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Six new members will be inducted into the Birmingham Hall of Fame at the 36th Annual Inductee and Scholarship Banquet Sunday, Oct. 21 at St. Stephen School Hall, 2018 Consaul St. Toledo.

The celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. with a social hour. The “World Famous Chicken Paprika and Pig-in-the-Blanket” dinner will be served family-style at 6 pm. Guest speaker for this event is Tricia Cullop, Women’s Head Basketball Coach for the University of Toledo Rockets.

Banquet tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 12 and free for children under 6 years old. Order dinner tickets by calling Takacs Grocery & Meats at 419-693-9233.

This year’s Hall of Fame inductees include:

Robert Kovesdi, of Curtice, (Athlete and Business) was born and lived in the Birmingham from 1951 to 1958. He attended Holy Rosary School from 1963 to 1965 where he played baseball, basketball and football.

In 1966, he played football for Fassett Junior High School as an offensive and defensive end. He went on to play football for the Clay High School Eagles and earned an Honorable Mention in the All Great Lakes League as an offensive tight end.

Robert attended the University of Toledo, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration and Pre-Law. He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration and Political Science.

From 1976 to 1980, Robert worked for Mohan Realty Co. in residential, agricultural and commercial sales. He also worked at the Gulish Villa, helping to cook, clean and manage the business. He is currently retired.


Dawn Marie Brown, of Delaware, Ohio, (Athlete). A 1983 graduate of Waite High School, Dawn was a three-year letter winner with the Indians basketball team. As a senior, she led her team to the Blue Division Championship and was named City League Player of the Year, averaging 17 points per game. Captain both her junior and senior years, she was a two-time First Team All-City selection, as well as First Team All-District and Honorable Mention All-State. She finished high school with 855 points. She was also an All-City tennis player and lettered in softball. Dawn attended Bowling Green State University on a basketball scholarship. During her senior season, she led the Falcons to a 27-3 overall record, including a perfect 16-0 in conference play and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. She graduated from BGSU with a degree in social work.

In 1990, Gov. Richard Celeste honored her with the “Going Above and Beyond” call of duty for dedication to her career and clients. She would later return to college to earn an associate’s degree in sports and fitness management.

In 1988, Dawn was inducted into Waite High School’s Hall of Fame and in 2002, she was inducted into the Toledo City Athletic League Hall of Fame.

She is employed at Avizent/Frank Gates in Dublin, Ohio, as a report developer.


Gregory Alan “Hawk” Christian, of Oregon, (Athlete) has spent a lifetime engaging in athletics as a participant on various teams at various levels, as well as a coach.

He spent most of his formative years on the East Side of Toledo, attending Good Shepherd and St. Thomas Aquinas grade schools. He graduated from Cardinal Stritch High School in 1977.

While in grade school, Greg played basketball for Coach Rollie Pratt and baseball for Coach Cruz Basquez. At Stritch, he played football, basketball, and baseball all four years. He lettered in all three sports and was named “All City” in football and baseball. He also played for a four-man travel team that was featured on ABC’s television show, “Real People.”

After graduation, Greg started his career with Libbey Owens Ford. He subsequently accepted a position at Johnson Controls, where he currently works.

Following his passion for sports, he coached boys and girls basketball and boys baseball at Cardinal Stritch for 20 years. He is currently the assistant baseball and basketball coach at St. John’s Jesuit High School.

Greg married his high school sweetheart Jill Hatfield in 1981. They have three children, Kacy, Kylee and Kendyl.


Joseph Kovesdi, of Oregon, (Athlete), lived in the Birmingham neighborhood from 1953 until 1956. He attended Holy Rosary School, where he played baseball, basketball and football.

He later played baseball, basketball and football at Fassett Junior High School. He went on to play baseball and football at Clay High School, where in his junior year playing the position of linebacker, Clay won the GLL Championship.

Joe attended the University of Toledo, earning a bachelor’s degree with honors, a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in Psychology. For 28 years, he has been in private practice as a clinical psychologist. He has worked as chief psychologist for the Tiffin Development Center, presented psychology training throughout the state, and has also taught at the University of Toledo and Heidelberg University.


Master Sergeant David J. Hernandez (Military), attended kindergarten at Birmingham Elementary; Holy Rosary School until seventh grade, East Toledo Junior High School eighth grade and Waite High School, where he graduated in January 1990.

He joined the U.S. Army, enjoying a career that has included a number of educational endeavors and courses, deployments and honors.

His awards and decorations include The Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, The Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) NATO Medal, The Saudi Arabian Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait, The Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait Medal, The Army Superior Unit Award, and The Meritorious Unit Commendation, among others.

He is still on active duty living and serving in 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.


Eric Gene Fodor, of Toledo, (Service Award) is being lauded for his work every year for the betterment of the Hungarian Community and the Birmingham Hall of Fame.

He has helped at the annual Birmingham Hall of Fame golf outing “rolling” bacon, doing whatever is asked of him during at other events and has helped with raising funds for the Birmingham Scholarship program.

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