(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander Valley Education Foundation will be hosting a reception for it’s 2013 Hall of Fame inductees on Friday July 5th in the Lander Valley HIgh School Commons. Inductees this year are Joyce Rountree, Wayne M. Coates, Jr., and James L. Livingston.
Joyce Rountree taught for 17 years at LVHS in the Business department, 10 of which she was department chair. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Wyoming. Upon her retirement, she served on the Fremont County Library Board and the CWC Board of Vocational Studies. She volunteered helping with literacy programs and tutored both homebound students wanting to finish degrees at CWC and adults reentering the workplace. She was a friend and mentor to many students and faculty, and touched many lives with her friendship, service, and small, unheralded acts of kindness. Mrs. Rountree expected the best out of everyone; she would always say “she never had a bad kid.”
Wayne M. Coates Jr. was born in Meade, Colorado and enlisted in the US Air Force, to serve in the Korean War. Upon his return to the States, he enrolled at Colorado State University and later transferred to the University of Northern Colorado, where he received his master’s degree in business. He played baseball in school and went on to play in the College World Series in 1957. He was inducted in to the UNC baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. Mr. Coates married Carol Parker in Lander in 1956. He was a teacher, coach and business manager. Wayne served his educational community for a total of thirty‐four years—seventeen as classroom business teacher and coach, and seventeen years as FCSD#1 Business Manager, where his duties included District Transportation, Maintenance, and food Services. It was said that Mr. Coates did not separate teaching from coaching; coaching was teaching, only in a different location. He was recognized by his state‐wide peer groups as a leader and to many, a mentor. He was a positive role model to his students, fellow faculty & staff, his family, and the Lander community.
James L. Livingston, was born in Lander in 1922 and spent much of his youth in Dubois. He attended FCVHS and graduated in 1941. Right after high school, he joined the Navy and was assigned to a torpedo squadron as a radioman/gunner. He served our country in combat duties from 1942‐1944. In 1946 he married Ruth Jackson, and they have been together ever since. Having been shot down in the Pacific Ocean and rescued by a submarine, Mr. Livingston received the Distinguished Flying Cross Medal from the Navy. He used his GI Bill to attend the University of Arizona, where he graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1957. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a year of specialized training. He worked for an aerospace company to develop wind tunnels for the US Air Force. In 1962, Jim became the lead engineer for electrical controls on the Saturn V booster rocket. At the end of the Apollo program, he was assigned the job of lead engineer for the design of the Space Shuttle controls. He finished out his career on the GPS Navistar program and considers this “to be the most useful thing I ever did”.