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.