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2018 Induction

Five alumni were inducted into The Brentwood High School Hall of Fame on October 6, 2018 at the biennial banquet that was held at the Ches Anthony Banquet Hall.

Hall of Fame Class of 2017

Mark J. Holewinski, '71
Mark has been a commercial and architectural photographer for almost 40 years. As a pilot, he also built an aerial photography business. In 1993, he became aware of the plight of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses who travel to and from Pittsburgh for medical treatment. He started Wings for Children. The non-profit organization used volunteers, who had their own planes or ones leased by the organization to fly children and their families to or from Pittsburgh for treatment within 500 miles. This service greatly reduced stress and hardship for the patients and their families. Mark's entrepreneurial career and charitable contributions represented exemplary qualifications for Hall of Fame membership.

Dr. Jeffrey Kunkel, '78
In high school, Jeff was always dedicated to music. He pursued the art in his post-secondary studies, earning degrees from Penn State University and the New England Conservatory of Music. Jeffrey is the coordinator of jazz studies at Monclair State University in New Jersey. In 2008, he was awarded the New Jersey Jazz Education Achievement Award for excellence in the field of Jazz education. In his youth, he enjoyed listening to Sergio Mendes and Brazil '66 as well as to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. Jeff was attracted to the laid-back Brazilian groove. During two trips to Brazil, he met local musicians and recorded two musical CD's. He released his first solo recording in 2013 and his second CD in 2015. Jeffrey's accomplishments as an educator, composer, and musician combine meet the Hall of Fame standard of distinction in the arts and a profession.

Marcia Reeves Simpson, '74
Marcia was one of the first females to graduate from Penn State University with a B.S. Degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. She began her career with Gulf Oil in 1978 and later moved to increased responsibilities at Chevron, Mobil Oil, JW Operating Company, and EXCO Resources. Marcia is currently employed with Chief Oil & Gas LLC as the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations. Chief is the second largest privately-owned exploration and production company in the United States. In addition to her career accomplishments, Marcia serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas and is Chairwoman of the National Society of Petroleum Engineers Committee for Career Guidance and Student Development. Trustees elected Marcia into the Hall of Fame based on her trail-blazing career and contributions to organizations which work to create enhanced opportunities for women.

Thomas E. McDonough, '76
Tom graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and from Harvard Business School where he earned his M.B.A. He began his career in commercial real estate in Southern California where he and his family lived for twenty-five years. During that time, he served as President of the Irvine Chamber of Commerce and the Irvine Children's Fund. Tom joined Tanger Outlets in 2010, becoming its President and COO in May, 2017. Tanger operates 44 outlet centers across the United States and Canada. It operates in a cordial and caring manner and maintains several programs which give back to local communities, including Tanger Cares, Tanger's Pink Campaign, and TangerKids. The Trustees elected Tom into the Hall of Fame in recognition of his career accomplishments and his years of service to his local community.

Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Valerie R. Suski, DO, '92
Valerie Suski earner her BA degree in Biology from West Virginia University in 1996 and her DO degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. She is currently Associate Professor of UPMC Neurology, Director of the UPMC Huntington's Disease Center of Excellence, Clinical Director of the UPMC Movement Disorders division and co-director of the UPMC Movement Disorders fellowship at UPMC. In 2015, she was awarded "Center of Excellence" status and a grant for the Huntington Disease clinic. This allowed the clinic to expand, including physical occupational and speech therapies, psychiatry, nutrition, genetic counseling, neurology and clinical trials to be available for the patients during each visit. More than 160 patients and their families in the western half of Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and West Virginia are served by the Clinic. Valerie also teaches and mentors medical students, interns and residents at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Valerie has published articles and book chapters on topics related to neuromuscular illnesses. Valerie's election to the Hall of Fame is in recognition of her distinguished medical career and also her support of patients with movement disorders.

Circle of Excellence Award

J. Patrick Hobart
Pat Hobart earned both his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Education from California University of Pennsylvania and his Guidance Counselor certification from Duquesne University. As a basketball standout at Cal State, he amassed 1,109 total career points. In 2009 he was inducted into that University's Hall of Fame. Pat began his teaching career in Brentwood in 1968 at Moore Elementary School and later was hired as the guidance counselor there and at Elroy Elementary School. He retired in 2003 after a 35-year career. During those years, Pat also served as the men's junior varsity basketball coach and then varsity coach for five seasons. He was named Coach of the Year by the South Hills Record during the 1972-73 season. Former students and players note that Pat has remained a lifelong friend and resource for them.

Spirit of Community Award

Richard Boyd, '57
Rich is a life-long resident of Brentwood. Following his high school graduation in 1957, he earned a BS in Industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He was later commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After fulfilling his military obligation, Rich and his wife Joanne, also a member of the class of '57, and their three daughters took full advantage of Brentwood's activities and programs. His volunteerism in the community goes back through the decades. When his children began thinking about college, Rich developed a SAT Prep Course for their practice. He was given permission to teach the course at the high school. More than 25 students took advantage of the free, 20-hour program. In other years, Rich served as a softball coach, member of the Brentwood Planning Commission and member for the St. Sylvester School Board. As a longtime member of the Brentwood Historical Society, Rich observed that there was little documentation of the Borough and District's athletic programs. Since 2013 he singularly worked to document and publish books about several programs. His first book, published in 2013, "Batter Up" Brentwood Youth Baseball in the Early Years, describes what was, in 1950, the first Little League Baseball program in Allegheny County. He played in the league from the ages of 10-12. Hail, Hail to Brentwood High, chronicles the decades of Brentwood High School's football program from 1932-2016. In May 2019, Rich published Brentwood Girls Rule, a review of the women's basketball program from its beginning in 1973 through 2017. Rich's books provide a valuable opportunity for to readers to learn the history behind three of Brentwood's successful youth programs. Copies are among the collection in the Brentwood High School Library and the Brentwood Public Library. Rich's lifetime contributions to the community fulfill the intent of this award.

Due to the Covid-19 health concerns, plans for the October 3, 2020 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony were canceled. The Trustees will review existing health concerns in late spring, 2021, and determine whether conditions are favorable to plan for an induction banquet later in the year. At that time, we would welcome inductees from the Classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021. Updated plans will be posted on this website and also on the HOF Facebook page.

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