The Mepham Who's Who
1995 Honorees

On June 6, 1995, at the annual Mepham Awards Assembly, Officers and Board members of the Alumni Association inducted five distinguished alumni into Mepham's Who's Who Hall of Fame.

Each Who's Who inductee must have met stringent criteria: significant accomplishments in their fields of work and outstanding contributions to the welfare of mankind. All applications received this year were outstanding submissions.

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 1995 recipients are:

Marilyn Meinhardt Burns '58 Education

Marilyn Burns, creator of Math Solutions courses and resource materials, has spent more than twenty years developing, refining, and validating strategies and methods now available to educators throughout the United States. Through Math Solutions, she provides a model of classroom instruction in which children are asked to think, reason and solve problems. Her I Hate Mathematics book has become a time-honored favorite. It changed the common perspective of math and has shown how it could be interesting, challenging and even fun.

Marilyn received a B.A. from Syracuse University and has attended graduate school at Syracuse, San Francisco State University and the University of California at Berkeley.

Today, Marilyn owns her own consulting firm, Marilyn Burns Education Associates. Each summer, she and her consultants touch the lives of over 6,000 elementary school teachers across the country, as they attend one-week Math Solutions development courses. Marilyn wants teachers to see student's capabilities and be inspired to find ways to engage them in thinking mathematically. Mrs. Burns was recently awarded an honorary LHD doctorate from the Bank Street College of Education.

Pierre Paul Childs '47 Architecture (In Memoriam)

Paul received a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and also studied at the graduate level at UCLA, USC, Columbia, University of Toronto, and Catholic University in Washington, DC.

Mr. Childs directed the successful completion of major public building programs involving multiple projects and architectural firms, often with major urban design and historic significance and national importance. As an architect in the firm of Harry Weese, he participated in the design of the Washington, DC Metro system. Along with managing the revitalization of eighteen different rail stations, he was the architect of record for the restoration of Washington's Union Station. Paul also provided Program Management for planners implementing the U. S. State Department's $200 million world-wide embassy program.

His earlier work included historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and urban revitalization plans, which were nationally recognized. Paul believed that strong competent management was necessary to bring into reality, quality design of major complex projects.

Unfortunately, his career was cut short as Pierre Paul Childs lost a battle with lung cancer in June 1993. His grace, caring and warm friendship will be sorely missed. His widow, Evelyn, accepted Paul's Who's Who award at the June 6th ceremonies.

Claudia Beth Long '66 Physical Education

Claudia received an A.A. from Nassau Community College, a B.A. from the University of Charleston, West Virginia and a M.A. from Temple University. For the last fifteen years, she has been a missionary/teacher in Jos, Nigeria. Associated with SIM International, Claudia worked as a teacher of girls' physical education at the Hillcrest School. Besides writing the physical education curriculum, she also acted as the central Gamemaster coordinator, directed physical education workshops and enabled Hillcrest to host the zone or state competition for Nigeria. Claudia was recognized by the Nigerian Sports Council for her contribution to the endeavor of sports among secondary schools.

Miss Long is a strong believer of using public relations to encourage schools to organize girls' volleyball, baseball, and track and field events. Throughout her years in Nigeria, she has seen schools develop or require girls' teams despite poor political and economic environments. Along with serving the Lord, Claudia believes that sports are the avenue to the spiritual hearts of the people. Serving in a foreign land, she has touched the lives of twenty-eight nationalities. Upon graduation, these students disperse throughout the world taking the message of the gospel and sports among their own people. Though Claudia's efforts, her students have matured though the catalyst of physical education.

Clarence R. Rydberg '44 Business

Now living in Acworth, Georgia, Clarence Rydberg has retired from a successful business career including vice-president and general manager of Dymo Industries and most recently owner and founder of The Technology Consortium, a consulting firm for over 1,000 businesses. A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, Mr. Rydberg served in the Merchant Marine and obtained the rank of Captain while serving in several combat zones. He has also received a M.B.A. from Hofstra University.

In addition to Clarence's business activities, he has written Consider the Human Factor, and Conversion Problems from Military to Commercial Electronics. Mr. Rydberg was also elected president of Mu Gamma Tau, the National Management Society (at Hofstra). He received the Admiral Paul L. Krinski Mission Accomplished Award and was elected to the board of directors of Wheelock, Inc. He also received the Professional Achievement Award from Kings Point. As a member of Bud Wilkinson's Drug Abuse Council, he traveled at his own expense to universities and military bases to give lectures on anti-drug abuse techniques and procedures.

Samuel Frank Schoninger '55 Attorney/Author

Samuel Schoninger's multifaceted career as a prominent attorney, prolific author and real estate developer received its start right here at Mepham, when he founded the International Relations Club, wrote for the Buccaneer and organized the first night Pep Rally.

Sam is a graduate of Cornell University (B.A.). He received a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and attended Brasemore College, Univ. of Oxford in England. He went on to publish several books; among them, Drafting Construction Contracts, The Construction Industry Formbook, and How to Use the Mechanic's Lien Law. Some of his numerous short subjects include: "But Officer, I Was Only Doing 67," and "Family Values...They Just Don't Get it." His regular column, 'Yvy League Cowboy" appears in Steppin' Out magazine.

Sam chaired many committees and is past president of the Builder's Association of South Florida. He has been an executive committee member of the Association of the Mentally Handicapped. He has testified before the United States Senate as an expert witness on housing and appeared on the Larry King TV show. Sam is particularly proud to have been able to serve his communities in a variety of ways, including teaching, serving on boards and his many speaking activities

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