Clearfield Bison Alumni Association recognized two distinguished alumni at its annual banquet held at the St. Charles Café in Clearfield.
Members honored Dr. Joseph Peters and Dennis Karchner.
Dr. Peters was the valedictorian of the Clearfield Area High School’s class of 1964. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Juniata College where he graduated summa cum laude. He earned his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from Penn State University.
He did his internship in clinical psychology at Connecticut Valley Hospital, Middletown, Conn. He continued his career in psychology in private practice along with holding numerous positions as professor of psychology at Geneva College, Lebanon Valley College and Bowling Green State University.
Dr. Peters has served as supervising psychologist at Geneva Professional Center and as consulting psychologist at the department of veteran’s affairs center in McKeesport. He served as president of the medical staff, director of training for the psychology department, director of clinical medical health at Lebanon Valley VA Medical Center. He directed the counseling program and was clinical coordinator for the graduate counseling program at Geneva College.
He has produced more than 50 professional publications and presentations.
Karchner, a member of CAHS class of 1971, graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and worked in the school studio. He gained experience as a graphic artist at Kurtz Bros. and at his own design-to-print in Clearfield. He continued to design at Seaside Design/Image Products in North Carolina and later served as senior graphic artist/illustrator in the Harley Davidson Division at Vanity Fair in image wear, designing and printing for several national sport enterprises. He wrote and provided illustrations for the Pennsylvania Game News.
He became interested in western art and has three pieces on permanent display at the Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Ga. Karchner then moved from graphic design to acrylics to oils, especially in western art with displays at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyo.
He has painted portraits of several Pittsburgh Steelers and is booked to do more. Some of his portraits are hanging in the Heinz Sports History Museum in Pittsburgh. He is now concentrating on fine arts.