After graduating from Chagrin Falls High School, Bill joined the Air Force, finishing as a staff/sergeant and Radar Crew Chief. He was graduated from Miami University (Ohio) in 1956. Recently retired after 37 years in the insurance business, his life’s work is far from over. Each summer Bill serves as an English teacher in China. He is deck officer for Spirit of Grace, a 2000 ton humanitarian freighter which carries food and medicine to third world countries. He also smuggles bibles into China, Russia, Cuba and Macau. For the past seven years, he has been Director of World Missions for St. John’s Lutheran Church in Orange, California.
Valedictorian of his class and president of the Honor Society, Pete Cubberley continues to be a leader in the face of some of our greatest challenges. For the past five years, he has been Medical Director of the Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland, where the volunteered as a physician for 25 years. Dr. Cubberley was instrumental in setting up the HIV/AIDS care program at Kaiser/Permanente and continues to devote much of his professional time to the care of persons with this disease. A 1957 graduate of Allegheny College, he served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He earned his medical degree from Western Reserve University in 1961. Dr. Cubberley is currently active in raising money for the AIDS Walk. He also participates in AIDS Healing weekends.
The “class clown” at Chagrin Falls High School came to be known as a “comic genius” in Hollywood. Tim Conway has achieved monumental success in motion pictures, television, and on stage. His work in television has earned him five Emmy Awards, including four on The Carol Burnett Show. He also won an Emmy for his guest appearance on Coach in 1997. Among Tim’s movie credits are The Billion Dollar Hobo, The Prize Fighter, The World’s Greatest Athlete, and The Apple Dumpling Gang. His stage career includes 182 appearances as Felix in The Odd Couple. He earned a Cleo Award for his work in TV advertising spots for Chase Manhattan Bank. In 1989, he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Long-time residents may recall Tim’s references to Chagrin Falls during episodes of McHale’s Navy in the 1960’s
Claudia Mayner Greenwood is a teacher who credits her former teachers at Chagrin Falls High School for much of her success. The former CFHS newspaper editor and Prom Queen is Associate Professor of English, Emeritus at Kent State University, Ashtabula Campus, where she has taught for more than 30 years. Dr. Greenwood earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1986. She was a finalist for the Distinguished Teacher Award at Kent State in 1994 and for the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1993. Among her many publications and professional activities is Go For It! A Handbook for Women Returning to College, published in 1999. Public poetry readings are also among her current endeavors.
Nancy Vecchiarelli’s leadership abilities were recognized early in life, and they have continued to serve her well. In April of 1998, federal judges appointed her as a United States Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Ohio. From 1986 until her new appointment, she served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University (Ohio) in 1972, she was graduated fourth in her class from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1977. Some of Nancy’s earliest triumphs took place on athletic fields, then inhabited by mostly boys. An excellent all-around athlete, she was a 4-time Women’s Golf Club Champion at Aurora Country Club.
A 1974 graduate of Purdue University, Chris was graduated from Harvard Business School in 1979. Currently, he is Chief Operating Officer for Inter-Con Security Systems, an 18,000 employee, privately held international security company in Pasadena, California. He is responsible for worldwide operations, including strategic planning and profit and loss of the company. From 1995 to 1998, he was president of Pacific Enterprises International, a Fortune 500 energy services company which included one of our country’s largest gas distribution companies, Southern California Gas. From 1990 to 1994, he was president of Pacific Energy, a $170 million business. During his tenure at Chagrin Falls High School, Chris honed his competitive instincts in football, wrestling and track.
Gregg Albers excelled as a student and athlete at Chagrin Falls High School. Today, he is a highly accomplished physician in Lynchburg, Virginia. He is the founder of Light Medical, Inc., a group of medical professionals providing care to the entire family. Dr. Albers is also the Medical Director of Pathways, a drug and alcohol treatment program in Lynchburg. He has written four books and authored numerous articles and reviews. Named to Who’s Who in Health Care/ Medicine in 1998, he can be heard on Health Journal, a weekly radio program aired on more than 700 stations.