2008 Inductees

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Karl Kieburtz
Class of 1976

Hall of Fame 2008

Dr. Karl Kieburtz’s professional history confirms the true meaning of the professional title of Doctor of Medicine-Medicinae Doctor (“Teacher of Medicine”).

After graduating from RFH in 1976, Dr. Kieburtz attended Amherst College, majoring in Neoroscience. Dr. Kieburtz graduated from Amherst in 1980. He earned his Doctor of Medicine and Masters in Public Health degrees from the University of Rochester in 1985. Dr. Kieburtz completed an internship in Family Medicine at Highland Hospital, an affiliate of the University of Rochester Medical Center, in 1986. He then completed a residency in Neurology at Strong Memorial Hospital, the primary teaching hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center, in 1989. Dr. Kieburtz was awarded a fellowship in Experimental Therapeutics of Neurological Disorders at the University of Rochester Medical Center, receiving his Neurology certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1990 and completing his formal studies of Neurology in 1992.

Since 1992, Dr. Kieburtz has been employed by the University of Rochester Medical Center in a variety of academic and research capacities. He is currently a Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Community and Preventative Medicine. Dr. Kieburtz is the Director of the Clinical Trials Coordination Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and he chairs the Parkinson Study Group Executive Committee. Dr. Kieburtz is also a member of the Executive Committee for the Huntington Study Group. These research and trial initiatives at the University of Rochester Medical Center examine the symptomatic and neuroprotective effects of experimental interventions for neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Kieburtz served as the chair of the FDA Peripheral & Central

Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee and sits on the American Academy of Neurology Clinical Research Subcommittee, the International Executive Committee of the Movement Disorders Society, the Board of Directors for the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics and the Council of the American Neurological Association. Dr. Kieburtz’s research interests focus on treating neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and HIV-related neurological disorders. He is also interested in trials of potential neuroprotective agents for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Kieburtz was the Associate Editor of Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology

While he was a student at RFH, Dr. Kieburtz played Varsity Football and participated in Track and Wrestling.  He contributed to the dramatic productions of The Tower Players, primarily in set construction and stage management.  He served in the SGA as Class President and Secretary.

Dr. Kieburtz remembers the strength of the teachers at RFH:  “I was surprised to find how strong my History (Mr. Bradford), Math (Mr. Kern) and Science (Mr. Applegate) teaching had been, compared to others at college.”  He also recalls the close mentoring of coaches, who were also his teachers: “Mr. Gordon and Mr. Drew kept a close interest in my academics, but also how my life in general was going.”

When asked what advice he would give a current RFH student, Dr. Kieburtz offered the following words: “Although you are coming to know yourselves as individual young adults, you don’t really know your potential yet.  Your ability to do good (or harm) is greater than you might think.  Set your mind on discovering your capacity to do good – the world needs it.”

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David Quigley
Class of 1984

Hall of Fame 2008

Dr. David Quigley’s professional history reflects a commitment to scholarship and teaching. 

After graduating from RFH in 1984, Dr. Quigley attended Amherst College, majoring in American Studies. His undergraduate thesis was entitled: The Workers and Their World: Connecting the Catholic Workers to Their Historical Time.

After graduating magna *** laude from Amherst in 1988, Dr. Quigley taught high school history for three years in the New York City Public School System. He then enrolled in the graduate program in history at New York University, earning an MA (1995) and a Ph.D. (1997) in American History. He was an Amherst Memorial Fellow in American History and a Forris Jewett Moore Fellow in American History as a graduate student, and he received a Charlotte Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. His dissertation was entitled: Reconstructing Democracy: Politics and Ideas in New York City, 1865-1880.  

In the Spring of 1988, Dr. Quigley will be completing his tenth year as a member of the History Department at Boston College. During his tenure as a college professor, he has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on the United States during the 19th Century and political and urban history. His research efforts to date have explored the history of race and democracy between the American Revolution and Reconstruction in the local political cultures of New York. Recent publications include Second

Founding: New York City, Reconstruction and the Making of American Democracy and Jim Crow New York: A Documentary

History of Race and Citizenship, 1777-1877 (co-authored with David N. Gellman). In addition to serving as an Associate Professor in the History Department, Dr. Quigley is the Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean of Freshman at Boston College. He is also the founding director of the Institute for Liberal Arts at Boston College. In 2007, Dr. Quigley received the Distinguished Teaching Award at Boston College. Dr. Quigley is currently serving as the chairperson of the College Board United States History Advisory Committee.

