One would hope that the success stories of Featured Alumni may inspire some of the students who follow us. The Rahway News-Record used the banner, "City of homes and industry" to describe our town....blue collar down to its toes. Yet, many who trod the halls of RHS have made an enviable mark; others signal their success in ways other than college degrees and occupations... just good, good folks. The only way to celebrate what Rahway means is to publicize it. To quote a good friend, "Through stories we transmit values, traditions, memories and identity" (underscoring, mine).
Dr. Anthony T. Palisi, Class of 1947
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Richard A. Moran Is the Tenth President of Menlo College
July 8, 2014:
The Menlo College Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Richard A. Moran as the tenth president of Menlo College. Moran, CEO of Accretive Solutions, is a Silicon Valley leader in business and education. As a consultant and operating executive, he is an evangelist for organizational effectiveness. He has authored seven books and is credited with starting the genre of "Business Bullet Books." His most recent book is titled "Navigating Tweets, Feats and Deletes." He is a frequent speaker on workplace issues and hosts a weekend radio show on KCBS called "In the Workplace.”
Menlo College Trustee Geir Ramleth ’87, chair of the presidential search committee said, “Moran brings a very current perspective to Menlo's time-honored legacy as an institution of business education. His instinctive understanding of the modern workplace and his ties to Silicon Valley will be a valuable asset in our partnership with the business community. His creative and innovative approach in identifying trends and norms in the workforce will emphasize that our business curriculum is state of the art.”
He earned an A.B. at Rutgers College, M.S. at Indiana University, and Ph.D. at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. Moran was a Partner at Venrock, and at Accenture. In the public sector, he has applied his organizational expertise as Chairman of the Board for Golden Gate University; the Board of Regents at Saint Ignatius Prep; the Steinbeck Innovation Foundation; and Project Open Hand in San Francisco.
Moran serves on boards of the Council of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Association of Corporate Directors, Silicon Valley Chapter, and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He is the Chair of the Audit Committee at the Noyce Foundation, and a member of the policy-making group that coordinates the Domain Name System and Internet Protocol addresses.
He has been featured on NPR, in Fast Company, and is a columnist for wine country newspapers. He is a regular contributor as an Influencer on LinkedIn. He and his wife Carol Gilbaugh Moran have four children.
Moran stated, “I could not be happier in assuming the mantle of President at Menlo College. It is a Silicon Valley jewel and I welcome the opportunity to continue to build a great college." Moran begins his position in September 2014.
F. Alexander Shipley Class of 1966 – a life-long resident of Rahway received a BA degree in English from Montclair State University in 1970 and a Masters degree in Humanities from Kean University in 1978. He taught English for thirty three years (Linden High 1970–1979, and Rahway High 1979–2003) and retired in June, 2003. In 2000 he was appointed City Historian by the Mayor of Rahway and in 2005 was hired as the Research Consultant for the Rahway Public Library. He is married to Robin Fedyk Shipley class of 1966.
Shipley, whose connection with the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum goes back to 1973, has served as the Director of the Museum Operations since 2008. In his almost forty years as a member he has served as president, vice-president, and trustee and has conceived, developed, organized, and overseen many programs and projects. His contributions include the creation of two publications, Images of the Past (1997) and Images of the Past II (2005) which helped the association reach important fundraising goals. Images II won the 2005 Annual Publication Award given by Historical Societies of New Jersey for “Distinguished Achievement for the Publication of a Book.”
He is the author of “Rediscover Rahway” and “The Case of the Unknown Woman” a tale based on an actual event that began on March 26, 1887 when a young woman was found murdered on the outskirts of Rahway, NJ. She had been brutally beaten and her throat cut from ear to ear. The story provides a detailed account of the strange case which came to be regarded as one of the most intriguing murder mysteries of the 19th century. Despite efforts by local, county and state authorities, the investigative work of police and private detectives from cities around the tri-state area.
Chef Charles Knight “CK” Class of 1965 traces his interest in the culinary arts to his childhood and the home kitchens of his diverse ethnic neighborhood in Rahway and received his basic culinary training working in the industrial kitchens of north Jersey while still in high school.
As a writer and producer, he pioneered of the modern infomercial as a TV cooking show host on the PAX Television Network, and the Food Network. The founder of the Health Craft Cookware Company, he is a bestselling cookbook author, and recognized worldwide as the foremost expert on the classic methods of waterless / greaseless cooking.
He received his basic formal culinary training later in life attending the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City and earned credits in Nutritional Cuisine from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.
Richard A. Moran Class of 1968 is a San Francisco based venture capitalist, social scientist, bestselling author and evangelist for organization effectiveness. He earned an A.B. at Rutgers College, (1972); M.S. at Indiana University (1975); and Ph.D. at Miami University, Oxford Ohio, (1981). He is best known for his series of humorous business books beginning with bestselling, Never Confuse a Memo with Reality and is credited with starting the genre of "Business Bullet Books".
Rich Moran’s work is derived from his observations in the venture world as a Partner at Venrock, as a Partner at Accenture and a lifetime of trying to improve the effectiveness of organizations from the San Francisco waterfront to the executive aeries of global corporations. Business clients include News Corp, Hewlett Packard and Apple Computer. His work also draws from the public sector, where he has applied his organizational expertise as Chairman of the Board for: Golden Gate University, San Francisco; San Francisco Museum and Historical Society; and Project Open Hand, San Francisco. Moran was the former Chairman of Portal Software, now part of Oracle, and serves on the Boards of Glu Mobile Games, Mechanics Bank, Perfect Forms and an internet video venture with William Randolph Hearst III called TurnHere. He serves also on the board of The Craig’s List Foundation, The Council of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is the Chair of the Audit Committee at the Noyce Foundation.
In the quest for improved outcomes, he often works with corporate boards to improve effectiveness and clarify roles. He serves on the Board of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors.
