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Recipients of the Lower Merion/Harriton Alumni Association
Distinguished Alumni Award


Steven M. Altschuler, MD
Don Bandler
Elizabeth A. Cook
Mark Hallett, MD
Suzanne Hall Johnson
Joseph E. McCarthy
William McComas
Nancy Meyers
Wilbur W. Oaks, MD
Lisa Scottoline


Herman Giersch


Paul Alpers
Lita Indzel Cohen
Kenneth Tindall Derr
Wendell F. Holland
Joseph M. Manko
Warren E. Strothers
Lawrence H. Summers


General Julius W. Becton, Jr.
Ruth Ann Rice Crone
Robert Fagles, Ph.D.
Marshall S. Herskovitz
George S. Trimble, Jr.


Henry Arnold
Chuck Barris
James Billington
Edmund (Ted) Lee Goldsborough, III
Alexander M. Haig, Jr.
Gerald Levin
Paul F. Miller, Jr.
Robert Sataloff
Lynn Sherr
Wilbur Zimmerman

Paul Alpers – Lower Merion Class of 1949

Paul was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. He was recognized by his peers by receiving the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California. Dr. Alpers has published many papers, and his lectures have been delivered at educational institutions throughout the country. 

Steven Altschuler, MD – Lower Merion Class of 1971

Dr. Altschuler is best known as the President and CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the nation’s first hospital dedicated to pediatric care.He has been on the staff since 1985 and has held many positions prior to this appointment. He has served as Physician-in-Chief and holder of the Leonard and Marilyn Abramson Endowed Chair in pediatrics.In addition he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania school of Medicine and held a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School.Steven is an internationally renowned board certified pediatrician and gastroenterologist and an accomplished scientific researcher.He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Case Western University. A pediatric residency followed this at the Children’s Hospital of Boston. His subspecialty in pediatric gastroenterology was at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.>Clinically Dr. Altschuler practices general gastroenterology with a special interest in children with gastrointestinal mobility problems and functional disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. He has received over 16 awards. The most recent is the Heart of Philadelphia in January 2007 from the American Heart Association and the Komarov prize for Gastroenterology research.

Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold – Lower Merion Class of 1903 (Deceased)

"Hap" graduated The U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1907. In 1912, he won the first Mackay Trophy ever awarded for a record non-stop airplane flight of 30 miles. He then transferred to the Air Services in 1920, he graduated Army Industrial College in 1925 and the Command and General Staff School in 1929. He won his second Mackay Trophy in 1934 and the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1936. In 1938, as a Major General, became Chief of the Army Air Corps. In 1943 became a 4-star general, thus becoming the first full Aviation General in U.S. history. Once elevated to 5-star rank, he joined Generals Marshall, Eisenhower and MacArthur. Authored several books.

Don Bandler  Harriton - Class of 1965

Donald graduated cum laude with honors from Kenyon College in 1969 with a B.A. in political science, attended St. John's College where he earned his M.A., received a J.D. degree from George Washington University school of Law in 1979 and later received an Honorary Degree from Kenyon.  His diplomatic career really started to take shape in 1978 when he became Director of "Face to Face", a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace program that brought new perspectives and challenges to Washington foreign policy.  He spent 28 years working for the US State Department in many capacities.  In 1983-84 he worked as the US Coordinator for the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe.   From 1985-89 he headed Political Military Affairs at the US Embassy in Paris.Donald left Paris in 1989 to work as Minister-Counselor for Political and Legal Affairs in Bonn, Germany, where he participated in the diplomacy leading to German unification.  In 1993 he became the Director of Israel and Arab Affairs, and had an active role in Middle East peace process negotiations that yielded bilateral and multilateral agreements.  In 1995, he returned to our embassy in Paris, this time as Deputy Chief of Mission.  Don's wide experience in management and policy making led him to his next position as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the National Security Council, where he was responsible for US relations with Europe and Canada - including NATO.  Later he was Special Assistant to the President and Counselor for the 42-nation NATO summit, the largest gathering of world leaders ever held in the nation's capitol.   From 1999 to 2002 Don was the US Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus.  After retiring from State, he was Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at the Monsanto company.   After three years at Kissinger-McLarty Associates as Senior Director for Europe he was Tony Blair's deputy to advance the prospects of a negotiated settlement in the Mideast.   Most recently, he was the University of Southern California's Distinguished Visitor.  Don received the US State Department's Superior Honor Award on four occasions and was awarded the French Legion of Honor.

