2012 Cleveland Heights High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

Class of 2012

Robert Gaede FAIA
Class of 1938

After graduating from Heights, Mr. Gaede earned his BA in Architecture at the University of Michigan in 1947. During World War II, he achieved the rank of Captain as a meteorologist in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After starting with the firm of Garfield, Harris, Robinson & Schafer, he started his own design firm in 1956. Mr. Gaede would become known as a leader in architectural preservation well before the field would gain prominence, with his advocacy beginning in the 1950s. In the 1960s and 70s, he served on numerous committees on historic preservation, serving the Cleveland Fine Arts Advisory Committee and Landmarks Committee. Mr. Gaede was a vital member in the creation of the Cleveland Restoration Society. Established in 1975, his firm, Gaede Serne Architects, would be located in the renovated 820 Building in Cleveland’s Historic Warehouse District. During a career that spanned sixty years, Mr. Gaede worked on a wide assortment of projects, among them the design or restoration of over 100 churches.


Lois Klein Goodman
Class of 1951

Named one of the “100 Most Influential Cleveland Women” by Cleveland Magazine, Ms. Goodman earned her BA at the University of Michigan and her Masters at Case Western Reserve University. As President of Work & Family Consulting Group, she created and managed a childcare center for Kaiser Permanente, which was named by the U.S. Department of Labor as one of the 40 best employer-sponsored centers in the United States. As Director of Employee Development, Ms. Goodman created and managed career development and job placement programs for 5,000 employees at AmeriTrust. As part of the Cleveland Scholarship Program, she counseled high school students at East High School. The recipient of awards from the United Way, the American Bankers Association, the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland and Cleveland Working Women, Ms. Goodman serves (or has served) on the boards for Senior Transportation Connection, the Maltz Museum, Montefiore, Cleveland Opera and the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland.


William Halal Ph.D.
Class of 1951

Dr. William Halal is Professor Emeritus of Management, Technology, and Innovation at George Washington University. An authority on emerging technology, strategic planning, knowledge, and institutional change, he has worked with General Motors, AT&T, SAIC, MCI, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, International Data Corporation, the Department of Defense, the Asian Development Bank, foreign companies and various government agencies. Dr. Halal studied engineering, economics, and the social sciences at Purdue and Berkeley. He was a Major in the U.S. Air Force, an aerospace engineer on the Apollo Program and a Silicon Valley business manager. He serves on advisory boards of AMD, the World Future Society and other organizations. The author of six books, Macmillan’s Encyclopedia of the Future ranked Dr. Halal among “The World’s 100 Most Influential Futurists.”


Susan Koppelman Ph.D.
Class of 1958

Dr. Susan Koppelman has been a pioneer in the field of women’s studies and literature. She earned her BA from the Cleveland College of Western Reserve, her Masters from The Ohio State University and her Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University. Acknowledged as a leading authority on the women’s short story, her ten anthologies include Between Mothers and Daughters and The Strange History of Suzanne LaFleshe. The namesake for the Susan Koppelman Award, given by the American Culture Association to honor contributions to the Association’s work, the award is given annually to the best edited, co-edited, or multi-authored book-length feminist work in the fields of Popular and/or American Culture. Volunteer coordinator and discussion leader for four different AOL boards, all related to domestic violence, she created the first battered women’s shelter in Wood County, Ohio.


Mark Lurie MD
Class of 1962

A cardiologist based in Torrance, California, Dr. Lurie attended The Ohio State University and earned his MD at Rush Medical College. Director of the Melanie and Richard Lundquist Cardiovascular Institute at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Dr. Lurie is a member of the American College of Physicians and a fellow with the American College of Cardiology and Society for Vascular Medicine and Biology. Voted “Most Caring Physician” by the staff at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, he has been listed in Woodward & White’s “Best Doctors in America”, Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors”, and U.S. News & World Reports America’s “Best Doctors.” Dr. Lurie partnered to initiate the Acute Myocardial Infraction Registry and The Kids-n-Fitness Diabetes/Heart Disease Prevention Program at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center.


Harold Mendes
Class of 1945

While traveling through Central America on a trip reminiscent of Jack Kerouac, Mr. Mendes received a phone call that would lead to his founding a company that would be emblematic of today’s interconnected global economy. After graduating from Heights, Mr. Mendes was in the Merchant Marine before joining the U.S. Army and serving as a paratrooper in Japan. He then went on to receive his BA from Western Reserve University. The fateful call he received in 1956 would lead to his founding Salazar International, an import/export company. Starting with automotive parts, hardwood lumber and logs, the company would grow and expand to sales of parts for heavy-duty trailers and trucks. Since graduating, Mr. Mendes has stayed very involved with the Heights Schools, serving as President of the Alumni Association and Vice President of the Alumni Foundation. Along with his wife Barbara, they have supported the educational ambitions of dozens of Heights students through the Mendes Scholarship Fund.


Pamela Anne Miller
Class of 1973

Arctic Program Director for the Northern Alaska Environmental Center, Pamela Anne Miller has spent the last three decades focusing on Arctic conservation work as a wildlife biologist, wilderness guide, and researcher to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), in addition to other globally significant lands. A 1977 graduate of The Evergreen State College, she founded a small business focused on Arctic policy, oil impacts and wilderness guiding in the Arctic. Active in grassroots advocacy and education about the Arctic environment through her work with non-profit conservation organizations, she has received awards from the Alaska Wilderness League and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and was honored by Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in tribal government for contributions to conservation of the Yukon Flats Refuge.


Brent E. Routman JD
Class of 1974

A partner in the boutique law firm of Merchant & Gould, Mr. Routman earned his BA at Ohio University and his JD at Cleveland Marshall College of Law. An expert in intellectual property law, Mr. Routman is President of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He founded the Amicus Society: Advocates for Justice, a group of lawyers and judges who advocate for funding for the courts, public defenders and civil legal services. He is Past President of The Coalition for Impartial Justice, an organization of chambers of commerce, judges, labor, universities and bar associations which advocates for legislation related to ensuring the partiality of courts. Selected one of the Attorneys of the Year for Minnesota in 2004 and 2001, as well as receiving the distinction of “SuperLawyer” by Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine in 2006, 2007 and 2011. A national and international speaker on intellectual property issues, Mr. Routman is the winner of a 2003 CES Best of Innovations Award for inventing the KIDSMART Vocal Smoke Alarm.


Alisa Weilerstein
Class of 1999

While most begin their careers after they graduate from Heights, Ms. Weilerstein’s began before she was awarded her diploma by making her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at the age of 13 and performing at Carnegie Hall in 1997. A cellist who has appeared with all of the major orchestras across the United States and Europe, Ms. Weilerstein earned a BA at Columbia University in 2004. In 2009, she was one of four artists invited by First Lady Michelle Obama to perform at the White House. In 2010 she became the first cellist signed to Decca Classics in over 30 years. While rehearsing at the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival she learned about another achievement, when she was named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow. In awarding the $500,000 “genius grant” the MacArthur Foundation noted her “technical precision” and “impassioned musicianship” as well as her being “a consummate performer.”


Philip Yosowitz MD
Class of 1959

A 1968 graduate of the UCLA School of Medicine, Dr. Yosowitz achieved the rank of Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He is now a surgeon in private practice specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Museum District Aesthetic Surgery Center of Houston, Dr. Yosowitz was named to the Houston Plastic Surgery Dream Team and is an American Board of Surgery and American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellow. Involved with the Holocaust Museum Houston and The Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance, he is the writer and composer of The Gold, a musical produced by the Houston Jewish Community Center and at Rice University. The play is based on the history of the 1938 Olympic Games, World War II and the post-war period.