2004 Inductees

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Dr. Alan D. Guerci
Class of 1968
 
Hall of Fame 2004

Preeminent medical researcher and pioneer of innovative techniques in the war on heart disease, Dr. Alan D. Guerci, class of 1968, is a welcomed inductee into the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Hall of Fame.  A distinguished clinician, teacher, and researcher, Dr. Guerci was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Francis Hospital in 1999 where he presides over the nation’s second-largest volume of open heart surgery and cardiac catheterizations each year.

While heart disease remains the number one killer in the United States, Dr. Guerci is leading the way in making strides against the insidious disease.  Recently, Dr. Guerci and his staff at Saint Francis Hospital used the Electron Beam Tomography (EBT) Heart Scan to examine patients who didn’t have noticeable risk factors. Dr. Guerci’s work proved that current risk factors, such as family history, abnormal cholesterol, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, and lack of exercise were not always adequate in predicting coronary disease events; since half of the people who have heart attacks don’t have any noticeable risk factors, the EBT Heart Scan can be a life-saver for people who would otherwise not be aware of their undetected coronary problems.

In addition to his cutting-edge research, Dr. Guerci serves as Chairman of the Clinical Trials Review Committee of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); he is a member of the Cardiac Advisory Committee for the New York State Department of Health; he serves as Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University; and he formerly served as Director of the Coronary Care Unit at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Dr. Guerci has also served as principal investigator on numerous leading-edge research programs supported by fellowships and grants. He is the senior author of hundreds of peer-reviewed articles, reviews, chapters, editorials and abstracts for a wide range of scholarly medical journals and related publications. Currently, he reviews articles for the New England Journal of Medicine, Circulation, The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, The American Heart Journal, and the American Journal of Cardiac Imaging. Additionally, he has been active as a consultant at the state and federal level, as well as in the private sector, serving on a host of review and monitoring committees.

A cumlaude graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Guerci received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College in New York City.

Francis G. “Hank” Hilton, S.J., Ph.D.
Class of 1974

Hall of Fame 2004

Although he is a well known expert in the fields of energy and environmental economics, Father Francis G. Hilton, best known as “Hank”, thinks of himself as “a preacher, teacher and researcher.”  Hank grew up in Rumson and graduated from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School with the Class of 1974. He served two years as his class president and actively participated in the school musicals, the yearbook and community volunteer work. Summers were spent sailing and working as a lifeguard at Sandlass Beach Club in Sea Bright. Upon graduation, Hank planned to go away to college, but he was undecided about his educational goals.  He spent a year of teaching at the Monmouth County Association for Retarded Children and taking evening classes at Brookdale Community College.

The following year, he entered Fordham University and began to pursue an educational path that has resulted in a Bachelor’s Degree, five Masters Degrees and a Ph.D.  He graduated *** laude from Fordham in 1978 with a BA in Economics and then accepted a fellowship to complete his MA in Economics.  For several years he worked for Texaco as an Energy Economist, after which his time as an educator began with a position teaching Macroeconomics at Fordham. After entering the Jesuits in 1981, he undertook the order’s rigorous academic training and completed four more Masters Degrees (Philosophy at Loyola College, Divinity and Theology at the Weston School, Human Development at Harvard) and a Ph.D. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Environmental Studies.

Father Hilton’s career in education  began with teaching at Sing-Sing Prison while he was working for Texaco.  Since entering the Jesuits, he has held many teaching assignments ranging from Mexican jails to New York high schools to several Jesuit Colleges including Fordham University, Boston College, Canisius College and Loyola College in Maryland, where he currently works as an Associate Professor.  His work at Loyola has earned him a number of teaching awards including  the Harry W. Rodgers, III, Distinguished Teacher of the Year.  A highly interactive teacher whose goal is to call on every student in every class and give written quizzes in every other class, he has been evaluated by his students as the toughest teacher they have ever had.  They always add that they would absolutely take his course again. 

Father Hilton’s research, which focuses on issues relating to energy, the environment and economic growth, spans the academic and private sectors.  He is a Senior Associate with CERA, Cambridge Energy Research Associates, an international advisory and consulting firm with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts and offices worldwide.  CERA provides expertise in the energy fields of oil, refined products, natural gas and electricity to industry executives and national policy makers.  He specializes in the phase-in of environmental regulations and has also conducted extensive research on international oil pricing policy, national energy strategies, coal markets and Pacific Rim markets.

Frequently published in the area of environmental economics, his academic research has appeared in top journals, including the Journal of Environment and Development and The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.  He has authored numerous chapters for anthologies and is currently working on a book that focuses on improvements in environmental quality.

Of his many roles, Hank most cherishes the pastoral work of celebrating the sacraments and preaching.  He now serves St. Pius Church in Baltimore and St. Francis Xavier Parish in Hunt Valley. He also serves the U.S. Catholic Conference as an advisor to bishops on church responses to global climate change. He feels that his work, “the preaching, the teaching and the researching,” enables him to serve God and others as he helps to “make the world the way that God wants it to be.”