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"MBS was one of the best weeks of my life. I believe anyone offered the opportunity to go should take it."

-- Nicholas Frank '12
Grandview, MO

Welcome To Missouri Boys State

The highest honor awarded by the Boys State Board of Directors is the Boys State Hall of Fame.  This award is made periodically to individuals or organizations, whose service, commitment or financial support to Boys State is so outstanding as to deserve this special honor.  It is the intent this prestigious award be given only for extraordinary support of the program that goes well beyond length of service or regular fulfillment of responsibilities, or service to the program.

Induction into the Missouri Boys State Hall of Fame is made when in the judgment of the Hall of Fame Committee appointed by the Director of Boys State, a person or organization merits Missouri Boys State's highest honor.

Inducted Posthumously in 1987

Inducted Posthumously in 1987

Inducted Posthumously in 1987

Inducted Posthumously in 1987

Inducted in 1987

Inducted in 1987

Inducted in 1988

Inducted in 1987

Inducted in 1988

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Inducted in 1993

Inducted posthumously in 1994

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A.B. Weyer

Inducted Posthumously in 1987


40/8 Gran Chef de Gare/Boys State Founder

Born on a farm near Lima, Ohio, September 14, 1889, one of a family of 12 children of William H. and Mary Keller Weyer. Educated in public schools of Ada, Ohio. Married to Harriett Martin of Palestine, Illinois in 1912. Served with 122nd Field Artillery overseas during WWI and participated in Metz, St. Mihiel and Muese-Argonne campaigns. Awarded Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for gallantry in action. Long active in patriotic and civic organizations he served as Grand Chef de Gare (40 and 8) in 1939 and as Sous Chef de Chermin de Fer (national vice-commander) of the organization in 1943. A member of Sanford Brown Post of The American Legion he was one of four Legionnaires who organized Missouri Boys State in 1938.

Despite the many honors that accrued to him as a result of his dedicated and devoted efforts in many and varied fields of endeavor for his fellowmen, he always believed that his greatest achievement was never missing a session of Missouri Boys State until his death in 1977. At the time of his death in August, 1977, at age 88, he had never missed an Executive Committee Meeting.

In 1978, a trust fund created solely for the benefit of Missouri Boys State was created to honor A.B. Weyer and to provide for the financial future of the program. The A. B. Weyer Memorial Trust Fund continues to be Boys State's main source of financial stability and continues to be insurance for a strong Boys State program for years to come.


Jerry F. Duggan
1886 - 1952

Inducted Posthumously in 1987


Adjutant/Boys State Founder

Served as Adjutant of the Missouri Department of the American Legion from 1926 until 1951. He was a delegate to the St. Louis caucus at which the American Legion was organized.

Captain Duggan saw service on the Mexican Border; and in World War I served as Adjutant of the 140th Infantry. Upon the organization of the 110th Engineers, Missouri National Guard under the command of Col. E.M. Stayton, Capt. Duggan became Regimental Adjutant of the Combat Engineers Regiment, and remained in such capacity until January 21, 1941.

In 1938, along with A.B. Weyer, Harry Gambrell and Truman Ingle, Mr. Duggan founded Missouri Boys State at Fulton, Missouri.


Harry M. Gambrel
1896 - 1962

Inducted Posthumously in 1987


Businessman/Boys State Founder

Born in Lincoln, Illinois, and educated in public schools in that community and later, following his family's move to Colorado, in the public schools in south Denver, Colorado and Colorado College at Colorado Springs, Colorado, Gambrel compiled a fine scholastic record while at the same time earning letters on the track and football teams of the several schools. Graduated, he entered the advertising field working for the Rocky Mountain News and simultaneously serving as Advertising Manager for the Chamber of Commerce in his home community.

With the outbreak of World War I he entered the service as a private in an infantry company and subsequently rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He saw action in Europe with the 104th Infantry and was awarded the Croix de Guerre, one of the first AEF members to receive this high honor. He was also cited for bravery in orders of the 26th Division.

