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Honorees To Be Inducted Into Lee's Summit High School Hall Of Fame: Dr. James M. Williams

Honorees To Be Inducted Into Lee's Summit High School Hall Of Fame: Dr. James M. Williams

March 29, 2014

Five distinguished alumni will be inducted into the Lee’s Summit High School Hall of Fame April 12 at Lee’s Summit High School. Alumni being honored for the 2013-2014 school year are Marvin D. Ensworth, Class of 1952; Mark Bradford, Class of 1977; Dr. Jeffrey Carter, Class of 1979; Shannon Lawrence, Class of 1977; and Dr. James M. Williams, Class of 1963.

The distinguished alumni will be recognized at the annual LSHS Hall of Fame banquet to be held at 6 p.m. April 12 at LSHS. Cost per person is $25, and reservations are required. For more information, contact LSHS at (816) 986-2107 or e-mail to renee.baxter@leesummit.k12.mo.us.

Lee's Summit High School has inducted distinguished graduates into the school's Hall of Fame for 18 years. Approximately five alumni are inducted each year during a dinner ceremony. Plaques featuring the honorees are also displayed on a "wall of fame" at Lee's Summit High School.

The LSHS Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a committee of graduates and staff. Alumni are eligible for this honor 10 years after graduation. Nomination forms for next year are available by calling Lee’s Summit High School, (816) 986-2000. They should be returned to the high school at 400 SE Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit, 64063.

Dr. Jim Williams has earned professional distinction in the Kansas City area in the field of dentistry. Dr. Williams attended Missouri Valley College from 1963 through 1965. While there he was elected freshman class president, participated in varsity football, wrestling and track. He transferred to the University of Missouri, and his education was then interrupted as he was drafted into the United States Army.

Dr. William's military service in Vietnam commenced in 1969. He played an integral role in the development of the Field Hygiene program and the Dental Civic Action program. Of note is his work for Vietnamese children while serving in Vietnam. He instigated and ultimately played a significant role in constructing an orphanage outside Chu Lai. He also started an intramural sports program for children in Chu Lai. For his work in Vietnam, he was honored three separate times by the United States Army, receiving the Bronze Star, the Vietnamese Gallant Cross and the Combat Medic Badge.

Upon his return from Vietnam he entered the University of Missouri-Kansas City Dental School in 1971, making the Dean's List his first semester in dental school. He was named 1972 class president at the UMKC Dental School and was named outstanding freshman student in 1972. In his final year in school, Dr. Williams served as president of Xi Psi Phi (dental fraternity). He graduated from UMKC with a DDS in 1976.

He served on the Lee's Summit Planning and Zoning Commission from 1978 to 1980. From 1975 to 1982, he coached boys and girls basketball, girls softball and boys baseball in Lee's Summit. Dr. Williams always kept his tie to education by serving as president of a pre-school board of directors and by playing a significant role in a mother's day out program.

Dr. Williams worked from 1976 with the Greater Kansas City Dental Society and other groups to provide free dental care to the area needy. He has been on numerous mission trips providing free dental work all over the world. From 1994 through 1996 he worked with the Deron Cherry Foundation's Score For Health program, providing free dental work to underprivileged children in the Raytown School District. From 2006 through 2009 he provided dental screenings at the Pleasant Lea Elementary School health fair.

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