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Hall of Fame Inducts 8 Graduates

The 2014 honorees have made valuable contributions to a wide variety of fields, including the military, social justice, public policy, the arts, international relations, medicine, law, and higher education.

The Shaker Heights Alumni Association welcomed eight new inductees into the Hall of Fame on October 13. The 2014 honorees have made valuable contributions to a wide variety of fields, including the military, social justice, public policy, the arts, international relations, medicine, law, and higher education. They are:

James Gannon,’81, is a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. His career has taken him to 15 different duty stations over 29 years as an officer, including overseas duty assignments and travel to 26 different countries. He flew the American Flag over his compound in Iraq and sent it to Fernway Elementary School where it hangs in a classroom.

Zachary Green, Ph.D., ’74, is a clinical psychologist, professor, and international social justice consultant at the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego. As an executive leadership coach, he is responsible for the coaching and development of senior staff at executive levels, most currently focusing on the transformation in the South Asia vice presidency.

Maxine Isaacs,’65, is a public policy practitioner and faculty member at Harvard University, teaching at the Kennedy School. She was Press Secretary and Deputy Campaign Manager to former Vice-President Walter F. Mondale when he ran for President.

Harvey Laidman,’60, is a director and producer of television movies, including “The Waltons,” “Paper Chase,” “Eight is Enough,” “Airwolf,” “Chicago Story,” and episodes of “Lou Grant,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” and “Tales of the Gold Monkey.” He currently teaches film directing at California State University.

Amy Lazarus, ’01, is the inaugural Executive Director of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue, which develops everyday leaders who engage differences as strengths to improve their campuses, workplaces, and communities. She previously worked at ICF International, consulting with federal agencies on leadership development, diversity and inclusion, and human capital. She was recently named one of the 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33.

David Leu, M.D., ’88, is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. Following high school, he joined the U.S. Navy as a SEAL to rescue downed aviators. He served on SEAL Team 2 with service in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. During medical school, he walked the entire 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail.

Ann Rowland, ’69, has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for 34 years. She is Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief of the Major Fraud and Corruption Unit. She supervised the team of attorneys, FBI and IRS agents who prosecuted more than 60 public officials and business people in Cuyahoga County.

Arnold M. Shankman, ‘64, was a Professor of History at Winthrop University from 1975 until his untimely death from cancer at the age of 37 in 1983. His scholarship and teaching focused on the Civil War, the history of the South, and the history of various ethnic and minority groups in America, particularly African-Americans, Jews, and women.

Pictured above, from left, are (front row) James Gannon, Maxine Isaacs, Amy Lazarus, David Leu, (back row) Ann Rowland, Harvey Laidman, and Zachary Green.

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Posted Thursday, October 9, 2014