Following the war he returned to Denver, and in 1932 he moved to Kansas City where he formed an insurance partnership which eventually became one of the largest insurance businesses in the Kansas City area. At the time of his death he was a partner in the firm of Mann, Kerdolff, Kline and Welsh, a firm handling insurance coverage for industrial plants, steamship lines, air lines, etc. throughout the United States.

In 1935, Gambrel now a very active leader in The American Legion, along with leaders from other states, traveled to Springfield, Illinois, to study the newly formed Illinois Boys State. Three years later he, along with three other dedicated Missouri American Legion leaders, founded Missouri Boys State and he served as the first Director thereof. Until his death in 1962 he maintained an active interest in the organization and served on the Boys State Executive Committee from the day of its inception.


Truman L. Ingle
1894 - 1954

Inducted Posthumously in 1987


Teacher/Boys State Founder

Born February 26, 1894, in St. Louis, Missouri, he attended the public schools in that community and completed his education at Gallaudet College, Washington, D.C. in 1925. At the latter institution he received special training in teaching the deaf and earned his Master's Degree. His entire teaching career was spent in this field as he taught successively at Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, the California School for the Deaf, and then, in August of 1933, joined the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton, Missouri, where he served continuously until his death.

Ingle, a veteran of World War I, was married to Miss Mary Hughes who also specialized in the instruction of the deaf. Following his service in World War I he became very active in The American Legion and served two terms as National Executive Committeeman for The American Legion Department of Missouri.

He, along with A.B. Weyer, Jerry F. Duggan, (formerly Department adjutant), and Harry M. Gambrel, are the four mem who founded the Missouri Boys State of The American Legion in Missouri.


Charles L. Bacon
1909 - 1989

Inducted in 1987


American Legion National Commander

Charles Bacon served as Missouri's first National Commander of the American Legion.  In addition to the biographical information contained in the Historical Chapter of this manual, Charles Bacon provided service to Boys State beyond the call of duty by serving as Chairman of the A.B. Weyer Memorial Trust Fund. Bacon County at Boys State is named for Charles L. Bacon.


Charles F. Hamilton
??? - ????

Inducted in 1987


Charles F. Hamilton served on the MBS Law School staff in 1948 and became Dean of that school in 1949.  He was elected Dean of Counselors for Missouri Boys State in 1950 and served in that capacity through the 1951 session.  In 1952, he became the third director of Missouri Boys State and served in this very important position until his voluntary retirement following the 1970 session.  He was involved with growth of Boys State from less than 300 participants to over 960 young men as it stands today.  In addition, he is credited with changes in the format of the program to make Missouri a leader among Boys States nationwide.  He authored the first comprehensive Boys State Counselors Handbook in 1950, and while the details have changed the structure and format of that handbook is still in use today.  He was the chief Boys State architect in the early years and a giant among program administrators in Boys State history.

He practiced law in the City of St. Louis and was well respected among his peers.  He served as general counsel for Laclede Gas Company in St. Louis for many years.  Director Hamilton was very active nationally with the Boys State program and chaired the National Conference of Boys State Directors for many years.  He is credited for developing the original format for the directors conference in Indianapolis, which still exists today.  He also served as Chairman of the National Americanism Commission of the American Legion.  Prior to his death he served as a lifetime member of the American Legion Boys State of Missouri Executive Committee and Board of Directors.


George Lehr
1934 - 1988

Inducted in 1988


Missouri State Auditor

George Lehr attended Boys State while in high school and was elected to the Boys State Legislature.  George was an all‑state high school basketball player who was later stricken with Polio.  Despite his disability, George Lehr went on to become Auditor of the State of Missouri and later was the Chief Executive Officer of the Central States Pension Fund, which he is credited with reforming.  For his many years of service to Boys State, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.  Following his death in 1988, the George Lehr Memorial Chair was established to assist in developing programs and funding nationally known speakers for Missouri Boys State.  The Lehr Chair continues to prosper today due to the generosity of George Lehr's many friends throughout the country who remember this great man's contribution to the youth of Missouri.


