Four more Pottstown High School graduates were added to the Alumni Honor Roll Friday morning.
They are, the late David Shaner, class of 1952; Robert B. Davidheiser Sr., Ph.D, class of 1969; Cathy Calhoun, class of 1970 and John R. Gibson, class of 1975.
As always, the honorees who could attend were recognized in an assembly in the high school auditorium which was attended by the entire student body.
Following are the bios provided in the assembly program:
David ShanerShaner received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kutztown University and a Master of Fine Arts in ceramic design from Alfred University.
He served as an assistant professor of art at the University of Illinois before moving his family west to Montana, where he director the Archie Bray Foundation, steering it to financial stability, maintaining the facility and continuing its vision to provide serious ceramic artists a place to perfect their craft.
For more than three decades, he made ceramic pottery in his studio and shared his expertise through workshops at numerous universities and art centers across the country.
He leaves a legacy of artwork gracing may homes and art museums. His love and commitment to art, music, gardening and nature and his stewardship of the environment touched and enriched the lives of many friends and colleagues.
His wife Ann accepted the award for Shaner.
Robert B. Davidheiser Sr., Ph.D.
Davidheiser received his bachelor and master of science degrees in electrical engineering from the University of California and in 1994, a Ph.D. in both engineering and computer science from LsSalle University.
He designed and installed the background music at Disney World, EPCOT Center.
Davidhsieser also represented the United States in Geneva, Switzerland for his research and inventions in the field of audio and speech pathology.
While working at AT&T, he invented, designed and implemented satellite, land global telecommunications and computer achitectures.
He developed the standardized computer operating system UNIX and Network Protocols for tyhe Department of Defense, US Customs and the US Postal Service systems.
Davidheiser also supervised the design, system assurance and installation of Air Force One's Global Telecommunications System under the Reagan administration.
In 1994, he was instrument in the development and launching of the IBM Worldwide Internet Divisions and coordinated the customer technology launch of the Disney IntroVentions Center in Orlando.
In 2005, Davidheiser retired from IBM where he directed the Division of Strategies for Emerging Technologies and the use of intelligence agents for voice, security and encryption.
In 20120, he accepted a position with Hewlett Packard as director of enterprise architectures, where he works today as a worldwide solutions architect
A family emergency prevented him from attending the ceremony.
Calhoun graduating from the Gemological Institute of America as a certified gemologist appraiser.
She is the president of the American Gem Society and in 2009, was selected as the Pennsylvania Jewler of the Year.
In addition to owning Calhoun's Jewelry in Royersford, she owns Avanti Development, a commercial land development company, Main Street Cafe and Spring City Elderly Housing.
She is a board member of the Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, Jewelers for Children and the Women's Jewelry Association.
Calhoun has appeared on numerous television programs including PBS' Antique Road Show, Good Morning America and World News Tonight.
Aside from her passion for jewelry, Calhoun is a first degree black belt in karate, a license private pilot, scuba diver, gem hunter and road rally driver.
John R. Gibson
In 1995, almost 20 years to the day after graduating from Pottstown High School, Gibson received his BS from the University of Maryland in police science.
Four years later, he was awarded an MS degree in administration from Central Michigan University.
Gibson is also a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College, Air War College and the Executive Development Leadership Program.
Gibson has also received training as a Spanish linguist, having graduated from the Presidio of Montery, Calif.
He began his Air Force career as a security policeman and, in 1984, was accepted into the Air Force Office of Special Investigations Program as a special agent.
His years of service have included tours in Japan, Honduras, Kuwait, Iraq, Germany and Italy.
As a senior County Intelligence Resource Manager for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, he has been involved with conducting felony level criminal, fraud and counter-intelligence investigations and operations for the Air Force.
As a senior manager, Gibson was responsible for the direct supervision and effective management of extensive classified counter intelligence budget and manpower information.
Following his service in the military, he was hired as a civilian special agent serving in the Pentagon.