2011 Cleveland Heights High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

Class of 2011

Mark M. Blumenthal
Class of 1981

Mr. Blumenthal co-founded Pollster.com a website that aggregates and explains political polling data. It attracted over 28 million visits and over 90 million page views from 2006 to 2010 and was named one of Time’s 50 best websites for 2009. The Huffington Post acquired Pollster.com in 2010, where Mr. Blumenthal currently serves as Senior Polling Editor. Prior to the establishment of Pollster.com, he worked for more than 20 years as a pollster and political consultant and as a polling analyst for The National Journal. He appeared as a guest commentator on MSNBC, CNN and National Public Radio and published two invited op-ed columns in the New York Times. He received the Warren J Mitofsky Innovators Award for Pollster.com from the American Association for Public Opinion Research and a special citation for coverage of surveys from the National Council on Public Polls. Mr. Blumenthal has volunteered for “Food and Friends”, a Washington DC based non-profit that delivers to those living with AIDS and other serious illnesses.


Richard S. Gray
Class of 1949

Mr. Gray is active director of The Entrepreneurs EDGE, which helps dynamic mid-size companies in Northeast Ohio grow and add value. His first career was in big business with Republic Steel, starting as market analyst, ending as vice-president. Mr. Grays’ second career involved entrepreneurship. He led Case Western Reserve University’s Enterprise Development, Inc. (later merged into JumpStart), which aided startups, operated business incubators and recognized entrepreneurial success in Northeast Ohio. He has served as director of half a dozen corporations; trustee for numerous non-profits, and as an army officer. Mr. Gray received the Distinguished Service Certificate for United Negro College Fund; American Red Cross “Man of the Year”; Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” NE Ohio Region; and Phi Beta Kappa at Amherst College. He has been a fundraiser for The United Negro College Fund; Chairman of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Red Cross; and volunteered as a Youth League baseball manager.


Thomas David Burton, EDS
Class of 1983

The current Director of Administration Services, Cuyahoga Heights (Ohio) Schools, Mr. Burton has received numerous honors and awards including Ohio Educator of the Year, Middle Level Association – 2011, Ohio Principal of the Year, NASSP/MetLife Ohio Middle School Principal of the Year – 2006; Principal of award winning schools: Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School, Hall of Fame School, multiple component awards through OMSA; and various board and community proclamations. He has served as President of Ohio Middle Level Association; Keynote and presenter at multiple conferences and school districts throughout the United States. Mr. Burton’s community involvement includes “Project Hope”, Brooklyn Heights “Boys in the Middle”; coached Junior Olympics vollyeball and for the Kenston Baseball Association.


Gladys Haddad, PhD
Class of 1948

Since 1991, Dr. Haddad has been a member of the Faculty of Case Western Reserve University, and is currently Professor of American Studies. She has been awarded the Allegheny College Gold Citation Honor reflected on the college by Virtue of Outstanding Professional Achievements; the National Television Broadcasting Silver “Telly” Highest Award for the documentary video “Samuel Mather: Vision, Leadership, Generosity;” and numerous additional honors including inclusion in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the World, and Directory of American Scholars. Dr. Haddad serves on the planning committee of the Friends of the Mather Mansion; the Advisory Committee for Extensions Deptartment, Cleveland Museum of Art; and Case Western Reserve University, History Associates, Board of Directors, President.


Michael Deet
Class of 1988

Founder and President of Midas Touch Productions International/Midas Touch, Michael Deet has attained numerous achievements including: Story Development Editor – The Jamie Foxx Show; Executive Producer – “FRESHFEST Urban Music Festival”, Auckland, New Zealand; Producer and Director – “Hip-Hop Resurrection: From NY to NZ”, feature Documentary Film. The award-winning documentary has been screened over 100 times in 12 different nations throughout the world. He has also served as Theater Coordinator & Production Director, American Film Market, and Director of Operations for AMC Theatre and facilitated the successful screenings and sales of over 500 international feature films. Mr. Deet is the founder and Chief Knowledge Officer of global wellness networking organization, the “Know Foundation”, specializing in the life/career coaching-social-political awareness, and foreign exchange student memberships; and founder and Executive Director or Alchemy Media Group.