C.C. "Chuck" Richardson
1922 - 2007

Inducted in 1987


American Legion National Commander

In 1938, Chuck Richardson was elected the first Governor of the first Missouri Boys State.  Richardson was a true Missouri Boys State legend.  No other individual can claim the depth and breadth of his history with Missouri Boys State.  He was elected the first governor of Missouri Boys State in 1938 and served in many capacities as a member of the staff and board of directors following his year of participation.  From 1951 to 1970 he served as MBS Quartermaster (now known as Dean of Operations).  His 19 years of service in this position is the longest term in MBS history for a member holding one of the top three leadership positions (i.e. Director, Dean of Counselors, Dean of Operations) and second among executive committee officers.  Only I.L. Peters who served 22 years as Dean of Administration (1953-1975) was longer.  He was the first to hold two separate leadership positions when he was named MBS Director in 1974.  He served as director through the 1975 session and was named a lifetime member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.  In 1982, he was a founding member of the A.B. Weyer Memorial Trust Fund (now known as the The American Legion Missouri Boys State Trust Fund).  He served as a trustee from 1982 until January of 2007.  He was named to the Missouri Boys State Hall of Fame as an inaugural member in 1987.  He was honored for 50 years of service to Missouri Boys State in 1988 when Director Paul Wilson presented him with a commemorative gavel and 60 years of service in 1998 when Director Mike Stewart presented him with framed silver dollars from 1938 and 1998.  In 1990, the MBS Board of Directors bestowed Richardson with perhaps his most endearing honor.  The board unanimously approved the retirement of the Cockrell City name in favor of its new name – Richardson City.  Unfortunately, Richardson’s health limited his activity at MBS following 1998, but his board service and service as a trustee brought his participation at MBS to nearly 70 years.  Richardson earned his American Legion membership through his service in the U.S. Navy.  He served as a reconnaissance photographer in the Pacific Theater during World War II and he continued to serve in the Naval Reserves until his retirement with the rank of Captain.  He was a member of Blue Hills American Legion Post 469 in Kansas City.  Following his service, he returned to Kansas City where he took up his father’s printing business.  He built the Dick Richardson Printing Company into one of the largest and most respected printing businesses in Kansas City.  The company still operates under the Richardson Family name.  He was very active in public service in Kansas City including 58 years as a member of the Sertoma Club of Kansas City and he was a past president and a member of the board of directors for Research Medical Center.  He loved to play golf and was a great Kansas City Chiefs fan.   His wife Elaine preceded him in death (1991).    Richardson peacefully joined the post everlasting on Saturday evening February 24, 2007 at the Indian Creek Nursing Facility in Overland Park, KS with his family at his side.  He was 85.  He will always be remembered for his service to Missouri Boys State.


Herbert M. Kohn

Inducted in 1988


While a citizen at Boys State, Herb Kohn was elected Lt. Governor.  From that moment forward, he remained active with the program serving as an assistant city counselor, city counselor, Dean of Counselors and Director of Missouri Boys State.  In addition, he is credited with providing the major impetus behind the formation of the A.B. Weyer Memorial Trust Fund now known as The American Legion Missouri Boys State Trust Fund. While serving as one of the original trustees, Herb Kohn has worked tirelessly toward building the Trust both through his personal contributions and his vigorous fundraising efforts.  Kohn remains very active in the Boys State program and serves as a lifetime member of the Executive Committee of the Boys State Board of Directors.  A respected lawyer in the Kansas City area, Kohn is currently a partner and member of the firm executive committee at Bryan Cave LLP.  He is recognized as one of the most influential businessmen in the Kansas City area.  Serving on numerous boards and charities, he has truly made his mark in the community.  He serves as a member of the board of directors for the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, a member of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City and is chairperson of the Kansas City Art Institute’s Board of Trustees.  He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor of arts degree and a juris doctorate in 1960 and 1963 respectively.


