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Transcript Requests Great Alumni Program

Mt. Lebanon High School 

The Great Alumni Award is a project of the Mt. Lebanon High School Student Council.  Administrators, faculty, students, and alumni serve on the selection committee. The recipients of the Great Alumni Award are selected based on exceptional work in at least one of the following areas: improvement in the lives of others, involvement in community service or achievement in a professional field.The awardees will be honored at a luncheon at the High School on October 17, 2014 and at the football game that evening.   

Congratulations to the 2014 Great Alumni


                                     DEAN A. CALLAND CLASS of 1972
Dean Calland is a nationally recognized attorney who is an authority on the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), regulatory and corrective action issues, and all forms of site remediation, including brownfields. He serves as national environmental counsel for several large national and multinational chemical and plastics corporations. He has been widely published and is a frequent lecturer on environmental law issues. Mr. Calland is a founding shareholder of the firm Babst Calland and he is a member of the Environmental Services Group. The Best Lawyers in America named Mr. Calland as a 2010 “Environmental Lawyer of the Year” in Pennsylvania and has selected him for inclusion in their Environmental Section since 1993. He has been selected as a member of the International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers, and is a member of the American College of Environmental Lawyers. Mr. Calland serves on the board of directors of River Quest, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating children and teachers regarding the ecological value of Pittsburgh’s three rivers. He is also the president of the board of directors of the Crossroads Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to helping at-risk inner city youth graduate from high school and go on to higher educational opportunities. Mr. Calland and his wife Mary are the recipients of the 2009 NCEA Elizabeth Ann Seton National Award for outstanding service to Catholic education. Mr. Calland obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Yale University and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife reside in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania and are the parents of five children and grandparents of one grandchild.

Mr. Calland was nominated by his friend, Mr. Larry Lebowitz..


Betty Jo Hirschfield Louik, D.M.D., is a nationally recognized dentist and has a long standing dental practice in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of the American Association of Women Dentists Award, the American College of Dentists Award, the Alpha Omega Fraternity Award, has been elected to the national dental honor society Omicron Kappa Upsilon, and recently received America’s Best Dentist Award. For four years she was a part-time instructor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Hirschfield Louik was elected president of Temple Emanuel and served in this role during a major building renovation and expansion of the synagogue. For her efforts during this tenure, she received the Pennsylvania Scroll of Honor Award from the Union of Reform Judaism and the Woman of the Year Manny Award from Temple Emanuel. She has served on the Agency for Jewish Learning Board of Directors and as board member and fundraising chairperson for the Denis Theatre Foundation since 2008. Dr. Hirschfield Louik graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Chatham College, and graduated first in her class from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. She and her husband Howard are the parents of three children and grandparents of one grandchild.

Dr. Hirschfield Louik was nominated for this award by her friend, Ms. MJ Meenen.


                                    CLINTON A. HODDER CLASS of 1958
Clinton Hodder, Colonel, U.S. Army (retired), is recognized as one of the first quartermaster officers of his time to become a charter member of the Army Acquisition Corps. This recognition is for his military career commitment to the research, development, standardization, interoperability, and acquisition of weapon systems and equipment that enhanced operational capabilities of the United States Army and the NATO Allies during the Cold War era. Colonel Hodder also dedicated his career to obtaining clothing and protective gear that enhanced the survivability of the soldiers on the battlefield. This included his direction and support of the research and development of military helmets, protective vests, and the acquisition of boots that could specifically withstand the desert heat during the first Iraq war. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Vietnamese Honor Medal first class. Upon his retirement from the United States Army, Colonel Hodder became the director of the Quartermaster Foundation. He also raises donations in support of the Quartermaster Museum. He continues to mentor young officers and soldiers in order to make them better quartermasters and multifunctional logisticians. President Obama selected Colonel Hodder as a recipient of the Call to Service Award for his dedication to volunteerism. He was also recently inducted into the Quartermaster Regimental Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the Distinguished Order of Saint Martin. Colonel Hodder earned his Bachelor in Science in Business Administration, and as a distinguished graduate of ROTC, he received a regular Army commission in the Quartermaster Corps from the University of Dayton. He also is a graduate of the Naval War College and earned a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Alabama. He and his wife Kim are the parents of six children and grandparents of fourteen grandchildren.

Colonel Hodder was nominated by his friend, Ms. Nancy Anderson


Ruby Kang is a steadfast volunteer and a hardworking supporter of a wide variety of Pittsburgh and Mt. Lebanon service organizations. She is currently the vice president of the Ladies Hospital Aid Society, the immediate past president and current board member of the Mt. Lebanon Community Endowment Foundation, and an advisory board member of the Mt. Lebanon Key Communicator organization. Mrs. Kang was the Woman’s Golf Association 9 Hole co-chairperson at St. Clair Country Club, a Gala Committee member for the Ward Home, the Arthritis Foundation, and the Pittsburgh Kid’s Foundation. She formerly held the positions of PTA president and vice president at multiple schools in the Mt. Lebanon School District and was the co-chairperson of the 2014 Mt. Lebanon High School Prom. She is a former board member of Outreach Teen and Family Services and was a 2007 Mt. Lebanon School District Baldridge Internal Assessment team member. She also volunteers at the South Hills Food Pantry as a monthly shopper. She was always active in her children’s sports affiliations and held positions as treasurer and board member for the Mt. Lebanon Hockey Association and concessions manager for the Mt. Lebanon Girls Volleyball Team. Her industrious efforts have earned her the 2004 National PTA Life Achievement Award, the 2014 PTA Outstanding Service Award, and the 2014 Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Woman of Distinction Award in Philanthropy. Mrs. Kang received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Duquesne University. She and her husband James are the parents of three children.

