LMHS Class of 1971
Dr. Altschuler is best known as the President and CEO of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the nation’s first hospital dedicated to pediatric care, where he has been on staff since 1985. He has served as Physician-in-Chief and holder of the Leonard & Marilyn Abramson Endowed Chair in pediatrics. In addition, Dr. Altschuler has served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and held a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School. He is an internationally renowned, board-certified pediatrician and gastroenterologist as well as an accomplished scientific researcher.
Dr. Altschuler received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Case Western University before performing his pediatric residency at the Children's Hospital of Boston. Clinically, Dr. Altschuler practices general gastroenterology with a special interest in children suffering gastrointestinal mobility problems and functional disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. Throughout his career, Dr. Altschuler has received more than 16 distinguished awards - two of the more recent being the prestigious "Heart of Philadelphia" in January 2007 from the American Heart Association and the Komarov Prize for Gastroenterology Research.
Harriton Class of 1965
Donald Bandler graduated cum laude from Kenyon College in 1969 with a bachelor of arts in political science before earning his master's from St. John's College. Bandler received his juris doctorate from George Washington University School of Law in 1979 and later received an Honorary Degree from Kenyon.
His diplomatic career began in 1978 when he was named Director of Face to Face, a program sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace that provided new perspectives and opportunities in regard to our nation's foreign policy efforts. Bandler then spent 28 years working for the U.S. State Department in a variety of capacities beginning in 1983 where he served as the U.S. Coordinator for the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe. From 1985-89 he headed Political Military Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Paris before accepting the Minister-Counselor for Political and Legal Affairs position in Bonn, Germany where he participated in diplomacy efforts leading to German unification. In 1993 he became Director of Israel and Arab Affairs and had an active role in Middle East peace negotiations that yielded bilateral and multilateral agreements.
Bandler's wide range of experiences in management and policymaking led to his next position as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the National Security Council where he was responsible for diplomatic relations with Europe and Canada. From 1999-2002 Bandler served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Cyprus before leaving the public sector for the private, serving as Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at the Monsanto company. Don has received the U.S. State Department's Superior Honor Award on four occasions and was also awarded the French Legion of Honor.
Lower Merion Class of 1980
Early in her career as an environmentalist, Elizabeth Cook worked as the Ozone Campaign Director of Friends of the Earth - an international network of environmental organizations throughout 74 countries - before joining the staff of the World Resources Institute (WRI) in 1994 where she has held several positions throughout the past two decades. She began with oversight of the Interdisciplinary Climate Protection Initiative, working to identify policies and business strategies for achieving climate-related goals. Next she led the WRI's Sustainable Enterprise Program, which harnesses the power of business to create profitable solutions to environment and development challenges. She currently serves as the Vice President for Institutional Strategy and Development where her role is to work with board members and staff to scale up the organizations priority initiatives. Elizabeth also works with many fortune 500 companies on a regular basis to help strengthen corporate commitments to environmental stewardship.
Cook has received many distinctions throughout her career including the the Environmental Protection Agency Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award (1991), the United Nations Environment Program Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Protection of the Ozone Layer (1997) and the Best of the Best Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award (2007) from the US EPA.
Harriton Class of 1961
Dr. Mark Hallett is the Chief of the Medical Neurology Branch and the Human Motor Control Section at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in Bethesda, Maryland. His research focuses on the physiology of human movement and its pathophysiology in movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease and dystonia.
A cum laude graduate of Harvard University where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Hallett received his M.D. cum laude from the Harvard Medical School in 1969. After interning at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, he joined the staff of the National Institute of Mental Health's Laboratory of Neurobiology. He took a residency in neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and then conducted research at the Institute of Psychiatry in London on a Mosely Traveling Fellowship.
In 1976, Dr. Hallet was appointed director of the Neurophysiology Laboratories at the Brigham, a post he held for eight years while also serving on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School, where he became an associate professor of neurology before accepting his current position at the NINDS. He concurrently serves as clinical professor of neurology at the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences in Bethesda.
