Photo of Dayton Region Walk of Fame award trophy to Jerry Sharkey
The late Jerry Sharkey was one of five Dayton Region Walk of Fame inductees. (Photo by Andy Snow)

Dayton Walk of Fame inducts 5

In NAHA News /

The Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame honored five new inductees on Thursday, Sept. 24 in a luncheon ceremony at Sinclair Community College.

Here are the 2015 inductees:

  • Keith D. Harrison, songwriter, performer, and music mentor
  • Zoe Dell Nutter, aviatrix, aviation, businesswoman
  • Robert (Bob) Keyser Schul, Olympic champion, coach
  • Gerald (Jerry) Sharkey, aviation heritage advocate, educator
  • Eugene Edward “Snooky” Young, Jr., National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master

A large crowd celebrated the accomplishments of this distinguished group. In accepting his award, Keith Harrison said he was “humbled to be honored” with his good friend Zoe Dell Nutter and that he was thankful for the tremendous support he had received throughout his musical career.

Zoe Dell Nutter thanked all of her friends for helping her celebrate her recent 100th birthday.

Jeff Sharkey accepted the award for his father Jerry, who died in 2014.

“Dad’s story is one of perseverance,” he said. Jerry lobbied the City of Dayton and the National Park Service to establish a national park in Dayton to highlight the contributions of the Wright brothers and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Today Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park is an innovative, multi-site publicly and privately owned park in the federal system.

Snooky Young’s granddaughter, Toi-Lyn Everhart, and her husband traveled from California for the event. Young was a master lead trumpeter who had his own band and TV show in Dayton before he moved to New York to play with Doc Severinsen on the Tonight Show. His granddaughter remembered hearing him play the trumpet in his den when she visited.

“He practiced three hours a day, seven days a week well into his 90’s,” she said.

A portion of Bob Schul’s Olympic run video was shown when he became the first American to win the 5,000-meter race in Tokyo in 1964.

Wright Dunbar, Inc. manages the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame. Today 155 granite stones highlight outstanding individuals and groups on West Third Street between Broadway and Shannon Streets and on North and South Williams.