MT. LEBANON HIGH SCHOOL
GREAT ALUMNI AWARD 2006
2006 Great Alumni Award Recipients
Pictured from left to right: Kevin Dixon, (representing Marth Dixon 77'), Anne Borik M.D. 82', Virginia Nungesser Jamieson 37', Karen Taylor 82', Vincent C. Albo, M. D. 47', Richard Louis Ray M.D. 61'.
The Great Alumni Award is a Student Council project designed to honor alumni who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments after graduating from Mt. Lebanon High School. A award luncheon will be held at the High School on September 29, 2006 to honor the awardees; they will also be recognized at the football game the same evening.
The recipients of the 2006 Great Alumni Award are:
Vincent C. Albo, M. D. Nominated by: James B. Steen
Class of 1947
After Mt. Lebanon High School, Dr. Vincent Albo was graduated from Dartmouth College in 1951 and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1955. He is a clinical professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a senior Pediatric staff member at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Magee Women’s Hospital in the Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.
Dr. Ablo brought the National Cancer Institute sponsored Children’s Cancer Study Group (CCSG) to Pittsburgh and served as the principal investigator from 1963 to 1993. He also was the Assistant Medical Director of the Central Blood Bank and served on the Board of Directors as both an Executive Committee member and as a member of the Medical Advisory Committee. He was instrumental in bringing the Ronald McDonald House and Make-A-Wish to Pittsburgh and served a term as President of the Ronald McDonald House as well as a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. From 1983 to 1985 he served on the Board of Directors of the Leukemia Society of Pittsburgh. Through his numerous publications and research in childhood leukemia and other childhood cancers, Dr. Albo has received several million dollars in grant support for children’s cancer research.
Anne Borik, M. D. Nominated by: Gina M. Morgano
Class of 1982
Dr. Borik received her undergraduate degree from Temple University and her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Midwestern University. Dr. Borik has pioneered the field of Hospitalists Medicine and started IPC (Inpatient Consultant), one of the largest hospitalist groups in the country. Anne also serves as Medical Director for the Hospice of Arizona. She has also published research articles in various medical journals, lectures nationally about heart disease, new treatments in pneumonia, and critical care hypertension, and has had multiple TV appearances promoting health and wellness. She is the author of a bi-monthly column that appears in the Gilbert Good Living Magazine.
Dr. Borik has received many outstanding awards, including being voted as one of the Top Doctors in the Valley by Phoenix Magazine in 2000 and was named to the Who’s Who in the World of Medicine and Healthcare for three consecutive years. Dr. Borik is a veteran martial artist and at one time ranked 3rd in the world in the women’s’ black belt division. She is also the founder of the Pittsburgh Blind Karate Academy.
Several years ago she combined her appreciation for the martial arts and her medical knowledge to design a new relaxation exercise system called Sign Chi Do. Sign Chi Do can help lower blood pressure, decrease risk for heart disease, and enhance balance and memory. One of the first installments is “the Art of Moving Prayer.”
Additionally, she recently completed the curriculum for the drug and alcohol recovery population known as the 12 Step Sign Chi Do Program. Dr. Borik contracted with CIGNA, a large health management group, to provide Sign Chi Do to members. This is the first time a health insurance company is offering “prayer” as a modality covered benefit.
Martha Dixon (Deceased) Nominated by: Monica Dentino
Class of 1977
Martha graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School, and earned a degree in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. After working as a forensic chemist in the state crime lab in Little Rock, Arkansas, Martha entered the FBI Academy and graduated in 1987. Special Agent Martha Dixon’s first assignment was in Knoxville, TN, where she earned a spot on the elite S.W.A.T. team.
Her next assignment was at the Washington, D.C. Field Office, working on the Cold Case Homicide Task Force. There, on November 22, 1994, she confronted a gunman who had just killed 2 of her partners and wounded another. Ignoring the opportunity for escape, Martha disabled the gunman, but was killed in the exchange.
For her sacrifice in preventing further loss of life, she received the FBI’s highest honor, the Medal of Valor. She also was recognized at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. and at the FBI Field Offices in Washington, D.C. and Knoxville. In addition, the FBI Field Office in Pittsburgh is named in her honor.
In memory of Martha’s love of children, The Martha Fund, sponsor of an annual 10K race in Mt. Lebanon, supports area playground equipment.
Newton Heisley Nominated by: Walter McCain
Class of 1938
Newton Heisley is the designer of the POW/MIA flag commemorating and honoring Prisoners of War or Missing in Action personnel from U.S. wars. He made the flag public property with no copyright or trademark fee for its reproduction. It is flown at most national, state, and local government buildings. In 1998, Mr. Heisley was recognized in a Congressional Citation by Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Senator from Colorado.
Mr. Heisley first sketched the image in pencil while working for an advertising agency contracted to design the POW/MIA flag. Color was intended to be added, but the flag manufacturer began production while the design was still in the black and white stages. The flag first flew over the White House in 1988 and was installed in the Capitol Rotunda in 1989. It is the only flag ever permanently displayed there. In 1990 Congress adopted the flag as “the symbol of our nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing, and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia.”
