Hewlett-Woodmere Alumni Association

 

(HWAA)

 

HWPS Alumni Association

 

 Hewlett-Woodmere Alumni Association

 

HALL OF FAME

 
 
 


 
HEWLETT-WOODMERE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2015 ALUMNI HALL OF FAME
 
      The Hewlett-Woodmere Alumni Association (HWAA) is gathering nominations
 
for the HWAA Hall of Fame selections. Qualifying graduates from
 
Woodmere or George W. Hewlett High School should have achieved significant
 
distinction in their profession, service organization, community or area of
 
interest/expertise. The objective of recognizing these graduates is to promote an
 
appreciation of their achievement as role models for students. Nominees selected
 
for induction will be honored at a ceremony on Sunday, April 26, 2015.
     
 
 
Click the link below for the

HWAA Hall of Fame Nomination Form

 

 

        In order to be included in the HWAA selection committee's considerations, nominees must be informed about the date for the 2015 ceremony and available to attend the event on Sunday, April 26, 2015.
 
        Deadline for submitting nominations will be January 15, 2015 for induction at the Spring 2015 event. 
 
       For more information, please call Teena Ditchek Korman, (516) 791-2606. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

Our seventeenth HWAA Hall of Fame Induction Brunch and Ceremony

was held on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at George W. Hewlett High School.

CONGRATULATIONS


to the six distinguished alumni who were inducted

CHARLES RAIT
Class of '62

JEFFREY A. BADER
Class of '63

LAURIE LIPTON
Class of '71

 H. GWEN MARCUS
Class of '74
 
MATTHEW J. BASSIUR
Class of '91

GUS ROSENDALE
Class of '96

 


 


PLEASE SCROLL DOWN
to the bottom of this page to take an online virtual stroll down the

HWAA Hall of Fame where you can view the names of our honorees and their achievements.

  

Members of the HWAA Hall of Fame are listed,

chronologically by year of graduation, along with

write-ups appearing on plaques in

George W. Hewlett High School.

 

 

 


 

Enjoy photos from the HWAA Hall of Fame events.

Click the links in the left-side directory column noting PHOTOS.

Stay tuned for more photos coming soon of other year's events.

 


 

HALL OF FAME Members

 

Names, photos, and the following information regarding our Hall of Fame members can be found on plaques in George W. Hewlett High School on the Alumni Association Hall of Fame wall.

The list is arranged chronologically by graduation year. Please be aware we do not update the online statements with subsequent accomplishments. We prefer for text to remain the same as what appears on plaques that line the halls of the high school. (Plaques also include photos.) We note the induction year indicating information provided is what was known when the honoree was selected.

 
 
