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2009 Atherton High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame Inductees
In 2001, a small alumni group gathering at Atherton High school had the vision of honoring Atherton alumni who have contributed to our community and our country. Through this vision senators, a brigadier general, authors, teachers, university presidents, doctors, financiers, congressmen, entrepreneurs, a ballerina and more have been welcomed home to Atherton High School and inducted into the Atherton Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Our list is distinguished, impressive, and inspiring to each of us. It is especially important for the students of Atherton High School to witness this rich legacy.

Top row, left to right
Carol Etherington, Ron Meisburg, Stanley Handmaker, Lowell Katz, Dolly Wisman Berry, Renelda Higgins Walker
Seated, left to right
Dolly Sturman, Shelley Sturman, Tori Trees Smith, Katrina Gwinn, Deborah Noble Redd
(Herbert Leavelle, not pictured)
Inductee Year Graduated Biographical Data
Dolly Wisman Berry 1973 Honorable Dolly Wisman Berry: AHS – 1973 * Judge, Jefferson Circuit Court, Family Division * Prosecutor, Jefferson County Attorney’s Office * Graduate, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law * Manuscript Editor, Journal of Family Law * Graduate, University of Kentucky College of Journalism & Communications * Sports Editor, University of Kentucky Yearbook * Member, National Council Juvenile & Family Court Judges, Women’s Lawyers’ Association, Kentucky Bar Association, Louisville Bar Association, Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children. Proud wife and mother for three wonderful sons.
Carol Etherington 1964 Registered Nurse * Disaster relief in twelve countries and throughout the U.S. * Initiator of one of the first police-based counseling programs in U.S. * Recipient, International Committee of Red Cross Florence Nightingale Medal, 1997 * Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, University of New Hampshire, 2003 * President, Board of Directors, MSF/USA, Doctors Without Borders, 2002-2004 * Distinguished Alumna of the Year, Vanderbilt University, 2007. Strongly promotes the concept that health, mental health, human rights and human dignity are inextricably linked.
Katrina Gwinn 1978 Faculty, Mayo Clinic Medical School, 1996-2001 * Program Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 2001-2008 * NIH Directors’ Award for Public Service in Medical Research * Selected one of the “Best Doctors in America” * Gene discovery in Parkinson’s disease leading to therapeutic development * Community service to promote healthy aging. Proud for the great deal of inspiration for her work from her father and the families of Parkinson’s disease.
Stanley Handmaker 1956 Outstanding Student Council Member * National Honor Society * Senior Class President, Johns Hopkins University * Doctor of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine * Research Associate, National Institutes of Health * Doctor of Philosophy, Oxford University * Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of New Mexico * Advocate for persons with development disabilities. Humanitarian Award in 2005 “for a lifetime dedicated to opening doors for individuals with developmental disabilities.”
Renelda Higgins Walker 1968 Member of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference * A captain within SCLC leading demonstrations for open housing in the 1960’s * Graduate of Pratt Art Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 1976 * Public Information Officer for North General Hospital, New York City * Deputy Director of New York City’s Community Assistance Unit * Executive Director of NYC Human Resources Administration’s Office of Public Information * Senior Associate Director of Public Affairs for three large hospitals in New York City. Proud mother of two children and grandmother of one granddaughter.
Lowell Katz 1964 Cardinal Bird Mascot, University of Louisville, 1966-1970 * Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine * International President, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity * President, Jewish Family Vocational Service, Louisville, Kentucky * President, Medical Staff, Jewish Hospital, Louisville, KY * First Medical Director, Hospice of Louisville * Co-writer of first pain management guide in United States * Standup comedian. Married for thirty-four years and proud father of three children.
W. Herbert Leavelle III 1975 Scholar * Member of the National Honor Society * Recipient of the Yale Cup, 1975 * State Champion in two-mile track event * School record-holder in one-mile and two-mile track events * Leader in student government * Peer counselor, Brown University. In his short life span, he exemplified leadership and achievement.
Ronald Meisburg 1965 Louisville Forensic League J.V. Debate Championship Team, 1964 * Most School Spirit, Senior Superlatives, 1965 * GE College Bowl Team, 1968 * U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Distinguished Achievement Award, 1977 * Private practice of law, 1980-2003 * Top 15% Professor Award, University of Maryland School of Business, 2003 * Appointed by President Bush to National Labor Relations Board, 2004 * Appointed by President and confirmed by Senate as General Counsel, National Labor Relations Board, 2006. Proud husband to Mary Helen Ratchford.
Deborah Noble Redd 1966 CEO/President of Capital Women’s Care, LLC * President, Maryland/DC Chapter of MGMA * MGMA Eastern Section Treasurer * Annapolis, Maryland Business Woman of the Year * Maryland Female Entrepreneur of the Year * Who’s Who in Business * Brava Smart Woman of the Year Award * Active volunteer in the American Heart Association. Engaged to be married in October, 2009, to Russ Pottee, and we will reside in Maryland with our Leonberger, Zoe
Tori Trees Smith 1983 National Honor Society member * 7-time State High School Swimming Champion * High School State Record Holder, 200 Individual Medley and 100 Backstroke * NCAA Individual 200 Yard Backstroke Champion, 1985 * 11-time Collegiate All-American * Member of 4-time NCAA Championship Swim Team, University of Texas, 1984-1987 * 1984 U.S. Olympic Swim Team Member, 5th Place 200 meter Backstroke, Lakeside Swim Team * United States National Swim Team Member, 1984-1987. She lives in Denver, CO where she serves as a part-time age group coach, assistant high school coach and assists with the USA Olympic Swim teams.
Dolly Sturman Teacher Math Teacher, aka “Eraser Queen” * Kentucky STAR Teacher, 1968 & 1970 * Chair, AHS Math Department * Senior class sponsor numerous times * Initiator of AHS soccer team * Kentucky Colonel * Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, WWII * National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Executive Board. Proud mother of three daughters all graduates of AHS.
Shelley Sturman 1970 Head of Object Conservation, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. * Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, George Washington University * Presidential citation for Outstanding Achievement, University of Delaware * Special Achievement and Employee Incentive Awards, National Gallery of Art * International Institute for Conservation (Fellow), American Institute for Conservation (Fellow, Director) * Washington Conservation Guild (President, Vice-President, Director) * Active community volunteer. Married to Noam Stopak with four amazing daughters and proud daughter of fellow recipient inductee, Dolly Sturman.
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