28th Anniversary Hall of Fame Banquet


  November 18, 2014
 South Bend Century Center

Arrangements are being made for the 2014 banquet. Inductees and award recipients will be announced later this summer. The 2013 Hall of Fame Banquet was one of our best, with a record number of attendees and sponsors. Proceeds from the banquet help us to fulfill our mission, which is to support extra- and co-curricular activities in the schools that do not receive tax dollars. We were pleased to honor the following individuals:  

 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

LermansWideThe Lerman Family: The family, beginning with the late Nathan and Frances Lerman, has been influential in the business, religious and secular aspects of the South Bend area since the late 1940s, when Nathan Lerman founded Steel Warehouse.   The company continues to thrive today under the leadership of the Lerman offspring, who have expanded their holdings to include Lock Joint Tube Co.  Their companies are among the major employers in South Bend and have a long history of supporting community development and charity.  The Lerman family is an active supporter of youth athletic programs, including major support and development of a vibrant youth hockey program. They have played leading roles in the restoration and revitalization of the Orthodox Jewish community, helping to create and sustain synagogues, schools and other institutions.  

Christopher and Carmi Murphy: Carmi and Chris Murphy have given their talents as volunteers to a broad section of institutions and causes in the South Bend murphys photoarea.  Christopher Murphy III is chairman and CEO of 1st Source Bank, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2013. They have always worked as a team, supporting each other in their individual commitments and often co-chairing or serving together in other endeavors. Carmi has served in leadership roles in the Junior League, Hospice, Boys & Girls Clubs, Child Abuse and Neglect Council, Stanley Clark School, Family & Children’s Center, Logan Center, WNIT, Snite Museum Advisory Council, Studebaker National Museum, Memorial Hospital Foundation and the board of Saint Mary’s College. She recently was elected to the Mount Vernon Advisory Board in Washington, D.C. Chris has served on the boards of Memorial Health Systems, the Medical Education Foundation, Innovation Park at Notre Dame, Family & Children’s Center, Center for the Homeless, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Financial Council and numerous others boards and organizations. 

  alma-powell 2 Alma Powell: Alma Powell retired in 2002 as director of curriculum and education for the Elkhart Community Schools after 34 years in the field of education. She was the first African-American woman to become a principal in the South Bend school corporation. The South Bend resident continues to serve as a consultant in leadership development and diversity. She has served as chair of the Board of Managers for the Indiana University Alumni Association. She serves on the national board of Learning Points Associates, an educational research organization, and was chairperson of IUSB’s Natatorium Civil Rights Heritage Center campaign. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the IUSB Alumni Association board, and the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee.   


Franklin Schurz Jr.: Franklin Schurz is a former editor and publisher of the South Bend Tribune and former chairman and CEO of its parent company, Schurz frank_schurz_jr - PictureCommunications Inc. During the course of his long career in journalism, he also served as editor and publisher of the Morning Herald and the Daily Mail, both in Hagerstown, Md. He spent time in broadcast, working at stations in the East and Midwest.  He has served in various national press organizations. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he has been a member of  the Indiana Endowment for Education Excellence; the South Bend Chamber of Commerce (past president); the Board of Regents of Saint Mary’s College; the Advisory Board of IUSB; the Board of Visitors of IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs; the Culver Education Foundation; the Advisory Council of the Notre Dame College of Arts and Letters; Board of Trustees of the Indiana Chapter of the Nature Conservancy (past chairman); and United Way of St. Joseph County (past campaign chairman).


Snyder, RayRay Snyder: Ray Snyder for many years has owned an auto repair shop on Portage Avenue. Described as “modest and unassuming,’’ he often would not charge customers who were having financial problems as he fixed their cars. Or he would work out a long-time payment schedule without charging interest. But his true love was providing opportunities for youngsters to engage in baseball, primarily through the Chet Waggoner Little League. He has spent countless hours and personal resources to make our national pastime accessible for new generations of young people. His devotion included organizing the league, umpiring and tending the fields and facilities. 


warner photoBarbara Warner: Barbara Warner has been a benefactor of numerous institutions in the area, including IUSB; the St. Joseph County Community Foundation; Snite Museum of Art; the Boys & Girls Clubs; Center of Hospice & Palliative Care; South Bend Civic Theatre; South Bend Museum of Art; South Bend Symphony; the South Bend Education Foundation; and Logan Foundation. The Museum of Art has a gallery and rotunda named for her, while the Civic Theatre has the Barbara K. Warner Studio Theater. She supported the construction of the art gallery and renovations of the Administration Building at IUSB.  She served for more than 30 years on the IUSB Chancellor’s Advisory Board. She receive an Excellence in Philanthropy Award from the Northern Indiana Center for History


The historic inductee was the Elbel Family. The family arrived in South Bend in 1851 as immigrants from Germany. Timothy Howard, who wrote a history of St. photo_elbel_band_1_editedJoseph County, said, “What the Olivers and Studebakers have been to the industrial life of South Bend, the Elbels have been to the musical life. They are a family of musicians, and in the early days made this city famous in the musical world.’’ The first generation included Lorenz Elbel and his sons Erhardt, John, Wolfgang, Christian and Henry. They carried on the musical legacy of the family well into the 20th Century. Lorenz founded the Elbel Band & Orchestra, which performed for decades. The next generation included Richard Elbel, who served as president of Elbel Brothers, Inc., founded in 1880 and closed in 1970. He served many years on the city’s Park Board, and Elbel Golf Course is named for him. Robert Elbel, secretary-treasurer of the business, wrote the University of Michigan’s fight song, “The Victors.’’ Fred Elbel, who died in August, was among the family members who were song writers and businessmen.  

