Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

 

MARK ALLAM                            Media High School                     Class of 1927

Professor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania from 1945 to 1977, Dr. Allam has been an author and a contributor to numerous scientific and medical journals.  He was also a member and past-president of the Board of Education for the Media Borough Schools from 1941 to 1960.

 

JOHN BAKER                            Penncrest High School                Class of 1967

As an All-American track and field athlete at the University of Maryland, John was a world class miler who represented the United States in international competition.  Over the past twenty-five years, he has shared his education, hard-work, and sense of honor with the students of Rose Tree Media as a teacher and coach.

 

PERCY O.  BATTIPS  JR.                Media High School                            Class of 1937

Dr. Percy Batipps, Jr. is the son of Percy and Mae Batipps, a distinguished long-time Media family.   Dr. Batipps spent his life as an area medical doctor, committed to the well-being of his community.  In 1996, he was recognized for his 50 years of medical service by the Pennsylvania Medical Society.  Through his work ethic, Dr. Batipps continues to be a role model for this community's younger generation. 

 

JUAN BAUGHN                          Media High School                       Class of 1962

Well known and highly regarded in educational circles around the nation, Dr.  Baughn

has distinguished himself as a  teacher,  coach,  principal,  superintendent of  schools,  and university lecturer.   He has conducted inspirational workshops throughout the country on multicultural sensitivity, self-esteem, and effective leadership.  Dr.  Baughn has received numerous awards such as the Bob Edgar Humanitarian Award and the Freedom Award as well as induction into the Media Old Timers Hall of Fame.

 

RYAN BERLEY & ERIC BERLEY    Penncrest High School       Class of 1994 & 1999

Two proud but ancient buildings have been saved from the wrecking ball and restored to both their early twentieth century elegance and service by Ryan and Eric Berley, Penncrest High School alumni, Class of 1999. One building houses Franklin Fountains, a hand-dipped ice cream parlor of the earlier fashion replete with costumed servers and reminiscent of the turn of the century. The other is a candy emporium that’s been making candy on that site for well over 100 years.   The geniuses that drove these restorations are entrepreneurs and historic preservationists Eric and Ryan Berley. 
 

RANDALL BEVAN                          Penncrest High School              Class of 1998

Randy Bevan, owner of Bevan's Candies in Media, PA.  Mr. Bevan is the "chief cook and bottle washer" and driving force behind Bevan's Candies and has continued the long-standing Media tradition.  Candy making is a tradition passed down from his parents and his grandparents before them.  Always a staple in the community, Bevan's Candies is undergoing a renaissance under Randy Bevan's watch.

 

CINDY GILBERT BEVILACQUA       Penncrest High School               Class of 1980

Three-time All-American, Cindy Bevilacqua has had an extensive impact on the local, state, national and international levels in the sport of Archery as a player, coach and teacher.  Cindy was Pennsylvania Athlete of the year in 1995 and is currently the Team Leader for USA Archery in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as a regional coach.  She continues to reach out and encourage RTMSD students who choose to learn this sport.

 

STEPHEN BLOOM                           Penncrest High School            Class of 1979

Stephen represents the citizens of the 199th Legislative District (Cumberland County) in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, author of the books The Believer's Guide to Legal Issues and They've Crossed the Line: A Patriot's Guide to Religious Freedom.  He has been a successful lawyer in private practice and an adjunct instructor at Messiah College.  Stephen is a member of the Carlisle Alliance Church and has been active in the leadership of numerous civic organizations and ministries.

  

KAREN EMAS BORBEE                         Penncrest High School              Class of 1980

As a three time all-American lacrosse player, Karen led the University of Delaware to several national championships before earning a position on the 1989 United States World Cup championship team.  More recently Karen has distinguished herself as a professor of physical education at Swarthmore College, where she coaches both the women's hockey and lacrosse teams.

   

BRUCE R. BRAUN                             Penncrest High School           Class of 1981

Considered one of America’s leading lawyers for business, Mr. Braun’s practice has represented clients such as Microsoft and the McDonald’s Corporation.  Bruce has served as a lecturer and adjunct professor at Loyola University of Chicago Law School as well as Northwestern Law School and has received a Burton Award for excellence in legal writing.