James S. Whitfield

Inducted in 1988


Jim Whitfield is a life member of the American Legion in Warrensburg. He has served the American Legion Boys State of Missouri in several capacities since 1953. He was Secretary-Treasurer from 1953 to 1955. He served on the site committee which made the decision to move Boys State to the campus of CMSU (now the University of Central Missouri) in 1953. Whitfield served as a City Counselor from 1956 to 1959 and was named Dean of Counselors in 1959. Under his direction, the staff of Missouri Boys State took a pro-active approach to teaching the principles of democracy to the young men who participated in the Boys State program.

As Dean, Whitfield wrote the first counselors handbook. The original form of that handbook is still in use today. Whitfield voluntarily retired from his position as Dean of Counselors in 1970. Along with Charles Hamilton, Whitfield was instrumental in creating the intricate structure of the program that has evolved into one of the finest programs of its kind.

Whitfield was named one of the original trustees of the A.B. Weyer Memorial Trust. The Weyer Trust was created to ensure the future financial stability of The American Legion Boys State of Missouri, Inc. In 1989, he was named Chairman of the trust succeeding Charles L. Bacon who died suddenly while still serving his term. Whitfield has been active in veteran's affairs since his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy in January of 1947. He is a graduate of Central Missouri State University where he was Student Body President. In his senior year he received the George Charno Citizenship Award. Whitfield is still serving as a life member of the Executive Committee of the American Legion Boys State of Missouri Board of Directors.


William Phelps

Inducted in 1990


Bill Phelps was born and raised in Nevada, Missouri. He attended the University of Missouri - Columbia and graduated with a degree in economics in 1956 and a law degree in 1959. Following graduation he began practicing law with a Kansas City firm.  Phelps was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives from the Kansas City area in 1960 and was re-elected five times. In 1972, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Missouri and was re-elected in 1976. Phelps campaigned on a pledge to be Missouri's first "full time" Lieutenant Governor and upon his election to that office he gave up his law practice.  In 1980, Phelps was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor of Missouri. He lost the Republican primary election to former Governor Kit Bond.

After a fourteen-year absence from public life, in 1994 Phelps ran for Congress in Missouri's Fourth Congressional District. Phelps won the primary, but was defeated in November by the incumbent, Ike Skelton. Phelps has worked as the national spokesman for Americans for Fair Tax, a group that advocates replacing the income tax with a national sales tax.  After a successful career in public service, Phelps became Senior Vice-President of American General Insurance Company.
His Boys State career started in 1951, when he was elected Chief Justice of the MBS Supreme Court. A former member of the Boys State staff, he has been one of Missouri Boys State's greatest supporters and benefactors.  A frequent keynote speaker, Phelps contributed to the youth of Missouri in many ways through his involvement with Missouri Boys State. 


Charles Mickey
??? - 1995

Inducted in 1993


A member of the Boys State staff since 1945, Charles Mickey distinguished himself as one of the most recognizable symbols of the Missouri Boys State program.  Serving as athletic counselor, counselor and banker, Charlie was a member of the MBS operations staff for 22 years.  Prior to his death in 1995, Charlie served 52 years as a member of the MBS staff, which is still a record length of service for a staff member.  A war veteran and past state legion commander, Charles Mickey dedicated much of his life to the betterment of the youth of Missouri.


I.L. Peters

Inducted in 1994


I.L. Peters was the principal liaison between Central Missouri State University and Missouri Boys State when the decision was made to move from Kemper Military Academy to the campus in Warrensburg.  Missouri Boys State was in need of additional space to expand and grow and Central became the campus of choice.

Shortly after the move was consummated in 1953, "Dean" I.L. Peters was elected to the American Legion Boys State Board of Directors and Executive Committee.  He served in the capacity until his death in 1984. The "Dean" was always striving to provide the best environment possible for the citizens of Missouri Boys State .  His goal was to see that the university staff acted as gracious hosts to the young high school students that were spending a week on the campus.  To this day, the Central staff take great pride in providing for Boys State citizens the best that Central has to offer.  He considered Boys State citizens and staff a part of the CMSU family.

