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LSHS stadium to be named after Dr. Hertzog
August 18, 2011By Eric Thomas of Lee's Summit Football
Tuesday, Aug. 16 2011 1:39PM
BREAKING NEWS: LSHS stadium to be named after Dr. Hertzog
The Lee's Summit High School stadium will be named after Dr. Robert "Bud" Hertzog, an LSHS graduate and community leader, during a special ceremony Aug. 26 on the football field. The ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. before the varsity football game, which features the LSHS Tigers vs. William Chrisman High School.
A lifelong Lee's Summit resident, Dr. Hertzog has devoted his life to serving his community and his schools. The stadium name recognizes Hertzog's professional success, his exemplary service to his community and school district and his outstanding character. The athletic complex will be officially known as the Bud Hertzog Stadium.
"I cannot think of anyone in our school district who is more respected than Bud Hertzog," said Dr. David McGehee, Lee's Summit R-7 superintendent. "He has continuously shared his time and talents, never hesitating to help others while providing leadership for our schools, economic development efforts, business community and civic organizations." Hertzog has been involved in countless community-service projects and volunteer groups while also serving on numerous boards and leadership organizations. "Bud is known as a true gentleman who is caring, nurturing and visionary," said Jack Wiley, R-7 Board of Education president. "Although one of Lee's Summit's most influential individuals, he is also one of the most humble and kind people I have ever met. He has been a mentor to many local leaders, serving as a role model and offering quiet but sound advice and counsel."
In addition to the stadium naming, Lee's Summit High School is displaying a sculpture of Dr. Hertzog in the southwest end of the stadium. The bust, created by locally and world renowned artist Kwan Wu, was donated through the Lee's Summit Economic Development Council by anonymous donors in honor of Dr. Hertzog's service to the council and the community.
Artist Kwan Wu splits his time between China and Olathe, Kan. The bust of Dr. Hertzog was executed using Mr. Kwan’s signature speed sculpting technique during a recent Lee's Summit Economic Development Council meeting celebrating "Arts and Economic Development." The artist's sculptures include "Kids at Heart” at the Hartley Block in downtown Lee’s Summit; all the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum's life-sized sculptures, including those of Satchel Paige and Buck O'Neil; the George Brett sculpture at Kauffman Stadium; and monumental oversized sculptures in many communities and buildings in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Mr. Wu also has several galleries, exhibits and commissioned work by the state throughout China. Dr. Hertzog's successful career has spanned six decades, and he has been managing partner of Lee's Summit Animal Hospital since 1956. He has held leadership roles in numerous veterinary organizations, including serving as president of the Kansas City and Missouri Veterinary Medical Associations. His career also included 25 years as veterinarian for the Kansas City Zoo and 26 years as official veterinarian for the Kansas City American Royal. He has received awards from the University of Missouri Alumni Association and was named Veterinarian of the Year by the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.
Hertzog served 16 years on the Jackson County Legislature, including serving as vice chairman of the legislature. He has also held leadership positions on the Lee's Summit Economic Development Council and the Lee's Summit Chamber of Commerce and served on the Jackson County Economic Development Commission and the Little Blue Sewer Board Commission. Dr. Hertzog is a charter member of the Lee's Summit Rotary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow and was a candidate for Missouri 8th District state senator. Within the R-7 School District, Dr. Hertzog's service on the Board of Education spanned four decades, including terms from 1976 through 1982 and from 1996 through 2001. His time on the Board of Education included periods of tremendous growth, as R-7 nearly doubled in size during years on the board. He provided leadership through numerous bond and levy elections, attendance boundary changes, improvements in instruction and programming, school construction and school openings. "When you look at Dr. Hertzog's accomplishments, it is clear that Bud's decisions over these many years always kept students' best interests at heart," added Dr. McGehee. A 1948 graduate of LSHS, he was inducted into the Lee's Summit High School Hall of Fame in 1997. In honor of Dr. Hertzog's long-term support of the community and schools, the Bud Hertzog Leadership Award was established in 2006 with assistance from the Lee's Summit Economic Development Council. The award provides funding for classroom materials to outstanding teachers each year.
Hertzog and his wife, Betty, met while students at Lee's Summit High School. The couple has five children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson. In addition to their other community and civic activities, the Hertzogs have been active in the Lee's Summit First Baptist Church for many years with Dr. Hertzog serving as a church deacon for more than 50 years.