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FOREST HILLS RANGER REVIEW Vol. XXXVII No 1 Fall 2016-2017 Distinguished Alumni Honored The Forest Hills Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2016 Class of Distinguished Alumni. They are: Dr. Richard J. Colton, PhD: Forest Hills Class of 1968 Dr. David Peter Skoner: Forest Hills Class of 1972 Dr. Larry M. Wolford, DMD: Adams-Summerhill Class of 1962 These remarkable individuals were honored during a “Weekend of Recognition” on October 14 and 15, 2016. The honorees addressed the high school students and staff on Friday, October 14, 2016, were recognized at the Forest Hills vs. Penn Cambria football game, and were presented with plaques at a banquet held on Saturday, October 15, 2016. The individuals chosen for this award have made significant contributions to humankind in the areas of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Allergies and Immunology, and Chemistry. They are ordinary people who have accomplished extraordinary things in their careers. Dr. Richard J. Colton is a 1968 graduate of Forest Hills High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972. He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976. In 1976, he became a National Research Council Resident Associate (postdoc) at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, DC, pioneering secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). He joined the NRL staff in 1977 and conducted basic and applied research in surface chemistry and nanoscience/ nanotechnology. Dr. Colton quickly rose through the ranks at NRL from postdoc to staff member to Section Head and Branch Head, until his selection as Chemistry Division Superintendent in 2007. Under his direction, the Division conducted business and applied research in the following areas of chemistry: chemical dynamics and diagnostics, materials chemistry, corrosion science and engineering, surface chemistry, safety and survivability. He also served as the Director of NRL’s Institute for Nanoscience which conducts multidisciplinary research at the intersections of the fields of materials, electronics, and biology. Dr. Colton has published over 135 technical papers in top tier scientific journals plus ten book chapters and five patents which have been cited in the scientific literature more than 9,300 times. His research accomplishments are highly regarded and recognized by the scientific community. He received the 1992 Hillebrand Prize awarded by the Chemical Society of Washington, was elected Fellow of the American Vacuum Society (AVS) in 1995, received the NRL-Edison Chapter of Sigma Xi Applied Research Award in 1999, and won numerous technical publication and technology transfer awards, including the Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer in 2001. Dr. Colton also received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 2003, the AVS Albert Nerken Award in 2007, the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award in 2011, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Chemistry Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. He was selected as a member of the US Government’s Senior Executive Service in 2007. He retired from federal service in July of 2014. Continued on page 3

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