From the turbulent workplace and the talkative workforce, Moran has distilled over 2000 bulleted prescriptions, “too simple not to know”, encompassing technological change, cubical life and career/life management. His observations cut through complexity, providing honest, humorous anecdotes that give insight and hope to those who go to work every day. He has been featured on NPR, in Fastcompany, GigaOm's Found|Read and is a columnist for wine country newspapers, including the St. Helena Star, in which he describes the perils of starting a winery and country living. His blog is Moran at Work.
He began his career of observations as a lifeguard on the ocean in Seaside Park, N.J. Moran theories are influenced by Dilbert, Studs Terkel, Bob Newhart and Peter Drucker. His current activities include encouraging start-up companies, writing and wine making Moran Manor Vineyard and Winery in the Knights Valley region of Sonoma County, California.
Eric Roberson Class of 1991 - If there is a face to the independent soul music movement, it is probably “Erro” Eric Roberson. The respect he receives from other artists has been driven by his uncompromising success as well as from the unselfishness he has shown in support of other up-and-coming singers and musicians. That peer love appears to only be exceeded by the near fanatical following he has among a surprisingly large fan base, making him a sort of indie soul royalty.
Born and raised in a musical family in Rahway, New Jersey, some of Roberson's earliest memories were of his father singing and playing guitar. Eric was singing even as a child, and began performing in earnest as a teenager. He attended Howard University on a Musical Theatre scholarship and performed frequently on campus, while also landing a recording contract with Warner Brothers, for which he recording the R&B hit "The Moon" in 1994.
Following graduation, Roberson gathered a reputation as singer, songwriter and producer, and over the past decade he has worked with a virtual "who's who" of adult soul artists including Jill Scott, Musiq Soul child, Vivian Green, Dwele and Will Downing.
The desire for creative freedom led Roberson to shun major labels and work as an independent for his solo career, beginning with 2001's The Esoteric Movement. Over the next half decade he violated virtually every tenet of conventional wisdom in fashioning one of the most successful independent recording careers. He's released albums when he felt like it, and sometimes reworked and reissued them. He's also sold his CDs principally through his concerts, small retail outlets and CD Baby, resulting in over 100,000 copies sold of his four critically acclaimed albums, The Esoteric Movement, The Vault, Vol 1, The Vault, Vol 1.5, and 2005's The Appetizer.
A tirelessly touring artist, Roberson plays 8-10 sold out concerts each month and is a guest vocalist on countless albums by other artists. He has most recently pioneered the emergence of national tours for indie artists, teaming up with Frank McComb and PJ Morton for a series of concerts that have brought underground soul to the forefront and have paved the way for the genre's increased visibility.
The success of Eric Roberson's activity outside the mainstream has made him a role model for other independent artists and has resulted in a career that continues to build momentum, completely on Roberson's own terms.
Article by Chris Rizik
Brigadier General Janis Leigh Beam Karpinski (born May 25, 1953, Rahway) Class of 1971 – She’s is the central figure of having the misfortune to be the commanding officer at Abu Ghraib prison scandal.
She grew up as Janis Beam, and has several brothers and sisters; all raised in the Rahway Public Schools.
On April 8, 2005 Karpinski was formally relieved of command of the 800th Military Police Brigade, and on May 5, 2005, President George W. Bush approved Karpinski's demotion to colonel from the rank of brigadier general. Her demotion was not officially related to the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison.
In October 2005 she published an account of her experiences, One Woman's Army, in which she claims that the abuses were perpetrated by contract employees trained in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay and sent under orders from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and that her demotion was political retribution.
Article compliments of Herb Freeland '71
Andrea Hollander Budy Class of 1964 was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1947 (of American parents), raised in Colorado, Texas, New York, and New Jersey. A 1964 graduate of Rahway High School, Andrea received her education at Boston University and the University of Colorado.
Budy has published more than 200 poems and essays in such literary journals as Crazyhorse, DoubleTake, FIELD, The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Pleiades, Poetry, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, and Sou’wester, which published a special feature on Budy, including an interview, in its spring 2003 issue.
Dr. Gil Herer (RHS Class of 1949), Founder and Senior Global Clinical Advisor to the Special Olympics Healthy Hearing program, was given the Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Herer was presented with the award to honor his direct humanitarian contribution to society in the realm of hearing and specifically for his contribution to the hearing needs of people with intellectual disabilities.
Special Olympics are proud of its long tradition of excellence and congratulate the two most recent award winners. The health needs of people with intellectual disabilities are truly championed by all the Healthy Athletes contributors and Special Olympics are honored to have such professionals involved.
As Professor of Chemistry Robert Pribush Class of 1964 and his wife Bonnie walked through Ugandan slums with a social worker last summer, they saw firsthand the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic that has devastated Africa. In a marsh of mud-walled or corrugated metal hovels, without water or electricity, a single woman might live with six to eight children, some her own, and others orphaned by the disease, pollution from the only source of fuel, burning charcoal, clogged Bob Pribush’s lungs and airways.
“Nothing in the United States is as poor as what I witnessed there,” he says.
But beyond the brutal poverty, the Pribush’s were struck by how warmly and graciously they were welcomed. In small but loving gestures, their hosts might move something from the hut’s only stool to offer a seat of honor while family members occupied the dirt floor. Bonnie observed that the Ugandans seemed joyful, and their children rarely cried.
For Pribush, the experience brought full circle a personal journey that began in 2000 with the death of their 17-year-old son in a car accident. He had struggled for seven years to make sense of a senseless occurrence, to turn the tragedy into something positive. And there in the slums of Kampala, the thought occurred to him: “I think this is the kind of thing my son would have done.”
Africa wasn’t even on Bob Pribush’s radar seven months earlier, when senior pre-medical major Michael Hole asked him to support a new collegiate chapter of Ambassadors for Children (AFC), a nonprofit organization that serves children around the world through short-term humanitarian service trips and sustainable programs. Butler’s campus chapter was established in November 2006 as one of the first in the nation. In agreeing to become AFC’s faculty adviser, Pribush saw a logical connection to his role as board president of Grace Unlimited, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry housed at Butler’s Center for Faith and Vocation. The center is an umbrella for programs and activities designed to help the campus community explore the links between spirituality and academics. It was established in January 2003 with a four-year grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. Funding its ongoing programs and growth after the grant expires is a priority of the Butler Rising campaign.
