2020 HALL OF ACHIEVEMENT INDUCTEES
Henry Breithaupt ’66 graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Pomona College after attending Grant. He graduated first in his University of Oregon School of Law class becoming a member of the prestigious Order of the Coif. Henry Breithaupt was appointed Oregon Tax Judge in 2001 by Governor John Kitzhaber to fill the remaining term of the retiring judge. The Tax Court is a one-judge, special court that has exclusive, statewide jurisdiction of cases that involve Oregon’s tax laws. He was elected to the position and remained the Oregon Tax Judge until he retired December 31, 2017. Judge Breithaupt has given pro bono legal services to a variety of groups on organizational and charitable exemption issues, including the following entities: American Tinnitus Association, American Spina Bifida Association, New Song Russian Christian School of Music, Tongan Community Services, Portland Computer Training Institute, Center for the Study of Religion at PSU and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. Beginning in 2006, he has volunteered to help coach the Grant High School Constitution Team. The Grant High School Constitution Team has placed in the top 10 teams seven times in the national tournament, “We the People Constitution Competition” with the Grant team winning first place three times.
Nancy McCready Higgins ’69 was an active member of her class. She performed in school plays, was a member of the yearbook staff, and was a National Honor Society commissioner. She graduated from Western Washington State University with a degree in Russian history and earned a law degree from the University of Washington. It was while she was general counsel at Boeing that she saw a need for a corporate ethics policy that provided training and monitoring. Not only did Boeing adopt such a policy but most other large corporations have as well. Nancy has headed the ethics and compliance programs for MCI and Lockheed Martin as well as Boeing. She has been with Bechtel since 2007 as their manager, ethics and compliance. Nancy is a member and past chair of the Conference Board Global Council on Business Conduct. She has been a member of the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association board of directors and is a corporate fellow of the Ethics Resource Center Fellows Program and serves on its advisory board. Nancy’s mother was Connie Averill McCready ’39, a Portland commissioner and Mayor of Portland. Her father was Al McCready ’35, editor of The Oregonian.
Robina Suwol ’69 was a very active General serving on the executive council, as a class officer, as a girl’s league officer, as well as competing in speech contests, and acting in school plays. Her interest in acting continued after GHS when she was living in California. While acting and raising her two boys she had a life changing experience when her younger son was not able to blow his usual kiss to her one morning because the air was so unpleasant. A school gardener was beside him spraying the hedge at the same time. Robina checked with the school to learn they were spraying with Princep, the toxic herbicide simazine. It triggered a serious asthma attack in her son and began her mission to protect him and all the children. In 1998 California Safe Schools (CSS) was founded by Robina and she remains the executive director. CSS is a nationally recognized children’s environmental health nonprofit coalition of over fifty organizations located in Southern California committed to the health and safety of children and community members who reside near schools. CSS spearheaded the toughest pesticide policy in the nation at Los Angeles Unified School District. This policy called Integrated Pest Management Policy uses low risk methods to eliminate pest and weeds. In 2005, Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill that closes a loophole protecting many millions of public school students as well as all school employees from exposure to pesticides whose health effects are unknown. CSS was the sponsor of that bill. Robina is recognized as an environmental and children’s health activist nationally and has been given many awards for her leadership and outstanding work.