  

JAMES V. COE, JR.                          Penncrest High School             Class of 1976

Jim has distinguished himself as a scientific researcher in his career as a Professor of Chemistry at the Ohio State University.  He has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers, given many international talks and has been a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 2008.  His research currently involves finding applications of plasmonics in biology, chemistry and physics.  Mr. Coe's work includes the development of a method to record spectra or sub wavelength particles, which includes chemically characterizing the dust particles that are inhaled into people's lungs.

 

 

ELIZABETH M. CYLMA                     Penncrest High School               Class of 1986

As senior operations manager for Bain and Company, Elizabeth is responsible for designing and implementing multi-million dollar technical assistance and advisory projects to develop financial markets and financial institutions in the countries of the former Soviet Union.  Fluent in Russian, Elizabeth is a Harvard graduate who received her MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

ANN CRUMB                                            Penncrest High School              Class of 1968

Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in 1993, Ann has performed in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions from the classics to post-modernist theatre.

 

 

ROBERT E. J. CURRAN, JR.               Penncrest High School             Class of 1981

As a Master in the Delaware County Juvenile Court, Robert takes personal interest and sincere care in each case.  His leadership and sense of fairness is commendable.  He has also served as chairperson of Delaware County Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.  Robert has served as a member of several local scholarship committees for graduating seniors of Penncrest High School.  He has distinguished himself through his dedicated service to the youth of this community.

 

 

JOAN DEVLIN DALY             Penncrest High School         Class of 1972

Joan is an accomplished attorney, community activist and consummate supporter of others—a model of selfless living. Joan is a two-time survivor of breast cancer. As a survivor she strives to better the lives of others suffering from the disease. She has been a buddy to numerous women, counseling them through their journey with breast cancer.  She is an active member of the Riddle Hospital Cancer Advocacy Committee, which strives to enhance the patient experience at Riddle’s Cancer Center.  She has been a past spokesperson for the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good—Feel Better program.”  She has also been instrumental in implementing many  “meal trains” providing food and other forms of support to families in distress in the Delaware County area.

 
 

PHILIP W.  DAMIANI                        Penncrest High School              Class of 1968

As a director in the Delaware County Criminal Justice System, Phil has developed numerous programs for troubled youth.  He has also served as president of D.A.R.E., the Penncrest Alumni Association, and the Rose Tree Media Optimist Club, as well as the Rose Tree Media School Board.  He has distinguished himself   through his dedicated service to the youth of this community.

 

PAUL DIMEO                                  Penncrest High School              Class of 1976

Known as a host and designer of the Extreme Makeover:  Home Edition, Paul DiMeo has received numerous accolades including two Emmy Awards as well as the People’s Choice Award.  Through his work, Paul has become an outspoken role model who reaffirms the importance of community service within our society.

 

 

MICHAEL P. DRASS                         Penncrest High School           Class of 1979

Mike Drass has distinguished himself as a premier Division III college football coach at Wesley College.  Under his leadership, his teams have amassed 9 ACFC championships, 18 NCAA playoff games, and since 2004, a .946 home field winning percentage.  Individual honors are just as impressive with 132 All-American honors and 191 all-conference selections.  All of the success on the field is secondary to what Coach Drass expects from his players in the classroom.  "Football at Wesley College is about a cap and gown, not a helmet and shoulder pads.  Our belief is simple:  There is no success on the field unless there is progress toward a degree in the classroom."

 

 

JOHN  L.  ECHTERNACH, SR.                  Media High School                   Class of 1949

During his distinguished career in physical therapy, Dr. Echternach has served as an eminent scholar, professor, and chairman to the School of Community Health Professions and Physical Therapy at Old Dominion University.  Considered an expert in the field of physical therapy, John has managed many physical therapy departments and outpatient clinics, conducted extensive research, and authored numerous publications.

 

DR. THOMAS J.  EDWARDS              Media High School                     Class of 1941

Besides working as a supervisor of reading on both the high school and college level, Dr. Edwards also served as literacy advisor to the Iranian Ministry of Education.  For this work Tom was awarded a special citation by the United States government.  The Learning Center at State University of New York at Buffalo was renamed in his honor.

 

ROBERT F. ENGLE                               Penncrest High School              Class of 1960

A professor, author, and lecturer at New York University's Stern School of Business, Dr. Engle is an internationally known expert in financial econometrics.  For devising new models for measuring economic volatility, Dr. Engle was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize.