Pribush’s varied roles suggested some interesting synergy. For example, Grace Unlimited pays half of the Butler AFC chapter’s dues to the national organization. And his son’s endowed memorial fund supports the programs and activities of the Center for Faith and Vocation.
When Butler AFC members chose Uganda for their inaugural trip in February 2007, Pribush wasn’t surprised. A student-driven human rights organization called Invisible Children Inc. had come to campus the previous semester to highlight the plight of children as young as 9 who are kidnapped, drugged and armed as unwilling child soldiers in African militias. Their dramatic stories piqued student interest in Uganda.
Still, he admits an early case of the jitters: “I’m from the Idi Amin generation. (Amin was known as the “Butcher of Uganda” for his despotic rule in the 1970s.) But I explored Uganda on the State Department website and found out that actually it’s one of the more stable nations in Africa.
“You should have seen my wife’s face when I asked her if she’d like to celebrate her birthday in Kampala,” Pribush adds, laughing.
The Butler participants thought they would be constructing Habitat for Humanity-type structures over the next two weeks; however, plans changed when an Irish group unexpectedly finished that project the week before. They went instead to Meeting Point, an indigenous Ugandan agency serving orphans, children and families affected by HIV/AIDS.
“Meeting Point was started by a woman who herself started taking children into her own family,” Pribush says. “You know Hillary Clinton’s book, it takes a Village? We truly saw that.” The facility is a distribution point for the World Food Program, a foster home for HIV-positive orphans and a training center where older children learn to sew. Two years ago, college students opened an adjacent primary school, the Meeting Point Learning Center.
Shortly after the Butler group arrived, a food truck pulled up. They got to work unloading cooking oil and 110-pound bags of grain under the curious stares of the Africans. When the job was done, several women, through translators, expressed their amazement at the Americans’ physical effort.
“They kept saying, ’mzungu, mzungu,’” Pribush recalls. The word, loosely meaning “a white person,” is “almost a sign of hope,” he explains. “The women told us, ‘Seeing that people from so far away care about us gives us hope.’”
Pribush uses the example to respond to cynics who question how much impact a small group of well-intentioned visitors can have in just two weeks. “I really do think there is a snowball effect,” he says.
The snowball keeps rolling, as Butler AFC leads a new initiative to raise $35,000 to build a school in Uganda. The student organization is working with an Indianapolis-based nonprofit called Building Tomorrow to buy property and start construction on a school that will educate 350 students in seven rooms, with the “luxuries” of electricity, running water, desks and blackboards. The Ugandan community will cover one-quarter of the school’s cost.
Pribush believes the plan is ambitious, but reachable, and could offer even more service and teaching opportunities to Butler students. Uganda does not have a universal public school system as we know it, but he observed the African students’ hunger for education. Many walked two or more miles through dust and mud to the Meeting Point Learning Center, arriving in inexplicably clean uniforms.
A faculty member since 1974, Pribush attributes Butler students’ interest in service projects at home and abroad to a changing campus culture. He credits President Bobby Fong for leading the campus to greater diversity and sensitivity to people’s needs, including their spiritual needs. “Butler students are very giving,” he says. “I think we’re seeing greater outreach on the part of students, and Butler has made many more service opportunities overseas available.”
And although Pribush plans to explore other locations on behalf of his AFC students, he’s not ruling out a return trip to Uganda: “I may have to go build that school,” he says.
To make a donation to help Bob build a school in Uganda make your checks to "Butler University Ambassadors for Children and earmarked for the Power of Children campaign."
Email Bob Pribush for more details: email@example.com
Antonio Garay Class of 1998 (born November 30, 1979, in Rahway), he is the oldest of three children of Marsha and Antonio Garay ’66.
Garay earned Prep Star All-American and All-New Jersey Group III honors as a senior defensive end for RHS, a three-time all-Union County selection, he captured first-team accolades in 1997. Had 73 unassisted tackles, 68 assists and 10 sacks in his final season, and finished his prep career with 38 sacks. Garay played in the first-ever New Jersey-New York Governor's Bowl and the New Jersey North-South all-star game.
An outstanding wrestler who was the National High School Coaches' Association 275-pound national champion as a senior, Garay also won the New York state title in that weight class.
A Marketing Major, and two-sport star at Boston College, he is a two-time wrestling All-American, he finished fourth in the heavyweight class at the 2000 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships and was a quarterfinalist in 2001. Garay also won the award for most falls in the least amount of time (three in 8:54) at the 2000 NCAA Championship. As a freshman, he earned 1998-99 East Coast Wrestling Association all-freshman team honors, and finished the wrestling season with a 20-2 overall record after going 1-2 in the 1999 NCAA Championship. Undefeated in ECWA competition and won his first 19 collegiate matches.
Co-captain for his final season at Boston College Garay finished his college career with 162 tackles including 12 sacks and 24 TFLs with 5 PBUs. As a freshman he played in the final 7 games registering 19 tackles with 1 TFL and 1 PBU.
Garay was selected 22 in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns out of Boston College, 195 overall and played in 4 games as a rookie recording 10 tackles as a reserve defensive tackle.
He signed by Chicago August 15, 2005 through 2007. In his first year with the Bear he appeared in 4 contests as a reserve defensive tackle gathering 2 tackles including 1st career TFL and 2 PBUs. Participated in Games 5 and 13-15 and all 3 playoff contests, GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 4-0
Active in the Cleveland community by supporting various charitable causes including building a home for Habitat For Humanity, building a playground with the United Way’s ‘Hometown Huddle’ program, serving Thanksgiving Dinner to needy Clevelanders and supporting the holiday kickoff campaign for Toys For Tots.
