The Mepham Who's Who
1999 Honorees

Three distinguished graduates have been inducted into the Mepham Who's Who Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place on April 18, 1999 with officers and board members presenting the honors at the annual Mepham Alumni Association Annual Spring Luncheon.

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 one hundred nineteen 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 1999 recipients are:

Linda Brodsky Greenfield '70 Pediatric Otolaryngology

Dr. Brodsky obtained her B.A. cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College and her doctorate from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Linda and her husband, Dr. Saul Greenfield, have three children: Jeremy 16, Dana 14, and Rebecca 10.

Linda is currently practicing in the Buffalo, NY area as Professor of Otolaryngology and Pediatrics at SUNY School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and is Associate Professor and Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

She is also Associate Editor of the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology and served as an ad-hoc journal reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. Brodsky is most proud to be the first woman officer of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology and of her establishment of regional centers for Hemangioma Vascular Birth-Marks.

Among her many awards and honors: the National Organization of Women (NOW) "Women Helping Women" Award; the Perception of Excellence Award, Children's Hospital of Buffalo; Who's Who In North America; a Citation from The Best Doctors in America Northeast Region; and the Flickinger Award for Volunteer Fundraising from the Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

Dr. Brodsky's other volunteer efforts include serving on an outreach program to third world countries, including Guatemala and Brazil, serving as a Fundraising and Youth Committee volunteer at her temple, and participating yearly at the Variety Club Telethon.

David M. Klein '67 Ophthalmology

Dr. Klein received his B.A. from SUNY Buffalo in 1971 and his M.D. from SUNY Downstate in 1975. He completed his residency in Ophthalmology in 1979. David is currently practicing in Punta Gorda, Charlotte County, Florida. He is a former Chief of Surgery at Charlotte Regional Medical Center, Bon Secours-St. Joseph's Hospital, and Fawcett Memorial Hospital. He has also served as Chief of Staff at Charlotte Regional and St. Joseph's, and is presently Vice-Chief of Staff at Fawcett.

The best description of Dr. Klein's dedication to the medical profession is his further commitment to volunteer services. He is founding Director of Charlotte County Volunteer Physicians, Co-Medical Director of St. Joseph's Care-A-Van/Migrant Care Project, a volunteer physician with the Charlotte Public Health AIDS Clinic, a member of the Sports Physicals Committee and American Cancer Society. The Florida Legislature honored Dr. Klein's volunteer services as 97/98 "Doctor of the Day." He has also received the JC Penney Golden Rule Award, and the Punta Gorda Rotary Club honored him for "Service Above Self" for his commitment to the community.

Dr. Klein is a board member of the United Way and a charter member of its Keel Club, a board member of the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition and a board member of the Harry Chapin Food Bank/Southwest Florida Chapter. He is a founding member of the Charlotte County Domestic Violence Task Force, Tobacco Coalition, and MADD Chapter. David is also a lifetime member of the Lion's Club and a Melvin Jones Fellow.

Additionally, Dr. Klein has been nominated to serve as a Board Trustee at a local college by Florida Governor, Jeb Bush.

Dr. Klein married Stephanie in 1991 and has two sons, Richard and Robbie, from a previous marriage. He is most proud to be one of the driving forces behind the statement "that no one in Charlotte County goes without health care."

William Piner '62 Physical Education

Bill attended SUNY at Cortland for his B.S. in Physical Education and earned an M.A. in Education at Brooklyn College. He participated in sports throughout his high school and college years.

He has coached football, wrestling, track, and lacrosse on Long Island, teaching at West Islip, Rockville Centre, and Sewanhaka. These past seventeen years, he has served as Athletic Director at Cold Spring Harbor.

Bill's tenure at Sewanhaka High School included nine winning seasons, and his football teams amassed a record of 58 wins and 24 losses over ten years. His '79 team, which included jet star Vinnie Testaverde, was awarded the "Rutgers Cup," as the most outstanding team in Nassau County. That same year, Bill was selected as "Coach of the Year" by both Newsday and the Daily News.

In addition to his school duties, Bill has served as President of the Nassau County High School Football Coaches Association and is most pleased with having persuaded Newsday and the Rutgers Club of Long Island to announce and present the Thorp Award and the Rutgers Cup at the Annual Gridiron Dinner.

Most importantly, as the Nassau County Regional Coordinator since '83, Bill has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the current four-conference structure, the seeding and scheduling system now in use in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties, as well as the Roy Kessenich "Power-Rating" System. Under Bill's leadership, a four-team playoff structure and the Long Island Football Championship has been established. It can truly be said that Bill Piner is the "Sculptor" of the high school football structure presently in use in Nassau.

In 1998, the Nassau County Coaches Association instituted an award that makes both Bill and the Mepham community especially proud the Bill Piner Award, which will be presented to the County's top linebacker each year. The large bronze trophy portrays a player, arms outstretched in tackle position, with Bill's Mepham football number (35). The award will rotate each year for display by the winning school.

Bill and his wife, Pat, have two children, Erin and Michael, and live in North Bellmore.

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