 

 DIANE  L.  FAZZI                                   Penncrest High School                Class of 1979

As a committed teacher, Diane has dedicated her work to the improvement of services for the visually impaired and blind.   As a professor, her numerous presentations, articles, and books on the  subject are  widely circulated on an international basis.

 

KATHERINE  FONSHELL                         Penncrest High School              Class of 1987

After distinguishing herself as an All-American in cross-country and track at Villanova University, Kate represented the United States in the 10,000 meter run at the 1996 Olympics.  She has also been recognized as the athlete of the year by the United States Track and Field Association as well as the   Delaware County Daily Times.

 

JULANI  THOMAS  GHANA                      Penncrest High School              Class of  1982

After completing a distinguished basketball career at Philadelphia Textile which included

several NCAA appearances, two conference championships, tryouts in the NBA and CBA, Jule served as Assistant Director of Admissions at West Chester University.  Through his positive attitude, character, and integrity, Jule has become a remarkable role model to his community.  Presently, he manages the Philadelphia 76’ers community outreach program. 

 

WILLIAM  GROSS                                 Media High School                       Class of  1939

 Known for his community service, Bill has served as a member of  both the Media and  RTM school boards, for over  20 years.  He was awarded the Purple Heart while serving as 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. army in 1945. 

 

DAVID JOHNSON                            Penncrest High School                Class of 1968

Mr. Johnson has spent his career in the land development industry.  He worked for the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C., various major builders/developers, and owned his own real estate development firm specializing in land development engineering.  He was instrumental in establishing the first U.S. undergraduate land development curriculum for civil engineering students.  Mr. Johnson teaches third and fourth level Land Development courses at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  He is a licensed professional engineer in five states and a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers.  He has published numerous articles and authored two books on Land Development that have become a primary resource for the real estate development industry.  Mr. Johnson continues to give back to his profession and community through volunteering, mentoring and teaching.

 

THEODORE  D.  HADLEY,  JR          Media High School                 Class of 1946

Known for his many years of community service, Ted has been an active member of various civic organizations, dedicating his time to help those less fortunate.  In 1994,  he  was named  Citizen of  the Year  by the Delaware County Chamber of Congress for his leadership, vision, and commitment to our community.

 

CHRISTY HANSEN                               Penncrest High School             Class of 1993

Through her work at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Christy is responsible for developing procedures to train astronauts on assembling and building components of the International Space Station.  She also is involved in the Mission Control Center during actual space flights as a flight controller.  Christy has received numerous awards for her contributions to the United States space program. 

 

JO ANN  HARPER                      Penncrest High School               Class of  1961

Inducted in both the Media Hall of Fame as a player and the Delco Lacrosse Hall of  Fame as a coach, Josie has distinguished herself as a player,  coach,  and  teacher  on  both  the high school and collegiate level.  In 1992, she was appointed Associate Director of Athletics at Dartmouth College. 

 

 LYNN  (WERTZBERGER)  HEILER    Penncrest High School      Class of 1970

Known for her work in the advertising industry, Lynn Heiler became the publisher of the The New Yorker in 1992.   By 1994, Mrs. Heiler was elevated to vice- president and publisher of Bon Appetit magazine.  In 1995, she was named publisher of the year among Newhouse magazines.  As a member of the Conde Nast organization, Mrs. Heiler managed programs for women interns and played a key role in mentoring employees. 

 

JOHN J. HILFERTY,  JR                    Media High School                     Class of 1950

Known for his humorous, yet enlightening style, John Hilferty worked as an editor, writer, and reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer for over 25 years.  His most recent works include The Mad River Valley, a photographic history of the Mad River Valley in Vermont as well as his novel Moonlight in Vermont.  Mr. Hilferty received numerous awards for his writing including a share in the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for general local reporting awarded to The Philadelphia Inquirer and the 1998 gold medal for newspaper travel writing.  His column, "The Senior Traveler," is published monthly by The Philadelphia Inquirer.    

 

JODY MILLER HILL                     Penncrest High School              Class of 1968

Jody Hill is the principal hydro geologist and president of Hill Environmental Group, which specializes in environmental construction and site restoration.  Under her leadership, HILL has evolved into a company with a reputation for providing integrated services in the areas of environmental compliance, site cleanup, municipal engineering, and planning and construction remediation.

