The Mepham Who's Who
2002 Honorees

Five distinguished graduates have been inducted into the Mepham Who's Who Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place on April 7, 2002 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 nine 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 webmaster@mepham.org to receive an application. You may nominate yourself or another Mepham alumna/alumnus.

The distinguished 2001 recipients are:

Thomas A. DeLong '53 - Publishing/Author

Tom received his B.A. from Williams College, Massachusetts and obtained his M.A. from Columbia and M.B.A. from New York University. A prolific writer, Tom’s interest in communications began at Mepham and enabled him to write eight books, including many with an entertainment/communications theme: The Mighty Music Box: The Golden Age of Musical Radio, POPS: Paul Whitman, King of Jazz; Quiz Craze: America’s Infatuation with Game Shows; Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers From 1920 through 1960.

Tom was very proud to be selected by the literary executors of Connecticut Governor John Davis Lodge to write his biography: John Davis Lodge: A Life in Three Acts—Actor, Politician, Diplomat. This entailed appointment as research scholar at Hoover Institution, Stanford University and over 300 interviews in the United States and Europe. With classmates Roger Mansell ’53 and Harry Smith ’53, he helped launched Tameme, Inc., a publishing company specializing in literary works of North American culture, and still serves on its Board.

His achievements have been recognized across a broad range: ASCAP—Deems Taylor Book Award for Excellence, the ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research, the Connecticut Press Club—Best Book of the Year (2000), the Ray Stanich Radio Award for Published Works on Broadcasting and the Pequot Yacht Club Commodore’s Award for Exceptional Service.

Mr. DeLong has also volunteered his time working on several community activities. He is currently Board Chairman and Trustee of the Westport, Connecticut School of Music, a Trustee of the Sasquanaug Association for Southport Improvement, has been a member of Trinity Church vestry, a guest curator of the Westport Historical Society, and is an Honorary Trustee of the Big Band Hall of Fame Museum.

A resident of Southport, Connecticut, Tom and his wife Katherine have two children: Sarah and Elizabeth.

Steve C. Imber '64 - Special Education

Steve received his B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut. He is completing his thirtieth year as Professor of Special Education at Rhode Island College, Providence, RI. He is President, Psychoeducational Consultants, Providence, RI and a Consultant to the Lincoln Schools, Lincoln, RI.

Steve has also donated his time to civic organizations. Currently he is President of the Allendale Mill Association, has been Co-Chairperson of the Rhode Island Antiviolence Coalition, and also President, International Council for children with Behavioral Disorders, and a board member with the Rhode Island Association for Learning Disabilities.

Mr. Imber has been a very prolific writer, with many publications and manuscripts to his credit. Among them: “Independent Educational Evaluations: It’s a Testy Matter!”; “The Miranda Warning: Readability and the Rights of Children with Disabilities”; Issues on School Violence, “School Talk” which was a Channel 36 Videotape Production; “Will the Real Regs Please Stand!” (Learning Disability Association National Newsletter); and the article, “Applying Psychological and Educational Testing to Legal Consultation,” Lawyers Weekly, Attorneys Guide to Expert Witnesses.

Steve is very proud to have chaired some very important industry conferences. He was Chairperson at the First Annual Grass Roots Forum of the Rhode Island Antiviolence Coalition at Rhode Island College, and he Chaired the Young Adult Institute: Meeting the Challenge in Learning Disabilities; Strategies for Promoting Learning, Integration and Productivity.

A resident of North Providence, Rhode Island, Steve and his wife Shelley have two daughters, Michelle and Sharon.

Michael C. Lasky '71 - Law

Mr. Lasky graduated cum laude from Rutgers College and obtained his Law Degree from Rutgers Law School. Following a stint as a law clerk and several years with another law firm, he moved to Davis & Gilbert LLP in 1984, making partner in 1987. Since 1995, he has served as Co-Chairman of their Litigation Department. He is a frequent speaker and author of articles for national conferences for the American Marketing Association and the Counselors Academy of the Public Relations Society of America. He is also a nationally recognized authority on post-employment restrictions on competition, trade secrets, and other issues arising from the movement of talent between competitive organizations. He is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Institutional Investor, Newsday and Pension and Investments. Since 1994, Mike has worked, pro bono, as a court-appointed federal court mediator for the U.S. District Court.

