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GHS to Induct Three Graduates to Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

For Immediate Release 
PR201819-Disinguished Alumni Dinner
March 15, 2019

 

Join Glassboro High School as It Recognizes Three Distinguished Alumni

 

 

Glassboro High School graduates continue to make the world a better place. On May 9, the school will induct three such graduates into the GHS Distinguished Hall of Fame:  Dr. Maame Yaa (“Maya”) Yiadom, ‘95, Dr. Andra Hohler James (nee Creamer), ‘70 and Robert L. Viden, ’60.

 

Tickets are now available for the May 9 induction banquet, which will take place at Masso’s Red Pine Inn, Glassboro. The banquet will feature a 6 p.m. social hour followed by a 7 p.m. dinner. Tickets are $35 each. Purchase your tickets from GHS guidance secretary Nancy Wait (nwait@gpsd.us or 856-652-2700, ext. 1211) on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Checks should be made out to GHS Hall of Distinguished Alumni.

 

Glassboro High School inducts Distinguished Hall of Fame members every other year. Graduates and community members submit nominations, which are reviewed by the GHS Distinguished Hall of Fame Committee. The committee then selects inductees. This year’s GHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Committee includes Wait, Andrew Boyd, Audeen Conklin, Angela Costanzo, Susan Donaldson, Scott Henry, John Keating, Kim Kirpatrick, Walter L. Marshall, Robert Viden, Anna Miller, Tarence Smith, Glassboro Board of Education President Peter Calvo, and GHS Principal Danielle Sneathen.

 

About the Inductees

 

Dr. Maame Yaa (“Maya”) Yiadom

When Yiadom graduated from GHS, classmates voted her as “most likely to succeed,” and teachers selected her for the prestigious Faculty Bowl Award. Succeed she did, earning a doctorate in medicine (M.D.) from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, a master’s in public health from Harvard and an undergraduate degree in health policy from Princeton University.

 

Today, she is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and a K12 Emergency Care Scholar in the Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine Research Training Program. That program is funded through the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Yiadom is a published, physician researcher who studies ways to improve emergency clinical care and cardiac outcomes for patients. Additionally, she is the director of the Emergency Health Services Research Data Coordinating Center at Vanderbilt and the Founding Director of the Emergency Department Operations Study Group (www.edopsstudygroup.org).

 

Dr. Andra Hohler James (Creamer)

Glassboro classmates will remember James as Andra Creamer, the 1970 GHS valedictorian. She went on to earn her doctorate in medicine (M.D.) from the University of Virginia, a master’s in public health from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Rochester.

 

She now works at Duke University as a consulting professor in the department of medicine and the department of obstetrics and gynecology. An obstetrician/gynecologist specializing in maternal-fetal health and high-risk obstetrics, James has focused her research and publications on the care of women with blood disorders, bleeding disorders, platelet disorders and sickle cell disease. She is the author of “100 Questions & Answers About von Willebrand Disease” and a co-author of “100 Questions & Answers About Deep Vein Thrombosis & Pulmonary Embolism.” She has also written numerous articles, abstracts and other publications. She won a 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society and was recognized as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for Five Years (2013-2018).

 

Robert L. Viden Jr.

Robert (Bob) L. Viden Jr. began working at Atlantic City Electric after graduating in 1960, and five years later he opened a small, firearms business in a Glassboro Garage. The business expanded to include archery after Viden bought his uncle’s archery business. Later, Bob retired as a lineman with Atlantic City Electric to work full-time in his business. Through the years, children and grandchildren joined Viden and his wife, Gail, in working at the business. Today, that shop is known as Bob’s Little Sports Shop. It includes a retail area, pistol range, archery range, and instruction.

 

While Viden has reached many through his business, he has reached across countries and continents with his charity project, Operation Footsteps. Founded by Viden and his wife in 1997, Operation Footsteps delivers shoes to needy children in Africa, Israel, Central America, and the United States. To date the charity has helped delivered over 85,000 shoes. Overseas, the shoes protect children from diseases carried by parasites that attach to bare feet.

 

Viden has also been active in other outreach efforts through the Safari Club International and the First United Methodist Church of Glassboro. Through the years, he served on the NRA Board of Directors and in various roles within that organization. He was also a member of the Glassboro Fire Department for more than 40 years.

 

Tickets and the Alumni Committee

Please order your tickets today (nwait@gpsd.us or 856-652-2700, ext. 1211) so that you can join our three honorees, the Distinguished Alumni Committee and others at this very special banquet.