  • MICHAEL PLANTAMURA, Class of 1927
    Hall of Fame Induction 1997
    In recognition of his 35 years of service as an educator, captain in the United States Army and Principal of Hewlett Elementary School.
  • PAUL KANTROWITZ, Class of 1932
    Hall of Fame Induction 1997
    In recognition of his 35 years of service to Hewlett-Woodmere as an attorney, trustee of the public library and treasurer of the Hewlett-Woodmere School District.
  • ALFRED WALLING, Class of 1933
    Hall of Fame Induction 1997
    In recognition of his contribution to community betterment as an educator, athlete and humanitarian.
  • JOSEPH REMO, Class of 1934
    Hall of Fame Induction 1997
    In recognition of his outstanding service to the Hewlett-Woodmere community as an educator.
  • EDYTH OPPENHEIMER DeBAUN, Class of 1939
    Hall of Fame Induction 1999
    In recognition of her exemplary dedication to the children and less fortunate of the Oceanside community and as an active businesswoman and owner of Camp DeBaun.
  • DR. HOWARD E. LYNCH, Class of 1939
    Hall of Fame Induction 2000
    In recognition of his distinguished career in the educational arena with numerous leadership positions in professional and civic organizations. His notable accomplishments as a superintendent include successfully introducing the redesign of open spaced schools in New York State.
  • BENJAMIN MOLENO, Class of 1939
    Hall of Fame Induction 2000
    In recognition of his outstanding community service including fifty years as a Commissioner of the Hewlett Fire Department. As a lifelong resident, his dedication to our community in various activities is noteworthy.
  • DR. WILLIAM SCHWARTZ, Class of 1939
    Hall of Fame Induction 1998
    In recognition of his distinguished accomplishments as a physician, health care advocate, medical researcher and journalist.
  • HAROLD SAMMIS, Class of 1940
    Hall of Fame Induction 2011
    In recognition of noteworthy involvement with the Hewlett-Woodmere community as a police officer and during long-standing service as the Patrolman Director of the H-W Police Boys Club (PBC), now known as Police Athletic League (PAL). He was a pitcher for the Wellsville NY Yankees, a NY Yankee minor league baseball team. After service in the armed forces, he returned to play baseball with the Sunbury, PA Yankees. He was a light heavyweight boxing champion prior to joining the Nassau County Police Department. As a role model, his guidance and athletic abilities influenced the development of youth to become successful young men and women.
  • ROBERT PLONSKY, Class of 1944
    Hall of Fame Induction 2002
    In recognition of his outstanding expertise in civil engineering, including seventeen years as the Town Engineer of the Town of Hempstead. His notable experience throughout decades of distinguished public service is marked by leadership roles and honors.
  • RICHARD BROWER, Class of 1945
    Hall of Fame Induction 1999
    In recognition of his contributions as local historian, keeper of memories and ardent horticulturalist. With his recent death, our community lost a member of one of Woodmere's earliest families.
  • INEZ BATT SIMENS, Class of 1945
    Hall of Fame Induction 1998
    In recognition of her accomplishments as a watercolorist, textile designer, community volunteer and fundraiser.
  • ROGER C. FOLZ, Class of 1946
    Hall of Fame Induction 1997
    In recognition of his business acumen, civic leadership and philanthropic endeavors.
  • JESSE MARGOLIN, Class of 1946
    Hall of Fame Induction 2007
    In recognition of his commitment to human rights, leadership in national, state, city, and local organizations and charitable efforts. His involvements include the American Jewish Committee, their National Legal Committee and Blaustein Institute for International Human Rights, Fund for Global Human Rights, American Friends of Hebrew University, other nonprofit foundations, American Bar Association’s Nonprofit Corporation Law Committee of the Business Section, and Temple Beth El of Cedarhurst.
  • ELLIOT D. SPIRO, Class of 1946
    Hall of Fame Induction 2003
    In recognition of his inspirational leadership and service in a myriad of civic, charitable and professional organizations. He was NY District (State) Governor of Kiwanis International, and Director of Independent Insurance Agents Association of NY. Other board positions include UJA, Nassau Heart Fund, American Cancer Association, Five Towns Community Chest, and South Nassau Communities Hospital. He was one of the founders of Tempo Group.
  • DR. DANIEL H. MINTZ, Class of 1947
    Hall of Fame Induction 2000
    In recognition of his dedication to find a cure for diabetes as a clinician, scientist and medical school faculty leader. His major research contributions, directorship of training programs, and twenty-five year position as Scientific Director and Chief Academic Officer of the Diabetic Research Institute have influenced research at universities around the world.
  • SHEILA COHN KISLIK, Class of 1949
    Hall of Fame Induction 1997
    In recognition of her years of community service as President of the Five Towns Music and Art Foundation, Five Towns Community Council and the Hewlett-Woodmere School District.
  • LAWRENCE N. COHEN, Class of 1950
    Hall of Fame Induction 2009
    In recognition of significant achievements in business, local government and charities. He was President, CEO and Chairman of Lumex, Inc., manufacturer of medical, rehab and fitness equipment; Vice-Chair of Health Industry Manufacturer Association and Chair of its Home Care Products Committee; board member of Long Island Association; Village of Brookville Trustee, Police and Road Commissioner. Philanthropic efforts include Dowling College, UCP, Alzheimer’s, Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith, National Association of Christians and Jews, Helen Keller Services for the Blind, Suffolk County Boy Scouts, Southside Hospital, and volunteering as an AARP Driver Safety Instructor.
  • SELWYN G. “JERRY” RUDNICK, Class of 1950
    Hall of Fame Induction 2003
    In recognition of his leadership in numerous community service organizations. Notable distinction in Kiwanis Club includes ascending to the position as Lt. Governor for the LI North Division. In Manhasset, he has served as President of the Chamber of Commerce and Commander of VFW Post 5063. Current board positions include working for the benefit of a Pediatric Trauma Center, Child Care, and Community Chest.
  • DR. DONALD GREENBERG, Class of 1951
    Hall of Fame Induction 1997
    In recognition of his achievements as an architectural engineer, computer graphic researcher and author.
  • DR. JAY HYMAN, Class of 1951
    Hall of Fame Induction 1998
    In recognition of his service to veterinary medicine, humane efforts on behalf of marine life and charitable endeavors.
  • PETER S. LISS, Class of 1952
    Hall of Fame Induction 2003
    In recognition of his devotion to the George W. Hewlett High School community throughout his career spanning 34 years as a Spanish teacher, including service in an advisory capacity to students and to foreign language teacher organizations. Mutual support, concern and respect between his students and himself resulted in this talented educator's ability to make a difference in his students' lives.
  • BARRY STONE, Class of 1952
    Hall of Fame Induction 1997
    In recognition of his business leadership in life insurance, and as a United States Olympic Committee Fundraiser, United Way Chairperson and Multiple Sclerosis Champion.
  • STEVE BERNHEIM, Class of 1953
    Hall of Fame Induction 1998
    In recognition of his significant contributions as a journalist, publisher, professional sports manager, litigation lecturer and committed coordinator of community activities.
  • DR. CAROL R. FOGEL KEYES, Class of 1953
    Hall of Fame Induction 2000
    In recognition of her remarkable achievements as a leader, developer, and author in the education profession including outstanding contributions to the field of early childhood education. Her presentations have been heard at national and international conferences.
  • DR. PETER R. BREGGIN, Class of 1954
    Hall of Fame Induction 2001
    In recognition of his internationally recognized reform work in psychiatry as a practicing physician, author, scientific presenter, consultant, and faculty member, including expert appearances on popular television shows. He is the founder and Director of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology (ICSPP).
  • AUDREY GREENBERG LANDAU, Class of 1954
    Hall of Fame Induction 2005
    In recognition of her dedication to community involvement and leadership abilities. She started an Arts in Education Program in the neighboring Lawrence Public School District, bringing elementary classes to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her efforts for PTA, Little League, as a docent for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and an advisor for B’nai Brith girls are noteworthy. She accomplished successful fundraising for breast cancer research by participating in several walk-a-thons.
  • FREDDA SHAPIRO LYNN, Class of 1954
