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IN T HIS ISSUE Northeaster of the

ALUMNI REVIEW A publication of the Northeast High School Alumni Association Visit us on the web at


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Year Award President’s Message/ Principal's Message Class Notes Wall of Fame Honorees Alisha C. Levin Memorial Scholarship Go Vikings! In Memoriam Reunion Schedules

SAVE THE DATE: Alumni Day MAY 2nd 2014 Northeast High School Alumni Association Cottman & Algon Aves. Philadelphia, PA 19111 (215) 728-5076

2014 Northeaster of the Year—Kenneth C. Frazier Class of 1973 Kenneth C. Frazier is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Merck & Co., Inc. Previously, Ken served as President of Merck with responsibility for the company’s three major divisions: Global Human Health, Merck’s sales and marketing division for pharmaceutical and vaccine products; Merck Manufacturing Division, Merck’s manufacturing and supply division; and Merck Research Laboratories, Merck’s research organization. Ken has held a broad range of senior management positions since joining Merck in 1992 as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Astra Merck Group. He was elected Vice President of Public Affairs in 1994, and, in 1997, assumed the additional responsibilities of assistant general counsel, corporate staff. Ken was promoted to Vice President and Deputy General Counsel in January 1999. In December 1999, he became Senior Vice President and General Counsel. In this role, he oversaw Merck’s legal and public affairs functions and The Merck Company Foundation. In November 2006, he was promoted to Executive

Vice President and General Counsel. Ken served as Executive Vice President and President, Global Human Health, from 2007 to May 2010, when he became Merck President. Ken became CEO and member of the Board of Directors January 1, 2011, and became Chairman of the Board on December 1, 2011. Prior to joining Merck, Ken was a partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath. Ken sits on the boards of PhRMA, Weill Cornell Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Exxon Mobil Corporation, The Pennsylvania State University and Cornerstone Christian Academy in Philadelphia, PA. He also is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the President’s Export Council, The Business Council, the Council of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association. Ken received his bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School. You Can Make A Difference— Help Save Programs and Activities for Current and Future Students! Direct your contribution to the department or activity of your choice. Mail this to the Alumni Association. Name:_______________________ Class of: __________ Dept/Activity:__________________ Amt.: _______________________



NEHS Alumni President’s Message Dear Alumni & Friends, Yet another year has passed and 50 years have flown by since I attended Northeast High School. My time at Northeast was some of the happiest of my life and I’m sure my fellow June’64 classmates agree. It is a great honor to represent the Alumni of Northeast High School. I’m asking that our Alumni get involved. Make a point of joining fellow Alumni and current Northeasters on Alumni Day May 2, 2014. The support for the SPARC program has been overwhelming and it proves what our Alumni can do to help Northeast High School thrive. Thank you to our Board and the volunteers from our ranks who make my job as President so rewarding. I am looking forward to seeing all of you at Alumni Day and during the upcoming year. 2014 Executive Board of Directors President: Carol Bombas, J’64 1st Vice President: Lynn Riley, J’63 Recording Secretary: Lynn Newborn, J’65 Treasurer: Myron Zonies, J’59 Chairman, Board of Trustees: Howard Rovner, ‘72

Carol Grabner Bombas Alumni President June ’64

NEHS Principal and Administration Message It is with great pride that I deliver the Principal’s message to you for the 2013-2014 Alumni Newsletter! I’m happy to say that Northeast High School continues to thrive. We set high expectations for our students and they consistently rise to the challenge. Despite drastic cuts to our school’s budget, we’ve managed to provide the necessary tools for From left to right bottom row: Peggy DeNaples (AP), Linda Carroll (P), our students to achieve. Sharon McCloskey (P). Top row: Mike Picardi (AP),, Linwood Harris ( AP). We’ve increased enrollment in Ivy League schools and top tier universities. Our students annually earn over $10 million in scholarships. Additionally, Northeast High School has the highest college graduation rate among Philadelphia’s comprehensive schools. We are proud of our academic, athletic, and arts programs! Our young men and women need your guidance and the expertise you’ve gathered since your days at Northeast. We are looking to tap into your talent, whatever it may be. To put it simply, we need your help! The revitalization of SPARC, which grew from an alumni initiative (class of ’77), is one example of how working together can provide our students with the experiences they deserve. So, if you can offer assistance with program development, fundraising, or just day-to-day interaction with Northeast High students, please find your way back to that busy city street, where the noble school is waiting! Hail Northeast! Sharon McCloskey, Co-Principal ALUMNI




