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Highland man receives ‘Lifetime Educators Award’

Don Ostrom, president of Clinton County Retired Teachers Association, presents Leon Luber with the Lifetime Educators Award. Pictured from left are Ostrom, Mary Ann Kauling, membership chair; Kelly Kesterson, vice president; Marie Bair, secretary; Luber; and Jan Kauling, treasurer.
Don Ostrom, president of Clinton County Retired Teachers Association, presents Leon Luber with the Lifetime Educators Award. Pictured from left are Ostrom, Mary Ann Kauling, membership chair; Kelly Kesterson, vice president; Marie Bair, secretary; Luber; and Jan Kauling, treasurer. Courtesy photo

The Clinton County Retired Teachers Association bestowed the Lifetime Educators Award on Leon Luber of Highland at its June 2 meeting in Carlyle. Accompanying him at the presentation were his wife, Imogene, and three of his four daughters, Kathy Stanfa, Laurie Wiedner and Patti Kohlbrecher.

Luber started his teaching career in 1951 at Fairview School, a one-room school house. He served in the Armed Forces of the United States and returned to teaching after getting a master’s degree at the University of Illinois. Luber then taught at Aviston High School from 1956 to 1973. In August 1973, he became the superintendent of Aviston Elementary School District and retired from that position in 1991.

Luber has served as vice president and president of the Clinton County Retired Teachers Association. For many years, he also served as the legislative liaison for Region 16 of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. He kept in contact with area legislators and retired teachers keeping them informed on legislation affecting retired educators. It is through his hard work and dedication that the organization has been kept well informed and active.

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