The Mepham Who's Who
2004 Honorees

Four distinguished graduates were inducted into the Mepham Who's Who Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place on May 2, 2004 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 plaque in the rotunda honors our one hundred thirty nine previous winners and the 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 2003 recipients are:

Frederick C. Lorenzen '50 - Tool and Die Machine Design

Fred is a prominent Bellmore businessman who was president of Lorenzen‘s Tools & Dies Company on Sunrise Highway in Bellmore for twenty-eight years, 1968-1996. Working in the Tool & Die industry for over forty-five years, Fred was first manager and chief designer and then president of the company. He is also a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and was trained in the use of computer controlled machinery.

Fred is an active Mepham Alumni Board member and the 1950 Class Representative. He served as the 50th Reunion Chair for his class and actively pursues missing classmate data. Fred also serves several instrument playing bands including the Freeport Marching Band, Kismet Shrine Band, and the Foehrer Musik Freunde Band. He is a past president of the Kismet Shrine Band and is currently its secretary.

Among his community activities: an active Mason for over forty years, awarded the “Dedicated Service Award” by the Grand Lodge of New York State, and served as Chairman of the Christian Koch Scholarship Fund; active in his local church, currently Director of the English Hand Held Bell Choir; past president of the Aid Association for Lutherans, branch 7127. Fred is also an active member of the Long Island Rose Society, its president on two occasions, named “Outstanding Rosarian” and made “Honorary Life Member” in 1989. He maintains a demonstration garden at his home with over 120 miniature rose varieties and enters the annual Rose Show competition.

Fred and wife Margaret Knubel Lorenzen ’48, are quite proud of their two children: son, Fred C. Lorenzen, and daughter, Margaret E. Erath, and five grandchildren.

Janet Feagans Launcelott '53 - Government/Civil Rights

Janet Feagans Launcelott has combined her career and her community service in an interesting way. She is now Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Miami-Dade Community College, Kendall Campus. Starting out after college as a flight attendant for Eastern Air Lines, then a middle school teacher, she was arrested for civil rights activities in 1960, went to jail, and was consequently fired from the school system. She continued her civil rights-related activities.

Janet attended graduate school in NC and in 1963 won a Graduate Fellowship to Howard University, Washington DC. She became a Group Leader in Operation Crossroads Africa in Tanzania; was Assistant to Dean of the Faculty, Vassar College; Assistant to the President, SUNY New Paltz, NY; Associate Director, Affirmative Action Program, University of Pittsburgh 1971-73; Director, Affirmative Action Program of Metropolitan Dade County, FL 1973-75; Executive Director, Metropolitan Dade County Fair Housing; Commission Aide, Board of County Commissioners 1993-02; and Executive Director for the Fair Housing and Employment Appeals Board in Metro Dade County.

She ran for City Council and won, but only stayed for one term, tired of “discussing the color of driveways.”

Janet has received many awards. She now holds board membership on: Education Excellence Council, J. R. E. Alternative School, South Miami; Friends of the Everglades; and Advisory Committee for Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center, Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Janet is the widow of Owen C. Launcelott

Richard Stieg '55 - Medicine

Richard Stieg pursued a career in medicine after matriculating at C.W. Post College. After graduating from the Univ. of Rochester School of Medicine in 1963, Air Force service at Wright Patterson A.F.B., Ohio, followed where he did his internship; he then went on to a residency in Neurology at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC. He also earned a Masters Degree in Healthcare Systems at Univ. College at the Univ. of Denver.

His professional endeavors include certification by the Amer. Board of Pain Medicine and the Amer. Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He received the Phillipe M. Lippe Award for Outstanding Contributions to the field of Pain Medicine. He was part of the faculty of the Univ. of Colorado Health Sciences Center as Assoc. Clinical Professor of Neurology as well as Asst. Professor of Anesthesiology and Neurology at the Univ. of Pittsburgh. The list of his other professional activities is quite extensive.

Dr. Stieg founded the first comprehensive pain clinic in the state of Colorado at Boulder Memorial Hospital, where he was Medical Director 1977-1987. He was also Medical Director, Pain Evaluation and Treatment Institute at the Univ. of Pittsburgh 1987-1989. He served as Exec. Med. Dir. at the Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, Denver 1987-1994. He further served as Medical Director for Pinnacol Assurance, Denver, a compensation insurance carrier.

Dr. Stieg‘s community activities: Treasurer of the National Pain Foundation; member of COPIC Ins. Co. Pain Management Consortium; the editorial staff for the medical journal, Pain Medicine; and co-President of Arapahoe House Society, serving alcohol & drug rehab facilities.

For someone so involved with issues of pain, it is interesting to note his comments at the brunch were concerned with having fun while doing what you enjoy!

Richard and his wife, Lucille, are the proud parents of five children: Tara, Tracey, Wendy, Erik, and Jennifer. He lives in “Ski Country USA” and would welcome correspondence from old Mepham friends.

David Strom '72 - Publishing

David Strom got a taste for publishing early in life, as editor for Mepham’s Treasure Chest yearbook. He is now a magazine editor at CMP Media (Great Neck NY); has written two computer-oriented books and over a thousand magazine articles for technical trade publications, such as PC Week, Infoworld, Computer World, Network World, and so forth; and writes a weekly E-mail newsletter, Web Informant. He has been a member of advisory boards of numerous high-technology start-up companies and was the founding editor-in-chief of CMP‘s Network Computing. He is currently senior technology editor of VARBusiness (both in the top ten most successful and influential computer trade magazines).

David was involved in the Port Washington community: fund raising for charitable causes; as a school board trustee; teaching computer science classes to high school students, and helping design and implement the district’s technology plan.

Active in community service, David raised over $30,000 for various causes including AIDS, cancer, and diabetes by riding his bicycle in long distance rides… one of the top fund raisers for last year’s Juvenile Diabetes Monterey Ride, and as a planning committee member for the route this year. His biking days extend back to Mepham, when he and Karl Weyrauch rode from Merrick to Montauk one summer, and when he rode from Merrick to Stanford University (California!) the summer before he attended graduate school there. David has a fifteen-year-old daughter, Maia, who has travelled around the world and aims to visit every continent before long.

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