The Sullivan High School Alumni Association has honored many former Sullivanites by inducting them into the Prominent Alumni program. Below you can find a list of those who have been so honored, as well as links to articles about the most recent inductees.

howard l abrams 55 yearbookhoward lee abramsHoward Abrams '55, Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois-Champaign and subsequently, a law degree.

Howard joined the U.S. Navy, where he became a Lt.jg. He left active duty after three years of service but, continued his Naval career as a special agent for the Naval Investigative Service (NIS) – known today as NCIS. After several relocations, from East to West Coast, Howard spent the remainder of his career in San Diego, Ca. He retired from NIS in 1987 after a distinguished career, during which he received numerous honors and distinctions.

Howard stayed busy after his “first” retirement; he joined the San Diego City Attorney’s Office as a consumer fraud investigator and was a partner in a private detective agency. To the endless delight of his family members, Howard even dabbled in acting – appearing in bit roles in several films and television shows.

Marilyn Addis Kaplow ‘48, Creator and Editor-in-chief of the 16 page Sullivan Sentinel. Instrumental in starting the 1948 and subsequently other Alumni reunions, which have lasted for 65 years.

charlotte adelman 55Charlotte Adelman ’55, Attorney and author, founding president of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, first woman to be presi dent of the North Subban Bar Association, and president of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.

Dr. Joanne Anderson Ramberg ’43, Professor Emeritus, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. George Anspaugh Second principal of Sullivan High School and and outstanding administrator who helped prepare hundreds of students for the success they were to achieve in life. 

paul ashkenazDr. Paul J. Ashkenaz, DDS, MS  Dr. Paul J. Ashkenaz received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Loyola University School of Dentistry in 1965, his Certificate of Specialty in Endodontics in 1967 from Loyola University and a Masters Degree in Oral Biology in 1967 from Loyola University. He served as Associate Clinical Professor at Northwestern University Dental School for ten years and as Chief of Endodontics in the dental division at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center for five years. Dr. Ashkenaz has written numerous articles and given continuing education lectures for thirty five years at both a local and national level. He continues to lecture and teach to various professional groups and organizations. Dr. Ashkenaz is a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics and served as a Director of the Board for six years. He is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, the Illinois Association of Endodontics, the Illinois Dental Association, the Chicago Dental Society and the Edgar D. Coolidge Endodontics Study Club.

Bob Atherton ’48, World traveler, mountain climber and fund raiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation.

Marcia Bailey Vollmarv

Rena Berke ’53 CEO various construction trade associations, founder School to Work Program in con struction trade, mentor to many woman in business. 

ira berkowIra Berkow ’57, Sports writer, Pulitzer prize winner. Donald Berz ’55, With degrees from the University of Colorado and the University of California at Berkeley, has served for 42 years in higher education. Founder and charter member of the Association Of Community College Administrators, and 1977 recipient of the Administrative Excellence And Leadership Award, Chaffey College recognized him in naming the Don Berz Excellence Building. 

George Besbekis

Marv Beskin ’43, Tennis and basketball star for Sullivan HS and Northwestern University. Chicago High School basketball scoring record. 

bob blounerRobert Blauner ’46
Professor Emeritus of Sociology at University of California Berkeley.

  • Author of five books including Alienation and Freedom, Radical Oppression in America, Black Lives, White Lives.
  • Book reviewer for the NY Times Sunday Book Review.
  • Taught at University of Chicago Consultant to the McCone Commission investing Watts riot.
  • Expert witness on bias and racism in jury selection including the 68 murder trial of Black Panther leader Huey Newton.
  • Active in Anti Poverty Program. 

