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SPFHS Hall of Fame
Distinguished Members as of November 2016
Inducted in 2005 and 2006:
Carol Bellamy '59 : served as Director of the Peace Corps, Executive Director of UNICEF, and in the New York state senate.
Renaldo "Skeets" Nehemiah '77: NFL wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, a member of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame and NJ Sports Hall of Fame, set four world records in '79 in track and field, later lowered his own records.
Linda De Milt Stender '69: has been Fanwood Mayor, Union County Freeholder, and state assembly woman for many years, responsible for many bills and accomplishments.
Jean Taylor Burgdorff '42: President and founder of Burdorff Realtors which as of 2012 had sixteen offices and seven hundred agents. She has been a major force in many aspects of the NJ real estate market.
Donald T. DiFrancesco '62: Governor of New Jersey, State Assemblyman, State Senator, Lawyer. He taught at Seton Hall and Rutgers. For decades he visited classrooms to educate students about state government.
William Allen Ryback '68: Senior Director, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve 1986-2003. Later was Deputy Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, and consultant for the World Bank and IMF. His international experience led him to be a gifted teacher at many institutions, including Harvard Law School.
Patricia Jean Falkenhain Geiringer '44: distinguished herself in many on and off Broadway plays over many decades. Won two Obie Awards in one season, was a member of Joseph Papp's first New York Shakespeare Company in Central Park.
Marie DiFrancesco Leppert '44: was one of the founders of, and has remained active in, the SPFHS Alumni Association. She served as a teacher in the Scotch Plains-Fanwood and Plainfield schools. Her activities in town have been numerous ranging from PTA, College Club of Fanwood- Scotch Plains (served as President five times) , Girl Scouts, Historical Society (as curator, produced walking tours and driving tours of historical interest, as well as school programs) , Episcopal Church, Blue Raiders Boosters, Republican Committee and Historical Preservation Commission. She is most proud of being the first female Senior Class President of SPFHS.
Steve Schnur '79: His contributions to the music and video game industry are un-paralleled. He was selected as one of the most creative people in the entertainment industry by "Entertainment Weekly". He was named as one of the most powerful people in the music industry by "Music Business".
Dorothy Blythe McDowell '47: was appointed by the Governor of New Jersey to serve as Commissioner for NJ Parks and Recreation. She also served as a member of the Ocean County Transportation Advisory Committee, Founder of the NJ Coalition of Women and Disabilities, and consultant to the NJ Institute of Technology for accessibility and modifications for people with disabilities.
James Shreve '45: He was a candidate for the National (collegiate) Football Coach of the year in 1954. Had a consistent and proven tack record of success on the collegiate and scholastic levels. His hard work, discipline, knowledge and dedication were the primary qualities that led to his success.
Inducted in 2014:
Carl Sicola '62
Peter Schultz '60
Bill Austin '55
Sada Thompson '45
Richard Wood '48
Inducted in 2015:
Laura DiFrancesco Swidersky '44
Pat DiNizio '73
Sir Peter Emery '43
Jeffrey Hammonds '89
Keith W. Lippert '65
Malcolm Nettingham '36
Todd Robinson '81
Michael Swerdlick '74
Inducted in 2016:
Michael Antal, Jr. '65
Moria Cappio '98
Dr. Christian Lambertsen '34,
John Bernard Riley '71,
Cynthia Sayer '74,
Marc Shaiman '74