Tom Loveland: Geographic Landscape Global Expert, 2018 Inductee

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As one of the nation’s foremost experts on the use of remote sensing to monitor and measure changes on the Earth’s land surface, Dr. Thomas Loveland’s fingerprints are all over the landscape of South Dakota. His work on the use of moderate-resolution satellite imagery to characterize land cover and changes to it is foundational. Building from Loveland’s knowledge base, scientists today use remotely sensed data to pinpoint the scope of pine beetle devastation in the Black Hills. They can measure changes in growing seasons, and how that affects decisions on what crops South Dakota farmers plant. What if those farmers decide to plant bioenergy crops? How will that impact native bird and amphibian populations in a region? How will it impact the local economies? Remote-sensing scientists following the path that Loveland blazed can help to answer those questions. Insurance agents working on crop damage claims rely on remotely sensed images of fields before and after the storm. Lawyers and land owners debating meandering waters have relied on satellite images as well. All do so based on science that came out of the work of Loveland. Not just in South Dakota, but across the nation and the globe.

Raymond Peterson: Mr. South Dakota Performing and Visual Arts, 2018 Inductee

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An invitation to serve as a vocalist for the 1966 Miss South Dakota Pageant led to a 50-year commitment to the Miss South Dakota and Miss America Organizations as a scriptwriter, designer, producer, director, and nationally renowned pageant judge. Ray Peterson displayed his talents in music and art early in life singing for church, school and community events, designing prize-winning parade floats, decorating store-front display windows and producing plays in the basement of his parents’ general store. Thus began a lifetime dedication to both the Performing and the Visual Arts.


In January, 1971, while serving as a U.S. Army Transportation Specialist in Vietnam, Ray was awarded The Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Achievement. He began his 40-year tenure at South Dakota State University in the fall of 1971 garnering both state and national recognition while guiding and changing young people’s lives for the better as a teacher in speech communication and theatre; as a scenic artist and technical director for over 200 stage productions; as an advisor to the Alpha Psi Omega Dramatics Fraternity; as the producer of South Dakota Proud; as a director of musical theatre; as Administrator of the State University Theatre program; and as a highly respected judicator in both Oral Interpretation and One-Act Plays for the South Dakota High School Activities Association.

Marilyn Hohm Hoyt: Public Service Innovator, 2018 Inductee

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Marilyn has served her community and South Dakota in many capacities that have advanced economic and quality of life issues across the state and for the generations. Marilyn began her long involvement with community and South Dakota with the Huron College in 1982 when she was elected to the Board of Trustees. She served for nearly 20 years and was board chairman when the school transitioned from a church-related institution to the private sector as a campaign was waged to save it.  She also delivered the commencement address in three different decades, including 2005 at the final graduation from the school as it was closing its doors. Marilyn was a founding member of the Spirit of Dakota Commission that has honored statewide Women Leaders who represent South Dakota in social, economic and cultural impacts. Marilyn’s impact in the Huron community has influenced statewide outcomes. She was the chair of several economic and quality of life projects such as, a wellness facility – now the Nordby Center, a $2 million renovation of the Crossroads Hotel, the Huron Event Center taskforce; and in 2013 served as fundraising and marketing chair, raising $4 million in six weeks to redevelop the former college campus into a first-class water park, city park and educational center. Marilyn has also served on the South Dakota Board of Education, Christen-Hohm-Lusk Foundation Board, the Spirit of Dakota Award Society. and currently is a Board member for the South Dakota Community Foundation.


Rod Parry, Medical Education Trailblazer, 2018 Inductee

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Rod Parry, MD has dedicated his life to improving health and medical education in South Dakota and beyond. For 36 years, culminating in his role as that University of South Dakota (USD) Medical School Dean, he taught and influenced generations of physicians and medical professionals. As one of the first pulmonologists in the state, Dr. Parry’s insistence on innovation, along with his legendary bedside manner, helped to bring new treatment options to South Dakota, and improve the quality of healthcare throughout the region. A modest man, he would not be the one to mention his significant research work in respiratory disease and the genetics of asthma, although he co-authored articles in highly distinguished journals. During his career, Dr. Parry remained active in a variety of professional organizations and served as president of the South Dakota State Medical Association and rose to become a Master of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Parry also served as the director of the South Dakota Cystic Fibrosis Center. His many national roles, including as chair of the USD Medical School Section for the AMA, allowed South Dakota to have a significant influence upon the standards of medical education for the physicians of America.