 

JENNY  HOURIHAN-BAILIN             Penncrest  High School            Class  of  1976

Jenny Hourihan-Bailin, is a Swarthmore graduate and recipient of the Thomas B.  McCabe and Harry S. Truman scholarships and interfaces with both domestic and international businesses.  As an investment  banker,  her  work  has  spanned  a  variety  of   financial  markets,  including   services  for  global  enterprises  and  governments.

 

PATRICIA  H.  JENKINS                Penncrest High School             Class of 1969

Since receiving her Juris Doctor from Dickinson Law School and Master of Laws from Villanova University, Judge Jenkins has worked in her own private practice as well as taught at both Widener and Villanova Universities.  In 1993, she was appointed to the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County.

 

I.   KING  JORDAN                     Penncrest High School               Class of 1962

After serving in many capacities from professor to dean of the College of Arts, at Gallaudet University, Dr. Jordan became, in 1988, the university’s first deaf president.  Through his vision and example, he has opened unlimited educational and professional opportunities for the hearing-impaired.

 

ROBERT KANEDA                      Media High School                     Class of 1965

Dr. Robert Kaneda has distinguished himself in the medical profession as an orthopedic surgeon and director of the Orthopedic Residency Training Program at Community General Osteopathic Hospital.  His varied interests also include flying and auto racing.  Until his retirement in 1991, he was considered a very competitive professional race car driver in the Formula Ford and Formula Atlantic Circuits.

 

WILLIAM KAUFMAN                   Media High School                     Class of 1949          

Known for his dedication, community loyalty, and service, Bill has been a legendary teacher, coach, and athletic director in Rose Tree Media for his entire adult life.  Under his guidance, students learned the values of sportsmanship, fair play, honor, and dependability --- the keys to understanding adulthood and citizenship.

 

LISA KERESZI                                    Penncrest High School                   Class of 1991

From Penncrest art major to member of the faculty at Yale, as student, freelance photographer, curator, critic, and teacher, Lisa has pursued her love of the visual arts.  Her work has appeared in books and magazines, has been exhibited in the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Brooklyn and the Bronx Museums of Art; and her work may be found in galleries as far away as Italy, Belgium and Japan. Lisa is a prolific and well-respected artist. 

 

ELIZABETH UPSON KIDD            Penncrest High School              Class of 1968

Through her sacrificial giving of herself to the needy, the homeless, and the unloved, Elizabeth Upson Kidd provides health care for the inner city poor of the Boston area.  Along with several friends, she founded Place of Promise, a home for people in critical need.  Her mission is to give spiritual and physical support to the critically ill and dying.

 

ROBERT KOCH                         Penncrest High School              Class of 1969

After working in the concert industry, Mr. Koch became instrumental in forming the New Park Entertainment Company.  The Company has been responsible for promoting such famous musical artists as the Rolling Stones, U2, Phish, Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston, Shania Twain, and Bob Dylan.  Bob also serves as the tour business manager for U2.

 

J. DOUGLAS  KUSHNERICK      Penncrest High School            Class of  1976         

A senior scientific advisor at Exxon Mobil Research and Engineering, Douglas Kushnerick is the co-inventor of a chemical process which is now used to convert benzene to higher–valued plastics.  For his research, Mr. Kushnerick was honored as a recipient for the 2004 Thomas Alva Edison Award.  This award recognizes outstanding inventors who positively impact the economy as well as the environment.

 

MICHAEL J. LANCELLOT           Penncrest High School              Class of 1974

As a leader in the business community, Mike has risen to the position of President and CEO of Vector Marketing Corporation.  On the personal side, Mike truly understands the concept of community service and volunteerism.  Through his energetic, proactive leadership, Mike has made significant contributions both locally and nationally to those in our society who are less fortunate.  His compassion, love, and dedication to others are an inspiration to all.

 

JOHN W. LAUFER, III                 Penncrest High School                 Class of 1979

A police officer, teacher, and supervisor, Captain John Laufer is responsible for overseeing the instructional staff at the State Police Academy as well as supervising four regional police training centers.  In 1985, his unselfish actions, during a shooting at the Springfield Mall, saved many citizens from certain death.  Jack's caring attitude for his fellow man makes him a true leader in our community. 

 

I.  FRANK  LEES                         Media  High School                    Class of 1936

Having served as president of the Media Planning Commission for 25 years, Frank is deeply committed to the development and historical preservation of  Media.   He acts as curator for the Media Historical Archives and serves as the town’s historian.

