The 2019 Wall of Fame awards ceremony was held on November 22nd in the high school auditorium. The recipients were: Frederick J. Munson, M.D. (Class of 1940) and Dennis Scholl (Class of 1969).
The Student Council assisted with welcoming guests, the school provided refreshments in the lobby, and the high school choral ensemble opened the ceremony with the singing of our National Anthem and the high school Alma Mater. President, Ken Bloss, provided opening remarks. He then introduced the Wall of Fame Chairman, Ron Reichard.
Ron first provided a summary of Dr. Munson’s accomplishments, which included being instrumental in starting the Nuclear Medicine Department at St. Luke’s Hospital. His daughters, Mimi and Marty, thanked the Alumni Association for this honor bestowed upon their father and spoke about him.
After providing a summary of accomplishments, Ron introduced our next recipient, Dennis Scholl. Dennis expanded on Ron’s summary and presented a PowerPoint presentation, explaining, among other accomplishments, how the Delaware River Shad Fisherman’s Association reintroduced shad into the Delaware and Lehigh rivers. Dennis was very appreciative of this honor.
Dr. Craig Butler, Superintendent, ended the ceremony with closing remarks. A luncheon was provided by the school following the ceremony.
The Saucon Valley Alumni Association very much appreciates all of the assistance provided by the Saucon Valley School District for this event.
Dennis J Scholl is a 1969 graduate of Hellertown-Lower Saucon High school. In 1973, he graduated with a liberal arts degree in history from Pennsylvania State University, then attended graduate school at Penn State in the classical studies program. From 1975 to 1980, Dennis was Director of Tourism for the Bethlehem Area Chamber of Commerce. He then spent eight years as a sports writer and outdoors columnist at the Bethlehem Globe Times. He was editor for Rodale Press in Emmaus from 1988 to 1991, and then became Outreach Director from 1991 to 1995 at Rodale Institute in Maxatawny Township.
Dennis returned to Saucon Valley in 1995, serving the school district as an Environmental Educational Consultant until 2004. Since 2005, he has served as Volunteer Coordinator, Outreach Director, and Education Manager for the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor in Easton. As Education Manager, he created the D&L’s Tales of The Towpath social studies/language arts curriculum for fourth-grade students and authored a children’s storybook also called Tales from the Towpath. His other activities included founding and serving as first president of the Delaware River Shad Fisherman’s Association, which was instrumental in returning shad to the Delaware and Lehigh rivers. In 1993, he wrote Return of a Native: Shad in The Lehigh River. He and his wife, Josephine, own Monarchs Alive, a business providing monarch butterflies for wedding or memorial events. In 2005, Scholl designed five interpretive panels that are installed on the east side of the Hellertown Marsh, along the Saucon Rail Trail. The signs describe various forms of life in the marsh. In 1992, he received The Morning Call Community Spirit Award for his volunteer work with the Delaware River Shad Fisherman’s Association.
During World War II, Hellertown High School class of 1940 graduate Frederick J. Munson served from 1943 to 1945 in the Army’s 78th Infantry Division. He was stationed in the European theater and was involved in key operations, including the Battle of the Bulge and the crossing of the Rhine on the Remagen Bridge. In 1948, Munson graduated from Moravian College, where he studied mathematics. Frederick then furthered his education at the University of North Wales and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In 1952, he earned a doctoral degree.
Frederick was a radiologist at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill. There he was instrumental in starting the nuclear medicine department and was head of the radiology department. Dr. Munson was a member of the American College of Nuclear Medicine, and a member of the Northampton County Medicine Medical Society. Dr. Munson also served on the hospital board of trustees.
After retirement, his love for painting took center stage, and he opened The Pochade Box Art Gallery in Jim Thorpe. Dr. Munson was also president of the Bethlehem Palette club from 1991 to 1992.
Marty Munson and Mimi Munson, Dr. Munson’s daughters, with Donna Horvath (Class of 1964)