Strath Haven Added Five Grads to Wall of Honor
Wall of Honor Recognition
The Wall of Honor at Strath Haven High School was created in 2001 as a way to recognize graduates of Nether Providence High School, Swarthmore High School, and Strath Haven High School who individually and collectively represent the very best of the Wallingford Swarthmore School District community.
The 2015 recipients have contributed to the worlds of athletics, journalism, medicine, television and film, and military service. They are also recognized as philanthropists and humanitarians, persons of great character. It is their tremendous personal character and commitment to community, along with their accomplishments, that are required for selection for membership on the Wall of Honor.
The 2015 recipients were honored in a ceremony at Strath Haven High School on October 23, 2015 in the George H. Slick Auditorium. The ceremony was attended by Superintendent Michael Pladus, high school administration and staff, the members of the Class of 2016, and the recipients’ family, friends, and classmates. Honorees receive a plaque and had the opportunity to share their wisdom and experience with the audience.
For more information about the Wall of Honor, please contact Ms. Donna Rucker, high school secretary, at 610-892-3470 x2105. Recipients’ biographies may be found below.
Harry Jones, Nether Providence High School, Class of 1966
Harry Jones began his athletic life in Karlsruhe, Germany, where his father was stationed in the U.S. Army. Upon return the U.S., Harry attended Nether Providence, where he earned seven varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball. In 1966, Harry won the Rookie Award while playing baseball for the Eureka Red Sox in the Delco League. In the Fall of that same year, Harry received the Distinguished Graduate Award from Nether Providence High School. As a sophomore student at Western Kentucky University, Harry was the first-ever African American to play baseball at the university. In all three years of play, Harry was named to the First-Team of the Ohio Valley Conference. Harry earned in Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science in Education from WKU. While Harry was courted by Major League Baseball, the opportunity never materialized, and Harry made a commitment to helping others to achieve their dreams. Both of Harry’s sons played football at Strath Haven, both earned full scholarships to college at Purdue University and Tennessee, and both played in the NFL. Harry has contributed to the community through his coaching of the Strath Haven Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team, and through his organization, Consulting for the Next Level, which aims to help prepare and place student athletes in settings appropriate to their goals and talents.
Lawrie Mifflin, Swarthmore High School, Class of 1969
Lawrie Mifflin attended Swarthmore High School, where she developed a love of field hockey. She was admitted to the first female class of Yale University, where she started the women’s field hockey team. After graduating from Yale in 1973, Lawrie enrolled at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she earned her master’s degree in 1974. Upon graduation, Lawrie was hired at The New York Daily News and became the paper’s first female sports writer and beat reporter for the NHL’s New York Rangers. She has covered major sports, three Summer Olympics, the Lake Placiud Winter Olympics, and two World Cups. In 1982, Lawrie joined The New York Times as Deputy Sports Editor, National Desk Reporter, and Supervisor for Video and Web Production. In 2002, the PBS Nova documentary “Bioterror,” on which she served as co-executive producer, won an Emmy Award. She was also co-executive producer on two PBS Frontline documentaries which earned the George Foster Peabody Award and the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for public service.
June Elcock-Messam, Swarthmore High School, Class of 1982
June Elcock’s chosen quotation in her yearbook was, “The greatest gift of learning is independence of thought and a confirmed belief in your own ability to achieve.” Throughout her academic and professional career, June has dedicated her success and achievement to helping others. After graduation from Swarthmore High School, June Elcock attended Haverford College, and later The Medical College of Pennsylvania. She is the Owner of Media Pediatrics and has been practicing medicine in Delaware County for the last thirteen years. Throughout her professional life, Dr. Elcock-Messam has provided care to victims of child abuse and neglect in our region. She has served as Director of Crozer Children’s Advocacy Program, delivered lectures and provided guidance in the Pediatric Residency program and Crozer Chester Medical Center, and served as a consultant to Children and Youth Services for Delaware County in suspected cases of physical abuse, neglect, and sexual abuse. She is recognized for the care, time, effort and concern she places into serving those who are most in need – the innocent, the vulnerable, and the defenseless children of our community.
Lauren MacMullan joined Swarthmore High School as a junior and was an All-Delco athlete in field hockey and lacrosse. Upon graduation Lauren attended Harvard University, where she was elected President of the Harvard Lampoon, with a major in animation. Her first primetime TV job was on The Critic, where she was famous for directing the episode with guest stars Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, followed by directing for King of the Hill. She went on to become the supervising director and designer for Mission Hill. After the show was cancelled quickly, she got a job directing on The Simpsons, and stayed for three seasons. She also has directed some episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and won an Annie award for storyboarding on that show. Lauren was a sequence director on The Simpsons Movie, and in 2009 she was a member of the Pixar team working on the animated film Newt prior to its cancellation. She is currently at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where she worked on Wreck-It Ralph and directed the 2013 Oscar-nominated animated short film Get a Horse!, featuring Mickey Mouse. With Get a Horse!, she became the first woman to solely direct a Disney animated film.
Kevin Strouse embodies the values of hard work and dedication to a cause greater than one’s self. After graduating from Strath Haven, Kevin attended Columbia University, where he graduated in 2001. He enlisted in the United States Army immediately upon graduation, just a few months prior to September 11th. Kevin completed the Ranger School and Airborne School, joining the ranks of our nation’s most elite soldiers. He deployed to Afghanistan three times and to Iraq once. Upon completion of Army service, Kevin became an intelligence analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency, serving both overseas and at the Counterterrorism Center in Washington, D.C. While employed in the CIA Kevin earned a master’s degree in security studies from Georgetown University. After finishing his government service, Kevin stood for election as a candidate for the U.S. Congress in 2014. Although he did not win that election, Kevin remains an important voice in public policy discussions through his frequent appearances on MSNBC. Kevin is currently Director of U.S. Business Development for Tascent, Incorporated.