Each year the Association names one or two outstanding Alumnus as the recipient of an Outstanding Alumnus Award to be presented at the Annual Banquet.
The Recipient(s) of the award shall be honored by the Association at the banquet held as a part of the Annual Membership Meeting, and shall have their photograph mounted and displayed in Bellaire High School along with past recipients of the Award.
Nominations may be made by any member if the Association by writing in letter form the name of the person to be nominated, the field of endeavor in which they have excelled, and an outline or resume of their achievements, activities and other accomplishments which brings honor to themselves and Bellaire High School. All written nominations must be submitted to a member of the Board of Trustees, or postmarked, not later than the second day of January of the year in which the award is to be given.
The Bellaire High School Alumni Association Outstanding Alumnus for 2014 was F.William Banig, Class of 1971. Mr. Banig was recognized for his work in the field of governmental affairs.
Bill was born and raised in Bellaire in the heart of the Ohio River Valley. He began his education at Rose Hill Elementary in Miss DiNardo’s kindergarten class where he made many lifelong friends. He continued to Central for grades 7 & 8 and was in the last class to attend Central School. Bill is a member of the BHS Class of 1971 where he played football and ran track for 4 years. He served as President of the Beta Hi-Y and Secretary of the Alpha Hi-Y, was a member of the Pep Club and took part in the Senior Class Play and Class tournaments.
Bill attended Kent State University where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration (Industrial Relations) in 1975. After graduating from Kent State, Bill returned to Bellaire where he was employed as an underground coal miner for the North American Coal Company Quarto #4, Bill worked as a roof bolter and a long wall helper. He is a member of the UMWA Local Union 1785.
In 1978, Bill went to work for the International Union of the United Mine Workers of America in Washington, D.C. In his 36 years as a member of the UMWA’s staff, Bill has held a number of different staff positions in the UMWA’s legislative and political departments. Additionally, during his tenure he has served the UMWA as the Administrator of the President’s office and as the Executive Assistant to the Secretary-treasurer. In 1999, Bill was named the Director of Governmental Affairs. In this capacity, Bill oversees the UMWA’s legislative and political agenda on the International, Federal, and State levels.
Bill is a registered lobbyist with the United States Congress and is a registered NGO (Non-governmental Organization) with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Control. As as NGO, Bill has participated on the UNFCCC since Berlin COP1 in 1995 to December 2013 COP 19 meeting in Warsaw, Poland. His work as an NGO has taken him to every continent except Antarctica.
In Washington, Bill has led the UMWA’s legislative efforts on issues ranging from the environment, health care; mine safety to labor rights. Bill is also a member of the Executive Board of the AFL-CIO’s Transportation Trades Department. Of all the issues in Washington, D.C. and around the world, he is most proud of his involvement in passing legislation in Congress protecting the health care of over 100,000 retired coal miners and their families, some who live in Bellaire and the Ohio Valley.
Bill is Vice President of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades department, a board member for the Unions for Jobs and Environmental Progress (UJEP) and NGO United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Bill married his high school sweetheart, Carla Williams, the President of the the Class of 1972, on August 31, 1974. The couple resides in Gaithersburg, MD and has two children, Adam Banig and Aubrey Banig Ciatto. Granddaughters Laia and Scarlet Ciatto complete the family. Bill and Carla attend Epworth United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg. His hobbies include working out (spin classes), commuting in D.C. traffic and travel, including 36 years of frequent trips top Bellaire.
Through it all, Bill has always remained loyal to his Bellaire roots of hard work and loyalty instilled to him by his parents as a young man. Bill is the son of the late Richard A. Sr. ’42 and Doris Harper Banig ’42. He is the youngest of the Banig clan—Brother Richard Jr. graduated in ’65, Ron in ’66 and sister Christy Marinacci in ’68. His in-laws are the late Victor Williams ’48 and Donna Wright Williams ’50.
A motto that he has always followed during his career is from an old labor song, “To know where you are going, you have to know where you came from.” Bill came from Bellaire.
2014 F. William Banig '71, Government
2012 Thomas Poe ‘68, Banking & Civic
2011 Dr. Charles T. Mehlman ’80, Medicine
2010 Kathy Hyett ‘71, Public Relations
2009 Martin F. Goetze ‘54, Health Care and Executive Management
2008 L. Dean Giacometti, ‘38, Education
2007 James B. Piatt '83 , Higher Education
2006 Donald A. Ostasiewski '58, Higher Education
2005 Daniel Frizzi, Jr. '70, Civic
2004 Gary Hill, Education
2003 Nancy Crooks Karvellis '66, Business
2002 Walter M. Calinger '57, Education
2001 Dr. James E. Austin '51, Dentistry
2000 Terry Allen Wallace '65, Administration
1999 Jules J. Duga, Ph.D. '49, Technology and Society
1998 Emil George Riedel, Jr. '50, National Security
1997 Dr. Rose Z. Starr '60, Teacher/Social Worker
1996 Judge John J. Malik, Jr. '46, Law
1995 Joseph A. Pitts, Sr., D.O. '49, Medicine
1994 Donald M. Knox '50, Education
1993 Alan E. Riedel '48, Law/Business
1992 Thomas E. Rataiczak '64, Education
1991 Robert L. Hill '49, Law/Public Service
1990 Daniel Howard Simpson '57, Govt./Public Service, U.S.Ambassador
1989 Dr. Samuel Evans '57, Intl. and Public Insurance, Adjusting, Consulting
1988 Nelson Lancione '36, Law
1987 Metta Miller '69, Advertising/Business
1986 Charles Tod Goodwin '31, Athletics/Military Service
1985 Kelley Archer '40, Civic Achievement/Law
1984 Dr. Peter Lancione '28, Medicine
1983 Benjamin J. Belt '11, Education
1982 Don Ault '47 and Joe Ault '53, Athletics
1981 Mary Fitch '31, Civic Achievement; Lou Mahacek '31,Commercial Art
1980 John Nosker '29, Banking
1979 Hilda Humes Burrows '22, Public Service/Education
1978 William R. Yost '44, Major General, U.S. Air Force
1977 A. G. Lancione '24, Ohio State Representative
1976 J. E. Giffin '16 and Lela Daugherty Giffin '14, Banking/Americanism
1975 Albert V. Noice '17, Banking/Education
1974 James DeBlasis '49, Artistic Director, Cincinnati Opera
1973 Frank W. Ault '39, Captain, U.S. Navy
1972 Velma Workman '14, Education
1971 Joe Mack '16, Public Service
1970 David Myers Creamer '23, Medicine
1969 Michael Basrak ‘31, Coaching/Education
1968 George Tyler ‘23, Law; Eleanor Tyler ‘29, Education
1967 Oliver E. Miles ‘25, Business
1966 Dr. W. J. Shepard ‘09, Medicine
1965 Robert Frank Aldridge, Business
1964 Dr. J. F. Wilkinson ‘10, Medicine
1963 Dr. George W. Watt ‘27, Chemistry
1962 Nick Skorich ‘39, Professional Football Coach
1961 Alfred Garrett ‘24, Education
1960 Navy Lt. Raymond H. Dick ‘38, Atomic Powered Submarines
1959 Rabbi Feinberg ‘16, Author
1958 Lane W. Lancaster ‘10, Political Science
1957 James H. McGregor, Education
1956 Walter Russell ‘10, Bio-Chemistry Research
1955 Mabel Cratty 1884, National Secretary, YWCA
1954 Bessie Hoge 1884, Missionary
1953 Erven Somerville ‘26, Major, U.S. Army