 

SAMUEL LEMON                        Penncrest High School                    Class of 1969

As manager of Community Education Services for WHYY TV 12, Sam is known for directing and producing informative educational programs.  His frequent columns in Applause Magazine and a publication of WHYY, focus on thought-provoking educational topics.  As an author, Sam has published several short stories and plays.

 

PEGGY MASON LEVESQUE        Media High School                                 Class of 1966

For more than thirty-five years, Peggy Levesque has served the Rose Tree Media community as a student-athlete, teacher, mentor, and coach.  Inducted into the Media Old Timer's Hall of Fame in 1998, Peggy is the coach with the most wins in Penncrest history with 264 wins and 6 volleyball championships.  She is known for her caring firmness, respect for students, and service to the school community

 

PAUL A. LINVILL                         Media High School                    Class of 1945

As owner of Linvilla Orchards, Paul and his family have pioneered the concept of recreational agriculture.  The combination of the farm, the market, and the Knowlton and Hidden Hollow swimming pools have made Linvilla Orchards a family friendly, learning environment within our community.  The development of Pumpkinland, play land, and hayrides along with opportunities for school tours and for seasonal employment has been influential in the growth of our children. 

 

DAVID LOCKWOOD                   Penncrest High School              Class of 1984

After distinguishing himself as a defensive back at West Virginia University, David has served as a highly respected Division I football coach at major programs such as Notre Dame, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Wet Virginia.  Coach Lockwood is also a member of the Media Area Hall of Fame and the Delaware County Hall of Fame.

 

KEVIN  R.  LYNCH                      Penncrest High School                          Class of 1968

Dr. Lynch has distinguished himself as a professor of Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics at the University of Virginia.  Through his lectures, numerous publications, seminars, and mentoring of countless students, Kevin has earned an international reputation for his work in microbiology.

 

PATRICIA MC GAUGHEY HIGGINS    Media High School                    Class of 1952

Pat Higgins has demonstrated her love for the youth of her community through her selfless acts of charity:  her support for education and the Special Olympics.  As a philanthropist, she has given her support to both student scholarships as well as annual donations to the Penncrest library.

 

SUSAN CLOWER MESCANTI             Penncrest High School        Class of 1966

As a near lifelong resident of Middletown Township, Susan has been an integral part of RTMSD.  Upon her graduation from high school Susan went to work for RTMSD for 37 years.  She was the organizing president of the first Rose Tree Media Secretaries and Aides Association.  As a member, and now president of the Penncrest Media Alumni Association, Susan has always worked tirelessly to provide alumni with information, support, and history of the district.  She has dedicated her career and her life to the district and its community.

 

 

 GUY MESSICK, Esq.                        Penncrest High School            Class of 1970

Guy Messick has distinguished himself in both his professional career and his service to the Rose Tree Media community.  Mr. Messick has been a solicitor of the National Association of Credit Union Service Organization since 1987.  He has been a leader in his profession as the author of numerous articles and as a nationally known speaker on a variety of credit union topics.  In the community, Mr. Messick has selflessly served as a community leader for the Media Historical Society, the Media Rotary Club and the Tyler Arboretum.  He has made a positive impact on his profession and his community.

 

 

 STEPHEN MILLER                          Penncrest High School           Class of 1984

As a Navy pilot, Lieutenant Stephen Miller flew 21 missions over Iraq during Operation Deny Flight.  Later in his career as part of the Air National Guard, Major Miller flew patrol missions over Philadelphia after the attacks of 9/11.  For his courageous efforts in the service of our country, Stephen as received the Navy Achievement Medal, the Air Medal, as well as the Aerial Achievement Medal for heroism in flight.

 

 

 

P. KEVIN MORRIS                      Penncrest High School              Class of 1981

As the managing partner of Barnes Morris, Kevin Morris's vision in the field of entertainment law makes him, according to Variety magazine, a leader and powerhouse in the entertainment industry.  His numerous clients include some of the top actors, writers, directors, authors, recording artists, and corporations in the performing arts.  As a result of his expertise, Mr. Morris is a frequent lecturer and panelist on entertainment law.          

 

JOHN  W.  MORRISON                Penncrest High School             Class of 1972

The Reverend John Morrison has served as Methodist pastor and teacher, humbly dedicating his life to his fellow man.  Known for his gentle spirit, compassion, openness, and honesty, John truly has been a leader who ministers to the spiritual and emotional needs of his congregation.

