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By Terry Dean
(Courtesy Oak Park and River Forest High School - District 200)
We cordially invite you to attend our 2011 Tradition of Excellence awards ceremony next Friday morning on Nov. 4. Two assemblies are scheduled for 8:45 a.m. and repeat at 9:40 a.m. in the OPRF Auditorium. This year’s recipients are:
-Iris Krasnow (Class of 1972) is the bestselling author of "Surrendering to Motherhood, Surrendering to Marriage, Surrendering to Yourself" and "I Am My Mother's Daughter." Her new book, "The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes To Stay Married," was published in October 2011.
She was born and raised in Oak Park. A graduate of Stanford University, she became the fashion writer for the Dallas Times Herald, then moved to United Press International in Washington, D.C. to become the national feature writer. In her years at UPI, Krasnow specialized in celebrity profiles, including Yoko Ono, Billy Graham, Ted Kennedy and Queen Noor of Jordan.
-Phil Radford (Class of 1994) is the executive director of Greenpeace, one of the largest and influential environmental organizations in the country. Radford leads a national team of 500 highly-skilled environmental leaders in 23 U.S. cities, working on national and global campaigns to protect the planet’s oceans, forests, and climate.
Radford has a degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and a certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University.