LFHS Alumni Wall of Fame
Carla Neuschel Wyckoff (Class of 1966). After the benefit of LFHS opportunities (NHS, Orchesis, Guppies, Band), Wyckoff went on to graduate from the University of Missouri Journalism School; she then earned an MBA degree from Northwestern University. From 1970-1986, she was an American Medical Association executive, focused on political and legislative issues including time as a Washington, D.C lobbyist. After a brief hiatus to start a family and earn her JD from Loyola University, Chicago, Law School, she worked as staff attorney for the 19th Judicial Circuit Court, then as a criminal and civil prosecutor, Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office (1994-2014). In 2014, she was elected Lake County Clerk. In 2019, she became an Assistant State’s Attorney, McHenry County. Her children, McKay and Alexander, are also LFHS graduates.
Margaret McMullan (Class of 1978). McMullan is the author of nine award-winning books including In My Mother’s House, Sources of Light, and Where the Angels Lived. Her work has appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, National Geographic for Kids, and Glamour. A recipient of a National Endowment of Arts award and a Fulbright, McMullan chaired the English department at the University of Evansville, where she taught for 25 years. She writes full time in Pass Christian, Mississippi.
Clark Sommers (Class of 1995). In 2002, Sommers completed his undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies and World Music at the California Institute of the Arts. He continues to seek expansion of this craft by pursuing musical studies with David Grossman of the New York Philharmonic. In 2014, he completed two educational residencies at the Brubeck Institute in Stockton, California. Currently, Sommers is pursuing a Master’s degree in Jazz Composition at DePaul University in Chicago. A Grammy award-winning bassist, this year Sommers will release his third album. He has been touring the world since 2008 with Grammy award-winning Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling. When not on the road with Elling, Sommers leads his own band, Ba(SH). Sommers also composes and plays with a trio named Typical Sisters.
Kraig Moreland – Class of 1983
A 1987 graduate of Southern Illinois University, where he majored in Journalism and Design, Kraig worked in advertising through 1995. Kraig then founded New Vision Athletics, Inc., a privately held sports league that has served over 15,000 children since 1996. Along with his wife, Jennifer (Class of 1984), Kraig established the Margo Moreland Charitable Foundation in 1999, helping individuals and families impacted by cerebral palsy. Kraig wrote, directed, and produced the documentary A Childhood Lost & Found – A Journey Back to the Lake Bluff Orphanage, which was given a “Superior Award” from the Illinois Association of Museums in 2012. In 2018, He conceived and co-authored The Furnace Girl – The Mysterious Case of Elfrieda Knaak. A recipient of the 2012 “I Care Award,” Kraig also received an honorary Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary International for his work on several community and civic boards.
Marjorie Purcell Sorenson – Class of 1947 (posthumously)
Marge attended National College, married Richard in 1950 and raised a family of four children while living in Lake Bluff and Lake Forest. Marge started her professional career as a substitute teacher at Lake Bluff Elementary School before working full time in the main office of LFHS in 1970. Marge became the superintendent’s secretary in 1982 and remained in this position until retiring in 1994. In 1990, she was awarded the Illinois State Board of Education “Those Who Excel” award in the Administrative Assistant category. After retirement, highlights include 20 years as a Senior Reader at Sheridan School, member of the LFHS Glee Club, and as a founding officer and member of the LFHS Alumni Association and Alumni Wall of Fame Committee. Marge was a two term President of the Lake Bluff Women’s Club, a volunteer at the Lake Bluff History Museum, and played piano for church services at Westmoreland. Marge will be remembered for her unending dedication to our schools and community.
Christopher Stride – Class of 1982
Judge Christopher Stride began his career in 1991 as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Lake County, Illinois. For 12 years Judge Stride served as a Lake County prosecutor where he focused on violent crime and crimes against children. In 1998, he was awarded the Fred L. Foreman Criminal Justice award as a result of his dedication to protecting children who were the victims of physical and sexual abuse. Appointed as an Associate Judge in 2005 and then by the Illinois Supreme Court as a full Circuit Judge in 2016, Judge Stride was elected to a full six-year term in 2018. Judge Stride has served as a member of the Judicial Education faculty and serves on the Illinois Supreme Court Special Committee on Justice and Mental Health.
