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Distinguished Alumnus Awards

Three GHHS grads lauded for career achievements

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The Grandview Heights High School Alumni Association has announced three recipients of the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The award honors GHHS graduates, living or deceased, who went on to great success after high school.

"When you look at how many people from Grandview have succeeded in so many career areas, well, this little old school has done alright," said Ron Harris, past president of the alumni association. "It's impressive that so many successful people have come from our small community."

The GHHS distinguished alumni for 2012 are:

* Eric Browning, class of 1972. Browning is a surgeon and health humanitarian now living in Findlay. He has conducted five surgical mission trips to the Univers Medical Center in Ouanaminthe, Haiti. Browning is a specialist in general surgery, thoracic surgery and surgical oncology at Findlay Surgical Associates Inc.

* Jean (McQuilkin) Carfagno, class of 1957. Carfagno is the founder of the Chemical Dependency Treatment Center of Torrance, Calif., now known as the Thelma McMillen Center. The facility is the second highest endowed treatment center in California, behind only the Betty Ford Center. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Carfagno has also served as a member of the adjunct faculty of Mission College of Sylmar, Calif., and Lindenwood University West.

* Morgan Jones, class of 1945. Jones was a film and television actor whose credits included more than 170 roles in television. He had recurring appearances in Highway Patrol during the 1950s and The Blue Angels. His screen credits included a lead role in Roger Corman's 1957 science fiction film Not of This Earth, as well as roles in Apache Woman (1955), Forbidden Planet (1956), Fear Strikes Out (1957) and Bells Are Ringing (1960).

A display with composite photographs of each of the 27 award recipients is located in the hallway by the cafeteria in the high school.

"We want to try to do more to make the current students at the high school more aware of the award and the honorees," Harris said.

"One of the things we want them to see is that the world is wide open and that you can go as far as you want in whatever field you choose," he said. "Grandview has a long tradition of providing an education that serves as a foundation for future success."

The alumni association's awards committee reviews nominations that have been submitted for the honor, Harris said.

The committee's recommendations are given final approval by the alumni association board.

"We have representatives from each decade on the committee and the vote is done in secret," he said. "They must get a two-thirds vote to qualify for the award."

Nomination forms are included in issues of the alumni association's newsletter, Harris said.

Names of nominees who have not yet been selected for the award are kept on file and considered again each year, he said.

 

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