Alumni Day—


Friday, May 2nd, 2014 9:00 AM

Wall of Fame Program in the School Auditorium Program to honor the Classes of January and June 1964 and 1954

11:00 AM

Registration/cash bar/Hors d’oeuvres Brookside Manor—50 Bustleton Pike, Feasterville

Parking will be available in the parking lot off of Algon Avenue. It will be strictly for Alumni on that morning. Ushers will be in the parking lot and the hallways to direct graduates to the auditorium. The speakers for the Classes of 1964 and 1954 should go directly to Room 141. Coffee, etc. will be provided there. The Senior Class will be in the auditorium. School orchestra will perform. Luncheon will follow at Brookside Manor at Somerton Springs. All classes will be seated together as a group. No tickets will be mailed. Seating charts will be at the registration desk at the luncheon. Cost of Luncheon: $25 per person Hors d’oeuvres Cash Bar Buffet with Carving Stations Sweet Table Reservations required for luncheon, but not the morning program. Check for luncheon made payable to NEHS Alumni Association and mailed to NEHS Alumni Association, 1601 Cottman Avenue. Phila, PA 19111. Reservations can also be made on the school website by clicking on “Alumni” and using Pay Pal. Please indicate name, class, and any special seating requested.

Register and pay online with PayPal. Go to the NEHS website at: and look for the Alumni Day Luncheon Announcement

ALUMNI DAY 2014 REGISTRATION FORM—RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY APRIL 21ST ____Yes, I/we will attend the morning Wall of Fame Ceremony at Northeast ____Yes, 1/we will attend the Alumni Luncheon at Brookside Manor ($25.00pp) ____Yes, I would like to sponsor a student to attend the Alumni Luncheon ($25.00pp) Special dietary requests: _______________________________________________ Name:_________________________________

Maiden name (if applicable) ___________________

Class of:________

Guest: _________________________________ Maiden name (if applicable) ___________________

Class of ________

Phone number: __________________

E-mail address: _______________________________________________

Please make check payable to NEHS Alumni Association

Amount enclosed: ______________

Mail to: NEHS Alumni Association, Cottman & Algon Avenues, Philadelphia, PA 19111



Alumni Updates/Class Notes

Got something to tell your classmates? Let us know! Send your information and photo (if available) to: NEHS Alumni Association Cottman & Algon Avenues Philadelphia, PA 19111 or e-mail to:

Dr. Jack Lutz, LM, June 39, at the age of 91 was employed by a branch of New Jersey's Dept. of Education (NJPSA-Principals and Supervisors Assoc.) as a professional mentor to aspiring school administrators. Dr. Lutz is a former recipient of the NORTHEASTER of the YEAR award. We heard from Prof. Morris E. Spencer, Class of ‘44, who shared with us his story of how he got his diploma while actually serving in the Army Air Corps. While on his first furlough, he visited Northeast, then at 8th & Lehigh, and spoke to Vice Principal Young who agreed to credit him with whatever military activities he could relate to school work!

Lee Kleeman reported that the joint Classes of 1949 held its 64th Reunion on September 15, 2013 at the Crown Plaza Bucks County. It was the 19th consecutive year of reunions for the classes. There were almost 40 attendees. The custom of males only, as the high school was in 1949, was continued—but the next reunion, the 65th, will be with spouses. In addition to the annual reunions, the committee has monthly breakfast meetings on the second Tuesday of each month. We received a check for $1000 from Class 122, January 1963, to be used for Northeast High School to help fund Departments/Activities that have been severely impacted by the budget cuts. The first grant went to the SPARC Program for robotic equipment and camera equipment for their space launch.




Louis Teller, Ph.D., LM, Class of ‘89—opened his own psychotherapy office in Holland, PA where he will have his own practice specializing in counseling adults.