The Alumni Wall of Fame Search/Selection Committee includes LFHS alumni from several decades and Mr. Jim Sullivan, LFHS Asst. Principal/Alumni Coordinator. The following alumni served on the Alumni Wall of Fame Search/Selection Committee 2018-2019: Kathryn (Rutigliano) Begley, Chair, Class of 1983; Susan (Rafferty) Athenson, Class of 1981; Catherine Athenson, Class of 2010; Eleanor (Swalgren) Borders, Class of 1957; Kathleen (Karnes) Ferrin, Class of 1967; Maureen (Eddy) Grinnell, Class of 1971; Scott Hall, Class of 2003; Meaghan Laughlin, Class of 2008; Jennifer McGregor, Class of 1986; Kathy (Faulks) Rafferty, Class of 1959; Tammie (Beckwith) Schallmo, Class of 1987; Diane Sorenson, Class of 1970; and Steve Van Nuys, Class of 1987.
The Wall of Fame Committee would like to thank the following supporters: Sunset Foods, LFHS APT, Lake Forest Frame and Design Studio, LFHS Booster Club, and LFHS New Media.
The Lake Forest High School Alumni Wall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held Friday, April 20, 2018 with an award recipient coffee reception, senior class assembly and alumni presentations. Lake Forest High School honors its graduates and former students by acknowledging them on the Alumni Wall of Fame. The Alumni Wall of Fame is designed to recognize the outstanding contributions of former students of Lake Forest High School and to inspire and offer role models for its current students. Lake Forest High School has graduated thousands of students who have entered professions and careers in a wide variety of fields including the areas of business, medicine, science, education, public service, the arts, entertainment, and sports.
Sarah Spain – Class of 1998
Sarah Spain is a graduate of Cornell University, where she was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the Golden Key National Honor Society (top 15% of class). A heptathlete, as a senior she co-captained the women's track & field team to the first two of twelve straight Ivy League titles. Sarah went on to a career as a national sports radio host, writer, and TV personality for ESPN. Sarah's philanthropic efforts include co-founding the "Hear the Cheers" charity to provide hearing aids to young athletes. Sarah is a Peabody Award winner, Grand Clio Award winner, two-time Gracie Award winner and was named one of Crain's Chicago Business' "40 Under 40."
Matt Grevers – Class of 2003
Matt Grevers, a four-time Olympic gold medalist, is one of the fastest men in water. Grevers won four NCAA titles for Northwestern University and closed out his collegiate career as a 27-time All American. He qualified for his first Olympic team in 2008. At the Beijing Olympics, Grevers took silver in the 100-meter backstroke and gold in the 4x100 freestyle and 4x100 medley relays. At the 2012 London Games, Grevers saw a childhood dream manifested when he won an individual Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke. Grevers earned an additional gold and silver medal in the 4x100 medley and 4x100 freestyle relays respectively. The 6' 8" swimmer has won a cumulative 35 medals (16 gold, 13 silver, 6 bronze) in major international competition throughout his illustrious career and is Northwestern University's most decorated Olympian of all time.
The Alumni Wall of Fame Selection Committee includes LFHS alumni from various decades. The following alumni served on the Alumni Wall of Fame Selection Committee 2017-2018:
Susan (Rafferty) Athenson, Co-Chair, Class of 1981; Kathryn (Rutigliano) Begley, Co-Chair, Class of 1983; Catherine Athenson, Class of 2010; Eleanor (Swalgren) Borders, Class of 1957; Suzanne (Surkamer) Dobbins, Class of 1976; Kathleen (Karnes) Ferrin, Class of 1967; Maureen (Eddy) Grinnell, Class of 1971; Scott Hall, Class of 2003; Carolyn (Deppisch) Konz, Class of 1993; Meaghan Laughlin, Class of 2008; Chris Morehead, Class of 1980; Kathy (Faulks) Rafferty, Class of 1959; Diane Sorenson, Class of 1970; Tammie (Beckwith) Schallmo, Class of 1987; and Jim Sullivan, LFHS Liaison/Alumni Coordinator.
The Wall of Fame Committee would like to thank the following supporters: LFHS APT, Sunset Foods, Lake Forest Frame and Design Studio, LFHS Booster Club, and LFHS New Media.
If you are a Lake Forest High School Alumni and are interested in serving on future Selection Committees, please contact Jim Sullivan at email@example.com.
Wall of Fame 2017 Recipients
Friday, April 7, 2017
Thomas C. Myers (1966) Football, Baseball, and Basketball Coach, Teacher (Retired)
Tom Myers attended Albion College, setting a pass interception record in football and was named All-Conference 2nd Baseman in baseball. After serving in the US Navy, Tom began coaching at the Lake Forest Recreation Center while also teaching and coaching at LFHS. During his tenure at LFHS (1976 until his retirement in 2010), he was the head coach for football, basketball, and baseball. Each of these sports had winning records and won at least one Conference Championship. His 2003 Varsity Baseball team won 3rd place at the State Tournament. Tom has been inducted into the IHSA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame and the Lake County High School Sports Hall of Fame. Since 2001, Tom continues to impact student athletes as a football coach at Lake Forest College.
