ALUMNI REVIEW NEHS newsletter pub by mikeholy


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                            ALUMNI REVIEW
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•    Tribute to M. Mark
                            LOSS OF FOUR FAVORITE SONS
•    Northeaster of the
     Year Award             “Loyal Sons Are We”—no truer words were spoken about John Winter J’39, M. Mark Mendel F‘49 , Joe
                            Mauro J’49 and Joe Rosskowsk,i F’50. In 2009, we lost all four of these tried and true Northeasters.
•    Wall of Fame Honor-
     ees                                               TO HONOR HIS                  AU REVOIR, DEAR FRIEND
•    President’s and                                   M. MARK MENDEL,               Last year, our Association also suffered the
                                                       ESQ. F'49                     loss of Life Member John R. Winter, J’39,
     Principal’s Messages                                                            long a faithful participant in Alumni activities.
                                                           For more than a half
                                                       century, Mark was our            John, who served for 22 years as Treasurer
•    Class Notes                                                                     for our organization, died at his home in Hun-
                                                       friend, mentor, class-
                                                       mate, and ardent sup-         tingdon Valley on August 20, 2009. He was
•    Interview with Tony                               porter.                       honored as 1996 Northeaster of the Year and
     Danza                       He was an active member of our Associa-             inducted into the Northeast High School Wall
                             tion, serving as President 1981-1985, as our            of Fame in 1994.
•    Reunion Schedules       Legal Counsel, member of the Executive Com-                As a member of our Executive Committee
                             mittee, and Trustee of the Northeast High               and Board of Trustees, John was regularly on
•    In Memoriam             School Alumni Foundation for more than 20               duty in the Alumni Office as a volunteer. He
                             years. He was active with his class and was a           also served his Class of June 1939 as Class
                             familiar face at reunions and breakfast gather-         Representative, maintaining contacts and plan-
    SAVE THE DATE:           ings. Our Association honored him as North-
                             easter of the Year in 1985, Outstanding Gradu-
                                                                                     ning reunions.
                                                                                        His love for Northeast was exceeded only
                             ate of the Decade in 1990, and inducted him             by his love of family. He is survived by his wife
    Alumni Day —             into the NE Wall of Fame in 1994.
                                Mr. Mendel passed away on August 26, 2009
                                                                                     of 62 years, Alice, who was his constant com-
                                                                                     panion in NE activities; son, Paul, and daugh-
                             following a long illness. He will be sadly missed       ters Sandra and Deborah, all NE graduates.
    MAY 7th, 2010            by his Northeast family.
                                  Mark provided a bequest of $25,000 to the          We offer a final “‘Hail Northeast” to our dear
                             Association, for which we are extremely grate-          friend and fellow Northeaster.
                                  Anyone who desires to add to the M. Mark
Northeast High School        Mendel Memorial Scholarship Fund may con-               2010 NORTHEASTER OF
                             tribute to the Northeast High School Alumni             THE YEAR
Alumni Association
                             Foundation, 1601 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia,
Cottman & Algon Aves.        PA 19111.
                                                                                                      Howard P. Rovner, Esq.,
Philadelphia, PA 19111           The following is a reprint of the “Northeast High
                             School Alumni Centennial Award” originally printed                       Class of 1972
(215) 728-5076               in 1990 for the Centennial Celebration Gala program                      Dedicated family man, dedi-        book.                                                                    cated lawyer, dedicated com-
                                Born in Germany and arriving in the United                            munity leader, and dedicated
                             States in 1939, M. Mark Mendel (Manfred M.                               Northeaster—Rovner truly
                             Mendel) received a Bachelor of Science degree                            epitomizes the qualities that
                             from Temple University in 1950 with honors, a                            belong to the Northeaster of
                                                                                                      the Year.
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                          NEHS Principal’s Message
                          We hope you are having a          we gathered five first place fin-     for the fifth time in a row, 21-
                          wonderful start to the New        ishes and have been state finalists   7, and now hold the lead 53-
                          Year. There are many exciting     in one or more categories for the     51-10 in this historic Thanks-
                          things that have happened and     last seven years. We are the          giving Day competition.
                          will be happening this year at    2009 Keep Philadelphia Beautiful          We would be remiss not
                          the biggest and best compre-      “Recycling School of the Year”.       to mention our great music,
  Ms. Linda Carroll       hensive high school in Phila-     Our SPARC program continues           choir and performing arts
                          delphia.                          to be the leader in the tri-state     programs, which can be seen
                              Northeast High School, is     area for robotics.                    and heard on TV, stage or at
Northeast High School
                          flourishing. Northeast is oper-      In athletics, we have added        parades. We can’t wait for
                          ating with over 3200 students     boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, bringing   this year’s play “Bye Bye
                          – far more than our neighbor-     a total of thirty-two sports of-      Birdie”.
                          ing schools. Northeast High       fered at Northeast - the most in        Northeast is truly a great
                          School was chosen in              the area. Congratulations to the      comprehensive institution
                          “Philadelphia Magazine’s” 2009    women’s field hockey team and         with so many opportunities
                          “Best of Philly” High Schools     to first year Coach Joanne Remus      for our students to pursue.
                          for “Diversity”. We continue      (taking over for retired Coach        The staff and the administra-
                          to have a successful partner-     Mitch Kline) for winning the Dis-     tion continuously challenge
                          ship with the University of       trict 12 Championship. Northeast      the students to excel in edu-
                          Pennsylvania, helping to con-     has won the field hockey champi-      cation, athletics and the arts.
                          tinue the reputation of North-    onship for five consecutive years.    In return, the students con-
                          east in the city as leaders in    The boys’ track and field has also    tinue to support the tradition
                          education - in the community      captured its second championship      of excellence their predeces-
                          and in the classroom. And yes,    (2008 and 2009). Congratulations      sors, you, the Alumni, have
                          we have our own TV reality        to the baseball, football and         established.
                          show, ”TEACH” featuring           wrestling teams for trips to the
                          Tony Danza, which will be         championships in their respective
                          airing this spring on A&E.        seasons. And yes, to the big ques-
                              At the 2009 Philadelphia      tion, the horse is in the stable at
                          High School Computer Fair         NE. We have defeated Central

