MERCER – Two graduates of Mercer Area School District have been inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.
A ceremony was held April 30 for Dr. William H. Crawford, class of 1949, and Nicole Renee (Suhrie) Ryan, class of 2003, according to a news release from the district.
Crawford received a bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1953. He was then stationed in Germany until 1955 as a lieutenant in the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army.
After his military service, Crawford earned his doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania.
He ran a veterinarian practice for large and small animals in the Mercer area from 1959 to 2007. He remains active by supporting the Mercer County Animal Response Team and has traveled to Mexico to vaccinate dogs and cats.
Ryan graduated from Washington and Jefferson College with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology.
She has become a successful watercolorist, oil painter, and muralist. Her work can be seen in New York City, Cleveland, Chicago, Miami and Pittsburgh.
In 2015, Ryan was awarded a residency with the New York Student’s League at Vytacil and a fellowship at VCCA. In 2016, she was nominated for the Pittsburgh Emerging Artist of the Year.
In 2017, she received a Flight School fellowship from the Heinz Foundation. Also, her Mercer railroad station mural has been featured in the borough since 2015.
The Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have brought distinction, honor and excellence to Mercer High School.