Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame Award 

Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame Award Plaque 

This award was established to recognize a non-alumna/alumnus of Joliet Junior College who is a current or former faculty member, administrator or friend who has served Joliet Junior College in an exceptional way.

Selection Criteria

  • Nomination required.
  • Individual cannot be an alumna/alumnus of Joliet Junior College.
  • Must be a current or former faculty member, administrator or friend.
  • Must have served Joliet Junior College in an exceptional way.
  • Must be active in professional and community organizations.
  • Must be a dedicated, caring, compassionate and accomplished professional.

How to Nominate

To nominate an individual for the Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame Award, please fill out the online recipient's nomination form. This form must be submitted by March 1, 2014.

2013 Susan H. Wood Hall of Fame Award Recipient

Professor Emeritus Paul Lester enjoyed a teaching career at JJC that spanned from 1946 to 1980. Prior to teaching at JJC, he taught music at Joliet Township High School. During that time he became known in the are for operetta productions and appearances at the Rialto Theatre, among other performances. In 1964 he transitioned to a career as a professor of history and social science at JJC. He enjoyed seeing some of his former students grow and mature on campus. While at JJC Lester also served as a student advisor.

Lester is honorary director of the Joliet Township High School Choir Alumni Association, and has worked with numerous organizations, including the Joliet Area Historical Society (a position he has held since 1982), Joliet Federation of Musicians Local 37 and the American Federation of Musicians.

Paul and his wife Katherine have three children, Paula Lester, Carolyn Lester and Nancy Sitton. He enjoys gardening, and isa Midwest test rose grower for Jackson Perkins. 

Previous Recipients

Year Recipient
2013 Professor Emeritus Paul Lester
2012 Professor Emeritus Curtis Hieggelke
2011 Dr. Emily Zabrocki

Dr. John Peterson

Jerry Lewis


J. D. Ross


Myra Linden

Natalie Miller

2007 John Stobart
2006 Gilbert Bell
2005 Robert Klein
2004 Robert Wysocki
2003 John Fillipitch
2002 John F. Corradetti
2001 Dr. William Zales
2000 Dr Robert Sterling
1999 Dr. Carolyn T. Engers
1997 Helen Harshbarger
1996 Clarence F. Schmitz

Dr. Peter Nichols

Virginia Richards


Maurice Berlinsky

Maynard Boudreau

Henry Pillard


John M. Sayre

Sheila Sasso

1988 Carl Eggman

Grace A. Brewer

Walter F. Zaida

1986 Max Kuster
1985 William R. Glasscock
1984 Vera Stellwagen Smith
1983 Lottie Skidmore
1982 Harry D. and Emily Lennon Leinenweber
1981 Kenneth P. Parker
1980 Grayce M. Stadler
1979 Edmund C. Puddicombe
1978 Elmer W. Rowley
1977 Susan H. Wood

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