Hall of Fame Inducts Seven Graduates

Seven distinguished Shaker graduates have been inducted into the Alumni Association Hall of Fame. The new inductees are:

Earl Biederman, ’53, a longtime national scout for the Cincinnati Bengals football team. With his background in direct sales and marketing, sales promotions, and new product introductions, Mr. Biederman has provided his expertise to such companies as Austin Powder, Williams Controls, and Texaco. He is also active in community affairs and was recently recognized by Rotary International and the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland.

Carl Hirsch, ’64, a former Cleveland radio executive. Mr. Hirsch was considered by many to be the driving force in the successes of WMMS, Z100, WMJI, and other Malrite, Legacy, and OmniAmerica radio properties over three decades. He received an honorary doctorate from Kent State and served on boards for the Cleveland Clinic, National Association of Broadcasters, and Radio Advertising Bureau. He was also inducted into the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Mr. Hirsch passed away earlier this year.

David Icove, ’67, an internationally recognized forensic engineering expert. His areas of professional interest include forensic engineering analysis of electrical cable fires in power plants, high performance computational modeling of fires and explosions, cyber-terrorism, intrusion detection, computer security, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, and image processing. He is currently a research professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Bram R. Kaufman, ’78, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. As a Tabas Travel Scholar, he has visited and worked in such places as Vietnam, Thailand, Brazil, France, Slovenia, and Sweden. In 2010, Dr. Kaufman volunteered his medical services to help the victims of the Haitian earthquake.

Roger C. Klein, ’60, associate rabbi at The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland. Rabbi Klein received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and was ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1971 where he also received a Master of Hebrew Letters degree. His dissertation on Plato earned him a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He has taught at the University of Kentucky, Wesleyan University, The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and The Siegal College of Judaic Studies.

Alan Perris, ’60, the chief operating officer of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In his more than thirty years in the television industry, he has worked for Entertainment Media Works, Sony, Telepictures (Warner Bros.), and the Hallmark Channel. He is credited with developing such programs as The Ricki Lake Show, Dragon Tales, Judge Mathis, and Street Smarts.

J. Brian Tuffin, ’83, president and chief operating officer for Fuse Science Inc., a biotech company devoted to new technology that will change how people consume everything from energy drinks to prescription medications. Mr. Tuffin holds a dual B.S. degree from The Ohio State University and is an alumni of Harvard Business School. He began his professional career at Procter & Gamble in 1988.

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