He was re-signed to a two-year deal on March 6, 2010 the San Diego Chargers.
Wayne Tarnowski, Class of 1965
by Scott Smith
If you're a fan of the group "Chicago," you may be surprised to see Wayne's name on the back of all of their albums (in the credits).
Wayne and Jimmy Guercio both left CBS Records to design and build Caribou Ranch, a recording studio built in a converted barn on ranch property in the Rocky Mountains near Nederland, Colorado, on the road that leads to the ghost town of Caribou. The popular studio was in operation until it was damaged in a March 1985 fire.
Wayne was their recording engineer for many years and has 21 Gold and Platinum Albums to prove it.
He also played several instruments on many of the recordings (he's an incredible musician; sax, piano and bass).
Additionally, he engineered the Hollies Top 10 smash hit "Long Cool Woman in A Black Dress."
Wayne has an EE Degree from NJIT (formerly Newark College of Engineering).
Google "Wayne Tarnowski" for more details on his illustrious musical career.
Some of the artists known to have recorded at Caribou:
America, Badfinger, The Beach Boys, Jeff Beck, Mike Brewer, David Cassidy, Chicago, starting with Chicago VI, Phil Collins, Chick Corea, Rick Derringer, Al Di Meola, Earth, Wind & Fire, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Sheena Easton, Dan Fogelberg, Jerry Goodman, Jan Hammer, Amy Grant, Waylon Jennings, Billy Joel, Elton John notably the 1974 Caribou album, Carole King, Kris Kristofferson, Robert Lamm, John Lennon Jerry Lee Lewis, Jac Murphy, Michael Murphey, Stevie Nicks, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tony Orlando. Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Tom Petty, Eddie Rabbitt, Bruce Roberts, Sailor, David Sancious, Tom Scott and the L.A. Express, Billy Joe Shaver, Shooting Star (band), Sons of Champlin, Souther Hillman Furay Band Rod Stewart, Stephen Stills, Supertramp, Ali Thomson, U2, James Vincent, Joe Walsh, War, Tony Williams.
Wayne Thomas Gilchrest RHS Class of 1964 (born April 15, 1946) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Maryland's 1st congressional district since 1991. The district includes the entire Eastern Shore and a few suburbs of Baltimore, including parts of Anne Arundel County and Harford County.
Born in Rahway, New Jersey, Gilchrest was the fourth child of Elizabeth and Arthur Gilchrest's six boys. After graduating high school in 1964, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. His tour of duty saw action during the invasion of the Dominican Republic, and ultimately the Vietnam War. He earned the rank of Sergeant in Vietnam where, as a platoon leader, he was wounded in the chest. Wayne was decorated with the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Navy Commendation Medal. Today he is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Military Order of the Purple Heart.
In 1969, he studied liberal arts at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, where he received an associate's degree. He then spent a semester in Kentucky studying rural poverty in Appalachia. He went on to receive a bachelor's degree in history from Delaware State College in 1973. Since then, he has done some work towards a master's degree at Loyola College in Baltimore.
Gilchrest defeated 10-year 1st District Democratic incumbent Roy Dyson in 1990 and has been reelected seven times without significant opposition. Gilchrest defeated Democratic opponent Jim Corwin in the 2006 Congressional race.
Read more about Wayne Gilchrest @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wayne_Gilchrest
Kenneth R. Miller RHS Class of 1966 (born 1948) is a biology professor at Brown University. Miller, who is Roman Catholic, is particularly known for his opposition to creationism, including the intelligent design movement. He has written a book on the subject entitled Finding Darwin's God: a Scientist’s Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution, in which he furthers the argument that a belief in God and evolution are not mutually exclusive.
Miller received his Sc.B. in Biology from Brown University in 1970 and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Colorado in 1974. His research involves problems of structure and function in biological membranes, often involving electron microscopy.
Miller has proudly voiced his support for what he calls "pro-science" candidates in politics. He has actively campaigned for school board and education candidates who support the teaching of evolution in Kansas and Ohio. In the science community, he has sought to elevate the understanding of scientists of the roots of the creationist movement, and to encourage the popularization of scientific concepts.
Miller has appeared in court as a witness, and on panels debating the teaching of intelligent design in schools. In 2002, the Ohio State Board of Education held a public debate between prominent evolutionists, including Miller, and proponents of intelligent design. He was a witness in Selman v. Cobb County, testing the legality of stickers calling evolution a "theory, not a fact" that were placed on the biology textbook Miller authored. In 2005, the judge ruled that the stickers violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. This decision was vacated on appeal on a technicality, and was remanded back to the lower court and was eventually settled out of court. Miller was also the plaintiff's lead expert witness in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, challenging the school board's mandate to incorporate intelligent design into the curriculum. The judge in that case also ruled decisively in favor of the plaintiffs.
In 2006 the American Society for Cell Biology gave him a Public Service Award. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) also recognized Miller for his contribution to the public education of evolution in the United States.
Miller is popularly known for having appeared on The Colbert Report.
Read more about Ken Miller career highlights @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_R._Miller
See Ken Miller on the Colbert Report on Comedy Central http://www.comedycentral.com/colbertreport/videos.jhtml?videoId=173859
John Tandy O’Brien class of 1964 while serving with the Black Widow Company in the Army 101st Airborne, 101st Aviation Group and 101st Aviation Battalion, as a US Army Warrant Officer helicopter pilot in Viet Nam, was awarded The Silver Star, our nation’s third highest medal for bravery and courage in combat for operation Lam Son 719 March 20, 1971. Only two other medals are rated higher for combat valor above and beyond the call of duty, the Distinguished Service Cross, and ultimately the Congressional Medal of Honor.
O'Brien was at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, double majoring in History and Political Science, when he was drafted at the end of his four years of college because a college deferment was only good for four years. In 1969, he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army. "Not a lot of helicopter pilots were signing up so my recruiter was pleased," O'Brien said.
