Sunshine, smiles, and teenage enthusiasm greeted Dr. Sam Summers as he rode in a white 1982 Buick Riviera near the front of the Caldwell High School Homecoming Parade held September 14th. Driving him on the warm afternoon was Dr. Roger Reynoldson, a former Assistant Superintendent in Caldwell School District and the owner of the classic car. The ride in the parade was the culmination of two days of celebration for the most recent recipient of the “CFEO Distinguished Caldwell High School Alumni” award.
The previous evening, Dr. Summers was honored at an open house held in the CHS Auditorium foyer, attended by the community, local dignitaries, friends, and family. Dr. Summers joins a list of 43 Caldwell High alumni who have been selected by the Caldwell Foundation for Educational Opportunity for exemplary contributions in their field of endeavor or in community service.
Dr. Summers served the Caldwell community as a Family Physician for 35 years and is beloved by his former patients and co-workers. Born and raised in Caldwell, he graduated from Caldwell High School in 1970. After medical school at the University of Washington, Dr. Summers and his family returned home where he practiced until his recent retirement from St. Alphonsus Medical Group. Subsequent to his retirement he has continued to be involved in various aspects of medicine, volunteering his time with patients, medical boards, and oversight committees.
In honoring Dr. Summers, CFEO Executive Board member Chuck Randolph quoted Harry Truman, “He had a clear head and a good brain and a kind heart…He was the best kind of ordinary man…That’s the highest praise you can give a man, that he’s one of the people and becomes distinguished in the service that he gives to other people. I don’t know of any higher complement you can pay a man than that.”
Earlier this year Ed Hopper was also selected and honored for the prestigious award. Previous recipients include Joe Albertson, Frank Crookham, current Caldwell Mayor Garrett Nancolas, Donna Price Shine – founder of the Mentoring Network, Paul Revere of the classic rock group “Paul Revere and the Raiders”, and 1stLt. Paul R. Gowen, for whom Gowen Field was named.