                          NEHS Alumni President’s Message
                          This is my last message as I      dent, Ron Colston, Class of           School pride alive. Our
                          am at the end of my term as       Jan.’56. I have gotten to know        Alumni Association is a great
                          Alumni President. I would         him through the last couple of        source of creative ideas and
                          like to thank you, the            years as a great man who cares        generous resources. There’s
                          Alumni, for granting me the       about Northeast, and I am sure        a reason our school is look-
                          opportunity to serve you for      he will do a fine job. Thanks         ing forward to a great future
                          the last three years. I would     also to Joan Scheidecker for          –it’s our past.”
                          like to thank the principal       being a fantastic help with all of    All Hail NE!
        Chris Riley
                          and administration for always     the duties as president. Joan is
     President NEHS       supporting the Alumni in all      truly a great Northeaster and
  Alumni Association      of our endeavors and our          the heart and soul of the Asso-
           Class of ‘85   commitment to excellence          ciation. Once again, thank you
                          for Northeast. Congratula-        Joan. In conclusion, “Let’s
                          tions to our incoming Presi-      keep moving forward, keep our

                  ALUMNI    REVIEW        2009
Alumni Day May 7, 2010                                                                                         PAGE      3

Alumni Day morning Wall of Fame ceremonies. Also being honored are the June and
January anniversary classes of 1950 and 1960.
Alumni of all classes are encouraged to attend the morning ceremony in Morrison Hall.
The annual Alumni luncheon will be held at the Brookside Manor in Southampton.

9:00 AM          Wall of Fame Induction program in the Auditorium to honor
                                                                                                        NEW THIS YEAR
                 the Classes of 1950 and 1960
                                                                                                      Register and pay online
11:00            Brookside Manor at Somerton Springs                                                  with PayPal. Go to the
                 50 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville, PA 19053                                              NEHS website at:
                 Registration, Cash Bar and Hors d’oeuvres                                    and
                                                                                                            look for the
12 Noon          Program to honor the Northeaster of the Year                                         Alumni Day Luncheon
12:45 PM         Luncheon


  ____Yes, I/we will attend the morning Wall of Fame Ceremony at Northeast              Choices of entrée:
  ____Yes, 1/we will attend the Alumni Luncheon at Brookside Manor ($20.00pp)           ____ Broiled Filet of Flounder
  ____Yes, I would like to sponsor a student to attend the Alumni Luncheon ($20.00pp)   ____ Stuffed Breast of Chicken
                                                 Special dietary requests: _______________________________________________

  Name:_________________________________              Maiden name (if applicable) ___________________         Class of:________