 

 WALTER R. OMLOR, JR           Penncrest High School              Class of 1960

Known for his community service, Walt Omlor devised and implemented the concept of supervised community service as an alternative sentence for the Delaware County Courts.  His concept has provided countless hours of  community service to the residents of  Delaware County  while  becoming a  tax-saving community  service  model  throughout the  Commonwealth of  Pennsylvania.  For his personal commitment to our community, Walt has received numerous awards including the Delco Chamber of  Commerce Citizen of the Year Award in 1997.

 

KENNETH A.  OYE                     Penncrest High School              Class of 1967

After graduating from Swarthmore College and Harvard University where he earned his Ph. D. in political science, Professor Oye served on several prestigious faculties including Princeton, Harvard, and MIT.  Dr. Oye also served as a consultant to the U.S. Policy Coordinating Committee, was the editor of the journal, World Politics, and has authored numerous books on international relations and political economy whose research addresses issues in the field of science, technology and environmental policy.  In 1998, Dr. Oye received the MIT Graduate Student Council Outstanding Teaching Award in Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.       

 

ROBERT OYE                            Penncrest High School              Class of 1969

After receiving his medical degree from Stanford University, Dr. Oye has distinguished himself as a professor of clinical medicine and as the executive vice-chairman of the UCLA Department of Medicine.  Dr. Oye’s research and publications are based on a variety of medical issues, including appraisals on the effectiveness of chemotherapy as well as a series of studies on cardiac care.

 

LORETTA SOMERVILLE POLHILL       Media High School           Class of 1961

As a lifelong distinguished teacher and administrator, Dr. Pohill works for the National Center on Education and the Economy where she has supervised and provided technical assistance for America’s Choice Network of Schools.  Among her many achievements, Dr. Pohill has been recognized with the prestigious 50 Women You Should Know Award.

 

 

MICHAEL RANDOLPH                   Penncrest High School            Class of 1974

As a three-year starter at defensive back for the University of Delaware, Michael Randolph captained the Blue Hens 1977 Lambert Cup team while leading the East Coast Athletic Conference in interceptions.  During his football career at Penncrest High School, Michael was named all-conference, all-county, all-academic and nominated to the prestigious Pennsylvania Big 33 Team.

 

 

ANDREW J. REILLY                   Penncrest High School             Class of 1980

Elected to Delaware County Council in 1999, Andrew Reilly, a practicing attorney, helps oversee the county budget as well as a workforce of 3,000 people.  As an active member of many local civic organizations, Andy has distinguished himself through his dedicated service to his community.

 

WILLIAM  H.  RIDLEY                 Media High School                     Class of 1887

The son of a former Virginia slave, William Ridley became the first black attorney to practice law in Delaware County.  He was admitted to the bar in 1891 and maintained law practices in Media and Chester, often representing  poor  and  minority  clients by  accepting bushels  of food  in  payment  for  his  services.   His distinguished law career spanned 54 years.  He also served his country in the Spanish American War as  well as  World War  I.     

 

TODD ROBINSON                      Penncrest High School              Class of 1977

Known for his work in the film and documentary industry, Todd won an Emmy award in 1994 for his direction of The Legend of  Billy  the  Kid.  Now, in 1996, he is being recognized for his artistic and sensitive screen play, White Squall.   

 

PATRICIA LOCKWOOD ROBINSON –LINDER   Penncrest High    Class of 1965

As a professor of language and literature, director, and author, Dr. Robinson-Linder is best known as the executive producer and founder of Exclamation Theatre, an outlet for aspiring artists.  Her online service, The Green Room at the New Globe, flourishes as an educational instrument for writers, particularly playwrights and screen wrights.

 

BRUCE   ROTH                           Penncrest High School             Class of 1972

As a distinguished author, professor, and chemist, Dr. Roth is best known as the inventor of Lipitor.  For his many contributions to the public well-being, he has received many awards including the 1999 Inventor of the Year Award as well as the 2002 Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry.  Dr. Roth presently is the vice-president at Pfizer Global Research and Development. 

 

MARK  S.  SFIRRI                       Penncrest High School                    Class of 1970

An educator, author, and lecturer, Mark Sfirri is an internationally acclaimed wood-turning artist whose pieces can be seen in galleries and exhibits in the United State and Canada.  In 2003, he was recognized by Marquis Who’s Who in America.  Mark has received numerous awards and grants for his distinctive work with wood. 

