2007 Cleveland Heights High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

Class of 2007

Stanley Adelstein
Class of 1937

Mr. Adelstein has a long and distinguished history of community activism, focusing on the environment. A graduate of Western Reserve University for his undergraduate and law degree, he eventually served 13 years on the Pepper Pike City Council. A member of many varied non-profit boards, he has a long history of working on environmental causes, helping to influence the U.S. Postal Service to use natural gas vehicles as part of their Cleveland operations. In addition, Mr. Adelstein played a vital role in the creation of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. He served as a leader in successful major capital fund campaigns of The Cleveland Institute of Music, The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes and The Cleveland City Club.


Leonard N. Moore, Ph.D.
Class of 1989

After graduating high school with a 1.6 GPA, Dr. Moore went on to graduate from Jackson State University and Cleveland State University before earning his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University at the age of 26. An Associate Professor of History and former Director of African and African American Studies at Louisiana State University, Dr. Moore has been featured and provided commentary in: The New York Times, 60 Minutes, CNN, National Public Radio, ESPN, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Tom Joyner Show, ESPN Radio, Sporting News Radio, Associated Press, British Broadcasting Corporation and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.


David Chesebrough, Ed.D.
Class of 1969

Currently President and CEO of COSI Columbus, Mr. Chesebrough has worked for a number of science centers across the country. He led the turnaround of the Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton, New York, the Buffalo Museum of Science and led the establishment of a $7 million city/county/state/private funding partnership to start the “re-engineering” process of COSI Columbus. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University, Mr. Chesebrough launched and wrote a syndicated newspaper column on energy and environmental topics, writing numerous science feature articles resulting in over 400 columns and articles appearing in Gannett newspapers and others.


Henry L. Roubicek, Ed.D.
Class of 1970

Professor of Communication Studies, Department of Arts and Humanities at The University of Houston Downtown, Dr. Roubicek graduated from The Ohio State University, Purdue University and the University of Maryland. A published poet and member of the Houston Storytellers Guild, Dr. Roubicek founded “HR Consulting” whose clients include Exxon/Mobile, Professional Compounding Companies of America, Marriott Hotels, Frost Bank, Kentucky Fried Chicken, The Jewish Community Center of Houston, The Texas Bar Association, and Baylor College of Medicine, to name a few. A docent at the Holocaust Museum Houston, Dr. Roubicek has been active in fundraising for the Animal Protective Services and MD Anderson.


Michael Diamond, M.D.
Class of 1957

Dr. Diamond served in the U.S. Army’s 61st Medical Battalion during the Tet Offensive in 1968. Assigned to the 568th Hospital Company, near Ban Me Thout in South Vietnam, mortar fire from the Viet Cong threatened the hospital tents each time an influx of wounded soldiers arrived. Dr. Diamond and his comrades worked out a plan to move the medical center into a hidden area underground. The lives of many were spared as a result of his ingenuity and concern. This type of treatment center became the model for five additional hospitals and a new method of hospital security in an active war zone. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Diamond received the Bronze Star, as well as high honors from General Westmoreland for establishing this new concept of front line receiving hospitals.


Susan Riemer Sacks, Ph.D.
Class of 1954

Professor of Psychology at Barnard College, Columbia University, Dr. Sacks has been Chair of the Education Program at Barnard College for 35 years. A graduate of Northwestern University, Case Western Reserve University and Columbia University, Dr. Sacks is a lifetime member of the American Psychology Association (APA), American Educational Research Association, Psychologists for Social Action, Committee on Women in Psychology, Division 15 Educational Psychology of the APA, and Educators for Social Responsibility. Founder of the New Teacher Network, Dr. Sacks was Director of the Institute for Urban Education at Barnard College from 1993 to 2002. She is also Director of Educational Initiative and Lead Partner with the Bronx High School of Law and Finance, a Gates funded, New Vision New York City Public High School.


Congressman Darrell Issa
Class of 1971

Congressman Issa is one of four Heights alumni to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Leaving Heights during his senior year to join the U.S. Army, he attained the rank of Captain and earned his GED. Darrell founded Directed Electronics, a California based industry-leading manufacturer of automobile security and convenience products. First elected to Congress in 2000, Congressman Issa currently serves on the House Government Reform Committee where he serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy & Resources. He is also a member of the House International Relations Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In 1996, he co-chaired the campaign to pass the California Civil Rights Initiative that ended racial and gender preferences and quotas in state contracting and college admissions.


James Streem
Class of 1952

A graduate of Julliard School of music, Mr. Streem is Professor of Piano at The Florida State University College of Music, a position he has held for thirty-eight years, twenty-two as head of the keyboard department. His students teach at universities and conservatories throughout the world. Professor Streem performed at New York’s Town Hall at the 1960 Liszt Sesquicentennial observance of Liszt’s birth and at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall for the 1999 Chopin sesquicentennial concert in observance of Chopin’s death. Professor Streem has appeared as a soloist with major symphony orchestras in New York, Cleveland, Detroit, Boston and Miami.


Arthur Lester, M.D., J.D.
Class of 1957

A doctor and a lawyer, Dr. Lester is a graduate of Oberlin College, the Chicago Medical School and Florida State University. He also served in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1969. Practicing both law and medicine, Dr. Lester was an active volunteer in Hurricane Katrina relief as a part of the National Disaster Medical Service. He is on the Board of Directors for Billy Bowlega Krewe Shelter House and the Okaloosa Guidance Clinic. He has been listed in “Who’s Who in American Medicine”, “Who’s Who in American Law Students” and “Who’s Who in American Attorney’s”.


Lauren Sugerman
Class of 1975

One of the first female members of the International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local 2, in 1981, Ms. Sugerman co-founded Chicago Women in trades (CWIT). In 1986 she became CWIT’s first full-time director. In 2004, CWIT was awarded a $2,000,000 national grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s President’s High-Growth Job Training Initiative. A recipient of honors from the Coalition of Labor Union Women and Chicago Women in Philanthropy, in 2003 Ms Sugerman was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in recognition of her public leadership as a lesbian and for services for lesbian women.