  Guest: _________________________________ If applicable: Maiden Name ___________________                      Class of ________

  Phone number: __________________               E-mail address: _______________________________________________

  Please make check payable to NEHS Alumni Association     Amount enclosed: ______________

  Mail to: NEHS Alumni Association, Cottman & Algon Avenues, Philadelphia, PA 19111

Howard Rovner—Northeast of the                 1980, he began practicing law with his          mocratic Committee; Philadelphia
Year continued                                 brother, Robert Rovner, in their Feast-         Committeeman, 8th Ward; and was a
                                               erville, PA office.                             recent candidate for PA Senate 12th
   His resume speaks to his passion to            Rovner was admitted to the Su-               District. In 2005, he served as nomi-
help others and his desire to better           preme Court of PA in 1980 and United            nee of Governor Ed Rendell for Magis-
himself.                                       Sates District Court for the Eastern            terial District Judge.
    Upon graduating NE, Rovner                 District of PA in 1982.                           Howard and his wife Sharon have
earned a BBA (Business Administra-                Community activities include: Presi-         three adult children and have been
tion) from Temple University (1976),           dent, Cardozo Lodge 400 (various                residents of Lower Moreland since
majoring in Business Law and Industrial        terms); National Treasurer, Brith Sha-          1984.
Relations. It was no surprise that his         lom; President, Shaare Shamayin-Beth                Fast fun fact: Rovner was always
next step was to attend Delaware Law           Juda; member, Philadelphia Boosters             working...he has been a waiter, busboy,
School of Widener University. During           Club; baseball and basketball coach for         department store cashier, fast food
this time he worked as International           Huntingdon Valley; and President,               counter service, seller of programs at
Organizer for the Hotel, Restaurant            NEHS Alumni Association.                        Atlantic City Ice Capades and Miss
and Bartenders Union while attending              Truly committed to his community,            America Pageant, and worker at the
school in the evenings.                        Rovner has also served as Area 7                boardwalk Arcade.
    After receiving his law degree in          Leader for Montgomery County De-
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                                                                                                         Bette Weiner Green, ‘68,

