The Mepham Who's Who
1996 Honorees

Four distinguished graduates have been inducted into the Mepham Who's Who Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place on June 4, 1996, with officers and board members presenting the honors at the annual Mepham Awards Assembly.

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 ninety eight 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 1997 recipients are:

Deborah Balke Lindner '76 Science/Art

Despite severe complications due to systemic lupus and fibromyalgia, Deborah works a double shift as a writer and illustrator as well as a wife and mother. A graduate of Nassau Community College and Cornell University, Deborah created Lindner Graphics, an advertising/illustration studio.

In addition to illustrating textbooks for Macmillan and McGraw Hill, she has been published in many national magazines including Highlights for Children, Horse Illustrated, Popular Photography, and Waterway Guide. Deborah was a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force and NY State Air National Guard where she was honored as Airman of the Year.

Community activities include working with over one hundred Long Island Fire Departments in the purchase of educational coloring books and volunteering on the Committee of Special Education parents in the Hicksville School District.

Amy Cohen Resnick '42 Psychotherapy

Following college, Amy really did not want to be a career woman. A graduate of Smith College (B.A.), Manhattanville (M.A.T.), and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work (M.S.W.), Amy truly wanted to learn about children and eventually become a good mother. It was in this capacity that she became aware of the importance of early experiences in childhood and the foundations for a healthy and happy life.

Through a friend, Amy learned about the Center for Preventive Psychiatry (CPP), a not-for-profit mental health agency working with at-risk children and families. She is now Senior Psychotherapist at the center.

In addition to her psychotherapy work, Ms. Resnick has served as PTA President and on the Boards of the local Narcotics Council, Westchester Day Care Council, her Temple's Sisterhood and the Task Force for Child Abuse/Neglect. Amy and her husband Sam have four children and seven grandchildren. She was nominated by close friend, Gloria Golden, who joined her at the award ceremonies.

Colette Inez '48 Poetry

Colette Inez, the author of seven books of poetry, has been widely published and anthologized and has read her work at colleges and universities nationwide. Colette graduated from Hunter College with a degree in English Literature.

Her most recent books of poetry include: For Reasons of Music, Naming the Moons, Getting Underway: New and Selected Poetry, The Woman Who Loved Worms, Eight Minutes from the Sun and Alive and Taking Names.

Among many awards, she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and two from the Endowment for the Arts. Ms Inez is currently on the faculty of Columbia University and has taught at Ohio University. She has also instructed at writers conferences, conducted poetry seminars, and has appeared on public radio and TV. Accepting the Who's Who award in Collette's absence was Clare Worthing who read a special thank you poem which Collette had composed especially for the occasion.

Richard E Strauss '50 - Retail

Mr. Strauss is Chairman and CEO of Dick Strauss Ford-Isuzu-Suzuki, Richmond, Virginia. A leader in civic and charitable organizations, Dick is on the Boards of Directors of Johnson-Willis Hospital in Richmond, Central Virginia Public Television, and the Board of Administration of River Road Church. He is past Chairman of the Metropolitan Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and served eight years on the James Madison University Board of Trustees, the last two as Rector of the 12,000 student campus.

Among other honors Dick has received for community and industrial involvement are: Marketing Man of the Year from the Retail Merchants Association, and the Civitan Outstanding Citizen Award. Dick and Lucille have been married for fortyone years and have two children -- Lisa and Scott.

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