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District set to honor Alumni class

Longview ISD on May 9 will honor three former students during the annual Distinguished Alumni ceremony and luncheon.

Events are set to begin at 9:30 a.m. with the Longview ISD Foundation commemorative brick presentation at the Lobo Foundation Plaza (near the home entrance to Lobo Stadium). This event is free and open to the public.

An 11:15 a.m. reception at Pinecrest Country Club will be followed by lunch at 11:30. Tickets for the luncheon can be purchased from Debbie Leith at the Education Support Center, 1301 E. Young St., by May 5th for $15.

Honorees are nominated at-large and chosen by a committee of previous honorees, volunteer Distinguished Alumni Committee members and the district’s Community Relations office. Distinguished alumni typically have excelled professionally, in addition to serving the communities in which they live. Following are brief biographies of this year’s honorees:

Claude Broussard

Claude Broussard has been called a Hero of the Faith and a Friend of God.  He is also a husband, father, military hero, missionary and Bible scholar – among many other accomplishments.

Broussard, a member of Longview High School’s class of 1953, is known worldwide for his benevolence, as the founder and president of The Christian Evangelistic Mission, a ‘free grace ministry.’ With his own resources, Broussard has financed the education, including books, computers and other necessary tools, of more than 1,000 students in 23 foreign countries.  As of early 2014, he was helping an additional 1,200 students.

Long before he became a well-known philanthropist, Broussard attended Kilgore College and served a distinguished 17 years in the U.S. Army as an officer, paratrooper, ‘jump school’ instructor and helicopter pilot. He completed two tours in Vietnam and was awarded two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star with a valor device for heroism and dozens of Air Medals – some with the valor device for heroism.

After his military service, Broussard became an entrepreneur, doing everything from swimming pool construction to selling insurance.  Along the way, he plied his skills in international financing as a worldwide broker and author of numerous training manuals for his colleagues. Broussard says that was the business that the Lord blessed in many ways.

As the TCEM website states, Broussard has made it his charge is to fulfill the great commission.

Linda Woods Maxey

By the time Linda Woods Maxey graduated from Longview High School in 1959, her performance résumé rivaled that of many professional musicians.  Several years earlier – as an 11-year-old Pinewood Park student – she played her marimba to an audience at Madison Square Garden.

Voted by her senior classmates as Most Talented, Maxey has certainly lived up to her billing as one of the most accomplished marimbists in the world. Maxey has been a touring artist for more than 30 years and has produced multiple CDs of her concert performances, including Carnegie Hall. The honors bestowed upon Maxey are plentiful as well, including the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright Alumni Award, Intellectuals of Lithuania and the USA award, Kansas Musician of the Year and the CEC International Partners’ ArtsLink Award.

To the people who know Maxey well, her most outstanding attribute is her character, which is defined by her lifelong commitment of service to others. Her record of service runs the gamut – from establishing the Maxey International Student Scholarship at Western Michigan University to volunteering as an English teacher to foreign language students in Kansas. Maxey has also served on dozens of nonprofit boards, committees and judging panels.

As a student at Longview High School, Maxey was a member of the Lobo Band (clarinet) and the school choir. She also sang in the First Baptist Church Choir.

James Street

James Street’s name is synonymous Texas Longhorns football – but also with words like integrity, philanthropy and humility.

Well before he became immortalized as a leader on the college gridiron, Street embodied direction and influence in the classrooms of Longview High School, where he was a member of the 1966 graduating class.  In addition to being a three-year starting quarterback for the Lobos, he also sang in the choir.

Though Street will forever be remembered as the MVP quarterback on the 1969 national champion Longhorns and the player who rallied Texas over Arkansas in The Big Shootout; he also led the Longhorns to their first three College Baseball World Series with a 29-8 career pitching record, three team MVP awards, a perfect game and a no-hitter to his credit.

For his athletic prowess, Street was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame, Longhorn Hall of Honor and Longview Lobo Hall of Fame. In 2010, he was named a Distinguished American by the Greater Austin Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.

Street went from all-star athlete to world class businessman with the founding of the James Street Group, one of the largest structured settlement firms in the country.  He also began the Street 16 Foundation (named for his uniform number) and was widely known for his philanthropic efforts.

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