Washington High School
Massillon, Ohio

2011 Distinguished Citizen

WHS Class of 1964

Design/Construction/Military Service


  • Owner, Eckard Construction
  • Pilot, US Navy


  • President, Alpha Tau Omega - Kent State University
  • Named to "Who's Who" in US Universities - 1967-68
  • Voted "one of the best to play" wingback and defensive back for 1960-69 Tigers - 1994


  • Washington High School - 1964
  • Kent State University - BS Industrial Design - 1968

Military Service

  • Flew 207 missions in Vietnam, including 167 over North Vietnam
  • Ejected from aircraft, parachute failed to open - survived injuries sustained from the fall
  • Hit by surface-to-air missle over Hanoi, Vietnam - safely and successfully landed damaged plan back aboard aircraft carrier


  • Wingback and defensive back for the Tigers
  • Played football at Kent State University
  • Avid golfer - has three holes-in-one
  • Skis as often as possible

Professional Reputation

  • Some people have waited up to four years to have him design and build their dream home
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