I.L. Peters came to the campus of Central Missouri State University as the commander of the Navy V12 training command that prepared naval officers for World War II.  The University administration recognized an outstanding leader and convinced him that he should remain on the campus as the dean of administration.  He retired as Vice President of Finance and Administration in 1971 after 25 years of leadership that resulted in enormous student enrollment.  Perhaps even more important was the growth in buildings and other facilities required to accommodate the tremendous increase in students and faculty.  It is not likely that the campus will ever again attain the facility development of the 1950's and '60's.  As a result of the physical growth of the campus, Central was able to accommodate a similar growth in Missouri Boys State so that today it hosts one of the largest Boys State groups in the United States today!  By recognizing I.L. Peters as a member of the Boys State Hall of Fame, the MBS Board of Directors also recognized the significant contribution made by Central Missouri State University for over 40 years.  I.L. Peters would have been the first to agree that Central Missouri State University deserved much of the recognition. But his hard work on behalf of Central and Missouri Boys State was obvious to everyone.  The "Dean" was always striving to make Central the best that it could be.  His endeavors on behalf of Missouri Boys State were just a small part of his overall contributions to the citizens of Missouri.


Tom D. Harmon

Inducted in 1996


Tom Harmon attended Boys State in 1964 and established himself as a strong leader at a young age.  He accomplished the rare feat of being elected president pro-tem of the Boys State Senate while serving as a member of the minority party.   With that kind of success at Boys State it was clear, success in business was not too far behind.   Tom, his brother Lynn and his father Adrian were successful bankers in Kansas City and Warrensburg.  Tom is the former president of Jackson County State Bank and Commerce Bancshares in Kansas City, MO.   The family also owned the Bank of Warrensburg.  Their business thrived for many years, until they eventually sold the business to Mercantile Bancshares.   His contributions to the Boys State program are many.  In 1998, at Tom’s urging, the Harmon Family agreed to fund a challenge grant to assist The American Legion Missouri Boys State Trust.  The grant would add $250,000 to the Trust Fund based on the Trust raising an additional $500,000 in pledges and donations.  The overall goal would increase the Trust Fund to $1,000,000 by 2003.   The Trust Fund is critical to the financial stability of Missouri Boys State.  With the help of the entire Harmon Family, the Trust Fund is well on its way to secure the financial future of Missouri Boys State.  Tom’s contributions aren’t solely financial.  He currently serves as a lifetime member of The American Legion Boys State of Missouri Executive Committee.  He has served as assistant treasurer of The American Legion Missouri Boys State Trust Fund and as treasurer of Missouri Boys State.  During his eight years as quartermaster of Missouri Boys State he began the modernization of the position and put many of the current procurement systems in place.  Following Tom’s tenure as quartermaster the position became the Dean of Operations.  It was Tom’s leadership that made it possible to increase the involvement of the quartermaster into a policy-making role for Boys State and allow for the transition to the newly named Dean of Operations position.  Few people have given as much time, effort and resources to The American Legion Boys State of Missouri as Tom Harmon.


Ed Martin
1923 - 2005

Inducted in 1997


No one loved Missouri Boys State more than Ed Martin.  He gave more than 35 years of service to Missouri Boys State and served in many top leadership positions. He served as MBS Quartermaster (now Dean of Operations) from 1971-1975.  He served as MBS Treasurer from 1977-1990. As treasurer he was instrumental in instituting many of the current accounting practices utilized by Boys State today.  Ed and his wife Colleene served faithfully as members of the volunteer staff until the late 1990’s.  Ed was named a lifetime member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors in June of 1990.  Ed was also a catalyst during the formation of The American Legion Missouri Boys State Trust Fund (formerly The A.B. Weyer Memorial Trust) serving as that organization’s first Treasurer beginning in June of 1982 until retiring from that post in August of 2001.  He also contributed as a significant fundraiser, raising nearly $20,000 for the Trust.  Ed was a very active life member of The American Legion and Post 224 in Kansas City where he lived most of his life. Ed passed away in October of 2005, he was 82.


