Three alumni to join Hall of Fame
Three alumni were selected as this year’s Lyons Township High School Hall of Fame Inductees. The honorees will be recognized throughout Homecoming weekend, October 1-2, 2021. Dr. Douglas Brash, Class of 1969, along with classmate Senator Christine (Hoy) Radogno, Class of 1969, as well as Bruce Scott, Class of ’50, who will be honored posthumously with his induction.
Brash and Radogno have been invited to return to their alma mater Friday, October 1, to speak with classes throughout the day. Likewise, a display and accounting of Bruce Scott’s career will be on display for students.
The plaque unveiling will take place at 9am on Saturday, October 2, in the North Campus Reber Center foyer. Brash and Radogno will take part in the Homecoming parade and be the guests of honor, along with Scott’s family, at the Alumni Reception at the Corral beginning at 11:30am. They will also perform a ceremonial coin toss to start the varsity football game.
The LTHS Board of Education established the Hall of Fame to recognize the accomplishments of some 72,000 graduates, faculty and friends of LT and to provide role models to students. The Hall of Fame is organized by a volunteer member committee of alumni, faculty, staff, students and citizens.
After graduating from LT in 1969, Douglas Brash received his BS in Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois. He earned a PhD from Ohio State University in Biophysics and began his research into skin cancer. Skin cancer normally occurs when ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds damages DNA in skin cells, triggering mutations that lead to such cancers as melanoma. Brash worked to explain the steps through which sunlight causes skin cancer, as well as sunlight’s role in triggering protective mechanisms. During postdoctoral training in Molecular Genetics and Cancer Genetics at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, he showed that mutations occur at the site of UV-induced DNA damage. Upon joining the staff of the National Cancer Institute, he identified the particular form of DNA damage responsible. Brash joined the School of Medicine faculty at Yale University in 1989, where he is a Senior Research Scientist in Therapeutic Radiology and Dermatology and Clinical Professor of Therapeutic Radiology. There, his focus on ultraviolet mutation patterns allowed his laboratory and fellow Yale Cancer Center scientists to identify the genes mutated by sunlight in causing skin cancer. Pinpointing the encounters between a carcinogen and a gene, which occurred decades before the appearance of a tumor, contributes to what is perhaps the best picture available of how a human carcinogen works. The group then discovered “hyperhotspots” in the human genome, locations that are over 100-times more sensitive to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight compared to the genome average. Because exposure to UV radiation is the major cause of skin cancer, screening the hyperhotspots could offer a new means of predicting a person’s skin cancer risk. Another discovery was a physicochemical process that allows UV-like DNA damage to be made even after the exposure to sunlight has ended, which has important implications for melanoma formation and prevention. Because skin cancers are as frequent as all other cancers combined, Brash’s research has a global impact. His many awards and recognitions include the 2020 American Society of Photobiology Research Award for achievement in photobiology and previously the Finsen Medal for lifetime achievement in photobiology from the International Union of Photobiology and an Achievement Award for Research in Skin Cancer/Melanoma from the American Skin Association. He has authored over 100 scientific research papers and articles, lectured at dozens of universities, and served on scores of university, national, and international advisory and service committees.
A 1969 LTHS graduate, Christine (Hoy) Radogno is a former Republican member of the Illinois Senate, who represented the 41st Legislative District in Cook, DuPage, and Will Counties from 1997 to 2017. In 2009, Senator Radogno was chosen by her Republican colleagues as caucus leader thereby becoming the Senate Minority Leader, a position she held until her retirement. She is the first, and as of September 2021, the only woman legislative leader of either party in the history of the State of Illinois. During her tenure as an Illinois State Senator, she contributed to a multitude of state laws and policies that positively impacted the citizens of Illinois. One significant contribution was her instrumental role in passing the law lowering the blood alcohol level to be considered intoxicated while driving to .08, thereby making roads safer for all Illinoisans. Radogno worked across party lines. It was her commitment to bipartisanship that led to her being recognized as the first-ever recipient of The Judy Award, an award honoring Judy Barr Topinka’s legacy of good government, ethics, compromise and her willingness to take on the establishment and the status quo. In December 2016, with the state facing fiscal paralysis without a budget, she and the Senate President negotiated a Grand Bargain of bipartisan compromises to resolve the impasse. Though widely lauded, it was rejected by the Republican governor leading her to resign from office in August of 2017 as a matter of principle. Prior to her work in the state senate, she served as a Village trustee in LaGrange from 1989 to 1996. Her political endeavors began when she became involved in local redevelopment issues, seeking to keep downtown LaGrange’s redevelopment projects consistent with the residential character of the village. Senator Radogno was heavily involved in local environmental issues. She successfully fought to prevent the construction of an incinerator that would increase pollution and negatively impact neighboring citizens and she helped block the expansion of the McCook Reservoir for use as a storm water and sewage holding facility. Since her retirement Radogno has remained active in state issues. She was appointed to the governor’s committee on pension consolidation and appointed to the Legislative Ethics Commission working to revise ethics legislation for the state.
A 1950 LT graduate, Bruce Scott became a professor, author, and leading expert on capitalism and national economic governance. He pioneered the internationalization of Harvard Business School’s curriculum through the development of the Business, Government and the International Economy “BIGIE” course. Professor Scott studied economics at Swarthmore, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1954. He received his MBA with Distinction in 1958 and his DBA in 1963, both from Harvard Business School. During an academic career spanning 50 plus years, Scott nurtured countless students and produced groundbreaking books, award-winning articles, and case studies. His teaching demanded rigorous analysis grounded in economic, social and political history. Fluency in French enabled his early study of French industrial policy and influenced that government’s discontinuation of its indicative planning process. Scott was among the first to alert US officials to the erosion of our global competitiveness. He served as witness before Congress on matters ranging from tax, education, to industrial policy. Later, Scott and a colleague were invited to join a group of South African leaders charged with examining the future of apartheid. Their report influenced the decision by President de Klerk to abandon apartheid and pursue “The Miracle”—historic societal reform. In 1993, the Nobel Committee acknowledged the birth of a new South Africa by awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the new and former presidents, Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk. Scott’s last two books were The Concept of Capitalism, a brief articulation of the structure and elements of capitalist societies, and Capitalism: Its History and Origins as a System of Governance. The latter delves into the evolution of capitalism through history and key political decisions enabling capitalist governance in countries across the world. Scott concluded with an evaluation of the “toxic trio,” excessive de-regulation, shareholder capitalism, and highly leveraged executive compensation that created the 2008 financial crisis. In 2019, the Business Roundtable redefined the purpose of a corporation to embrace stakeholder capitalism over their prior advocacy of shareholder capitalism.
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