DAYTON, Ohio—The 2017 Dayton Region Walk of Fame honored its 2017 inductees on Thursday, Sept. 28, at its annual luncheon ceremony in Sinclair Community College in downtown Dayton. It also dedicated a new mural at West Third and Williams streets in the historic Wright-Dunbar Business District.
The following inductees have had their accomplishments memorialized with granite stones in the district.
Oscar Boonshoft (1917-2010) and Marjorie Boonshoft (1928-2004)
Oscar and Marjorie Boonshoft supported many charitable projects and organizations that they supported. Oscar Boonshoft was a mechanical engineer with a career spanning over 30 years. Marjorie Boonshoft was a partner in the family’s philanthropic and community activities.
Among the couple’s many philanthropic endeavors were the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Boonshoft Center for Medical Sciences at Kettering College, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and the Marjorie and Oscar Boonshoft Center for Jewish Culture and Education.
Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. (1877-1970)
Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. was the first African American promoted to the rank of General in the U.S. Armed Forces in 1940, a significant achievement within the segregated military of his day. A native of Washington, D.C., Davis joined the 8th U.S. Volunteer Infantry service for the Spanish-American War in July of 1889.
In 1905, General Davis was appointed to his first tenure as Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Wilberforce University, where he became well known over the course of several assignments there that spanned nearly 25 years. He retired from the military in 1948 with more than 50 years of service.
Cathy Guisewite (1950- )
Cathy Guisewite is a pioneer female cartoonist, a field dominated by men. In her youth, the Dayton native would draw funny pictures, which she considered to be “emotional coping mechanisms” to events in her life and work. Her mother relentlessly urged her to send her comics to a publisher, thus beginning her career. Copley News Service for Early Cartoonists syndicated her first comic strip, Roxbury, from 1963 to 1973.
Guisewite began working on her most popular strip, Cathy, in 1976. It was syndicated in 66 newspapers at the time. By 1980, she was working on her comic strips full time as Cathy was syndicated in more than 150 daily newspapers. Cathy appealed to many women of her generation with both humor and social significance. The popularity of her comic strip increased rapidly, and by the mid-1990s it appeared in approximately 1,400 newspapers, including the Dayton Daily News. In 1992, Guisewite received the Ruben Award for Cartoonist of the Year.
The Honorable David L. Hobson (1936- )
When he was an elected official, David L. Hobson always listened to his constituents, was mindful of their needs, and worked in a nonpartisan fashion in the Ohio State Senate and the U.S. Congress representing the Greater Dayton area. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and earned a law degree from The Ohio State University, while also serving in the Ohio Air National Guard. Hobson was elected to the Ohio Senate representing the Tenth District in 1982 and was president pro tempore of the Ohio Senate during the 1988 to 1990 session.
Hobson was then elected to Congress to represent Ohio’s Seventh Congressional District and served from 1991 to 2009. During this time he was chairman of the Military Construction and Appropriations Subcommittee and a senior member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. He paid particular attention to the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and helped to secure and expand activities within the Base. While a member of Congress he co-sponsored the legislation that created the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. Hobson also ensured that local institutions of higher learning received appropriate funding for improvements that would allow students throughout the region to have the best opportunities to learn.
Allison Brooks Janney (1959)
During the course of her extraordinary career, Allison Janney has demonstrated versatility on stage and in television and films. She currently stars in the CBS/Chuck Lorre sitcom, Mom, which earned her two of her seven Emmy awards. In 2014, Janney won Emmy awards for her roles on both Mom and Masters of Sex in the same year, a feat that has rarely been accomplished in Emmy history. She was also recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Prior to Mom, Janney is perhaps best known for her role as C.J. Cregg on the popular NBC series, The West Wing, for which she received four Emmy awards and four Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards. She has also had roles in many features, including the Academy Award-nominated film The Help, for which the cast won ensemble awards from the SAG, National Board of Review, and the Broadcast Film Critics. Additional film credits include The Girl on the Train, Minions, Spy, Juno, The Way, Way Back, The Hours and American Beauty, among others.
A native of Oakwood, Ohio and a graduate of Kenyon College, Janney’s pivotal moment came when Kenyon alumnus Paul Newman selected her for a role in a campus play he was producing. After graduating, she moved to New York to study at The Neighborhood Playhouse; in 1984, she was awarded a fellowship to study at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She made her Broadway debut in the 1996 revival of Present Laughter. She won Drama Desk Awards and Tony Award nominations for the 1997 Broadway revival of A View From the Bridge and the 2009 original Broadway production of the musical 9 to 5. Most recently she starred as ‘Ouisa’ in the Broadway revival of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation. Through it all, Janney has continued to maintain ties with her hometown.
Shawnee Chief Tecumseh is considered one of the greatest indigenous leaders in the early history of the United States. He possessed outstanding military, political and oratory skills that allowed him to forge alliances of many American Indian tribes. He grew up and lived in various Shawnee towns in the greater Dayton area including, Old Chillicothe, Peckuwe (Piqua), and further north near Wapakoneta, Bellefontaine, and Greenfield. Tecumseh rose to become the principal leader of the American Indian groups opposed to expansion of European-American settlements in the old Northwest.
Tecumseh participated as a warrior in the Northwest Indian War in 1785 to 1795. During this time he accompanied his brother, Chiksika, in the Chickamauga raids in Tennessee. This trip allowed Tecumseh to broaden his experience in forging alliances with other tribes, and he took on a greater leadership role within the Shawnee war parties. He became one of the primary leaders opposing a series of treaties negotiated between chiefs and William Henry Harrison. These treaties would give over three million acres of land for white settlement, but Tecumseh believed land was not a commodity. He led the American Indian allies of the British during the War of 1812. Tecumseh died at the battle at River Themes in 1813. He is the first American Indian to be inducted into the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame.
About the Walk of Fame
Since its inception in 1996 as a part of the City of Dayton’s bicentennial celebration, the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame has recognized individuals for their outstanding and enduring personal or professional contributions to the community, nation and the world by installing granite stones inscribed with their names in the sidewalks along West Third Street between Shannon and Broadway streets in the historic Wright-Dunbar Business District. The district includes the neighborhood of Orville and Wilbur Wright and Paul Laurence Dunbar.