Five City College alumni who excelled Hall of Fame inductees join list of 140 others today

November 17, 1995|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Baltimore City College will induct five distinguished alumni into its Hall of Fame today, including a Nobel laureate, an Episcopal bishop and a guy who got his start in politics there -- the Baltimore County executive.

"City grads have gone on to achieve excellence in almost every endeavor," said Jeff Malter, executive director of the high school's board of visitors.

At an assembly today, Baltimore Circuit Chief Judge Robert I. H. Hammerman -- one of about 140 previous inductees -- will welcome the new Hall of Fame members, Mr. Malter said.

Those to be honored are:

* Dr. Martin Rodbell, Class of 1943, who won the 1994 Nobel prize for medicine and physiology for the discovery of natural substances known as "G proteins" that turn cells on and off.

* Jerome Denaburg, Class of 1928, whose career in education included 16 years as a science teacher at City and six years as its principal during the late 1960s.

* Jack L. Levin, Class of 1928, a local businessman, writer and community activist in civil liberties and social justice issues. He has been honored by such groups as the American Jewish Congress, National Institute Against Prejudice and Violence, and American Civil Liberties Union.

* The Rev. Orris George Walker Jr., Class of 1960, the first black Episcopal bishop of Long Island, N.Y., which includes the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk counties. He chaired the national Episcopal Commission on Black Ministries while formerly serving the Diocese of Michigan.

* C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III, Baltimore County executive, who began his career in politics by winning election as sergeant-at-arms for the Class of 1963.

"That's true," said Mr. Ruppersberger, a lawyer and former county councilman, "although I was more focused on sports."

"City College did a lot for me," said Mr. Ruppersberger, noting in particular his exposure to a cross-section of black, Jewish, Asian and other students, and the coaches who taught him discipline.

"It was really exciting to be a part of that," he said. "There was a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of brotherhood. I remember going to those ceremonies where people came back for the Hall of Fame, and now to be recognized -- it's a great honor."

Previous inductees include writers Russell Baker and Leon Uris, artist Reuben Kramer, builder-philanthropist Joseph Meyerhoff, television personality Garry Moore, former governors Marvin Mandel and William Donald Schaefer, and Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.

Founded in 1839 as an all-male institution, City, the third-oldest public high school in the nation, now is a coeducational college preparatory school emphasizing the humanities.

The Board of Visitors was founded in 1988, with a mission to raise funds to supplement the school's budget. It has set a fund-raising goal of $1 million during the next three years.

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