O'Brien did his basic training at Fort Polk in Louisiana. From there he went right to warrant officer and primary flight school at Fort Wolters, outside of Dallas, Texas. There he was trained on a two-seated helicopter in basic flight instruction.
After flight school, O'Brien went to Fort Rucker in Alabama for secondary flight school where he transitioned to the Huey, a much larger aircraft than what he learned to fly in primary school. While at Fort Rucker, he participated in tactical flight school where he learned formation flying and combat assaults.
O'Brien went on leave for a month back home and then was immediately shipped over to Vietnam on Jan. 7, 1971. O'Brien acted as a runner, delivering supplies, mail, troops and whatever else was needed. On March 20, 1971, a group of 150 helicopters was supposed to interdict the Ho Chi Minh Trail to stop North Vietnam from taking over South Vietnam. The mission was known as LAMSON 719 and was composed of mainly South Vietnamese troops that needed the support of American helicopters.
Unfortunately, the mission was deemed unsuccessful, as the South Vietnamese troops were surrounded in the valley where they were located. The troops were originally deployed in Laos and they moved into enemy territory. "From an infantry standpoint, it’s not a good spot to be in," O'Brien said.
The undersides of the pilot seats were made bulletproof to protect the pilot and a panel near the side window was equipped with a bulletproof shield. On that mission, it did not help, however, since the North Vietnamese troops were positioned at the top of the valley. "Trying to get the troops out of the valley was not the easiest thing in the world," O'Brien said. When the unit tried to land, the area was too hostile and the helicopter had to hover 10 feet above the ground while the soldiers climbed on top of each other to get into the chopper.
"People were knocking other people down to get into aircraft; they were in a panic," said O'Brien. "When they got in the aircraft, they didn't have anything with them, not even their weapons."
O'Brien left Vietnam in December 1972 when his tour of duty was done. After his involvement in the war, he took his last class in order to get his degree.
He served 12 years in the Army, two-and-half in active duty and the rest in the reserves. After almost a decade in the reserves, O'Brien had to drop out because his job required too much traveling.
Today, O'Brien is retired and resides in Gilford, N.H. He is vice-chair of the Gilford Budget Committee, serves as a commissioner of the Gunstock Village Water District, is a trustee in the Gunstock Acre Trust and is a member of the town's facility planning committee.
Article compliments of Vic Jones class of 64
Tom Bush class of 1960 will be receiving the Robert Ross MDA National Personal Achievement Award on the Jerry Lewis Telethon on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, 2009. His wife, Tina Davis Bush (class of 1961), will appeared with her husband.
A valued member of our MDA family, Tom Bush, retired on May 28 following a distinguished career that included several decades of government service as well as 10 years in MDA’s headquarters in Tucson, Ariz., serving as MDA’s director of Online Services.
Bush, who’s been affected by spinal muscular atrophy since childhood and who uses a motorized wheelchair, went to work for MDA in 1994.
He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and had worked since 1965 with the State of New Jersey. There he’d held several positions in the Department of Transportation, Department of Civil Services and Treasury Department, gaining expertise in such areas as transportation, personnel administration, computer information systems and construction and maintenance of facilities.
Appointed the State of New Jersey’s director of the Office of Disabilities Management in 1992, Tom was instrumental in coordinating the implementation of the recently signed Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the Attorney General’s Office and the Governor’s Office, and served on the Governor’s ADA Task Force.
Tom joined MDA after relocating from New Jersey to Arizona in 1993, first serving as MDA associate director of Program Services, he brought the same kind of passion and rigorous intellect that had characterized his government career, managing MDA’s first foray into the world of online information, the MDA Forum on CompuServe, which was launched on Aug. 15, 1994.
Some of the many additions to the site in the years of Tom’s tenure at MDA included the creation of information pages for each of the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases targeted by MDA; the inauguration of an ongoing calendar of live chats; the creation of an online library of video clips; the launching of two more public MDA Web sites, a Spanish-language site at mdaenespanol.org and an ALS-specific site at www.als-mda.org; and the establishment of MDA’s private-access clinical research site for medical professionals.
It should be noted that, in addition to his commitment to the enhancement of MDA’s online services, Tom maintained a broader interest in the concerns of people with disabilities.
He serves on the Board of Directors of Linkages, a Tucson-based organization dedicated to assisting persons with disabilities in finding employment with cooperating companies.
He’s also a commissioner on the City of Tucson Disability Issues Commission, vice president of the Architectural Barriers League, a member of the University of Arizona ADA Transportation Development Team and a member of the statewide planning committee for the State of Arizona assistive technology grant project.
Tom has never been hesitant to speak out on issues of importance to him. As a person with a disability, he felt strongly, in 1996, that the then newly proposed memorial to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt should include a statue depicting the president in a wheelchair, even though FDR’s disability was kept hidden from the public during his lifetime.
Tom, along with members of MDA’s National Task Force on Public Awareness, addressed his belief in writing to Sens. Daniel Inouye and Mark Hatfield, co-chairmen of the FDR Memorial Commission.
After much public debate, it was decided that a statue of FDR in his wheelchair would indeed be included in the memorial, giving credence to the belief of Tom and others that the reality of FDR’s disability should be a visible part of his historical legacy.
Carl Edward Sagan class of 1951 (Nov 9, 1934 – Dec 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, astro-chemist and popularized astronomy, astrophysics and other natural sciences. He pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
A Pulitzer Prize winner for the book The Dragons of Eden: Speculations of the Evolution of Human Intelligence, Dr. Sagan was the author of many bestsellers, including Cosmos, which became the bestselling science book ever published in English. The accompanying Emmy and Peabody award-winning television series has been seen by a billion people in sixty countries. He received twenty-two honorary degrees from American colleges and universities for his contributions to science, literature, education, and the preservation of the environment, and many awards for his work on the long-term consequences of nuclear war and reversing the nuclear arms race. His novel, Contact, is now a major motion picture.
