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Nixon and Warrick are 2017 BAEF Hall of Fame inductees

Published: July 12, 2017 12:00 AM
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Col. Samuel Scott Nixon, who graduated in 1957 and John D. Warrick, a 1965 graduate from Barnesville High School were the 2017 inductees into the Barnesville Area Education Foundation's Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the Barnesville Alumni Banquet on Saturday, July 8 at the Barnesville High School campus cafeteria.

Nixon was presented by 2016 Hall of Fame inductee and fellow classmate John "Jeep" Smith. Scott graduated from Barnesville High School in 1957, where he was class president for three years. He was a member of the football, basketball, and baseball teams for all four years. While on the football team, he was a pulling guard for the successful 1956 team. Scott was also a member of the Key Club and band, as well as serving on the Shamrock and Senrab staffs.

Scott attended Kent State University, graduating in 1962, with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Scott later earned his Master's Degree in Education with honors from Boston University in 1974.

Scott was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1962 and served over 36 years in the Army, both active and reserve. He initially was in the Infantry Branch, serving at Fort Dix, NJ, and in Vietnam with the 25th Infantry Division. He then transferred to the Military Intelligence Corps, where he served the remainder of his career. As an intelligence officer, he was successful in many assignments, to include serving in The Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, with the 525 Military Intelligence Group in Vietnam, as Middle East analyst with the European Command, and as a member of the Army Special Security Group. Scott received numerous awards for his military service, nineteen in total, highlighted by two Bronze Stars and a Valorous Unit Award. After 36 years of military service, Scott retired from the Army as a Colonel in 1999.

After leaving active duty, Scott was hired by Martin Marietta Aerospace in El Segundo, California, as a security engineer. He performed tasks involved with integrating National Reconnaissance Office spy satellites on to Titan expendable launch vehicles. He received an award from the NRO for planning, organizing, and implementing the declassification of NRO launches. In 1986, he was transferred to Denver, Colorado, to manage the Security Engineering Department, while continuing to work for the NRO. Scott retired from Lockheed Martin in 2006 after 26 years with the company and was a consultant to the NRO until 2013.

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Scott's parents, Sam and Florence, moved to Barnesville when he was in the third grade because his father worked in the coal mining industry. His mother taught second grade at Barnesville Elementary School. Scott feels that being raised in Barnesville and attending Barnesville schools made him the person he is today. Those small town attributes became such an important part of his identity that, after living and working in a variety of countries, states and cities, Scott chose to live in a small community of about 3,000 residents with similar values.

Scott's parents are deceased and his brother, David L. Nixon, a graduate of Barnesville High School in 1960, is also deceased.

Scott currently lives in Frisco, Colorado. He is a member of the Father Dyer United Methodist Church and serves on the Sheriff's Citizen Advisory Committee. Scott is a volunteer Ambassador at Copper Mountain Ski Resort, where he leads snowshoe tours. He is also President of the Mountain Pines Homeowners Association.

Scott is a proud patriot, husband, and father. Scott and Peggy, his wife of 47 years, have two children, Kerry and Kent. Scott currently enjoys his family and friends, world travel, golf, and snowshoeing.

"This is a great and unexpected honor," Nixon said, thanking the BAEF for selected him and Smith for nominating him. "When I first heard about the Hall of Fame, I assumed it was for outstanding athletes," he said, naming many who were present that night. He congratulated 2017 BHS graduate Caide Bunfill for being named All-Ohio three sports and to the 2016 BHS football team for "the great season they had". Nixon said his "athletic performance was not equal to those mentioned" and joked that he never received a nickname. He said that even his late brother who was a standout athlete at BHS earned the nickname of "Mick".

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Nixon said he regretted that his brother, Dave, and his mother were not there to share his honor with him. He said it was his mother who encouraged him to pursue his education and although his father did not finish the eighth grade, he had an insatiable curiosity about how things worked. Nixon said his BHS education, from his English teachers, coaches, principal, and yearbook and Shamrock staff advisors, served him well in his career.

He said he held many part-time jobs in Barnesville growing up that put him in contact with many different people. Nixon said his travel to six continents has opened his eyes to how much he loves the United States and wouldn't live anywhere else.

"Thanks to the Barnesville schools for developing me into someone who can carry on with successful careers and thanks to the village of Barnesville for everything you have done for me," Nixon said.

John D. Warrick was introduced by Richard Marmie (Class of 1966). Warrick graduated from Barnesville High School in 1965. Upon graduation he served two years with the US Army as a Military Police NCO.

