2014 LHS Alumni Hall of Fame InducteesThe Livingston Education Foundation's Livingston High School Alumni Hall of Fame Reception to be held Friday, October 10, 2014, will honor four alumni.
Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai - Class of 1981VA Shiva Ayyadurai, the inventor of email, is a scientist, technologist, entrepreneur, and educator. In 1978, while a 14-year-old high school student, he invented email, the full-scale electronic emulation of the interoffice paper-based mail system, for which he was awarded the first US Copyright for “email”, “computer program for electronic mail system” in 1982, at a time when Copyright was the only way to protect software inventions. He is a Fulbright Scholar, Lemelson-MIT Awards Finalist, the First Outstanding/Scientist Technologist of Indian Origin, and recipient of the Westinghouse Science Talent Honors Award. He was recently named to receive the President’s National Medal of Technology and Innovation for 2014.Born in Bombay, India, Shiva moved to America in 1970 at the age of seven. He completed his secondary school education at Livingston High School, and went on to MIT, where he received four degrees, bachelors, dual masters, and doctoral degrees, spanning the fields of electrical engineering and computer science, media arts and sciences, applied mechanics, and systems biology. His research in pattern recognition and large-scale systems development resulted in multiple patents, numerous industry awards, various startup ventures, and large-scale computational platforms such as CytoSolve for development of multi-combination therapeutics, and EchoMail for enterprise email management. He has published scientific papers and presented at major academic and industry conferences worldwide.Medicine intrigued Shiva since the age of five when he would observe his grandmother, a farmer and healer, apply Siddha, one of India’s most ancient forms of medicine, to heal and support local villagers near the small village of Muhavur in South India. Those early experiences inspired him to pursue modern Western science and technology, and Eastern medicine with the aim of becoming a scientist and healer. Over the last three decades, his formal Western research and study focused on developing new systems for pattern analysis across multiple disciplines. At the same time, he trained in many Eastern practices including various forms of yoga, meditation, and nutritional and herbal medicines, which he learned from esteemed sages and masters through the oral tradition. These experiences led him to develop Systems Health™, a revolutionary educational curriculum that integrates traditional medicines and systems biology, which is now being offered to major medical colleges and holistic healthcare centers.As chairman & CEO of CytoSolve, Inc., his team is deploying a revolutionary paradigm that will likely obviate the need for animal testing, through a new technology that can model complex molecular pathways in silico, on the computer. As founder of the International Center for Integrative Systems, a non-profit foundation, located in Cambridge, MA, he supports initiatives for innovation and health based on systems science. He has merged his love of systems theory and scientific visualization into a pioneering new course, at MIT, called Systems Visualization.As an entrepreneur, he has started and successfully grown several start-up companies. In 1992, he created a program for the White House to automatically analyze and sort incoming email from US citizens to President Bill Clinton, which was the foundation for his company EchoMailInc. EchoMail achieved a market valuation of nearly $200 million. Shiva continues his passion for entrepreneurialism as managing director of General Interactive, a venture incubator that cultivates, mentors, and funds new start-ups in various areas including rural healthcare, media, biotechnology, and information technology, among others. In 2009, he was appointed by the Prime Minister of India’s Office to be the first Outstanding Scientist/Technologist of Indian Origin to launch CSIR-Tech, a new initiative to unleash innovation across the nearly 40 scientific laboratories of CSIR. To support innovation among youth, he has launched Innovation Corps. He serves as a consultant to CEOs and executive managers at Fortune 1000 companies, as well as government organizations such as the United States Postal Service, Office of Inspector General.He has appeared in prominent publications including MIT Technology Review, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NBC News, USA Today, as well as other major media platforms. The Improper Bostonian named Shiva, among their Top 40 Under 40. He has authored some of the earliest books on the Internet and early social media, Arts and the Internet and The Internet Publicity Guide, respectively. In 2013 he authored: The Email Revolution, following the publication he went on a country-wide book talk throughout India speaking at Universities. In 2014, Systems Health will be released. Forthcoming books include: The Connection and Systems Visualization.Shiva is a member of Sigma-Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Tau Beta Pi. He supports the Shanthi Foundation, which raises money to provide scholarships for the education of orphaned girls. He is also a supporter of various arts and nonprofit organizations including the Guggenheim Museum, Very Special Arts, National Public Radio, and the National Geographic Society. Shiva enjoys yoga, travel, tennis, animals, art, and architecture. He lives in Belmont, Massachusetts. Charles R. Bendit - Class of 1971
Prior to founding Taconic Investment Partners as a Co-Chief Executive Officer with Paul Pariser in 1997, Charlie formed CBC Properties, where he acquired, repositioned, and managed more than one million square feet of office properties in New York City and Washington, D.C., as well as several hundred apartment units in the New York metropolitan area. Earlier in his career, he was a managing director at Jones Lang Wootton (JLW), where he was responsible for property acquisitions, sales, and financing for the firm’s international clientele, with a focus on New York, Washington, D.C., and Toronto. In these latter two cities he established JLW’s regional offices and business platforms.