Scott Zeller, MD (1978)
Emergency Psychiatry Physician
Dr. Scott Zeller is an internationally renowned Emergency Psychiatry physician, researcher, and pioneer. He revolutionized historically coercive, inhumane care with collaborative, compassionate methods, improving outcomes, timeliness, safety, costs, and patient experience. His innovative psychiatric ER models have been implemented worldwide. World Health Organization utilizes his teaching videos. Dr. Zeller has led US and Global Agitation Treatment initiatives, authored several textbooks, is former President, American Association of Emergency Psychiatry, and was awarded Holloman Career Achievement, Simanek Distinguished Service, and 2015 "US Mental Health Doctor of the Year" honors.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal (1983) - posthumously
Author, Poet, Film Writer
A graduate of Tufts University, Amy Krouse Rosenthal published her first children's book, Little Pea, in 2005.Over the next 12 years, she wrote more than 30 children's books including I Wish You More, Uni the Unicorn, Duck! Rabbit!, Exclamation Mark, and many other New York Times bestsellers.She penned several memoirs including Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life and Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal.In addition to her writing, she created The Beckoning of Lovely and countless other tiny films.She also worked with TED and NPR as a collaborator and speaker.In February 2017, Amy penned an essay entitled "You May Want to Marry My Husband," which was published in The New York Times.Within one week, it had been read by over four million people and featured on many national news outlets.A year and one half after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Amy passed away on March 13, 2017. She and her husband, Jason, raised their three children on a tree-lined street in Chicago.
Author Inducted Posthumously Into LFHS Alumni Wall Of Fame
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Thomas C. Myers (1966)
Football, Baseball, and Basketball Coach, Teacher (Retired)
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Wall of Fame 2016 Recipients
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Carol P. Brown (1971)
Associate Director, University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Development
Carol Brown was a pioneer as one of the first women rowers at Princeton University and as a member of the first women’s Olympic rowing team in Montreal. Her 1976 bronze medal was followed by positions on both the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Teams, and she is a two-time inductee into the Rowing Hall of Fame. Carol has given a lifetime of service to both US Rowing and the US Olympic Committee and currently serves as a Vice President of the US Olympians and Paralympians Association. Carol's professional career spans the environmental arena with work in market development for recycled materials to a post MBA career in finance and operations in the non-profit sector. She is currently at the University of Chicago where she provides fundraising support for the development division for medicine and biological sciences. She and her husband have one son.
Ann Noble (1989)
Ann Noble co-founded Seanachai Theatre Company of Chicago (now known as ITC) in 1995, fresh out of Northwestern University, in order to produce her first play And Neither Have I Wings To Fly. Ann went on to become an award-winning, internationally produced playwright/screenwriter, as well as an award-winning classical theatre actress. She is an ensemble member of L.A.’s prestigious Antaeus Theatre Company and teaches Shakespeare and storytelling to under-served and incarcerated young adults for several schools/theatres, including Homeboy Industries.
John G. Vignocchi (1998)
Vice President of Production, Disney Consumer Products Interactive
John G. Vignocchi is a veteran of the Interactive Entertainment Industry. While attending LFHS, John ran a website that focused on his passion for video games. In the early 2000s, he took an internship at Chicago-based Midway Games working through the ranks of design and production for close to a decade. John would later join the Walt Disney Company’s interactive division and work on titles related to the Tron, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Kingdom Hearts franchises. Disney promoted John to Vice President of Production after the success of Disney Infinity, a video game franchise of which he was one of the key architects that grew into a billion dollar business for the company.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Richard A. Knobloch (1936) posthumously
Richard A. Knobloch was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1918. During World War II, he volunteered and flew in the Doolittle Tokyo Raid in 1942. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1947. Highlights of his military career include serving as Air Attaché in Italy 1956-1960 and his final assignment as Commander of Andrews Air Force Base. He retired as a Brigadier General in 1970. Subsequently, he served as Vice President of United Technologies Corporation and on the Board of Directors of Barclays Bank of New York. He was also awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. General Knobloch died in 2001.
James Allen Kuhlman (1959)
Jim Kuhlman is Distinguished Chair Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina (1969-current). He received his BS in Journalism, MA and PhD in Political Science from Northwestern University and a MA in Sino-Soviet Studies from George Washington University. Jim has published six books on global economics and politics. He was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal from the US Army War College for “contributions to the National Security Review” (1977). Jim was appointed Executive Director of the North American International Studies Association (1979-85) and Director of International Business of the South Carolina Department of Commerce (1988-90).
