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Evanston Township High School and its Alumni Association honored three of its graduates with the Distinguished Alumni Award on Dec. 7, the eighth class of alumni to receive this recognition.
The annual program was established to honor graduates who are noted in their field of endeavor and/or recognized for their expertise and good works by their peers and others. John Donohue, ’54, has served as committee chairman since the program’s inception.
This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award winners are Dr. Philip B. Gorelick, 1970; Thomas G. Murdough, Jr., 1957; and Dr. Edward S. Traisman, 1975.
Dr. Gorelick is an award-winning neurologist, world leader in stroke prevention, teacher, author, and volunteer leader and trainer. He is currently the John S. Garvin Professor, Department Head of Neurology and Rehabilitation, and Director of Stroke Research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. He has focused his studies on stroke prevention in the African-American community and prevention of cognitive impairment in the aged. A national leader in these areas, he has the distinction of being continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 18 years.
Mr. Murdough is an entrepreneur, businessman, industry leader, and philanthropist. In 1969, he founded the Little Tikes Company in a barn in Ohio with nine employees, which grew to become one of the leading manufacturers worldwide of quality children’s play products. He later founded The Step2 Company, a manufacturer of quality plastic products for children and the home and garden. In 1986, the Thomas G. and Joy P. Murdough Foundation was established and since then has granted over $22 million to local and national charities, including $500,000 to the McGaw YMCA and $3 million to the Presbyterian Homes/Geneva Foundation.
Dr. Traisman is an award-winning pediatrician; a forceful advocate for children with special needs, especially those in foster care; a teacher and an author. His medical education has taken him in many directions, from direct patient care to teaching and writing to serving the foster-care population, so that those less fortunate can have care and quality of life. His interest in caring for children with special needs led to his involvement with Illinois Mentor in the early 1990s. He is also vice president of the medical/dental staff at Children’s Memorial Hospital, involved in policy making and medical staff services.