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Brian BlissBrian Bliss
b. September 28, 1965

While an active player, Brian represented the United States in the 1988 Olympics and The 1990 World Cup. Brian was one of the very first americans to play regularly for a european club, playing 5 seasons for Carl Zeiss Jena of the second division of the Bundesliga. With the formation of MLS, Brian returned to the states as a member of the Columbus Crew. Injuries and time eventually led Brian into coaching. After a short but successful stint as coach of the Connecticut Wolves, Brian returned to MLS as the assistant coach of the Kansas City Wizards and then became the Technical Director for the Columbus Crew. Currently Brian is the Director of Player Personnel for Sporting KC.



Paul BuchheitPaul Buchheit

GMailPaul Buchheit led Google's development of Gmail, a web based email application that demonstrated the potential of emerging web technologies like Ajax.

Paul also developed the original prototypes of Google's highly profitable Ad-Sense and is credited with originating Google's company motto, "Don't be evil".

Paul maintains a blog at paulbuchheit.blogspot.com


Susan Gibney
b. September 11, 1961

Susan Gibney (born September 11, 1961 in Manhattan Beach, California) is an American actress. She has 5 older, and two younger, siblings. She moved to Webster, New York at a young age, returned to California to live several times, and again has lived in Webster since 2004. Susan graduated from Buffalo State College in New York with a major in theater. She additionally received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama. She has two daughters. She is also known for her recurring role as Assistant District Attorney Renee Walcott on Crossing Jordan and her portrayal of Dr. Leah Brahms on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Commander Erika Benteen on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Gibney was also a professor of drama at Roberts Wesleyan College until 2011.

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Rachel Hilbert
b. March 14, 1995

While its possible to bump into Rachel around town, you're more apt to see her face on the cover of fashion magazines or featured in displays at Victoria's Secret. Recently Rachel was named spokesmodel for Victoria's Secret's PINK collection. Rachel is a Thomas graduate and has been modeling since her days in high school.


Maj. Donald Holleder
August 3, 1934 - October 17, 1967

Imagine stepping out onto the field before a passionate crowd of Army football fans to take up the position of quarterback, a position you've never played before. That is what Donald Holleder was called upon to do his senior year at West Point. It wasn't his skills as a passer that put him in the spotlight, it was his skills as a leader that his coach believed in. Army went on to defeat their arch-rivals, Navy that season propelling Holleder's image to the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine.

Despite being chosen by the New York Giants in the NFL draft, Hollederer elected to pursue a military career, rose to the rank of Major and volunteered for duty in Vietnam. It was in Vietnam he was killed selflessly attempting to rescue soldiers who were caught in an ambush.

Holleder was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1985 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 2012.

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Patrick Kelly
October 29, 1965 - March 28, 2003

An inspiration on and off the field.

Pat is remembered by many for his late 4th quarter catch that helped insure an undefeated season for the Syracuse Orangemen.

Others remember Pat for is his strength in dealing with adversity, his sense of humor and his love for family and friends.

After a stellar college career at Syracuse, Pat became a tight end for the Denver Broncos (1988–1989) and the New York Jets (1990–1991), playing in the 1988 AFC Championship and in Super Bowl XXIV. He died of cancer on March 28, 2003.


Brian KozlowskiBrian Kozlowski
b. October 4, 1970

After a standout performance in high school, Schroeder grad, Brian Kozlowski took his skills to the University of Connecticut where he started 43 games as tight end. His performance at the school was significant enough to inspire the creation of the Brian Kozlowski Award which is presented annually to an outstanding member of the Huskies football program.

A 13 year NFL career (1994-2007) followed with stints with the New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins.

Brian and his family currently live in California.


Ed LuEd Lu
b. July 1, 1963

When Ed Lu became an astronaut, it wasn't really too much of a surprise. Even as a young student at Klem South, Ed's thrived on learning. His optimistic nature buoyed by the daily opportunity to explore new ideas.

Following two space shuttle missions (STS-84 in 1997 and STS-106 in 2000), Ed was launched into space via a Russian Soyez rocket and spent six months in space with cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko (2003).

More recent projects:

A Time magazine article on 3D mapping. ~ June 2012

Ed's Website


Wendy O'WilliamsWendy Orlean Williams
May 28, 1949 – April 6, 1998

After dropping out of R.L. Thomas High School in the 10th grade, Wendy Williams, better known as Wendy O. Williams hit the road. Her travels would eventually lead her to New York City where she came to the public's attention as the lead singer of the shock rock band, The Plasmatics. Wendy, often sporting a mohawk hair cut and outfits that left little to the imagination, would chain saw through sound equipment and participate in the demolition of automobiles while belting out the bands songs.

Following a solo career, Wendy settled down to a quieter life in Storrs, Connecticut caring for animals and promoting health foods. In 1998, Wendy took her own life.

People Magazine 1983 Article


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