byron blochByron Bloch ’55, Has workd for over 40 years in auto safety, designing airbags, fuel tanks, roofs, and truck underride guards. He also serves as an expert witness to help car crash victims seek justice in their court cases. To get the word out to the public, he has often appeared on TV news magazine and news programs. After college, Byron worked on aerospace and military weapon systems, then focused on auto safety for the past 40 years. He’s testified to Congress , appeared on many national TV shows, has written and lectured extensively, and is an advocate to make all our vehicles safer and more “crashworthy”. He’s fought for airbags, safer fuel tanks, stronger roofs, and for guards to prevent the truck underride hazard. He testifies nationally as an expert witness in court cases to help secure justice for seve r e ly injured car crash victims.
Byron received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Traffic Safety Symposium in 2001.

phillip bloomfield 52Phillip Bloomfield ’52, Studied at the University of Chicago, earning a B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. in physics. As a research professor in biomedical engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia, he holds 8 U.S. patents and has authored over 70 publications. 

Sidney Blumenthal ’65, Writer, presidential advisor under Clinton. 

David Bodanis

fred bondy049Fred Bondy ’49, 1931–2010 Fred Bondy was recognized by the JCC for his endeavors on behalf of the Jewish community, domestically and abroad. He was steadfast in his efforts to preserve Jewish heritage and life and to secure a vibrant community future. He embraced the broad spectrum of global issues facing the Jewish community and tenaciously worked to address fundamental issues of human dignity and sustenance. He provided leadership for decades, offering insights and business acuity that strengthened organizational efforts and service delivery. Bondy died at his home in Wilmette on July 20 from complications following a stroke.

Fred BondyBondy was born in 1931 in Chicago and grew up in Rogers Park. After graduating from the University of Illinois, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

He and his brother, Bill, founded U.S. Pharmacal, a forerunner of Crown Drug Company, which later became Major Pharmaceutical Company, a national manufacturer and distributor of generic pharmaceuticals. He went on to work as the chief operating officer of Parkway Drugs, where he worked until March 2009.

He was a member of the board of the Jewish Federation/Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago for 16 years, serving as chairman in 2000-2001. He served as vice president and as a chairman of numerous JF/JUF committees. He also was vice president of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, a member of the board of the Chicago Friends of the Israel Defense Force, and a member of the Brookdale Institute.

Bondy supported efforts to promote peace and social justice throughout his life. In 1968 he marched in Washington, D.C. with Martin Luther King, along with Rabbi Arnold J. Wolf and other members of Congregation Solel.

“Volunteering brought him tremendous satisfaction and connected him with his faith and its people, and with the land of Israel,” said his wife, Lila.

In accepting an award from the JCC, Bondy said, “If you see something wrong that needs fixing, don’t depend on someone else to do it. Get off your butt and do whatever needs to be done to make it right.”


Bill Braden ’48, Author, reporter, political analyst and columnist for the Chicago Sun Times.

William K. "Bill" Braden, 77 of Carpentersville died Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at his home. Bill was born in Evanston, Illinois on April 13, 1930 the son of William and Albertine (nee Johnson) Braden.

Bill received his bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees, with distinction, from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. He was named Medill's "outstanding male graduate" of 1953 by the Sigma Delta Chi professional journalism fraternity.

From 1953-1956 he was public relations writer for Northwestern University.

From 1956-1995 he was a reporter and feature writer for the Chicago Sun-Times.

He received scores of major journalism awards including the Marshall Field Award "for outstanding service to the Chicago Sun-Times, for his consistent excellence as a reporter and writer and for the high professional standards and rare creative talent he applied to every assignment he undertook."

He authored three non-fiction books: The Private Sea, The Age of Aquarius and the Family Game. He also published short stories in anthologies and national magazines including Harper's and Esquire. He also taught journalism and English at Chicago's Columbia College and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and lectured at colleges and universities across the country as well as appearing frequently on radio and television programs. He was the recipient of a Chicago Emmy Award for local news reporting on the WFLD television station. In his spare time he logged hundreds of hours as a private pilot, including 45 minutes as pilot-in-command of the Goodyear Blimp America.

Zev Braun ’46, Filmmaker 

Betty Brunk ’41 Actor and winner of Mrs. America Pageant in 1943. 