Born in Brooklyn to a Jewish family, his father, Sam Sagan, was a garment worker; his mother, Rachel Molly Gruber, a housewife. After graduating from RHS, he attended the University of Chicago, where he received a B.A. with special honors in 1955, a B.S. in 1955 and a M.S. in physics in 1956, and his Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics in 1960. During his time as an undergraduate, Sagan worked in the laboratory of the geneticist H. J. Muller, and from 1960 to 1962 he was a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He worked at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 1962 to 1968
Sagan lectured at Harvard University until 1968 and became a full Professor at Cornell directing the Laboratory for Planetary Studies in 1971. From 1972 to 1981 he was the Associate Director of the Center for Radio Physics and Space Research at Cornell.
Sagan was a leader in the U.S. space program since its inception. From the 1950s onward, he worked as an adviser to NASA. One of his many duties included briefing the Apollo astronauts before their flights to the Moon. Sagan contributed to most of the robotic spacecraft missions that explored the solar system, arranging experiments on many of the expeditions. He conceived the idea of adding an unalterable and universal message on spacecraft destined to leave the solar system that could be understood by any extraterrestrial intelligence that might find it. Sagan assembled the first physical message that was sent into space: a gold-anodized plaque, attached to the space probe Pioneer 10, launched in 1972, Pioneer 11, also carried Sagan’s plaque in 1973. He continued to refine his designs throughout his lifetime; the most elaborate message he helped to develop and assemble was the Voyager Golden Record that was sent out with the Voyager space probes in 1977.
At Cornell, Sagan taught a course on critical thinking until his death in 1996 from a rare bone marrow disease. The course had only a limited number of seats. Although hundreds of students applied each year, only about 20 were chosen to attend each semester. The course was discontinued immediately after Sagan's death, but was later resumed by Professor Yervant Terzian in 2000.
In their posthumous award to Dr. Sagan of their highest honor, the National Science Foundation declared that his "research transformed planetary science… his gifts to mankind were infinite."
Carl Sagan was posthumously inducted in to the NJ Hall of Fame… The presentation to his widow and sons was given by Astronaut “Buzz” Aldren.
Dr. Sagan's surviving family includes his wife and collaborator of twenty years, Ann Druyan; his children, Dorion, Jeremy, Nicholas, Sasha, and Sam; and grandchildren.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Sagan and http://www.carlsagan.com
Warren Vaché Jr. Class of 1969 born in Rahway February 21, 1951, a jazz trumpeter, cornetist and flugelhornist, came from a musical family. Father Warren Sr. Class of 1933, a professional jazz bassist and author of several published books on jazz as well as jazz criticism in journals, was an electrical appliance and musical instrument salesman and mother, Madeline Sohl, was a secretary at Decca Records.
In 1976 Warren released his first album, and has often worked with Scott Hamilton. His hard earned skills enable him to craft swinging performances of beauty, emotion and surprise.
Throughout high school and Montclair State College, Vaché eagerly sought out all kinds of gigs, playing with the Rahway High dance band, as well as at weddings, bar mitzvahs, and receptions. As a college music major, he began to find the formal training stultifying and through his father met trumpeter Pee Wee Erwin, who had been a star performer with the best bands of the swing era, including Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey.
With his clarinetist brother Allan, Vaché and a Dixieland group successfully auditioned for a role in 1975's Dr. Jazz, a Broadway production starring Bobby Van and Lola Falana. Also in 1975, George Wein and the New York Jazz Repertory Company staged a tribute to legendary cornetist Bix Beiderbecke, which featured Vaché playing the Bix parts. Performances on NBC and PBS provided further exposure.
In 1976 Vaché recorded First Time Out on the Monmouth label. Towards the late seventies along with tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton, guitarist Cal Collins, drummer Jake Hanna and pianist John Bunch, Vaché was at the core of the ever-changing "house band" for Concord Records. In this format they toured much of the world performing to great acclaim.
Like most jazz musicians, Vaché constantly juggled a schedule that included as many additional jobs as possible. In 1985 he assumed an acting and playing role in Frank Gilroy's delightful cult film about musicians, The Gig. For Gilroy's 1989 film, The Luckiest Man in the World, Vaché composed and played on the soundtrack.
In recent years he has added other composing, arranging for a vocalist and some teaching to his schedule.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Vache and www.warrenvache.com
August Giebelhaus Class of 1960 (PhD, University of Delaware, 1977) having attended Washington and Cleveland Schools, "Gus" was at RHS for five years, beginning in eighth grade. He played football all five years, and was a starting tackle on both the 1958 and 1959 undefeated Rahway football teams, co-captaining the 1959 squad with Bill Bodine.
He went on to Rutgers on a scholarship where he played for four years and was a starting tackle on the undefeated 1961 squad that ended the season ranked #15 in the country. He was also a shot-putter and discus thrower on both the Rahway H.S. and Rutgers track and field teams, winning the second place silver medal in the shot put for Rahway at the 1960 Watchung Conference track championships. He was also a musician at Rahway HS, playing in the band and dance band and making both the New Jersey Central District and All-State Bands in 1957 and 1958 as a trumpet player.
He has recently gone back to studying the trumpet and currently plays in the Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra. After graduation from Rutgers in 1964, Gus coached and taught history at the NJ high school level and obtained a MA in history from Rutgers before going to graduate school full-time to pursue a Ph.D in history at the University of Delaware.
Married to the former Barbara Henning of State College, Pennsylvania since 1967, he and his wife have two children and one grandchild, all living in New York City.
A professor of history at Georgia Tech since 1976, he specializes in business and economic history, recent America, and the history of technology. A former Hagley Fellow at the Eleutherian Mills-Hagley Foundation, he also has been a visiting lecturer in economic history at the University of Birmingham, UK. Formerly associate editor of the international journal of the history of technology, Technology and Culture, he later served on its editorial board as well as that of the British journal Business History. Among his publications, he has authored or co-authored four books: Business and Government in the Oil Industry: A Case Study of Sun Oil 1876-1945; Energy Transitions: Long-Term Perspectives; Bartlesville Energy Center: The Federal Government in Petroleum Research 1918-1983; and Engineering the New South: Georgia Tech, 1885-1985.