After high school, Mr. Heisley graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Syracuse University. Mr. Heisley served in the Air Force in World War II as a troop carrier pilot. He is now retired and lives in Colorado Springs.
Virginia Nungesser Jamieson Nominated by: Georgianne Williams
Class of 1937
Ginny Jamieson launched her volunteer career with St. Clair Hospital 52 years ago when the hospital was a dream, not a reality, of the South Hills community. She helped raise funds for the new hospital by organizing raffles, fashion shows, card parties and other activities and became the schedule coordinator for the hospital’s two information desks when it opened in 1954. Working 31 hours per month, Ginny continues to serve as chair of the Information Desk. In this post, she supervises the training and scheduling of over 100 volunteers. Her 35,000 hours of community service demonstrate why she is one of the pillars of St. Clair Hospital.
For her efforts, Ginny was named one of the Post Gazette’s Community Champions and one of Mt. Lebanon’s Outstanding Citizens. Ginny Jamieson continues to be a dynamic force as a volunteer and her amazing leadership has been an inspiration to patients, visitors, and staff at the hospital.
Richard Louis Ray, M.D Nominated by: Jean C. Burt
Class of 1961
Dr. Richard Ray graduated from Kenyon College in 1965 with a degree in Chemistry, and from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School in 1969. He is an accomplished and experienced orthopedic surgeon. He presently practices at Allegheny General Hospital and recently completed 3 years as the Interim Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Ray has held faculty appointments at The University of Pittsburgh, Harvard Medical School, MCP Hahneman School of Medicine, and presently, the Allegheny Campus of Drexel University where he serves as Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery.
Dr. Ray served in the military from 1974-1977, first as Lt. Commander and Chief of Orthopedics at the U.S. Naval Regional Medical in Yokosuka, Japan and then as a Staff Orthopedic Surgeon at the Naval Submarine Medical Center in Groton, Connecticut. From 1979-1987, he was Team Physician for the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department.
Numerous awards and recognitions have been given to Dr. Ray including Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center Outstanding Surgical Resident Award, the American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award and The Allegheny General Hospital Golden Mallet Award for Excellence in Orthopedic Teaching. From 1995-1998 he served as president Elect and President of the Medical Staff of Allegheny General Hospital. In 1996, by special invitation, Dr. Ray visited the Republic of Guinea to evaluate the potential for improved orthopedic care, and in 1998 served on the Advisory Group for Hospital Evaluation for Accreditation for the Kingdom of Qatar. In 2005, he was the visiting Orthopedic Surgeon at the International Medical Center in Egypt.
In addition to his extensive publications and professional service, Dr. Ray has served on the Board of Directors for Area E of the Pennsylvania Special Olympics, as Director of Health & Safety, Japeechen District, Allegheny Council, BSA, and as Chairman of the Pack Committee for Cub Scout Pack #154.
Vincent J. Russo (Deceased) Nominated by: Alexandra Russo
Class of 1968
Vince Russo has been hailed as one of the most outstanding athletes ever to graduate from Mt. Lebanon. As testimony to this, he was named as a Parade All American while in high school. Upon graduation from Mt. Lebanon High School in 1968, Vince went to Virginia Tech on a full football scholarship. He became captain of the Virginia Tech football team.
Vince Russo died in 1995 but his memory continues to have an effect on the football players and members of the Mt. Lebanon community who knew him. Upon his death, an award was established and dedicated to his life and his achievements. The Vincent J. Russo Memorial Football Award is given annually to a Mt. Lebanon football player not only for the athlete’s football ability, but for the qualities of his character. These include the same qualities that have been attributed to Vince Russo; heart, leadership, desire, and true friendship.
Karen Taylor Nominated by: Franci Eberz
Class of 1983
Karen Taylor has dedicated years of service to children in Mt. Lebanon and Allegheny County. In addition to serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for seven children, Karen has spent the past 15 years volunteering as a PTA leader, softball and soccer coach, and church volunteer. Karen’s innate ability to meet the needs of children, combined with her kind spirit, has allowed for positive changes in the lives of many children.
Karen was recently named CASA Volunteer of the Year. CASA volunteers are assigned to the most complicated cases of children who have been victims of terrible abuse or neglect. She was also the past recipient of the Foster Friend Award which is given to an individual who has demonstrated dedication and service beyond the call of duty to the students of the Foster School community.
Karen has been a PTA volunteer and leader for fifteen years. She served as Foster School PTA President and as the PTA 2nd Vice President at Mellon Middle School. Additionally, she chaired multiple PTSA committees at the high school. Karen has participated in campaign work for local candidates in various offices and is also a member of the Blue Devil Club and The Knitwits, a fundraising group that benefits the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh as well as The Matthew Conover Scholarship.