Chuck Barris – Lower Merion Class of 1947

Chuck created numerous successful national television shows including “The Dating Game," “The Newlywed Game” and “The Gong Show." His production company had, at one time, more television shows on network TV – 26 half hours a week – than any entertainment company in America. He received a gold record for the rock and roll classic “Palisades Park," and also wrote two novels and a memoir. He has been honored with an Emmy nomination for his work in television, as Man of the Year by the Philadelphia Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, as Man of the Year by the Autistic School for Children in Grand Rapids Michigan and the police departments of New York and Philadelphia.He is presently a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Police Foundation.

General Julius Wesley Becton, Jr. – Lower Merion Class of 1944

Lieutenant General, United States Army (retired), Called to active duty from the Army Air Corp enlisted reserve in 1944, he attended the Infantry Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA, where he was graduated as second lieutenant. After separation from active duty he entered Muhlenberg College, but was recalled to active duty after a year. Throughout his military career he pursued his education and among many educational achievements received his BS Degree from Prairie Vice A&M College, his MA Degree from the Institute for Defense Analysis at the University of Maryland, and an honorary Doctor of Laws from Huston Tillotson College. He steadily moved upward in rank from second lieutenant in 1944 to Lieutenant General in 1983. Among his assignments he was Commanding General of the legendary 1 st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas. He has received numerous decorations, including the Distinguished Service Medal. In 1985, Becton was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate as Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Prior to that he was director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance Agency for International Development.

James H. Billington – Lower Merion Class of 1946

James has been The Librarian of Congress since 1987. He was the former Director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He was Valedictorian of his Princeton undergraduate class and earned a doctorate degree from Oxford University. He was also a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College. He has authored several books, and the recipient of the Gwanghwa Medal of the Republic of Korea, and the Woodrow Wilson Award from Princeton University. Has been a host commentator or consultant on numerous education and network television programs.

Lita Indzel Cohen – Lower Merion Class of 1958

Lita was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1992 - 2002. Lower Merion Township Commissioner from 1985-1993; Member of the Lower Merion Planning Commission 1973 - 1995 - first woman ever to be appointed to any commission in Lower Merion. Trustee Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; graduate of Unniversity of Pennsylvamia and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Member of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania Bars and admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court. Founder of the Food and Allergy Research Initiative. Vice Chair of the Board: Philadelphia Child Guidance Centers of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Listed in Who's Who in American Women, Humanitarian of the Year – Montgomery County Association of Retarded Persons. Legislator of the Year – American Jewish Congress Pennsylvania Chapter. Numerous civic memberships and served as Director for the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters and National Association of Broadcasters.

Elizabeth Cook – Lower Merion Class of 1980

Early in her career as an environmentalist, Elizabeth worked as ozone campaign director of “Friends of the Earth.” In 1997, she was awarded the “United Nations Environment Program Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Protection of the Ozone Layer” and in 1991, Ms. Cook received the “Environmental Protection Agency Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award.  Elizabeth joined the staff of the World Resources Institute (WRI) in 1994 where she has held several positions. She started with WRI’S Interdisciplinary Climate Protection Initiative, which worked to identify policies and business strategies for achieving strong climate goals.  After that she led WRI’s Sustainable Enterprise Program, which harnesses the power of business to create profitable solutions to environment and development challenges. She currently serves WRI as Vice President for Institutional Strategy and Development. Her role is to work with WRI’s board and staff to scale up the organizations priority initiatives. Ms. Cook also works regularly with many fortune 500 companies on strengthening corporate commitments.  In 2007, she received the Best of the Best Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award from the US EPA.

Ruth Ann Rice Crone – Lower Merion Class of 1960

Executive Director of Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in Washington DC. Received Bachelor's degree from Muhlenberg and Master's degree from University of Cincinnati. Recipient of International City and County Management Association Workplace Diversity Professional Development Award (1994). Recipient of Diana Donald Award from American Planning Association (1979); Recipient of Distinguished Chapter Service Award from National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association (1975); named by Washingtonian magazine as one of the region's most influential leaders (1992) and most powerful women (1994).

Kenneth Tindall  Derr – Lower Merion Class of 1954

Spent his career predominantly in the oil business and later he served as the CEO of several large international corporations. Mr. Derr has served as Trustee Emeritus of Cornell University, and as a member of President Bush's Commission on Environmental Quality, and President Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development.

