The late Judge Clifford M. Spottsville, attorney Stanley Lucky DeFries and Dr. Anne Porter O’Dea are set to be inducted into the Ottawa High School Wall of Honor this fall, the selection committee recently announced.
The Wall of Honor was created in 1997 to honor Ottawa High School graduates for outstanding professional achievement and their service to society. Since its creation, 54 OHS graduates have been inducted. Inductees are chosen by a selection committee comprised of OHS student leaders, teachers and alumni, according to a news release.
(OHS Class of 1933)
After graduating from OHS, Spottsville earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Kansas in 1937 and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law in 1946.
Spottsville was the first African American lawyer and judge from Ottawa, the news release said. He served in the U.S. Department of Commerce and was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 1948. Judge Spottsville was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the NAACP, the American, National and Jackson County, Missouri, Bar Associations, the Judicial Elections Committee, Sigma Delta Tau Legal Fraternity and the Ottawa University Board of Directors.
Judge Spottsville became the first African American Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri and the first African American to obtain the title of First Assistant in the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, the release said.
Spottsville was a champion of equal opportunities and justice under the law and of the development of the system of justice and the rule of law, according to his peers.
The judge died in 1993 and is survived by his two daughters, Keslie Spottsville and Shelly Spottsville. His wife, Geraldine, died in 2006.
STANLEY LUCKY DEFRIES
(Class of 1971)
While a student at OHS, DeFries was active in band, journalism and attended Sunflower Boys State. After graduating from OHS, he earned a bachelor of arts degree from Ottawa University in 1975 and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law in 1978, the release said.
From 1979 to 1983, he was a staff attorney for the Kansas Department of Revenue, the release said. He currently practices with the law firm of Coffman, DeFries and Nothern in Topeka.
DeFries is nationally known in the areas of state and local taxation and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers Magazine, the release said. He is a member of the American and Kansas Bar Associations and has been chair of both the Kansas Bar Tax Section and the National Association of State Bar Tax Sections. He has coauthored the Tax Law chapter of the Kansas Annual Survey of Law since 2007, the release said.
He is an adjunct professor at Washburn Law School, Topeka, and is on its Board of Governors. He has served in various leadership positions for the First Baptist Church and the Ottawa University Board of Trustees, the release said.
DeFries is passionate about the city of Topeka and has been chairman of the boards for Rotary Club of Topeka, Boy Scouts, YMCA, Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce and Easter Seals Capper Foundation, the release said. In addition, he helped found Growth Organization of Topeka, also known as Go Topeka.
He and his wife, Pamela, have two children, Ashley and Brett.
ANNE PORTER O’DEA
(Class of 1996)
At OHS, O’Dea was president of the National Honor Society, captain of the dance team and valedictorian of the Class of 1996.
In 2000, O’Dea earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of Kansas and in 2004 an M.D. from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She then completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowships in Oncology/Hematology and Breast Oncology at KU where she received the Intern of the Year Award, Mark Beck Outstanding Second Year Resident Award and the Student Voice Teaching Award in three consecutive years, the release said.
In 2010, O’Dea became medical director of the breast cancer program in Hays, Kansas, and currently chairs the Department of Medicine. In addition to patient care, she collaborates with the University of Kansas Medical Center in clinical trials for breast cancer research through the Midwest Cancer Alliance, the release said. Her research has been presented at national American College of Physicians and American Society of Clinical Oncology meetings and has been cited by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network standards for breast cancer.
In 2013,,O’Dea chaired the first western Kansas “Race for the Cure” which raised more than $150,000 for breast cancer research and was named “Kansas Volunteer of the Year” by the Kansas affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
O’Dea and her husband, Vaughn, who also is a 1996 OHS graduate, have two daughters, Grace and Elizabeth.
The 2014 inductees are to be honored at events Sept. 11 and Sept. 12 at Ottawa High School.
An evening banquet is planned Sept. 11 in their honor at the high school. Friends, classmates, OHS alumni and community members are invited to attend. Banquet tickets are available through Sept. 4 in the Ottawa High School office at a cost of $15 each, the release said. No tickets will be sold at the door.
The festivities continue Sept. 12 at OHS, with an all-school assembly to honor the inductees. Also that day, the inductees will join other Wall of Honor members in meeting with OHS students in their classrooms.
Spottsville, DeFries and O’Dea then will be formally inducted into the Ottawa High School Wall of Honor Sept. 12 during halftime of the OHS football game at Steve Grogan Stadium, next to the high school at 1120 S. Ash St.