Phil Rosenthal (1981)
Phil Rosenthal joined the Chicago Tribune as a columnist in 2005 after nine years at the rival publication the Chicago Sun-Times, where he was a sports columnist and then a critic. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate and award-winning multimedia journalist, Phil has been writing professionally since age 17, including 11 years with the Los Angeles Daily News. He has reported from Wimbledon’s Centre Court, Capitol Hill, a “Survivor” TV campsite in French Polynesia, and points between. Rosenthal and wife Jennie have two children.
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Wall of Fame 2013 Recipients
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
David W. Crane (1977)
David Crane is President and Chief Executive Officer of NRG Energy, the largest competitive generation company in the United States. Driven by his belief that America is undergoing a revolution toward cleaner energy, David has led NRG’s business to become the most diverse in the industry, featuring enough generation to power 40 million homes, innovative energy choices like electric vehicle charging for businesses and homeowners, and a growing amount of renewable energy like wind and solar. David holds a BA from Princeton University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Thomas Reinhold Mohr (1982)
Thomas Mohr graduated from the University of the Pacific in 1986. After studying in Kenya, he began working with Cambodian refugees in California. This led to youth and international development projects in Guyana, South America and eventually to working with Doctors Without Borders in Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone (West Africa), and Central Asia. As Regional TB Manager/Deputy Chief of Party of the USAID/Quality Health Care Project for Project HOPE, he is based in Kazakhstan, managing a regional tuberculosis prevention and treatment project covering the five Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union.
Rob Pelinka (1988)
Rob Pelinka is a cum laude graduate of The University of Michigan Business and Law Schools. While at The University of Michigan, Rob played on three NCAA Basketball Final Four teams, and won an NCAA Basketball National Championship in 1989. Rob was also awarded the NCAA Walter Byers Scholar Athlete of the Year Award in 1993. After graduating from Michigan, Rob began a career in sports law, where he has become one of the world’s preeminent sports agents by representing such global icons as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant through his Landmark Sports Agency, which Rob founded. Rob resides in southern California with his wife, Kristin, son, Durham, and daughter, Emery.
Wall of Fame 2011 Recipients April 13, 2011
Scott Blackmun (1975)
Scott Blackmun is the CEO of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Prior to the USOC, he was a partner at a Denver-based law firm and the COO of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), one of the world’s most respected presenters of sports and entertainment events. Scott played soccer at Dartmouth College, graduating in 1979 with an A.B. in Philosophy. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1982. Scott and his wife, Ann, have three children.
John Moulder (1979)
Fr. John Moulder is a priest for the archdiocese of Chicago and a jazz guitarist and composer. He received a B.A. from Southern Illinois University and an M.A. in Music from Northwestern University. Ordained in 1990, John serves at St. Gregory the Great Church in Chicago and the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University. He is the director of Arts Alliance of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Chi Town Jazz Festival. John has released four CDs and plays at national and international venues. John is also a music professor at The College for the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, Benedictine University and Northwestern University.
Tod Falor Stuessy (1961)
Dr. Stuessy is Professor and Head of the Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany at the University of Vienna, Austria. He received his B.A. from DePauw University, Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and postdoctoral studies at Harvard University. He was Professor of Botany at Ohio State University for 27 years before moving to Vienna. His research interests include concepts of biological classification, island biogeography, and evolution of the flora of southern South America. He has written or edited eleven books, 270 scientific articles, and mentored 20 Ph.D. graduates
Wall of Fame 2009 Recipients April 15, 2009
Jack Michael Bert, MD, FACS (1965)
Dr. Bert is a Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota and a graduate of Northwestern & Temple Universities. He completed his orthopedic surgical residency at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Bert has been in private and academic orthopedic surgical practice since 1978. He has written over 60 scientific articles and contributed to numerous books on subjects related to orthopedic surgery. Dr. Bert holds four patents on orthopedic devices and has been a visiting professor at multiple International and American Universities.
Jane Skinner Goodell (1985)
Jane Skinner earned her BA & MA with honors from Northwestern University in Journalism. She began her career as a political correspondent in Duluth, MN and a reporter in St. Louis, MO and Portland, ME. She served as the prime-time anchor in Milwaukee, WI and a reporter in NYC. Skinner joined FOX News Channel in 1998 and is currently the co-anchor of “Happening Now.”
Andrei Najjar (1996)
Andrei is a fashion industry expert who holds a BA & MA of Marketing from Northwestern University. His passion for utilizing fashion as a vehicle for social change has earned him many national awards and honors. He has authored several publications and lectures on marketing strategy and corporate social responsibility, and has led successful strategic and creative fashion initiatives for various top retail companies.