Hal Bruno ’46, Political reporter, foreign correspondent, bureau chief, and director of political 

Judith Byer Mostovoy Attorney, advocate for woman, board member woman’s bar association, president national council of Jewish women.

jack century 1Jack Century ’47
A preeminent petroleum and environmental geologist, and advocate for low-carbon energy supplies to help our ailing planet. His emphasis has been on environmental and oil geology and energy sustainability. He’s a constant presenter of the “Inconvenient Truth” message initiated by Al Gore, and is an advocate for low-carbon energy supplies to help our ailing planet. Jack proudly credits the years at Sullivan in shaping his life.

Janie Carlin Shless Weisenberg ’44, Civic leader and Executive Director of the Leukemia Research Foundation 

Alfy Cohn ’45, Champion professional bowler. 

Jerome Eisenstadt ’43, Professor of Microbiology & Human Genetics 

Sheila Elias Falb

forest etheredgeForest Etheredge ’47
State Senator, founder of Math and Science Academy. 
PHD in Philosophy from Loyola - Pioneer in Educational TV. - Grant from Kellogg Foundation

Blanche Erst ’46, Educator, civic leader, social activist. 

Ellen Everett ’60, Ballet Star, Principal dancer American Ballet Theater.

Honorable Lawrence Fisher ’45, Prominent attorney and Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago, IL. 

Charles Garvin

Harry Geisinger '52, Georgia Congressman. 

Sanford Gerber

Aaron Gold ’55, Writer for Chicago Tribune, Radio & T.V. interviewer. 

grant golden 46Grant Golden ’46, Tennis and basketball star for Sullivan and Northwestern U. Northwestern Hall of Fame. 

Herb Golden ’45, Hollywood producer who won 15 Emmy awards and 20 Television Academy nominations. 

Wayne Goldstein, M.D. 

sheldon good 51Sheldon Good ’51, Civic leader and founder of one of the largest international real estate marketing firms in the US. 

Ed Gordon ’48, Internationally acclaimed concert pianist and Executive Director of the Grant Park and Ravinia music festivals. 

rita goran siegal 51Rita Goran Siegal ’51, Rita Siegal founded the Budd Engineering Corporation in 1959 and continues to be its chief executive officer. Also founded and continues to be president of the Easy Living Products Company. 

Leonard Gordon ’43, WWII hero-decorated for valor. 

dr leonard graivier 45Leonard Graivier, M.D. ’45 Pediatric surgeon, civic leadership, professor of pediatric surgery, on the surgical team that separated the Siamese twins. 

Ronald Gray 

Bud Green '50, Industrialist, Philanthropist. 

fred sheldon greenfield sheky greenShecky Green ’44, World recognized entertainer and comedian. 

al grossman 51Al Grossman ’51, Entrepreneur, mentor of high school students and founder of the Dorothy Huck Scholarship Award. 

Joseph Gutman

Sanford Hahn ’55, Entrepreneur, leading engineering developer and manufacturer of patented products and systems for dispensing liquids and condiments in major installations at many renowned sports arenas and airports, is proud of partnering in a major innovative movement with Shell Oil in an initiative to meet the Environ- mental Protection Agency’s latest requirements. His charitable work includes serving on the philanthropic committee of Sol-El, organizing, promoting and participating in the temple’s charities 

Scott Halling 

harold h harrison 68Harold H. Harrison M.D., PH.D. ’68, National Merit Scholar, researcher and teacher in the area of medical genetics, Medical Director at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Ph.D. in molecular genetics 

George Heinemann ’36, NBC executive who pioneered children’s programming. 

Bonnie Hiller Lipton

Danny Hurwitz ’79, All City, All State quarterback for Sullivan during their first and only public school championship. Northwestern University’s football team in 1981 and 1982. 

dick hurwitz 48Dick Hurwitz '48, President Sullivan High School Alumni Association. 

Peter Jacobi ’48, Professor, Journalism and newsman. 

