Christopher James Beale
“Interboro Class of 1979”
Mr. Christopher Beale became a volunteer fireman in 1977 which began a life of service to others. He graduated from Interboro in 1979 and immediately enlisted in the United States Air Force and Delaware Air National Guard serving for 39 years before retiring in August 2018 as a Lieutenant Colonel with 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron New Castle Delaware. His list of military campaigns is long and includes Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn to highlight a few. Mr. Beale completed nursing school which enabled him to provide needed support both in the Air Force and as a Philadelphia Fireman since 1986. Presently a City of Philadelphia Fire Department Battalion Chief assigned to the Fire Marshal’s office, he has trained countless men and women, along with providing support and a positive role model. Mr. Beale was raised in a military family and his passion for life and service, along with his love of country is what sets him aside. He has contributed greatly but speaks very little about himself – making his accomplishments - that much more enduring
“Interboro Class of 1975”
Mr. Paul Kerrigan was an accomplished high school student highlighted by his participation on Interboro’s Hi-Q team. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree he spent sixteen years working as a paralegal concentrating on complex product liability litigation. During that time he came to realize that his true passion was working with young adults which drove him to complete a master’s degree in Education. Presently, he teaches Language Arts, Creative Writing and Theater Arts at Springfield High School. During his tenure at Springfield he has directed ten musical productions and his enthusiasm and mentoring have prompted several students to pursue professional theater careers in New York and London. Since 1976, Mr. Kerrigan has been active in local and professional theater groups participating in over seventy plays and musicals in a variety of positions. Among his many accomplishments, most notable is his influence as part of the Young People’s Theater Workshop for over twenty years. Each year approximately one hundred young people participate in the YPTW where Mr. Kerrigan has been a creative force as director, teacher and mentor. The students affectionately call him “Uncle Pauly” and he is greatly loved.
Theodore and Dorothy Robinson
“Prospect Park High School Alumni”
Theodore “Dorie” and Dorothy “Dottie” Robinson were among Prospect Park’s most recognizable residents and community-minded couples through their six decades of marriage. Each graduated from Prospect Park High School and served their borough and the Interboro School District in numerous ways.
Dorie, a Navy veteran of World War II and Korea, was a letter carrier for 37 years in Prospect Park. He helped found the Prospect Park Youth Club and to build the club’s original fieldhouse. He coached for the club and for many years was the lead volunteer groundskeeper at Witmer Field. Additionally, Dorie served as president of the Prospect Park Fourth of July Association, where he was also the longtime parade marshal. He served as commander of the Paterson-Hause American Legion post and as a trustee and choir member at Prospect Hill Baptist Church. Prospect Park honored Dorie as its citizen of the year in 1999.
Dottie was a beloved staff member and playground aide at the Prospect Park School for more than 30 years before retiring at age 80. She was also very active in the Prospect Hill Baptist Church, where she served as one of the church’s first female deacons in addition to working with Dorie as the building custodians
Mr. Jack Lefkowitz was hired by Interboro after his graduation from West Chester University in 1965, spending his entire thirty-seven-year career at Interboro. The first thirty years were spent teaching Advanced Earth and Space science and Biology at the high school. He wrote the Earth and Space Science curriculum and was a strong advocate for the inclusion of a planetarium in the “new” high school in 1975. The presence of the planetarium provided “hands-on” activities to bring what he taught to life. His years teaching found him providing counsel for those in need, chaperoning dances and providing a familiar face running the scoreboard at home sports events. He also was a driver education instructor as well as building representative for the Interboro Education Association. The last seven years of his career were spent as Interboro’s first Director of Technology. In this role, Mr. Lefkowitz helped assimilate Interboro into the exploding world of technology that provided a new way to communicate as well as store and provide information. It was his vision and guidance that helped paved the way for district use of email, student scheduling and associated data as well as the movement from “hard copies” to computer records. Working closely with the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, he was the face of Interboro at the opening of DelcoNet in collaboration with the IU. He was responsible for many "firsts" in Interboro technology. Mr. Lefkowitz had a passion for learning and teaching while showing genuine care for students – the hallmarks of a special educator.