Sarah (nee: Kapenstein) Maiellano, Class of 2003 and Joe Maiellano, class of 2002 are two of the four entrepreneurs who recently launched Homemade Gin Kit, LLC. They started by assembling the kits in the kitchen of their home in Arlington, VA and have sold over 3,000 kits via their website. Now they are looking into getting their kits into specialty stores and other venues. For more information, visit their website at Norma Segal, the wife of Sid Segal, science teacher at NEHS for many years, has asked us to help support his final wish: the publication of his limericks. “Amoebas to Zebras,” was recently published in his memory and you can purchase a copy at


Class of ‘77 on a Mission to Save Project SPARC Submitted by Burt Dicht, NEHS Class of 77 Two days before Christmas Lonnie Goldiner, a Class of 77 alumnus, posted an Inquirer article on our Facebook Group page. The article’s focus was on the termination of Project SPARC (Space Research Center) a distinguished after school program that provided students with “hands-on” practical experience with science, engineering and medical applications related to the space program. The program had been in existence for more than 50 years, started by physics teacher Robert A. G. Montgomery, Jr. back in 1962. Now, because of a dire budget situation faced by the Philadelphia School District, SPARC and every other after school program was being cut. The reaction on the Class of ‘77 Facebook page was immediate. We were all shocked and saddened that such an impactful program was being cut. The newspaper quotes from the current SPARC students made it all the more immediate, especially the seniors, who would not be able to complete their remaining activities and programs. I had been a SPARC member during my 3 years at NEHS and served as an astronaut on Mission 27, conducted in April 1977. SPARC had a profound impact on me and it inspired me to pursue a career in aerospace engineering. And I knew that many of my SPARC colleagues during that time went into careers in medicine, science and engineering. It was very hard fact to accept that current and future students would not get to experience what we did. We started discussing what actions we could take to save SPARC. My fellow “77” classmates including Lonnie Goldiner, Mark Wittenstein, Bruce Gold, Art Levy and Kathy McAdoo all decided to start a fundraising effort with the objective of raising enough funds to keep SPARC going through June. Because I had some experience with fundraising and I was also familiar with the new “crowdfunding” options, I offered to set up a SPARC page on GoFundMe. Working quickly we launched the site on 24 December and Art Levy volunteered to create a page on Facebook called “Mission: Save SPARC.” Word of our efforts spread pretty quickly as donations started coming in right away, even on Christmas Day. We heard from alumni as far back as the Class of 61, from former SPARC members, from parents and from teachers. Former NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson, the commander of the last shuttle mission STS 135, even donated and made an impassioned plea to the school district to save SPARC. He is a Philadelphia native and he once visited SPARC. Within three weeks we had raised more than $10,000. As of 5 February, our campaign has generated $13,735 in donations from more than 100 individuals. That was enough to save SPARC for the current year and I’m proud to say that SPARC resumed operations on 3 February with another mission planned in May. All of the funds were turned over to the NEHS Alumni Association and a dedicated bank account was set up to control the funds and ensure they only go to SPARC. Our efforts also generated very positive press coverage in the Northeast Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Fox 29. But


our work is not done. We still need to address SPARC’s long-term financial needs. On 14 January, Class of 77 alumni, several donors, teachers and students met in the SPARC wing to discuss the future. It was agreed to explore the development of an advisory board tasked with overseeing longterm fundraising for SPARC. This would involve generating funds not only to support operations, but also to invest in new hardware and technology to keep the SPARC students on the cutting edge. Much work remains and we intend to have plans in place by June so that we can ensure SPARC has the funds to operate in September. It is important to note that so many important and impactful after school programs were cut in addition to SPARC. Our success points to the difference we can make as alumni for the current students. We owe it to them to help ensure they have a positive and valuable high school experience. To do this, a suggestion was made that other classes should adopt an after school program like the Class of 77 did with SPARC. It would really have a significant impact. Are you up the challenge? Special thanks to Gary Rosenzweig, Class of 1987, who arranged for a donation of 8 Dell computer and a big screen TV. Also, Allan M. Goodman CEO of Kampi Components, Inc located in Fairless Hills, PA who donated $5,000. Students and staff very, very appreciative. If you would like to donate to SPARC go to: Or you can send a check to the: NEHS Alumni Association 1601 Cottman Avenue Phila., PA 19111

