CHSAA Distinguished Alumni
   Each year the Centralia High School Alumni Association recognizes distinguished alumni from all walks of life and occupations.  Verle J. Besant was a member of the induction class of 2012 and was honored in ceremonies at the high school and the historical museum.  see photos

Verle J. Besant


Class of 1953 

Graduated from University of Illinois, B.S. in Economics/Insurance

Started insurance career with
New York Life Insurance Company in St. Louis

Became owner of Insurance Partnership Agency in Centralia

Serves as board member of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospitals
and the Felician Services, Inc. in Chicago

Serves as chairman for the Centralia Redevelopment Commission
and the Centralia Foundation

Serves as director of Centralia Industries

Has served in numerous positions for a multitude of boards
and committees locally and statewide

Received the Centralia Jaycees Distinguished Service Award

Received the Centralia Chamber of Commerce
Small Business of the Year Award

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