    Hall of Fame Induction 2001
    In recognition of her accomplishments as an outstanding educational leader whose talents and human relations skills, along with her vision of quality education, achieved distinction in the field of early childhood education. Her exemplary work as a teacher and art specialist in our school district resulted in numerous commendations for her students.
  • GORDON SEAMAN, Class of 1954
    Hall of Fame Induction 1998
    In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the electrical industry and his demonstrated community involvement while serving as an inspirational model of personal growth.
  • BARBARA KONHEIM KOLB, Class of 1955
    Hall of Fame Induction 1997
    In recognition of her inspirational leadership as a school administrator and teacher in Hewlett-Woodmere.
  • BURT LEWIS, Class of 1956
    Hall of Fame Induction 2005
    In recognition of his distinguished law career and long-standing leadership serving the residents of the Hewlett-Woodmere community. He served for twelve years as a member of the Hewlett-Woodmere Board of Education, preceded by several years as vice president of the school board. Currently, he is serving as President of the Board of the Peninsula Counseling Center, a mental health agency in Nassau County, NY.
  • MELVIN SMALL, Ph.D., Class of 1956
    Hall of Fame Induction 2005
    In recognition of his outstanding career in education. He is currently named as the Distinguished Professor of History, Wayne State University, Michigan. He is an accomplished lecturer, panelist, author and co-author and has received numerous honors and awards. He has performed an abundance of university service, including being Chairman of the History Department, and has appeared on local and national TV, as well as being interviewed in a variety of print media.
  • SUSAN DEUTSCH (LOVE) WILKER, Class of 1957
    Hall of Fame Induction 2000
    In recognition of her perseverance since becoming a founding member of the Hewlett-Woodmere Alumni Association. As current president, her leadership and commitment have made the accomplishments of the Alumni Association possible. Her career as an early childhood special education teacher is a credit to our district.
  • RICHARD BRAVERMAN, Class of 1958
    Hall of Fame Induction 1998
    In recognition of his accomplishments as a distinguished attorney, member and President of the Hewlett-Woodmere Board of Education and Vice President of the Five Towns Senior Center.
  • MAJOR ROBERT G. HUFSCHMID, Class of 1958
    Hall of Fame Induction 1997
    In recognition of his leadership at Hewlett High School, The United States Military Academy at West Point and as an outstanding officer in the United States Army. Died in Vietnam.
  • RONALD M. SICKMEN, Class of 1958
    Hall of Fame Induction 2006
    In recognition of his genuine caring, outstanding community and charitable service. He is a past president of the Centereach Rotary. Some other organizations who benefited from his efforts are the American Cancer Society, American Jewish Committee, Juvenile Diabetes, Comprehensive AIDS Program, and Guide Dog Foundation. He has also helped support school functions, youth organizations, and services for the elderly.
  • RICHARD SCHNEIDER, Class of 1959
    Hall of Fame Induction 1999
    In recognition of his dedication to the environment and as agronomist for Scotts Research. He is the first recipient of Scotts Research Excellence award.
  • DR. LANCE MICHAEL STERMAN, Class of 1959
    Hall of Fame Induction 2008
    In recognition of outstanding professional accomplishments in the field of emergency medicine, development of trauma centers, and community service. As a physician, director, and executive board member, his involvements have included ambulatory care centers, an industrial medical clinic, hospitals in New Jersey and Kentucky, and forensic medicine. He was a principal and co-investigator for clinical drug trials with several pharmaceutical companies. As a preceptor and lecturer, he helped instruct students from elementary through medical school about occupational healthcare and being patients, physician assistants, and future physicians.
  • PETER MAY, Class of 1960
    Hall of Fame Induction 1998
    In recognition of his leadership in business and real estate, and for his service as a trustee for several foundations, including the Laura Rosenberg Foundation.
  • SUSAN WALLING PRATT, Class of 1960
    Hall of Fame Induction 2002
    In recognition of her administrative accomplishments in Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools. Her devotion to develop anti-bias programs through cooperation and respect has had far-reaching effects. She has influenced the creation of multicultural awareness courses. The innovations in curriculum and staff development that she has brought to this district have improved education in Hewlett-Woodmere each year.
  • NORMA WOLFBERG ROSENBERG, Class of 1960
    Hall of Fame Induction 2002
    In recognition of her benevolence, including more than twenty years as President of The Laura Rosenberg Foundation. The funds from this foundation have supported pediatric leukemia research, a Pediatric Center and Family Lounge, an Ambulatory Surgical Suite at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, as well as programs for camping and siblings of children treated for any pediatric cancer.
  • LOUISE GLUCK, Class of 1961
    Hall of Fame Induction 1998
    In recognition of her distinguished career as a Pulitzer Prize poet and as a professor of literature and creative writing.
  • LEE DICHTER, Class of 1962
    Hall of Fame Induction 2000
    In recognition of his career as a talented re-recording engineer with achievements spanning television, commercials, documentaries and feature films. His mix credits include six documentaries that have won Academy Awards.
  • ALFRED B. KURTZ, M.D., Class of 1962
    Hall of Fame Induction 2011
    In recognition of significant contributions as a Professor of Radiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Jefferson Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. His directorships include positions in the Department of Radiology and the Divisions of Ultrasound and Body Computed Tomography (CT). His credits include hundreds of peer-reviewed publications, chapters, articles, abstracts, presentations, lectures, and five books. This Philadelphia’s Magazine Top Doctor served as President, Secretary and Chair of numerous Ultrasound Societies and related industry organizations. This honored researcher has been principal investigator studying ovarian cancer for the National Institute of Health.
  • CHARLES RAIT, Nurse, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Class of 1962
    Hall of Fame Induction 2013
    In recognition of nationwide and worldwide influence benefiting neonatal intensive care nursing. He was a founder, executive director, president, and member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN). Under his leadership, NANN’s membership grew in the US and around the globe. He received NANN’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was founder, editor, and publisher for 30 years of the journal “Neonatal Network: The Journal of Neonatal Nursing,” founder of Academy of Neonatal Nursing (ANN) providing educational opportunities and conferences for NICU nurses, president of Neonatal Nurses of Northern California and established NICU Ink Book Publishers, publishing the award-winning, “Neonatal Intensive Care: What Every Parent Needs to Know.”
  • GARY R. WEISS, Class of 1962
    Hall of Fame Induction 2008
    In recognition of longstanding commitment to student achievement and charitable service for community organizations. As an owner of Incredible Feets, neighborhood retail stores, his participation on George W. Hewlett High School’s Business Advisory Board, Career and Interview Days, scholarship development, and mentoring has benefited numerous students. His sponsorships and board positions include local sports teams, Juvenile Diabetes Tennis Tournaments, 5 Towns Community Chest, Lawrence Golf Club, LI Chapter of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Peninsula Counseling Center.
  • JEFFREY A. BADER, Class of 1963
    Hall of Fame Induction 2013
    In recognition of extraordinary expertise, leadership in foreign policy and decades of government service, diplomacy and analysis. He is the Brookings Institution’s John C. Whitehead Senior Fellow in International Diplomacy, Foreign Policy, John L. Thornton China Center. He served as Special Assistant to the US President and Senior Director for East Asian Affairs on the National Security Council from January 2009 to April 2011. His numerous positions include National Committee on US-China Relations, Academic Advisory Board US-China Congressional Working Group, US State Department Director in Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs, Deputy Consul General to Hong Kong, Assistant US Trade Representative, Ambassador to Namibia, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs. He received the US State Department’s Distinguished Service Award. He authored, “Obama and China’s Rise: An Insider’s Account of America’s Asia Strategy” (2012).