Dr. Jerry Jones ’45, Dental consultant to NASA. Founder of the International Society for Correlative Biologic Research. 

Larry Jonesi '46, Educator. 

Edward Jordan ’55, Circuit Court Judge specializing in domestic law. 

Daniel Joseph

Howard Kaplan ’59 Attorney, CPA, civic leadership, chairman Illinois Commission of Discrimination & Hate Crimes. 

Stanley J. Karp ’42
U.S. Air Force officer and navigator - Brigadier General, earned the Distinguished Flying Cross (Highest award issued by the Air Force), The Air Medal, American Campaign Medal, National Service Medal, Korean Service Medal (recalled in Korea), Armed Forces Reserve Medal; WWll and Korea Command Navigator. 

Dr. Armen Kelikian ’69, Orthopedic Surgeon. Expertise foot ankle & lower leg, Author, team physician Chicago Bears & Blackhawks. Professor at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine 

Pamela Kimmel Becker ’62, Professional classical guitarist. 

Jerry Kleiner

Joan Kramer '62, Movie-TV, Producer & Director. 

Marva Kravite Volmer ’45 Famed appraiser and collector of Asian art recognized for her leadership in the arts in New Mexico. 

Melvin 'Mickey' Kupperman '53, Engineer, Businessman. 

mel kurlander 38Mel Kurlander ’38, WWII hero who flew 79 missions, won five air medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. 

Dr. Irv Leonard

Theodore Lettvin ’45, World famous concert pianist 

Charles Leven ’45 Academia, economist and consultant. Federal reserve Bank of Chicago, Government, United Nations. 

hon ian levinHonorable Ian Levin ’57, Federal Judge.
Chief of Appeals division Cook County Public Defenders Office - Special council to the Board of Election Commission Judge of Appeals staff IRS - Founding member of Appellate Lawyers Assn.

Lou Levy ’45, Jazz pianist and accompanist for singers Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee. 

Karen Lipschultz DeCrow, ’43, Prominent attorney and author specializing in civil liberties, employment, gender and age discrimination. Board member and former National President of NOW.

Robert Litvin 

Jack Lloyd ’45 Entertainment, actor, director, writer, producer, promoted celebrity golf tournaments. 

Ada Lynn ’44, Actress and entertainer, at age 7 toured the Vaudeville circuit from coast to coast with her mother as chaperone. Shared the bill with Cab Calloway, the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots. Acting roles included working with Hal Roach’s famed “Our Gang” comedies and roles as Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother in JFK and Yente in Fiddler on the Roof. She currently performs her original material at charities, synagogues and retirement homes. 

herb lyon 36Herb Lyons ’36, Nationally syndicated columnist whose "Tower Ticker" was a long-time fixture in the Chicago Tribune. 

Jack MacKinzie ’39 Chicago Daily News All City, All State halfback from Sullivan. Played football for Northwestern U in 1941 and 1942. Played professional football with the Chicago Cardinals in 1947. 

Frank Magid ’48, A veteran of Korea, became a professor of psychology, anthropology and statistics at COE College in Iowa. As a TV consultant, pioneered the action news format in the 1970’s and his firm developed “Good Morning America” for ABC. Served on the boards of the Smithsonian, the Ensemble Theatre and the Cedar Rapids Airport Commission. Mr. Magid died in 2010. 

Irwin Marcus ’36, Graduate of University of Illinois Medical School and Illinois Institute of Technology, with postgraduate work at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and served on the resident staff of Cook County Hospital. After volunteering for the Army, served with an evac hospital during World War II as Chief of head injury trauma, and after the war was founding president of the Child/Adolescent Department at Tulane University Medical School, as well as a number of professional organizations. Named one of the ten most outstanding persons in New Orleans by the Family Service Society, he has published four books and 80 articles. 

coach ralph margolisRalph Margolis Physical education teacher and Sullivan’s first football, swimming and track coach who developed spirit and pride among Sullivan students. 

