RANDOLPH – Randolph Central School has chosen five new community members to induct into its Wall of Fame.
The Randolph Wall of Fame honors graduates who have distinguished themselves or made an impact in certain fields. This includes civic affairs, humanitarian affairs, or other activities that might deserve special recognition, including athletic contributions. Nominees must be current or former Randolph staff members, current or former school board members, or community members who have had a positive impact on the Randolph community.
The inductees for the Class of 2022 Wall of Fame are Clair Inkley, Dr. W. Harry Shaw, Bryan (Ike) Morrison, John Plumb and Larry Bourne. The induction dinner for them will be on Saturday. October 1 at Cardinal Hills Golf Course.
Inkley graduated from Randolph in 1963, earning college sports letters in wrestling and track. Inkley went to Northern Ohio for two years, then transferred to the University at Buffalo. He graduated from their School of Pharmacy in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science.
Inkley joined the US Army in 1969 and served most of his service in hospital pharmacy in Germany. He was released in 1972 and returned home to become a pharmacist at Inkley Pharmacy, working there for 50 years until his retirement in March 2022.
Inkley’s wife, Linda, was also a Randolph graduate in 1963, and their three children and eight grandchildren have also graduated or will graduate.
“Inkley was chosen for his years of service to the community as the owner and operator of Inkley’s Pharmacy”, said Shawn Huntington, Randolph’s athletic director who was responsible for collecting the information for the Wall of Fame. “Dr. Shaw was chosen for his years of veterinary service in and around the community and his work with the Chautauqua County Humane Society.
Shaw graduated from Randolph in 1955 and from Cornell University’s New York State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1962. For a few years after graduation, Shaw traveled to Aurora, Illinois and then more later in Vermont, where he was a veterinarian for 15 years. years. Shaw later became assistant state veterinarian for Vermont and later joined the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Shaw returned home to Randolph where he works with the Chautauqua County Humane Society and owns and operates his own practice, Balcom’s Veterinary Clinic. He worked with the Humane Society for 19 years and has had his own practice since 1990. Shaw still serves the Randolph community today.
Morrison graduated in 1998 and is known for playing football, basketball, wrestling, baseball and track and field where he earned 15 varsity letters and competed in multiple championships. He attended Mercyhurst University on a football scholarship and graduated in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and management.
After graduating, Morrison returned to Randolph to become co-owner of the family business, Morrison & Sons Construction. For the past 24 years, he has coached Midget Football, Men’s Modified, Junior Varsity, Varsity and Travel teams as well as the Women’s Varsity Basketball team. He resides in Randolph with his wife and five children and is a member of the Roman Catholic Church and sons of the Randolph branch of the American Legion.
“Morrison was chosen to be an accomplished high school and college athlete and to work with today’s youth in athletics,” said Huntington. “Plumb is a U.S. Navy veteran, Navy submarine officer instructor, and the nation’s first-ever Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy.”
Plumb graduated from Randolph in 1988. He also attended the University of Notre Dame on a scholarship from the US Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps, majoring in physics. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a master’s degree in physics and a doctorate in aerospace engineering.
He spent six years on active duty as a U.S. Navy submarine officer, 22 years in the Navy Reserves, commanding eight different reserve units, and retiring as a captain in 2022. Plumb has served as an official on the U.S. Senate, Pentagon, and on the staff of the National Security Council at the White House, also an unsuccessful candidate for Congress in 2016.
Plumb was confirmed by the US Senate in March 2022 as the nation’s first Deputy Secretary of Defense for Space Policy, making him responsible for overall oversight of space warfare policy for the Department of Defense. He married his wife, Rahda in 2016 and they have two sons.
The final inductee, Larry Bourne, was chosen because of his long service to the Randolph community.
“Bourne is a longtime specialist teacher at Randolph Central School,” said Huntington. “He was chosen because of his service to the community and surrounding area through his work with Meals on Wheels and the Volunteer Fire Company.”
Bourne did not graduate from Randolph, but grew up in Penfield and graduated from East Rochester High in 1949. He and his wife, Dianne, moved to Randolph in 1959.
He joined the United States Navy in 1950 and served throughout the Korean War until 1954. Thereafter, Bourne went to Geneseo State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in education. After moving to Randolph, Bourne took over the special education program, which at the time had only been in existence for a year. He helped the class grow and consolidate with other schools. Bourne also spent time as a timekeeper for the wrestling team for 40 years, the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams for 20 years, and timekeeping competitions, volunteering as an observer at his usual spot on the court. golf during cross-country competitions and working in the yard. markers during football matches. After retiring from Randolph, Bourne served as custodian of Randolph Cemetery for several years, and custodian, sexton, and treasurer of East Randolph Cemetery for 20 years.
Bourne then joined the Randolph Fire Company in 1961, serving as president, vice president, and treasurer during his 30 years of service. In addition to the fire company, Bourne served as president when the Randolph Rescue Squad was founded in 1966. He served there for more than 25 years.
Bourne was also a constant presence at fundraising events for the fire department and also served with Meals on Wheels and volunteers for UPMC Chautauqua.
Nominations are now open for the 2023 Wall of Fame. More information can be found at randolphcsd.org