Springfield Public Schools to Induct Three into Hall of Fame

Springfield Public Schools has announced three inductees in the 2019 Hall of Fame class.

C. David Andereck, Timothy A. Garrison, and Larry Hartley will be honored and officially inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony Thursday, October 17, at the John A. & Ginny Morris Conversation Education Center.

The SPS Hall of Fame honors “outstanding graduates whose education has been a cornerstone of their success.”

David Andereck, emeritus professor of physics at Ohio State University, had an exceptional educational record at Springfield Public Schools, skipping two elementary school grades and graduating at age 16.

He credits his teachers with enhancing his love of science and math which lead him to a physics degree from Missouri State University and eventually a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

Andereck has been a researcher for NASA, a book author, and has published over 130 professional articles and papers. The person who nominated him called Andereck the “Neil deGrasse Tyson of Springfield Public Schools.”

He also has a passion for helping students who love physics, funding scholarships for those students to advance their education.

Tim Garrison, the United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, has spent his life in service to others. After graduating from SPS, he attended Drury University before attending Marine Corps Officer Candidates School.

He served on active duty as a military prosecutor and is a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has multiple military decorations, including the Combat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy & Marine Corps Commendation medals, and the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

He served 10 years as assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District in Springfield before assuming his current position. He is also a Deputy Legal Counsel in the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.

Larry Hartley has had an out of this world career since graduating from Springfield Public Schools, spending almost 30 years working with NASA at the Johnson Space Center.

Hartley’s work supported the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions.

Hartley landed a job with NASA right out of college after a random phone call to one of his professors. Trajectory techniques designed by Hartley extended the lunar stay time for all flights following Apollo 11. He also supported Apollo 9’s rehearsal, and the missions of Apollo 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17.

After his time with NASA, Hartley worked with private companies to determine the cause of the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger, and helped develop new technology that helped resume the Space Shuttle missions.

The ceremony for the three inductees will begin at noon with lunch with official inductions to follow.