Judith Markowitz ’68, A leader in the speech technology field, Dr. Markoitz is recognized internationally as the leading independent analyst in voice based biometrics, speaker verification and identification. Clients include IBM, Phillips And Motorola. 

Dick Marx ’41, Famous composer and pianist. 

michael masserMichael Masser ’59, Song writer and producer, came to fame with “Touch Me In The Morning” sung by Diana Ross. Some of his other hits are “Love Language,” “Hold Me” for Whitney Houston, “The Greatest Love Of All,” “Saving All My Love,” “Didn't We Almost Have It All.” He has written for Roberta Flack, Neil Diamond, Natalie Cole and Barbra Streisand. Motown recently paid tribute to him, and he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame In June 2007. 

Peter Meyers ’65 Attorney, politics, academia, arbitrator, alderman, leader in alternative dispute resolution for businesses. 

Beverly Miller Krause

Jay Miller ‘45, Reporter, labor organizer, peace activist and civil rights advocate. Jay was director of the California Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, (ACLU) for 10 years, Associate Legislative Director with the Washington, DC, ACLU staff for 3 years and Director of the Illinois Affiliate of the ACLU in Chicago for 22 years. 

Larry Miller ’48, Educator and coach

  • Marine Vet In Korea
  • Masters from Bradley University
  • Teacher for 40 years at Ottawa High School
  • Coach of High School
  • Honored by the Illinois High School Athletic 

Marc Miller ’69, Cinematographer, Cameraman embedded with troops in Iraq 2005. Teaches workshops on film making & camera techniques 

jack carlton clayton mooreClayton Moore ’32, Starred in the Lone Ranger TV series from 1949 through 1957, and in two feature movies, and was a hero to so many young kids. Well, the Masked Man actually attended Sullivan when it was a junior high way back in the 1928 – 1930 era.

Robert Morris ’44, Civic and philanthropic leader with Boy Scouts and religious causes. 

Joy Newberger Picus ’47, Elected four terms to the Los Angeles City Council and leader in the area of Child Care, Elder Care and Labor Relations for Los Angeles’ municipal employees. 

Danny Newman ’36, Director, Chicago Lyric Opera. 

charles nicodemusCharles Nicademus ’48, feisty and heroic investigative reporter for the Chicago Daily News and Chicago Sun-Times. He wrote relentlessly about what he saw as abuses by both government and commercial interests, and he stood up for the little guy. He retired at age 77, and died in October of 2008. 

chuck percyCharles Percy ’34,
(September 27, 1919 – September 17, 2011) was an American businessman and politician. He was president of the Bell & Howell Corporation from 1949 to 1964, and served as a Republican three term United States Senator from Illinois from 1967 until 1985. He was mentioned as a Republican presidential hopeful from 1968 through 1988. During his Senate career, Percy concentrated on business and foreign relations. 

Ted Perlman '55, Businessman. 

J.B. Pinski '52, Dermatologist, Worldwide Lecturer, Retired Captian U.S. Army. 

Alex Pinsky ’46
Philanthropist, mentor, teacher. - Successful entrepreneur - Works for and with young people to build successful lives through education and dedication of purpose.

Mike Pols ’60, Coach/Educator 

Ginny Powell ’42, Well known professional singer with the big bands of the 1940s. 

Marcia Raff ’49, Sculptor. 

Richard Ressman ’59, Orthopedic surgeon and photographer. 

Lee Richardson ’44, Well known stage and screen actor in the ’40’s 

dewey robinsondewey robinson 2Dewey Robinson ’73
A terrific athlete, Dewey pitched for the Chicago White Sox in 1979 through 1981, then coached at Northwestern University, went back to White Sox for 10 years, and had been a pitching coach with the Houston Astros for 12 years at the time of his induction to this list. Maybe his roots can be traced way back to Nemkoff, Fralick, and Margolis!. There were six Robinson brothers, and all played sports at Sullivan!

