Dr. Cecil W. Ingmire
Dr. Cecil W. Ingmire is a strong supporter of agriculture and veterinary medicine education in the Joliet area. A practicing veterinarian for almost 50 years, he was instrumental in the decision to acquire the land that is now the Main Campus and also played a role in establishing the Veterinary Medical Technology program. From 1967-71, Ingmire served on the JJC Board of Trustees and was chairman in 1969.
In addition to his work in education, Ingmire was president of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association and chairman of its Vet Technician Committee from 1972-91; a member of the Joliet Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; and president of the Joliet Exchange Club from 2000-01. He has received the Joliet Exchange Club’s service award, The Book of Golden Deeds, and the Will County Farm Bureau’s Volunteer Award.
Dr. Ingmire lives in Joliet with his wife, Mary. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
Louise Ray, founder and director of the Forest Park Community Center, has been an important part of the Joliet community since she arrived in 1971 from Mississippi. Her center has helped more than 500 students receive their high school diplomas, while offering a learning center for young children, GED classes, counseling, and job placement services. She also started Youth Builders, a program that helps young men and women get their high school diplomas, while receiving paid, on-the-job training in the building trades.
Ray has received numerous awards for her community service, including: the All American City Award, the Governor’s Hometown Award, the 10th District Citizen of the Year Award, the African American Heritage Certificate of Achievement, United Way Award for Community Service, Coalition of Black Trade Union’s Community Service Award, and the Joliet Public Schools Children for Peace Community Peace Leader Award.
A resident of Joliet, Ray and her husband, Junior, have four sons, and one son who passed away in 1987.