Actor Who Played 'Biff' Amongst Radnor's Hall of Fame Inductees

"Back to the Future" actor Tom Wilson joins athletes, executives and military notables for the fifth induction of the Radnor High School Hall of Fame.


Ten alumni of Radnor High School will be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Nov. 10.

Tickets for the brunch and ceremony can be purchased through Skip Shoemaker at skipshoe@comcast.net or 484-431-5010 and by mailing this registration form with payment to Radnor High School Hall of Fame, Attn: Nadie McDevitt, 130 King of Prussia Rd., Radnor, PA 19087. Tickets are $40 per adult and $20 per child under 12-years-old. The registration deadline is Wed., Oct. 31. All inductees are anticipated to attend the ceremony.

This year's inductees are:

Mary Stengel Austen (’82) Communications Executive   

As president and CEO of Tierney Communications, Mary Stengel Austen leads one of the Mid-Atlantic Region’s largest communications companies.  A graduate of Lafayette College, she is one of the top female CEOs and business leaders in the Greater Philadelphia Area.  Her contributions to the community are substantive.  She has served as United Way Campaign chair for Southeastern Pennsylvania and on its Board of Directors.  She has received numerous accolades and awards for her civic and charitable endeavors.

Charles Fb. Price (’1898) Military*

A 1902 graduate of the Pennsylvania Military College, Gen. Charles Fb. Price went on to serve as an officer in the United States Marine Corps rising to his final rank of Lieutenant General (3-star).  His military career spanned five decades from pre-World War I through World War II.  His major contribution to the success of the offensives in the Pacific Theater during WW II made possible the seizure of the Gilbert Islands from the Japanese and thereby opened the Pacific to the U.S. Forces. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit and the U.S. Navy Distinguished Service Medal.

Diane Cornman-Levy (’78) Social Reformer

An alumna of Brown University, Diane Cornman-Levy earned a graduate degree in physical therapy from Northwestern University.  She was moved by the plight of the homeless while working in Philadelphia.  As a result, she founded Hands of Hope, a student-led physical therapy clinic for the homeless, and Journey Home, a non-profit organization.  She continues to demonstrate her devotion to building strong neighborhoods by strengthening families through her work as Executive Director of the Federation of Neighborhood Centers.

Meredith Scardino (’94) Writer, Producer

Meredith Scardino earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University and MFA from Parsons School of Design in painting.  Her creative talents have led her to a career in comedy writing.  She is a two-time Emmy-award winning writer for her work on The Colbert Report (Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Program).   Her writing credits include The Late Show with David Letterman and Best Week Ever.  

Doug Deitch (’81) Athlete

Doug Deitch made an indelible mark in the annals of Radnor soccer.  As one of Radnor’s first great players, he served as a catalyst for the growth of soccer in the township.  He was recognized as a first team high school player at the Central League, state, and regional levels.  He also received National All-American High School Soccer Team honors in 1980.  At Lafayette College he earned NCAA Regional All-America honors and was drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Blast professional soccer team.

George (Willie) Sydnor (’77) Athlete

Willie Sydnor excelled in football and track at Radnor High School.  He was tri-captain of the 1976 undefeated football team that captured the Central League title.  Honors include All-Delaware County, All State, All-American, and winner of the Maxwell Club Award.  He scored the only touchdown for the East in the Big 33 Game.  His college career included All-America honors in track at Villanova and playing Division 1 football.  Sydnor played professionally for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Roy Neal (Hinkel) (’38) Broadcaster*

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Roy Neal was an NBC News correspondent, producer, and executive from 1952 until he retired in 1986.  He was an authentic television and radio pioneer, credited with developing many of the techniques in use today.  Recognized as a leading news expert in the aerospace field, he covered all of the Mercury missions from Cape Canaveral and the Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle flights from Johnson Space Center in Houston.           

James B. Wilson (’42) Military*

A top graduate of the United States Naval Academy class of 1946, Jim Wilson spent more than twenty years in the submarine service commanding nuclear ballistic-missile subs and, ultimately the Pacific submarine fleet.  From 1971 to 1973, Rear Admiral Wilson served as Commander of Naval Forces Vietnam.  As Vice Admiral, Jim was Chief of Naval Education and Training including responsibility for the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval War College.

Pasquale Macrone (’49) Military

Pasquale Macrone’s distinguished military career began in 1952 when he was drafted into the U.S. Army.  He rose from the rank of Private to Brigadier General.  He went on to command and staff positions in the U.S. Army and Reserves, and served as Deputy Adjutant General-Army in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.  Macrone is the recipient of numerous awards, decorations, and honors including induction into the U.S. Army Infantry Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame, USA Legion of Merit, and the Pennsylvania Distinguished Service Medal.

Tom Wilson (’77) Actor

Although best known as Biff in the Back to the Future trilogy, Tom Wilson’s notable credits reflect his wide and varied artistic talents.  As an actor in animation, he counts SpongeBob Squarepants, Spiderman, and Batman among his credits.  A painter and photographer, his works hang in the San Jose Museum of Art and the Disney Gallery in Disneyland.  Internationally known for his television and radio programs, he has also shared the stage with some of the finest comedians, actors, and musicians of his era.


* deceased

Catherine October 17, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Tom Wilson seems like a clever and patient guy. Rather than be rude and berate people who ask the same old questions about his famous role (as so many famous folks do), he hands them a card with these comments: "Michael J. Fox is nice. I'm not in close contact with him. Christopher Lloyd is nice. He is a very shy man. Crispin Glover is unusual, but not as unusual as he sometimes presents himself. The hoverboards didn't really fly, we were hanging by wires from a crane. The manure was made of peat moss, cork, dirt, and a food agent that made it sticky. Among many improvisations on the set, I coined the term "butthead," as well as "Make like a tree, and get out of here." :-)
Karin Davidson November 02, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I took that picture... what a crazy thing to see.... so long ago... my driveway, my guitar.... where did you find it anyway?
Karin Davidson November 02, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Would you believe I even still have that guitar....


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