While he was a student at RFH, Dr. Quigley was actively involved in The Tower Tribune, writing for all four years and serving as Editor-in-Chief in his senior year.

Two high school teachers stand out in Dr. Quigley’s memory as being influential forces: Mr. Robert Berberich, a former member of the RFH English Department, and Mr. Robert Moir, a former member of the RFH Social Studies Department: “Mr. Berberich was a terrific mentor for all of us who worked for the school newspaper; his attentiveness to and enthusiasm for our work made us all think that we were writers from an early age.  Mr. Moir was my model of an engaged history teacher and his passion for the material and his critical stance helped lead me into a career studying the past.”

When asked what advice he would give a current RFH student, Dr. Quigley offered the following words: ” Reflect on the remarkable privilege you enjoy as students at RFH and think about the various ways in which you can use that privilege to transform the world, over the next four years and for the rest of your life.”

In the fall of 2008, David Quigley was named Dean of Arts and Sciences for both the undergraduate and graduate programs at Boston College. 

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Brooke Kamin Rapaport
Class of 1980

Hall of Fame 2008

Brooke Kamin Rapaport’s professional history reflects a deep commitment to the documentation of art and the confirmation of its cultural significance.

Mrs. Rapaport graduated from RFH in 1980. She attended Amherst College and graduated *** laude in 1984. She was fine arts major. The following year, she received a Helena Rubenstein Fellowship in Museum Studies from the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Ms. Rapaport earned an MA in from Rutgers University in 1988.

Mrs. Rapaport is an independent curator and writer.  At the Brooklyn Museum, she was the Associate Curator of Contemporary Art. While at the Brooklyn Museum, Mrs. Rapaport organized numerous exhibitions and wrote corresponding catalogues including Vital Forms: American Art and Design in the Atomic Age, 1940 – 1960 (2001) and Leon Polk Smith: American Painter (1988).  More recently at The Jewish Museum in New York, Ms. Rapaport served as guest curator for The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend, a 2007 survey exhibition that also traveled to The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young, in 2007-08.  A major catalogue, published by Yale University Press, accompanied the Nevelson exhibition and was voted the Best Art and Photography Book of 2007 by Amazon.com. The Nevelson exhibition was voted one of the ten best shows of 2007 by the San Francisco Chronicle and was reviewed in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Art in America Mrs. Rapaport has been on the staff of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Jamaica Arts Center in Queens, New York.  She is also currently a contributing editor and frequent writer for Sculpture magazine.

In addition to her work as a juror and moderator on issues surrounding contemporary art, Mrs. Rapaport has also lectured at Amherst College, The Jewish Museum, Storm King Art Center, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge and the San Diego Museum of Art. She serves on the board of Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City and is a member of the American Association of Museums, ArtTable and the College Art Association.  Mrs. Rapaport chaired the Visiting Committee of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College in 2005.

While she was a senior at RFH, Mrs. Rapaport was the editor of The Triskelion, an art and literary magazine, working with Mr. Alan Lister, a former member of the RFH English Department. She likened her experiences with this school publication to the work that she does as a museum curator: “The Triskelion staff had to select the best works of art and the best writing to appear in the publication. It’s not unlike what I do today as a curator: sift through a lot of work before determining the best pieces. Mr. Lister gave us free reign to develop our ‘eye’ and to select the finest student drawings and paintings. This was key, early training in my field.”

Mrs. Rapaport remembers the positive impact that former art teacher, Ms. Suzanne Parmly, had on her, noting the far-reaching influence of this former member of the RFH Art Department: “Hers was one of the toughest and best courses in the high school…Art had never been so enticing-we could smell it and taste it through her descriptions and through those images. And she described the context for making art: how, when, and why cultures create. Context is key in the museum profession now, so Ms. Parmly was way ahead of her time.”

When asked what advice she would give a current RFH student, Mrs. Rapaport offered the following words: “High school is a time of true transition – between the reliant years of elementary school and the full independence of the college experience. High school is the moment to begin to explore your academic passions and to ask questions of your teachers and your community about where your enthusiasms can lead.”