Washington High School
Massillon, Ohio

2022 Distinguished Citizen

WHS Class of 1948

Law and Government


Professional

  • Private Law Practice in Massillon (1957-1972)
  • Senior Partner - American Burt and Jones L.P.A. (1972-1990)
  • Partner - Buckingham, Doolittle, and Burroughs (1990-2000)
  • Massillon City Prosecutor (1958-1964)
  • Elected Massillon Law Director (1964-1966)
  • 4 Times Elected to the Ohio State House of Representatives (1966-1972)
  • Appointed to the Ohio Senate (1973-1974)
  • Elected to the Massillon City School Board (1996-1999)

Education

  • Washington High School - 1948
  • B.S., The Ohio State University - 1952
  • J.D., The Ohio State University - 1954
  • United States Air Force, Fort Worth, Texas - 1st Lt. Judge Advocate General - 1954-1957

Achievements

  • WHS Class President (1946 & 1947)
  • National Honor Society (1946-1948)
  • Massillon Tiger Football Manager (1945-1947)
  • Ohio State Football Manager (1948)
  • R.O.T.C. - The Ohio State University (1948-1952)
  • President and Founding Member of the Massillon Tiger Sideliners (1958)
  • President - Massillon Tiger Booster Club (1960)
  • President - Touchdown Club (1970)
  • Home Sponsor - Habitat for Humanity of Stark County

Other Honors

  • Stark County recruiter for the legendary Woodrow "Woody" Hayes at OSU
  • Debated William M. Kunstler, known for representing the "Chicago 7" and the Weather Underground, on the merits of the campus disorder and the Riot Act Bill after the shootings at Kent State in 1970
  • Sponsored the bill upheld by the Ohio Supreme Court
  • Eisenhower Foundation - Travelled to Russia and other former states of the USSR after the fall of the Berlin Wall in advising on the intricacies of setting up democratic governments
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