Class of 2002

Neil A. Armstrong

  • Navy test pilot–flew Navy F9 –Awarded Air Medal by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.  Lewis Flight Station as civilian aeronautical research pilot testing X-15 Rocket Plane. Selected as NASA astronaut-in Gemini 8.
  • Conducted first successful docking with a satellite July 16, 1969, in Apollo 11, with astronauts Aldrin and Collins and made a successful moon landing. Armstrong was the first man to step onto the moon. Inducted into Astronaut Hall of Fame. Professor of aeronautical engineering, University of Cincinnati.

Bonnie S. Copeland

  • Classroom teacher – Ohio and Missouri
  • Instructor of reading programs at St. Louis University and Meramec Community College with emphasis on tutorial programs
  • Director of Maryland Assessment Center Program and specialist with Maryland High School Project
  • Deputy State Superintendent of Schools and Chief Operating Officer, Maryland Department of Education
  • President and Executive Director of Fund for Educational Excellence with mission to improve student achievement in Baltimore City Public Schools by directly developing literacy reform programs

O. Glenn Smith

  • 11 year career with Westinghouse as design engineer–wrote Ph.D. thesis on heat transfer in nuclear reactors
  • 27 year career with Johnson Space Center with focus on Skylab projects–designing controls for Apollo Telescope Mount and Earth Resources Instruments
  • NASA manager for Applications Program for study of practical applications of satellite data
  • Winner of 25 Outstanding Performance Awards at NASA
  • President of Affordable Communication Co. with 8 stores in the Houston, Texas, area.

Raymond "Scoonie" Dieringer

  • All-star basketball player at St. Joseph High School and University of Dayton
  • Member of the University of Dayton Flyers with wins at the Kentucky Invitational in1955 and at the NIT in 1956
  • Head basketball coach Cincinnati Elder High School-team was undefeated in 1961 and achieved number 1 ranking in the state and named Ohio Basketball Coach of the Year.  Initiated cross-country track team at Elder.
  • Coached at University of Cincinnati and later at Cleveland State University.  Moved team from College Division to a University NCAA Division I team
  • Presently continues to work as a scout for the Dallas Mavericks team

Barbara Schumann Given

  • Professor and senior scientist at Michigan St. University
  • Focus on translating research into policy for benefit of nursing professionals and health care clients
  • Served on the Presidents’ Cancer Panel-Special Commission on Breast Cancer
  • Specialist in Gerontology, chronic illness, and cancer care-received Elizabeth McWilliam – Miller Award for Excellence in Research, Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award, Pathfinder Distinguished Research Award by National Institute of Nursing, Distinguished Research
  • Award by Oncology Nursing Society
  • University Distinguished Professor Award

George Paul Heffner, MD

  • Practiced Internal Medicine and Endocrinology
  • Established first camp for special needs children which created the model followed by many others – Camp Kno Koma for diabetic children
  • Established Diabetes Nurses Teaching School for lay and paramedical persons – known today as Diabetes Treatment Centers
  • Testified for US Senate in support of funding for Diabetes Commission
  • Recipient of Pfizer Award for outstanding contributions to clinical medicine in the treatment of diabetes.
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