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2014 Wall of Fame Honorees Larry Magid, Class of 1960

Nominate a classmate for one or more of our 2015 Alumni Awards: — NE of Year — Community Service — Wall of Fame Send resume, bio and photo to: NEHS Alumni Association Cottman & Algon Avenues

Magid is considered a pioneer and an architect of the modern live entertainment industry. During his 50-plus year career, he has been a talent agent, manager, promoter, Broadway producer, and a television producer. He was also Regional Chairman of Live Nation from 2004-2009. In 1968, Larry opened up the world-famous rock club Electric Factory, Electric Factory Concerts followed shortly after. To date, he has produced over 16,500 live performances from a veritable who's who in music. Some highlights include bringing both Live Aid and Live 8 to Philadelphia, the world’s two biggest musical events in history. Other events include United We Stand, a benefit for 9/11 Pentagon bombing victims in Washington DC, Rock The Vote, Farm Aid, and Amnesty International. He has presented a veritable who’s who in entertainment, from Springsteen to Jay-Z, from Sinatra to Kanye. On Broadway, he produced Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays, the largest grossing non-musical in Broadway history, for which he won a Tony. He won another Tony award for Def Jam Poetry. His latest show on Broadway is Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. He has produced national and international tours for many artists, including Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Bette Midler, Earth Wind & Fire, The Allman Brothers Band, Patti LaBelle, and Grover Washington Jr. among many others. His awards include: Police Athletic League Man of the Year, Phila Music Alliance Hall Of Fame, The Philadelphia City Bowl, National Recording Academy Honors, as well as national and local awards from three governors, five mayors, the United States Senate, the House of Representatives, the State Senate and House, City, Council and numerous industry awards.




He has twice been a commencement speaker at Temple University, and in May 2012 was honored with a Doctorate in Humane Letters.

Kenneth Shear, Class of 1961 Since 1976, Shear has served as the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Association, a voluntary organization of over 14,000 members serving the profession and the city of Philadelphia since 1802. Upon graduating Northeast. Shear entered Temple University where he majored in Political Science. He earned his BA in 1967 and his M.A. in 1969. From there he went straight into teaching Political Science for the Off-Campus Division of Temple University in 1967-68, then on to instructor at the main campus of Temple University. In 1969, he served as instructor in Political Science at the Ogontz Campus of Penn State University, Continuing Education Division, while working as Administrative Analyst in the Office of the Manager of the City of Philadelphia (1969-1972). His work included personnel and budgetary control and review of the Police Department and the Water Department. From 1972-76, Shear served as the Assistant Director of the Citizens Crime Commission, a private, non-profit civic organization designed to help strengthen the criminal justice system in the Philadelphia Metropolitan area. As the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Shear oversees budgets, ancillary grant-in-aid programs, implementation of policy decided by the Board of Governors, and all projects and programs of the Association. He also serves as Board member of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation which provides grants to a myriad of public service legally related organizations.


Over the years he has received a Gubernatorial appointment to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, was appointed to the Homeland Security Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and was appointed the local representative to the Executive Committee of the National Association of Bar Executives. Shear has received numerous awards including: Committee of Seventy Political Science Fellowship, 1988 Founders Award, Volunteers for Indigent Program and the Equal Justice Award, Community Legal Services, Inc.

Honorable Barbara A. Joseph, Class of 1963 As a NEHS student, Judge Joseph was a member of the orchestra, Senate Award recipient, and member of the Honor Society. A graduate of Penn State University, she was an Owen J. Roberts Scholar, debator, Baccalaureate Woman and received the Certificate of Merit for Academic Honors. She received her law degree from the Villanova Law School where she was a member of the Villanova Law Associates representing juveniles in 1991. Judge Joseph began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, serving a total of four years in that position. Next she served as a litigator in the area of insurance defense serving as the Managing Attorney for two house counsel law firms. Additionally, she worked as an instructor, neutral arbitrator, mediator, and Judge Pro Tem and was active in the Pennsylvania Bar Association. As a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, she served on the State Civil and Mediation Committees as the Sub Co-Chair on Continuing Legal Education, Uninsured Motorist Coverage, Panels Bench Bar Conference on Custody/ Relocation as well as lecturer, instructor, and course planner. Through the course of her litigation career, prior to the Bench, she continued to serve the community in pro-bono constituent services. Judge Joseph was elected to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District, in November 1997 and commissioned in January 1998. She was retained in 2007. As Judge, she has served in the criminal trial division as Waiver and PCRA Judge, and in the civil division, in complex litigation. She serves presently in Family Court in Domestic Relations. She continues as a course planner, lecturer, participant and planner for Bar Association and community courses, as well as a member of the General Rules and Family Law Committees of the Court and member of the Nicholas A. Cipriani American Inn Court. In addition, Judge Joseph has served as a board member and officer of several owner/tenant associations and as a board member of the Friend of the Free Library of Philadelphia.