   In addition to the new inductees, the Hall of Fame Committee presented awards to honor the achievements and contributions of several individuals and organizations. They are:

   Ideal Baldoni Distinguished Public Service Award

Roland Chamblee Jr.

Roland Chamblee Jr.

Roland Chamblee Jr.  Chamblee retired earlier this year after 23 years as a Superior Court judge, presiding over both criminal and civil cases. He founded and served as presiding judge for the county’s Drug Court Program, co-authoring grants for more than a half-million dollars to fund the court. He serves on the advisory committee for the African American Community Fund of the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County. He is a past board member of several local organizations, including the Community Corrections Advisory Board, REAL Services, The Boys & Girls Club, Legal Services Program of Northern Indiana and Memorial Hospital.  

The award is presented to an elected or appointed public official who has distinguished him/herself in professional conduct, demonstrating exemplary personal integrity and selflessness for the betterment of the community. 


Contributions to Education Corporate Award
Faegre Baker Daniels law firm. The firm, founded in 1863, has had a steadfast commitment to supporting quality education in South Bend. It has been the legal faegrebd logocounsel for more than 20 years to the South Bend Community School Corp. in an arrangement that includes discounted services and some services provided without charge. The law firm’s professionals and staff participate in the SBCSC’s Read to a Child mentoring program. The firm has been a long-time patron of the South Bend Education Foundation, and partner Rich Hill serves on the foundation’s board.  FaegreBD  is a close partner of Perley Primary Center, organizing hat, glove and school supply drives to benefit students and sponsoring an art contest. 

The award recognizes a corporate or business/professional organization that has worked and/or contributed at an uncommonly high level to improve the quality of education in our community and has thereby distinguished itself and our community.  

   Distinguished Community Service Award
100 black men logo100 Black Men. The organization works with young  black males, primarily teenagers, to mentor them and keep them focused on education. The national organization was founded in 1963 in New York City. In the fall of 2008, several community members met to discuss how to address problems facing African American males in South Bend, including graduation rates and the overall condition of the community.  The national organization granted them a charter in June 2009 to formally create the 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend Inc.  Its Four for the Future program emphasizes mentoring, health and wellness, education and economic development. 

The award is presented to an individual or group of individuals who, in the pursuit of helping their fellow citizens, perform service at an uncommonly high level and thereby distinguish themselves and their community.


Distinguished Achievement Award
  Greg and Renate Crawford. Greg is dean of the College of Science and professor of physics at Notre Dame. Renate is director of Engagement for Academic

Greg and Renate Crawford

Greg and Renate Crawford

Recruitment in the Enrollment Division at ND. For the past four years, Greg has biked across the country – a total of 11,200 miles – to raise money for and awareness of Niemann-Pick Type C, a rare disease. Renate has joined him on some of those rides. Together, the couple has organized and participated in Pink Zone Spin-a-Thon activities to raise funds for cancer research, awareness and services.  This year, they joined the Notre Dame Chicago Club in a bike ride from Chicago to South Bend for the home-opener football game.

The award is presented to an individual or group of individuals who, in the pursuit of excellence in their field of work and/or interests, achieve their objective at an uncommonly high level and thereby distinguish themselves and their community.





 Recommendations for these awards are welcome at any time. Go to the Activities link on the South Bend Alumni Association Home Page and click on the award for a list and photos of former recipients and the criteria for the award.




Located at the Century Center120 S. Saint Joseph Street, South Bend, IN 46601


Primary Goal:

To publicly recognize  individuals whose achievements and services  have distinguished both themselves and the South Bend community.

Secondary Goal: 

To provide a visible tribute to Hall of Fame inductees  for residents and visitors to our community, enabling them to learn how these people made our community what it is today.

 Hall of Fame Categories of Recognition

These are categories to be considered by the Search Committee, but the search for honorees is not  limited to this list, and the list can be amended as needed.     Often nominees qualify in more than one category.

  • Arts—Architecture, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts
  • Athletics
  • Business and Industry
  • Education
  • Historical (people who have been deceased fifty or more years)
  • Public/Community Service
  • Science & Technology

Eligibility Requirements

1.  Candidates must have resided or worked in the South Bend Community for ten (10) or more years
(a) South Bend Community  is defined by the  Hall of Fame Committee

2.  Candidates must have notable personal achievements and/or made notable contributions at the local, state, national or international level.


There is no official  nomination form     If a person you are nominating meets the eligibility requirements, simply send written nominations to:  South Bend Community Hall of Fame, c/o South Bend Alumni Association, 215 South St. Joseph Street, South Bend, IN 46601 including:     
1.  A detailed biography  and     
2.  Two letters supporting the nomination. 
Please include the following information.

COMPLETE NAME OF CANDIDATE: _________________________________________

NAME OF PERSON SUBMITTING THIS NOMINATION:_______________________________

YOUR ADDRESS:____________________________________________________________


EMAIL ADDRESS:____________________________________________________________


The Hall of Fame Organizing Committee welcomes and considers only written and documented nominations. A Search Committee seeks out qualified candidates and sends a list of 20 or more  nominees’ names to a Selection Committee that compiles a list of 8-10 candidates in order of choice for induction. An Oversight Committee reviews the work of the Selection Committee and reports to the Hall of Fame Organizing Committee. There is a one-year waiting period from the time a person is first nominated to the time he/she can be inducted.

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