PAULDING – Three Paulding High School graduates will be inducted into the Academic Hall of Fame in May.

During the commencement exercise on Sunday, May 26, the latest hall of fame class naming John Mohr (Class of 1958), Dr. Martin Baughman (Class of 1964) and Dr. Greg Ordway (Class of 1974) to the distinguished list will be inducted. The commencement will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.

John Mohr

Class of 1958

John graduated from Paulding High School as a member of the Class of 1958. In his junior year he was inducted into the first National Honor Society at Paulding High School. John attended Tri State College for one year before transferring into the five-year Electrical Engineering program at The Ohio State University. He received the bachelor of electrical engineering degree in 1963. While a student at Ohio State, John was inducted into two engineering honorary societies: Eta Kappa Nu (electrical engineering) and Tau Beta Pi (engineering)

After graduation, John began his employment at The Magnavox Company’s Government and Industrial Division in Fort Wayne. Through a number of early job assignments, John’s skills were recognized and he moved into positions with increasing responsibility. One of his many achievements was in 1990 when John was given complete responsibility for the financial management and the technical design team that developed the MXF-420 Multi-band, Multimode SATCOM radio (later nomenclatured the AN/PSC-5). With no equivalent product to modify, this team, in a period of 13 months and a budget of $2.5 million, developed a completely new radio and fabricated four bid samples that were delivered to the U.S. Government. This product led to the award of the Enhanced Manpack UHF Terminal (EMUT) contract from CECOM. Over 25,000 (including variants) of this radio were delivered to the U.S. Army.

While working on these projects at Magnavox, John continued educational pursuits receiving the MSEE degree from Purdue University in 1967 and the MSBA degree from Indiana University in 1977. In 1997 John received a Certificate in Systems Engineering (14.4 credits) from the University of California at Irvine. During his career at Magnavox (later acquired by Raytheon) John was awarded two patents. He also had three technical papers published in national media including “System Approach to the Design of Automatic Gain Control” which he presented at the RF EXPO 1988 in Los Angeles, California. He is a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a former member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

John retired in 2010 after 47 years of employment with Raytheon and two years of employment with Lockheed Martin. At the time John retired from Raytheon, his job title was Engineer Scientist, the highest technical grade level in the company.

John has always been grateful for the education he received through Paulding Exempted Village Schools, especially in mathematics, chemistry and English. This solid background was the foundation upon which he built in his studies at Ohio State.

John is married to the former Carolyn Miller of Paulding. They have five children (one deceased) and 16 grandchildren. John and Carolyn now reside in Grabill, Ind., near three of their children.

Martin Baughman – Class of 1964

After graduating from high school Dr. Baughman entered the School of Engineering at Ohio Northern University. In 1968 he graduated with highest honors and was awarded a bachelor of science in electrical engineering (BSEE) degree. In 1968 he was awarded a National Science Foundation Traineeship and enrolled in graduate school at the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering. In 1970 he graduated with a master of science in electrical engineering (MSEE) degree. That same year he received a Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowship to fund his continuing studies at MIT, whereupon in 1972 he was awarded a doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree. After continuing his PhD research for three more years at MIT, he joined the research staff and the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin in 1975.

He served on the faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UT Austin for 27 years. He authored or co-authored over 150 papers, book chapters, book reviews and technical reports spanning topics in the business of the electric power industry, including electric power transmission planning, the economics of electricity supply and demand, electric power generating technologies, issues in electric utility finance, regulation and deregulation, and electric power system modeling.

In 1979 he co-authored a book on electricity supply planning titled Electric Power in the United States: Models and Policy Analysis. From 1984 to 1986 he was selected to chair a National Research Council Committee that investigated the relationships between electricity and economic growth in the U.S. He has served as an expert witness in several legal proceedings on matters being adjudicated in the electric power industry. In 2002 he retired from teaching at UT Austin and became a full-time consultant.

Dr. Baughman is currently a Professor Emeritus at UT Austin and a transmission consultant to businesses developing utility scale electric power generation projects that use renewable energy resources. He attributes any success he has had in his life’s endeavors, in part, to the education and work ethic he learned while a student at PHS.

He and his wife Yvonne currently reside in Austin, Texas. He has two sons, Steven and James, and four granddaughters.

Greg Ordway – Class of 1974

Gregory A. Ordway graduated from Paulding High School in 1974. He received a B.S. in pharmacy and a Ph.D. in pharmacology from the Ohio State University, after which he completed a three-year fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in neuropsychopharmacology.

Dr. Ordway’s first academic appointment was at Case Western Reserve University, where he began his research on the biology of depression and suicide. In 1993, Dr. Ordway moved to the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC) where he served as director of the Division of Neurobiology and Behavior Research. In 2002, he founded the federally funded Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience at UMC, a center devoted to facilitating the psychiatry research careers of young faculty. He later assumed the role of assistant vice chancellor for research at UMC. At UMC, he received the Bronze, Gold and Platinum Awards for excellence in research and was named a Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor.

In 2005, Dr. Ordway assumed leadership of the Department of Pharmacology at the Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). In 2012, he was administratively responsible for merging five basic science departments at the medical school to one department, of which he served as interim chair until 2014. During this time, he was the principal investigator of a federal grant that provided the renovation of the primary research facility at ETSU.

At ETSU, he received the University President’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, as well as the Jack L. Beal Postbaccalaureate Award from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy (for outstanding contributions made to the pharmaceutical sciences), and two Distinguished Investigator Awards for suicide research from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Dr. Ordway provides professional review service for grant applications to federal and private agencies, and for numerous scientific journals. He has published over 85 articles and one book on the biology of mental illness. Over the course of his academic career, Dr. Ordway has garnered over $25 million in grants from National Institutes of Health, national foundations and the pharmaceutical industry to support biomedical research. The goal of his own research has been to study the human brain pathology of depressive disorders and suicide as means to identify novel biological targets for the development of more effective drug treatments. His most recent research has identified a potentially novel class of drugs for treatment-resistant depression.

Dr. Ordway currently serves as senior advisor to the dean for research, and professor in the Departments of Biomedical Sciences and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Quillen College of Medicine at ETSU.

He has two sons (Benjamin and Adam) and lives in eastern Tennessee, where he enjoys mountain biking, hiking and kayaking in the southern Appalachian Mountains.