Robert Fagles – Lower Merion Class of 1951 (Deceased)

Robert was a Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton, where he founded the Department. He attended Amherst and received Ph.D. from Yale. His honors include; Borestone Mountain Poetry Award (1972); Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities at Princeton (1989); various fellowships. Robert was responsible for an  extensive list of translations from the Greek classics.

Herman C. Giersch - Lower Merion Class of 1932

Herman Giersch graduated from West Chester College with a B.A. in music, from Temple University with a M.S. in music education, and from the Conservatory of Music in1954 with a music doctorate. He was a music teacher at Bala Cynwyd Junior High School when it opened in 1939 and composed the school's alma mater. He later left Bala Cynwyd to teach music in Lower Merion Senior High School from 1965 through his retirement in 1984. During a sabbatical in 1971 he joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as a vocalist in the Mendelssohn Club Choir. In 1952 he began summer work as the music director for the Silver Bay, New York, Conference center and stayed until 1974. He has also been orchestra conductor for the Narberth Community Theatre and choirmaster at Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Penn Wynne. Following his retirment from the Lower Merion School District, he tuned the pianos in all of the district's schools and acted as a "guest staff" teacher.

Edmund (Ted) Lee Goldsborough, III – Lower Merion Class of 1957

Edmund (Ted) Lee Goldsborough, III – Lower Merion Class of 1957
B. A. Allegheny College.  M. S. University of Pennsylvania. English teacher in the Lower Merion School District: 1966-1994. Has been associated with Narberth Public School Reunion, the Lower Merion Academy, the Lower Merion Historical Society, the Lower Merion/Harriton High Schools Alumni Association, and promoting bicycling.


Alexander M. Haig, Jr. _ Lower Merion Class of 1942 (Deceased)

Graduate of U.S. Military Academy. Received numerous military decorations. In 1969 became senior military advisor to the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In 1974 was Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. Elected president and COO of United Technologies. In 1981 was named Secretary of State by President Ronald Reagan. Currently Chairman of his advisory firm, Worldwide Associates, Inc.

Mark Hallet, MD - Harriton Class of 1961

Dr.Hallett has accomplished so many things in his medical career that it is impossible to cover them all. He started working at the National Institute of Health in 1984, where he is now the Chief of Human Motor Control Section at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) and Chief, Medical Neurology Branch at NINDS. Mark earned both his AB and MD from Harvard University. He did his internship at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston and he received his neurology education from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Before joining NIH he was the Chief of the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory at the Brigham and Womens Hospital in Boston. In 1983-84 He was the Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. When he started at NIH in 1984 he held the position of Clinical Director of NINDS until 2000.  Most of his research focuses on the physiology of human movement and movement disorders.  In addition to his teaching and research he is Editor –in-Chief of Clinical Neurophysiology and Associate Editor of Brain. He has received many awards and honors and has been involved with many foundations and professional associations, too numerous to list them all. However in 2005 he was awarded the Movement Disorder Research Award of The American Academy of Neurology and the President’s Award of the American Academy of Neurology.

Marshall S. Herskovitz – Lower Merion Class of 1969

Marshall is an outstanding producer of many television shows. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and the American Film Institute. He is best known for the movie Special Bulletin and Thirtysomething which ran on ABC for four years. He has been the recipient of several Emmy Awards, Writers Guild Awards, a Humanitas Award, the Golden Globe Award, the People's Choice Award, the Peabody Award, the American Psychological Association Award for distinguished contribution to medial psychology, and the John Rock Award. He also won two Directors Guild Awards.

Wendell F. Holland – Lower Merion Class of 1970

An attorney, he was a member of the first bussed class of students to graduate from Lower Merion. Attended Fordham University and Rutgers Law School where he was Class President. He served as a judge and during his judgeship was elected President of the Association by fellow jurists. Served as a Commissioner of the PA Public Utility Commission. Received a citation from the PA House of Representatives in 1993 for “illustrious record of service and leadership in keeping with the highest ideals of this Commonwealth…”. Received the 1994 Award of Excellence of the National Association of Water Companies (PA chapter). Received an award of honor from the Utility Emergency Services Fund. Served as lead counsel in drafting an Energy Treaty (Protocol) that will govern the development, use and trade of energy throughout Southern Africa; there are only three such protocols in the world.

