Lawrence E. Hamilton, Jr., J. Scott Calder, and Kevin W. Taylor after being honored as Distinguished Alumni (David J. Litteral could not attend the induction ceremony)
Four Loveland High School alumni were inducted into the Loveland Schools Foundation Hall of Fame on September 21.
The four were honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award for, “Excelling in their professional careers while making an impact on their communities at the local, national or global level.”
“We are pleased to recognize these four gentlemen and Loveland graduates who have made a profound difference in the lives of others,” said Linda Slusher, executive director of the Loveland Schools Foundation. “Loveland continues to produce outstanding graduates who go on to demonstrate leadership and excellence in their professional and personal lives.”
The awards banquet took place at the Oasis Golf and Conference Center, where the inductees each received a bronze Tiger statue and a plaque, copies of which have been added to the wall of Distinguished Alumni at Loveland High School.
Dr. J. Scott Calder, U.S. Air Force Colonel (’84)
Colonel (Dr.) Jeffrey Scott Calder, Loveland Class of 1984, received his commission from the Reserve Officer Training Corps graduating from Miami University in 1988. He earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1992 on a Health Professions Scholarship. He completed a residency in general surgery at Wright State University in 1997. After moving up the ranks from Staff General Surgeon he received his promotion to Colonel in May of 2010.
He has attended the Air War College, and the Aerospace Medicine Primary Course as well as others as he continued his Professional Military Education.
Scott has served both at home and abroad, accepting his first overseas assignment to Misawa AB, Japan in July 1997. Later he was assigned to Bitburg AB, Germany where he was the Surgical Services Flight Commander. He served in Oman in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and later in Afghanistan and Italy. American shore assignments have included Barksdale AFB, LA, San Antonia – Lackland, Texas and Florida.
He holds an Unrestricted Medical License from the State Medical Board of Ohio, is Board Certified, American Board of Surgery and is a Certified Physician Executive.
During his years of service Colonel Calder has received numerous decorations and awards: Meritorious Service with five oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal, The Air Force Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, The Humanitarian Service Medal, the NATO Medal, as well as 13 additional decorations and eight Awards for leadership and excellence in his service to our country.
Colonel Calder is a fellow, American College of Surgeons, a Certified Physician Executive, American College of Physician Executives and is board certified in General Surgery. He is a Senior Flight Surgeon with 409.5 flying hours in 10 aircraft.
Mr. Lawrence E. Hamilton, Jr. (’67)
Larry Hamilton is a native of Loveland and a Loveland High School graduate in 1967. He is a retired teacher of African American History, World Studies and Current Events from Piqua, Ohio. Mr. Hamilton is a founding member of the African American Genealogy Group on the Miami Valley and is a presenter on family history and genealogy.
He was selected for Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers and was awarded the Ohio Tri-County NAACP’s Martin Luther King Outstanding African American Award as well as the state of Ohio’s MLK Cultural Awareness Award in 2005.
Mr. Hamilton authored a book in August of 2009 titled Lucy’s Story: Right Choices But Wrongs Still Left. Book II of Lucy’s Story became available in November of 2011 and the trilogy was completed with the release of Book III in January of 2013 titled Refuge from the Deluge: On Being Railroaded. This heroic story commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Loveland/Little Miami Flood of 1913 and a struggle for justice, equality and inclusion in Ohio’s Upper Miami Valley relating to the Randolph Freedmen, one of the largest manumissions in U.S. History.
He continues to make presentations about his book series, Lucy’s Story, and family history research in support of his interest in genealogy as well as his work for equality among all.
David J. Litteral, U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major (retired)(’80)
A 1980 graduate of Loveland High School, David has given over thirty-three years of honorable service to the United States Army Medical Department, culminating as the Commandant of the Army’s Medical Noncommissioned Officer Academy. He has served on the home front as well as in Iraq where he was the Enlisted Personnel Director of the U.S. Army, 10th Combat Support Hospital. He also assisted the Iraqi Government in establishing training programs for Medics, Physicians, and Nurses as well as planning and executing the pre-deployment training necessary to ensure mission success at six locations across Iraq.
David implemented the training programs for Advanced and Senior Leader Noncommissioned Officer Courses for the Army Medical Department which earned a rating as TRADOC Institute of Excellence.
He received his Doctorate of Psychology in 2014 and was an Adjunct Instructor at both Kentucky Christian University and Morgan Community College. He served as Chief Instructor, Department of Combat Medic Training, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
During his many years of service, he has acquired numerous medals among which are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal (2 campaign stars) and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Currently, David is Director of Military Initiatives for Morehead State University, Morehead, KY.
Mr. Kevin W. Taylor (’72)
A graduate of Loveland High School in 1972, Kevin Taylor has devoted his life to teaching, coaching and inspiring youth to attain their highest goals. A native of Loveland, he has spent over 45 years as a member of the “Tiger Family” as a student, teacher, coach, Assistant Athletic Director, and Facilities Manager. He has been a role model for generations of students and has provided them with lifelong experiences that go beyond the classroom. He provides faculty, staff, and students with a sense of history and respect for the “Tiger Tradition.”
Loveland City Schools produces outstanding graduates who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in their professional and personal lives. Kevin Taylor is this person.
Mr. Taylor is the founder and chairman of the present Loveland High School Athletic Hall of Fame into which he was inducted in 2016. In retirement, he continues to support Tiger athletics. Each year he schedules a banquet and awards ceremony which honors Loveland athletes who, during their high school career, reached high levels of achievement in their chosen sport.