Mrs. Kang was nominated by her friends, Mr. and Mrs. Steve and Teresa Saxton.


John Macdonald, M.D., is the former Chief of Surgery at Holy Cross Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and is a medical consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO). His thirty-year career as a thoracic and vascular surgeon led to his selection as a volunteer member of the United States medical team that arrived in Haiti two days after that country’s devastating earthquake in 2010. The harsh conditions were daunting, but the medical team persevered and saved hundreds of Haitian lives over the next five months. As a direct result of his experiences with the Haitian people, Dr. Macdonald opened a wound care clinic in 2012 that is located in the Project Medishare Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Dr. Macdonald, in conjunction with the University of Miami School of Medicine, works tirelessly in Haiti to establish a sustainable medical program that addresses the most basic needs of the patients and supports the training of Haitian medical clinicians in the fundamentals of wound care. He hopes to see this medical program become a global resource for academic clinical training and research. Currently,
the World Health Organization and Dr. Macdonald are conducting extensive wound care research in Ghana. His received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame, and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, completed his internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami, completed his residency in general and cardiovascular surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, and completed his fellowship in cardiovascular surgery at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, England. Dr. Macdonald and his wife Kari are the proud parents of four sons and grandparents of four grandchildren.

Dr. Macdonald was nominated by his Class of 1954 friends, Ms. Barbara Center Mann, Ms. Carolou Fidder Marquet, and Ms. Judith Langhart Musgrave.


Father Donald McIlvane was a man of passionate opinions who worked on behalf of social justice for the disenfranchised throughout the world. He was a strong supporter of organized labor, especially the steelworkers, and he continually marched and protested for jobs, peace, and civil rights. Reverend McIlvane lived in Mt. Lebanon during his senior year of high school. He attended Catholic University and he became a sailor in the United States Naval Reserve and was stationed on the Yale Victory ship from 1942-1945. He was aboard the ship at Okinawa in southern Japan when the atomic bomb was dropped. He was influenced to become a priest by Jesuit Father Philip Sullivan and attended St. Vincent’s Seminary. His ordination occurred in Pittsburgh in 1952 and he celebrated his first Mass at St. Bernard’s Church in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania. In 1965 Father McIlvane was sent as a representative of the Catholic Interracial Council of Pittsburgh to Alabama, where he walked with Martin Luther King Jr. and others in the historic Selma-to-Montgomery March that supported voting rights for African-Americans. He returned to Pittsburgh and served at many churches in Allegheny and Beaver counties and as chaplain for the Allegheny County Jail throughout his 60 years of active ministry. In April 1994 he traveled to South Africa as a documented observer of the free elections when black South Africans voted for the first time and Nelson Mandela ran for president. Throughout his life, Father McIlvane was effectively outspoken on behalf of the poor. He tirelessly supported women’s rights, increasing the minimum wage, improving bus service for the disadvantaged, and brought to the forefront racist hiring practices. He also continually challenged the church’s practices and traditions as well as the practices of local and national politicians. At age 74, he was arrested and later acquitted for civil disobedience on behalf of janitors protesting job cuts. Father McIlvane’s name is among local civil rights activists honored on the Freedom Corner Memorial in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, PA. He received numerous awards in recognition of his ardent support for the underserved in society.

Reverend McIlvane was nominated by Mr. Terry Phillips, a 1968 Mt. Lebanon High School alumni.


James Offutt became the national president and chief executive officer of the Navy League of the United States in June 2013. As a volunteer, he has served the Navy League at all levels of governance. He spearheaded the establishment of relief funds for the families of the 2013 Navy Yard shooting victims who were injured or fatally wounded. For several years, he served as chairman of the Maritime Policy and Resolutions Committee and directed the creation of the Navy League’s annual Maritime Policy. He was awarded the Secretary of the Navy’s Distinguished Public Service Award. During his U.S. Navy career, Commander Offutt, U. S. Navy (retired) was a pilot and weapon systems acquisition manager. He flew S-2, A-6, and S-3 carrier-based aircraft and flew 201 combat missions. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, ten Air Medals, and three Navy Commendation Medals. Mr. Offutt worked in industry as president of Rosslyn Group and National Capital Group, and vice president of Vanguard Research, AC Technologies Inc., Alpha-insight, and Titan Corporation. As president of Computer Reclamation Inc., he led a non-profit organization that provided IT solutions to non-profit associations. Mr. Offutt’s civic activity included serving as chairman and member of the Fairfax City Planning Commission and vice-chairman of the Economic Development Commission. He served as chairman of the Region Transportation Citizens’ Committee for Northern Virginia. Mr. Offutt holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of LaVerne, California, and a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico. He and his wife Becky are the parents of two sons and the grandparents of three grandchildren.

Mr. Offutt was nominated by his sister, Ms. Jane Offutt.



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