A fellow and former vice president of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and an elected member of the American Neurological Association, he is an honorary member of the Australian Movement Disorder Society, the Australian Association of Neurologists, the German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology, the German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology, the German Neurological Society, the Sociedad Latinoamericana de Movimientos Anormales, and the Schweizerische Gesellschaft fur Klinische Neurophysiologie.
Dr. Hallet has served as a director and president of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM), president of the Movement Disorder Society (MDS) and the International Medical Society of Motor Disturbances. Among his many awards are the United States Public Health Service's Distinguished Service Medal, the 1999 Physician Researcher of the Year Award given by the Physicians Professional Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General, the Director's Award of the National Institute of Health (NIH), the AANEM's Distinguished Researcher Award, the Dino Garavoglia Prize of the Italian Association for Neurological Research, the Pierre Gloor Award of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society and countless others.
Dr. Hallet is also currently the editor-in-chief of Clinical Neurophysiology, associate editor of Brain and a member of the editorial boards of more than a dozen other professional journals. He is the author and co-author of more than 500 scientific papers and the editor or co-editor of 20 books.
Harriton Class of 1964
In 1971 Suzanne Hall Johnson graduated with distinction from UCLA'S Master Program as an Advanced Practice Nurse. She then went on to teach nursing at both Stanford and San Jose State universities. 1976 marked the beginning of several entrepreneurial and pioneering ventures for Hall Johnson including the development of her own national nursing continuing education business; the establishment of the professional journal, Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, where she served as the editor-in-chief for 16 years; and she became the founding editor and publisher of Recruitment & Retention Report and Nurse Author & Editor, which provides articles and advice to assist nurses in writing for publications.
Hall Johnson has also authored numerous articles and books including High Risk Parenting: Nursing Assessment and Strategies for the Family at Risk, which won a Book of the Year Award from the American Journal of Nursing. In 1999, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses awarded her the National Pioneering Spirit Award, recognizing significant contributions that influence high acuity and critical care nursing.
Lower Merion Class of 1940
After graduating from Lower Merion High School in 1940, Joseph McCarthy went on to earn a litany of degrees while serving his country as a distinguished member of the United States Military beginning with his graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY (1945). McCarthy later received degrees from the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas (1958), the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I. (1965) and the University of Maryland where he earned both his M.A. in Government & Politics (1960) and Ph.D. in Political Science (1965).
McCarthy’s illustrious military career, which spanned more than 33 years, began in 1945 when he was commissioned in the infantry where he served three tours in the Far East and five in Europe in infantry, airborne and armored unit capacities. From 1958-60 he worked at the Pentagon in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff before serving in the Office of the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel from 1960-63. McCarthy returned to Europe in 1965 on assignment from NATO.
In 1967, McCarthy wrote the Illusion of Power: American Policy Towards Vietnam before retiring from the service in 1975. Following his retirement, General McCarthy pursued a variety of activities and interests in both education and environmentalism, first teaching Political Science at the University of Maryland and several other military posts before serving two terms as a school board president. McCarthy later devoted several years to the protection of the environment, developing an alternative (non-federal) program for funding and constructing wastewater treatment facilities.
In 1999, he became President of the United States Army Heritage & Education Center in Carlisle, PA - a non-profit foundation which serves as a hub for military history, education and cultural enrichment. Throughout his career General McCarthy has received many awards and distinctions including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
Lower Merion Class of 1972
Dr. William McComas taught both middle and secondary school science in suburban Philadelphia for 13 years while working toward his doctorate degree in Science Education, which he was ultimately awarded in 1991 from the University of Iowa. In 2006 Dr. McComas joined the University of Arkansas faculty as the inaugural holder of the Parks Family Endowed Professorship in Science Education and currently serves as the founding director of the Project to Advance Science Education (PASE). Prior to his current position with the Razorbacks, Dr. McComas founded and directed the Program to Advance Science Education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.
Dr. McComas has earned numerous awards and distinctions throughout his career as an educator, author and scientist. He was named the Outstanding Science Teacher Educator by the Association for the Education of Teachers in Science as well as the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Educational Press Association in 1998. Other honors include the Ohaus Award for Curriculum Innovation (2001) and the Outstanding Evolution Educator Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and the American Institute of Biological Science (2007).
