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Lyn Behnke and Phillip Demeter Named 2019 Distinguished Alumni 

Railroaders To Be Honored at Durand Union Station

Posted by Durand Now at 10:30pm 7/30/19

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Durand Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of Lyn Behnke, class of 1976 and Phillip Demeter, Class of 2001 as distinguished alumni for 2019. The recipients were selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates nominated by their peers.

Dr. Lyn Behnke was selected for her 40+ years of service in health care as a rural clinician, administrator and college professor. Behnke began her career as a Registered Nurse, continuing her education with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Nursing Practice, culminating with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Dr. Behnke has served on a variety of state and national health boards, has been involved in White House briefing, has presented at state and local health conferences and has published numerous health related articles. In addition, Dr. Behnke involves herself in musical performance as well as supporting high school bands and choirs and local musical theatre groups.

Phil Demeter is a Major in the Michigan Air National Guard and a First Officer at Delta Air Lines. In the Michigan Air National Guard, Phil is a pilot on the KC-135 Stratotanker in the 171st Air Refueling Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mt Clemens, Michigan. He currently provides aerial refueling to military aircraft in support of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s strategic objectives. At Delta, Phil pilots the Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft, based out of Detroit.

 After graduating from Durand Area High School in 2001, Phil received his commission as a distinguished graduate from the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2006. He has served as a B-52 aircraft commander, B-2 instructor pilot, T-38A evaluator pilot and KC-135 aircraft commander. Phil is a senior pilot with more than 2,500 total flying hours including support of Bomber Assurance and Deterrence missions throughout the Pacific Theater. Phil holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate with the Federal Aviation Administration.

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Dr. Lyn Behnke and Major Phillip Demeter will be honored at a reception on August 11, 2019, from 3-5 pm at Durand Union Station. The reception is open to the public and will include a brief presentation at 3:30 pm.

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