Suzanne Hall Johnson - Harriton  Class of 1964

In 1971 Suzanne graduated with distinction from UCLA’S Master Program as an Advanced Practice Nurse. She went on to teach nursing at Stanford University and San Jose State University and in 1976 she developed her own national nursing continuing education business.  Suzanne has authored numerous articles and books. She established the professional journal, Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing and was the editor-in-chief for 16 years. She was also the founding editor and publisher of Recruitment & Retention Report and Nurse Author & Editor, which provides articles and advice to assist nurses to write for publications. Suzanne’s book, High Risk Parenting Assessment and Strategies for the Family at Risk won her a Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing. She also won the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1982 from Duke University School of Nursing. In 1999, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses awarded her the National Pioneering Spirit Award.

Gerald M. Levin – Lower Merion Class of 1956

Gerald Levin retired as Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc. in 2002 and is currently Presiding Director of a holistic mental health institute in Santa Monica, California (MoonviewSanctuary.com).    He is a graduate of Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He received honorary degrees from Texas College, Middlebury College, Denver University, the University of Vermont, and Haverford College (where he served as Chairman of the Board).  He is also a Trustee Emeritus of Hampshire College, the Aspen Institute, and the New York Philharmonic and was a former Board member of the New York Stock Exchange and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  In addition, he was affiliated with the National Cable Television Center, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Joseph M. Manko – Lower Merion Class of 1957

Was listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” publication in 1991. Mr. Manko was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge to serve on the PA 21 st Century Environmental Commission, where he served as Regional Counsel of the United States EPA. In the past, Mr. Manko has received many awards for his efforts in all environmental areas He has also been a member of the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners, where he served as President. Graduated cum laude from Harvard University Law School and magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University.

Joseph McCarthy - Lower Merion Class of 1940

If you met Joseph while he served in the military you may know him as General McCarthy while those that met him while he was teaching refer to him as Dr. McCarthy and still others that met him in the community involved in civic activities call him Mr. McCarthy. No matter what name he goes by there is no denying that he is a tough act to follow.   His education included degrees from the US Military Academy, West Point, NY (1945), the US Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas (1958), US Naval War College, Newport, R.I. (1965) and the University of Maryland where he earned his MA in Government and Politics (1960) & PHD  in Political Science (1965).  He served in the military for 33 years. In 1945, he was commissioned in the infantry where he served in infantry, airborne and armored units. He served 3 tours in the Far East and 5 in Europe.  From 1958-60 he worked at the Pentagon in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and from 1960-63 in the office of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. In 1965 he went to Europe where he had 2 NATO assignments. In 1967 he wrote the Illusion of Power: American Policy Toward Vietnam 1954-1966 and in 1975 he retired from the military.  After his retirement he pursued many different activities. He taught Political Science at the University of Maryland and taught at many military posts. Joe also served as President of 2 school Boards.  Joe devoted several years to the protection of the environment. He developed an alternative (non-federal) program for funding and constructing wastewater treatment facilities.  In 1999, he became President of The United States Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pa. A non-profit foundation he founded. The center is a military history, education and cultural campus. General McCarthy has received the Distinguished Service Medal, legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

William McComas  - Lower Merion Class of 1972

William taught science in middle and secondary schools in suburban Philadelphia for 13 years.  While teaching he worked on his doctorate and in 1991, he was awarded his PHD in Science Education from the University of Iowa.   In 2006 he joined the faculty of the University of Arkansas as the inaugural holder of the Parks Family Endowed Professorship in Science Education where he is the founding director of the Project To Advance Science Education (PASE). Prior to his current position at the University Of Arkansas he founded and directed the Program to Advance Science Education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.   That program attracted graduate students who wished to earn masters and doctoral degrees. William focuses on enhancing the way science is taught in schools and museums so that students are “doing science” not just studying facts.   His research and publications focus on biology and evolution education.  His most recent books include: The Nature of Science in Science Education:  Rationales and Strategies and Investigating Evolutionary Biology in the Laboratory.  He was named the Outstanding Science Teacher Educator by the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science and in 1998 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association. In 2001 he was awarded the Ohaus award for curriculum innovation. He is the 2007 recipient of the Outstanding Evolution Educator award from the National Association of Biology Teachers, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and the American Institute of Biological Science.  Dr. McComas has chaired more than 25 doctoral dissertations with 8 former students now themselves professors of science education.  In addition to his science teaching Bill is an avid photographer. Over 30 of his photographs have appeared on the covers of a variety of professional journals and in textbooks.  The Los Angeles Museum of Natural History presented an exhibition of his photos entitled “The Galapagos Islands: Evolutions Showcase.”  William has also served on the board of the National Science Teacher Association.