Elton W. Fay

Inducted in 1998


Elton Fay has served Missouri Boys State for over 30 years in numerous capacities.  He has served as assistant city counselor, city counselor and will always be remembered as one of the finest to serve in the position of dean of counselors in the programs’ history.   His eight years as dean of counselors were some of the most prosperous times for the  staff of the Boys State program.  Many of the current program leaders cite Elton Fay as their mentor.  As managing partner of Grimes, Fay and Gaeth LLC, a Columbia, MO law firm, he has continued to work hard for the Boys State program throughout Missouri.  He also gives back in his community.  He is a long time member of the Columbia MO Public School Board and recently served as that board’s president.  He is currently a lifetime member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and serves as Secretary for The American Legion Missouri Boys State Memorial Trust Fund.  Elton’s enthusiasm and compassion for the Boys State program have meant a great deal to the many citizens and staff he has served over the years. 


Ralph Biele

Inducted in 2003


Ralph Biele has served as a member of the Missouri Boys State staff for over 35 years.  Few people on the staff have given more time, effort and care to Boys State and its participants. 

In 1971, he came to Boys State as a corporal in the Missouri Highway Patrol and Boys State has been the beneficiary of his passion and commitment ever since.  As he rose through the ranks of the Missouri Highway Patrol his commitment to Boys State grew stronger.  He soon became the Missouri Highway Patrol Public Information Officer and along the way was promoted from Corporal to Sergeant to Lieutenant to Captain to Major.  He retired from the Patrol as Lieutenant Colonel and assistant Superintendent in 1996 after 32 years of meritorious service.  Following his retirement he served on the staff of the Missouri Gaming Commission as a Department Director overseeing all enforcement activities.  He retired from that position in 2001.  In 2004, Governor Bob Holden appointed him to serve on the Missouri Gaming Commission.  He served in that capacity through 2006.

At Boys State, he first served as a member of the staff in the Law Enforcement School where he taught a wide array of law enforcement subjects.  After a couple of years of service he became dean of the Law Enforcement School. In 1990, he was named to the Missouri Boys State Board of Directors.  In 1996, he was named Boys State Treasurer and a member of the Boys State Executive Committee.  In 2002, he was instrumental in the development and subsequent move of the MBS Headquarters office to the campus of Central Missouri State University.  Aside from his board duties as treasurer, he currently serves on the operations staff at Boys State and oversees the Charlie Mickey Boys State Bank. 

He remains very active in several community projects and charities. During his tenure at the Missouri Highway Patrol he began his involvement with the Missouri Special Olympics and specifically the Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Missouri Special Olympics.  He worked on the very first torch run many years ago which raised $3,000.  Now, the Torch Run raises over a million dollars annually for Missouri Special Olympics.  He joined the board of directors for the Missouri Special Olympics in 1987 and since has served the board in many capacities including Chairman of the Board from 1991-1993.  He is currently Treasurer for that organization.  He was also a founding member of the Mid-Missouri Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and an active member of the Optimist Club in Jefferson City.

Ralph Biele continues to work tirelessly for the Boys State program and has faithfully served as a role model for participants and staff.


Bob Holden

Inducted in 2005


Bob Holden was born in Kansas City on August 24, 1949 and was raised on a farm in Shannon County near Birch Tree, Missouri.  He was educated in a one room school house near his family farm.  In 1973, he graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a degree in political science.  He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government for Public Executives and the Flemming Fellow Leadership Institute.  His career in public service began in 1976, when he served as an assistant to the state treasurer of Missouri.  In 1982, Holden defeated an incumbent and was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives from the 136th District (Springfield).  He served three terms in the House, from 1983 to 1989.  He was elected state treasurer in 1992 and again in 1996.  In 2000, Holden was elected the 53rd Governor of the state of Missouri.

Following a career in public service spanning more than 25 years, former Missouri Governor Bob Holden now is a private sector leader in the fields of education and international economic development.