Giebelhaus has won several honors at Tech including the Alumni Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Social Sciences, Howard Ector Outstanding Teaching Award, E. Roe Stamp, IV Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Ivan Allen College, the undergraduate Student Government Association's George C. Griffin Faculty Member of the Year, and the graduate Student Government Association's Faculty Member of the Year.
Milton Friedman Class of 1928 - born July 31, 1912, in Brooklyn, New York, to a working family of Jewish immigrants from Hungary, he was the first son and youngest child of Sára Eszter Landau and Jenő Saul Friedman, both of whom worked as dry goods merchants. Shortly after Milton's birth, the family relocated to Rahway. A gifted student, Friedman graduated from Rahway High shortly before his 16th birthday.
Friedman was awarded a competitive scholarship to Rutgers, graduating with a BA in 1932. He specialized in Mathematics and initially intended to become an actuary but found the exams cumbersome and quit. During his time at Rutgers, Friedman fell under the influence of two economics professors, Arthur F. Burns and Homer Jones. At the height of the Great Depression, they convinced him that the study of Economics could help to solve the ongoing economic difficulties, and he ended up graduating with the equivalent of a double major in Mathematics and Economics.
Upon his graduation from Rutgers, Friedman turned down an offer to study applied mathematics at Brown University, instead accepting a scholarship to study Economics at the University of Chicago (M.A., 1933). During this year in Chicago, Friedman's intellectual development was strongly influenced by Jacob Viner, Frank Knight, and Henry Simons. It was also during this time at Chicago that Friedman met his future wife, Rose Director (sister of prominent law professor Aaron Director). After completing his master's degree, Friedman spent the next academic year (1933–34) on a postgraduate fellowship at Columbia University, where he studied statistics with renowned statistician and economist Harold Hotelling. He was back in Chicago for 1934–35, spending the year working as a research assistant for Henry Schultz, who was then working on his Theory and Measurement of Demand. During this year, Friedman formed what would prove to be lifelong friendships with George Stigler and Wilson Allen Wallis.
He was an American Nobel Laureate economist and public intellectual. He made major contributions to the fields of economics and statistics. In 1976, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his achievements in the fields of consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and for his demonstration of the complexity of stabilization policy. He was an advocate of economic liberalism.
According The Economist, Friedman "was the most influential economist of the second half of the 20th century, possibly all of it". Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan stated, "There are very few people over the generations who have ideas that are sufficiently original to materially alter the direction of civilization. Milton is one of those very few people.
In his 1962 book Capitalism and Freedom, Friedman advocated minimizing the role of government in a free market as a means of creating political and social freedom. In his 1980 television series.
Free to Choose, Friedman explained his view of how free markets work, emphasizing his conviction that free markets have been shown to solve social and political problems that other systems have failed to address adequately. His books and columns for Newsweek were widely read and even circulated underground behind the Iron Curtain.
Earning a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 1946, Friedman originally was a Keynesian supporter of the New Deal and advocate of high taxes. He moved away from the idea of central control in the 1950s, along with his close friend George Stigler. Friedman's political philosophy, which he considered classically liberal and consequentialist libertarian, stressed the advantages of the marketplace and the disadvantages of government intervention, strongly influencing the outlook of American conservatives and libertarians. He adamantly argued that if capitalism, or economic freedom, is introduced into countries governed by totalitarian regimes, political freedom would tend to result. He lived to see some of his laissez-faire ideas embraced by the mainstream, especially during the 1980s, a watershed decade for the acceptance of Friedman's ideas in many countries. His views of monetary policy, taxation, privatization and deregulation informed the policy of governments around the globe, especially the administrations of Ronald Reagan in the U.S., Brian Mulroney in Canada, Margaret Thatcher in Britain, and Augusto Pinochet in Chile.
Pindaros Roy Vagelos Class of 1947born 1929 in Westfield, New Jersey, was president and chief executive officer on Merck in 1985 and chairman 1986. He was widely admired for attracting top research scientists who developed many major new drugs. His experience gave him an unusual perspective on mastering three leading professions: medicine, science, business and went and become the Chief executive officer of the multinational pharmaceutical giant, Merck.
Roy Vagelos grew up during the Depression as a son of Greek immigrants. Vagelos attended Rahway High School in his hometown. After winning a partial scholarship, he left his family's small restaurant in Rahway, New Jersey to become a doctor. He majored in chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1950. Vagelos later earned an M.D. at Columbia University in 1954.
Vagelos was deferred from military service while in medical school, but he was obligated to serve a two-year stint as an Army doctor. As a Columbia University Medical School trained surgeon and biochemist, Vagelos obtained a two-year assignment as a research physician at the National Institutes of Health from 1956 to1966. For Vagelos, it was a fateful turning point. He was associated with Massachusetts General Hospital, Washington University and the Washington University School of Medicine from 1966 to 1975.
It was in 1975 that Dr. Vagelos left academia to join Merck, which he led with great distinction both as a scientist and visionary corporate leader, first as Senior Vice President for Research, and then starting in 1984 as CEO. In this arena, he is perhaps best known for his role in two major objectives. Not only was he the lead scientist in Merck’s development of the statin drugs, Lovastatin and Zocor, cardiovascular protective and remediative agents that serve to decrease blood cholesterol levels by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase, the enzyme that catalyzes the step in which dietary carbon is committed to cholesterol biosynthesis, but he was also the key advocate in Merck’s decision to make Ivermectin freely available to the people of Africa and Central America for the treatment of river blindness, what was a widespread, chronic and debilitating disease disseminated by black flies. At the peak of his leadership in the 1980s and early 1990s, up until his retirement from his position as CEO and Chairman of the Board in 1994, Merck was considered to be the world’s leader of the pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Vagelos is the author of more than 100 scientific papers and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (of which he is also a member of the Institute of Medicine), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. For his seminal work on ACP and leadership of Merck, Dr. Vagelos was awarded the American Chemical Society’s Enzyme Chemistry Award in 1967, the National Academy of Science's Chemistry in Service to Society Award in 1995 and was inducted into the National Business Hall of Fame in 1995. In 1998, the School of Arts and Sciences bestowed upon him its Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his lifetime achievements in the sciences and humanities, and in 1999 he was honored by the Franklin Institute with the Bower Award for Business Leadership for his role in eradicating river blindness.
