Valued for his leadership skills, Gene returned to service on the Board in 2009. For three years ending in 2006, he successfully organized and ran the Club’s Scholarship Competition, using skills he had honed during a 41-year teaching career spent in Munster, Indiana. Bachelors and Masters degrees from Indiana University, where he majored in history and minored in music, as well as post-graduate studies at Purdue University, prepared him well for his career.
Over the years he held teaching and administrative positions in grades 4 though high school, winning Golden Apple Awards twice, conducting seminars and symposiums on curriculum development, and serving on state commissions dealing with the selection of textbooks, teacher evaluations and licensing. His musical focus , during this time, was running in parallel. Having begun his musical education with piano lessons at the age of 10, he pursued in-depth music studies when he arrived at Indiana University. Here he became a member of the renowned collegiate show choir, the Singing Hoosiers. Later, at Munster High School, he directed musical productions for 26 years.
No doubt it was these experiences, as well as his personal commitment to helping students interested in music achieve their goals, that led Gene to volunteer to help produce a musical in 2008 at Golden Gate High School.