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Four are inducted into city Hall of Fame

Warren Sattler is presented with a plaque during the induction ceremonies Sunday for the Meriden Hall of Fame at the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center. Sattler was named to the Hall of Fame for his support of the arts in the community. (Michelle McLoughlin / Record-Journal)
By Sloan Brewster, Record-Journal staff

MERIDEN Cartoonist Warren Sattler, inducted into the Meriden Hall of Fame Sunday, gives his late brother, Ernest "Zeke" Sattler, much of the credit for his achievements.

Warren Sattler was among four inductees honored at the hall's 24th annual induction ceremony, at the Augusta M. Curtis Cultural Center.

The only living member of this year's class, Sattler was inducted in the art category. He began drawing cartoons as a child and was first published in a city newspaper at 15. Over the years, he has worked for Marvel Comics and D.C. Comics. His work also has appeared in books, including "Animal House" and "National Lampoon's Tenth Anniversary."

Sattler has worked on such comic strips as "Gil Thorp" and "Hi and Lois." He also created his own comic strips, "Swamp Brats" and "Grubby."

"I owe a lot to my brother," he said. Sattler said he looked up to his brother, who was seven years his senior and an artist as well. "I learned a lot from him."

The three remaining honorees were inducted posthumously. Descendants or other family members accepted the awards on their behalf.

Raymond Donovan, who died in 1997, was inducted in the community service category. Donovan's widow, Mary, accepted on her late husband's behalf. Included on the list of services Donovan performed in his lifetime was co-establishing the Family Health Information Center at the Meriden Public Library in 1996. The center allows residents to access medical information that has been rendered more readable.

Donovan was "generous and unselfish," said presenter Marcia Trotta, the director of the library. "He never took credit for himself."

Donovan spent more than 40 years as a volunteer in many civic and religious organizations in Meriden and other communities. The long list includes such names as the United Way, the Board of Public Works and the Meriden Visiting Nurses Association.

"Service was his avocation," Mary Donovan said.

She described her late husband as an "activist extraordinaire," a man who "would never commit to anything that he could not give the time and effort that was required."

Harriet Yale, the granddaughter of H. Wales Lines, accepted the award on his behalf. Lines' company, the H. Wales Lines Co. built many landmark buildings and houses in Meriden. The Curtis Cultural Center and City Hall were among the civic buildings Lines' company built, as were First Congregational Church; the First Church of Christ, Scientist; St. Joseph Church and St. Rose Church.

"I wish I had known H. Wales Lines," said his grandson, Mark Hamilton, who presented the award.

David P. Smith, who died in 1958, was inducted in the science and medicine category. His son, David L. Smith, accepted the award and gave a lengthy speech on his father's accomplishments, which included serving in World War I and playing the violin professionally. He was also an inventor. His inventions included a surgical retractor and a chamber for cryotherapy, which was a common way of treating some diseases, including cancer, in Smith's time.

"Three threads that run together the musician, the physician, the veteran," Smith said of his late father.

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