Anna Pereszleny, Class of 1964 Pereszleny received a BA in Education at Temple University. Soon after, she and her husband moved to Israel and settled in Haifa, where she taught English at Ironi Hey. After some years, she became responsible for English education for grades 7-10, supervising 10 teachers who taught more than 1,500 students. In 1991, Pereszleny returned to the United States and in 1992, she received an MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont. SIT had a strong relationship with the U.S. Peace Corps and recommended her for a training position in Swaziland. Although she did not know Siswati, the official language of Swaziland, she was able to train 10 Swazi teachers in language methodology and supervised their instruction to more than 60 Peace Corps volunteers for three months. At the conclusion of the training program, Peace Corps offered her the position of Associate Director in Turkmenistan. As such, she was part of the first team to open a new program in Ashgabat following the fall of the Soviet Union. In this position, Anna collaborated with the local Ministry of Education to identify schools and families in which Peace Corps Volunteers who taught English lived and worked. She traveled throughout the country making site visits, observing classes and meeting with local education officials. After two and a half years, Anna moved to Uzbekistan to supervise 80 Peace Corps Volunteers located in all parts of the country. In 1998, Anna was offered a position as Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Her primary responsibilities involved youth exchange programs whereby students, mostly from the former Soviet Union countries, spent a year in the United States attending high schools and living with American host families. She reviewed proposals and oversaw budget allocations that totaled more than 15 million dollars. Working in the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, one of the main goals was to increase and improve communication between people in the United States and people from other countries. In 2000, Pereszleny created a program that involved computer technology to promote such communication. The project, entitled Global Connections and Exchange (GCE), involved setting up computer labs in high schools and linking students with peers in the United States. Starting in Armenia, the program spread to Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. In 2008, the project also included students in Afghanistan. It was at this time that Pereszleny became involved with the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club in San Diego. Their proposal to run the GCE program in Jalalabad was approved and funded by the State Department and Anna had oversight responsibility. In 2010, Pereszleny was invited to work in Afghanistan Continued on page 8



National Honor Society / Alisha C. Levin Memorial Fund “The Alisha Levin Memorial Foundation is making a real difference in the quality of education at Northeast High School.”

Alisha Levin was killed on 9/11 when terrorist’s planes attacked the Twin Towers in NYC

The Alisha C. Levin Family Foundation continues to support Northeast in memory of Alisha. For the 2012 - 2013 school year, the Foundation again provided for 5 National Honor Society scholarships for students entering college in the Fall of 2013. The Levin family attended our annual NHS Induction Ceremony to present the scholarships to 5 graduating seniors that had contributed much to NE and NHS. Through this annual gift, students are publicly reminded of service, giving back, and living fully in a community of family and friends, in the memory of Alisha. Additionally, the Foundation fully funded a computer lab for our IB Program, whose students regularly lacked access to computers to complete assignments, do research, and complete college applications. In May 2013, the Alisha C. Levin Computer Lab opened in the IB wing of NE. Today, the lab is a hub of academic activity and college preparation. IB students regularly use the lab before and after school and during lunch periods. This lab has made a significant and important contribution to quality of the educational experience in the IB Program and its students and staff are grateful to the Levin family. Finally, the Levin family desired to fund something that would reach a large portion of the NE student body. We selected a motivational speaker, Jerry Ackerman, to come to NE and speak to over 1,000 students last March. Jerry’s message of good decision making, valuing people, and having a healthy self - image was presented in a funny and engaging manner that simultaneously had students roaring with laughter and spellbound in thought close to tears. Students left the auditorium that day empowered and hopeful. This past fall, in early September 2013




