Appleton West to induct four into alumni Hall of Fame

Written by: Jen Zettel, Post-Crescent Media
September 23, 2014

APPLETON – Four alumni will be inducted into the Appleton West Hall of Fame on Thursday, joining 47 others who have received the honor since the hall of fame’s start in 1998.

Alumni are chosen based on academic and professional achievements, awards, recognitions and civic achievements. An induction ceremony will take place during homecoming festivities.

This year’s inductees include:

Arnie D. Fielkow, class of 1974. Fielkow is the president and chief executive officer of the National Basketball Retired Players Association, the official alumni association for professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, WNBA and the Harlem Globetrotters. Prior to his involvement in the NBRPA, Fielkow spent six years on the New Orleans City Council, and helped rebuild the city following Hurricane Katrina. He ran for public office after working as the executive vice president of the New Orleans Saints from 2000 to 2005.

Bob Landis, class of 1958. An Emmy-award winning cinematographer, Landis has filmed wildlife in Yellowstone National Park for more than 40 years. Landis uses his footage to advocate for wildlife and promote an understanding and appreciation for wildlife. He has filmed and co-produced more than 20 films.

Carol Ann Piette, “Sister Carla,” class of 1957. As a member of the Maryknoll Sisters, Sister Carla dedicated her life to serving the poor and marginalized, first in Chile from 1964 to 1979. She taught children and later lived among impoverished families.

She moved to El Salvador in 1980, risking her life to deliver food and emergency supplies to poor women and children caught in the midst of civil war. She died on Aug. 23, 1980, when a flash flood swept her away while she was transporting a released prisoner. The Salvadorans named her “Angel of Charity.” Each year local villagers gather in her memory at the river where she died.

Ethel Courtois Keller, class of 1939. Together with her husband John (Jack) Keller, Courtois Keller founded J. J. Keller & Associates in November 1953. She served as assistant vice president, social services officer and as a member of the corporation’s board of directors. The Keller Foundation was established in 1990 in honor of Courtois Keller’s 70th birthday. Since then, millions of dollars have been distributed to nonprofit organizations in the Fox Valley. She passed away in 2004.

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