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  THE WALL OF DISTINCTION

The James Madison Alumni Association inaugurated the Wall of Distinction in 2001 to honor Madisonians who have made an impact on our society. Every two years we elect several outstanding alumni and install plaques inscribed with their picture, class, and area of expertise on the Wall, located at the entrance to the auditorium. At a Sunday afternoon program, the inductees speak about their days at Madison, and teachers and friends who influenced their lives are remembered with great poignancy. It has also become a social event, as alums connect with old classmates and former teachers. This event has continued to grow, with about 450 attending in 2010.

In addition to honoring the school and its alumni, the Wall has also become a popular attraction for both Madison students and visitors.


(EVENT WILL BE HELD, SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2014)

Dr. Herbert Abrams ’37

 

Developer of Coronary Angiography

Ellen Reiss Hoyt ’51

 

Artist/ Environmentalist

Ira Silverman ’53

 

Investigative Journalist, TV News Producer

Dr. Stanley Goldsmith’54

 

Developer of Nuclear Medicine

Stephen Verona   ‘58

 

Music Video Pioneer, Artist, Filmmaker

Eli Segal* ’60

 

Presidential Advisor, Founder of Americorps

Maury Chaykin* ’67

 

Actor

Dr. Larry Weinstein’71

 

Humanitarian Physician

     

Wall Nomination Form
Please feel free to download the Wall Nomination Form to nominate alumni who are accomplished in their fields and serve as a prime representatives of the success of James Madison High School.

Below are the 50 Madisonians elected to the Wall.

WALL OF DISTINCTION HONOREES
2001
Garson Kanin* '27 Writer, Producer, Director
Barry Commoner* '33 Environmentalist
Martin Glickman * '35 Olympian, Broadcaster
Stanley H. Kaplan* '35 Educator
Dr. Robert Solow '40 Nobel Prize - Economics
Ruth Bader Ginsburg '50 United States Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Feldman* '56 President, American Federation of Teachers
Charles Schumer '67 United States Senator (N.Y.)
2002
Sylvia Feldman Porter* '30 Financial Journalist
Dr. Stanley Cohen '39 Nobel Prize - Medicine
Stephen Schwebel '46 President - World Court
Frank Torre '50 Professional Baseball Player
Bruce Morrow '53 Radio Personality "Cousin Brucie"
Dr. Samuel Thier '53 College President, Medical Executive
Jane Brody '58 Health Journalist
2004
Irwin (Shamforoff) Shaw* '29 Playwright/Author
Marvin Miller* '33 Baseball Labor Executive
Andrew (Fuzzy) Levane* '40 Professional Basketball Player/Coach
Dr. Martin Perl '41 Nobel Prize - Physics
Stanley Karnow* '41 Journalist/Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
Claire (Kantoff) Schulman '42 Queens Borough President
Esther (Rudomin) Hautzig* '51 Author/Humanist
Carole (Klein) King '58 Writer/Singer/ Producer
Daniel Suhr * '82 Madison Athlete/Firefighter
2006
William Gaines* '39 Publisher, Mad Magazine
Elaine Malbin '48 Opera Star
Dr. Gary Becker '48 Nobel Prize - Economics
Lawrence Kasha * '50 Producer/Director/Playwright
Dr. John Robbins '50 Molecular Biologist
Lawrence Zicklin '53 Financial Executive/Philanthropist
Rudy LaRusso * '55 Professional Basketball Player
Steven Trachtenberg '55 College President
Barry Mann '56 Songwriter
Norman Coleman '66 United States Senator (Minn.)
2008
Harry Eisenstat* '35 Professional Baseball Player
Beverly Stoll Pepper '39 Sculptor
Paul L. Krinsky '46 Rear Admiral (Ret), Superintendent United States Merchant Marine Academy
Dr. Robert Haselkorn '52 Professor - Genetics/Biology
Alfred Kasha '54 Songwriter/Producer/Academy Award Winner
Sidney Ganis '57 Movie Executive/President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Bernard Sanders '59 United States Senator (Vt.)
Harry Boatswain* '87 Professional Football Player
2010
Cal Abrams* '42 Professional Baseball Player
Herbert Okun* '47 Diplomat, UN Ambassador
Maury Allen* '49 Sports Journalist
Dr. Ronald Dubner '51 Pain Management Pioneer
Dr. Robert Dallek '52 Historian, Professor
Deborah Tobias Poritz '54 Chief Justice, N.J. Supreme Court.
Joel Zwick '58 Director - TV/Film/Theater
Judith Blum Sheindlin '60 Judge/TV Personality "Judge Judy"
     
2012    
Professor Donald Keene '39 Japanese Scholar
Rae Salit Marcus* '41 Educator
Sybil Schwartz Shainwald '45 Activist  Attorney
Arnold Kopelson '52 Academy Award Winning Movie Producer
Dr. Stephen Goldfinger '52 Renaissance Physician
Professor Martin Sherwin '55 Historian-Pulitzer Prize Winner
Ronald Carner '57 President, Maccabi USA/Sports For Israel
Barry Cozier '68 Judge
*Deceased


 



2012 Honoree Marty Sherwin with Athena

2012 Honorees
Martin Sherwin, Arnold Kopelson, Steve Goldfinger, Sybil Shainwald, Barry Cozier, Ron Carner.



2010 Honorees
Top Row: Ronald Dubner, Joel Zwick, Herbert Okun, Robert Dallek. Bottom row: Judith Sheindlin, Mrs. Cal Abrams, Deborah Poritz




2008 Honorees
Sid Ganis '57; Paul Krinsky '46; Robert Haselkorn '52; Bernie Sanders '59


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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