September 16, 2022
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Glenbard West Distinguished Alumni Class of 2022

Glenbard West is proud to announce the fifth class of Distinguished Alumni.  
Larry Shue, class of 1964
He is being honored for his work as a playwright. His comedies ran in both New York and
England. His one-act play “Grandma Duck Is Dead” was performed on National Public Radio.
Shue’s play, “The Nerd,” had a hit run in London in 1984 and then toured England. Larry was
also an actor and he appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Joseph
Papp’s “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” He was scheduled to make his Broadway debut in the
featured role of the Rev. Mr. Cisparkle in that play in December. Larry’s most successful
comedy, “The Foreigner,” was produced in Los Angeles, New York and Milwaukee. He had
begun work on a screenplay of “The Foreigner” for Walt Disney Studios. The American Theater
Critics Association. named it one of the best plays produced in regional theater during the 1983-
84 season. Our own auditorium is referred to, at times, unofficially, as the Larry Shue
Auditorium and on the back wall of the auditorium is a plaque bearing testimony to his success
and legacy.

Liz Fosslien , class of 2005
Liz is being honored for her work as a speaker, illustrator, and author. Her latest book, Big
Feelings, was co-authored by Mollie West Duffy. Together, Liz and Mollie have a wildly
popular Instagram following with over a half million followers.  Author Daniel Pink wrote that,
“‘Big Feelings is not another self-help book. It is an intelligent, empathetic, and often delightful
guide to navigating life’s most difficult moments and emerging from them with a new found
sense of meaning.” Liz is an expert on how to make work better and is also the author of the
Wall Street Journal best seller No Hard Feelings. She leads the communications and content
strategy teams at Humu, regularly leads interactive workshops about how to effectively harness
emotion in the workplace, and has spoken at organizations including Google, NPR, Viacom, The
New York Times, and The Economist.  Her TedTalk, “How to embrace emotions at work” has
been viewed nearly 1 million times. She will present at the Glenbard Parent Series on April 4,
2023. Big Feelings: How to Be Okay When Things Are Nor Okay.

Dr. Timothy Fong, class of 1990
He is being honored for his work in psychiatry. Dr. Fong is a Professor of Psychiatry at the
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Dr. Fong completed his
undergraduate and medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago. He then came to
UCLA and finished his residency in adult general psychiatry in 2002 and was the first accredited
addiction psychiatry fellow at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (2002-2004). Currently he is
the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program. The purpose of this program is to
examine the underlying causes and clinical characteristics of gambling disorder to develop
effective, evidence-based treatment strategies. He will be presenting at our Glenbard Parent
Series on Wednesday, November 30 with Tom Farley–the brother of comedian, the late Chris
Farley.  Their GPS presentation is titled, “Growing Up with Chris Farley: Substance Misuse
What Teens Should Know Now.”

Alex Green, class of 1983
He is being honored for his work as football player and attorney–the quintessential scholar-
athlete. In 1987, Alex was an NFL safety for the Dallas Cowboys: “America’s Team.” Never
mind that Green was a “replacement player,” the result of a labor dispute that sent the regular
NFL players from the locker rooms to the picket lines. One autumn day at the Meadowlands in
New Jersey, he intercepted a pass thrown by New York Jets quarterback David Norrie, thereby
securing for himself a place in the NFL record book. A star running back and defensive back for
Glenbard West, he received football scholarship offers from Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Michigan
and Indiana. But even then, he was focused on a future beyond the playing fields. He made his
choice—Indiana—based on academics, not football. Green received his degree in spring 1987
and graduated Northwestern University School of Law in 1992. He currently works as General
Counsel for Primient– a leading producer of food and industrial ingredients made from plant-
based, renewable sources.
Jeffrey Deaver, class of 1968
He is being honored for his work as an author. He has sold over 50 million books. They have
been translated into over 25 languages. The author of more than forty novels, three collections of
short stories and a nonfiction law book, and a lyricist of a country-western album, he’s received
or been shortlisted for dozens of awards. His novel The Bone Collector was a feature release
from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. Lifetime aired an
adaptation of his The Devil’s Teardrop. NBC television recently aired the nine-episode prime-
time series, Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector. 

Julie Deaver, class of 1971
She is being honored for her work as an author. Julie is screenwriter and writer of teen novels,
including these American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults.  She is the author
of Chicago Blues, The Night I Disappeared, You Bet Your Life and other novels. Her novel, Say
Goodnight, Gracie, is an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. Published
in 1989, it has been in print for over 30 years and is now on its second generation of readers. 
Sometimes readers ask her if her books are based on things that have really happened. She tells
them that, although the stories are fictional, she borrows a lot of details from her own life. In Say
Goodnight, Gracie, for example, Morgan and Jimmy attend Glenbard West. Julie also combined
her love of comedy and writing by working in the world of television. She worked on the TV
show Adam’s Rib, a series that starred Ken Howard and Blythe Danner.