Howard County Hall of Legends

Howard County Hall of Legends

08/23/2019, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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The tenth class of Howard County Legends will be honored by the Howard County Historical Society at the annual Legends Banquet on August 23. Since its inception in 2010 as the brainchild of Kokomo civic leader Craig Dunn, the Hall of Legends has recognized the accomplishments of 53 notable residents of Howard County and two significant organizations. They span a broad range of work and contributions, from the arts and humanities to journalism, philanthropy, business, medicine, science and engineering.

Among those included over the past decade have been America’s first female U.S. Marine, the “Father of Modern Optometry,” the creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, two pioneers of the automobile industry, one of the world’s leading heart surgeons, a country music superstar and an opera singer, three award-winning journalists, and multiple educators, among others. A full list is available on the historical society’s website at

(l-r: Beth Brooke-Marciniak, Yvonne Ferguson-Watkins, Dolores Hahn-Rollins, Ryan Kitchell, Mike Murphy, Doug Vaughn)
This year’s honorees, chosen from a long list of remarkable people with Howard County roots, include: Mike Murphy, a world-famous aviator who trained American glider pilots and led them into France on D-Day; Dee Hahn, a nurse who co-founded the Julian Center for victims of domestic and sexual violence and went on to a career in international service; Ryan Kitchell, the chief administrative officer for Indiana University Health who served on Governor Mitch Daniels’ administrative team as director of the state Office of Management and Budget; Yvonne Ferguson-Watkins, a legal trailblazer as a female African-American attorney in Indianapolis, whose community leadership took her well beyond the courtroom; Kokomo businessman Doug Vaughn, who rose from poverty in Haiti to build a career in his new home and form an international non-profit organization; and Beth Brooke, the first woman to receive a basketball scholarship at Purdue University who, as global vice chair of public policy at EY (formerly Ernst and Young), was recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world.

The Hall of Legends induction ceremony is sponsored in part by Mid-America Beverage, Haynes International, the Kokomo Tribune, First Farmers Bank and Trust, Indiana University Kokomo, the Coca Cola Bottling Company of Kokomo, Kokomo Opalescent Glass, the Hampton Inn and Suites, Kokomo Grain, Ivy Tech and NIPSCO, and Holly Stone & Brandi Rees: Real Estate Professionals.

Tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite, at the historical society office, or by calling (765)452-4314.