Dr. Vagelos’ current philanthropic activities are rich and varied and continue to span academia through medicine to industry. He is chair of the Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons Development Campaign and of the board of directors of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals; co-chairman of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center; a trustee of The Danforth Foundation, Inc.; and a director of PepsiCo, Inc., the Prudential Insurance Company of America, The American School of Classical Studies at Athens, the Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.; and a former director of McDonnell Douglas.
At Penn, Dr. Vagelos has served on the board of trustees from 1988 until 1999, of which he was chair from 1995 to 1999, as well as chair of the trustees executive and nominating committees and is a member of the undergraduate financial aid committee and the Agenda for Excellence Council. Upon his retirement from the Board, he was named trustee emeritus.
Source: Wikipedia and various other articles found on the internet.
Jerome Kagan, Ph.D. RHS Class of 1946, is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Director of Harvard's interdisciplinary Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative.
Kagan is one of the key pioneers of developmental psychology. Daniel and Amy Starch Research Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at Harvard University, he has shown that an infant's "temperament" is quite stable over time, in that certain behaviors in infancy are predictive of certain other behavior patterns in adolescence.
In an empirical study by Haggbloom et al using six criteria such as citations and recognition, Kagan was found to be the 22nd most eminent psychologist of the 20th Century, just above Carl Jung.
Kagan was born in Newark in 1929, and graduated with honors from Rahway High School in 1946. He earned a B.S. degree from Rutgers University in 1950. In 1951 he married Cele Katzman, and they have one daughter. Kagan earned his master's degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1954. He spent a year as an instructor in psychology at Ohio State University. After two years as a psychologist at the U.S. Army Hospital at West Point, he did research in developmental psychology at Ohio's Fels Institute (1957-64) before beginning his career at Harvard University.
He is the author of Personal Development (1971), Growth of the Child (1978), and The Nature of the Child (1982).
Jerome Kagan's book "Galen's Prophecy: Temperament in Human Nature" is a bestseller.
Evie Tornquist-Karlsson (born 1957 in Rahway, New Jersey), professionally known as Evie, is a Contemporary Christian music singer who was known in the late 1970s and early 1980s for songs such as Step Into The Sunshine and Four Feet Eleven.
Born in the United States to Norwegian immigrants, Evie began her singing career as a young teenager while visiting her parents' homeland. She released her English language debut album at the age of 16 in 1974,and went on to release more than 30 albums, including several in various Scandinavian languages.Evie was recognized as the Dove Award recipient of Female Vocalist of the Year for 1977 and 1978.She married Swedish pastor and musician Pelle Karlsson in 1979 and retired from performing music in 1981 to pursue other avenues of ministry, such as Sky Angel.Evie later became a mentor to Christian musician Rebecca St. James, joining her for an event series geared toward helping girls and women apply biblical principles in the 21st century.
Evie was officially inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame on February 22, 2005,and was one of the inaugural inductees to the Christian Music Hall of Fame.
In 1824 John Frazee of Rahway became the first Native American marble sculptor. Frazee was never formally taught art. He learned to sculpt marble on his own, starting out as a tombstone cutter. You can view some of Frazee’s work online. Check out his busts of John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Marshall, and Nathaniel Bowditch, a famous navigator.
The Boland Brothers - Aviation Pioneers
Frank E. Boland (c1880-1913), James Paul Boland (1882-1970) and Joseph John Boland (27 May 1879 -1964) were early aircraft designers from Rahway, New Jersey who started the Boland Airplane and Motor Company. In their day, they were as well known as the Whitman Brothers and Wright Brother.
They set records for bicycle racing in 1898, and in 1904, Frank and Joseph started a business servicing bicycles, motorcycles, and automobiles in Rahway.
Soon after, they began working with tailless aircraft that were early predecessors of flying wings. A scale model of their plane is in the Smithsonian.
E.T. Wooldridge writes: "The Boland brothers were a relatively small, but extraordinary, part of early aviation history in the United States. Frank supplied the enthusiasm, ingenuity, and self-taught flying ability; Joseph provided the mechanical genius to transform ideas into some tangible, workable form; and James had the business sense so often lacking in ventures of that sort."
"Boland brothers" Syracuse Herald. September 27, 1908. "Frank E. Boland of Rahway is the man. He has already built an aero plane and hopes to make his first flight within the next three weeks. ..."
Aerial Age. Aero Club of Illinois. 1912. "The old Boland aircraft, crude as it was, has a distinct place in the progressive ... In 1908 Frank Roland of Rahway, New Jersey built a tailless airplane that flew ..."
Frank Boland was killed in on January 3, 1913 during an exhibition flight in Trinidad.
In 1914 the Aero-marine Plane and Motor Company of Avondale, Pennsylvania, took over the manufacturing rights of all Boland airplanes and engines. Joseph died in 1964 in Frederick, Maryland.
During the 1997-1998 and 1998-1999 contest years, The Boland Brothers Team composed of a great-grand-nephew and great-great-grandnephew of the Boland brothers competed in the National Association of Rocketry at the regional and national levels, setting no fewer than two US model rocket performance records,and finishing in third place overall for the 1998-1999 season.
PHOTO: An improved version of the 1910 Boland /1e-v at the Mineola fair grounds in 1914. A fabric-covered nacelle was added to protect pilot and passenger. An 8-cvlinder, 60-hp Boland engine powered the biplane, which was made in both land- and seaplane versions.