The Mepham Who's Who
Four distinguished graduates were inducted into the Mepham Who's Who Hall of Fame on May 5, 2013 with officers and board members presenting the honors at the Mepham Alumni Association Spring Luncheon Celebration.
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 all 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 2013 recipients are:
- Ruth M. Adams - Faculty - Higher Education
- Robert J. Levine '51 - Physician-Educator
- Peter N. Boulukos '55 - Theology
- Dolores Audrey Kuneth Taisey ' 65 - Business-Education
Ruth M. Adams - Faculty - Higher Education
Ruth Adams came to Mepham right out of Adelphi College in 1937. She taught English and Drama and was always involved with the drama club (Skull and Bones). A number of our alumni have commented on how close she was with her students.
She left Mepham in 1943 to pursue her advanced degrees at Columbia University, and Harvard University. While studying at Harvard she was a teaching fellow and was house mistress at Radcliffe College. After receiving her doctorate with, a special interest in Victorian literature, she went to the University of Rochester, eventually to be Associate Professor of English and director of the honors program.
In 1960 she was appointed Dean of Douglass College (Rutgers University). During the civil rights years of the 1960s she oversaw a major expansion of the college, more flexible graduation requirements, formal affirmative action policies, and the elimination of mandatory chapel. The college named a building of classrooms and lecture halls in her honor as well as a fellowship.
From 1966 to 1972 Ruth Adams was President of Wellesley College. During those turbulent years she oversaw major expansions of student participation in the governance of the college and well cross registration programs with M.I.T and eleven other New England institutions.
In 1972 Ruth Adams became Vice President of Dartmouth College during its major transition to coeducation. She was a tenured Professor of English from 1972 until she retired in 1988.
Ruth Adams was long associated with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and on its Executive Committee from 1980 to 1987. She served on numerous committees and college boards, and received honorary degrees from eight universities. For more information go to www.mepham.org/adams.html.
Robert J. Levine, M.D., Ph.D - 1951 - Medicine/Education
Bob Levine spent his high school years as a most industrious and enterprising member of the Mepham community. From wrestling team member to manager of the football and track teams to orchestra to public announcements committee-he established his credentials of community service well done.
Graduating in 1951, he attended Duke University and received his M.D. degree from George Washington U. School of Medicine in 1958. He served as a Lieutenant with the U.S. Public Health Service from 1955-64.
Bob has functioned as a member of the Yale U. faculty from 1962 to the present and is currently Professor of Medicine and Lecturer in Pharmacology; Senior Fellow and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics; Director, Law, Policy, and Ethics core of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS. He is the founding Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics and the Founding Chief of the Section of Clinical Pharmacology and multiple other positions of significant accomplishment.
Bob began leaving his mark on the medical and education worlds with recognition and honors while in college that continue to accrue to this day and are literally too numerous to list in this digested publication. A quick trip through Google is called for.
In addition to dedicated service in the medical and education fields, Bob has served our national community as a volunteer for the National Heart and Lung Institute; the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare; the National Institute of Mental Health; and the World Health Organization-to mention just a few. He has served the State of Connecticut for many years in similar fashion. Bob is also an impressive author or co-author of numerous books and journal articles in his area of interest and expertise.
Bob and his wife, Jeralea, have two sons and two daughtersJohn, Stephen, Elizabeth, and Katherine.
Peter N. Boulukos - 1955 - Theology
Shortly after graduating from Mepham, Peter Boulukos pursued his studies at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts. While at Seminary, he received the opportunity to continue his education in Athens, Greece, where he attended the Rizarios Theological Seminary, graduating in 1961.
While at the Seminary, Peter was instrumental in organizing a special chapel/school for U. S. servicemen stationed in Greece. The chapel included a school for children, a choir and missionary which reached out as far as the Islands of Corfu and Crete and included the US Navy 6th Fleet.
Peter's theological study and work took him to Constantinople (Istanbul)-the Ecumenical World Headquarters for the Greek Orthodox Church. This allowed him to travel to many areas of Europe and Asia including Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. His postgraduate work included assignments in Yugoslavia, Austria, Germany, and Italy.
After returning to the US, Peter completed further studies at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary and was ordained a Deacon. While in New York he taught modern Greek. Peter also had assignments in Detroit (Secretary to the Bishop), and Minneapolis (Youth Director).
At one point, Peter decided to leave church life and trained as a chiropractor, receiving his degree from Columbia School of Chiropractic. This training was helpful in various efforts such as acting as a crisis intervention counselor and rendering medical aid at Ground Zero, after the 9-11 attack at the World Trade Center.
Reverend Boulukos is most proud to be elevated to Archdeacon in 2012 by St. Anthony's in Bergenfield, New Jersey. The ceremony was attended by his brother and sister-in-law. He is a long time member of the choir and Administrator at St. Stephens Archdiocese. He resides in Hackensack, New Jersey.
Dolores Audrey Kuneth Taisey - 1965 - Business-Education
When Dolores started her education at Nassau Community, she never imagined a career as a Real Estate Developer, buying, selling, and improving Inns and Spas. Back then,she also never imagined that some day she would be working with mayors suggesting and developing downtown revitalization projects. From humble beginnings, Dolores did go on to reach these heights and much more.
Dolores graduated Nassau with an A. A. S. in Business Education. Continuing her education, she obtained a B. S. in Business and Distributive Education at the State University of NY Albany and always has sought to improve herself, obtaining additional certificates in Education.
While at Albany during her student teaching assignments, Dolores met her future husband, James. After a brief occupational shift to the Midwest, the Taiseys moved back to the Albany area (Ballston Spa) and bought a large home that needed major work. It was this first property where She learned how to renovate and upgrade living quarters and together the Taiseys turned their home into their first Bed and Breakfast, The Apple Tree Inn.
As the Bed and Breakfast grew, Dolores began working with the Ballston Spa Village board and helped the village develop community by improving the downtown district. Dolores assisted in the organization of the Ballston Spa Victorian Day Parade and the Festival of Trees. The Taiseys grandest project was the 200 year old Medbery Hotel and Spa which was purchased in 2002 and upgraded with much of their life savings. (At one time it was used in the Barbra Streisand Film "The Way We Were.") Today, with large rooms and suites, the "Medbery" is one of the leading Hotel/Spas in the area.
Dolores has always kept up with her educational training, doing substitute teaching and instructing business at local community colleges. She is quite proud to have taught (at night) at the McGregor Correctional Facility (Saratoga County, NY), providing business courses to the inmates for over 20 years. Although still busy in retirement, Dolores and her husband Jim now have a second home in the Cape Cod area and are very proud of their three sons: Jonathan, Jared, and Jeff.
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