Honorable Alumni

Corridor of Honor


Carol Ashford SteuernagelCarol Ashford Steuernagel
Class of 1972

After graduating from Kenmore West in 1972, Carol Steuernagel has dedicated her life’s work to service in the community, not only here at Kenmore West, but also in neighboring communities. Ms Steuernagel spent much of her career as the office manager for Jewish Federation Housing in Williamsville, a position she retired from in 2015. Well respected and beloved by all those she worked with during that time, Ms Steuernagel had a keen interest in government and policy. In the early 1990s, she served as the 4th Ward Alderwoman in North Tonawanda and chaired the North Tonawanda Fire Department, Senior Citizen Center and the City Hall House Committee in addition to c-chairing the Police and Public Works and City Code committee. In 1995 she was elected as the first chairwoman of the North Tonawanda Housing Authority. Since her retirement, Ms Steuernagel continues to give her time to organizations and causes she believes in, including her former employer, Roswell Park, and working on various campaigns to support local leaders. Her dedication to Kenmore West has not stopped since graduation. Ms Steuernagel is an active member of the Kenmore West Alumni Foundation, not only serving on the Board of Directors, but also maintaining the alumni area around the flagpole in front of the building. Ms Steuernagel’s compassion and concern for others shines in all her work.

John A DobosJohn A Dobos
Class of 1971

John Dobos has been a pioneer since his days at Kenmore West from founding the first CYO dance at St Andrew’s to being the youngest bonded stuntman to perform in New York as a cowboy at Fantasy Island. Dr. Dobos graduated from SUNY Buffalo Dental School in 1975, receiving a national award for endodontics. He worked on the medical team for the Buffalo Stallions, Blizzards and Destroyers in addition to creating a compassionate dental clinic at St Mary’s School for the Deaf. Internationally, Dr. Dobos has led medical missions to China, Mexico and Peru where he interacted with President Jimmy Carter to facilitate the release of medical equipment confiscated by Peruvian authorities. He is also the creator of “Medical Minutes”, a series of informative medical vignettes which ran locally and internationally on NBC affiliates. Throughout his career, Dr. Dobos has volunteered as a coach for local soccer teams for over 17 years. Still an influential member of SUNY Buffalo Dental School, he has patented an antimicrobial island wound dressing, marketed through MedWrap. Dr. Dobos’ has dedicated his life to improving that of others locally and internationally.


Andy DeSantisAndy DeSantis
Class of 1972

1972 graduate honoree during his time at Kenmore West Andy DeSantis discovered his love for photojournalism under the direction of English teacher Ken Feltges in 1980 Mr. DeSantis join WGR- TV as the lab news technician shortly thereafter he moved to Washington DC and wttg-tv where he learned his first Emmy Award in 1980 for Mr DeSantis return to wgrz-tv to cover Home and Away bills games for the used locally and nationally including the for Super Bowl appearances in 1990 he was promoted to Chief photojournalism a position he still holds today holding it longer than anyone in Buffalo broadcast History Mr DeSantis one Buffalo's first-ever me with Ed Kilgore for the best sports new series collecting for Keeps over the years mr. DeSantis has been involved in countless charity events including kids escaping drugs and Hunters hope. In total he has been awarded 8 emmy awards, 10 Edward R Murrow Awards 16 Associated Press Awards and 36 national press photographer Awards the passion he showed at Kenmore West has been passed down to the many professionals he has mentored over the years.

Len LenihanLen Lenihan
Class of 1966

1966 graduate honoree after graduating from Kenmore West in 1966 Len Lenihan received degrees from Northwest Missouri State University and Suny Albany from that point forward he dedicated his life to public service and never looked back mr. Lenihan was elected to serve as the member of the Erie County Legislature from 1977 through 1966 in that time he served as majority leader and chairman during that time Mr lenihan fought for the constituents of the town on many issues important to Residence he was admired for among other things his ability to cast a tough vote and put his career risk for the people he represented throughout his tenure in the legislature and Erie County Public Library system. His work in the legislature as commissioner of the Erie County Department of personnel and in 2002 became chairman of the Erie County Democratic committee he worked for the betterment of our community as resulted in recognition from WNY Special Olympics the Heritage Center and the Greater Buffalo Council on alcoholism and substance abuse to name a few since 2014. Mr lenihan has served as the commissioner of Erie County elections Mr. Lenihan continues to Garner the respect and admiration from those in our community and Beyond.

Theodore L lownieTheodore L lownie
Class of 1954

1954 graduate honoree Theodore Lownie “like buildings “preferably older ones with some history to them said the Buffalo News upon his death in January of 2017. After graduating from Kenmore West Mr. Lownie continued his studies at Cornell University where he earned a bachelor's degree in architecture he returned and served as the staff architect at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in 1969 he became a founding partner in The Firm Hamilton Houston Lownie later called (HHL) Mr. Lownie's influence can be found in some of Buffalo's most prominent renovation and restoration projects including Kleinhans Music Hall City Hall theater Palace in the Roycroft Inn in 1992 he joined the faculty of the UB School of Architecture and planning where he mentioned mentored and influence both undergraduate and graduate students his crowning achievement in his work on the restoration of the Darwin D Martin house his peer reference to his work in the house as a great example of the Integrity he brought to the profession he served on numerous boards including the Scajaquada pathway steering committee the New York State Council of Arts Grant Committee in the Buffalo preservation board his focus on every detail of design and architecture and appreciation for what was original and authentic made him a giant in his field. At the ceremony was his wife Olga Lownie (seen in photo) to accept his award.

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