John started his career with the United Parcel Service (UPS) in 1969, initially as a delivery person in Columbus, Ohio. He soon became a supervisor, manager and was promoted to Division Manager in 1974. He served in that capacity until 1988, during which time he managed various operations throughout the state of Ohio. It was also during this period John was assigned to be part of the original planning team for the startup of UPS Air Operations in Louisville, Ky.

In early 1988 he was assigned to Greenwich, Connecticut where he was responsible for a planning team to establish operating plans for the countries of Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines as UPS began its extensive expansion of worldwide service.

John was promoted to District Manager and relocated to Hong Kong in 1988. From 1988 1991 he was responsible for UPS operations in Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Guam, Saipan, and the islands of the South Pacific.

In 1991 John moved to Singapore and assumed operations responsibility for Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and India along with the before mentioned countries, except for Taiwan.

With a complex and rapidly changing China, John was asked to return to Hong Kong in 1992 to manage the opportunities within the fastest growing part of the region. He remained there for 2 years before returning to Singapore in 1994 to assume the role of managing UPS operations in all countries of the Far East.

Late in 1995 John returned to the United States and assumed the position of UPS District Manager of the West Pennsylvania District. The Pittsburgh area was, and is, a large operation, involving significant transportation and logistics activities. This gave him the opportunity to reacquaint himself with UPS's domestic operations and the advances in technology within the company. He remained there through 1998.

In 1998 John was assigned to UPS Corporate in Atlanta, Georgia and became VP responsible for New Product Development. While there, he forged important relationships within the corporate office, which would prove invaluable for his next assignment.

In January 2000 he was promoted to the position of President UPS Europe and was headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. During his tenure with UPS Europe he was responsible for the oversight, direction, management and support for 27,000 employees. John remained in that position until his retirement in April of 2004.

During his 34 year tenure with UPS, Mr. Warrick was promoted numerous times and progressed through a variety of different, interesting, important and often challenging positions that utilized his knowledge, expertise and leadership skills.

John established and directed operations of the UPS' Asia Pacific Region and through his leadership, the Asian region grew to become one of the early successes under the UPS umbrella of International Operations.

During his tenure as President of UPS Europe, UPS enjoyed continuous growth and record breaking revenues.

John admired and was positively influenced, by several Barnesville School District teachers from high school, Winifred Deaver, Mary Kinney, Lucille Betts, Alma Shepherd, Bill Zanders and Teresa Lemasters, all of whom John wanted to acknowledge as having been a positive influence and who indeed played an important role in helping to shape his future.

John Warrick is proud of his roots, and Barnesville is proud to have played a part in the development of such an outstanding professional businessman, and person.

John's father Don, whom John speaks with every morning and step mother Lova Warrick continue to live here in Barnesville.

John and his wife Joan currently live in Boca Raton, Fla. They enjoy the climate, love to play golf and enjoy many outdoor activities while living there. They are experienced worldwide travelers and enjoy visiting, sightseeing and understanding cities, people, food, languages and customs of other countries.

"It is Barnesville that took me to all those places and I'm proud to be from Barnesville," Warrick said. He said the Hall of Fame induction was an incredible honor.

Richard "Lefty" Hall, 2012 Hall of Fame inductee, served as master of ceremonies. The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag was led by Girl Scout Troop #5766. The Alma Matter was led by Virginia Bell. William "Bill" Neely, Master of Divinty, EdD. and pastor of the Shurlington United Methodist Church (Class of 1962) provided the invocation and benediction. The banquet committee consisted of Rita Hall, Diane Blattler, and Lou Ann Swallie. Hall thanked the committee, the cooks, the servers, the Girl Scouts and their leaders, and the custodial staff. He said there were 230 reservations for the banquet with attendees coming from all over the state and country.

Classes celebrating five-year reunions included: Class of 1942, 75th reunion; Class of 1947, 70th reunion; Class of 1952, 65th reunion; Class of 1957, 60th reunion; Class of 1962, 55th reunion; Class of 1967, 50th reunion; Class of 1972, 45th reunion; Class of 1977, 40th reunion.

Speaking for the class of 1942 was their lone attendee, Sarah Wells. Albert Squibb spoke for the Class of 1947; Tom Lynch for the Class of 1952; Nixon (dressed as Elvis Presley) spoke for the Class of 1957; Rick Shepherd spoke for the Class of 1962 and Bruce Sampson and Marlin Harper spoke for the lass of 1967 which was the honored class as they were celebrating their 50th class reunion.

Lynch said that it was those BHS graduates who stayed in Barnesville that make the village worth coming home to for those whom have left.

Harper, who also serves on the BAEF Board of Trustees, said he was on the committee that chose the 2017 inductees and felt they were two deserving and excellent choices. Harper noted that Sampson's mother, Evelyn was in charge of the banquet for many years and said she built a tradition that Rita Hall and her committee have continued.


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