2005 Inductees

Paavo Jarvi
Class of 1981

Hall of Fame 2005

Paavo Jarvi, class of 1981, immigrated to the United States at the age of 17. Born in Estonia in 1962, Järvi studied percussion and conducting at the Tallinn School of Music. He moved to the United States with his father, conductor Neeme Jarvi, and his family at the age of 17 in 1980 and is now an American citizen. His studies continued at the Curtis Institute of Music under Otto-Werner Mueller and Max Rudolf, former music director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, as well as at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with Leonard Bernstein.

Maestro Jarvi is the musical director and principal conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for the past five years, with his tenure to continue through the 2008-2009 season. His dynamic leadership on the podium makes him sought after as a guest conductor, and he has worked with many celebrated orchestras in the world: the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the London, Berlin, Munich, Czech, St. Petersburg and Israel philharmonics, Orchestre National de France, Orchestra di Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra della RAI Turin, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has been the chief guest conductor at the Stockholm Philharmonic and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Paavo Jarvi’s North American engagements have included appearances with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Montreal, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Toronto. He made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival in July 2004.

There are more than 30 recordings to his credit, with labels such as Chandos, ECM, Pentatone, Virgin, EMI and BIS; and he also records a segment for the Cincinnati Symphony orchestra website called Paavo’s Notes, which illuminates some of the process and reason behind the choices of musical programming.

His facilitation of music continues with his commitment to young musicians has included conducting the UBS Verbier Youth Orchestra each summer, and guest appearances with the European Union Youth Orchestra, the New World Symphony in Miami and the Russian-American Youth Orchestra in Moscow.

Maestro J arvi tells his audience, “When I am on the podium, I don’t think about where to take the music, I think about where the music takes me.”

Brian Kelly
Class of 1972

Hall of Fame 2005

While some might consider the task of writing articles on Long Branch City Council meetings grunt work, Brian Kelly, class of 1972, always had a feeling that one opportunity would lead to another, an instinct he developed at RFH.

“I left RFH with a terrific sense of how to get by in the world,” says Kelly.  “I learned a great deal of things academically, but I also learned how to be skeptical and how to deal with reality.”

And those small-town articles led to bigger towns, such as Chicago, where Kelly covered city council meetings for the Chicago Sun-Times, and eventually to the U.S. Congress, which Kelly covered as a Senior Editor for the Washington Post.

Now, Brian Kelly sits atop his career field as Executive Editor of U.S. News & World Report, one of the largest magazines. Part of his responsibilities there include managing one of the most popular, albeit controversial, lists of our time: the heralded U.S. News & World Report ranking of America’s Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools.

“We’re best known for the college ranking, but we rank other things as well, such as hospitals and consumer healthcare options.  We think it helps people make decisions. Our readers see us as the most serious of the three newsmagazines. We have been for over 70 years.” Indeed, U.S. News features former White House Chief of Staff David Gergen as one of its political contributors, and don’t look for coverage of the Michael Jackson trial inside Brian Kelly’s journal. 

Kelly’s experience at RFH included stints as editor of the literary magazine and reporter for the school newspaper.  He credits the faculty, especially The Rumsonian Advisor Robert Berberich, with preparing him to become successful: “There were a lot of smart, curious people teaching at RFH who were not just putting in their nine-to-five; they were committed to the whole experience.”

Although Kelly originally intended to study law at Georgetown when he entered in 1972, he had second thoughts when, on his first day of pre-law class, “I noticed that everyone in the room had done the summer reading except me.” So he became a journalist instead.  Soon thereafter, Kelly became increasingly immersed in the tumultuous coverage of the Watergate scandal.  As a cub reporter for the Georgetown Voice, Kelly found himself in the unlikely scenario of interviewing John Sirica, the Georgetown graduate and federal judge who presided over the Watergate trials.

Kelly fondly remembers working at The Red Bank Register in the early 1970′s.  The experience was instrumental for Kelly, who quickly learned that even though The Register was “a little newspaper in the backyard,” it was run by “a brilliant journalist in Art Kamin, who could’ve been the Managing Editor of the New York Times.”  Kelly’s work at The Register taught him every thing he needed to know about the workings of a newspaper, and he credits that experience to every successive position he’s earned.  “If you learn how to do (journalism) right, you’ve got it,” says Kelly.  Art Kamin’s Red Bank Register taught him how to do it right-even if it meant suffering through those Long Branch City Council meetings.

