2007 Alumni

2007 Alumni

  • Steven Federman, B.H.S. 1967.For extraordinary achievement in the field of Astronomy. Currently, he is a professor of astronomy at the U. of Toledo, OH. A highly respected astrophysicist, he has lectured around the globe. He recently co-authored “Newly Synthesized Lithium in the Interstellar Medium” describing how lithium is formed. The work was published by the professional journal Nature. He and fellow researchers utilize the McDonald Observatory of the U. of Texas at Austin. Federman has written 90 papers for scientific journals and has received over 1.7 million dollars in grants. His honors include Fellowship in the American Physical Society and chairmanships of   scientific committees. A respected member of Congregation B’nai Israel, he participates in numerous community service endeavors. His daughter, Rebecca, is currently a junior at Ottawa Hills H.S.


  • George Freund, B.H.S. 1969For extraordinary achievement in the field of Public Service.  After graduating from the Nassau County Police Academy in 1970, his assignments included the Identification Bureau, 3rdPrecinct patrol, Narcotics Bureau and Special Investigations Squad. Detective Freund worked undercover narcotics for over 21 years including murder investigations, kidnappings, wiretaps, extraditions and, on more than one occasion, shootouts. In 2003 he was appointed Special Deputy, US Marshall’s Regional Fugitive Task Force. He received the Marshals Special Award of Excellence (2003) and Investigator of the Year (2005), Congressional Certificate of Merit and six meritorious police awards. He and his wife Nina (BHS 71) live in Massapequa, and have two children, Melissa (MHS 93) and George (MHS 95). 
  • Douglas Glaysher, M.H.S. 1960For extraordinary achievement in collegiate athletics, and public administration. After achieving 1964 All-American & Olympic honors in basketball at Emporia State University, he served as a teacher & coach at Hanover Park H.S., NJ. In 1982, he began a career in City Parks and Recreation in Bentonville, AR. In 1998, he was inducted into Emporia’s Hall of Honor. The city and Director Glaysher are  continuing to develop facilities that include 500 acres of park land; 61 miles of walking trails, an aquatic center, 15 soccer fields, 24 baseball/softball fields, and neighborhood parks to serve a growing city of over 29,000 residents. Bentonville’s facilities have been voted as the “National Championship Baseball Site of the Year in 2003” by USSSA. He and his wife Lana have three children, Michael, Joelle, and Brian who locally. 
  • Carl Herrman, M.H.S. 1956.  For extraordinary achievement in the field of art. Carl Herrman has been art director for the US Postal  Service since 1992. He has designed over 400 postal stamps including Marilyn Monroe; Humphrey Bogart; James Dean; DC Comic  Super Heroes and many more. Previously, Carl was director of Public  Relations and Publications at the University of North Florida. He  also held director level positions with the U of California /Irvine, the MITRE Corporation and was sr. art director for Doubleday & Company.  He has been awarded over 280 awards from the  New York and Washington DC Art Clubs, and gold medals from the Society  of Illustrators. Carl is the president emeritus of the DC Chapter  of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. He received his MS degree in management from  The American University, has lectured at the Smithsonian  Institution and taught at numerous universities. He lives in Carlsbad, CA with  his wife Sharon.   


  • George Kindel, B.H.S. 1970.George Kindel, BHS 1970.  For extraordinary achievement in the field of journalism. He has a  1975 graduate of the Univ. of Houston, and has a master’s in journalism from Boston Univ. His 30 years of experience began at the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, NY, followed by assignments at metro newspapers including Newsday and the Boston Herald, where he was assistant managing editor. In 1989, he jumped to TV news, serving as executive editor of Boston’s WHDH, where he won more than two dozen national awards, including five Emmy awards and the prestigious IRE award for investigative reporting. In 1991, he was awarded a fellowship-in-residence at the Univ. of Chicago. Kindel then became senior executive producer for Time Inc., producing documentary news reports for Time, Fortune, PBS, ABC and Discovery, among others. He also was at the forefront of the digital news revolution, serving as news director for the world’s first interactive TV news operation. A recognized expert on digital convergence, in 2002 he was named associate professor and director of digital and documentary journalism at the University of Richmond, VA, where he also coached the crew team. He currently is managing editor and national contributor for FOXNews.com. He and his wife Jennifer have four children.
  • Daniel Thomas Moran, B.H.S. 1975.For extraordinary achievement in poetry. He is a graduate of Stony Brook and Howard University College of Dentistry. He was named poet laureate of Suffolk County by the legislature in 2005 and is listed in Who’s Who in America and the International Who’s Who in Poetry. He has been vice president of the Walt Whitman Birthplace Association and has authored six collections of poetry. The most recent, Looking for the Uncertain Past was published by The University of Salzburg in 2006. He was literary correspondent to Long Island Public Radio and has given readings in Ireland, Italy, Austria as well as The United Nations and The Library of Congress. His work is being archived at Stony Brook University. He is the father of Lindsay, Ashley and Gregory. He lives on Shelter Island with his wife, Karen .


  • Jerry Passman, M.H.S.1962. For extraordinary achievement in Corporate Administration.  For the past 39 years, Jerry as been with the Travelers Insurance Company.  He was the President of Bankers and Shippers, a subsidiary of the Travelers, prior to its sale.  Jerry currently is the Claims Vice President in charge of Specialty Lines. He played varsity baseball at the University of Toledo from which he received his BA.  He received his Masters from The University of Hartford. Jerry is involved in various  philanthropic endeavors in the greater Hartford area, including the American Cancer Society, and the Kingswood Oxford School,. For the past 5 years, Jerry and his wife have run a major fundraising golf and tennis tournament for Congregation Beth Israel, He resides in Farmington Connecticut with his attorney wife, April Haskell. They have one son, Mickey who is currently attending Brooklyn Law School. 
  • Lisa Seidman, M.H.S.1975.For extra ordinary achievement in the field of TV & Screen Writing.  Lisa Seidman has spent most of her television career writing for the primetime serials Falcon Crest, Dallas, and Knots Landing as well as Cagney & Lacy, Murder, She Wrote, and Scarecrow and Mrs. King.  For the past four years Lisa was the head writer on the phenomenally successful, award-winning Russian primetime serial, Poor Anastasia.  She received an Emmy nomination for her work on Guiding Light as well Writers Guild nominations for Guiding Light and Sunset Beach.  She currently writes for One Life To Live and has spent the past twelve years teaching screen and television writing at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program where she was awarded Teacher of the Year. Lisa, spent two years as an elected member of the Writers Guild of America, West Board of Directors.

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