3 graduates join Alexandria Alumni Hall of Fame
Dr. Terry Quist, Lisa Grimes, and Dr. Thomas Kiehne each graduated from high school in Alexandria.
ALEXANDRIA — Three Alexandria High School graduates will be inducted into the district's Alumni Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 30.
Dr. Terry Quist, class of 1971, retired Alexandria School District superintendent and current co-owner of True North Consulting Partners, an educational consulting firm. Quist worked for 38 years as a public education teacher, coach, curriculum director and superintendent. During his interim he directed two major building projects and facilitated a community planning process for AAHS. Quist was also an Alexandria Cardinal Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame Honoree in 2018.
Lisa Grimes, class of 1978, current director of instruction at Alexandria Golf Club and Apache Creek Golf Club in Arizona. Grimes is also presently a participant on the LPGA Legends Tour. Her local contributions include director of Alexandria Junior Golf Academy, former head pro at Geneva Golf Club, and former owner of Geneva Golf Academy. In 2016 she was inducted into the Minnesota Golf Hall of Fame and was named the LPGA National Club Pro Champion. Over the years, she has qualified for eight U.S. Opens, once as an amateur, and seven times as a pro.
Dr. Thomas Kiehne, class of 1965, retired from a broad-spectrum career encompassing the highest levels of military, government and academic service, along with substantial research experience. Kiehne had a 22-year military career, including roles as West Point instructor, and ending as technical program director. He served as the principal liaison between the military services, U.S. Congress and industrial research partners through DARPA. Kiehne was also a senior lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department and taught in the Aerospace Engineering Department at UT-Austin. Lastly, he was a research engineer at the Applied Research Laboratories, where his research focused on several large projects connected to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army.
The Alumni Hall of Fame was created in 2007 through the Alexandria Education Foundation as a means to honor graduates, or any staff or faculty member who has earned distinction or achievement in their professional field. The Alexandria Education Foundation supports educational excellence and a passion for learning by partnering with the Alexandria community. Their focus is on funding projects above and beyond the scope of the state budget and local tax dollars.
The hall of fame recipients will be inducted at the recognition luncheon at noon on Friday, Sept. 30, and they will be invited to be grand marshals during the homecoming community parade as part of homecoming festivities that afternoon.
“The hall of fame event is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the incredible talent fostered by the Alexandria Public School system," said executive director Kelli Minnerath in a press release. “We are looking forward to recognizing this year’s class of Inductees and all of their successes and accomplishments.”
Luncheon tickets cost $30 and are available for purchase at Cherry Street Books, Elden’s Food Fair, and online at bit.ly/3Gufeqs.