Nancy Meyers – Lower Merion Class of 1967

Nancy has been touted as “the most important female writer, director in Hollywood because of the desirable roles she creates for older actresses.”   After graduating from American University with a B.A. in Journalism, Nancy left D.C. for Los Angeles to work as a story editor for Rastar Productions. Furthering her education at UCLA led her to start her career as an assistant director and production manager. Her first writing endeavors before moving into film were for television (The Odd Couple, All in The Family). Her first film project was Private Benjamin, staring Goldie Hawn.  It was a collaborative venture with her long time writing partner Charles Shyer and Harvey Miller. This film broke ground in Hollywood, proving that a female lead could be as bankable as her male counterpart. The film earned her a nomination for an Oscar and won her an award from The Writers Guild of America. Following the success of  Private Benjamin she went on to write and produce , “Irreconcilable Differences”, “Baby Boom”,and “Father of the Bride “ I & II.   Nancy moved into her directorial debut in 1998 with the remake of “The Parent Trap” starring Lindsay Lohan and Dennis Quaid. In 2000 she followed with “What Women Want” and “Something’s Gotta Give” in 2003.  In 2007, she won The Crystal Award, Women in Film, Dorothy Arzner Directors Award.

Paul F. Miller, Jr. – Lower Merion Class of 1945

Founder of Miller, Anderson & Sherrerd, an investment management company, which has grown to an asset size of $33 billion. Trustee of University of Pennsylvania and was Chair of trustees for eight years. Trustee of the Ford Foundation for two six-year terms, a trustee of Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and trustee The Science Center of New Hampshire. Director of World Wildlife Fund. Directorships: Hewlett-Packard; Rohm and Haas; The Mead Corporation; SPS Technologies and Philadelphia Ventures.

Wilbur Oaks, MD – Lower Merion Class of 1946

After earning his B.S. from Lafayette College in 1951, Wilbur attended Hahnemann University (formerly Hahnemann Medical College) where he would receive all of his medical education followed by his employment at Hahnemann Hospital, where he has been on staff since 1961 as both a professor and physician.  Wilbur’s teaching appointments included Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of Postgraduate Education and Project Director Homeless Clinic at Hahnemann University. His hospital appointments began with Staff Physician and ended with Chairman, Department of Medicine. He has authored 13 medical textbooks, 98 papers and was editor for Sexual Medicine Today, Drug Therapy and Co-Editor for Hahnemann Journal of Medicine. Wilbur has been presented with many awards and honors He received 1000 Points of Light, President George. H.W. Bush, Homeless Clinic, Distinguished Gold Medal Award, Hahnemann University and Recognition of Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring MCP/Hahnemann.  Wilbur served on the board of trustees at Lafayette College and in 2001 he was presented with the Distinguished Service Medal and in 2005 they named the Lafayette College Soccer Complex Oaks Stadium.

Robert Thayer Sataloff, M.D. D.M.A. – Lower Merion Class of 1967

Professor of Otolaryngology at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Adjunct Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Georgetown University, Washington DC; on the Faculty of the Academy of Vocal Arts and the Curtis Institute of Music, Director of the Voice Foundation's Annual Symposium on care of the professional voice, and author of over 400 publications including 11 textbooks. He is Editor-in-Chief of the “Journal of Voice” and Associate Editor of the “NATS Journal”, “Medical Problems of Performing Artists” and of “Ear, Nose and Throat Journal”. He is also Director of the Thomas Jefferson University Arts-Medicine Center and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Voice Foundation and of the American Institute for Voice and Ear Research. Awards include: Phi Beta Kappa (1970); Richard W. Foster Prize for outstanding contribution to academic programs (1975); Clinical Surgery Prize – Honorable Mention (1975); Outstanding Young Men of America (1982); Honor Award of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (1989); and several others.

