2017 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

April 29th, 2017

Salem Golf Club
1967 S. Lincoln Ave.
Salem, OH 44460

2017 Inductees

Class of 1951
Joseph Baronzzi

Class of 1962
Paul Kosower

Class of 1984
Joe Morenz

Class of 1966
Barbara Smith

Four outstanding graduates of David Anderson High School have been selected by the Lisbon Alumni Association for induction into the Alumni Hall of Fame. A dinner marking the induction of Joseph Baronzzi, Class of 1951; Paul Kosower, Class of 1962; Barbara Smith, Class of 1966; and Joe Morenz, Class of 1984, will be held April 29 at the Salem Golf Club.

Joseph Baronzzi practiced law in Lisbon from 1959 until 1988 when he retired. In the 1960s he was solicitor for the Village of Lisbon then was appointed assistant prosecuting attorney in the late 1960s. In 1972 he was elected Columbiana County Prosecutor and held the office until 1977. During that time he laid the groundwork for what would become the Columbiana County Drug Task Force. He operated the Baronzzi Law Office in Lisbon and mentored a number of young attorneys. In his free time, he was a member of the Kiwanis Club, taught CCD classes at St. George Catholic Church and was a member of the parish council and Knights of Columbus. In addition he was a 4-H advisor, raised Black Angus cattle on his farm south of Lisbon and was a member of the Columbiana County Steer Club. Baronzzi was also a foster parent and participated in the Friendly Town Project hosting inner city children for several summers. He and his wife Sally (Richardson) were among the founders of the Columbiana County Right to Life organization.

After retiring, he and his wife moved to Florida. They returned to Lisbon and again became active in the St. George church community. He is currently writing a book on the history of territorial and county prosecuting attorneys in the area.

Paul Kosower is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. While at the university he coordinated the String Division and conducted the Chamber Orchestra as well as teaching cello and organ. Kosower made his New York debut in Town Hall and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. For 10 years he toured with the Dolce Cello Trio performing with his son and daughter. The trio has been featured on Minesota Public Radio, Wiscnsin Public Radio and in the Dame Myra Hess memorial Concert Series in Breston Bradley Hall in Chicago. As a cello soloist, he has performed with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Mississippi Valley Orchestra of St. Paul and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

As an organist, Kosower has served churches in Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina and Wisconsin. His recitals were broadcast by Wisconsin Public Radio and he has given concerts throughout the United States. He was awarded numerous performance grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board, National Endowment for the Arts and University of Wisconsin – Eau Clair Faculty Development Grant. Kosower performs on a Giovanni Baptista Gabrielli Cello made in Florence Italy in 1751.

Barbara Smith has recently retired as professor and associate dean for research at Michigan State University College of Nursing. Previously she was with the University of Maryland School of Nursing as Associate Dean for Research from 2003 to 2011 and then professor and associate director of East African Initiatives. She worked as a senior scientist at the University of Alabama in a number of areas including the Comprehensive Cancer Center, Center for AIDS Research, Clinical Nutrition Research Center, Sparkman Center Scholar for International and Public Health Education. Her career also included teaching positions at the Ohio State University. Smith has been the recipient of research funding for a number of project as well as program funding grants. She has had many articles published in medical journals and health publications. Smith has been on a number of professional journals’ editorial board and has been a consultant for such organizations as the Clinton Foundation, World Health Organization, National Cancer Institute and Yale University’s School of Nursing. Smith earned a B.S. in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University, a Master’s degree in public health nursing also from Case Western Reserve and a Ph. D. from The Ohio State University.

Joe Morenz has focused his entrepreneurial abilities in Lisbon. He started a car cleaning business, purchased properties for rentals, and launched a rug cleaning business. While running his rug cleaning business, Serious Carpet Cleaning, he continues to be active and committed to the Lisbon community. Through the years, Morenz can be found at the local sports fields helping coach the youth of the area. Disappointed at the declining state of Lisbon’s Willow Grove Park, he started a project to rebuild the bridge that once spanned Beaver Creek. He used his artistic talents not for his own profit but to help the community. For several years he was a member of the Lisbon Village Council and recently was elected mayor of Lisbon. As mayor he is leading the effort to revitalize Lisbon’s downtown. He has been coordinating efforts of the town council and the Lisbon Chamber along with working with hired consultants that are making process toward bringing back Lisbon’s historic village center.

Tickets for the Lisbon Alumni Association Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony are $28 each. The buffet meal includes, stuffed chicken breast, sliced sirloin in gravy, cod franchise, parsley buttered redskin potatoes, green beans almandine, house salad, rolls & butter. There will be a cash bar. Tickets can be purchased by sending a check to Lisbon Alumni Association, P.O. Box 421, Lisbon, OH 44432 or at the Lisbon Chamber of Commerce office, 120 N. Market Street, Lisbon.