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Wall of Honor to add Felmlee, Featherstone

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Red Wing Minnesota 2760 North Service Drive / P.O. Box 15 55066

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What: SOAR's Wall of Honor ceremony

When: 12:30 p.m. Friday

Where: St. James Hotel's Hiawatha Room

Cost: $15 per person

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Red Wing High School's newest inductees into the Wall of Honor are an accomplished Mayo Clinic doctor and a recently retired school administrator.

School leaders will present Joel Felmlee and Don Featherstone with the recognition Friday at the St. James Hotel.

"The committee had no trouble selecting these two individuals as the 2009 Wall of Honor inductees," said Chad Bray, adviser for the Success Opportunity Achievement Recognition program, which bestows the Wall of Honor distinction.

Felmlee, a professor and consultant at Mayo's radiology, physiology and biomedical engineering departments, is a 1976 Red Wing Central High School graduate.

After completing undergraduate work at St. Mary's College in Winona, Felmlee went on to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received his master's degree in medical physics in 1983. He received his doctorate in biophysical sciences and biomedical imaging at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1992.

Felmlee has worked in Mayo's radiology department and as a research assistant at Mayo's graduate school. He has since headed Mayo's diagnostic radiology medical physics residency program and served as a consultant to the World Health Organization.

He began teaching at Mayo's College of Medicine in 1991 as an assistant professor. He was named a full professor of radiologic physics in 2004.

Felmlee has generated 14 patents, has been published more than 100 times and has received numerous awards for his work, including Mayo's biomedical engineering teacher of the year in 2000.

"The number of patents and published articles Mr. Felmlee has along with being Teacher of the Year at Mayo Clinic made selecting him an easy decision for the committee," Bray said.

Featherstone, 1971 Red Wing Central High School graduate, is a familiar face to many students and alumni.

He retired following the 2008-09 school year as the high school's assistant principal.

Featherstone came to the district in 1975 as a physical education teacher and aquatics director. The 195 Westmar (Iowa) College graduate became the high school's first competitive girls swimming and diving coach in 1978.

Featherstone, who received his master's in education at St. Mary's and received his administration license from the Mankato State University, served as Red Wing School District athletic director from 2001 to 2008.

"In addition to his coaching record and awards won throughout his career, the impact Mr. Featherstone has made on the entire school district made him an obvious choice for our committee," Bray said.

Featherstone received numerous awards as swimming and diving coach in a career that saw 672 wins and 224 losses. Between boys and girls swimming and diving, he was named Section 1 coach of the year seven times in the 1990s.

In 2000, Featherstone was named Minnesota State High School League Region 1AA coach of the year. He received numerous coach of the year honors in 1999 and 2000 for his work on boys and girls swimming teams.

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