Pictured from l. to r.: Tom Hood, President, St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School, Lance Forsdick, Jr. Mark Luttmann, John Barzizza, Paul Lucchesi and Chris Burke, Dean, St. Dominic School.
St. Dominic School Hall of Fame Celebrates New Inductees
On Thursday, November 2, the St. Dominic School Hall of Fame gained three new inductees. Betty Luttmann, John Barzizza, SDS ’63 and Lance Forsdick, Jr., SDS ’76 were celebrated among family, friends, and St. Agnes-St. Dominic faculty and staff, both past and present.
Each honoree is a wonderful representation of the Dominican pillars: Mrs. Luttmann, who taught thousands of students during a 50 year career; John Barzizza, who has exemplified a life of service to the Memphis community; and Lance Forsdick, Jr. who has remained a steadfast part of the St. Dominic community through his time as a student, a parent, and a member of the Board of Trustees and the SDS Alumni Board.
Betty Luttmann: Over the course of 50 years as an educator, Betty Luttmann taught thousands of students in Memphis Catholic schools. Mrs. Luttmann was a part of our SAA-SDS school family for 30 years. She taught Latin in the Junior High and Upper School from 1985 until the time of her death in 2015. Truly, Betty was one of the icons of this school and the Memphis community. No one epitomized the call to teach better than she.
Betty passed away on January 25, 2015, at the age of 81. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, William James Luttmann, and survived by her three sons, Stephen, Mark and Billy. Betty’s granddaughter, Melissa, is continuing her legacy as an Upper School Latin teacher at St. Agnes Academy. In 2016, a scholarship was named in Betty’s honor to benefit a 7th-12th-grade student who has demonstrated financial need, evidences good citizenship, and is currently studying Latin or a World Language
John Barzizza: John Barzizza graduated from St. Dominic School in 1962. He joined his father Alex in business full time at Southwestern Distributing Co. in 1970 and became President and General Manager in 1977. He started Southwestern Beverages in 1993 alongside brother Gene, and retired after the sale of both companies in 2012.
John Barzizza’s lifetime of work within the Memphis community exemplifies the Dominican pillar of “Service.” One of John’s greatest contributions to the Memphis community has been through his work with Shelby Residential and Vocational Services (SRVS). He has volunteered countless hours of service, worked tirelessly to raise millions of dollars, and dedicated years serving on the Board of Directors for SRVS. John has volunteered over thirty years of service to Christian Brothers High School as President of the Alumni Association and as a member of the Board of Directors. He was honored as the 2016 CBHS Distinguished Alumnus. Additionally, John joined the Carnival Memphis Association in 1977, has been a member of the Liberty Bowl Association since 1984, and was elected as Alderman for the City of Germantown in 2012. John is married to Wanda Barzizza and has four children – Christy, Jeany, John and Justin, and three grandchildren, Christopher, Michael and Miller, St. Dominic Class of 2026.
H. Lance Forsdick, Jr.: Lance Forsdick, Jr., graduated from St. Dominic School in 1976. Lance has spent 37 years in the construction business, first working full time for his father’s development and construction business, Realty & Financial Services, Inc. and in 1994 buying the company and renaming it Grace Construction Company, Inc. Current and past clients of Grace Construction include the Catholic Dioceses of West Tennessee, MALCO Theaters, Christian Brothers University, Christian Brothers High School and St. Agnes Academy – St. Dominic School. Lance devoted countless hours to St. Agnes-St. Dominic, overseeing construction of Siena Hall, the Veritas Research Center, and the Davis Early Childhood Center. His leadership, dedication and guidance throughout the construction process was invaluable.
Lance has remained a steadfast supporter of St. Dominic School since his graduation over 40 years ago. Lance has continued to make a huge mark on this campus, and his love for St. Dominic is evident He has served on the Board of Trustees and is a current member of the St. Dominic Alumni Board. Lance and his wife Mary have three children, Andrew SD ‘01, John Taylor, and Grace, and two grandchildren.