Holden is chairman of The Holden Group, LLC, where he advises public and private sector clients on business development and international trade strategies.  The Holden Group’s projects include proposals for the Midwest Governors Association, private developers, an automotive company, a major airport and a technology/education proposal that is international in scope.

Holden’s interest in international trade and in fostering economic bonds between the Midwest United States and the international business community is reflected in his leadership of the Governor Bob Holden Public Policy Forum @ Webster University. As a visiting professor, Governor Holden lectures on public policy and leadership throughout the worldwide Webster campus network.

Holden is vice chairman of the new Midwest U.S.-China Association featuring senior advisors, Adlai Stevenson, former U.S. senator, Walter Mondale, former U.S. vice president, and Bill Daley, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce. The Association works with all Midwestern governors to improve economic cooperation and stimulate business growth between the Midwestern states and China.

His career at Boys State began in 1966 when he was a Boys State citizen.  His passion for Boys State was ignited again when he returned to Boys State in 1984 to lecture in the Legislative School.  Just five years later, he was named dean of the Legislative School and a member of the MBS Board of Directors (1989).  Even though his political career was in full swing, he still found the time to serve Boys State.  As Governor of Missouri, he made it a priority to appear at Boys State every year to give a speech and work in the Legislative School.  In 2001, he made history by holding the first-ever bill signing ceremony in the MBS Legislative School.  By signing MO House Bill 471 into law, he demonstrated first hand to the legislators at Boys State how the process works.  Governor Holden continues to serve Boys State in his post-political career as a member of the Board of Directors.  Citing Boys State as the place where his passion for public service was realized, Governor Holden has been a true role model for all who participate at Missouri Boys State.


Treva Bounds

Inducted in 2006


Treva Bounds served The Missouri American Legion as a member of the state headquarters office staff for 27 years.  She served as office manager for most of those years.  As a part of her duties with The American Legion she was assigned to support Missouri Boys State.  She served as assistant secretary to the MBS Board of Directors until she left her position in 1992.  In 1993, she was named the first-ever female member of the MBS Board of Directors.  She continued to serve Boys State as assistant to the director.  She served as a board member until her retirement in 2004.  All in all, she served 36 years as a member of the Boys State staff.  Few people have given as much to Boys State as Treva Bounds.  She ran the Boys State office every year, logging long hours at an exhaustive pace.  She was instrumental in converting the all-paper Boys State to a computerized program.  She facilitated several office moves on campus and always keep the program running smoothly.  She celebrated her birthday every year at Boys State.  As she put it so eloquently, “I love sharing my birthday with my Boys State Family.”   She attended every board meeting and provided much needed administrative support throughout the year, long after the week of Boys State had ended.  No one knows as much about the inner workings of Boys State than Treva Bounds.  Her dedication was unparalleled and her love of the program was never ending. 


William R. “Rusty” Jones

Inducted in 2015


Rusty Jones has served for over 40 years with Missouri Boys State in numerous capacities.  A native of Kennett, MO, he graduated from the US Naval Academy and took his commission in the US Marine Corps.  He continued to serve on the Missouri Boys State Staff unless deployed.  A Naval Aviator, he flew 94 combat missions flying the AH-1J Sea Cobra from amphibious ships in North Vietnamese waters.  Transitioning to the AV-8A Harrier and AV-8B Harrier II, he commanded Marine Attack Squadron 231 during Operation Desert Storm, flying 41 combat missions into occupied Kuwait. He later commanded Marine Aircraft Group-32.  He left active duty as a Colonel after 29 years of service.  Rusty co-authored and teamed-up for a milestone program within MBS, the Counselor Mentoring Program which continues to enable the MBS Counseling Staff to confidently perform at their utmost abilities.  He initiated Missouri Boys States’ inclusion of dependent sons of US military and government personnel who are stationed overseas.  He has been instrumental in bringing active duty and retired senior military officers to speak during the MBS Sessions.  He currently serves on the MBS Board of Directors and is a Trustee on the MBS Memorial Trust.  Rusty’s devotion and enthusiasm for Missouri Boys State is an inspiration to his fellow Missouri Boys State Staff members.



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