Two Nevada graduates will be recognized at this year’s Hall of Honor ceremony on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at half-time of the boys’ basketball game that evening.
Gordon Bivens, a 1944 graduate of Nevada’s Milford Township School, and Col. Eric Forsyth, a 1987 graduate of Nevada High School, are being inducted into the Hall of Fame in this second year of the Hall’s existence. The Nevada Hall of Honor recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves based upon academic excellence and dedication to lifelong learning.
Bivens enjoyed a successful career in the family and consumer sciences field.
He was the Mary B. Welch Distinguished Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Iowa State University.
He also served on the faculties of Pennsylvania State University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Bivens served on special appointments with the Consumer and Family Economics Research Division, ARS, USDA, Washington, D.C. and as Visiting Scholar, Institute of Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder. He was founding editor of the Journal of Consumer Affairs; founding chair of the board of directors for the Center for the Family, AAFCS, Washington, D.C.; and a member of the board of directors of the Consumer Union (publishers of Consumer Reports).
His career included several administrative positions and several professional awards. In recent years, local readers have enjoyed Bivens’ thoughts and ideas through a column he penned in the Nevada Journal.
Col. Eric Forsyth, is presently the chief of the Space Force Enhancement Division, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition in Washington, D.C. He directs the development and procurement of military satellite and terminal communications systems, as well as the next generation of Air Force weather satellite systems.
Forsyth entered the Air Force through the University of Michigan’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Over the course of his career, he has served in engineering, program management and staff assignments at the laboratory, product center, Headquarters Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command levels. In these roles, he has led the development and procurement of numerous technologies and weapon systems, including classified air, space, munitions and avionics systems, as well as the CV-22 and C-130 special operations aircraft. In addition, he served as the director of staff for the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing during the final transition of U.S. forces from Iraq.
He has received over half a dozen major awards and decorations during his military career, including two Meritorious Service Medals and one Commendation Medal.
Forsyth is the son of George and Ardyth Forsyth of Nevada. He and his wife, Michelle, have two children, Maxwell, 15, and Kathryn, 12.
Bivens and Forsyth will be speaking to the entire Nevada High School student body on the afternoon of Feb. 4.