On Friday, September 27, Mt. Lebanon High School proudly announced the recipients of the 2019 Great Alumni Award: Craig M. Drew, Class of 1998; Thomas Michael Finke, Class of 1982; Harold A. Langstaff (Deceased) Class of 1939; Doug Satterfield, Class of 1971.
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. This is the 15th year of the award program. 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 high school held a luncheon on September 27 to honor the awardees and they were recognized at the home football game that night. The Great Alumni pictured are from left to right: Thomas Finke, Craig Drew, Nancy Langstaff Krakauer, and Doug Satterfield.
The 2019 Great Alumni
CRAIG M. DREW Class OF 1998
Mr. Craig Drew is a Chief Petty Officer for the United States Coast Guard. He started as an enlisted member after three semesters of college and continued to advance in this career. He has conducted a myriad of rescues that include pulling fishermen off burning boats, evacuating Hurricane Katrina victims, and airlifting people with medical emergencies from remote areas of the world to safety. Officer Drew continues to be an active mentor to fellow Coast Guard employees and is responsible for training new members in operations and administrative duties to enact the Coast Guard’s missions of saving lives and ensuring our country’s continued security. Mr. Drew and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Massachusetts and are the proud parents of Ellie, Abby, JD, and Mackenzie.
Mr. Drew was nominated for this award by Mr. Brian M. Drew, his brother, who is a 1994 graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School.
THOMAS MICHAEL FINKE CLASS OF 1982
Mr. Thomas Finke was a member of the 1980 WPIAL AAAA championship football team and the winner of the Robert M. Conn award as a senior at MLHS. Currently, he is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Barings a billion dollar global investment management firm. His 28-year financial career led him to roles in both banking and investment management, more specifically in High Yield and Loan Syndications in notable companies such as First Union Capital Markets, Bear Stearns, and Company and Mellon Bank. The organizations that he directly supports or mentors others to support are the Levine Children's Hospital 5k Run, the Charlotte Ballet, Opera Carolina, Habitat for Humanity, Teach for America, and Hugo the Hornet & The Barings Book Bus. Mr. Finke and his wife, Heather, reside in North Carolina and are the proud parents of Ashley, Caroline, William, Walker, and Michael.
Mr. Finke was nominated for this award by his wife, Mrs. Heather Sutherland Finke (’83), and his cousins Mr. Tom Joyce, Mr. Mike Joyce, and Mrs. Keary McFeeley, (’91).
HAROLD A. LANGSTAFF (deceased) CLASS OF 1939
Mr. Langstaff was a star athlete and scholar at Mt. Lebanon High School before attending The University of Michigan where he was a member of the football team. He attended college for two years before being called into military service as a fighter pilot in both World War II and the Korean War. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and eight Air Medals for his heroic actions during those wars. He retired as a Lt. Colonel and began a career in the aerospace industry as a project manager for Aerojet General Corporation. One of the projects he worked on was the Polaris Missile program. Mr. Langstaff and his wife, Ruth Means Langstaff (‘40), who currently resides in Sacramento, California, are the parents of Gordon, Nancy, and Gary. They are also the grandparents of Kevin, Carly, Danielle, and Brett.
Mr. Langstaff was nominated for this award by Mr. Harold H. Wilson, a 2009 Great Alumni and Mt. Lebanon High School Class of 1947 alumni.
DOUG SATTERFIELD CLASS OF 1971
Mr. Satterfield owns Rollier Hardware, a 65 year old Mt. Lebanon institution. In 1953,
Mr. Satterfield’s father opened the Mt. Lebanon Rollier hardware store in the McFarland Road farm building. Starting in 1971, Doug Satterfield and his brothers worked alongside their father. Since then, Mr. Satterfield his welcomed his own sons, a third generation, into the hardware business. The store’s substantive and ever growing customer base is related to Mr. Satterfield’s stock of innovative tools and hardware supplies and his employees providing consistently excellent customer service. The store’s presence on the internet continually grows. He helped rebuild Foster Elementary School’s playground,supported the Center for Theatre Arts, and his hand thrown pottery has been auctioned at the Pittsburgh Empty Bowls fundraisers. Mr. Satterfield and his wife, Mary Lou (‘72), are the parents of Brett (‘99), Derek (’03), Tara (06’), and the proud grandparents of Luke and Conner.
Mr. Satterfield was nominated for this award by his friends Mr. Michael Blehar and
Mr. Dann Scheiferstein.