A graduate of George Washington University, Charlie is actively involved in the educational community serving as a Regent of the New York State Board of Education, a board member of PENCIL, and a participant in PENCIL’s annual Principal for a Day program. In addition, Charlie is a member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, the Executive Committee of the Board of Advisors of the George Washington University School of Business, and the Advisory Board of the University’s Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis.
Laurence Fieber - Class of 1968
Larry Fieber is widely recognized as a highly accomplished visionary New Jersey educational leader who embraces change and challenge. He is a 1968 graduate of Livingston High School and attended schools in Livingston from grades K-12.
Larry began his career in as a social studies teacher at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in Princeton Junction, New Jersey. He then served for several years as assistant principal at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South before being named principal of Parkway School in Ewing, Township in 1994. Larry’s leadership vastly contributed to improved student academic and behavioral performance that earned Parkway School both local and state recognitions for excellence.
Since his retirement from Parkway School in 2004, Larry has served as the Executive Director of the Center for Future Educators at The College of New Jersey, and as State Director of the New Jersey Future Educators Association (NJFEA). Larry remains dedicated to recruiting and encouraging New Jersey high school and middle school students who are considering careers in teaching, particularly in high shortage subjects and in high poverty, hard-to-staff schools.
As part of his work with the Center for Future Educators, Larry is credited with developing the summer Urban Teacher Academy that is offered to high school juniors at The College of New Jersey, Rider University, Rowan University, Kean University, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has additionally introduced the Tomorrow’s Teachers course elective for hundreds of high school juniors and seniors, student leadership programs, and state-wide conferences for future teachers. In addition to serving as the Executive Director of the Center for Future Educators and State Director of the NJFEA, Larry serves as a professional coach for urban principals as part of Lehigh University’s Allentown Principal Leadership Initiative.
Larry holds a certificate from The Principals’ Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Master’s in Educational Administration from SUNY Albany, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from Alfred University. He has also studied educational leadership at the Teachers’ College at Columbia University, The College of New Jersey, Rider University, and Rutgers University.
Larry was featured as “Envisioner Exemplar” in the book Ten Traits of Highly Effective Principals, by E.K. McEwan (Corwin Press, 2003). He was recognized as the 2001 National Distinguished Elementary Principal of the Year, and the 2001 the New Jersey Principal of the Year. His other recognitions include The College of New Jersey Professional Development Award for School Leadership, the New Jersey PTA President’s Award for Outstanding School Leadership, the New Jersey School Boards Association School Leader Award, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South Hall of Honor, and New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Golden Lamp Award.
Larry is a resident of Solebury, Pennsylvania, and was elected twice to the school board where he served terms as president and vice president.
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum - Class of 1986
Dr. Steinbaum is an attending cardiologist and the Director of Women’s Heart Health of Lenox Hill Hospital of the Northshore-LIJ Healthcare System in New York City. She has done fellowship training in both Preventive Cardiology and Cardiology. She recently released her book Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book: Every Woman’s Guide to a Heart Healthy Life, teaching all women how to lead the healthiest lives by living from the heart. She is the host of Focus onHealth, a weekly magazine news show spotlighting health topics, seen on WLNYTV. She has been awarded a New York Times Super Doctor, and a Castle and Connelly Top Doctor for Cardiovascular Disease. She is a National Spokesperson for the Go Red for Women campaign and chairperson of the Go Red for Women in New York City.
Dr. Steinbaum is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. She is the past Medical Director for the Young Professionals division of the American Heart Association. She is the recipient of the 2010 recipient of the American Heart Association: Young Heart Award for Achievement in Cardiovascular Science and Medicine, and also the 2012 Women of Heart Honoree in recognition of leadership in Women’s Heart Health for Go Red in Westchester and Fairfield counties in New York and Connecticut. Dr. Steinbaum recently made New York Magazine’s Top Doctor List 2014 for cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Steinbaum has devoted her career to the treatment of heart disease through early detection, education, and prevention. She has lectured nationally on topics of coronary artery disease, Women and Heart Disease, natural and alternative ways of treating heart disease and the prevention of heart disease. She is often cited in magazines and newspapers and is regularly seen on network news health segments for ABC, NBC and CBS, CNN, WPIX and FOX, including Dr. Oz, the Doctors, and the Dr. Steve Show, as a leading consultant in the field of women and heart disease, preventive cardiology and topics of lifestyle management. She is regularly interviewed for breaking news in U.S. News and World Report, Healthday and WebMD. She has written on topics of cardiac prevention and nutrition has been quoted in many publications and magazines, such as Self, Glamour, More, Fitness, The Wall Street Journal and Family Circle. She is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Dr. Oz, Bottomline Health, and Sharecare.
Her unique perspectives on health, wellness and overall vitality by living a heart-centered life can be found at www.srsheart.com, on Facebook at Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum and Twitter at @DrSteinbaum.