  • JANE LIPPMAN FRIEDMAN, Class of 1963
    Hall of Fame Induction 1999
    In recognition of her achievements as President and CEO, HarperCollins Publishers. She was recently named on Vanity Fair's list of 200 Women Legends, Leaders and Trailblazers.
  • JERRY MILLER, Class of 1963
    Hall of Fame Induction 2009
    In recognition of outstanding, caring and gifted Economics instruction at Miami University, Ohio, having taught more than 20,000 students in almost 40 years and become assistant chair of the department with ten years as chief departmental advisor. This Professor served children locally at Camp DeBaun for 47 years, in Ohio as a faculty fraternity advisor for 33 years to more than 1000 students and was a fraternity National Scholarship Chair choosing over 100 awardees. He was elected by peers to serve on the Committee on Faculty Rights and Responsibilities and asked to serve as a member of the Utilities Commission for the City of Oxford, Ohio. He is an award-winning crisis intervention counselor.
  • DR. BILL SCHNALL, Class of 1963
    Hall of Fame Induction 2002
    In recognition of his dedication and leadership in the practice of pediatrics and the education of others in pediatric medicine. He has served with distinction as President of the North Pacific Pediatric Society and of his award-winning local school board.
  • DR. JOSEPH P. SOBEL, Class of 1963
    Hall of Fame Induction 2001
    In recognition of his outstanding professional contributions as a leader in the field of meteorology. His extensive experience includes forensic services, over one million weather forecasts and discussions on radio stations across the United States, international exposure by way of television appearances, and numerous publications and speeches.
  • PHILIP F. GUINSBURG, Ph.D., Class of 1964
    Hall of Fame Induction 2006
    In recognition of his commitment to alcoholism and drug abuse counseling, couples therapy and crisis intervention. An experienced instructor, national and international presenter and author, he was selected Professional of the Year by the National Association of Addiction Counselors. His extensive community service earned him many awards. Currently, he is President of the American Academy of Psychotherapists.
  • CAROL KERR HARRISON, Class of 1964
    Hall of Fame Induction 2003
    In recognition of her outstanding dedication and leadership in civic life seen through many community service commitments. Her untiring efforts with the Hewlett-Woodmere Alumni Association include being editor of the newsletter since the group's inception, along with several other roles. She currently serves as President of the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Five Towns, (formerly the Greater Five Towns YM & YWHA).
  • DR. RAYMOND McCLOAT, Class of 1964
    Hall of Fame Induction 1997
    In recognition of his extended commitment to public education as a teacher, administrator and friend.
  • JOHN S. RUSKAY, Ph.D., Class of 1964
    Hall of Fame Induction 2012
    In recognition
    of four decades of leadership of the North American Jewish Community. He is currently the executive VP and CEO of UJA Federation of NY promoting Jewish philanthropy. His distinguished career creating inspired and caring communities has involved senior positions at Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the 92nd St YM & YWHA. His experience includes many honors, awards, boardmanships, committee chairmanships, officer positions, and founding memberships. This national speaker and consultant authored numerous articles and participated in many published interviews.
  • BRENT D. GLASS, Class of 1965
    Hall of Fame Induction 2006
    In recognition of his distinguished achievement in his field and scholarly knowledge of American history. Currently, he is the director of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. He previously served for fifteen years as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
  • STANLEY HIRSCH, Class of 1965
    Hall of Fame Induction 2011
    In recognition of public service experience in civic affairs and government. He served as counsel for two New York State assemblymen, the New York Senate Standing Committee on Labor and the Office of the County Attorney. He was Director of the Local Development Corporation for the Town of Hempstead. This member of the New York State Bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association is a “Master” in the New York Family Law American Inns of Court and a well-known matrimonial attorney. He serves as General Counsel and a member of the Board of Directors for a home owner’s association.
  • ART KOCH, Class of 1965
    Hall of Fame Induction 2012
    In recognition of distinguished service making positive changes in society. His focus on helping others has influenced today’s food ingredient and nutritional federal labeling laws and regulations. His legal career included the handling of consumer-oriented legal matters, and positions as Counsel of Food Operations and Assistant Secretary of Giant Food Inc., a Fortune 500 Company. In his current fine art and commercial photography career, he donates photographic talent to many charitable organizations, including Nature Conservancy, Theodore Roosevelt Association, Oyster Bay Main Street Association, and the School for Language and Communication Development in Glen Cove.
  • TONY KORNHEISER, Class of 1965
    Hall of Fame Induction 1999
    In recognition of his achievements as a reporter and columnist. He is presently a sports columnist with the Washington Post.
  • CARLA S. LEWIS, Ph.D.,Class of 1965
    Hall of Fame Induction 2006
    In recognition of her dedication against domestic violence and to help individuals who are HIV/AIDS positive, at risk, chemically dependent, mentally ill, homeless or hungry. Her work as a research scientist, local, national and international presenter, author, instructor and activist is notable. Currently, she is the Director of Planning and Evaluation for the NYC based Project Hospitality.
  • ARNOLD PALLESCHI, Class of 1966
    Hall of Fame Induction 1999
    In recognition of his dedication to environmental causes and as Commissioner, Town of Hempstead Department of Water. He is the President of the Hewlett-Woodmere Police Athletic League.
  • ROSS BLECKNER, Class of 1967
    Hall of Fame Induction 1998
    In recognition of his national reputation as a juried artist and commitment to research initiatives in fighting AIDS.
  • DR. JOHN SANTOPOLO, Class of 1967
    Hall of Fame Induction 2003
    In recognition of his community and professional leadership. He practices endodontics, lectures, teaches, authors articles in dental journals, and has served as president in local, county and NY State dental organizations. He is currently on the Board of Governors of the NY State Dental Association, a board member of the Woodmere Merchants Association, Hewlett-Woodmere Alumni Association, and a member of the Bridge Committee.
  • DR. MARVIN W. BERKOWITZ, Class of 1968
    Hall of Fame Induction 2001
    In recognition of his distinguished career in psychology as a university professor, lecturer, consultant and author including outstanding contributions to the fields of child development and moral education. He is renowned for his national and international accomplishments.
  • ENID BORDEN, Class of 1968
    Hall of Fame Induction 2010
    In recognition of significant achievements as President and CEO at Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA). She has been working to eradicate senior hunger for more than 20 years and founded the Jack and Eleanor Borden Memorial Fund. Her communications background led to positions as newspaper reporter, magazine editor and publisher, radio commentator, TV producer. She worked in the public sector as Deputy Commissioner for Policy and External Affairs for the Social Security Administration, Director of Public Affairs and Director of Legislative Affairs for what was the Office of Human Development Services, including the Administration on Aging, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • LAURA MAZUR NORMAN, Class of 1968
    Hall of Fame Induction 2012
    In recognition of significant achievement in Wellness, founding Laura Norman Holistic Reflexology Centers, and authoring the international best-seller Feet First: A Guide to Foot Reflexology with nearly half a million copies in circulation. Her comprehensive reflexology training programs are available in her Training Centers in several states and are offered in wellness centers, universities, hospitals, spas, salons, teleclasses, and home study. She donates services and products to numerous wellness-oriented charities for fundraising purposes.
  • HON. EMILY PINES, Class of 1968
    Hall of Fame Induction 2002
    In recognition of her distinguished public service career, during which she earned significant awards and honors. As a former practicing attorney, she had an emphasis in the fields of municipal and commercial litigation. She was a former Suffolk County District Court Judge and is presently a Justice of the New York State Supreme Court.
  • DR. ARTHUR EVANS TAUBMAN, Class of 1968
