KMEA Hall of Fame
1975
Frank A. Beach
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1975
Walter J. Duerksen
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1975
E. Thayer Gaston
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1975
Henry Edward Malloy
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1975
Russell L. Wiley
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1976
Albert W. Hodges
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1976
Harold G. Palmer
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1977
Gerald M. Carney
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1977
James L. Kerr
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1977
Kenneth Thompson
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1978
William G. Altimari
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1978
J. Milford Crabb
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1978
Arthur G. Harrell
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1978
N. Voss Napier
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1978
Robert Senner
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1978
Catharine Strouse
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1979
Wayne Snodgrass
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1979
Ross O. Williams
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1980
Howard B. Harms
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1980
F. Robert Hollowell
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1980
Grace V. Wilson
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1981
William H. Beck
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1981
Elmer L. Snell
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1981
Les Sperling
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1982
James Ceasar
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1982
James P. Robertson
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1982
Joseph J. Weigand
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1983
Matt Betton
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1983
Jessie Lillian Clark
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1983
Genevieve F. Hargiss
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1983
Leoti Hall Newland
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1984
Howard Ellis
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1984
Curt Engwicht
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1985
Paul Chilen
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1985
David T. Lawson
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1985
Ralph Wallingford
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1986
J. Abbie Clarke Hogan
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1986
Markwood Holmes
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1986
Herbert C. Richert
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1987
Dale P. Creitz
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1987
August S. Trollman
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1987
Joyce Wentz
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1988
Howard Halgedahl
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1989
Wendell L. Hodges
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1989
Clayton H. Krehbiel
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1989
E. Edwin Moyers
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1990
Lyle Dilley
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1991
Kenneth B. Tebow
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1991
Paul W. Wohlgemuth
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1992
William H. Stoskopf
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1993
Ed Craig
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1993
Forrest Davidson
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1994
Gary Fletcher
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1994
James L. Hardy
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1995
Harold A. Decker
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1995
Marilyn Killian
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1996
Cecil J. Riney
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1996
Norma Jean Seaton
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1996
Dan Zollars
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1997
Donald Corbett
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1997
James S. Ralston
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1998
Larry J. Harris
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1999
Floyd Carl Hedberg
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1999
Robert A. Steinbauer
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2000
Phyllis Glass
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2000
Joe Graves
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2000
Vernon Nicholson
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2001
Harrison Boughton
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2001
Ray Linder
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2001
Rudolf E. Radocy
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2001
David S. Stuewe
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2002
David E. Circle
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2002
Melbern W. Nixon
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2002
Larry R. Williams
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2003
George N. Heller
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2004
Marilyn Foree
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2005
John Albertson
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2005
Edwin E. Bartley
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2005
Vaughn A. Lippoldt
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2006
Dwight Beckham
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2006
Cliff Manning
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2006
Ken Shaheen
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2007
Jacquelyn Dillon-Krass
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2007
Robert Lee
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2009
Gayle McMillen
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2009
Melvin "Bud" Schuette
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2010
Steve E. Eubank
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2010
Kenneth Forsyth
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2010
Robert Foster
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2010
David Gish
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2011
Jack Samuel Ballard
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2011
Suzanne "Sam" Stricklin
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2012
Daniel Commerford
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2012
Marlin Cooper
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2012
Janeal Crabb Krehbiel
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2013
William "Bill" Lilley
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2013
Victor R. Sisk
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2013
David K. Will
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2014
Dana Hamant
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2014
John Huber
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2014
Walter "Bud" Meisel
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2014
Jean Severance Ney
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2015
Ray James
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2015
Arthur Jay Steinberg
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2016
Kathlyn M. Lindberg
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2016
Texanna Ollenberger
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2016
Holly Taylor
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2016
John W. Taylor
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2017
Terry J. Barham
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2017
Elaine Denise Bernstorf
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2017
Patricia Lee Harry
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2017
Marion King Roberts
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2017
John Jay Selzer
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Jean Severance Ney
Inducted in 2014

Jean Severance Ney credits any career success she has garnered to her parents, Dr. Bob and Dorcas Severance. They chose to raise their family near Beloit in North Central Kansas. There, the musical opportunities and education she received prepared her for life in the big city. Upon her graduation from Kansas State University, Jean taught band for three years in the Marion-Florence schools. The communities were very arts-oriented, and she would have stayed there if her new husband, Timothy, had not gone back to school near Kansas City. Jean was hired by the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools as the first female secondary band and orchestra instructor in 1978. Working in the ethnically diverse community with children whose greatest common denominator was poverty became her life mission. Putting beauty in the lives of those for whom not much beauty existed was her career objective.

In 1993 Jean was asked to move into the Music Supervisor role for the fifty KCKPS schools. She served in that capacity under her mentor, Dr. John Albertson, until his retirement in 2000. At that time a consolidation of administrative roles in the district occurred, and Jean was appointed the Coordinator of Fine Arts (Visual Art, Music, Theatre, & Dance) and Physical Education. In this new role she quickly learned the difference between kiln models as well as the finer points of buying rubber chickens. Her biggest asset in her role, though, was the superb Art, Music, Theatre, Dance, and PE staff members who also had dedicated their lives to teaching children in the urban core. The KCKPS Board of Education and the five district superintendents she served were extremely supportive of the arts. One example of that support was their funding of Arts Partners, a systemic K-12 arts program above and beyond the regular curriculum. A branch of Kansas City Young Audiences, Arts Partners became a national model for over thirty years. It has enabled thousands of urban students to experience the plethora of live arts programming and concerts available in the metropolitan area at no cost. During Jean's tenure in KCK three major grants were received in the Fine Arts Department. Partnering with the University of Kansas, well over $1.5 million USDE dollars helped KCKPS teachers study everything from how to teach music in a cross-curricular, technology rich environment to Skillful Thinking in the Arts.

Of course, one of the highlights of Jean's career was her involvement with KMEA. Serving first as the secretary for (then) District I, then as the Northeast District President, and then as State KMEA President, Jean treasured the dear music teacher friends that she made across the State and nation while serving the organization. Two of the major accomplishments during her stint as KMEA President included restructuring the entire ISW Finale Concerts so that all groups performed in the Century II Concert Hall, and the foundation of the KMEA Fund within the Greater Salina Community Foundation. Jean served on the Kansas State High School Activities Association advisory board for four years, and was honored by the board as the 2012 NFHS Music Educator of the Year.

In addition to her career in education, Jean served as Staff Organist/Pianist and Chancel Handbell Director for the Bonner Springs United Methodist Church for over thirty years and as the state registrar for the Kansas State Chapter of P.E.O. All of this would not have been possible, though, without the love and support of her dear family: husband Timothy, daughter Katie (Steve) Douglas, son Joshua (Carol) Ney, and her seven perfect grandchildren.