2013 members of BSAA/BHS Alumni Hall of Fame shine in variety of fields

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The Brighton Schools Alumni Association (BSAA)/Brighton High School (BHS) Alumni Hall of Fame, which began in 2006, has a stellar array of members whose achievements provide inspiration and admiration to past, present and future classmates, as well as friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances. The BSAA is proud to announce the 2013 members of this prestigious group:

Nancy Gong, BHS’74, owner of Gong Glass Works and internationally renowned glass artist

Caroline “Caren” Breese Hall, BHS’56, physician, teacher, mentor and author (posthumous)

Stuart L. Hart, BHS’70, educator and thought leader in global sustainability

Bruce R. Laumeister, BHS’52, inventor of the electric car, entrepreneur, philanthropist and community leader, museum founder

Opportunities to meet and applaud this year’s BSAA/BHS Alumni Hall of Fame members included the annual free Symposium for the community, students, faculty and staff on May 30, at BHS, and the annual Recognition Gala on May 31, at Oak Hill Country Club. Several 2013 honorees visited BHS classes during the day on May 31 after the annual BHS Awards Ceremony at the school, where the BSAA announced its 2013 Scholarship recipient. 2012 honoree James Allison, MD, joined us for this year’s events.

Previous honorees are:


James Allison, MD ’60                               medicine

Jeffrey Levy ’59                                          military and volunteer service

John Milliman ’56                                       science

Jerry Stahl ’57                                            sports volunteering


Richard Appelbaum ’60                                   education/public policy

Jim Crawford ’54                                            public service/religion

Hank Greenwald ’53                                       sports

Alan Hovey ’41 (posthumously)                       government/public service


Hank Appelbaum ’58                                    government /public service

Irene Taylor Brodsky ’88                               arts (film)

Laura L. Carstensen ’71                               education/public service

Tom Richards ’61                                          public service/law/government

Thomas Scalea, MD ’69                               medicine


Sanford A. Gradinger ‘54                            business/public service

Christine A. Gleason, MD ‘71                     medicine

James D. Gollin ‘76                                     philanthropy

Alan Shestack ‘56                                       arts (museum education)/administration


Daan Braveman                                       education

Karen Noble Hanson                               public service/religion

Robert Weisbuch                                     education


Bradford Berk, MD                               medicine

John Shoemaker                                  business

Arthur Lonne Lane                               science


Jacksel Broughton ’42                           leadership/military service

David Kearns ’48                                    business/education

William Scandling ’40 (posthumously)    business

Frederick Trost ’53                             public service/religion

Pauline Yu ’66                                    education/literature

Enjoy video highlights of BSAA/BHS Alumni Hall of Fame members!

Videos featuring BSAA/BHS Alumni Hall of Fame members from past years may be seen online, thanks to Paul Tracy (’85). Learn more about the backgrounds of these stellar BHS alumni and out how they view the value of their Brighton educations in achieving the accomplishments that brought them this prestigious recognition:

videos of BSAA/BHS Alumni Halll of Fame members

In addition, BSAA/BHS Alumni Hall of Fame committee chair Alan Ziegler has insights into what’s happening and why to attend the annual Symposium and Recognition Gala in any year! See what he has to say in this video:

2012 BSAA/BHS Alumni Hall of Fame video

(Special thanks to Paul Tracy for recording and editing our first promotional video.)


BSAA mourns loss of co-chair emeritus “Pete” French

The BSAA is deeply saddened to announce the death of Henry “Pete” Pierson French, Jr., EdD, on February 14, 2012. Pete graduated from Brighton High School in 1953 and was the BSAA’s co-chair emeritus – a driving force in the association’s founding, development and many accomplishments. He was also a beloved and respected educator, with a 41-year career at Monroe Community College and a part-time teaching career at the University of Rochester as well.

Pete was known for his dedication to the public library system, his church, the BSAA and other service organizations. We offer our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.

Nominations for BSAA/BHS Alumni Hall of Fame are open all year-round

Nominations are closed for the 2013 BSAA/BHS Alumni Hall of Fame recognition events, but may be made for future years. Don’t take a chance on forgetting to make your nominations – do it now, and we’ll hold onto them for the next round of honorees. For details and a nomination form, just click here: BSAA-BHSAlumHallofFameNomntn

Upcoming meetings of the Brighton Schools Alumni Association

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The Brighton Schools Alumni Association (BSAA) will meet on the following dates in 2014. Unless otherwise noted, BSAA meetings are held at 7 p.m. Eastern time in the Kay Heinrich Clark Alumni Resource Center at the 12 Corners Elementary School building (2035 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY). Anyone who attended a Brighton public school is welcome, especially if you might be interested in serving on the BSAA board or one of our committees!


Tuesday, March 11 (note change of date!)

Tuesday, April 22

Tuesday, May 20 (final planning for BSAA/BHS Alumni Hall of Fame events)

Thursday, May 29, BSAA/BHS Alumni Hall of Fame Symposium

Friday, May 30, BSAA/BHS Alumni Hall of Fame Recognition Gala

Tuesday, June 17

Welcome to the BSAA

Welcome to the website of the Brighton Schools Alumni Association (BSAA)! We’re revamping our website, so please bear with us as we get the hang of this new format and roll over all of our info and images for you.

We’re already planning for the 2013 BSAA/BHS Alumni Hall of Fame events, so be sure to make your nominations soon!

Photo by Ruth E. Thaler-Carter, BHS ’71. Marquee donated to BHS by the BSAA.