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Family contributes to Century Walk, scholarship program

November 3, 2002 — Source: Naperville Sun, The (IL)

John Scherer, nationally known for his educational role as the Video  Professor, will be donating $500,000 in the name of his parents, William  and Jane Scherer, to the Naperville Education Foundation on Wednesday  during the unveiling of a statue of his father at Naperville Central High  School.

The money will establish education and athletic scholarships that will be  given to two Naperville Central High School students annually.

He also is honoring his parents' involvement in the community by  contributing $100,000 toward the statue of his father and another  sculpture of his parents as children that will be unveiled Tuesday. The  sculptures are the newest additions to Naperville Century Walk, an outdoor  public art exhibit in the downtown Naperville area.

A bronze sculpture of Jane Latshaw Scherer and Billy Scherer sitting on a  park bench holding hands will be unveiled at the Main Street entrance to  the Riverwalk at Chicago Avenue at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The statue, which will be dedicated at 2 p.m. Wednesday outside the main  entrance of Naperville Central, depicts Billy Scherer as a high school  basketball star.

The statues were created by Emanuel Martinez of Denver, an internationally  known muralist, painter and sculptor who has pieces in the permanent  collection of the National Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian  Institute. Martinez has won numerous awards and public art commissions,  participated in prestigious invitational shows and been featured in  several publications.

William Scherer and Jane Latshaw Scherer were both born in Naperville in  1918. They attended school together, meeting in third grade. They  graduated from Naperville High School in 1936. They married in 1941 and  were together for more than 60 years before William Scherer's death.

Jane Scherer was an elementary school teacher and founder of a  kindergarten program. She is the great-granddaughter of John Naper,  brother of Naperville founder Joseph Naper.

William "Billy" Scherer served as captain of the Naperville High School  basketball team and participated in football and track. After graduating  from the Illinois Institute of Technology, he became a civil engineer. He  represented the third generation of the Scherer Hardware Store family. The  original Scherer store was opened in the early 1880s by Christian Scherer  at the southeast corner of Jefferson Avenue and Washington Street. Billy  Scherer's father, William Christian Scherer, operated the store until  1946.

The dedication ceremonies will be attended by Jane Scherer and her  children, John and James Scherer and Susan Scherer Weeks.


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