The Barnesville Area Education Foundation (BAEF) provides funds for local education systems and students that might not otherwise be available through public funding. Each year, the foundation evaluates and votes on worthy nominations for the BAEF Hall Of Fame.
This year the Hall Of Fame inductees are; J. Timothy Parkinson a 1960 graduate and Thomas E. Claugus, a 1969 graduate of Barnesville High School.
Tim Parkinson was associated with many activities while in high school. He was on the football team, lettered for three years and was the Co-Captain his senior year when the team recorded the best team record in 23 years. Tim was selected for the First Team EOAL, All Eastern Ohio and First Team All-OVAC Conference Football teams. He threw the shot put and the discus for three years on the track team, breaking the EOAL Conference shot put record his senior year. He was active four years in the Key Club and participated in the Junior and Senior Class plays and was a member of the Thespian Society for two years, the band for two years, Glee club and Varsity "B" club.
Parkinson was positively influenced at Barnesville High School by both Football Coaches Bob Wion and Ron Easton. In addition, he thought very highly of Mrs. Lucille Betts in English Composition class.
He attended Ohio Northern University and graduated in 1964 with a B. A. in Political Science. While at ONU, he was a member of the football team and Vice President of the Junior Class and was an officer in the Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.
Since Parkinson was a political science major at ONU, with a minor in Russian studies, he was encouraged by his facility advisor, Doctor Anthony Milnar, to consider the CIA as a possible career. He suspected, but never confirmed, that Dr. Milnar had been in some way, either directly, or indirectly, associated with the Agency. Obviously, this career guidance proved to be very important for him.
Upon graduation at Ohio Northern, Parkinson went to Washington D.C. and while waiting for his CIA application and background check he worked in the House of Representatives under the Patronage of Wayne L. Hayes. He enrolled in the George Washington Law School in 1963 and continued Law classes at night school for 1.5 years. Eventually Tim’s paperwork was approved and he joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1965. Thereafter, he served in both the CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA) from 1965 through 1994.
While at the NSA he received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1975 (the highest civilian honor awarded by the NSA) and as a result of that recognition Tim received a letter of commendation from President Carter.
Tim was promoted numerous times during his career in Contracting, the Continuity of Government Program and within the Director of Intelligence Arms Control Staff. He was a Senior Officer in the DCI Arms Control Intelligence Staff which was responsible for dismantling nuclear arms required by the SALT agreement. He retired as Director of Contracts at Joint CIA/AF (NRO) National Reconnaissance Office, which was responsible for building, developing, maintaining and operating satellite. When Tim retired from the CIA in 1994, as an SIS-3 Grade, equivalent to the Military’s rank of a Lieutenant General, he received the Prestigious Intelligence Medal of Merit Award for his exemplary service to the Agency.
While he was not a clandestine operative, he was involved in setting up and supporting a number of major operations that we’ve heard of and some that we’ll never hear about due to security sensitivity.
During an evaluation process late in his career these words were written about Parkinson’s performance which helps to understand how he performed important responsibilities at the CIA and NSA: "He is resourceful, imaginative, and effective in his difficult role and has an ability to identify, develop and implement innovative alternatives to real or potential operational problems related to procurement that far exceeds what one would expect as a norm."
One of the hardest parts of his job was the inability to share his job experiences with family and friends. He indicated that when something would happen that was great and you were instrumental in the project’s success, you could still not share that with friends and family.
Parkinson left Barnesville after High School and his path led to Ohio Northern University and eventually to lifelong careers with both the NSA and CIA in the Washington D. C. However, after many career accomplishments, he and his wife Marcia wanted to return to home. Therefore, after worldwide travels and important national responsibilities, Tim is now comfortable back in Barnesville, the place he loves, living across the street from the home where he was raised.
He married his high school sweetheart Marcia Phillips Parkinson in 1963. Tim and Marcia had four children, Brian an infant son who died at 6 months, Kristin (David) Fahey who resides in Philadelphia and Florida, Laura who lives in Maryland and Tim Jr. currently living in Florida.
The Class of 1969 will be celebrating its 50 year class reunion this year and they are excited that one of their distinguished members will be inducted into the Barnesville Area Education Foundation’s Hall of Fame. That person is Thomas Eugene Claugus.
As mentioned, Claugus graduated from Barnesville High School in 1969. He was involved in many extracurricular activities while at BHS. He played football for three years and was Co-Captain of the team his senior year. He was voted into the National Honor Society in his junior year and served as a National Honor Society officer in his senior year.
Claugus was also on the student council three years and was also an officer his senior year. He ran track for two years. In addition, he was a member of the Key Club, the Latin Club, was on the Scholarship Team for three years and was a class officer for two years.
It is evident that he was an active and supportive student at BHS. Growing up in Barnesville, he developed many close relationships with classmates and many of those friendships remain strong to this day.
Upon graduation, Claugus attended and graduated from The Ohio State University receiving a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degree (summa cum laude) in 1973. He also earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, with high distinction, in 1977 from Harvard Business School.
Claugus began his career as a process engineer working for the Rohm and Haas Company. He was at the Rohm and Haas in various managerial capacities for 17 years, including positions as a Production Manager of a Manufacturing facility and as its General Manager, where he had initially joined as a Process Engineer.
He also served as the Business Manager for the Construction Products Business at Rohm and Haas from 1985 to 1989 and later the trade sales business. During his time at Rohm and Haas he was promoted to the position of Manager Europe, for the Polymers Division, from June 1989 to November 1990.
He worked in Mexico, Europe and the US during his tenure with the Rohm and Haas Company and culminated his career with them as the Regional Director of Europe in 1990.
In 1993, Claugus founded and continues to serve as Chairman of GMT Exploration LLC, a private oil and gas exploration company. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Strategic Oil and Gas in 2011 and 2013. He also served as Independent Director of Paramount Resources Ltd. from May 2010 to September 2016.
Claugus is the President and Senior Portfolio Manager of GMT Capital, a hedge fund with $4 billion in assets. He is the fund’s founder and a majority shareholder. Today, his innovative, data driven and persistent approach in the highly volatile field of hedge fund investing has earned superior returns for his investors and received widespread recognition.
Claugus is renowned for his philanthropic endeavors. His Foundation for a Better World is one of his many charities and most significantly, his Growth through Learning Foundation, is an organization that provides scholarships for Tanzanian children.
Tom’s father, Fredrick W. Claugus, earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Ohio State University in 1943. Thereafter, Fred Claugus and his wife Bernice moved to Barnesville. Fred was the local veterinarian supporting Barnesville and the vicinity for many years. Both of Tom’s parents are deceased.
Fred W. Claugus and his wife Bernice were blessed with five sons. Tom and his brothers, Bruce, Daniel, Fredrick Jr., and Edward were all graduates of Barnesville High School. Also, like their father, all five sons were graduates of the Ohio State University.
Tom currently resides in Atlanta, Ga.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held during the Alumni Banquet on July 13th. The ceremony will be in the cafeteria area on the high school campus. Last year’s banquet was very successful, with attendees commenting it was the best they had ever attended, it was interesting, it was their most enjoyable alumni experience and they were excited they had this opportunity to renew alumni acquaintances.
Support this year’s Alumni Banquet by attending; the cost is $15 per person and you can forward payment for reservations to Rita Hall, 121 Pine Lane, Barnesville, OH 43713. Rita’s phone numbers are: 614-286-8527 or 740-425-3671. Remember the payment must be submitted prior to July 1.
Also, if you would like more information relating to the Barnesville Area Education Foundation and/or would like to join, or donate to the foundation, visit the website at baefoundation.com.