                         Alumni Updates/Class Notes                                                      LM— reports that the 127 class
                                                                                                         (‘68) has formed a Facebook Group
                                                                                                         called Wonderful Women on
                          Chester L. (Chet) Schneider,           Former State Senator Bob Rov-           127.We have 73 members
                          M.D., Class of ‘39—Shared his          ner ‘61—was nominated by Gover-         and are now planning our
                          life’s achievements since graduating   nor Edward G. Rendell, and unani-       third "official" brunch at Tif-
                          70 years ago! He spent many years      mously confirmed by the Senate, to      fany’s. Open to all Class 127
                          as a medical missionary, first in      the Temple University Board of          who rsvp. The class is also
                          Portugal and later with his first      Trustee on April, 22, 2009. Rovner      working on a 60th Birthday
                          wife in Valdez, Alaska. They were      was very active as a student at Tem-
 Got something to tell
                                                                                                         Bash in the fall.
                          married fifty-five years when she      ple; he was president of all his un-
 your classmates? Let     passed of bone cancer. He and his      dergraduate classes and president of
                                                                                                         Janet Cantwell-Papale, ‘72, LM,
  us know! Send your      second wife currently reside in the    the student body in ‘64 and ‘65. He
                                                                                                         —received an appreciation award
information and photo     Lancaster, PA area. He would love      also served as president of his law
                                                                                                         for her work fighting cancer during
    (if available) to:    to connect with fellow classmates.     school student body in ‘67 and ‘68.
                                                                                                         The Oldtimer’s Bats and Balls Asso-
                          Contact the Alumni office for his
                                                                                                         ciation meeting on Jan.13th at
    NEHS Alumni           home and/or e-mail address.            Alan Tepper, ‘62, LM—reported
                                                                                                         Randi’s Restaurant and Bar.
      Association                                                that the class held a “Class of 62
  Cottman & Algon         Len Kleeman’49—reported that           turns 65—Medicare Birthday party        Dr. Donald Babbit, ‘74, accepted
       Avenues            the combined classes of January and    on November 14, 2009. Pictured          a new position as Vice President
Philadelphia, PA 19111    June 1949 held their 60th reunion      below are the members of the 50th       and Provost at the University of
     or e-mail to:        on September 12, 2009 at the           Reunion Committee in 2012. Details                                                                                    Texas at Arlington.
                          Crowne Plaza Hotel in Trevose,         to come.
                          PA. Attending the luncheon were
                                                                                                         Barry Rosenblatt, ‘74—
                          55 classmates and 16 wives. Class-
                                                                                                         president and owner of BR Crea-
                          mates traveled from as far as
                                                                                                         tive Printing, Inc,
                          Schenectady, NY, Maryland and
                                                                                                         announced the
                          North Carolina to attend. Note: a
                                                                                                         celebration of his
                          number of classmates still meet
                                                                                                         company’s 30th
                          once a month (2nd Tuesday at
                                                                                                         Anniversary serv-
                          12:30) at Jack’s Deli on Bustleton
                                                                                                         ing Montgomery
                                                                                                         and Bucks Coun-
                                                                                                         ties as well as the
                          Donald Hackney, F’57, LM—
                                                                                                         Greater Philadel-
                          was inducted into the Cheyney
                                                                                                         phia area.
                          University Athletic Hall of Fame on
                          Friday, October, 9, 2009.              Karen Marmer DeCou-Rudow,                                            Derek
                                                                 F’65—reported that their class held                             Davis, ‘79,
                                 Ronni Manchel                   a 60th birthday bash in Philadelphia.                           is owner of
                                 Weinberg, J59 and               It was so much fun that the class                                 Derek’s, a
                                 Stan Grossman,                  decided not to wait for their 50th                              Zagat rated
                                 J’59—reported that their        reunion to meet again. The 45th                                  restaurant,
                                 2-day 50th reunion cele-        class reunion will be on April 24,                                  at 4411
                                 bration was a great suc-        2010 in Philadelphia. Contact Karen                Main Street in Manyunk.
                                                                 at or Marcy
                                 cess. On Saturday eve-          Siegal Sklar at
                                 ning, Oct. 24, they re-                                                 Patricia Freeman O’Neill,
                                                                                                         ‘81—was inducted into the Univer-
                                 united at the Country           Carl Cherkin, ‘68, LM—was ap-           sity of Delaware’s Hall of Fame on
                          Club Diner for a dessert recep-        pointed vice president of communi-      November 6th, 2009, for her re-
                                  tion, and on Sunday            cations for the Philadelphia Union,     cord-setting achievements in the
                                  Oct. 25 they held a            the new Major League Soccer Team        sport of softball.
                                  luncheon at Brookside          in the city.
                                  Manor at Somerton
                                  Springs. There was a           Alumni Legacy Tiles
                                  great deal of picture
                                  taking, hugging and kiss-
                                  ing! They are planning
                                                                 Order Form Available at
                                  another 2 venue gala in
                          5 years, so make sure your cur-
                          rent addresses are on file.
                                                                 Click on the Alumni link
                         ALUMNI        REVIEW          2009
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SLATE OF OFFICERS                2010-

