Four Inducted Into Abraham Lincoln Hall of Fame
Abraham Lincoln High School honored the career achievements of four alumni during their High School Hall of Fame Ceremony on Thursday, March 14. The event was held in conjunction with the school’s National Honor Society ceremony.
The four new members of the Hall of Fame include Cyndi Carrithers Miller (1969), Career in Educational Leadership; Carol Wood (1969), Career in Child Advocacy; Kim Strohbehn (1972), Career in Space Engineering; and David Petratis (1976), Career in Business Leadership and Innovation.
Dr. Cyndi Carrithers Miller
Class of 1969
Dr. Cyndi Carrithers Miller graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1969. She attended the University of Nebraska, where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education. She also received her doctorate in education administration, curriculum and instruction from the University of Nebraska.
After college, she worked in school districts in Iowa, Texas and Arizona, serving as a teacher, supervisor, assistant principal, principal, director and assistant superintendent. Today, she is an educational consultant who challenges her teachers to “teach everyday like your hair’s on fire.”
Miller has award-winning programs in architecture, engineering and international baccalaureate. She has also established and directed leadership programs that earned her the highest rating in the Arizona accountability system. She authored the book, “Building a School of Leaders One Relationship at a Time.” She is an active member of her community, volunteering in museums, churches and book studies.
Class of 1976
David D. Petratis is an Abraham Lincoln High School graduate, class of 1976. He has had a very successful business career, is married to his wife, Cindy, and has three daughters. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial management for the University of Northern Iowa and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Petratis is currently the CEO of Allegion, a $2.4 billion security solutions provider for homes, businesses, and other industries. Prior to Allegion, he was a chairman, president and CEO of Houston-based Quanex Building Products Corporation. He also served at Schneider Electric as president and CEO of its North American operating division.
His experience, knowledge, and leadership has earned his team recognition from Industry Week magazine for safety and manufacturing excellence. The National Safety Council twice named him “CEO Who Gets It” for his leadership in health and safety at both Schneider Electric and Allegion. He was the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001.
Class of 1972
Kim Strohbehn graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1972. He attended Iowa State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctoral degree in electrical engineering.
Following graduate school, he accepted an invitation from the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory. In addition to working in the Applied Physics Laboratory, he also became a researcher for Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.
Strohbehn’s accomplishments include 66 major patents and publications. He also co-authored an engineering textbook and helped design the CRISM infrared imaging spectrometer. The spectrometer has collected data for Mars exploration and landing sites for future Mars missions.
He devoted his life to his family and his work. He lost his battle with cancer on Jan. 14, 2018.
Class of 1969
Carol Wood graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1969. After high school, she began as an intern in 1972 at Children’s Square. She has helped children in need for 47 years and continues to do so today.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the former Dana College in Blair, Nebraska and master’s in social work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has also completed three years of post-graduate training in Systems Theory/Marriage and Family Therapy through the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas.
In her role at Children’s Square, Wood has focused her commitment and leadership in the areas of early childhood, foster care, adoptions, group care, residential treatment and family counseling. She was promoted to vice president of professional services and served as interim president in 1992. By 1993, she was named president and CEO.
Wood is a licensed independent social worker in Iowa and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Works as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.
She is active in the community, serving in volunteer and leadership roles with St. John Lutheran Church, Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce, Council Bluffs Noon Rotary Club, and Network CB.