For Gerald Mohr, it was a birthday present to remember. When he came to the annual Rush County Chamber of Commerce dinner at Rushville Elementary School, where he has been principal since 1986, he thought it was just a birthday present from his wife. He didn?t know he was going to be named the Chamber?s Citizen of the Year.
?I am deeply humbled,? he said after advancing to the podium to receive the award from outgoing Chamber president Terry Smith. In naming Mohr as Citizen of the Year, Smith cited a string of accomplishments and contributions to the community. Mohr began his career as a 6th grade teacher in Rush County in 1967 and moved into administration as principal of the now-closed Manilla school in 1972. In 1976, he became principal at Mays and served there until taking over at RES 10 years later. ?Throughout his career, he has become known to be an outstanding administrator, admired by his peers,? Smith said. ?Teachers, parents and children alike recognized him to be hard-working, organized, dedicated and fair.? Mohr was recipient of the District 10 Principal of the Year award in 1988.
Besides education, Mohr is invoved in community affairs ranging from the Rotary Club to the Rush County Players, the Elks, Little League and First Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the Rush County Council, to which he was elected last year. He and his wife, Anita, and their sons Brian and Brent reside just outside of Rushville.