The Mepham Who's Who
1997 Honorees

Seven alumni have been inducted into the Mepham Who's Who Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place on May 29, 1997, with officers and board members presenting the honors at the annual Mepham High School 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 plaque in the rotunda honors our 102 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 to receive an application. You may nominate yourself or another Mepham alumna/alumnus.

The distinguished 1997 recipients are:

John F. Ahrens '47 - Plant Science

John attended LI Agricultural & Technical Institute, received his B.S.A. from Georgia University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in plant physiology from Iowa State. His work with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service was interrupted when he served as a Marine Corps Sergeant during the Korean conflict. From 1957 until his retirement in 1992, Dr. Ahrens' work for the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station involved developing technology for efficient use of herbicides to control weeds and their longevity in soil.

John has been awarded numerous honors during his career including: outstanding Man in Agriculture (Connecticut State Grange), Fellow Award (Weed Science Society of America), and Awards of Merit from the Northeastern Weed Science Society and the Connecticut Pomological Society for outstanding service to the Connecticut fruit industry. Dr. Ahrens has published 253 articles and has made many presentations to various agricultural commodity groups.

As an Emeritus Plant Scientist, his expertise and advise is sought by growers and municipalities on vegetation control. John was the first weed management consultant for the LIRR, recommending and supervising vegetation control treatments, and served in a similar capacity for the Staten Island Railroad.

Community service organizations that have benefited from Dr. Ahrens' attention have been the Cub Scouts, the Bloomfield Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission, the Wintonbury Land Trust. Privately, John operates small Christmas tree farms in Connecticut and Vermont and is currently serving as Director of the National Christmas Tree Association.

Jonathan Bart '68 - TV and Film Design Engineer/Composer

Mr. Bart attended Farmingdale University and Nassau Community College. Before moving to Los Angeles, he worked as Senior Design Engineer for Vinten USA, NY and was responsible for designing the camera support systems for ABC, CBS, and NBC-TV. In 1983 Jon designed and developed the Listec Television Monitor Prompting System currently used by ABC, CBS, and NBC-TV news rooms and soap opera production sets. The team of Jon Bart, Hal Needham, Keith Gillum and Dr. Paul Kiankoohy made motion picture technology history in 1992 by producing the first workable HMI high speed daylight color temperature lighting system. In 1993 this team was awarded a Motion Picture and Television Technical Academy Award for Specialized Lighting, a system currently used by all major motion picture studios today. Aside from his many personal awards and accomplishments, Jon has donated much of his time and talent to others; in 1984 he received an Honorary Membership Award for his lectures at performing arts colleges and universities. In 1986 and 1993, he donated his time to the Los Angeles Police Department for Police Training Videos and in 1995, to the American Indian Programs and the new California Performing Arts Center.

David Berger '67 - Music

A graduate of Ithaca College (B.M.) and the Manhattan School of Music (M.M.), Dave has appeared as a conductor with the Jazz Orchestra and annual Classical Jazz Series at Lincoln Center. In addition, he has conducted at the Hollywood Bowl, Marseac Jazz Festival and Tanglewood Connecticut. Currently teaching Jazz History, Conducting and Duke Ellington at the Manhattan School of Music, Dave has also provided numerous freelance clinics, lectures and concerts at colleges and high schools throughout the United States.

Mr. Berger has produced several recordings including, "Portraits by Ellington," the "Fire of the Fundamentals" and "They Came to Swing" on Columbia. Other arrangements and compositions have been recorded for labels such as RCA, Polydor and MCA. His musical writings have appeared in Sheet Music Magazine, Brass Player and Keyboard Classics. Dave has received several music industry awards; among them Jazz Composers Alliance first runner up (1996), many National Endowment for the Arts awards for Jazz Composition, and the Duke Ellington Award.

Albert J. Hoehn '44 - Sales Management

A World War II Navy veteran, Al received his honorable discharge in 1946 and began a long career with the railroad. As a top executive for Burlington Northern Railroad, Al was personally responsible for managing a $2 billion sales region. Without formal college training, Al started with the railroad as a clerk, and worked his way up to Regional Sales Manager. He retired in 1986 after 39 years with the railroad and currently is living with wife Betty in Jacksonville, Florida.

During and after his business career, Al has contributed much in helping his fellow man with contributions to the community. Besides volunteering his services at his local church as liturgist, choir and church council member, Al and Betty have sponsored a Hungarian refugee and his daughter. Al and Betty were the original founders of the Habitat for Humanity in Jacksonville (Habijax), which builds affordable homes for people in need. Al has also been active training tutors to teach people how to read using the Laubach Way to Read system. In 1994, Al was honored as Tutor of the Year.

Lloyd A. Marks '67 - Medical and Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Marks received a B.S.E.E. from MIT and obtained his medical degree at the University of Michigan. He is currently Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiology at Children's Hospital of New Jersey and Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where his clinical specialty is performing interventional procedures (catheter-based techniques to repair heart problems without surgery), including balloon valvuloplasty, balloon angioplasty, stent implantation and vascular embolizations. His research included the development of new interventional cardiac catheterization techniques and microprocessor based "smart" medical devices.

Dr. Marks has obtained fifteen patents ranging from sporting goods and apparel to medical electronic devices. A safety self-capping needle will enter the market in late 1997. The device he is most excited about is a patient monitor that can provide an early warning for internal blood loss. He has received many awards and grants for his biomedical research and has published numerous articles and papers in his field.

Lloyd is a coach for Little League and is also a typist for Book Nook Press. His greatest accomplishments and sources of joy are his family: sons Michael 8 and Matthew 12, and wife Janice, who has her own successful career as an environmental attorney.

Richard E. O'Shaughnessy '49 - Education

Dick received his B.S. degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Following a tour as an officer in the USAF from 1956 to 1959, Dick was ready to embark on a new career. In 1959, Dick moved to Pottstown, PA with his wife and three children. It was here that he would begin his distinguished and fulfilling career of 37 years as teacher, coach, and administrator at the Hill School. After serving for 20 years as head football coach, Dick started his second career in education. It was said that Dick was born to be the Dean of Students because he has the patience, wisdom, intuition, firmness but also the flexibility to analyze each and every individual problem of each and every student that came to his office.

As teacher, coach and administrator, Dick had an ability to "touch the lives of many young men" in the most positive way.

Aside from his working career at the Hill School, Dick also contributed his spare time to the community and to his local church. Both he and his wife, Winnie (mother of their seven children), volunteered their time doing hospice work and serving as greeters at the church. Dick was also a member of the church's Pastoral Council as well as a Eucharistic Minister. He was Chairman of the Campership Panel for the Pottstown United Way for almost twenty years.

William D. Steenson '45 - Industrial Real Estate

Besides supervising the design and construction of the Grumman Headquarters building, Bill led the real estate activity at Grumman during its expansion from 8 million square feet to 18 million square feet in 36 states. He became President of the Grumman Real Estate Subsidiary, Paumanock Development Corp. and was elected President of the Industrial Council of the National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives.

Living in McCormick, South Carolina, he is actively involved in writing the Master Plan for the development of the County, along with related ordinances. Bill also participates in a regional organization to co-ordinate this same activity throughout eight counties bordering the Savannah River in both South Carolina and Georgia. To this end, he has started a new vocational apprenticeship program in the high schools to train youth in the building trades to provide the needed craftsmen for the construction boom.

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