Dr. McComas has chaired more than 25 doctoral dissertations with eight former students who have since become professors of science education. Other than his passion for science and teaching, Dr. McComas is also an avid photographer - more than 30 of his photographs have appeared on the covers of a variety of professional journals and in the pages of textbooks. The Los Angeles Museum of Natural History also presented an exhibition of his photos entitled, The Galapagos Islands: Evolutions Showcase. He has also penned several books, two of the more recent being The Nature of Science in Education: Rationales & Strategies and Investigating Evolutionary Biology in the Laboratory.
Lower Merion Class of 1967
After graduating from American University with a B.A. in Journalism, Nancy Myers moved from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles where she eventually broke in to the film industry as a story editor for Rastar Productions. After pursuing graduate work at UCLA, Myers began working as an assistant director and production manager on various television and film projects before diving in to her career as a screenwriter.
Some of her earliest writing endeavors were for television working for such shows as The Odd Couple and All in the Family. Her first brush with the silver screen came in the form of the film Private Benjamin starring Goldie Hawn – a collaborative venture with longtime writing partners Charles Shyer and Harvey Miller – and it was a hit, proving that a female lead could be as bankable as movies starring male counterparts. This work set the tone for her career, helping to build Myers’ reputation as one of the most important female writers/directors in Hollywood because of the desirable roles she created for older, female leads. Private Benjamin also earned a nomination for an Oscar and won The Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay.
Following the success of her first feature film Myers went on to write and produce Irreconcilable Differences
, Baby Boom
and Father of the Bride Part I
. Her directorial debut came in 1998 with the remake of The Parent Trap
starring Lindsay Lohan and Dennis Quaid. In 2000 Myers followed up with What Women Want
starring Mel Gibson and Helent Hunt, Something's Gotta Give
(2003) starring Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton, The Holiday
(2006) starring Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Jack Black and Kate Winslet, and most recently It’s Complicated
(2009) starring Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. In 2007, Myers receieved The Crystal Award for Women in Film and the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award.
Lower Merion Class of 1946
After earning his B.S. from Lafayette College in 1951,
Wilbur Oakes attended Hahnemann University - formerly Hahnemann Medical College
- where he received his medical education and training. Upon graduation, Oakes accepted
a position as a staff physician with Hahnemann Hospital where he has worked since
1961, both as a physician and a professor, eventually advancing to the position of Chairmen of Hahnemann's Department of Medicine. Throughout his career, Dr. Oakes’ teaching appointments have included Professor of Medicine, Associate Director of Postgraduate Education and the Project Director of the Homeless Clinic at Hahnemann University.
He has authored 13 medical textbooks, 98 scholarly papers and was editor for Sexual Medicine Today, Drug Therapy and Co-Editor for Hahnemann Journal of Medicine. Dr. Oakes has been presented with many awards and distinctions throughout his long and illustrious career including the 1000 Points of Light Award from President George W. Bush, the Distinguished Gold Medal Award and the Hahnemann University Recognition for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring.
Dr. Oaks has also served on the Board of Trustees at Lafayette College and was presented with the Distinguished Service Medal in 2001. Four years later, the school named their soccer stadium after him: the Lafayette College Soccer Complex Oaks Stadium.
Lower Merion Class of 1973
In 1976, Lisa Scottoline graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania earning her B.A. in English in just 3 years of study. In 1981, she graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School before joining the prestigious law firm Dechert, Price and Rhodes as a litigator. Her foray in to law provided the knowledge and background to write legal thrillers that brought her international attention.
Looking for a way to pay the bills and stay home after her daughter was born, Scottoline penned her first book, Everywhere That Mary Went, which was nominated for an Edgar – the highest award given in the mystery genre. It was her second publication – Final Appeal – which won Scottoline the Edgar and her fifth book – Mistaken Identity – which was the first to make the New York Times best-seller list. Her other awards include the PW Innovator by Publishers Weekly Magazine (2004), the Fun, Fearless Female Award from Cosmopolitan Magazine (2004) and the Paving the Way Award from Women in Business.
Scottoline currently has 15 books in print which have been published in more than 20 languages. She also recently started a weekly column entitled Chick Wit for the Philadephia Inquirer and also teaches a course on Justice and Fiction at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.