2018 Gala Hall of Fame

2018 honorees are:

Byron S. Bagby, Major General, US Army (Retired), graduated from FHS in 1974 and then from Westminster College.  He later earned a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In 2011, he was presented with the Westminster College Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award. General Bagby served for 33 years in the United States Army and is a retired Major General.  His awards and decorations include:  two Distinguished Service Medals; four Defense Superior Service Medals; and two Legion of Merit.  He is currently the managing partner of BMB Solutions, an independent consulting firm focusing on executive leadership development and coaching, strategy development and international business development.

William (Bill) F. Baker, PE, SE, FASCE, FIStrutE, NAE, FREng, graduated from FHS in 1971, and then from the University of Missouri, going on to become a structural engineer.  Later degrees included a masters degree and two honorary doctorates.  He has been with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago, IL for more than 35 years. Bill is internationally known for his structural engineering innovation.  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and an International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK).  He is the recipient of multiple national and international awards.  Bill is noted for having designed the structural system that enabled construction of the world’s tallest human-made structure, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Milia Islam-Majeed, MTS, Nonprofit executive, left FHS in 1997 and attended Westminster College, followed by graduate work at Harvard University where she earned a Masters in Theological Studies of the World Religions and Anthropology.  She has consistently followed her passion for social justice and inter-faith initiatives.  Milia has been recognized by the USA Network, NAACP, and Fetzer Institute where she served as an advisor on the Council on World Religions and Spiritualities.  She is a frequent guest lecturer around the world focusing on the importance of creating a world defined by compassion.  Currently she is the executive director of the South Coast Interfaith Council serving approximately 1.8 million people in southern California.

Jerry D. Kennett, M.D., FACC, MACC, is a 1965 FHS graduate who then attended Westminster, followed by medical school at the University of Missouri.  He is a founding member of the Missouri Cardiovascular Specialists and pioneered the interventional cardiology program at Boone Hospital Center.  Jerry has been actively involved in organized medicine on both the state and national levels for over 35 years.  He is past-president of the Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA) and former member of the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology, where he currently serve on several national committees.  Strong in community involvement, Jerry has served on Westminster College’s Board of Trustees, including as it’s president, and received the MU Alumni Achievement Award.