A Note from Zdenek Hrubec


My son-in-law mentioned that he visited your Web site and found me listed among your "lost alumni". I found you listed on Go.com. What a pleasant surprise!

I came to Cherry Lawn in 1947 on a partial scholarship from what then was Czechoslovakia, and I graduated in 1948. I attended Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania, from where I graduated with a degree in Social Science in 1952. After a brief stint in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, I enrolled in the Graduate School of Public Health there and graduated with an Sc.D. degree in Biostatistics in 1958.

I married a Thiel College graduate, Myrna Brown in 1954, We have three daughters and five grandchildren. We are now both retired.

I worked as a statistician and epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health, the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (now the Radiation Effects Research Foundation) in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, and at the Institute of Environmental Medicine in Stockholm Sweden. You may find some references to my publications if you do a name search, particularly in Medline.

1948 was a long time ago, and I do not remember details of names, but I do remember fondly many of the teachers as individuals and personalities. There was a Mr. Lally (I think) who taught English and took care of the boy's dorm. Ted Stapara (?) a gym teacher, Moussouri (?) who taught physics and I think economics and of course the Director, Christina Steel or Stael (?). For me Cherry Lawn was a incredibly fine introduction to life in the U.S. and I treasure the memories of it.

Zdenek Hrubec
Class of 1948

Submitted 19-July-2002