Mike is also active in several civic associations including a nine-year affiliation with Brooklyn’s only non-profit independent elementary school and resource center for children with learning disabilities, the Mary McDowell Center for Learning. Currently, he is a board member and chairman of their $4 million Capital Campaign. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, has volunteered at the Brooklyn Heights Montessori School, and is founder of its Parents Association.

Mike is proud of the role he played originating and implementing the innovative idea of the Mary McDowell Center partnering with the nearby Brooklyn Heights Synagogue to rent classroom space. He acted as a troubleshooter and liaison between school and synagogue, working closely with the head of the school and board members on strategy and tactics in the relationship.

He was Member of the Year of the Rutgers Club of New York and serves the New York State Bar Association as a member of its Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and its Intellectual Property Committee.

A resident of Brooklyn, Mike is married to Peggi Einhorn. They have two children: Allison 18, a freshman at the University of Michigan and Andrew, 15.

Violette Seibert Lindbeck '45 - Education/Missionary

Violette Seibert graduated Mepham in 1945. During her high school years she was involved in drama, school newspaper, and choir and was a member of the National Honor Society. She also played center on the hockey team. She attended Park College in Missouri, and then Albright College in Pennsylvania from 1946–49 attaining a B.S. degree, and also participating in drama, choir, newspaper, and the student Christian youth movement. She was president of the Philosophy Club. After college, Violette attended Yale Graduate School of Divinity, where she majored in philosophy and graduated in 1953. She began teaching initially at Smith College, then became a full professor in the philosophy department at Southern Connecticut State University. There, she started the College of Religious Studies. This was the first such program in the state system.

Violette has since lead an exemplary life and career as she has lectured extensively around the country. She has spoken at prominent universities on Christian ethics as well as philosophy. She has also lectured for Church Women United. She has written numerous articles for Catholic and Methodist magazines, and published several books, among them Bio-Ethics, a book on medical ethics for Thailand. She has appeared on national television in Thailand. Her contributions include living and working in Thailand to create better understanding and respect among different peoples. Her husband, George, is also an internationally recognized scholar on Ecumenism and Catholic-Protestant relations. Their daughter, Kris, is an expert on Christian-Jewish relations.

Violette retired at age 65 so that she could continue to teach at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand, where she is on the faculty. Her childhood dream of promoting the brotherhood of man has been fulfilled many times over. When not teaching or studying or writing, Violette is a farmer in Vermont and dedicated to preserving the land she loves.

Charles Wolf '56 - Human Services

His son’s unfortunate accident in 1983 forever changed the life of one of this year’s Who’s Who inductees. Following graduation from Mepham, where he excelled both academically and athletically (baseball and basketball), Charles served in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Captain. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a B.S. in economics from the Wharton School of Business in 1960. This led to a seven-year career as a CPA in private practice, followed by over twenty years as President/CEO of several highly successful apparel companies.

Following his son’s injury, Charles found there were little or no facilities to deal with head trauma, be it caused by accident, stroke, or disease. This led to his efforts with the Long Island Head Injury Association, Inc., which became a reality in 1985, with Charles as treasurer. In 1990, he retired from business to become that organization’s Executive Director and still serves in that capacity. He oversees a staff of 290 with an annual budget of $8 million.

He serves as chairperson of the NYS Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Coordinating Council and is an advisory board member for the Research and Training Center on Head Trauma and Stroke at NYU Medical Center. He is also an advisory board member of the Nassau and Suffolk Health Departments, as well as several Suffolk hospitals.

One of Charles’ outstanding accomplishments is the Hy Feinstein Clubhouse, offering new opportunities to TBI survivors by finding employment and volunteer positions for its members, as well as residential placement in LIHIA group homes and supported apartments.

In what little leisure time he appears to have, Charles has served in different capacities at the North Shore Country Club, and at Temple Sinai in Roslyn Heights.

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