    Hall of Fame Induction 2008
    In posthumous recognition of dedication as a physician of Orthopedics and pro-bono services for youth, homeless and communities in need. He was Chief Orthopedic Consultant, Port Authority, NY and NJ; Orthopedic Consultant, prison system, Rahway, NJ; Co-Chief, Orthopedic Clinic, Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ; and awarded Valores Humanos for pro-bono treatment of Hispanic and Filipino communities, Hudson County, NJ. His volunteerism included sport-related injury services, Dickenson High School, Jersey City. He was a Cooperative Education Work Site Sponsor for the NJ School to Career and College Initiatives program.
  • ALAN ZWEIBEL, Class of 1968
    Hall of Fame Induction 1998
    In recognition of his significant contributions in literary and entertainment fields. As both a writer and television producer, he has received Emmy and Writer's Guild Awards.
  • STAN KRANGEL, Class of 1969
    Hall of Fame Induction 2002
    In recognition of his outstanding achievements in business. He is currently President of Lenox, Inc. He earned significant awards and honors through impressive public service as a board member of Prevent Blindness, Jewish National Fund, and American Friends of Hebrew University.
  • DR. STEVEN LEVINE, Class of 1969
    Hall of Fame Induction 2007
    In posthumous recognition of his commitment to excellence. This Hewlett High School salutatorian graduated Summa Cum Laude from Williams College. He was a published Board certified attending physician and an Instructor at Northwestern University School of Medicine a few years after graduating from University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He was an Assistant Professor at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Chief of Cardiology at Princeton Medical Center while practicing with the Princeton Medical Group.
  • LISA SCHWARZBAUM, Class of 1969
    Hall of Fame Induction 2000
    In recognition of national prominence in the arts and entertainment field as a writer, reviewer and editor for newspapers, and magazines. She is currently a film critic at “Entertainment Weekly.”
  • SCOTT L. SPITZER, Class of 1969
    Hall of Fame Induction 2004
    In recognition of his community leadership and outstanding legal career in the financial services and medical device industries. He is Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Secretary of Bowne & Co., Inc., the world's largest financial printer that was founded in 1775. Previous experiences include U.S. Surgical Corporation, The First Boston Corporation, and the American Stock Exchange. He is now serving as Chairman of the Planning Board in Bernards Township, New Jersey.
  • GARREY LIEBERMAN, Class of 1970
    Hall of Fame Induction 2007
    In recognition of his dedication to community service for the local youth and residents. His many involvements include volunteering as a firefighter with the Hewlett Fire Department, Football Parents Association, Sports Council, Hewlett Woodmere Little League, Valley Stream Roller Hockey, Five Towns Kiwanis and the Hewlett Business Association.
  • PAULA R. SCHWARTZ-PERVIL, M.D., Class of 1970
    Hall of Fame Induction 2012
    In recognition of a highly regarded medical career in oncology and hematology. She is named by Castle Connolly as a NY Metro Top Doctor and by Newsday as a Top Doctor. She received the Top 50 Women with Congressional Recognition Award and LI Business News’ Most Influential Business Women & Organization Award. She is a North Shore-LIJ Health System Board Member for Syosset and Plainview Hospitals, a member of the board of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program, and a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System Oncology Task Force. Her work as a sub investigator on several studies, trials, and evaluations is noteworthy.
  • DEBRA J. STEIN, Class of 1970
    Hall of Fame Induction 2003
    In recognition of her acclaimed career as a distinguished costume designer with an astounding range of credits spanning opera, Broadway, Pre-Broadway, and Off-Broadway shows, theatre festivals, TV and movies. Her drawings and illustrations were featured in the Lincoln Center Library, the Metropolitan Opera program and a teacher's guide for an opera tour to NY and NJ elementary and secondary schools.
  • MOLLY ACKERMAN, Class of 1971
    Hall of Fame Induction 2003
    In recognition of her far-reaching career and inspirational determination in expansionist art including exhibitions, live performance painting, collaborations and events sharing creativity on five continents. Students, artists and organizations, like UNICEF, have benefited from her work. Many honors, awards, board memberships, gallery ownership and directorships have allowed this talented artist to spread the beauty of color throughout our world.
  • IRA J FRIEDMAN, Class of 1971
    Hall of Fame Induction 2012
    In recognition of
    of achievements as an executive at The Topps Company, Inc. and for innovative local community service. As a VP of New Product Development and VP of Global Licensing at Topps, he has been involved with creation and marketing of countless trading cards and novelties based on children’s brands, including Pokemon, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and World Wrestling Entertainment, among others. His visionary “Project Bulldog” community-wide programs involve Hewlett-Woodmere school district students, personnel, alumni, and the community, while successfully fund-raising for the district-wide Art Department.
  • LAURIE LIPTON, Class of 1971
    Hall of Fame Induction 2013
    In recognition of her imaginative artistic talent and memorable drawing technique. Her art has an astounding amount of detail created by drawing thousands of tiny lines that stunningly obtain tone, form, light and shade. Her works have been exhibited extensively at shows and galleries in London, Scotland, Spain, Paris, Holland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, NY, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Ohio, Tennessee, Florida and California. Publications and media in Australia, UK, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Canada and the USA have included her art. “The Extraordinary Drawings of Laurie Lipton,” contains 70 of her drawings spanning 3 decades. Some of this artist’s work can be viewed at www.laurielipton.com and on her facebook page.
  • MICHAEL S. MODELL, Class of 1971
    Hall of Fame Induction 2002
    In recognition of his inspiring compassion, community service focusing on youth, and fundraising efforts. The list of his numerous activities includes Vice-President of Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, Co-Founder and Chairman of Sports for a Cure for Stem Cell Research, and many Board positions involving New York City civic affairs, while serving as Co-President of Modell's Sporting Goods.
  • MICHAEL SUSSMAN, Class of 1971
    Hall of Fame Induction 2002
    In recognition of his activism and success in civil and human rights regarding segregation in education in major cities, housing, sexual discrimination and racism. He has made a significant contribution working for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, the NAACP, and as a private attorney.
  • EDWARD R. DeLUCIE, JR., Class of 1972
    Hall of Fame Induction 2011
    In recognition of leadership and volunteer service for his community and workplace. In Valley Stream, numerous involvements have included Village Trustee, Board of Ethics, Zoning Board of Appeals (past chairman), Civic Association Board of Directors (a founder), Graffiti Task Force (chairman), Soccer Club (assistant coach and team treasurer), and Chamber of Commerce. Other commitments are Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE Past Exalted Ruler), Cerebral Palsy fundraising campaign (past chairman), South Nassau Communities Hospital (SNCH) staff member at golf outing fundraiser and good taste events, and SNCH Blood Drive (captain). He has received the Elk of the Year award.
  • TEENA DITCHEK KORMAN, Class of 1972
    Hall of Fame Induction 2010
    In recognition of distinguished service to the local Hewlett-Woodmere community by a dedicated volunteer. Her leadership positions have included HWPS Board of Education; health and safety, transportation, policy, building and grounds, recreation and athletic facilities committees; AED, epi-pen, handwashing subcommittees; volunteer parent member on CSE and CPSE; PTA chair or liaison for parent squad, wellness, websites, publicity, curriculum, cell phone recycling, central council; SEPTA chair or liaison for nominating, playground, BLT; originating the award-winning PARP, LEAP, and playground painting projects; hwe foundation, HWPL PAC, Friends of Project Bulldog, OOMPAH website, and coordinator of HLSC senior boys division. She serves on HWAA’s executive board in several key roles.
  • DR. CAROL DUNETZ, Class of 1972
    Hall of Fame Induction 2009
