The newest class of the Shaker Heights High School Alumni Hall of Fame is comprised of eight men and women who have made significant contributions to the fields of health and medicine, law, foreign policy, advocacy, journalism, and arts and culture.
The 2018 inductees into the Shaker Heights High School Alumni Hall of Fame are:
Dr. Abby Abelson, 1970, chair of the Cleveland Clinic Department of Rheumatic & Immunologic Diseases and president of the Rheumatology Research Foundation; Michael Green, 1980, founder and CEO of the Center for Environmental Health; David A. Hansell, 1971, commissioner of Child Welfare Services for New York City; Judy Harris, 1966, senior counsel and past managing partner of Reed Smith, who also served in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice and at the Federal Communications Commission, and is a mental health advocate; Aaron David Miller, 1967, vice president for new initiatives, distinguished fellow and director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a CNN global affairs analyst; Kathy Roth-Douquet, 1982, attorney, author, military family advocate, and CEO of Blue Star Families; Jamil Smith, 1993, renowned journalist and senior writer at Rolling Stone Magazine; and Abdul Williams, 1990, film writer and winner of the 2018 NAACP Image Award for outstanding writing for the BET miniseries, “The New Edition Story.”
The Shaker Schools Foundation Alumni Committee selected the accomplished graduates from a large pool of nominations gathered from the community at large. To be considered, alumni must be distinguished in their field of endeavor, make significant contributions to the community, and serve as positive role models to current students.
The inductees will be introduced at a special Hall of Fame assembly at Shaker Heights High School on Friday, September 28, where they will share with current students how their Shaker Schools experience has impacted their success.
On Saturday, September 29, the eight will be honored at a dinner and induction ceremony at Shaker Heights Country Club, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The celebration is open to the public and tickets may be purchased at shaker.org/homecoming.
The eight inductees join more than 270 graduates who have been inducted in the Shaker Alumni Hall of Fame since it was established in 1986, representing excellence and achievement in all walks of life, including business, medicine, law, education, the fine and performing arts, government, and public service, among other pursuits.