President:            Ronald Colston, F’56
                                                2010 Wall of Fame Honorees
                                                                    John W. Sarappo, P.E., F’50
1 Vice President:     Carol Bombas, J’64                            An engineering and construction business executive, John
                                                                    Sarappo has over 35 years of domestic and international ex-
2nd Vice President:    Lynn Riley, J’63                             perience in the process and utility industry.
                                                                        As President, Chairman and CEO of Foster Wheeler En-
Treasurer:             Myron Zonies, J’59                           viresponse (a division of Foster Wheeler USA Corporation),
                                                                    Sarappo was responsible for the start up and operation of the
                                                company’s entry into the environmental, hazardous waste and asbestos abatement
                                                   From 1975-80 Sarappo was Director of Contract Operations for Foster
                      TONY DANZA,               Wheeler Francaise. Based in Paris, he was responsible for contract operations of a
                      STAR OF                   500 person office servicing clients in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.
                      STAGE,                        During his term as Vice President and Project Director for Forster Wheeler
                      SCREEN                    USA Corporation (1990-97), Sarappo oversaw the design of a billion dollar grass-
                                                roots refinery project to be constructed in Venezuela, oversaw a three billion
                                                dollar expansion and modernization of three refineries in Saudi Arabia, and several
                      HIGH SCHOOL!
                                                engineering projects in the United States.
                                                    No matter where he’s traveled, he has always been proud to say he grew up
                    It’s been 42 years
                                                in Philadelphia.
                    since a film crew fol-
                    lowed students                              Stephen M. Levin, M.D., Class of ‘59
around NE for the Frederick Wiseman                             Dr. Levin earned his medical degree from New York University
documentary, “High School.”                                     School of Medicine in 1967, with subsequent training in surgery,
                                                                psychiatry and occupational/environmental medicine.
   Film crews are back, and this time they                         He has served as a private physician, medical director, and pro-
brought along a guest—Tony Danza, star of                       fessor of medicine in several prestigious institutions, including Mt.
“Taxi,” “Who’s the Boss,” and several suc-                      Sinai School of Medicine.
cessful Broadway shows. Danza is spending                          However, it is his passion for occupational and environmental
the school year teaching sophomore English      medicine that has taken him on his most recent path. From 2002-2006, Dr. Levin
for the reality TV show, “Teach”. Although      served as Principal Investigator, World Trade Center Worker & Volunteer Medi-
                                                cal Screening Program , Principal Investigator World Trade Center Data and Co-
actual show details are not available yet, we   ordination Center of the Medical Monitoring Program, Medical Co-Director,
did catch up with Danza for an interview.       World Trade Center Health Effects Treatment Program. Since 2006, Dr. Levin has
   Danza was born and raised in Brooklyn.       served as Senior Occupational Medicine Physician, World Trade Center Data and
His parents moved the family to Long Island     Coordination Center of the Medical Monitoring Program. In addition, he also
                                                serves as Interim Medical Director, Worker’s Compensation Board, New York,
when he was fifteen to provide a better life,
better schools, and better opportunities. It
was one of his seminal moments and “the                         Douglas H. Macauley, Jr. Class of ‘66
best thing that ever happened to me.”                           A 3-sport athlete while at NE, Douglas Macauley earned All-Public
                                                                Honors in football while playing for Charlie Martin. At graduation,
    After high school, he attended the Uni-
                                                                he was named the outstanding senior athlete and accepted a full
versity of Dubuque in Iowa where he                             four year scholarship to the University of Tulsa.
earned a Bachelor's Degree in History Edu-                         He dream of professional sports was cut short by an accident,
cation.                                                         but his passion for sports and education led him to a teaching and
    He moved back to New York and be-                           coaching career in the Philadelphia School District. From the 70’s
                                                                through the 90’s, he led several sports teams at Dobbins High
came a professional boxer—he was discov-        School to their championships.
ered in the rink by a casting agent for his       In 2000, Macauley received the Philadelphia Coaches Association’s Coach of the
role in “Taxi”. “I didn’t study or pursue an    Year Award and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
acting career. In college. I actually wanted      Currently, he serves as the Athletic Supersite Liaison for the School District of
to be a teacher,” commented Danza.              Philadelphia.
                                                    In his spare time, Macauley is working with community leaders to develop
                                                Chalmers Park into an academic/athletic complex serving the North Philadelphia
                      Continued on back page    community.
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           Thanksgiving Day Game 2009
  G        Another great day competing
           against the Central Lancers!
             The score was indicative of
           how our Vikings played, win-
                                                    for his last game.
                                                       NE finished the season un-
                                                    der new head football coach,
                                                    Chris Riley (only our 12th
                                                                                            VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

                                                                                            Trustees for the Northeast High
                                                                                            School Alumni Foundation. Ap-

           ning the game 21-7 and giving            coach since 1916) with 7 wins           plicant must be a member of the
           the Vikings their fifth Thanks-          and 4 loses and a champion-             Alumni Association with a back-
           giving Day win in a row.                 ship appearance. Coach Riley            ground in Accounting or Fi-
               The standouts in the game:           is excited about the future             nance.
           both running backs Eric Hines            stating, “ We only had 10 sen-
           and Maxwell Award Winner                 iors on the team this year.             The Alumni Association is look-
           Tylee Taylor had about 80                We can’t wait to get started            ing for graduates from the past
           yards apiece; receivers Eric             for next year.”                         30 years to become active mem-
           Brundidge( two TD’s );                                                           bers of the Alumni Association
           Rashaun Sligh (104 yards). The                                                   Board. Call 215 728-5076 for

  V        offense was lead by Malik
           Stokes, who will end his four
           year career with 171 yards
           and two TD’s through the air
                                                                                            more details.

