Two inducted into FMHS Alumni Hall of Honor

May 26, 2017 GMT

Prior to the Fort Madison Senior Awards Ceremony, Fort Madison High School administrators recognized two alums at the 4th Alumni Hall of Honor reception Tuesday night.

The Hall of Honor recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves based on career accomplishments, community service, personal and/or academic excellence and dedication to lifelong learning to mention a few.

Graduating from the Class of 1951 was inductee Darrell D. Wyrick and from the Class of 1955 was Harvey Rothenberg.

Darrel D. Wyrick

Wyrick past away in May of 2015, but his wife Shirley and his daughter Anne Wyrick came from Iowa City to share this honorable moment with his sister, Vera Hellweg of Fort Madison.

His wife said he was a loyal individual to his school, students and as a Hawkeye fan.

“He was filled with kindness,” Wyrick said.

Wyrick graduated from Fort Madison High School in 1951 and attended the University of Iowa where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering.


After working for Archer Daniels Midland Company for five years, Wyrick returned to Iowa City where he was hired as the full-time employee of the University of Iowa Foundation, a non-profit corporation whose purpose was and continues to be to raise private funds for the University of Iowa. Some of Wyrick’s notable accomplishments include raising funds for the University Museum of Art, the Health Sciences Library, Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Blank Honors Center, the restoration of the Old Capital and the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences. Many Fort Madison High School and University of Iowa alumni benefited from Darrell’s prodigious accomplishments.

Harvey Rothenberg

Rothenberg was nominated by Duane Sherwood, a former Fort Madison School Board member and a classmate of Rothenberg’s. Sherwood shared what it was like being his classmate and he also shared a few words of encouragement for the class of 2017 students.

“He (Rothenberg) was known as our class clown,” Sherwood said. “He did not do anything vicious. He wasn’t a bully, and he didn’t do anything illegal or immoral, but he kept us laughing.”

Sherwood added that although he was the class clown, Rothenberg became an outstanding teacher in the end.

“Kids, what you are in high school does not necessarily mean what you will be in your career,” Sherwood said.

Rothenberg graduated from FMHS in 1955, then attended Wentworth Military Academy, and the University of Iowa where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration; then a master’s degree in business education from the University of Northern Colorado; and his Ph.D. in Administration from Colorado State University.

Rothenberg’s teaching career spanned various schools and levels from 1962-1997 when he retired as Regis University’s Assistant Dean of Faculty and Curriculum. During his time at Regis, Harvey authored the textbook “Conducting Successful Business Research.” Harvey has been honored as Teacher of the Year, Vocational Educator of the Year in Colorado and was a finalist for the National Vocational Education Teacher of the Year in 1992.

He was active with Junior Chamber of Commerce and also served on the Board of the Colorado Economics Council and Denver Area Boy Scouts Career Exploring Division. He is currently on the Board of the Sun City, Arizona retirement Association where he lives during the winter.