Martins Ferry Hall of Honor inducts four new members

February 07 2021 06:30 pm

The Martins Ferry Hall of Honor held its 11th annual induction ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

The 2018 inductees are Margaret Smith Brainerd, Dan McGrew, Bob McNabb, and John Solovan II. 

Martins Ferry High School’s cafeteria was packed with supporters and loved ones of the four honorees. 

Mayor Robert Krajnyak said the Hall of Honor was started 11 years ago to recognize the accomplishments of citizens who have spent all or part of their lives in Martins Ferry.

“It’s something that really is important because we get to show the distinguished people that we’ve had come through Martins Ferry School Systems, come out of the city of Martins Ferry and have helped and made a difference,” he said. 

The plaques of everyone who has been honored over the past 11 years are on display at the Martins Ferry Public Library.

Here is more about the inductees:

Brainerd was born in Martins Ferry in 1881 and educated at Wilson College, Drexel Institute, and the University of Pittsburgh. She went on to serve Martins Ferry Schools as a teacher, director of educational research, and assistant superintendent. She also helped to establish the Martins Ferry Public Library and served on its Board of Directors. 

McGrew was born in Martins Ferry and awarded ten varsity letters for football, basketball and track during his high school career. He received a full scholarship to Purdue University where he was a three-year letterman. After graduating in 1959, Dan played professional football for the Buffalo Bills before becoming a coach of the Wheeling Ironmen. For 37 years, he coached for several Ohio Valley high schools and compiled a record of 219 wins and 98 losses. 

McNabb is a graduate of Triadelphia High School, and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from West Virginia University. In 1960, he accepted a mathematics teaching position at Martins Ferry High School, where he remained for the next 36 years. As Principal at Martins Ferry, Mr. McNabb shaped the lives of countless students from 1965 until 1996.

Judge Solovan was born in Wolfhurst, Ohio, and moved to Martins Ferry in 1951, A graduate of St. John Central High School, he went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Xavier University. He graduated in 1971 from Boston College Law School with a Juris Doctor degree. Solovan served Belmont County as an Assistant Prosecutor and Judge of the Northern Division and Common Pleas Courts. He is the recipient of the Golden Gavel Award from the Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association. 

The Martins Ferry High School Chorus performed a song at Sunday’s induction ceremony, and a reception was held to honor the recipients afterward.

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