Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

THS Hall of Fame to Gain Four

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

THS Hall of Fame to Gain Four

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Four Topeka High School graduates will be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 4.

The 34th annual Graduate Hall of Fame ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the Topeka High School Chester Woodward Library on the east end of the second floor.

The four inductees are:

Charles B. Axton II, class of 1950, who came to Topeka High School midway through his junior year. He had the lead role in "Seven Keys to Baldpate," and performed his own orchestra composition. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army and manage KTOP radio in Topeka. In 1969, he and his family moved to Germany where he was associated with the Nuremberg Opera House. While in Europe, he introduced American musicals such as "West Side Story" and "Camelot" to German audiences. He also guest conducted many symphony orchestras including the Berlin Symphony. He is now retired and lives with his wife in Florida.

Fred L. Slaughter, class of 1960, was a center for the Trojan basketball team. In 1964 he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of California-Los Angeles where he also played basketball for the legendary coach John Wooden. In 1964, the team won the NCAA men's championship. Slaughter went on to earn a law degree from Columbia University. During the 70s through 1997, Slaughter was an attorney and agent for several National Basketball Association players. He was the first African-American NBA agent. In his career, he also represented referees.

Col. Richard Snyder, class of 1941, was a manager of the undefeated Trojan football squad in 1940 and a proctor. He also was an orchestra concertmaster and a drum major in the band. Snyder went on to serve in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In 1949, he graduated from Washburn Law School and later received a direct commission in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps. He was appointed a judge in 1967 and tried cases in Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. …

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