The Denison Alumni Association Board of Directors announced the addition of two members to the Monarch Wall of Pride: Bruce Binning and Troy Gehlsen.
Binning (posthumously) and Gehlsen will be honored at the Monarch homecoming game on October 11.
Binning’s family and Gehlsen will also be featured in the homecoming parade at 2 p.m. on October 11.
Bruce Binning, affectionately called “The Camera Man,” attended Denison High School (DHS) his freshman year; his family moved to Muscatine, where he graduated from high school.
He returned to Denison in 1965 and began a career as the photographer for the Denison Bulletin and Review that spanned 50 years.
During that time, he covered many events and activities of the Denison schools. Photographing students was a prominent part of his job. He covered everything from homecoming parades to band and vocal concerts, which gave him great joy.
Generations of Denison school kids were excited to see themselves in the newspaper. His kind nature and approachable ways appealed to children and he loved telling their stories through pictures.
Troy Gehlsen graduated with the DHS Class of 1985. After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, he came back to Denison and worked as news director of KDSN for three years. While there, he had many opportunities to enhance the image of the Denison schools.
After a stint with a radio station in Hastings, Nebraska, he returned to Denison to become co-owner of Reynold’s Clothing with his brother, Brett.
For more than 15 years, Gehlsen has volunteered hours to announce the football games for the Denison Monarchs. Many a fan has been able to keep up with the Friday night action through his dedication at the announcers’ stand.
For even more years, he has emceed the DHS prom grand march.
When Denison hosted the Academic Decathlon contest, he volunteered as a judge for interviewing.
His business has always been a booster of the school. From allowing students to paint windows and sidewalks to featuring Monarch-labeled clothing, Troy and Brett have enhanced the image of the schools.
He has been a very active member of the community as well, serving on the Chamber & Development Council of Crawford County, as a Cub Scout troop leader and as a key member of the RAGBRAI committee last year.
He is also a church choir member and elder.