Like his siblings, Spahr, the oldest, was taught by his father to set goals and go after them. His sisters, Kim and Emily, live in Chicago, where Kim, who has a master’s degree in psychology, works in a hospital, and Emily is a pharmacy tech. Tony practices law in Peru.
“He was passionate about everything he did,” Spahr says about his father. “He always had goals and plans and worked hard in order to bring them to fruition. He strongly believed that, given enough desire and willpower, a person can accomplish a lot.”
Spahr has done just that. He is one of those “into everything” kind of people, piling up school and civic activities like Dagwood Bumstead making a sandwich.
In high school, he was a member of the French Club (which came in handy; stay tuned), participated in the Academic Super Bowl as a member of the Math, Fine Arts and All-Around Teams, and competed in the Spell Bowl. The rangy, 6-1, 190-pound Spahr also played tennis.
There’s more. An accomplished celloist, Spahr was a member of the Kokomo Youth Symphony Orchestra, a Kokomo youth chamber ensemble, the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra, the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and the Indiana All-State Honors Orchestra.
Little wonder, then, he was chosen to represent PHS at Boys State and selected as one of 100 Indiana students to attend the Indiana Governor’s Scholar Academy, a three-week summer program that became the Indiana Academy in Muncie.
After graduating from PHS in 1991, Spahr got a bachelor’s degree in 1994 at IU in music and history. Three years later, he earned his J.D. at IU.
As an undergraduate, he served on his dorm’s Judicial Board for one year and as a Residence Hall Ambassador for several. He was active in Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service organization. And, as a music major, he played the cello in numerous orchestras on campus. He also played intramural softball and basketball.