Six WKU alumni to be added to Warren County Public Schools’ Hall of Distinguished Alumni
Six WKU alumni will be among the 10 graduates of Warren County Public Schools who will be added to the district’s Hall of Honor later this month.
Darel Carrier (’64), WKU Alumni Association Member Phil Moore (’72, ’79), Dr. Larry Pack (’55), Dr. Brad Sparks (’77), Janell Wood (’91, ’95) and Walter York (’01) will be honored at the annual ceremony on April 28, bringing the total number of inductees to 58.
Darel Carrier (’64), a 1960 graduate of Bristow High School, is a basketball legend in south central Kentucky who is known for his outstanding college career at WKU, where he still holds the school record for the most points scored in a road game. Carrier took his talents to the national stage when he was drafted by the American Basketball Association in 1964. He played for the Saint Louis Hawks and the Phillips 66ers before finishing his career playing as a Kentucky Colonel and later for the Memphis Sounds. With more than 1,400 points scored during his professional career, Carrier has been honored as one of the 25 “Greatest Shooting Guards of All-Time.”
WKU Alumni Association Member Phil Moore (’72, ’79), a 1968 graduate of Bristow High School, dedicated his career to serving the citizens of Bowling Green and Warren County. Following his graduation from WKU in 1972, Moore became a leading force in establishing quality parks and recreation facilities in the community through his roles as Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Center Supervisor, Athletic Director and Director of the Warren County Parks and Recreation Department. Under his leadership, the county founded Little League programs in basketball, football, baseball, softball and hockey. Moore also helped establish several of the county’s public spaces, greenway parks and recreational facilities.
Dr. Larry Pack (’55), a 1950 graduate of Alvaton High School, has served southern Kentucky for more than five decades. After earning a Bachelor of Science from WKU in 1950, Pack rose to the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve during 1955-1957. From there, he earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from the University of Louisville in 1962. In addition to his successful dental practice, Pack has been an active member of the Bowling Green Rotary Club since 1987 authoring the book Service Above Self: A History of the Bowling Green Rotary Club and the City that Made It All Possible.
Dr. Bradley Sparks (’97), a 1993 graduate of Warren East High School, is an orthopedic surgeon in Anchorage, Alaska. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from WKU and graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2000. He completed a sports fellowship at the University of New Mexico in 2003 prior to finishing his residency at the University of Louisville in 2004. Sparks is a generous and active member of his community and continues to give back to the citizens of Warren County.
Janell Wood ('91,'95), a 1987 graduate of Warren East High School, has made a career of providing financial guidance and support to educational institutions. In 1991, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from WKU before completing her Master of Arts in Education in 1995. In 2008, she completed her Ph.D. in Leadership and Policies Studies at Vanderbilt University. Wood has since used her training to serve schools, students and community organizations across Kentucky and Tennessee. She is currently the Director of Extended Learning Programs for the Tennessee Department of Education.
Walter York (’01), a 1980 graduate of Warren Central High School, is a partner of Miller & York Rentals in Warren County. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Physical Education from WKU. An active member of the community, York has dedicated his professional life to ensuring safe, affordable housing to the citizens of southern Kentucky. As an advocate for the advancement of all people, York regularly works with Bowling Green Section 8 Housing, the Housing Authority of Bowling Green and LifeSkills to provide shelter to families in need.