EAST LIVERPOOL -- The 2001 Class of Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame Inductees, comprised of eight individuals worthy of recognition in their respective fields of endeavor, were honored at an outdoor ceremony June 24 at the Hall of Fame.
James A. and Margaret H. Locke of East Liverpool became the first husband and wife to be inducted jointly. Other 2001 inductees were Henry J. "Hank" Kuzma of Steubenville and John A. Venesile, Ph. D., a Wellsville native now living in North Royalton, Ohio. Four members of the 2001 Class, Dean Martin, PFC Melvin E. Newlin, C.A. Smith and William "Bill" Van Horne, were inducted posthumously.
Television personality Regis Philbin also was honored by the Hall of Fame in its special “Distinguished American” category, which recognizes those individuals not from the Upper Ohio Valley who are worthy of induction.
This year’s inductees were selected based on their individual achievements, as well as the contributions they have made in their respective fields and communities.