The MSD of Martinsville has graduated thousands of people with rewarding careers, individuals who touch the lives of others – from artists, elected officials and CEOs, to doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs.  It is time to recognize their contributions through the newly established MSD of Martinsville Hall of Fame, an annual awards program and luncheon that also benefits the MSD of Martinsville Education Foundation.  But we need your help to launch this annual event.

Introduction of Committee


Mr. Eric Bowlen, Co-Chairman

Mrs. Suzie Lipps, Co-Chairman

Mr. Don Alkire

Dr. Ron Furniss

Mrs. Debbie Wagner

Hall of Fame Public Service Videos
Leigh Anne Hardin Catt Sadler Jerry Sichting Paul Molin




Governor Emmett Forrest Branch

 Governor Branch was the first Indiana University graduate and the only Martinsville High School graduate to become governor. In 1920, he was elected lieutenant governor and then served as governor from April 30, 1924-Janurary 12, 1925. In 1929 he was appointed a member of the State Armory Board.  Also, Mr. Branch was elected to three terms in the Indiana House of Representatives. He also served in the Spanish-American War, on the Mexican border from 1916-1917, and in World War I.


Julie Carmichael

While at Martinsville High School, Julie Carmichael was the Low Medallist in 50 of 54 dual golf meets. She went on to have a stellar career at Stanford and in 1987 was the I Diana Women’s State Amateur Champion. In 2003, she was the Indiana Women’s Player of the Year, and she participated in 17 USGA Championships. She served as President of the IWGA on two occasions and was the first female to serve on the IGA Board of Directors. Julie is a member of the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame.


Samuel Harrison Carmichael

In 1960, Sam Carmichael became only the second person in Indiana golf history to win the Indiana Boys’ State Junior, the Indiana State Amateur, and the Indiana State Open Championships in the same year. In 1961, he was defeated by Jack Nicklaus at the United States Amateur in the quarter-finals which earned him a berth in the Masters.  Sam was named the Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1999. He is now the Women’s Golf coach at Indiana University and is also a member of the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame.  


Henry Pearcy, Sr.

Henry Pearcy committed most of his life to education in Martinsville. He was a teacher, coach, athletic business manager, assistant principal, and principal  for 22 years at Martinsville High School.

While a student at Martinsville High School, Henry Pearcy was named to the Indiana All-Star Basketball Team. He went on to play at Indiana State and played and coached professionally with the Detroit Falcons. He was a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and flew 33 missions over Germany in a B-52 bomber in World War II.


Jerry Sichting

Jerry Sichting has made a career out of his talents as a basketball player. He was a four year starter in high school and an Indiana All-Star. He went on to play at Purdue and was named All- Big Ten his senior year. He played 10 years in the NBA and won an NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics. He spent several years as an assistant coach and Director of Scouting for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Jerry is an assistant coach at the University of Marquette.


Richard Stierwalt

Richard Stierwalt founded and built three financial services firms in New York City. He was President of BISYS Group, a $2 billion public company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He was a finalist for New York City Entrepreneur of the year in 1995 and 2000.   Also, in 2000, he won the 24-hour Moroso car race. He raised money for the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and is a member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Indianapolis.  Richard Stierwalt while at Martinsville High School, was Editor-in-Chief of the Artesian Herald.


John and Nell Wooden

John and Neill Wooden were high school sweethearts in Martinsville and were married for 53 years until her passing on March 21, 1985. Nell was always by JCoach Wooden’s side during his 40 seasons of coaching high school and college basketball. His teams won 80% of their games most notably were his 10 NCAA Championships at UCLA. Coach Wooden has received many honors which include; 1999 Sports Illustrated Century’s Best College Coach, 2000 ESPN Greatest Coach of the 20th Century, 2000 NCAA Coach of the Century. On July 23, 2003 President George W. Bush presented Coach Wooden with the highest civilian honor in the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.