the National Honor Society took a bus of student runners / walkers out to Alverthorpe Park where they were able to participate in Alisha’s Walk / Run. It is so important for our students to be able to give back and to participate in the community. They learned and observed important lessons that day about family, remembering, and giving back. While they will never get to know Alisha, the character of her and her family will live on in these students thanks to Cindy and Mindy. I encourage you to visit http://! to learn more about the foundation and sign up for the next Run to Remember. The National Honor Society continues to represent the very best of Northeast High School. We uphold the traditions of excellence and service that illustrate the Viking spirit and continue to build the legacy. Despite the recent state and city budget cuts, the National Honor Society is determined to make sure that students have every educational and service opportunity possible. If you would like to partner with us as Mindy and Cindy have, schedule a visit, support NHS, or create a scholarship, please contact Joan Scheidecker at (215) 7285076 or me at Christopher Frank National Honor Society Sponsor


NEHS Participates in 2013 Run to Remember: Alisha C. Levin Memorial Fund


2014 Wall of Fame Honorees: Anna Pereszleny, Class of 1964 (continued from page 7) for three months. She was stationed at an American military base in Jalalabad as Public Diplomacy Officer. During this time, she worked to expand the program from five schools to more than 15. In addition to GCE, Anna helped the Rotary members develop two new programs that were funded by the embassy. Thousands of Afghan youth benefited from an English program and for the first time in Jalalabad, girls had the opportunity to play volleyball and ping pong through these projects. Anna departed Afghanistan in September 2012 when she also officially retired from the State Department. She returned to Israel in November and currently lives in Haifa as a retiree.

The National Honor Society of Northeast High School wishes to acknowledge and thank the Honors’ Section of the Class of 1961.

SAVE THE DATE Sunday, September 14, 2014 Fourth Annual Run to Remember

Initiated by Dr. Kenneth Graham (F ’61) and Mr. Mitchell Stein, (F’61), the Honors’ Section of this class set out to annually fund two scholarships for National Honor Society (NHS) graduating seniors that will continue to college. NHS seniors complete a scholarship application and then the members of this group review the applications and select two deserving award winners. In May of 2013, Mr. Stein had lunch with the two scholarship winners at the Country Club Diner and, at the annual NHS Induction Ceremony, Dr. Graham publicly presented the winners with their checks and certificates. The scholarship winners were Mariya Kostiv who attends the University of Pennsylvania as a Pre-Med Major and Alexis Grady who attends Lafayette University as a Psychology Major. The National Honor Society greatly appreciates the Honors Section of the Class of 1961 and the investment they are making in the education of our members. If your group or class would like to sponsor scholarships or support a group at NE, please contact Joan in the NE Alumni Office at (215) 728-5076




Thanksgiving Day Game 2013 Northeast Stumbles in its Final Game of the Season Although the Vikings were able to secure a victory over Central during the regular season, they fell short in overtime 6-3. On one of the coldest Thanksgivings in recent memory, both teams struggled to move the ball. The game ended in a 00 tie. After winning the coin toss, Central forced Northeast to go on offense first. After what seemed like a sure touchdown was called incomplete, Tyler Gormley kicked a 25 yard field goal to give the Vikings a 3-0 lead. Central’s turn followed with 2 strong runs and a touchdown on 3rd down to give the Lancers their first win in 9 years.

Will Smart, NE Senior 2013 Mini Max (Maxwell) High School Award Winner Will Smart, the 6’3”, 230 pound offensive/ defensive lineman for the Vikings was named to the list of regional award winners. Maxwell Football Club President, Ron Jaworski, announced the 2013 Mini Max High School Award winners for the state of Pennsylvania. The fifty-four players selected are from schools located in Districts 1,3,11 and 12 in the eastern half of the state. Players were nominated by their coaches throughout the 2013 season and were evaluated based on a criteria that includes; football performance, academics, and community service. The Mini Max Award recipients were honored at a dinner held on Thursday January 9, 2014 at the Drexelbrook Catering Ballroom in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. Sports update provided by NEHS AD Chris Riley ‘85




