2011 Hall of Fame Inductees
John Fognani ('69)
John D. Fognani went from South to the University of Colorado and the Northwestern University School of Law to earn advanced degrees. He has been a natural resources and environmental attorney for more than 30 years. He has had extensive experience in the areas of real property, natural resources and environmental law. The emphasis of John’s practice has been in the areas of resource project development and project finance, and compliance with federal and state mining laws and requirements. Fognani has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in six categories and in Who's Who of American Lawyers, as well as The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers. He has worked on a number of highly visible, complex litigated environmental and natural resources matters, including defense of natural resources damage cases. John has extensive experience in international law and financing, particularly relating to mineral and energy development. His work has taken him to many parts of the world, including most of Asia.
Frederick A. Galves ('79)
Fredrick A. Galves followed his years at South by graduating from Colorado College and then, in 1986, Harvard Law School. Galves then served as a judicial clerk for U.S. District Court Judge John L. Kane (District of Colorado). He later practiced with the Denver law firm of Holland & Hart. Galves has worked on national banking legislation with the Senate and House Banking Committees and has done pro bono legal work in Chile on a human rights fellowship from Harvard; he also was a Harvard teaching fellow in Principles of Economics. Professor Galves has been a member of Pacific University's McGeorge School of Law faculty since 1993 and lectures widely on the use of technology in law, including the use of 3D computer animations and virtual-reality exhibits. He produced the first law review article in the country that used hyper-linked media. His use of technology in teaching and his computer-assisted litigation has allowed Professor Galves to teach as a visiting professor at the University of California-Davis School of Law, Fordham Law School, the University of Denver Law School and Southwestern University Law School. Fred also teaches several international courses to Americans and international students. He has taught Trial Advocacy in Chile and China, private international litigation in Austria, alternative dispute resolution in Germany, and U.S. Securities Law as well as USA Legal Orientation to foreign attorneys and judges enrolled in the UC-Davis International Law Program. He also administers the Street Law International Program in conjunction with Sacramento, CA, Charter High School, a program in which law students teach legal concepts and trial advocacy to inner city teenagers, enriching and deepening the law students' understanding of the law, and motivating young adults to pursue post-secondary education and legal careers. Fred also has served on the Colorado College Board of Trustees.
Priscilla R. (Dick) Lucero '(82)
Priscilla (Dick) Lucero excelled academically at South and then the University of Southern Colorado, graduating magna cum laude with an accounting Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She earned her MBA there, too. In 2005, Colorado State University-Pueblo, as USC came to be known, was named an Outstanding Alumna. Priscilla is the president of Wells Fargo Bank in Pueblo, overseeing its nine branch locations in Pueblo, Westcliffe and Canon City. Priscilla also has been recognized several times for her contributions to business in Pueblo, including in 2001 by the Business Women’s Network as Business Woman of the Year. She also has volunteered with the Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce, including a term as president of its Board of Directors, Board Member of the Year and Most Distinguished Women Award. She also has been chairperson of the Parkview Medical Center's Board of Directors and a board member for its parent group, Parkview Health System. Other non-profit boards include the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation, Business Women’s Network, CSU-P, The Sangre De Cristo Arts & Conference Center, and the Diocese of Pueblo. She has provided extensive volunteer efforts also for the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Pueblo Hispanic Education Foundation, and KTSC-TV Channel 8.
Steven Smith ('66)
Steve Smith is retired as the Director of Correctional industries (CCi), a division of the Colorado Department Corrections. Steve oversaw 50 different CCi businesses. Each business is responsible for training and teaching inmates in meaningful work or trades. Under Steve's leadership, his management team has created more than 800 new inmate jobs in the last six years. Last fiscal year CCi generated $63 million in revenue and had 170 full-time employees training and working with more than 2,000 inmates. Steve began his career there in 1985 in the Furniture Factory. ln 1990 he became its supervisor. In 2000 he was promoted to the Agribusiness division and by 2008 had become the director. The programs and businesses he oversees include furniture manufacturing, metal products, seating factory, modular panel shop, web design, CAD operations, printing factory, two garment factories, fiberglass manufacturing factory, wildland firefighting units, canine program, wild horse program, cow dairy, goat dairy, greenhouse, tilapia fishery, trout hatchery, fish processing, farm labor program, pheasant hatchery, heavy equipment program, plastic bag operation, air filter manufacturing operation, recycling printer cartridges program, license plate and tab factory, surplus property, trash recycling, saddle shop, canteen services, composting, a service station, fly fishing rod manufacturing, beehives, and general services programs. Researchers have projected that the lower recidivism rate for inmates in CCi programs saved Colorado taxpayers an estimated $122 million in the next 10 years. Steve also served on the National Board of Correctional Industries as well as the zoning commission for Fremont County.
Scott and Beverly (Prater) Williamson ('71)
Scott and Beverly (Prater) Williamson are the first couple inducted into South's Hall of Fame. Scott founded the Key Club at South and initiated the idea of having a cannon as the trophy for the traditional football game between East and South. He also was co-editor of the ROUND-UP student newspaper, and student body president. Scott was a Boettcher scholar. Beverly was in Girls Cabinet and Head Majorette, a member of All-City Band and Western State Honor Band, and served on Coltspurs Executive Board. Scott attended the University of Denver, was Phi Beta Kappa and went on the become a physician. In 2005 he was named one of Texas' "Super Doctors." Beverly graduated from CSU-Fort Collins and earned her master's degree in nutrition. After that, Scott and Beverly worked as a team with developmentally disabled children, Scott as the medical director and Beverly as a consulting dietician at the North Texas Rehabilitation Center in Wichita Falls. They founded a not-for-profit community nature center in Wichita Falls. Having visited Pueblo's Electric Critters, with permission, they replicated the exhibit in Wichita Falls. River Bend Nature Center now provides outdoor science education to 25,000 school children annually and is now a $9 million community asset. In 2005, after 23 years in Texas, Scott and Beverly relocated to Kansas to provide their daughter, who has Down Syndrome, with better opportunities. Beverly organized a handbell choir for special needs adults, and proposed and helped start a bakery at their church for special needs adults; it now has 25 employees. She also owns a small business. Scott continues to practice medicine as a medical volunteer at the NAIA basketball championships every year.