Jerome E. Jennings
Class of 1999

Based in New York City, Mr. Jennings is an international musician and producer. While attending Heights High, he was head percussionist with the marching band and performed with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony. Mr. Jennings has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien; The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson; appeared in the movie “Cadillac Records” and in a 2009 Super Bowl commercial with actor John Turturro. He has made more than three dozen national and international tours, visiting Europe, Canada, Japan, the Caribbean, and Scandinavia; has performed three times at Carnegie Hall, at the world-famous Apollo Theatre, on over two dozen recordings and recorded and toured with numerous renowned entertainers. Mr. Jennings is a recipient of The Julliard School Morse Fellowship and the New Jersey Jazz Society, Jack Stine Jazz Award.


Rabbi Jerome M. Epstein, DD
Class of 1961

Rabbi Epstein has twice visited Ethiopia and has lobbied the Israeli government to help expedite immigration of thousands of Ethiopian Jews who desperately want to move to Israel. In addition, he is actively involved in the education and spiritual growth of indigenous Jews of Uganda and instrumental in building a Yeshiva (religious school) for them and initiated and developed social action initiatives on behalf of Jews in the former Soviet Union. Among his numerous honors, he has been twice named by the “Forward”, a national Jewish newspaper, as one of the top 50 Jewish leaders of the year; received the Boy Scouts of America Shofar Award; and was selected for a speaking role in the Inauguration Service for President Barack Obama. Rabbi Epstein created a daily online study programs in Bible and other areas of Jewish religious studies and has volunteered as spiritual leader for 30 years (part-time) in New Rochelle, New York.


Rebecca Spyke Keiser, PhD
Class of 1987

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has repeatedly honored Dr. Spyke Keiser: 2009 – Exceptional Performance Award; 2008 – Exceptional Service Medal; 2007 – Exceptional Performance Award; 2001 – Distinguished Service Medal; 2000 – Team Service Medal. She founded the first women@NASA website to encourage more women and girls to enter the science and engineering fields and currently serves as the NASA representative to the White House Council for Women and Girls. As Associate Deputy Administrator for Policy Integration, Dr. Spyke Keiser leads all of NASA’s strategic planning efforts and has successfully negotiated and concluded over 100 international agreements. She is also Secretary, Women in Aerospace; Member of American Academy for the Advancement of Science.


Gary Glazer, MD
Class of 1968

A graduate of Case Western Reserve University Medical School, Dr. Glazer is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Stanford University. He has authored 155 scientific articles, three books and eight book chapters. His His “Staging of Neoplasma”, published in 1986, was one of the first to detail staging issues in Computerized Tomography. Dr. Glazer has achieved the Emma Pfeiffer Merner Professor in the Medical Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, 2002-2011. He is a Gold Medal Winner – Radiological Society of North America, and has served as President, International Society of Strategic Studies in Radiology, 2003-2005. His honors and awards include: Honorary Member of the French Radiologic Society; the Japanese Radiologic Society; the German Radiologic Society; Chicago Radiology Society; Phi Beta Kappa, University of Michigan.


A. David Rossin, PhD
Class of 1949

Since 1955, Dr. Rossin has been actively involved in the research and business of nuclear energy, having worked with trade associations, companies, national laboratories and universities on nuclear and advanced energy technology, nonproliferation, radioactive waste management and low-level radiation issues. Dr. Rossin has been honored with the Tesla Award for “effectively providing insight, reason and wit to explain and discuss national energy policy and nuclear power issues”; voted “Electric Industry Man of the Year”; served as president of the American Nuclear Society; and elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He was appointed by President Reagan as Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy, U.S Department of Energy, 1986-87. Since 1996, Dr. Rossin has served as a Center Affiliated Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. His research is on the people and events that led to the U.S. policy decision in 1977 to abandon reprocessing of spent nuclear reactor fuel. He is writing a book on this topic, examining the impacts American policy has had on proliferation and nuclear power, both in the U.S and in its international relations.