In addition to appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show, CNN’s Larry King Live, and as a featured guest on C-Span and National Public Radio, Kelly has authored or co-authored three books–Amazon, The Four Little Dragons, and Adventures in Porkland– and is working on a fourth. Even though these works cover important topics such as the environmental impact of the clearing of the Amazon rain forest, or the sad fact of greedy self-interest in politics, Kelly is modest about his efforts: “Journalism is a very good thing to do-but I wouldn’t compare it to brain surgery.”

Yes, it may have started with grunt work, but Kelly is living proof that when hard work meets opportunity, one often finds success.  Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School is proud to induct Brian Kelly into its Hall of Fame’s fifth class.

William F. Spillane, M.D.
Class of 1974

Hall of Fame 2005

Dr. William F. Spillane is an anesthesiologist, neurologist, pain management specialist, medical administrator, teacher, author, and activist in his area of medical expertise.  Bill, a 1974 graduate of R-FH, was not always keen on school.  “I had no interest in school whatsoever – just couldn’t see the point of school at all.”  In his senior year, however, he had the good fortune to meet Mr. Burd, who noticed that Bill had a gift for chemistry and moved him to the honors class.  “I consider being placed in the Honors Chemistry class to be a turning point in my life.  I found something that I really enjoyed.  I started to see the importance of other subjects, like mathematics.  I also got to know some very smart people in that class, and I believe that interacting with these people started to change the way I approached intellectual challenges.

Bill’s college career was not straightforward.  He graduated from Belmont Abbey in 1980 with a B.S. in Chemistry, Magna *** Laude.  During those six years, he often left school in order to earn enough money to return.  “I gained a great deal of maturity during those periods of employment.  That experience has helped me in my pain management practice.  I understand how a 45 year old laborer gets frustrated because his lower back pain prevents him from doing his job.  I also made sure that time off from school was not wasted academically, so I was disciplined about reading, doing math, or solving chemistry problems during my spare time.” 

Bill entered NMDNJ medical and subsequently joined the Navy, which allowed him to complete his studies.  He served his internship and residency at Monmouth Medical Center; as chief resident, he was honored as the outstanding graduate resident in Anesthesiology.  During his years in the Navy, Bill served a six-month tour of duty during Operation Desert Storm as part of a fleet surgical team aboard the USS Pelleliu in the Persian Gulf.  He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander and received several commendations and medals upon being released from active duty in 1992.

While practicing and teaching pain management at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, he made the observation that anesthesiologists trained in pain management had little training in the accurate diagnosis of the signs and symptoms of painful disorders of the nervous system.  “I felt that the diagnostic skills of a Neurologist should be taught to Pain Management trainees.”  Consequently, Bill undertook a second residency and entered the Neurology Division of Duke University Medical Center for three years.  “This was a novel idea – to obtain dual certification in anesthesiology and neurology to enhance pain management skills and teaching.  I was one of the first people in the country to do this, and even today, there are only a handful of people in the field of Pain Management who have formal training and board certification in both anesthesiology and neurology.”

After this second residency, Dr. Spillane was awarded a teaching appointment at Duke University Medical Center where he was an Assistant Clinical Professor in both the anesthesiology and neurology departments.  In 1998, the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center recruited him as an Assistant Clinical Professor.  While there, he was consistently ranked at the top of the Anesthesiology Department faculty in surveys of residents; Good Housekeeping Magazine named him “top doc” at Wake Forest’s facility, listed in that magazine’s “Top 35 Pain Centers in the USA”.

Today Bill is in private practice in the Johnson Neurological Clinic in High Point, North Carolina.  He provides pain management consultation services for the neurologists and neurosurgeons in the group and continues to teach at Wake Forest University.  He is a member of the American Board of Anesthesiology Pain Management Exam Subcommittee and was recently reappointed to an unprecedented third term on the Board.  He continues to publish articles for peer-review and to lecture and regional and national events.  He and his wife Joanne have four children:  Jennifer, Katherine, Sean and Joseph.

“In reflection, my parents were my one huge break in life.  Although there was little money, I will always treasure the many conversations about life and people I had with my dad while watching the Yankees on TV, and all of the support and nurturing I got from my mom.  My father always knew that I had some ability, and it was frustrating for him to see me ‘blowing it’ while I was in high school.  But he never gave up on me or wavered in his insistence that I should be doing better.”