The Mepham Who's Who
2000 Honorees

Three distinguished graduates have been inducted into the Mepham Who's Who Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place on April 2, 2000 with officers and board members presenting the honors at the Mepham Alumni Association Annual Spring Luncheon.

This program was initiated in 1964 to recognize and honor graduates who have made significant accomplishments in their fields of work and outstanding contributions to the welfare of mankind. A new plaque in the rotunda honors our one hundred twenty two previous winners and new inductees.

If you have graduated from Mepham more than ten years ago, meet the above qualifications and would like to be considered for an award next year, send an e-mail to to receive an application. You may nominate yourself or another Mepham alumna/alumnus.

The distinguished 2000 recipients are:

Biographical descriptions of the 2000 honorees are in preparation

William Griffen '46 Education

Bill received his B.S. in Education from SUNY Cortland and M.A. and Ed.D. from Cornell University. After several years of teaching in Brentwood, NY and Marathon, NY, he went back to Cortland and became the longest tenured Professor of Education, where he has been teaching for 44 years. SUNY Cortland also recently honored Bill as a distinguished alumnus, "teaching for over forty years and diligently working for peace and social justice at the local, state, national, and international levels."

Professor Griffen, who twice ran for congress in 1968 and 1990, has written over fifty articles dealing with various topics, including war, technology, civil rights, and revolution. He has been a courageous activist who traveled to be among the freedom riders in Mississippi and Tennessee and registering black voters. Bill coauthored the book of Lessons of the Vietnam War A Critical Examination of School Texts and an Interpretive Comparative History Utilizing the Pentagon Papers and Other Documents.

The American Cancer Society asked him to serve in a new program for those diagnosed with prostate cancer. As a cancer survivor, he trained volunteers in the New York upstate areas to counsel cancer victims. He also serves on the speakers' bureau at the Syracuse Man-to-Man Cancer Support Group. Bill has inspired generations of future teachers and made them understand the real meaning of participatory government and their role in making democracy work.

A resident of Tully, New York, Bill and his wife, Judy, have three grown children: Mark, Kimerly and Amy.

Paul D. Miller '67 TV & Film Production

Paul, who obtained his B.S.C. in Communications and a B.A. in English from Ohio University, has been working in the entertainment/television industry since 1971. After moving to Los Angeles, he worked as stage manager and associate director for many of the networks. This experience gave Paul the ability to be able to direct/produce all types of TV including sports, game shows, situation comedies, and entertainment specials. We all have seen his name on the credits for so many wellknown TV shows, but most of us never knew Paul Miller was a Mepham graduate.

Some of Paul's most recent works as a director/ producer include: "The Superbowl Half-Time Spectacular" (Fox); ABC's "Sunday at the Oscars"; "Memorial Day Concert at the Capitol" (PBS): "The Tony Awards" (CBS); "The Country Music Awards" (CBS); NBC's "Veronica's Closet"; "The Rosie O'Donnell Show's LA Adventure"; Comedy Central's "Friars Roast of Drew Carey"; "An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre," (ABC), with President Clinton in attendance.

Paul has also contributed his services for several years to PBS's concerts from the US Capitol Lawn for Memorial Day and July Fourth. These programs have honored the soldier swho have fought and died throughout America's history. Mr. Miller has also served as a director of an organization helping the homeless and has been active in civic and religious organizations.

Mr. Miller received two Awards from his peers for his direction of the 1999 Tony Awards Show: (1) from the Directors Guild for Best Direction of a Musical Variety Program and (2) the Emmy Award for Best Director of Musical Variety Program.

He and his wife Shelley have two children, Trevor and Tess.

Frances C. Munkenbeck '67 Cardiology

Frances obtained her B.S. and M.A. in Math from SUNY Stony Brook and her M.D. from the University of Chicago. She now lives in Roseburg, Oregon, a rural community that might have had less quality medical care without Dr. Munkenbeck's Cardiology Group. Fran prides herself in delivering quality to rural communities, who many times get shortchanged, as it is hard to attract quality physicians to those areas.

Her cardiology group, in conjunction with the local hospital, provides state-of-the-art quality care. Their delivery of care exceeds the national standard as rated by the NRMI (National Registry of Myocardial Infarction). She has earned tremendous respect from other groups in Oregon such as the Oregon Health Sciences University and Sacred Heart, Eugene, Oregon, where her group refers patients for tertiary care.

Among other awards and honors are the Golden Swan Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular teaching from the Maricopa Medical Center and a Citation by the American Medical Women's Association for Scholastic Achievement.

Dr. Munkenbeck also volunteers her service to the community by teaching the sixth grade at Melrose Elementary School about the heart. She is also active with the Early Defibrillation Task Force, a group of health care providers trying to improve survival from sudden cardiac death in Roseburg and surrounding communities.

As a mother, Dr. Munkenbeck is most proud of raising three wonderful boys (Alex, Christopher, and Matthew Beale), who have excelled despite losing their dad to cancer ten years ago.

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