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2012 Hall of Fame

David S. Degler

Mr. Degler was a Bernville resident until high school graduation – Tulpehocken Class of 1977. He received his BS degree Aerospace Engineering, Penn State 1981. Graduate physics study at Utah State 1985. He then began his career in northern Utah in June of 1981 – working for Thiokol Corporation. He was the Manufacturing engineer for the Space Shuttle Program from 1981-1983 and Manufacturing engineer for Peacekeeper and Trident Missile programs from 1984-1985. He then moved to Newark Delaware and then Elkton Maryland to work for Thiokol (Elkton Division) from 1985-1989. He worked as a ballistics and thermal analyst on many space and military rocket motor programs, including missile defense.

He relocated to Huntsville Alabama from 1989-1992, still working for Thiokol (Huntsville Division). He worked on Patriot and Hellfire missile programs and large solid rocket motors for launch vehicles (Delta and Atlas). He moved back to Utah briefly from 1992 - 1993 when the Huntsville Division closed.
He moved to Pittsfield, Massachusetts from 1993-1996 to work for a Lockheed Martin research division. He performed analyses and testing of gas generators (air bag inflators) and 155mm artillery.

He then moved to Princeton, NJ in 1996 to work on Lockheed Martin spacecraft thermal control systems, and then relocated with the company to their present site near Newtown, PA 1997 to present. Current satellite projects include GPS navigation, GOES weather, commercial television and broadband communications, military communications, and components for various missions including Mars exploration. Mr. Degler is also a Certified skydiver and general aviation pilot.

Alisa J. Muniz Crim, M.D.

Dr. Alisa Muñiz Crim graduated from Tulpehocken High School in 1992. Dr. Muñiz Crim was awarded the Bausch and Lomb Science Award scholarship in her senior year of high school to attend the University of Rochester.
Dr. Muñiz Crim was a cum laude graduate with a double major in the Bachelor of Arts Program at the University of Rochester in 1996 in Biology and Psychology. She studied abroad at the University of London, England in 1995 and worked at The Priory Hospital in London during that same time. Alisa received the Academic All-American Field Hockey Award at the University of Rochester in the years 1995 and 1996 and was a varsity field hockey player during her sophomore through senior years. She was also named the Panhellenic Academic Woman of the Year in 1996 and was the Scholarship Chair for Phi Sigma Sigma in 1994-1995.

Alisa received her medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington D.C. in 2001. She took a one-year leave in 1999-2000 to learn Spanish and participated in medical missions throughout Central/South America, Asia, and Africa. Dr. Muñiz Crim was the co-chair of the Georgetown University American Medical Women’s Association from 1997-1998 and received a grant through the American Medical Student’s Association to travel on a medical mission to Morocco in 1998. Dr. Muñiz Crim completed her Pediatric Residency at Tufts Medical Center in 2004 and a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2007, both in Boston, MA. She also completed a master’s degree in Clinical Research at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University in Boston, MA in 2007.
Dr. Muñiz Crim served as an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children / Harvard Medical School, from 2007-2008. Dr. Muñiz Crim is board certified in both General Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology. She currently resides with her husband and four children, ages 6 months to 6 years, in Miami, Florida where she practices Pediatric Gastroenterology at Miami Children’s Hospital. Dr. Muñiz Crim dedicates this award tonight in loving memory of her father and biggest fan, Edward Crim.

Francis G. Gerberich, Ph.D.

Dr. Gerberich graduated from Tulpehocken High School as a member of the Class of 1967. After attending one year at Delaware Valley College, he transferred to Lehigh University where he received a BS (Bachelor of Science) and PhD (Doctorate of Philosophy) degrees in chemistry.

He was subsequently appointed as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in an internationally known research group at the University of Georgia.
In 1979 he joined Monsanto Company as a Senior Research Associate at their world headquarters in St. Louis where he progressed in his career to Research Specialist, Research Manager, Director, and Vice President. During his 28 years at Monsanto/Solutia, he led international research and development, and new business development groups within several business units. Many of the technologies and new products that were developed and introduced under his leadership are still being used today. He led the technical development of a higher performing, higher quality, and lower cost safety glass interlayer that remains the world leading technology today.

It is more familiar to you as the safety component in the windshield of your car. He was a member of the worldwide business leadership team responsible for the interlayer business having annual sales of $900 M (million).
Frank retired from Solutia in 2007 to pursue his entrepreneurial spirit. He joined several of his business colleagues in starting a new business to recover and recycle carbon black and other products from tire shreds. Frank is currently pursuing his interest in education as a Visiting Lecturer in Chemistry at Western New England University.
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