CISD Hall of Honor Nominees
2020 Coleman ISD Hall of Honor Banquet
The Coleman I.S.D. Hall of Honor selection committee has selected five nominees to be inducted into the CISD 2020 Hall of Honor. The nomination forms for those that were submitted but not selected will carry over to next year and will be eligible for the 2021 Hall of Honor. The Hall of Honor Banquet will be held on February 1, 2020. Tickets will be $20 and will go on sale in January, 2020. Deadline to purchase tickets is January 24, 2020. All proceeds will benefit the Coleman I.S.D. Education Foundation.
The Coleman Independent School District Hall of Honor is proud to announce the Hall of Honor Class for 2020.
CLYDE D. “TOMMY” ALLEN
Clyde “Tommy” Allen graduated from Coleman High School in 1933. Mr. Allen then attended and graduated from Texas Christian University in 1937. In 1942, he volunteered for the U.S. Navy and served in the European & Pacific theaters. He received the Bronze Star for valor and was honorably discharged in 1945 with a rank of Lieutenant. After the war, Mr. Allen returned to Coleman and joined his father in their insurance business, Allen & Allen. Mr. Allen became involved in many Coleman community affairs. He served on the Holiday Hill Nursing Home Board for 55 years. In 2010, the Holiday Hill board honored the Allen Family with the naming of The Clyde D. and Doris Allen Memory Care Center “to show their debt of gratitude to Tommy Allen who saw their organization through some tough times and made our community a better, stronger, safer place to call home.” He was founder of the Coleman County Foundation and served on the board of the Abilene Foundation. He was instrumental in reorganizing the local hospital, and served as the first chairman of the board of Coleman County Medical Center. He also served on the Coleman County Industrial Board, was a member of the Rotary Club, and was an active member of First Christian Church (now United Christian and Presbyterian).
DR. JOE GILLESPIE
Joe Gillespie graduated from Coleman High School in 1966. He received his B.S. from McMurry College in 1971, a Masters of Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1972 and a Doctorate in Education in Physical Education from Texas A&M University in 1983. Dr. Gillespie’s 44 year career at Tarleton State University has earned him many accolades. He was named Department Chair of the Health and Physical Education Department and promoted to the Dean of Education. He also served two years as Athletic Director. Dr. Gillespie was 7-time TIAA Track Coach of the Year and coached the #1 ranked defensive team in the nation (NAIA) in 1978. He was elected Chair of the NAIA District VII, Meet Director for the NAIA National Track & Field Championship and served as UIL State Track Meet Referee in 1988. In 1993, Dr. Gillespie was named Dean of Education and Fine Arts at Tarleton. He was a leader in the state of Texas serving as secretary of the state wide Deans Association and serving on several committees for the State Board of Education Certification. Dr. Gillespie has received many educational honors at the university and state levels. Among his honors, Dr. Gillespie has the unique honor of being a member of three hall-of-fames. He was inducted into the McMurry College Athletic Hall-of-Fame as player in 1995. In 1999, the College of Education at Texas A&M University selected him as a “Notable Graduate” and a member of their Academic Hall-of-Fame. In 2000, Tarleton State University selected him as a member of their Athletic Hall-of-Fame as coach. In 2011, Dr. Gillespie was honored with the title “Regents Professor” for the Texas A&M University System and in 2018 he was awarded the title “Professor Emeritus”.
Don Johnson graduated from Coleman High School in 1950. He was in the class of 1949, but contracted polio at the beginning of his senior year and spent many weeks in an iron lung. He then graduated with the Class of 1950. Following high school, he attended Texas Tech University receiving a degree in accounting in three years, becoming a Certified Public Accountant. In 1957, he decided to pursue a law degree, and enrolled in Baylor Law School. Following his graduation from law school, he returned to Coleman and accepted a position in the office of Hal Woodward. He then formed a partnership with Ross Jones, and eventually Steve Autry, calling the firm Johnson, Jones and Autry. Mr. Johnson was actively involved in the Coleman community, serving on various boards throughout the years, including the Coleman County Telephone Co-op, the Coleman County Electrical Co-op, and as a director of First Coleman National Bank. He also served as Chairman of the hospital board and trustee for the First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club and served as the County Chairman of the Democratic Party. In the 1970’s, he was named Citizen of the Year for Coleman.
DR. BEN G. STREETMAN
Ben G. Streetman graduated from Coleman High School in 1957. He is Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, where he held the Dula D. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering until his retirement in 2010. He was Dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering from 1996-2008 and was the founding Director of the Microelectronics Research Center (1984-96). His teaching and research interests center on semiconductor materials and devices. After receiving the Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin (1966) he was on the faculty (1966-1982) of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He returned to The University of Texas at Austin in 1982. In 1989, he received the Education Medal of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). In 1987, he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering and in the same year received the AT&T Foundation Award of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). In 1981, he received the Frederick Emmons Terman Medal of the ASEE, and in 1996 received the Heinrich Welker medal at the International Conference on Compound Semiconductors. In 1980, he was elected Fellow of the IEEE, and in 1990 was chosen as one of the twelve first Fellows of the Electrochemical Society. In 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2005, he received the Aldert van der Ziel award at the International Semiconductor Device Research Symposium. He has been honored as a Distinguished Graduate of the UT Cockrell School of Engineering and Distinguished Alumnus of UT Austin. He has served on the NAS/NAE/IoM Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable Council, and on several other panels and committees in industry and government. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for National Instruments, Global Marine, and Zix Corp. He is the author of the book Solid State Electronic Devices, which has been translated into Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Polish. He has published more than 290 articles in technical literature.
JAMES A. WILLIAMS
James A. Williams graduated from Coleman High School in 1950. In 1950, he enrolled in Texas Tech University and also joined the U.S. Naval Reserve. In 3-1/2 years, he received an Engineering Degree from Texas Tech, and a Commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was then ordered to active duty with the Navy and was stationed in Yokosuka, Japan. After working in the private sector for a short time, he accepted a job with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Mr. Williams was instrumental in many Army Corp of Engineer projects, notably with Bergstrom Air Force Base, President Johnson’s “Texas White House”, oversight of EPA Waste Water Treatment Grants Program in five states, and the Civil Works and Military Construction Program. Mr. Williams was the Office Engineer tasked with rebuilding one of the vacuum chambers for the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston and assigned to manage the construction contract to construct an Assembly Hanger for the Cobra Gunship needed in Vietnam. During the Cold War, he was trained as a Nuclear Transportation Officer and taught Radiological Monitoring to personnel. He was trained as the District Representative to deal with chemical and biological agents should the need arise. In 1986, he was assigned as Project Manager for President Reagan’s “Star Wars’ project at White Sands Missile Range. In 1990, he joined the Department of Energy and managed construction associated with the Superconducting Super Collider in Waxahachie, TX. Mr. Williams has been a Registered Professional Engineer for 50 years.