Wall of Distinction Inductees

Wall of Distinction Incoming Inductees

Caren L. Diefenderfer, PhD ’69 – Mathematics / Education – Induction 2023

  •  Professor of Mathematics and Department Chair at Hollins University in Virginia
  •  Taught courses in Advanced Mathematics, Calculus, Logic, Cryptology, Algebra, History of Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy - programs that were later used as models at many universities throughout the United States
  •  Chair of the Departments of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science, and of Natural and Mathematics Sciences
  •  Expert on the teaching of Calculus / Implemented standards/policies for Advanced Placement Calculus courses and exams
  •  Chief Reader for the National Advanced Placement Calculus program
  •  Author of numerous articles and recipient of countless prestigious awards/honors
  •  Dartmouth College summa cum laude - one of the first female undergraduates


Irene Hutzayluk Kraft ‘69 – Journalism - Induction 2023

  • 34-year career with Allentown Morning Call / Former Lifestyles Editor
  •  Created/developed the “Be An Angel” annual giving campaign in 1999 which has since generated millions of dollars in donations to Lehigh Valley charities and non-profit groups
  •  Recipient of the National Golden Carnation Award for Nutrition Writing
  •  Recipient of The Morning Call’s employee recognition program, “Call to Excellence”
  •  Recognized for creativity, integrity, initiative, innovation, and leadership.

Colonel Giordano “Jody” B. McMullen, USAF/USAFR ‘74 – Military – Induction 2023

  •  Combat Commander, Instructor, Evaluator with 30 years of dedicated service to the United States Air Force
  •  Deployments to Operation Desert Storm in the Persian Gulf, Operation Iraq Freedom in Iraq, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan
  •  Piloted Presidential support missions and tactical airlift missions in support of the Joint Forces conducting Special Operations
  •  Former Command Pilot with over 5,200 military and 12,500 civilian flying hours
  •  Retired American Airlines Captain with 33 years of international flight experience
  •  Actively serves as Congressional Liaison Officer to the United States Air Force Academy – responsible for mentoring/evaluating qualified students who desire to attend one of the four military academies.
  •  Recipient of numerous major awards and decorations
  •  Quotes from superior officers’ performance report assessments:
    • “Indefatigable commander with uncommon/unrivaled leadership”

      “Unparalleled professionalism … standout performer who far surpasses his peers”

      “Absolutely superior commander … highly-motivated superstar who displays unmatched passion, pride, and loyalty”

Simeon L. Moats ‘68 - Government / Political Science – Induction 2023

  • Diplomat with the United States Department of State - served on four continents in the United State Foreign Service
  • Established first United States Embassy in Zimbabwe
  •  Assigned as ExxonMobil’s International/Government Affairs Advisor for Africa
  •  Political Officer/Counselor in Germany, the Philippines, Liberia, and South Africa
  •  Regularly met with Winnie Mandela while she was under house arrest to discuss the struggles to end Apartheid in South Africa
  •  Returned to South Africa to represent the United States at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration.
  •  Excelled at foreign relations, negotiating skills, and forwarding appropriate communications to Washington, DC

Robert P. Richter ‘88 - Interior Design / Television / Literature – Induction 2023


  •  Internationally recognized designer, lifestyle expert, author, and antiques dealer
  •  Host of the PBS TV series, “Market Warriors”
  •  Seen regularly on CBS News, ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, the Hallmark Channel, HGTV, Fox News, and Entertainment Weekly
  •  Author of Vintage Living, A Very Vintage Christmas, and A Very Vintage Holiday
  •  Writes for the Huffington Post and is frequently featured in the New York Times and in Parade Magazine