class of 1966; John James Lepiarz, Class of 1969; and Kevin A. Wietrzykowski, Class of 1977.
The inductees were recognized for their contributions to Woodward’s rich legacy during an induction dinner on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the Inverness Club (4601 Dorr St.).
The Woodward High School Hall of Fame was established in 1983 to honor distinguished Woodward graduates, administrators, faculty, staff and friends of the Woodward community for their accomplishments or contributions to the school, their community or their profession. An important mission of the Woodward Hall of Fame Association is to grant scholarships to Woodward seniors. Since the inception of the scholarship program in 1988, more than $300,000 in scholarship money has been awarded. Scholarship finalists will be recognized at the induction event.
The 2015 Woodward High School Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees are:
Marilyn Hainbuch Ewing, 1943
Marilyn is being recognized for exceptional professional and interpersonal skills which she dedicated to Storer Camps beginning in the mid-1940s.Marilyn’s husband, Clark Ewing, was director of Storer Camps, and together they were a great team. Marilyn served as registered nurse, director of health and nutrition, office manager and “Mom” to all campers, especially foreign students and dialysis campers. Team Ewing guided Toledo Metro’s YMCA Storer Camps to become the nation’s flagship YMCA camp; having a positive impact on thousands of young people who are now leaders throughout the Toledo area and the world.
Joseph S. Badyna, 1948
Joe has given selflessly to his family, his community, Woodward High School and the country (as a U.S. Marine). He was instrumental in helping to build the local Cystic Fybrosis organization and starting the CF summer camp in Toledo. Joe spearheaded the rejuvenation of the South Toledo YMCA Father and Son Indian Guides Program, and was named YMCA “Man of the Year.” A lifetime member of the Old Newsboys, he was the organization’s 2010 Honoree. As the founder of the monthly gathering of the “P.O.L.A.R. Club,” aka “Old Man’s Breakfast,” Joe has helped foster the bond of the Woodward family.
Smitty G. Belcher, 1965
As CEO of P1 Group, Smitty leads one of the nation’s premier mechanical, electrical and plumbing contracting and service organizations. A self-made entrepreneur, he began his career as a journeyman pipefitter and welder, then served as Local 50’s first Apprentice Training Coordinator, while earning his BBA and MBA from The University of Toledo. Smitty then joined Dunbar Mechanical as a project manager, and was promoted to vice president of the industrial division. In 1983, he used his life savings to purchase a firm in Lawrence, Kansas, which later merged to form P1 Group. Smitty received the EY Entrepreneur of The YearTM 2014 Award, Industrial Services, Central Midwest.
Daniel J. Winarski, Ph.D., 1966
Dr. Winarski is retired as both an IBM engineer and U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. After Woodward, he earned numerous academic honors while completing two engineering master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering. As an engineer for IBM, and a prolific inventor, he wrote 250+ publications and has 350+ patents. He also became a licensed professional engineer and registered U.S. patent agent. While serving 30 years in the Army, he taught engineering at West Point Academy and developed leg prostheses for wounded soldiers. Currently, Dr. Winarski teaches engineering to tribal students for the Arizona Native American Diversity Network.
John James Lepiarz, 1969
John’s stage career began at Woodward, where he held starring roles in many productions. After graduating from Oberlin College and the Lecoq School of Mime and Clown in Paris, France, he was a featured clown with the Big Apple Circus in New York and on tour. He appeared on HBO and on ABC’s “Great Circus Performances of the World,” and received first place in clowning at the International Circus Festival. Today, John is an internationally recognized comic with The Super Scientific Circus, where he uses circus skills and magic tricks to make science fun. Playing to hundreds of thousands of young people during his career, John has inspired learning with his positive, motivating message.
Kevin A. Wietrzykowski, 1977
Kevin is a multi-talented Renaissance man. He excels in music, sports and computers, and proudly gives back in myriad ways and organizations. He is an accomplished musician, singer, songwriter and actor, currently directs community theater productions and mentors local actors. A long-serving board member of the American Red Cross, Defiance Chapter, Kevin is currently chairman of the board. As a volunteer, he has helped with numerous disaster relief efforts. During his three weeks in New Orleans after Katrina, he saved a person’s life using CPR. Professionally, Kevin manages information technology for ProMedica and also chairs corporate community service programs.
Nominations for 2016 and beyond
Updated on May 6, 2015