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Bridgeport Hall of Fame to induct eight

BRIDGEPORT — Eight individuals will be inducted into the Bridgeport Alumni Association Hall of Fame during Alumni Weekend activities on June 26.

Usually there are only four inductees per class, but due to COVID-19 halting last year’s festivities, Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 honorees will be enshrined at the same time.

Class of 2020 inductees are: Harold Harmon Jr. (Class of 1939); Edward G. Sustersic (Class of 1961); Jerry Moore (Class of 1970); and Dr. John William Logan (Class of 1970).

Being inducted as part of the Class of 2021 are: Louis Henry George Bingel (Class of 1935); William Frederick Koss (Class of 1960); Martha Green Kazmirski (Class of 1961); and Roger L. Weaver (Class of 1971).

The induction ceremony will take place upstairs at The Skyliner, on Main Street. Registration will start at 5 p.m. Pictures will be taken at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and the induction ceremony scheduled from 6-10 p.m..

A brief description of each inductee follows:

HARMON JR. served in World War II and eventually became a staff sergent of the U.S. Medical Corps. After the war, he became a banker and later retired from Barnesville Savings & Loan branch in Woodsfield.

He worked many years as the clerk for the Bridgeport school board and was later elected as a board member. He loved cooking, fishing, hunting, gardening and camping.

He died in 1989 of lung cancer at the age of 69. He is being inducted posthumously.

SUSTERSIC is a former elected Belmont County prosecuting attorney and had been appointed to the county’s board of elections. He also served as president of the Belmont County Bar Association and as solicitor for Bellaire, Flushing, Morristown, Rayland and Yorkville.

In the 1970s, he was a founding member of Belmont County’s Concerned Citizens Against Strip Mining coal. The group’s efforts resulted in the enactment of Ohio’s first reclamation laws.

In 2011, he formed Utica Landowners Group LLC, which united landowners to obtain more favorable oil and gas leases. He retired in 2018.

MOORE enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve after graduation and retired 22 years later as a staff sergeant, Battalion Medical, NCO.

After working as a sales manager for the Keebler Co. for five years, he started a career in 1983 with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals where he held several positions including territory manager. He retired in 2009.

For the last 29 years he has served as a member of the Bridgeport Exempted Village School District Board of Education.

LOGAN received his bachelor of arts degree from then-West Liberty State College, his master’s from West Virginia University, and his doctorate in reading education from Texas A&M in 1983, where he taught graduate and undergraduate classes.

He was named president of the Illinois Reading Council in 1993. He also completed a two-year sabbatical in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi Arabia Oil Co., where he coordinated the curriculum and instructional program for 250 teachers and administrators in the oil company’s school system.

He was inducted into the Illinois Reading Hall of Fame in 1996. He died of a heart attack at age 48 in 2000. In 2014, he was posthumously named the outstanding alumnus at Texas A&M.

BINGEL lived his entire life on Whitely Street and was the drum major in the high school band.

After an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1946 after serving in World War II, he started working at Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel, where he eventually retired.

At the time of his death in 1996, he had a net worth of $3 million in stocks, CDs and other cash deposits. Because of his unselfish heart, he donated to 18 charities, including money for construction of the Bridgeport Public Library on National Road.

KOSS was a highly recruited basketball player who ended up playing at the University of Florida. He graduated in 1965 and enjoyed a 35-year career as a color analyst for college basketball with his primary responsibility being the Gators.

As a radio and television analyst, he has broadcast more than 500 college basketball games for Sports Channel, Sun Sports, Fox Sports and ESPN. He authored the only book on the history of University of Florida basketball and was inducted into the UoF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

He pursued a career in financial services and formed a company — Koss-Olinger Financial Group — in 1969 with William Olinger.

Today the organziation has six principal advisers and 14 support staff. It is recognized as one of the leading wealth management firms in America.

KAZMIRSKI obtained her teaching degree from Ohio University when it had a branch campus in Martins Ferry. She started her teaching career at Martins Ferry, but shortly after she accepted a teaching position in Bridgeport.

She retired after 36 years of teaching at Westbrooke Elementary. She was a member of the Bridgeport Education Association/Ohio Education Association and is a current member of the Ohio Retired Teachers Association.

WEAVER was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1971-77 and retired from the East Ohio Regional Wastewater Authority in 2003. He was an initial board member of Belmont County 911 and served 12 years there. He is a past member of the Sunset Heights Volunteer Fire Department as a firefighter and 27 as an EMT; he also served as chief and assistant chief.

He was a member of the Ohio Valley Board of Football Officials for 39 years. He received the 1986 and 1989 OHSAA Meritensons Award, as well as the 2003 WVSSAC Dedicated Service Award. In 2005, he received the NFHS Football Official of the Year in Ohio, and in 2014 he was presented with the Ohio Valley Board of Football Officials Al “Smooth” Kloss Award. He was inducted into the Ohio Valley Football Life Member in 2015.

He is currently a 32-year member of the Pease Township Trustees and is on the Board of the Ohio Valley Miracle League and is a deacon at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Brookside. He is also a two-time member of the Bridgeport High School Wall of Fame for athletics.

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