The Mepham Who's Who
Two distinguished graduates will be inducted into the Mepham Who's Who Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place on May 2, 2010 with officers and board members presenting the honors at the annual Who's Who Brunch.
This program was initiated in 1964 to recognize and honor graduates who have made significant accomplishments in their fields of work and significant volunteer service to the community. A plaque in the foyer honors our one hundred sixty four 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 2010 recipients are:
- Harvey L. Poppel '54 - Information Technology
- Gerald Weisenseel '55 - Information Technology
Harvey L. Poppel '54 - Information Technology
Harvey L. Poppel graduated Mepham in 1954 where he was an editor of the yearbook, and a member of the Kiwanis Key Club and the Jolly Rogers dance band. He then received a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
For over 50 years, Harvey's field of endeavor has been information technology (IT). He currently is an active investor in both public and private IT businesses.
Previously, Harvey served as Managing Director of Broadview Associates, an IT mergers and acquisitions firm, from 1985 through 1996.
Prior to Broadview, he managed the worldwide IT management consulting practice and served on the Board at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. From 1996 through 2002, he also served on the Boards of three IT corporations.
During the 1990s, he was a four-time Ernst and Young Entrepreneur-Of-The-Year judge serving in both New Jersey and Northern California.
He co-authored "Information Technology: The Trillion-Dollar Opportunity," a McGraw-Hill book and has authored two Harvard Business Review articles dealing with IT. Harvey is the inventor of "Harvey Balls," which are ideograms for the visual communication of qualitative information. They are commonly used in comparison tables to indicate the degree to which a particular item meets a particular criterion.
In the 1960s, he managed email and other innovative software development at Western Union and Westinghouse Electric.
Harvey currently serves on the Executive Committees of both the Israel Cancer Association and the Palm Beach Civic Association. He is on the Vice President's Council of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
He and his wife of 51 years, Lee, reside in Palm Beach, FL and summer in Tiburon, CA. He has two sons and three grandsons.
Gerald Weisenseel '55 - Information Technology
Dr. Weisenseel's career in information technology has taken him on a journey meeting all sorts of people here in the United States as well as overseas in Australia and Europe. Just as he has excelled in his life's chosen work, Gerald has created a giant network of helping others through his unselfish efforts giving back to his community.
Dr. Weisenseel's commitment for excellence began with his appointment to the USMA at West Point, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1959. He received his MBA from Florida Atlantic University and a Dr. of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He is quite proud that he helped establish the degree programs in International Business Economics and Information Technology at Southern Cross University in Australia.
Gerald's long career in information technology began in 1988 as an Adjunct Professor, then Professor. In 1992 his duties as Vice President and Senior Consultant led him to overseas assignments in Australia, Denmark, Canada, and Ireland. In year 2000, Dr. Weisenseel began his present career at the University of Phoenix, teaching at the undergraduate through doctorate levels.
Dr. Weisenseel has also excelled through his volunteer and community activities: President of the North Palm Beach Jaycees, President of the North Palm Beach Rotary Club, President of the Nativity Lutheran Church, Palm Beach Gardens, and Financial Director, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Palm City.
Several years ago at a mini reunion in Florida, Dr. Weisenseel was talking to his classmates about Coach Sprig Gardner. Gerald and Vincent Pacent (also '55) were discussing the fact that Coach Gardner was the first high school coach to be inducted in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and there was no recognition of this accomplishment at Mepham. Well, as a result of Gerald's class of 1955 team, the beautiful plaque of Coach Gardner is now on display in the Mepham Rotunda. A copy was also made for the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Still very active, Dr. Weisenseel is self employed as a college professor and as an investment advisor and Licensed Stock Broker. He is very proud of his family: his wife, Marilyn Crum (Class of 1958), and his children Karen, Lynne, and Robert, and three grandsons. Dr. Weisenseel's Who's Who nomination was submitted by Audrey Kane Capozzi, Class of 1958, who was a classmate of Marilyn. Congratulations to Marilyn and Gerald who are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2010!
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