  K                                     Reunion Schedules
            J’55—Planning Summer/Fall 2010 reun-        ‘70—4/17/10 at the Buck Hotel.
                                                                                                  For an updated listing of
            ion. Contact Earl Laney 610-828-2507        Contact Harris Lacey
                                                                                                  reunions, visit the Alumni

  I                 or visit htt://
                                                              section of the school’s
            F’60—5/1/10 at Spring Mill Country                                                    website at
            Club, Ivyland, PA. Contact Linda Bog-       76—2011 Reunion. Contact Harris 
            danoff Wishner (F’60) lwish-                Bookfor


            J’60—4/24/10 contact Roz Barish
            Mazur (J’60)
                                                        ‘80—5/15/10 The Ballroom at Hamp-
                                                        ton Square, Southampton, PA Con-
                                                        tact: Suzan Leventhal (561) 628-2821
                                                                                                  ARE YOU ON

  G         J’64—10/2/10, Philmont Country Club.        ‘85—Planning 15th. Contact Mark           Looking to find old friends
                                                                                                  from high school? Want to
            Contact Alice Heller                        Citron at
                                                                                                  find out the latest on your
                                                                                                  reunion? How about sharing
            F’65—4/24/2010 at Doubletree Hotel          2000—7/24/10; Hibachi at Penn’s           pictures from your school
            at Broad & Locust. Contact Marci Sie-       Landing. $65pp; $125 couple. Con-         days or even photos from the

  S         gal Sklar (215) 441-5992

            J’65—4/25/2010 at the Philmont
                                                        tact Ejide Fashina at

                                                        2003—Planning Stages. Send updates
                                                                                                  early days of the Northeast?
                                                                                                  It’s all online at Facebook.
                                                                                                  There are several groups you
                                                                                                  can join that are only about
                                                        addresses to: Joy Powell at Joynico-      Northeast High and our com-
            Country Club. Contact Yvonne Rob-                         munity. Get Online….Get
            erts Brand                                                     Reconnected!

                ALUMNI         REVIEW         2009
                                                                                                       PAGE       7
 M. Mark Mendel continued from page 1
 Master of Arts in 1952 and a J.D. in         and community affiliations, M. Mark     nominee for the Leon J. Obermeyer
 1957. Before attending Temple Uni-           Mendel [was] a member of the            Award for Outstanding Alumnus of the
 versity Law School, he was a Cordell         American Association of University      Philadelphia Public Schools.
 Hull Scholar at Cumberland Univer-           Professors, Board of Trustees of           Renowned for his successful work
 sity Law School in Tennessee. He             Philadelphia Prisons, Philadelphia      professionally and with the community,
 was the outstanding senior and a             Committee for the United States         Mendel illustrated unselfish support for
 member of the Sword Society                  Ski Team Fund, Fellowship Com-          all those who [had] influenced his life
 (highest academic honors) at Temple          mission, Advisory Group member          and career, and those who will come
 University. He was appointed to the          for the Arbitration Panels for          after him.
 athletic coaching staff in 1951, and         Health Care, and AFL and NFL
 lectured in the college and law
                                              Players Association Representative.
                                                  An active lecturer, moderator       Veteran’s Memorial Garden
    A specialist in the field of trial law,   and keynote speaker, he [had] also
 Mendel served for seven years as
 public utilities solicitor in the Law
                                              been President of the Temple Uni-
                                              versity Varsity Club and has served     Ceremony
 Department of the City of Philadel-          on the Athletic Council, the Com-
 phia and as solicitor of the PA Trans-       mittee on Education Policies and as     On Friday, May 21, the Alumni Association
 portation Assistance Authority. A            a Commonwealth Trustee and an           will honor its members who served in the
 member of the Philadelphia and               Alumni Trustee. He [was] active in      Armed Forces at a ceremony to be held in
 America Trial Lawyers Associations,          all affairs of Temple University, and   the Veterans Me-
 and the American and PA Bar Asso-            [was] a member of Phil Alpha Delta      morial Garden.
 ciations, Mendel was elected to a            Law Fraternity and [served] on the         The ceremony
 three year term to the Board of Di-          American Arbitration Association        will begin at 10AM
 rectors of the Philadelphia Trial Law-       National Panel.                         and will feature a
 yers Association in 1970 and was its             Among the outstanding awards        guest speaker and
 President in 1978-79. Mendel has             and honors bestowed upon him for        Color Guard. Plan
 served as Trustee, Philadelphia Bar          his community service, Mendel           to attend rain or
 Foundation; Chairman, PA Trial Law-          received the Distinguished Gradu-       shine. Immediately following the program
 yers Legislative Policy Committee;           ate Awards and the Northeaster of       refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by
 and Vice President, PA Trial Lawyers         the Year Award in 1985 from the         May 14 if you plan to attend by e-mailing
 Association.                                 Northeast High School Alumni            ( or calling the
    Among his numerous professional           Association. In 1989, he was a          alumni office (215-728-5076).


