2016 Hall of Fame Banquet

Bruce Bancroft

Howard Buchanon

Lois Whitacre Clark

Joseph Luten

Ann Puzzello

Gabrielle Robinson

Florence Troeger

2016 Community Hall of Fame

Seven individuals were inducted November 17 into the South Bend Community Hall of Fame. Inductees are Bruce Bancroft, a local attorney who has been involved in many community endeavors; Howard Buchanon, retired South Bend fire chief; Lois Whitacre Clark, long-time community activist and peace advocate; Joseph Luten, former school principal who died in 2012; Ann Puzzello, long-time former member of the South Bend Common Council and leader on the northeast side of South Bend; Gabrielle Robinson, IUSB professor and local historian; and the late Florence Troeger, former golf pro who will be the historical inductee.

Others who were honored at the banquet are City Councilman John Voorde, the Ideal Baldoni Distinguished Public Service Award; Peg Dalton, owner of Le Peep restaurant, the Distinguished Achievement Award; Electronics, Inc., the Corporate Contributions to Education Award; and REAL Services, the Distinguished Community Service Award.

More than 500 people attended the banquet at Century Center.

During the banquet, Mayor Pete Buttigieg presented a Key to the City to Steve Luecke, executive director of the Alumni Association. Buttigieg credited Luecke with laying the groundwork for many of the projects now underway in the city.


Title Sponsor

  • Teachers Credit Union

Honor Roll Sponsors

  • Barnes & Thornburg
  • 1st Source Bank
  • Holladay Properties
  • Pathfinders, Inc.
  • South Bend Tribune
  • University of Notre Dame

Community Sponsors

  • Beacon Health System
  • The Bradley Company
  • Faegre Baker Daniels
  • Indiana University South Bend
  • The Tire Rack

Silver Star Sponsors

  • American Structurepoint
  • The Cressy Foundation
  • Gates Automotive Family
  • Martin’s Super Markets


Bronze Sponsors

  • Loretha Buchanon
  • The Education Foundation
  • Center for Hospice Care
  • Trinity School at Greenlawn


Patron Tables

  • ANCON Construction
  • Lois Clark
  • Electronics, Inc.
  • Four Winds Casino
  • The History Museum
  • Karl & Margaret King
  • Lake City Bank
  • Meridian Title Corp.
  • South Bend Chocolate Co.



  • Julian Cephus
  • Jim Dunfee
  • Dave and Billie Dunlap
  • Gary and Debra Gilot
  • Steve and Peg Luecke
  • Don Napoli
  • Bill and Sharon Przybysz
  • Nancy Sulok

Student Patron Tables

  • Lauren Davis & Co.
  • Duke Downey
  • Gurley Leep Automotive
  • Kathryn Shields
  • The Tire Rack


Past Members & Award Recipients


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The 2016 inductees into the Community Hall of Fame stand for a photo. Front row from left are Ann Puzzello, Lois Whitacre Clark, Della Luten, representing her late husband Joseph Luten, and Gabrielle Robinson. Back row from left are Bruce Bancroft, Andrew Troeger, representing his grandmother Florence Troeger, Howard Buchanon and Joseph Luten Jr.

Those who received awards at the banquet are, from left, Peg Dalton, Jack Champaigne, Becky Zaseck, representing REAL Services, and John Voorde.

More than 500 people attended the banquet on November 17 at Century Center.