    In recognition of her medical career in obstetrics and gynecology and serving the community of Nassau County for more than twenty-five years. This member of the Nassau County Medical Society, New York State Medical Society and Queens Gynecologic Society assisted the mentally disabled community at Hillside Hospital, the Parker Geriatric Center for Elderly, and the Adolescent Clinic at Long Island Jewish. Her community efforts include volunteering on the finance committee of a local public school district and membership in Hadassah.
  • GORDON EDELSTEIN, Class of 1972
    Hall of Fame Induction 2004
    In recognition of his critically acclaimed talent as an artistic director. He is the Artistic Director of the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. His career includes Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatres: ACT in Seattle, Washington; Berkshire Theatre Festival; Arena Stage; and others. He taught acting and directing at NYU, University of Iowa, and Cornish College for the Arts in Seattle. He has directed two Emmy-nominated television movies.
  • DR. DAVID EISENBERG, Class of 1972
    Hall of Fame Induction 1997
    In recognition of his pioneering work in the field of medicine.
  • DR. SCOTT L. FRIEDMAN, Class of 1972
    Hall of Fame Induction 2005
    In recognition of his distinguished medical career as a clinician, teacher, scientist, presenter, consultant, author and medical faculty leader. His international award-winning research concerning underlying causes of liver scarring has brought forth unique and vital contributions. His extensive list of honors, awards, visiting professorships, lectures, papers, committee, board and professional memberships speaks further to his expertise. He is Chief of Liver Diseases Division, Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY.
  • NORMA HEIDRICH, Class of 1972
    Hall of Fame Induction 2005
    In recognition of her extensive volunteerism for health and fitness in her community and schools. Her activities include volunteering at times as an elementary physical education teacher, coach for basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, track, and as the safety officer for soccer and Little League. She conducts programs about preventing injuries for athletes and plans to address fitness concerns for nursing home residents. Currently, she is a high school Health and Physical Education teacher.
  • PHILIP M. ROSENZWEIG, Class of 1972
    Hall of Fame Induction 2002
    In recognition of his exceptional accomplishments in computer technology while serving as a key executive for Sun Microsystems Inc. These achievements include multiple networking patents and patents pending. He received numerous honors and awards from Rochester Institute of Technology for his contribution for helping students succeed. Died on 9/11/2001.
  • MARK STERN, Class of 1972
    Hall of Fame Induction 2007
    In recognition of his accomplished career in the pet food industry. His professional success has made him an industry leader. His service as President and on the Board of Directors of the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association exemplifies his prominence in the field. He is currently President of Eight in One, a division of United Pet Group.
  • RACHEL VAN VOORHEES, Class of 1972
    Hall of Fame Induction 2000
    In recognition of her distinguished music career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician and teacher. She is currently Principal Harpist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • GEORGE J. AMITRANO, Jr., Class of 1973
    Hall of Fame Induction 2004
    In recognition of his dedication as a swim coach, swim instructor, water safety instructor trainer, lifeguard instructor, CPR/first aid and AED instructor. The Hewlett Swim Club, Hewlett-Woodmere Department of Community Services, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, YM/WHAs, camps, senior citizen homes, doctors, nurses, and other coaches are among those who benefit from his leadership and expertise. He has received awards in his telecommunications career and for his community service involvement.
  • RALPH DeSENA, Class of 1973
    Hall of Fame Induction 2008
    In recognition of leadership and service in civic and professional organizations. He is Lieutenant Governor Elect of the LI Southwest Division of Kiwanis and Past President of Peninsula Kiwanis of Hewlett. He has received Kiwanis International’s Hixson Award and Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center (KPTC) Fellowship. He is a Peninsula Kiwanis Advisor to George W. Hewlett High School Key Club. He has served as Small Claims Court Arbitrator for Queens County for 15 years. Other active involvements include NYS and NY County Trial Lawyers Associations, and Queens County Lawyers Association.
  • BRUCE GREEN, Class of 1973
    Hall of Fame Induction 2004
    In recognition of his distinguished career committed to legal and government ethics, criminal law and procedure and public service. He is the Louis Stein Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. He is published in numerous Law Reviews and periodicals and participates nationwide as a legal scholar, speaker, moderator and panelist. His committee service spans city, state and national legal associations. Past experience includes law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court.
  • WENDY EVANS JOSEPH, Class of 1973
    Hall of Fame Induction 2004
    In recognition of her creative talent. She is President of Wendy Evans Joseph Architecture and an experienced lecturer who holds numerous board trusteeships and lead roles in professional organizations. Her projects include the pedestrian bridge over 63rd Street at Rockefeller University in Manhattan and The Women's Museum in Dallas. Other credits are senior designer for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Past President of NY Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
  • S. JACOB SCHEINERMAN, M.D., Class of 1973
    Hall of Fame Induction 2006
    In recognition of his expertise as a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. His research, publications and technique are known for innovative alternative surgical procedures. He has received awards for leadership and service from the American Heart Association and other organizations in his community.
  • DOUGLAS YEO, Class of 1973
    Hall of Fame Induction 2010
    In recognition of his distinguished accomplishments as an international performing artist playing bass trombone for 25 years in the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), 10 years directing the New England Brass Band and a faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music. He has been soloist in BSO, Boston Pops and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. His world-wide masterclasses, award-winning recordings and participation in BSO Youth Activities are impressive. He published numerous
    articles in journals, newsletters and programs and co-authored Mastering the Trombone. His extensive musical abilities include playing serpent, ophicleide, bass sackbut, bass trumpet and contrabass trombone. He collaborated with YAMAHA to produce a bass trombone and a mouthpiece that bears his name.
  • LISA GLASBERG (LISA G.) , Class of 1974
    Hall of Fame Induction 2005
    In recognition of her award winning broadcasting success, and efforts to give back to young adults in the arts through the NYC Schools Mentoring Program. Her experience as a radio/TV personality includes Power 105.1 FM, WOR 710 AM, HOT 97, WCBS-TV, ESPN2, E!, NBC and ABC Sports, MSG Network, Fox News Channel, CNN, and MSNBC. She has appeared in films and been featured in NY print media, such as the Times, Daily News, Post, Newsday, and also Cosmopolitan and GQ Magazine.
  • DR. MAURY J. GREENBERG, Class of 1974
    Hall of Fame Induction 2000
    In recognition of his dedication to others in the practice of Family Medicine, including his many leadership roles throughout the field and his contribution to the medical education profession.
  • STEVE KRANE, Class of 1974
    Hall of Fame Induction 2004
    In recognition of his distinguished law career concentrated in attorney professional responsibility, sports law and antitrust law, and many leadership roles and committee memberships in city, state and national legal associations. He is a partner of Proskauer Rose LLP. His accomplishments include numerous publications, quotes, lectures and consulting experiences, especially regarding legal ethics and professional responsibilities. He is a Past President of the New York State Bar Association.
  • H. GWEN MARCUS, Class of 1974
    Hall of Fame Induction 2013
    In recognition of distinguished achievement as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Showtime Networks Inc., New York, NY, and leadership in community organizations. She is Showtime’s chief legal officer and helps shape strategies as senior management. She mentors students and colleagues about careers, management, women in the workplace and diversity by speaking at schools and business, legal, and diversity panels. Her honors include The Hollywood Reporter (Women in Entertainment Power 100), Cable Fax: The Magazine (Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Cable) and NYU Law (Alumna of the Month). She chairs committees and boards for not-for-profit organizations, including Theatre Development Fund (TDF/TKTS) and the LGBT Community Center. For several consecutive years, she was the largest individual fundraiser for AIDS Walk New York. 
