The descendants of Ray Fitzgerald and Clarence Fitzgerald were honored as the 2014 Black Hills State University Legacy Family. Members of the family attending the recent ceremony were: back row, left to right, Riley Fitzgerald; Ginette Fitzgerald, Class of ’11; Tom Fitzgerald, Class of ’78; Edward Fitzgerald, Class of ’59; John R. Fitzgerald, Class of ’85; Dana Weber, Class of ’02; Rylund Weber; and Alex Weber, Class of ’04. Front row, left to right, Mike Fitzgerald, Class of ’77; Marilyn (Fernholtz) Fitzgerald, Class of ’69; Yvette (Weickum) Fitzgerald, Class of ’85; Mark Fitzgerald; and Susan Fitzgerald, Class of ’86.
Started in 2008, the Legacy Family Award honors families who have a tradition of attending BHSU. The Fitzgeralds span several generations of family members who have attended or graduated from BHSU. Nineteen descendants of the Fitzgerald family were honored including the late Maurice Fitzgerald, the fifth president of BHSU. Maurice, Class of ’49, began his coaching and teaching career at Eagle Butte, and then moved to Lead. From there, he joined the coaching staff at BHSU as head basketball coach. In 1975, he became vice president for academic affairs and dean at BHSU. In 1976, he became president.
Accepting the award on behalf of the family was Ginette Fitzgerald, the great granddaughter and Alex Weber, the great grandson of Ray Fitzgerald.
For more information about the “Legacy Family Award” or to nominate a deserving family, contact Tom Wheaton, BHSU Director of Alumni Relations, at 642-6385 or Tom.Wheaton@BHSU.edu
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Thursday, June 30, 2016