This inaugural class of honorees is so impressive, in fact, that future inductees will have a lot to live up too. Oscar Ewing earned a bachelor’s degree from IU after graduating GCHS and then a law degree from Harvard. He served in the US Army during World War I and would later move on to a career in politics, starting out as an assistant vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He would later serve in the Cabinets of Harry S. Truman and Lyndon Johnson, overseeing the administration of public health programs and Social Security.
Ewing is best known, Pratt said, for his advocacy of a national health insurance program, which would eventually help lead to the modern Medicare program that today provides insurance to millions of elderly Americans.
“Modern healthcare coverage for the elderly exists today because of this GCHS graduate,” Pratt said.
According to his page at the Internet Movie Database (imdb.com), Fred Craig has worked on a range of well-known animated films, including “The Lion King,” “An American Tale,” “The Land Before Time,” “Aladdin,” “Tarzan,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Secret of NIMH,” “All Dogs Go to Heaven,” and others. Craig currently lives in Greensburg.
Hellmich, meanwhile, has written for USA Today since 1983, joining the national publication just one year after its creation. She has won multiple awards for her work about diet, nutrition and fitness, which she covers for the paper’s Life section.
Kathryn Ernstes Bailey rose to the rank of captain during World War II in the US Army Nurse Corps, serving during the D-Day invasion of Normandy and administering 1,000 beds. Her career after the army was every bit as distinguished.
Ninety-four-year-old John Arthur Stewart remains well known and respected throughout Decatur County. He served in World War II and was as an integral part of Stewart Seeds, Inc., a family farm business founded by Stewart’s father that remains an important part of the community; Steward retired as president.