  • CRAIG “RIC” MICHEL, Class of 1974
    Hall of Fame Induction 2005
    In recognition of his business achievements and service to the community. By diversifying and expanding, he has developed Owl 57 Galleries/Owl Art Center into a premier art gallery of Nassau County. It offers creative art classes with unique curriculum to hundreds of local children and adults. He is a former Chairman of the Bridge Committee of the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Schools. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Woodmere Merchants Association.
  • MIRIAM DAVID, M.D., Class of 1975
    Hall of Fame Induction 2011
    In recognition of dedication as a radiologist in specialty fields of breast cancer and pediatric radiology. She practices, participates in committees, publishes, lectures locally and internationally, and educates medical students and radiology residents. She spreads public awareness through Community Health Lecture Series on early detection and prevention of breast cancer. She is Director of Women’s Imaging, Breast Imaging and Intervention, and Attending physician in Pediatric Radiology and Ultrasound at Jacobi Hospital; and Assistant Professor of Radiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she is featured in online webinar sessions and received the Peer-to-peer Excellence in Medicine award.
  • BARBARA GAINES, Class of 1975
    Hall of Fame Induction 2006
    In recognition of her award winning career as a television producer. She has won five consecutive prime-time Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002) as Executive Producer of the Late Show with David Letterman.
  • JOAN FISHMAN SALZMAN, Class of 1975
    Hall of Fame Induction 2001
    In recognition of her extraordinary dedication to ethics in government and law as seen through her remarkable career accomplishments and numerous publications. This George W. Hewlett High School valedictorian's determination, commitment, and legal talents have resulted in precedent-setting enforcement of the New York City ethics code.
  • GEORGE VOSBURGH, Class of 1975
    Hall of Fame Induction 1998
    In recognition of his international reputation as an orchestral trumpeter, recording artist and college lecturer while serving as the principal trumpet for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
  • PETER D. KEISLER, Class of 1977
    Hall of Fame Induction 2007
    In recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of Law and Government Service and a remarkable rise in his profession. After graduation from Yale University and Yale Law School, he served as law clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Robert Bork of the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. He was a Partner at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. He served as Assistant and Associate Counsel to the Office of the President. He is U.S. Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, and a nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
  • CAROLYN GUSOFF TURK, Class of 1980
    Hall of Fame Induction 1997
    In recognition of her accomplishments as a news journalist dealing with issues of significant social importance.
  • BRUCE MURRAY, Class of 1981
    Hall of Fame Induction 2004
    In recognition of his success as a radio talk show host, especially in the field of sports. He was a producer at CNN, WFAN and ESPN. His “on-air” experiences in Washington, D.C. and Chicago led to syndication on 350 radio stations. His credits include the Bill Parcells Show. His community service involves volunteering at a Chicago children's hospital. His efforts on behalf of Crohn's & Colitis Foundation are recognized in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
  • MAJOR ERIC W. SCHNAIBLE, Class of 1981
    Hall of Fame Induction 2000
    In recognition of his service in the United States Air Force for fifteen years resulting in numerous awards, decorations, and achievements in public affairs. He is currently Chief of Public Affairs for the 355th Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB (Tucson), Arizona.
  • JOHN DiRESTA, Class of 1982
    Hall of Fame Induction 2002
    In recognition of his creative talents as a playwright, comedian, and actor in film and television. His humor features twelve years of public service experience as a New York City transit cop. He performed in a self-titled television sitcom, “DiResta.”
  • ROBERT BLEIFER, Class of 1983
    Hall of Fame Induction 2012
    In recognition
    of outstanding accomplishment as Executive Chef at the Food Network where he helped develop a unique concept into a mainstay of American entertainment. He began working for the network sixteen years ago when it was very new. His responsibilities for Food Network Kitchens include managing a kitchen of ten, hands-on food styling, cooking for special events, and coordinating with network production teams, chef/hosts, guest chefs, photographers, and network departments. He oversees in-house food production, location production, photo shoots, vignettes, and catering network events.
  • EDWARD BURNS, Class of 1986
    Hall of Fame Induction 1999
    In recognition of his work as a writer, director and actor. He serves as National Ambassador for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • HON. JILL K. LEVY, Class of 1987
    Hall of Fame Induction 2007
    In recognition of her election to a judicial seat in Florida. She served as law clerk for a County Judge while attending the University of Miami School of Law. She was a criminal defense attorney for ten years. In 2006, she was appointed Traffic Magistrate in Broward County, Florida. Then she ran for election and was victorious in the primary, becoming the first Broward County Court Judge in 24 years to obtain over 50 percent of the vote when facing two or more opponents, thus avoiding a runoff election.
  • DEAN GIANNONE, M.D., Class of 1988
    Hall of Fame Induction 2012
    In recognition
    of this Board Certified physician’s dedication to the field of Internal Medicine. His successful medical practice celebrates his advocacy of health and wellness. His positions at Staten Island University Hospital include an Assistant Directorship of Inpatient Services and memberships on the Utilization and Performance Improvement Committees. Work as a Clinical Instructor at the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn College of Medicine further fulfills his objective to be a provider of knowledge. His book That’s It, I Quit:  A Guide to Quitting Smoking Forever helps make a difference in people’s lives.
  • NICHOLAS R. “NICK” SANTORA, Class of 1988
    Hall of Fame Induction 2008
    In recognition of talented achievement in film, book and television writing and producing. His TV series credits include Prison Break, Law & Order, The Guardian, and The Sopranos. He is the executive producer of the reality TV show Beauty and the Geek. He co-wrote two movies, currently in post-production, that are scheduled for release in 2008. Slip and Fall, this attorney’s first legal and thriller fiction novel, reached national bestseller lists after only ten days in stores.
  • DR. JOHN BOOCKVAR, Class of 1989
    Hall of Fame Induction 2010
    In recognition of an extraordinary career as a leading authority on brain and spinal tumor research and surgery. He is an associate attending neurosurgeon at NY-Presbyterian Hospital, associate professor of neurological surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, NY, and the Director of the Cornell Brain Tumor Center. His extensive list of awards, lectures, papers, research and professional affiliations includes membership in several neurological surgeon associations, as well as the International Society for Stem Cell Research. Currently, he is a co-principal investigator in ongoing trials testing a new delivery method of targeted drug treatment for common types of brain cancer. He hopes to be able one day to offer patients proven and better therapy.
  • JENNIFER AYLMER, Class of 1990
    Hall of Fame Induction 2010
    In recognition of outstanding talent and compelling stage portrayals as an award-winning American soprano. Past notable performances have included Susanna, Le nozze di Figaro, Green Mountain Opera Festival, Vermont; Semele, Semele, Florentine Opera Company, Wisconsin; Maøenka, The Bartered Bride, Opera Boston, Massachusetts; Rodelinda, Rodelinda, Portland Opera, Oregon; Hannah, The Merry Widow, Opera New Jersey; and Gretel, Hansel and Gretel, The Atlanta Opera, Georgia. Stony Brook University welcomed this Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera star last fall in her directorial debut for a series of Stony Brook Opera scenes. Her numerous concerts and recitals include being featured as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra.
  • MATTHEW J. BASSIUR, Class of 1991
    Hall of Fame Induction 2013
