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  • Central High School
    Principal: Jon Flynn
    1120 Main Street
    Davenport, Iowa 52803
    Phone: (563) 723-5400
    Fax: (563) 445-5952

  • 1993 Induction Poem

    For Paul H. Ives, James L. Ketelsen, Laura K. Shawver, Leona L. Soehren, Lafayette J. Twyner, D.D.S

    If someone started a new educational program

    in applied service, this team of five

    honorees would be its teachers. They know how stretching

    and flexing a new muscle help stimulate

    the whole body, how the power of extending one arm

    of compassion strengthens the whole community,

    and how leadership often starts in the heart

    and spreads like a tonic

    until one’s whole frame runs on the principles

    of accelerated motion. Your selfless devotion entertained

    this community’s call, responding by tutoring

    Lincoln School students to fulfill their dreams

    and by serving on boards with such distinction

    you won this city’s highest tribute,

    the Distinguished Service Award. Fore twenty-three years,

    your votes shaped policy on the Davenport School Board

    and changed the attitudes and lives of our students.

    Your duty to conscience never wavered in forty-five years

    of dental practice or civic attention. Physicians

    of service heal through their public examples

    of trust. Students crowded your counseling office

    like eager interns to learn

    the anatomy of careers and scholarships,

    finding your advise the right prescription

    for success in life after the classroom.

    You hastened the scientific chase to beat

    cancer, closing in with publications and patents

    to slow the ravages of this killer until it’s stopped,

    until, like a rugby winner, you pressured

    the research to score the decisive kick.

    As a chairman, CEO, director, regent, and trustee,

    you secured the health of many companies

    and adding more enthusiasm, your Fortune 500 leadership

    earned recognition for service to the community.

    This whole team has raised their collective hands

    to serve others with their hearts and help define

    the true sprit of the benevolent character.