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First distinguished alumni recognized in Sycamore

Published: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – Sycamore High School Alumni Association leaders are recognizing three distinguished alumni today during a fundraiser.

The initial inductees for the new program are: Yvonne Johnson, who has had a 58-year career with Sycamore School District 427; David Juday, chairman of IDEAL Industries; and Gary Seegers, CEO of Driv-Lok, according to a news release.

Johnson, of the Class of 1947, taught for two years in a one-room schoolhouse, before starting to teach at West Elementary School in 1953 and ending her career working in the Learning Center and tutoring students in 2011, according to a news release. She’s also has received a certificate of honor for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Math Teaching, a Clifford Danielson Outstanding Citizen Award from the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce and an honorary doctorate from District 427.

Juday, of the Class of 1962, began his career with IDEAL Industries in 1972, serving as chairman of the board and CEO from 1984 until 1999. He also was a 10-year member of the Illinois State Board of Education and served on the District 427 board. He’s been active with the DeKalb County Community Foundation, the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation, Kishwaukee Hospital Foundation and the Sycamore Rotary, among others.

Seegers, of the Class of 1968, became CEO and majority stockholder of Driv-Lok in January 2006. He’s served on the boards of the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce, Northern Illinois University Executive Advisors to the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, and the Rockford Civic League.

The trio will be recognized today at the Sycamore Education Foundation’s Take Root fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. at the Jane Fargo Hotel in downtown Sycamore. Each inductee also will be displayed at Sycamore High School in a new display case donated by an alumnus.

For more information about the Sycamore Alumni Association, see www.sycamorehsalumni.com.

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