The Gillhouses met at Culver-Stockton and have spent their careers working as educators on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana. Cathy graduated with her bachelor’s degree in music education, and Jim graduated with his bachelor’s in history.
After her college career, Cathy dedicated herself to bringing music to the lives of children. Her Show Choir took small town students all over the country. Her students were able to represent the Flathead Reservation to audiences in Los Angeles, Seattle and Missouri. She also produced a choreographed variety show, “Cabaret,” for 30 years.
“This is such a wonderful honor. I am honored to be here with my husband,” says Cathy. “I went to work every day for 31 years and I did what teachers are supposed to do. I had no idea I would ever be recognized in this way.”
After Jim finished his degree at Culver-Stockton, he was drafted into service during the Vietnam war. After he returned, he moved to Montana to be with Cathy. He also went on to receive another bachelor’s degree in K-12 education and a Master’s in School Administration from the University of Montana. Jim was the principal of Ronan School District for 24 years.
“I am truly honored and humbled by this opportunity. C-SC really means so much to me. I had the opportunity to learn by traveling and experiencing things at C-SC. It changed my life,” says Jim.
Hogan graduated from Culver-Stockton in 1977 with his degree in elementary education. After he left C-SC, he took a job teaching in Hannibal as an elementary teacher. He taught in Hannibal while he was earning his Master’s degree in School Administration for Northeast Missouri State. He then went on to become the Principal of LaGrange and Ewing Elementary in Lewis County C-1, and finally the principal of McIntire Elementary School in Fulton, Mo.
Hogan has also been active and held offices in many organizations, including the board of trustees for the Fulton YMCA, the president of Fulton Parks and Recreation. He was also selected as the Missouri National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals in 1999.
“When I started at Culver-Stockton, I would have never thought I would receive recognition like this,’ says Hogan. “C-SC gave me friendship, fraternity and a future.”
A banquet was held in their honor during Homecoming weekend. They also participated in a Q&A panel for students, the community and local media. A donation in their honor was made by the Department of Education at C-SC to the education scholarship fund.
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