MONTICELLO – The 2020 and 2021 Monticello Hall of Fame recipients have been announced.
The 2020 recipients are Marian Perkins Fox and Robert “Bob” Montgomery.
The recipients for 2021 are Mike Koon and Eric Stiverson.
Here’s a little more about each Hall of Fame inductee.
Marian Perkins Fox
Marian Perkins was the promotion major of the Monticello high school class in 1942. She has spent her life demonstrating “The Power of One” – the power of one passionate person to make the world a better place.
Marian was offered two scholarships at the University of Illinois. Although the girls were discouraged from studying science, Marian chose the chemistry scholarship. She graduated with great distinction in three and a half years, setting the example of a pioneer. After college, she married and moved to Madison, Wisconsin. Expecting her first child, she became a teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin at a time when women were generally banned from working when pregnant, resisting social pressure.
In the 1950s, Marian moved to the suburbs of Washington, DC. As a mother of four sons, she served the PTA as a Maryland State Historian and magazine editor, eventually becoming chair of the PTA’s Montgomery County Council, advancing the interests of the schools’ 125,000 students. county public officials as an advocate for children.
In the 1970s, Marian became a professional in federal health policy and turned to the League of Women Voters. She edited the League’s Voter’s Guide and developed programs to encourage new immigrants to participate in the political process. She pioneered the now national model of using the LWV to monitor voting sites.
Marian has sewn extraordinary and award-winning quilts for her local public library, regional county government center, religious shrine, and Ronald McDonald House at the National Children’s Hospital. Montgomery County Council declared her 80th birthday to be “Marian Fox Day,” in honor of her life “full of joy, professional achievement and volunteer service for the common good.” She also received the county’s Path of Achievement Award for community service to an elderly person.
Marian Fox passed away on May 21, 2020 at the age of 95.
Robert “Bob” Montgomery
Robert “Bob” Montgomery graduated from Monticello High School in 1963. Bob was a starter for two years on the basketball and football teams and was honored, as a senior, to be selected in the Okaw Valley All-Conference team. A member of the National Honor Society, he has also served as president and vice-president of its junior and senior classes.
Bob continued his education by attending and graduating from Illinois Wesleyan University. He was honored to serve Illinois Wesleyan as vice president and chairman of the Senate studying his junior and senior years. Bob then received a master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Illinois in 1968 and was appointed a second lieutenant in the Illinois National Guard in 1972.
After graduation, Bob taught in the Bement school system for two years, then returned to his alma mater as the Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Giving at Illinois Wesleyan for four years. He then moved to Phillips University, now known as Northern Oklahoma College in Enid, Oklahoma, where he served as Director of Development and Assistant to the President from 1973 to August 1976. Bob and his wife, Peggy, were active in all the communities they lived in.
Bob’s successful career and life were cut short when he was killed in a car crash in the fall of 1976. After his death, Illinois Wesleyan created the Robert M. Montgomery Outstanding Young Alumni Award which will be presented each year. year to a young alumnus for an exceptional professional. and civic leadership. Phillips University renamed part of the Gantz Student Center to Montgomery Hall in his honor. One of the streets on campus was called “Montgomery Avenue”.
In 1977, Monticello High School created the Bob Montgomery Memorial MVP Award which is presented annually to the most valuable basketball player.
Bob Montgomery has probably accomplished more in his nine years after college than most people in their lifetime.
University of Illinois track and field fans have grown accustomed to hearing Mike Koon’s voice. Since 1998, Mike has advertised women’s basketball games for Illini Sports Network and WDWS radio. Over the years, the 1989 Monticello graduate has served as the full-time public announcer for Illini football, volleyball and softball while also being a regular voice in the State Farm Center arena for Illini men’s basketball. . He was the narrator of “Seniors to Remember”, a tribute to the careers of the greats of Illini Dee Brown and James Augustine.
Since being in single digits, Mike has had a passion to be behind the microphone. From an early age, he went behind the scenes at Sages football games by playing “play-by-play” on his portable tape recorder and was the field announcer for the Little League matches in Monticello. While still in high school, he made his on-air debut as the play-by-play voice of the Wise Men football and basketball games on WVLJ radio, covering teams that sank in. in the playoffs. He won the Rotary Shield Award in his senior year and was honored by the Sons of the American Revolution MHS.
Mike pursued his art at North Central College, where he announced high school and college games for campus radio station WONC, which each year won college radio’s highest honor, the Marconi Award, for l athletic excellence.
In addition to his work as a sports announcer, after being named North Central’s Most Outstanding Journalism Student, Mike spent a combined 19 years in sports public relations in North Central and Illinois. In 1995, he won the Dissinger Award for Administrative Managers as North Central College Staff Member of the Year.
He was the lead publicist for the cross country and track programs for the NCAA Champions North Central, the Illinois National Volleyball Team and the Big Ten Men’s Golf Team, the Illini Champion.
Mike has supported media communications efforts at the Big Ten Men’s basketball tournament, for the Sugar and Florida Citrus Bowls and for nearly a dozen Women’s Final Fours.
Mike spent seven years in communications and marketing at the University of Illinois’ Grainger College of Engineering and is the director of sports, events and film for Visit Champaign County.
Locally, Mike has served as Alderman on Monticello City Council, has been a mentor in the CU 1-to-1 Mentorship Program and has been active in the Monticello Summer Singers.
He and his wife, Samantha, live in Monticello and have a daughter, Stella.
Eric Stiverson was a graduate of Monticello High School in 1990. Mr. Stiverson was an athlete in three sports and received college letters in track and field, basketball and football. He was co-captain of his football team in his senior year and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In addition to athletics, he was an avid outdoorsman and very active with the Boy Scouts of America. He received the rank of Eagle Scout after renovating the Lincoln-Douglas Historical Marker south of Monticello. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
In 1991, Mr. Stiverson began his law enforcement career in the United States Marine Corps as a military police officer assigned to Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) in Quantico, Va. . In 1993, President George Busch awarded Mr. Stiverson the Presidential Service Badge for Honorable Service in the White House. HMX-1 is a Marine Corps helicopter squadron responsible for transporting the President and Vice President of the United States, DOD officials, visiting heads of state, and other personalities designated by the military bureau of the White House. Mr. Stiverson served two presidents from 1991 to 1995 and conducted missions throughout the United States, Canada, Western Europe and Japan. In 1996, Mr. Stiverson completed active service as a sergeant in the Provost Marshal’s Office, Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Va.
After leaving the military, Mr. Stiverson attended Illinois State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. From 2005 to 2012, Mr. Stiverson was Deputy Sheriff for the Piatt County Sheriff’s Office in Monticello, Ill., Where he was assigned to patrol. In 2012, Mr. Stiverson transferred to the University of Illinois Police Department in Urbana, Ill., Where he is currently a detective.
Mr. Stiverson has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years and has experience in several high profile homicide investigations throughout his career. He is a member of the Champaign County Multi-Jurisdictional Investigation Team and has been a state-certified senior homicide investigator since 2015. Mr. Stiverson has served as a police liaison for numerous committees in the ‘University of Illinois, especially affected students, a response to awareness bias. Rape Prevention Team and Committee. Mr. Stiverson was also an instructor at the University of Illinois Police Training Institute.
Mr. Stiverson has been married to his wife, Karen, for almost 20 years. They reside with their three children – Elizabeth, Ashley and William – in Monticello, IL.