Wall of Fame 2007 Recipients April 10, 2007
Susan Gernert Adams (1974)
Susan G. Adams was a National Producer for Dateline NBC, the news magazine program. Ms. Adams graduated from Colby College and is a four time Emmy Award winning television producer who has traveled throughout the world for NBC and ABC News. Susan worked for the 1988 Summer Olympics, Nightline, and PrimeTime Live.
Barry J. Byrne, M.D., Ph.D (1974)
Barry J. Byrne, M.D., Ph.D. is the Virginia Root Sutherland Professor of Pediatrics. As a member of the Graduate Faculty and Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Director of the Powell Gene Therapy Center, he is actively involved in laboratory research, as well as a pediatric cardiologist involved in clinical care. His laboratory has developed novel genetic therapies for cardiovascular disease, such as a form of fatal cardiomyopathy in children, known as Pompe disease. The disease is characteristic of many muscle diseases which lead to skeletal and cardiac muscle weakness. He has used AAV vectors to achieve sustained correction of the gene deficiency in Pompe disease models and the strategy is being proposed for human clinical trials. He also studies the use of cell therapy in the treatment of other cardiovascular conditions both in adults and children with heart problems that are not treated by the usual means.
Mark A. McMahon (1968)
Mark McMahon is one of America’s most versatile and successful artists. His paintings and drawings are regularly exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and abroad, and have also appeared in print and video media. His documentary paintings of the launching of the Space Shuttle for NASA have been exhibited at the Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. His most prominent displays are in the Chicago area and include a ceramic tile mural at the Chicago Tribune Freedom Center, a ceramic tile mural at the corner of Van Buren and Federal Streets, and an 8’ x 110’ ceramic tile mural at Lake Forest High School Cafeteria and at the McDonald’s restaurant on Waukegan Road in Lake Forest.
Alumni Wall of Fame 2006 Recipients April 19, 2006
David K. Eggers (1988)
The author of best-sellers A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, You Shall Know Our Velocity!, and How We Are Hungry. Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the Addison Metcalfe Award from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1998, he founded McSweeney's, an independent publishing house located in San Francisco that publishes books, a quarterly literary journal, The Believer, and a daily humor website. In 2002, Eggers opened 826 Valencia, a writing lab for young people located in the Mission District of San Francisco, where he teaches writing to high-school students and runs a summer publishing camp; there are now affiliated centers in six other cities. He is the editor of the Best American Nonrequired Reading, and founder of Voice of Witness, a series of books designed to illuminate human rights abuses around the world.
Mindy Conover Meads (1970)
Accomplished apparel executive for over thirty years, who was named President and CEO of Lands' End in 2004. Mindy has a long track record of leading successful design and merchandising organizations such as R.H. Macy and Company, Limited, and Gymboree Corporation. She has a history of developing and building brands and adept at attracting and leading strong management teams. Presently, Mindy is on the 7th District Federal Reserve Board and the Committee of 200.
Recipients April 20, 2005
Thierry J. Chaunu (1974)
President of Chopard USA Limited, Swiss-based designer of diamond jewelry and manufacturer of highly esteemed wristwatches. Additionally, Mr. Chaunu has served as the managing director of Le Cordon Blu in Paris, a product manager of Cartier International in Paris, and an adjunct professor in International Relations at Florida International University.
James Swarthout (1948)
Former Mayor of Lake Forest, Part-Owner of a motor sales company, Midwest Bank Board of Directors, Lake Forest Alderman, Recreation Board, Volunteer Fireman, North Suburban Mass Transit District Board of Trustees, CROYA Board member, Lake Forest Water Plant Expansion Program Ad Hoc Committee, Recipient of the Lawrence Temple Award for Distinguished Public Service.
Vince Vaughn (1988)
Actor/Producer who made his first credited role in the film Rudy (1993). Steven Spielberg cast him in the big budget sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park, (1997). More recently, Vince starred in Anchorman (2004), Dodgeball (2004), and Starsky & Hutch (2004) to name a few. Most recently, Vince can be seen in Be Cool (2005) along side John Travolta. He has also hosted the David Letterman Show. This fall, Vince can be seen in an upcoming movie titled, The Wedding Crashers. This summer 2005, he will be filming a movie in Chicago titled The Break Up which he wrote and will assist in directing.
Tim Weigel (1963)
(posthumously) Former CBS television sportscaster, ABC television sportscaster, NBC television and radio sportscaster, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Daily News, and New Haven Register journalist/reporter, Lake Forest High School teacher and dean.