Each year the Association names one or two outstanding Alumni as the recipient of an Outstanding Alumnus Award to be presented at the Annual Banquet.
2019 OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS CONNIE (CROZIER) BOBO, Real Estate Broker, ALS Advocate
The daughter of a local home builder, Connie sold her first parcel of land at age 16. In 1973, compliments of the U.S. Air Force, Connie found herself in Las Vegas, Nevada where she became the first real estate broker in the State of Nevada to earn both the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) and SIOP (Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS) designations.
Her career in commercial real estate included negotiating the sale of a 7-story office building to the United States of America; development of a conceptual master plan and receiving zoning approval for a 332-acre industrial park (sold the plan and the site); negotiated major land assemblage for a Las Vegas Strip Hotel and Theme Park; negotiated land assemblage of a downtown city block for a redevelopment project (Fremont Street Experience).
She was recognized as one of the twelve “Brokers of the Year” by Howard Hughes Properties (1988 & 1996); appointed by Clark County to serve on “Overall Economic Development Committee” (1990-1994); Recognized as one of the “Top 25 Commercial Brokers in the United States” by the Real Estate Times (1988); served on Nevada State Economic Development Association (1987-1991) and more.
At the peak of a commercial real estate career that had spanned nearly twenty years, Connie was forced into a new role- that of an ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) caregiver. Perry, her husband, was diagnosed with the progressively paralyzing, always-fatal illness at age 38. Inch by inch, day by day, her husband lost body functions as his muscles atrophied. During Perry’s illness, no help was available. Despite being identified in 1869 (some 123 years earlier) no research had begun for ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). Perry died seven months following diagnosis.
Journals had been kept during that lonely battle against ALS. What started to be a caregiver’s “tip sheet” to be shared with others battling ALS, grew into a book.
In 1998, following the publication of her book, “On Eagle’s Wings. a Caregiver’s Guide for the Terminally Ill,” Connie chartered the not-for-profit Nevada Chapter of The ALS Association. Under her leadership, the ALSA Nevada Chapter was but six months old when it was recognized with two national awards for its patients’ programs. In 1999, Connie received the distinction of being named “Volunteer of the Year” by the National association. In 2000, she received recognition as a Citizen of Distinction for the State of Nevada. In 2004, she received the Local Hero Award from Bank of America.
In 2002, the Nevada Chapter began providing services statewide. Programs and services now included: 16 hours per month, per patient of respite and personal care assistance; the loan of ACC (Alternative Augmentative Communication) and ADL (Aids for Daily Living) devices; monthly support groups; annual “Ask The Experts Education Symposium”; publication of a “Patient Resource Manual” and monthly Newsletters; home visits for family in-services; Home bathing services; Grief Counseling and an equipment loan closet. Monthly multi-disciplinary medical clinics were established in Reno and Las Vegas with the University of Nevada Medial School.
A program with Nevada Power Company allowed registered ALS patients to avoid interruption of power due to delayed payment insuring consistent use of medical equipment. A 911 program with Clark County allowed the registration of ALS patients and their conditions (unable to speak; on ventilator; paralyzed; etc.) to assist EMT’s during emergency calls. And for those ALS patients whom research was too late, Memorial Parks were established in both northern and southern Nevada.
Connie was appointed to serve on the Governor’s Disability Task Force. The “Strategic Plan for People with Disabilities” which was adopted by the State Legislature in October 2002 included twelve (12) bullets authored by Connie. She formed a Nevada State Respite Coalition comprised of not-for-profits and various governmental agencies. Later she served on the State Respite Focus Group determining recommendations to six State agencies future grant funding, parameters, needs assessments and gaps. She also served as Nevada’s State representative on a National Respite Coalition.
Advocacy efforts continued on a National level. Between 1998 and 2002, many successes occurred on Capitol Hill. ALS patients received “presumed disability” under Social Security and after the initial five (5) month wavier period, were no longer required to wait an additional 18 months to receive Medicare benefits.
A 10 year study by the VA proved conclusively that our Veterans were twice as likely to be stricken with ALS. ALS was listed as a disease entitled to “presumptive service connection” opening access to a host of additional services. Perhaps one of the greatest honors was Connie providing language input to U.S. Senator Harry Reid for introduction of “The ALS Registry Act of 2005”, Senate Bill 1382, which was signed into law in October 2008. Comprehensive medical information on ALS patients would now be available to any and all ALS researchers.
Connie comes from a family of Big Reds. Grandfather, Robert I. Crozier, Class of 1919; Father, Robert L. Crozier, Class of 1943; Brother, Robert C. Crozier, Class of 1972; Sister, Cathy Crozier, Class of 1974; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins who also cheer on the Red and Black.
Connie is the proud mother of a 1995 Air Force Academy graduate. Connie has three granddaughters and recently relocated from Las Vegas, Nevada to Chattanooga, Tennessee to be near them. Connie is a lifetime member of our Alumni Association.
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.
2018 Carolyn Presutti Davidson ‘78, Broadcasting
2017 Colonel Carl C. Johnson, Jr. ‘44, Government/Military
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