 

LAURIE SHANNON                 Penncrest High School              Class of 1979

Dr. Shannon holds a doctorate in English literature from the University of Chicago as well as her law degree from Harvard Law School.  She has authored numerous articles in English literature and is considered a top scholar in her field.  Laurie presently teaches Renaissance English literature at Duke University.

 

TOM SREDENSCHEK                   Penncrest High School             Class of 1981

Known as Anchor and Senior Sports Producer for WTXF-TV/Fox Philadelphia, Tom Sredenschek has always been devoted to providing information and entertainment to area viewers.  Tom has received numerous honors including an Emmy Award from the Mid-Atlantic region (NATAS), and is a four time recipient of the Associated Press Sportscaster of the Year in Pennsylvania.  Tom has shared his expertise and dedication with over 150 college students in various internship programs and has emceed events at Penncrest High School.

 

 

WILLIAM  T.  STEWART,  JR.     Penncrest High School               Class of 1981

Active in community service, Will has been a volunteer in both the Special Olympics and Big Brothers of America programs.   For his unselfish work, he was honored as Regional Big Brother of the Year in 1994.  By profession, Will is a genetic research supervisor who has co-authored a number of articles in his field.

 

JULIA VAUGHTERS                   Penncrest High School              Class of 1980

After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree from the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts and her law degree from Temple University, Julia has specialized in labor and employment law.  She has received numerous awards for her contributions to the Law School Community.

 

 

DR. PETER VISHTON                      Penncrest High School               Class of 1987

A psychology professor and lecturer at the College of William and Mary, Dr. Vishton is known as one of the nation's foremost researchers specializing in infant behavior and child development.  His research findings are published in countless journals including the Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology and the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.

 

 

LAWRENCE G. WEATHERS, III            Penncrest High School    Class of 1974

As an honest, conscientious, and hard-working person, Lawrence Weathers is considered to be a pillar of our business community.  Weathers Dodge, a family business, has served the community for over 80 years and is well-known for its customer satisfaction.  Moreover, Mr. Weathers has lent both his time and financial support to many local organizations.  He is a selfless man of conviction who is committed to serving his community.

 

ELIZABETH STABINSKI WEBB             Penncrest High School    Class of 1961

A recognized expert specializing in the field of adult and child psychiatry, Dr. Webb is a teacher and role model who has shaped the careers of many women in the mental healthcare field.  Elizabeth serves as president of the Psychoanalytic Center in Philadelphia and was recognized as the Practitioner of the Year in 2006 by the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society.

 

CURT WELDON                          Media High School                    Class of 1965         

First elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1986, Curt represents Pennsylvania’s Seventh Congressional District and has served Delaware County as an educator, a county councilman,  and a mayor.

 

ADAM  WERNICK                        Penncrest High School                Class of 1981

Adam is best known for his creative and artistic work in sound design and original music for theater.  He has earned the Barrymore Award for best sound design as well as the F. Otto Haas Award as the Emerging Theatre Artist at the 1977 Barrymore Awards ceremony. 

 

WILLIAM WHITAKER                       Penncrest High School             Class of 1969

Bill is an Emmy Award-winning CBS - TV News journalist who has worked as a researcher/writer producer, reporter as well as national news correspondent from 1977 to the present. 

 

GRETCHEN WORDEN                     Penncrest High School            Class of 1965

Best known as the curator of the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians in Philadelphia, Miss Worden revitalized the museum's collection of anatomical oddities, opening the exhibit to academic inquiry and popularizing it with the public.  Through publications and television appearances, Gretchen exemplified the spirit of the Mutter Museum from her accession to directorship in 1988 until her death in 2004.

 

RONALD E. YEAW                          Penncrest High School               Class of 1961

Ronald Yeaw is a highly decorated retired U.S. Navy Captain with the Naval Special Warfare Community.  He has served in a variety of highly competitive Navy and joint service operational, command and staff positions including command of an Underwater Demolition Team (UDT) and SEAL Team SIX.  Mr. Yeaw served three combat tours to the Republic of Vietnam and has been awarded 45 medals and ribbons.  Among these distinctions are the Purple Heart and 9 medals with the combat "V" for valor including 4 Bronze Stars.  During a professional service career with a $46 million / year corporation, Mr. Yeaw served as a Program Manager, Director and Division Vice President.