The Ledger continues its profiles of inductees to the Parsons College Wall of Honor.
All 11 inductees will be honored during a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. The Ledger will profile a few honorees each day of the week. Today we profile Ron Hunerdosse and Larry Marino.
Class of 1972
Truly a man for all seasons, Ron Hunerdosse has been a teacher, coach and volunteer. He was recently named “Iowan of the Day” by the Iowa State Fair’s Blue Ribbon Foundation.
The award allows the state to recognize Iowa’s most outstanding individuals who make a difference in the lives of others. Previously, Ron was named Fairfield’s “Citizen of the Year” by the Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, “Fairfield Friend of Education” and “Fairfield Teacher of the Year.” They were well deserved awards for a man who has unselfishly given his all to his school, his town and his friends.
Ron’s enthusiasm, dedication and vision resulted in the founding and implementation of Fairfield High School’s “Trojan Plaza.” The plaza is a courtyard developed by Ron to honor graduates of Fairfield High, including and foremost, his dear friends – Fred Behner and James Evans. As a result of his efforts, “Trojan Plaza” was recognized as the “Project of the Year” by the local chamber of commerce.
Hunerdosse graduated from Parsons in three years and earned his master’s degree in sports administration at Truman State in Kirksville, Missouri. He then returned to Fairfield where he spent his entire teaching/coaching career in the Fairfield Community School District.
His volunteer work and participation in the community is unmatched, and includes serving on the Parks & Recreation Board, hospital humanitarian, servant to the Knights of Columbus, his St. Mary Catholic Church and as coordinator of The Lord’s Cupboard’s Christmas box distribution program.
In describing Ron’s legacy, Dave Neff said, “Ron has always been the guy to step in and give help and comfort in times of personal need. Scores of people can attest to this.”
Parsons was key to Ron’s education. Ron said of his alma mater, “Parsons College, quite literally, was my only pathway to higher education, and in the end, was the main reason I was able to follow my passion of working with young people as a teacher and coach. Because Parsons existed in my hometown, I was able to overcome two obstacles, a lack of funds, and a family history devoid of post-high school education. I was able to stay at home, avoiding room and board payments, and I worked year-round to pay my tuition. Without Parsons College, I am sure my life would have taken a far different path, so I owe a lot of my happiness to Parsons.”
Ron is a resident of Fairfield, married to Linda and has two daughters, one son and families. Presenting Ron is his good friend Dan Breen.
Class of 1966
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – Larry Marino is a computer systems designer. He made his mark at Parsons as a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and as a “bartender” at the Den.
At an early age, with the Bendix Corporation’s Navigation & Control Division, he was responsible for the movement of components to the inertial guidance systems of Saturn V rockets which placed man on the moon. He eventually found his place in the Systems & Programming Department and began developing computer systems to run on the first big mainframes of the day. It was there he honed his skills in computer systems design.
Larry played an integral role in developing one of the first point-of-sale systems in the country for Macy’s Department store. At Federated, which owned Macy’s, he and his team designed and implemented a paperless online system to move merchandise from manufacturer to the selling floor.
In the 1980s, Marino started his own company, offering consulting services for various direct marketing companies where he provided a host of supportive services. His group installed the first shop-at-home channel and all the supporting systems in the Middle East.
Now retired, Larry has taken the reins of his Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and is heavily involved with the yearly reunions. In the community, he has been involved with the Pop Warner and Little League sports programs and is deeply committed to his community homeowners association.
Larry and his wife, Maryrose, have been married 30 years and are enjoying Florida. For Larry, one word describes his Parsons experience: success.
“I left school with no job and a liberal arts degree,” he began. “I was hired by a large company. They took a chance on me and I found my niche in computer systems design and installation. This ‘success’ gave me the confidence that I could be successful at anything. Maybe that was Coach Westering saying, ‘No matter how high in life you get, you will always have a boss. Don’t be concerned about others’ losses or successes, just be concerned about what *you* can accomplish’. It’s amazing how those words have stayed with me and helped me grow. I will always remember my Parsons brothers, friends and coaches.”
Dave Neff will present Marino to the Wall of Honor.