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CEHS Hall of Fame: 2012 Inductees

Molly Vass-Lehman


Molly Vass-Lehman earned a bachelor of arts (1974), master of arts (1976) and doctor of education (1978) from WVU. She went on to teach in the Counseling Psychology and Education Program at Western Michigan University and to direct the Holistic Health Care Program in the Western Michigan University College of Health and Human Services. This program became a national model on the integration of mind/body health approaches into the mainstream of health care and education.

Vass-Lehman was awarded the National Teaching Award and was a national speaker regarding the impact of the holistic health field on counseling, psychology, medicine and education.
She was one of the founding fellows of the Fetzer Institute and has been key to the development of several programs, including the PBS Emmy-winning series, “Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers,” and other programs that have significantly impacted the field of health and education in the country.

Vass-Lehman designed and developed the Fetzer Institute’s retreat center, GilChrist, a contemplative retreat center for individuals and groups.

Diane Woodrum-Leuthold


Diane Woodrum-Leuthold currently works as a licensed school psychologist for Fremouw-Sigley Psychological Associates in Morgantown, WV, working with children, families and WVUstudents. Diane retired from higher education in July 2011. She spent 22 years at WVU, leaving as a professor of special education. While at WVU, she served as chair of the faculty senate and graduate council and received CEHS’s outstanding teacher award three times during her tenure. For the last 10 years, Diane has served as chair in the education department at Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, PA, and often serves as an expert witness in court cases involving special education. Diane is married to Peter P. Leuthold and has five children and seven grandchildren. She spends her summers at her home on Lake Lyster, Quebec, Canada, and is a number one fan of WVUfootball and basketball!

Franklin Parker


Franklin Parker, WVU Benedum Professor of Education Emeritus (1968-86), and his wife Betty attended Berea College (BA), University of Illinois (MS), and Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College (Ed.D.). He previously taught history and philosophy of education, comparative and international education at the Universities of Texas (Austin) and Oklahoma (Norman). After retirement, he taught at Northern Arizona University and Western Carolina University. The Parkers, still active at Uplands Village, Crossville, Tennessee, wrote George Peabody, A Biography (Vanderbilt Press, 1971, revised 1995), 50+ other books, 200+ journal articles, and many blog articles under the name bfparker in