    In recognition of noteworthy accomplishments in Intellectual Property (IP) security, combating counterfeiting and fraud. He is VP for Pfizer Global Security, including the Americas Region. He manages worldwide Strategic Planning and Intelligence directorates serving as deputy to Pfizer’s Chief Security Officer. Prior experience includes Apple Inc.’s Global Security division, US DOJ’s Computer Crime & IP Section (CCIPS), Chief of Trademark Counterfeit Unit and ADA in the Manhattan DA’s office. He serves on Boards of US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Foundation and International Anti Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC). The Society of Asian Federal Officers named him Civilian of the Year. US Chamber of Commerce honored him for Distinguished Service as a Federal Government Official. As a US Fulbright Scholar, he taught IP law at Renmin University, Beijing, China.
  • MICHAEL THORNTON, Class of 1991
    Hall of Fame Induction 2009
    In recognition of extraordinary accomplishments as a chamber, orchestral, concert and solo musician and teacher. He is Principal Horn in the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and an Instructor at The University of Colorado at Boulder. He is Director of the University’s Horn Choir and performs with the Faculty Brass Quintet and at annual Faculty Recital performances. He teaches Masterclasses at universities and conservatories throughout the U.S. His students perform around the world from Colorado to Mexico, Korea and Hong Kong. His credits include countless broadcasts and recordings.
  • MEREDITH EATON, Class of 1992
    Hall of Fame Induction 2009
    In recognition of talented achievement in television acting and award-winning leadership for accurate and positive image portrayals of persons with disabilities in entertainment. Her TV series credits include roles on “Boston Legal” and “Family Law,” and appearances on “Law & Order: SVU”; “House, M.D.”; “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and TLC’s “Little People, Big World.” Her commitment and dedication to change stereotypes and attitudes that affect “little people” is evident in her body of work. She has shown extraordinary perseverance and ability to deal with adversity. Experience of this former doctoral student includes working as a mental health therapist and with people with physical disabilities.
  • JORDAN GELBER, Class of 1993
    Hall of Fame Induction 2009
    In recognition of talented accomplishment and success in the performing arts. His career includes Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, film and TV. Broadway credits include Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” and originating the role of Brian in “Avenue Q.” His films include “Riding in Cars with Boys,” “The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3,” and “Everyday People.” TV credits include “The Sopranos,” “Law and Order” and “Ugly Betty.” His community involvement includes Red Cross, ASPCA, Broadway Barks, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, World AIDS Day, Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina relief.
  • BENJAMIN L. CARP, Ph.D., Class of 1994
    Hall of Fame Induction 2011
    In recognition of of a career with remarkable achievement for scholarly contributions. He is an Associate Professor of History, Tufts University. His writings, lectures, and presentations include numerous articles, essays, and papers. His book, Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America, received American Revolution Round Table of NY’s Annual Award for Best book published in 2010. His honors include 20 fellowships. Media appearances involve guest scholar segments and podcasts. University and professional service include committees, peer and book reviews. He is a member of several historical organizations. Recently, he was nominated for Top 100 Young Historians by the History News Network.
  • JASON A. GLUCK, D.O., Class of 1994
    Hall of Fame Induction 2012
    In recognition of
    devotion to cardiology, cardiovascular disease, and heart transplantation. He is Board Certified in Advanced Heart Failure, Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, and Internal Medicine. Following years of leadership roles in NY Hospitals, his current career serves patients at Hartford Hospital where he is Director of Emergency Cardiac Care and Heart Failure/Transplant Specialist. He trains health care providers through simulated scenarios and is an AHA instructor in Life Support, CPR, PAD and Basic First Aid. His credits include many publications and awards. For several years, he served the local community as a volunteer Hewlett Bay Fire Department firefighter and EMT-Paramedic.
  • JASON LIEBMAN, Class of 1994
    Hall of Fame Induction 2010
    In recognition of successful accomplishments in musical performance as a songwriter, vocalist, electric and acoustic guitarist and commitment as a private teacher of guitar, bass and voice students. His career includes writing, recording and performing in New York City and surrounding areas, as well as touring individually and with bands in the U.S. and England. His original music appeared on Nickelodeon’s “iCarly,” “Zoey 101” and MTV’s “Next.” His recordings include a 2010 release playing with several musicians on a 14-song album, “Sweet Sacrifice.” His community service includes support of “Autism Speaks” and performances for “Operation Smile” and AIDS patients.
  • LEAH WOOL, Class of 1995
    Hall of Fame Induction 2011
    In recognition of
    accomplished Mezzo-Soprano performances throughout America. Her impressive talent, voice and acting have delivered critically acclaimed roles including Hansel, Hansel und Gretel, Utah Opera; The Secretary, The Consul, Glimmerglass Opera; Angelina, La Cenerentola, Orlando Opera; Novice, Suor Angelica, Metropolitan Opera; Cherubino, Le Nozze di Figaro, Yale Opera. In concerts, she sang Beethoven with National Chorale, J.S. Bach with Boston Baroque, and more. Her prestigious honors range from Winner, The Sullivan Foundation; to Judith Raskin Memorial Award, The Santa Fe Opera. Her service with “ARTSLeaf” and “Sing for Hope” provide mentoring opportunities to benefit students.
  • ADAM PORT, Class of 1996
    Hall of Fame Induction 2010
    In recognition of remarkable talent as a sports and entertainment artist. His hand painted photorealist works of art featuring athletes, musicians and entertainers have
    been displayed at the NBA Store and MTV Networks, NYC; Platinum Collections Gallery, San Diego, CA; Govinda Gallery, Washington, DC. His original designs led to licensing agreements with NBA and Elvis Presley Enterprises. He was the official artist for the 2009 Basketball Hall of Fame and 2010 NFL Hall of Fame Legends Event. He has donated time to inspire young artists and artwork for Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, NBA Players Association Charity Gala, Ludacris Foundation Charity 2007, Diabetes Research Institute, and City at Peace Organization for Children.
  • GUS ROSENDALE, Class of 1996
    Hall of Fame Induction 2013
    In recognition of significant achievements in broadcast news. He is a breaking news reporter and fill-in anchor for NBC News 4 New York. Previously, he was a weekday anchor, breaking news field anchor and special assignment reporter for KSTP-TV (ABC) in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, and a main anchor, weekend anchor and weekday reporter for Plattsburgh, NY and Burlington, VT on WPTZ-TV (Hearst/NBC), when he covered the Salt Lake Olympics. While with WTAE-TV (Hearst/ABC), Pittsburgh, PA, he covered the Sago Mine disaster. The New York and Vermont AP honored him for breaking and general news coverage. He received the New York State AP Award for Best Newscast. He has served United Way, Salvation Army and been Master of Ceremonies at charity events.
  • JONATHAN TIOMKIN, Class of 1997
    Hall of Fame Induction 2011
    In recognition of outstanding athletic accomplishments in fencing. This United States 2004 Olympian is a two-time National Foil Fencing Champion; six-time US World championship fencing team member; Pan Am Gold medalist team fencing champion; Pan Am Silver medalist individual fencing champion; NCAA Silver medalist fencing champion; and NCAA Gold medalist team fencing champion. He is an extraordinary world class athlete and founder of the Five Towns Fencers Club, where his remarkable teaching and coaching develops young athletes.
  • JILL SANTOPOLO, Class of 1999
    Hall of Fame Induction 2012
    In recognition of
    a successful literary career as an author, editor, and adjunct creative writing professor. She authored and published two mystery chapter books about a super sleuth in training. Her Alec Flint Mystery Series includes The Niña, the Pinta and the Vanishing Treasure, named to three award lists, and The Ransom Note Blues. Books she edited for a major publishing company are award winning and on the NY Times Best Seller List. She speaks at various children’s book conferences. Her mystery writing presentations at Hewlett and Ogden Elementary Schools and the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library are beneficial for local community students.

   

 

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