Hamburg announces Academic Hall of Fame inductees

The Hamburg Area School District announced its inaugural inductees into the Alumni Academic Hall of Fame on May 8.

The school district is recognizing alumni for their career and life achievements which were developed through their academic preparation at Hamburg Area schools.

Nominees must have graduated at least 20 years prior to consideration.

“This year’s program is a little more formal and has been moved to the high school,” Superintendent Steven Keifer said. “The honorees have been asked to talk to the students for about 10 to 15 minutes.”


The selection committee announced the following 2013 inductees:

Dr. Mark Klapper, Dr. Patricia Gene Greene and C. Thomas Work, Esq..

Dr. Clapper, Class of 1969, currently serves as the Chief of Orthopedics for Kaiser Hospital in San Diego, CA. He directs a department of 39 surgeons who provide care for 510,000 patients. Dr. Clapper graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1973. After graduation he served in nuclear submarines. He received his medical degree in 1984. He was a staff surgeon, assistant chairman and program director at the Naval Hospital San Diego from 1989 to 1997.

Dr. Clapper was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Kuwait with the Marine Corps during Operation Desert Storm. He retired from the navy as a captain in 1997 and joined Kaiser Hospital later that year. He has also been involved with the Boy Scouts and community theatre.

Dr. Greene, Class of 1972, graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Health Plan/Administration in 1976. She received her MBA from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas in 1988 and later a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.

She began her career in nursing home administration in Nevada, California and Pennsylvania. She has designed and led entrepreneurship programs at Rutgers University, University of Missouri and Babson College and has taught entrepreneurship on every continent except Antarctica. She is also the author of several books on entrepreneurship.

At Babson College, Dr. Greene served as Dean and then Provost. She is currently the Paul T. Babson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at the college as well as the Academic Director of the Goldman Sachs “10,000 Small Business Initiative” and advisor to the “10,000 Women Project”.

Work, Class of 1970, chairs the Estates and Trusts practice group at Stevens & Lee, a regional law firm headquartered in Reading. He is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, a select national organization of lawyers who specialize in estate planning and fiduciary litigation and a frequent speaker on professional topics.

Work is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Reading Health System and previously served in the same role with the Reading Musical Foundation. He has served in leadership positions with a variety of other charitable organizations in Berks County.

He received the Thun Award for leadership in the community from the Berks County Community Foundation in 2013 and was the first recipient of the Berks Arts Council’s Pagoda Award for Leadership and Commitment to the Arts in 2011.

Under the authority of a bipartisan committee of the Pennsylvania Legislature, Work assumed primary responsibility to rewrite, improve and codify Pennsylvania trust law into what became the Pennsylvania Uniform Trust Act in 2006 and a model statute other states have followed.

Work studied music at Ithaca College and graduated summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a major in psychology in 1974 from Dickinson College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was awarded a Juris Doctor Degree from Duke University School of Law in 1977, with distinction.