Lisa Scottoline – Lower Merion Class of 1973

In 1976, Lisa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude earning her B.A. in English in a short 3 years. In 1981, she graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Lisa began her legal career clerking for a state appellate judge after  she joined the prestigious law firm, Dechert, Price and Rhodes where she worked as a litigator.  However, it was her writing of legal thrillers that brought her international attention. Looking for a way to pay the bills and stay home after her daughter was born, she wrote her first book, “Everywhere That Mary Went “ which was nominated for an Edgar, the highest award given in the mystery genre. It was Lisa’s second book, “Final Appeal” that won her the Edgar and her fifth book “Mistaken Identity”, was the first to make the New York Times best seller list. Her other awards include the” PW Innovator” by Publishers Weekly Magazine (2004), the “Fun, Earless Female Award from Cosmopolitan Magazine (2004) and the “Paving the Way Award” from Women in Business. She currently has 15 books in print which have been published in over twenty languages.  Recently Lisa started a weekly column entitled “Chick Wit” for the Philadelphia Inquirer and also teaches a course on Justice and Fiction at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Lynn Sherr – Lower Merion Class of 1959

ABC News Correspondent, “20/20”. Prior to her assignment at “20/20”, in 1986 she was a Notional Correspondent for ABC News. She has covered presidential conventions, Space Shuttle flights- including the explosion of Challenger, and a wide range of other major stories. During the 1992-93 season, she received a aggie Award from Planned Parenthood for her report on the continuing battle over Ireland's abortion amendment. She has been honored with numerous awards for other “20/20” segments, including a Front Page Award Association, a Matrix Award from the New York Women in Communications (1990), an Exceptional Merit Media Award from the National Women's Political Caucus, a Pinnacle Award from the American Women in Radio and Television, to name a few. She is author of “Susan B. Anthony Slept Here: A guide to American Women's Landmarks”, and co-author of “The Women's Calendar”. She is also author of numerous articles. A graduate of Wellesley College and is listed in “Who's Who in American Women”.

Warren E. Strothers – Lower Merion Class of 1945 (Deceased)

Established a library in Warminster Township in 1977, which was the beginning of his involvement in the library system. Mr. Strothers received many awards for his dedication to Warminster Township. As the head of the first African-American family to move to Warminster, he paved the way for others to follow.

Lawrence H. Summers – Harriton Class of 1973

Larry was the President of Harvard University several years ago. At the age of 28, Dr. Summers was the youngest tenured professor at Harvard. He has served as the Secretary of the Treasury under President Clinton, and has achieved Distinguished Fellow status at the Brookings Institution. In addition, Dr. Summers was appointed as the Chief Economist of the World Bank. He has received the John Bates Clark Medal as well as the National Science Foundation's Alan Waterman Award.

George S. Trimble, Jr. – Lower Merion Class of 1932 (Deceased)

George was recognized as a driving force in the development of our country's space program. He attended M.I.T., graduated at twenty years of age then served as Director of Engineering at the Martin Company. His direct manner and accuracy in the infancy of space programs helped gain him a place on a committee on space technology established in 1958, chaired by Werner Von Braun. He became a pilot at the age of eighteen and spent twenty years at Martin Marietta designing planes and overseeing the entire engineering operation (over 6,000 engineers). He was one of the very few among the scientific and engineering community who told President Kennedy that it was not only feasible, but also beneficial to the country to land a man on the moon by the end of the decade of the 1960's. He was appointed in 1967 as the Deputy Director for the manned Space Craft Center. He received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 1969 for his leadership in the Apollo program. He selected Neil Armstrong to be the first person to walk on the moon.

L. Wilbur Zimmerman, DDS – Lower Merion Class of 1926 (Deceased)

Wilbur attended LaSalle College and Temple University of Dentistry. He was the school dentist for Lower Merion School District from 1937 until 1939, when he resigned to complete four years of a remaining term for a board member who died. He was then reelected to three six-year terms. The last ten years of service was as president of the Board. Wilbur served 50 years as a member of the Corporation for Haverford College, and 31 years as a member of the school committee of oversight for The Friends School in Haverford. He was a member for 14 years of the board for Harcum Junior College and also served on the Strategic Planning Committee for Lower Merion School District. Dr. Zimmerman was awarded  a Bronze Medal from American Legion upon finishing eighth grade, and received a Service Award from the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta in 1985. He also received a Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement from Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in 1987and from the local chapter of the National Education Association, in 1994, an award for contributions to education.

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