"Pop" Rogers Beloved Sullivan print shop teacher who influenced students in their quest for future success. 

Lt. Commander Jack Rothbart ’36, War hero in WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War and was a Court Magistrate in Ohio County, West Virginia for 20 years. 

norman rothbartNorman Rothbart ’40, Civic leader. 

  • Acclaimed Blood Donor (151 pintsin 45 years)
  • Army Reservist - 21 Personal Recommendations
  • Cited twice by Nevada State Legislator for accomplishments
  • Swimming Medals local and state, national and international
  • Adjunct Professor at Community College of Southern Nevada
  • Instructor in Political Science

Stanley Sacks ’60, A judge since 1989, graduated first in his class at John Marshall Law School. A leading criminal courts judge, Sacks has dealt with many high-profile cases and frequently speaks on criminal law and civic leadership law. 

Neal Samors ’61, Author & publisher. 

jan schakowsky 62Jan Schakowsky ’62, Elected in 1998 to the 9th district of the U.S. Congress. Was Illinois State Representative from the 18th District for eight years. An advocate for economic and social justice. 

ada lynn schloss 41Ada Schloss Lynn ’41, Actress (stage name Ada Lynn) and her credits include Heidi (1937), Our Gang Follies of 1938, It Takes Two (1988), JFK (1991), and Walker Texas Ranger (1995). She appeared herself as a comic performer in The Saturday Night Review with Jack Carter (1950), Cavalcade Of Stars (1950), The Vaughn Monroe Show (1950), Ford Star Review (1951), and America's Got Talent - Chicago Auditions Season 2 where she sang but was buzzed and voted no by Piers Morgan but voted yes by Sharon Osborne and David Hasselhoff which advanced her to the Las Vegas show but she did not make the cut for the show. Also at age 7 toured the Vaudeville circuit from coast to coast with her mother as chaperone. Shared the bill with Cab Calloway, the Mills Brothers, and the Ink Spots.

Lawrence Schonberger ’61, Medicine, public health science, National Center for Infectious disease Control, and Prevention. 

Philip Seiden ’51 Scientist, physics, astrophysics, immunology. 

Gordon Segal ’56, The founder of Crate and Barrel in 1962, and has served on the board on many organizations, including the Art Institute, the Chicago History Museum, Children’s Memorial Hospital, the Golden Apple and the Lyric Opera. 

Jeffery Siegel ’61, Musician, piano soloist and conductor. 

Joseph Siegman ’52. T.V. and movie producer and agent. 

Gene Silverberg 

Mitchell Slotnick 

Dan Sorkin ’45, Noted disc jockey in Chicago on radio station WBBM. 

Robert Stavins ’65, Professor Harvard and environmentalist. 

Honorable Robert Steigman 62, Author, professor and Justice of the Illinois,4th District Appellate Court. 

Hazel Wagner

Lois Traub Wallman ’51, Artist, sculptor and educator.

  • Graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • Taught at Louvre, Orsay, Cluny, Rodin and Pompidou Museums
  • Art instructor for handicapped children
  • Listed in: Who’s Who in Women Artists, Who’s Who in American Art, Arts in America
  • Artist in Residence at Como Center in Melbourne Victoria Australia 1988-1990

Jack Walsh ’48, Criminologist, Chicago Deputy Chief of Police. 

joel weismanJoel Weisman ’60, a popular and well-respected Emmy award winning TV host and commentator for over 30 years in Chicago, mostly with WGN-TV, and he currently hosts “Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review” on WTTW (the PBS channel). 

Robert Neville White 

Jennie Williams Dincecco ’50, Listed in the Silver Who’s Who in the World which profiles accomplished men and women. With a Ph.D. in psycho educational diagnostics and human growth and development, she taught at Barat and the National College of Education, and coordinated programs for children of migrant workers from Mexico 

Larry Williams 

Richard Wishner

Chester Zielenski ’52, Decorated Air Force Lt. Colonel. Now funds educational programs.