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IN MEMORIAM The following alumni passings were reported by George Nelson, J’41, Charles Mills J’40, Herbert Hickmott, J’43. * indicates life member and + indicates Wall of Fame, Bold indicates a member of the Alumni Board Executive Committee. Class

29J 30J 40F 40J 41J 42F 42F 42J 43J 44F 45J 47F 47F 51J 55J 56J 58J 60F 60F 60F

Denton, Jackson G Schmidt, Edward S LM Utsch, "Ernest, Jr" Fenningham, John A. Netter, Henry Hart II Acerkmann, Guenter Bader, Harry Frederick LM Kilgus, Charles Cincotta, Louis J LM Dove Jr, James B LM Etter, Wynn LM Fleming , William M Pettit, Arthur G LM Bilda, Frederick M Stewart, Ronald L. LM Greenberg, Gary B. Vitow, Barry Ball, Arlene l Berman, Beverly Cohen, Stanford

60F Debaecke, Raymond 60F Feinberg, Arlene 60F Gill, Alan 60F Hoffman, Arlene Ball LM 60F Rody, Carl 60F Weinfeld, William 60J Chodak, Harry 60J Reiss, Irv 60J Rosenthal, Phyllis 60J Spector, Bonnie 65F Lonker, Lon LM 67 Bergman, Merle Kaplan Apfelbaum 67 Gerstein, Mark 67 Jacoby, Benjamin 67 Milgram, Joyce Grossman 67 Segal, Janice Bluestein 67 Weideman, Janice 69 Haig, Michael 70 Lertzman, Bruce J 86 Rubin, Scott 89 Winkis, Michelle Soltys

Philomena O'Hanlon, 89 years old, died 1/28/14 She taught in Philadelphia schools for 45 years and also authored “Archives 75: A History of Northeast High School.”

“Virtue’s Learning Seat” to Become Edison Square Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Daily News

The “old” Northeast will forever be immortalized in hearts and in photos, but the building itself, sadly, no longer stands. The home of virtue’s learning seat for so many years, had fallen into disrepair. The only solution was to raze the building so that something new could stand in the noble location originally known as Northeast Manual Training School and later as Northeast High School. In 1903, City Council appropriated $327,000 for the construction of Northeast Manual. The architect was Lloyd Titus. The cornerstone was laid January,9th, 1904.

Northeast High School Alumni Association Cottman & Algon Aves. Philadelphia, PA 19111



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NEHS ALUMNI REVIEW is published each spring by the Northeast High School Alumni Association. Stories, information, reunion schedules, etc. for publication must be received by the first full school week in January of the new year in order to maintain deadline. A web based version can be found at Please send all correspondence to: NEHS Alumni Association Cottman & Algon Avenues Philadelphia, PA 19111 or e-mail:

Reunion Schedules For an updated listing of reunions, visit the Alumni section of the school’s website at F&J ‘49 —65th Reunion—September 2014 (date to be confirmed) at Crown Plaza Bucks County. Contact Jay Silver (215) 698-1556 or Luther Royds (215) 673-7742 J’60—5/17/15—Sunday brunch (11am) at Colleen’s at the Savoy, 1444 Highway 73, Pennsauken, NJ. Save the date. More details to come. J’62—Reunion committee is in the process of planning a 70th Birthday Party in 2014. Please send your updated contact information to Alan Tepper at F’64—4/26/14—Evviva Restaurant, Narberth, PA. The 121 Class of NEHS will hold its 50th anniversary reunion and is looking to update classmate contact information. Please email Larry Bogdanoff at with your current information (name, address/city/zip, home and cell #’s, and e-mail address) J’64—5/3/14— Radisson Hotel, Trevose, PA The 122nd Class of NEHS will be holding their 50th class reunion the weekend of May 2-4, 2014. There will be a special commemoration and luncheon at NEHS on Friday, May 2nd in

conjunction with Alumni Day. On Saturday, May 3rd, there will be a grand celebration at the Radisson Hotel in Trevose. We will also be hosting a brunch at the hotel on Sunday, May 4th. Classmates, PLEASE send your current contact information to Alice Brodsky Heller ( or Anita Davis Block ( J’65—50th Reunion! 4/25/15—Radisson Blue Warwick Hotel, Center City. Please visit the class website to update your contact information:

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