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2006 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners
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Jerry R. Brubaker, a 1964 graduate who resides in Upper Marlboro, MD. An accomplished French horn player, Brubaker was the chief music composer and arranger for the United States Navy Band from 1985-1997. He was also the composer and musical producer at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

Brubaker personally wrote arrangements for major artists such as Shirley Jones, Crystal Gayle, Roberta Flack, Lou Rawls, Liza Minelli and Jack Jones. He has arranged and composed more than 200 pieces for orchestra, concert band and chorus. Recent works include “Symphonic Suite from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” “Seapower Fanfare,” and “Thine Alabaster Cities Gleam.”

He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Catholic University of America.

 


William C. Brubaker, a 1939 graduate who resides in Lutherville, MD. Brubaker holds a BS degree in aeronautical engineering from Tri-State College. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corp. who was employed by Martin Marietta Company (now Lockheed Martin) for 25 years. During that time, he worked on the design and structural analysis of commercial aircraft, many advanced military aircraft and the Gemini Launch Vehicle.

His work as a technical advisor for several NASA manned space programs earned him a spot on the Gemini Monument at the US Space Walk of Fame and the soon-to-be-completed Apollo Monument.

As a registered professional engineer, Brubaker has helped develop the Society of Automotive Engineers educational program, “A World in Motion.”

 



Edward L. Ferguson, a 1959 Altoona High School graduate currently working in Bann, Germany. An ordained minister, Ferguson became a missionary in 1970, a goal he set for himself in high school. He has served in Ghana, West Africa; the Netherlands; Okinawa, Japan; and now in Bann, Germany.

Ferguson has also served as the Education by Extension Director for the Assemblies of God, International Correspondence Institute (ICI); the ICI Education by Extension Director for North America; and the business manager and office manager for WorldServ as well as the U.S. Military Representative for the Assemblies of God World Mission for the Asia/Pacific region.

He earned a BA in Bible/theology from Central Bible College and the Assembly of God Theological Seminary.

 


Jack E. Kuhn, a 1937 graduate who passed away in 2002. Mr. Kuhn served in the Army with Company D, 2nd Ranger Infantry Battalion, during World War II and participated in the assault on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He received two Silver Stars, a Bronze Star, and numerous other medals and was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame. He also served in the Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Kuhn was a member of the Altoona Police Department for 30 years and retired as chief in 1976. He also recruited local veterans who were willing to share their World War II experiences with Altoona Area High School students during a Greatest Generation curriculum project begun in 2000.

 


William D. Thompson, Jr. of Logan Township, a 1957 graduate who studied pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh. He and his family have made Thompson Pharmacy one of the largest independent and long-term care pharmacies in Blair County with 135 employees and 12 pharmacists.

Thompson has been involved in many community activities including those involving the Juniata section of Altoona. This recent inductee into the Blair County Business Hall of Fame serves on the board of directors of the Altoona Area School District Foundation.

 


Carol F. Whitfield, Ph.D., a 1957 graduate who resides in Hummelstown, PA, is the Associate Dean for Preclinical Curriculum as well as a professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

She played a key role in the development of the Hershey Medical Center curriculum and educational programs. Most notable was her leadership when the College of Medicine transitioned from a lecture-based curriculum to include a unique form of medical teaching called “Problem-based Learning.” Her contributions have been recognized at the national level.

Dr. Whitfield holds degrees from Juniata College; Syracuse University; and George Washington University.


 

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