The following alumni passings were reported by George Nelson, J’41, Charles Mills J’40, Herbert Hickmott, J’43. * indicates
life member and + indicates Wall of Fame, Bold indicates a member of the Alumni Board Executive Committee.

Class                                         42 F     Edwin Gienger*                  50 J    Joseph Simmers
                                              43 J     Edwin Nagel                     50 J    Harry Tyre
26 J      Edward Wilson Bauman*               43 J     Charles "Cal" Roessler          50 J    Stanley W. Wyremski
28 J      John McCormick*                     44 J     Harry R. Belinger* +            52 J    Robert R. Rugel
29 J      Russell L Herbicek                  44 J     Elmer W. Lepp*                  54 J    John Beckno, Jr.
34 F      Sargent S. Hendler                  46 J     Irving     Broudy               55 J    Harvey W. Grossman*
34 J      Dr. Norton Marvin Levin             47 J     Stanley W. Danowski             58 J    Harriet Plevinsky Krauss
37 F      Joseph J. Macko*                    48 J     Hon. James B.Hunter, Sr.* +     58 J    Lawrence Dimmer
37 J      Philip M. Miller, Jr.               48 J     Milton     Kalmbach             60 F    Stephen Grossman
38 J      David F. Budenz                     *49 F    M. Mark Mendel, Esq. * +        62 F    Barbara Somers Gorchov
38 J      Robert T. Cavis                     49 F     Charles A. Rowland, Sr.*        63 F    Jeffrey B. Chaess
38 J      Walter R. Lenz*                     49 J     Robert James Krauss             65 F    Maria Creighton Manno          *
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    But with the success of “Taxi” and            mistrust and lack of understanding.          and raised money for future NE pro-
later, “Who’s the Boss”, both the boxing            Danza’s passion became a reality TV        jects.
and the teaching careers were sidelined.          show when his friend, who runs a pro-            Looking back to his high school days,
    Although best known for his televi-           duction company, encouraged, perhaps         has this experience given him second
sion roles, Danza is most at home on the          even challenged, Danza to use the me-        thoughts about his time as a student?
stage. “There is nothing better than              dium he knows so well to tell the story.     “Well,” he says, “I’d like to call all my
Broadway, the opportunity to perfect and              Northeast was selected after a proc-     teachers and apologize for not taking
grow with the role,” explained Danza.             ess eliminated the NYC school system         what they did and what they taught seri-
His Broadway resume includes “A View              and other local school. Danza explains       ously. I really wish I’d paid more atten-
from a Bridge” by Arthur Miller; “The             that Northeast appealed to him because       tion. I get it now.”
Iceman Cometh” by Eugene O’Neil and               of its traditions, its diverse population,         With that in mind, Danza shares his
most recently Mel Brook’s “The Produc-            excellent leadership, and the strength of    favorite quote, from Shakespeare’s Julius
ers.”                                             its Alumni Association.                      Caesar, O, that a man might know the end
   In fact, he gave up a role in “La Cage             Since September, he has made a posi-     of this day's business ere it come! But it
Aux Folles” on Broadway to be at North-           tive impact on the school, the students      sufficeth that the day will end, And then the
east for the opportunity to teach in the          and the faculty. His celebrity status has    end is known.
upcoming reality show “Teach.”                    brought money into the school for things           So as production crews follow
    It all started as a passing conversation      like air-conditioning the library, and his   Danza through the course of his day
with a friend about his passion for educa-        passion has brought out the best within      from lesson plans, to classroom studies,
tion and the sad realities of urban educa-        his students including a recent poetry       to afterschool activities, he hopes to
tion in public schools—where a drop out           contest.                                     awaken the public to cry for help to
rate of 50% is commonplace, where par-               In January, he and the students pro-      improve education, not just within the
ents don’t have time to be involved in            duced “ExtravaDanza”, a musical revue        four walls, but more importantly, at
their studies, and where teacher and stu-         highlighting the talents of students and     home where habits, impressions and
dents are divided by an unseen wall of            staff. The show received rave reviews        life’s lessons begin.

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