2010 Cleveland Heights High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

Class of 2010

Daniel Abrams
Class of 1948

Daniel Abrams has extensive experience as a composer, performer, and teacher throughout the world. Mr. Abram’s passion for music shows with his extensive study of the craft at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Julliard School of Music, Mannes College of Music, Royal Academy of Music (London), among others. He has performed in concerts throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Australia. His composing credits include numerous commissions and performances, and publication by Mills Music, Ltd. (London). Mr. Abrams has taught at Goucher College and The Johns Hopkins University, and the Conservatory of Music, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. In addition to his musical accomplishments, Mr. Abrams has earned various honors such as the Fulbright Award twice in piano and composition, and Ohio Federation of Music scholarship from the Concert Artists Guild. He is also the founder of the Byrdcliffe Candlelight Concert Series in Woodstock, New York.


David H. Gunning, JD
Class of 1960

David Gunning is the Director of Lincoln Holdings, Inc., and also is the Chairman of the Board for MFS Funds and Chairman of the Board for Development Alternatives, Inc. He has been selected for Best Lawyers in America. He is the partner and leader of a world-wide corporate law practice for a major law firm; is the Chairman and CEO of an NYSE listed insurance company; and is Vice Chairman of an international mining company. Mr. Gunning is also involved in his community as Chair of the Board for the College of Wooster. He is a board member of various organizations, including the Cleveland Orchestra’s Musical Arts Association, Playhouse Square Foundation, Friends of E Prep, Cleveland Ballet, University Circle, Inc., and the Kulas Foundation.


Christopher P. Brandt, MD
Class of 1976

Dr. Christopher P. Brandt is a leader in surgical education at the regional and national level. He is an attending surgeon, Associate Chief of Staff for Clinical Affairs, and Co-Director of the burn unit at MetroHealth Medical Center. He is also a professor of surgery at Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of the Executive Council, in the Association for Surgical Education and Midwest Surgical Association, and has numerous credits for presentations and scientific publications. Dr. Brandt has earned many honors throughout his career, including most recently the Phil Wolfson Outstanding Teacher Award from the Association for Surgical Education, the Kaiser Permanente Teaching Award from the CWRU School of Medicine and the Special Alumni Board of Trustees Service Award from the CWRU School of Medicine. He was named President of the Cleveland Surgical Society. Dr. Brandt is also involved in Reaching Heights; was president of the Heights Hockey Boosters; is a founding member and Board President of the River Valley Ringers Handbell Choir; and is Council President of Bethlehem Lutheran Church.


Lizbeth Ann Heyer
Class of 1982

As Director of Program Development, Ms. Heyer has led city and statewide campaigns to pass landmark legislation protecting affordable housing. She has also developed affordable housing real estate projects totaling over $80 million and led gubernatorial initiatives to restore and preserve 50,000 public housing units. She was a Ricanne A. Hadrian Community Development Award Recipient. Ms. Heyer is a board member of the Burr Elementary School PTO, was a member of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Community Development Committee, the Minton Stable Gardens Steering Committee member, the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations: Housing and Investment Committee, and was a support group leader for A Safe Place (New Hampshire based battered women’s shelter).


Eric J. Collins
Class of 1987

Eric Collins has worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers and ESPN/ABC Sports for Television Play by Play. He has done the play-by-play for many baseball events, including the 2008 Summer Olympic team, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Schaumburg Flyers, and Rochester Red Wings. Mr. Collins also has experience covering the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Sky WNBA, and USA Women’s softball. He earned the Harry Caray Broadcaster of the Year award from the Chicago Pitch & Hit Club in 2009.


Michelle Heyer 
Class of 1980

Michelle Heyer has been an Assistant United States Attorney since 2003, responsible for combating fraud against the federal government and for enforcing laws to protect public health and welfare, such as environmental regulations and civil rights statutes. Before this she was a trial attorney with the Department of Justice’s Office of Special Investigations from 2000-2003, involved in several successful prosecutions of Nazi-era war criminals, including John Demjanjuk, who served as a guard at the Sobibor death camp. She has indexed and summarized dozens of interviews with Cleveland-area Holocaust survivors for the archives at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and at Yad Vashem. Ms. Heyer has earned many honors and awards, including the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Human Rights Law Enforcement in 2008; the U.S. Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards in 2001 and 2002; the Order of the Coif, the Order of Barristers; the Paul J. Hergenroeder Award in Trial Tactics; the American Jurisprudence Award in Family Law; and the William E. Davis Prize in Trial Advocacy in 1994. She is also a member of the Advisory Counsel for Cleveland Marshall College of Law’s Health Law and Policy Center.


Dr. Lisa G. Collins, PhD
Class of 1985

Dr. Collins joined the Vassar College faculty in 1998 after earning her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She has been extensively published in scholarly publications and authored or co-authored five books largely focused on the role of African Americans in the Arts. She has been a visiting professor at Barnard College and the Mellon Foundation, and she has received grants from the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Anyone Can Fly Foundation. Dr. Collins was a member of the committee of the United States National Endowment of the Arts to select the artist who will complete the sculpture of Rosa Parks for the U.S. Capitol Building.


Marian Katz Magid
Class of 1953

In 1977, Ms. Magid was named the first female president of the Congregation Beth El in Berkley, California. She was the Director of Public Information for the Oakland Unified School District from 1980 to 1989, and for the Contra Costa Office of Education from 1990 to 1999. She was the founder and chairperson of Marian’s Group Political Action Committee and was a journalist for the Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times. Ms. Magid was honored by the California State Assembly Memorial resolution recognizing her lifelong, passionate support for public education. She was named a Woman of Valor for rescuing the Congregation Beth El homeless meal program. She received The Israel Solidarity Award in appreciation of exceptional Leadership and Dedication in strengthening the Economy of Israel. In 1999, she was named Quality Educational Communicator of the Year from the Center for School Quality. She has also received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Kennedy King Foundation; the Woman of Distinction from Soroptimist International; and the Commitment to Public Education Award from Chevron Corporation. She was active with the Kennedy King Educational Scholarship Foundation; a board member of the Congregation Beth El; Founder of the Congregation Beth El Torah Study Group and Minyan; and a Consultant to the Berkeley Unified School District.


Dr. Rodger Evans Doxsey, PhD
Class of 1965

Dr. Doxsey led work on the Hubble Space Telescope in Baltimore, Maryland. He directed all science operations commanding the Hubble Space Telescope from its initial concept; developed the plans and concepts to enable any astronomer to use the instrument and get accurate science; mastered the complex computer program that runs the telescope on a minute-to-minute basis; and was a key member of five service and repair missions to Hubble. He was also the editor of the Proceedings of the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) and has authored numerous scientific papers. He earned the Distinguished Public Service medal from NASA in 1991 and the Van Biesbroeck Prize from the American Astronomical Society in 2004, both for his work on the Hubble Space Telescope. He was also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


David E. Weiss, JD
Class of 1979

Mr. Weiss is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Developers Diversified Realty Corporation. He was in the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2004. While at Ohio State University College of Law, he was the recipient of the 1986 Dean’s Special Award; recipient of the Dr. George W. Rightmire Annual Memorial Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Leadership; editor, Ohio State Law Journal, and President of the Student Bar Association. At the University of Michigan he was a James B. Angell Scholar; Class Honors Recipient, and a member of Golden Key and Mortar Board National Honor Associations. He was a Shaker Heights City Councilman from 1996 to 1999. Weiss was President and a board member of Family Connections (formerly, The Shaker Family Center) from 2000 to 2008. He is a member of the Shaker Heights Planning Commission; Law Committee member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, and is a Visiting Committee member of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University.