Robert R. Nathan – 1927  (Special Recognition)

Robert R. Nathan – 1927 (Special Recognition)

2015 Inductees
Robert Nathan lived a long, productive life. He and his twin brother Lawrence were born in Dayton, Ohio on Christmas Day in 1908 to Polish immigrant parents. There were another brother and three sisters in the total family. Robert was a bright student at Patterson Elementary and continued his academic success at Stivers where he was active in the Debate Club and was the managing editor of the Stivers News, with brother Larry as the sports editor. Since the family was poor (his father was a fruit peddler), the twins had to scrabble at many odd jobs for spending money. Both boys attended the University of Pennsylvania, living with their older brother to reduce costs, and working their way through school. Robert stayed at the university, receiving his master’s degree…
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Joseph Fanelli – 1943 (Special Recognition)

Joseph Fanelli – 1943 (Special Recognition)

2015 Inductees
I was born in 1925 on East Third Street in Dayton, OH. My grade school was St. Joseph Catholic, near downtown Dayton. I grew up in East Dayton surrounded by many old athletes from Stivers, Stivers students and some of the school’s teachers and administrators. While I was at Stivers, there were many occasions when past students and athletes spent their own time to come to the school assemblies to let us know how they achieved success and to assist us to do the same. Some names that come to mind are Joe Cox, Bill Hosket, Harry Fenner, Kick Ramby, and Marvin Farrier. (All members of the Stivers Hall of Fame). I played some football in my years at school and earned one football letter in my senior year, a…
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Bob Patterson – 1957

Bob Patterson – 1957

2015 Inductees
Bob was born into a large family living in East Dayton. While the kids today are blessed with many means to entertain themselves, in Bob’s era personal creativity was a necessity. The local park, schoolyard, or a street in the neighborhood were the places to pick up a basketball, football or baseball game, depending on the season. He enjoyed them all, but there was little doubt that basketball was his favorite. Bob attended Human Elementary where he was exposed to organized sports, coached by future Stivers icon, Joe Sullivan, who helped him to develop the skills and confidence he would need at the next level - high school. Bob lived on the dividing line between Wilbur Wright and Stivers. Since most of his siblings had attended Wilbur Wright, it was…
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Scott Kayser – 1970

Scott Kayser – 1970

2015 Inductees
Scott Kayser earned eleven varsity letters at Stivers, three in football, and four each in gymnastics and track. As a freshman he earned his numerals as a member at the cross country team. As a gymnast Scott finished with places in the city all-around competition each of his four years. On the track he started as a pole vaulter, but soon exceled in the long jump, high jump and high hurdles. He placed in the city wide competition in the hurdles and high jump as a senior. In football he was the starting quarterback in his junior and senior seasons and was a co-captain during his senior year. While at Stivers he was an officer of the student council and president of the National Honor Society. As a senior he…
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