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Liberty to induct three new members to the Wall of Fame

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Liberty Central School District is pleased to announce that trio of distinguished Liberty High School alumni are set to be inducted into the district’s Wall of Fame this June.

Dr. Austin H. Cantor, Dr. Michael Schwartz and Mr. Melvin I. Urofsky will be honored June 25 at 8 a.m. for their various achievements during and after their time at Liberty High School.

The induction ceremony will be held outside the David E. Panebaker Auditorium at Liberty High School, followed by the Class of 2016 Commencement Cermony.

Dr. Cantor, a member of the class of 1960, is an author, researcher and Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. He is best known for his research in selenium nutrition for poultry, the use of enzymes in poultry diets and the effect of enzymes and organic sources of trace minerals on egg production, shell quality and bone strength.

Dr. Schwartz, class of 1977, is an oral surgeon specializing in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and cancer reconstruction at The New York Center for Orthognathic and Maxillofacial Surgery (NYCOMS). Dr. Schwartz has also taken part in several missions to Latin America, where he provides essential oral surgical services to those in need.

Dr. Urofsky, class of 1957, is an author, lecturer and professor of law and public policy and professor emeritus of history at Virginia Commonwealth University. Urofsky, is best known for his award-winning book, Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, which took 45 years to write. He is the recipient of the National Jewish Book Award and Ambassador Book Award, among many others.

The Wall of Fame is located in the lobby of the David E. Panebaker Auditorium at Liberty High School, and plaques honoring the inductees will be mounted there. Additional information about the honorees and the Wall of Fame will be available on the Liberty Web site,

The Wall of Fame was created and developed in 2011 by the Liberty Board of Education as a way to honor highly successful Liberty Central School District alumni, past employees and community members who have made a lasting and outstanding contribution to the Liberty Central School District and to the Liberty community. Inductees are selected by an anonymous committee consisting of community stakeholders, Board of Education members, faculty and alumni.

Nominations will be accepted for the 2017 class beginning in July and will be accepted and considered on a yearly basis.

For more information about the Wall of Fame, or to learn how to nominate an individual for next year’s class, please contact Alyssa Pagano at or 845-292-5400 ext. 2055.

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