Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — They’ve done some amazing things. And next week the Lockport High School Foundation will honor eight individuals as the newest class of Distinguished Alumni.
The seventh class will be honored at a special ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday at the school, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. The community is encouraged to attend.
Here are this year’s inductees:
• Dr. Helen Cappuccino, Class of 1981: Cappuccino is a surgical oncologist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and an associate professor at the University at Buffalo. She was nationally honored as one of 50 of America’s most positive physicians. Her recent business endeavor, Vertebra Film Development, has produced five feature length films featuring actors such as Colin Firth, Emily Blunt and Eli Roth. She serves on several boards, including the Albright Knox Art Gallery and devotes much of her time to philanthropic endeavors. She received her B.A. and M.D. from the University at Buffalo.
• Wayne Ginty, Class of 1973: Ginty taught at Lockport High School for 33 years. He was twice named WNY Teacher of the Year. Wayne also coached basketball throughout his tenure. In addition, he served as a consultant for the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington D.C. and as the secondary teacher consultant at the National History Center at U.C.L.A. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his service, including the Lockport Unsung Hero Award. Ginty graduated from SUNY Geneseo, magna cum laude and received a master’s degree from the University at Buffalo.
• Bill Hayes, Class of 1956: Hayes served as the superintendent at Byron-Bergen Central School, outside of Rochester, for 21 years. He also served as the chairperson of the teacher education department at Roberts Wesleyan College, where he remains on the faculty. He is the author of 15 books, numerous articles and active in his community, his church and the New York State Superintendents Organization. Hayes earned a bachelor’s degree from Geneseo and a master’s degree from Albany.
• Daniel Kastner, Class of 1969: Kastner is the chief of the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation in the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. He led an international consortium that identified the gene causing familial Mediterranean fever in 1997. He was also inducted as a member of the national Academy of Science, an elite body of approximately 2,100 distinguished U.S. scientists and engineers who advise the federal government on science and technology. Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell were also members of the NAS, which President Abraham Lincoln established in 1863.
• Joseph Kibler, Class of 1951: Kibler has been an active community citizen in Lockport for decades. Currently, he serves as alderman-at-large and is also on the board of numerous local organizations. Kibler coached baseball for 29 years, umpired high school baseball for 54 years and refereed high school basketball for 48 years. He has received numerous awards, including the New York State Umpire of the Year and was elected into The Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame. Kibler had a 30-year career with Marine Midland Bank, retiring in 1994 as an AVP-branch manager. He is a graduate of Brockport State Teacher’s College.
• John (Jack) Miller, Class of 1956: Miller served as a professor at The City College of The City University of New York for 43 years and is now professor of mathematics emeritus. Miller developed a series of free computer programs to help students develop math skills and served for many years as the director of a remedial math program for inner city high school graduates at The City College. Miller was Lockport High School’s first National Merit Scholar and its first Westinghouse (now Intel) Science Talent Search finalist. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard College and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Columbia University.
• Miles Patterson, Class of 1982: Patterson has worked with at-risk youth for most of his career. He first worked at Wyndham Lawn Home for Children and currently works at Lockport High School where he is responsible for conflict resolution between students. Patterson is involved with many local organizations and currently coaches both football and track. He was the recipient of New Beginning Inc. Person of the Year in 2011. A high school sports star, Patterson studied early childhood education at Buffalo State College where he qualified for the nationals in the 4X100 Meter Relay.
• Michael Tucker, Class of 1975: Tucker was elected mayor of the City of Lockport in 2004 and currently holds that office. He is the longest serving mayor in the city’s 148-year history. He previously served as an alderman for the 7th Ward and was the City of Lockport Common Council president from 1996-00. Tucker is actively involved in many local organizations and has received numerous awards for his service, including the Little Loop Appreciation Award and the American Legion Memorial Award. He worked at Harrison Radiator Division of General Motors for 30 years.