The Nutley Hall of Fame Committee has announced that there will be ten persons inducted in 2019. The initial inductions were in 2003 and on a biennial basis thereafter, this being the eighth occasion.

The induction ceremony will be held in the Nutley Public Library on Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The $40.00 admission price includes champagne, soft drinks, beer and wine, a selection of gourmet finger foods by Tarik Huggins and the NHS Culinary students as well as desserts and coffee. Checks payable to the “Nutley Hall of Fame Committee” may be sent or delivered to the Nutley Public Library, 93 Booth Drive, Nutley, NJ 07110 Attn: Maria LaBadia. Questions may be directed to Sandra Carella at 973-284-4929 (scarella@nutleynj.org) or Tony Iannarone at 973-235-1065 (ajianarone@aol.com)

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The basic criteria are someone born in Nutley, a resident for at least ten years or a graduate of Nutley High School, who has achieved at the state, national and/or international level such that they become a matter of community pride. The integrity of the process is maintained by having the merits of the candidate determined by a panel of judges consisting of distinguished Nutley citizens acting independently of the committee.

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JOHN V. BERGEN, an eminent pharmacologist, was graduated from Nutley High School in 1952. He received his B.S. from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now University of the Sciences) and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. The most notable of his various positions were four years as president, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and 22 years as executive vice president of the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute. In the latter position he made significant contributions to public health in developing standards for medical testing, health care services and new technologies. He also engaged in important volunteer activities in his field and has been recognized through a number of honorary awards. He also served as a Flotilla Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

JULIAN H. BIGELOW (1913-2003) was born in Nutley. A graduate of MIT, he was an outstanding engineer and mathematician. Recruited by the noted John VonNeumann at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton in 1946, he followed VonNeumann’s design and built one of the world’s earliest digital computers. Known as the “IAS” machine after the Institute, it established the basic template for all the digital computers that have followed. Bigelow was appointed a permanent member of the School of Mathematics of the Institute in 1951.

DIANE CITRINO, spent her entire youth in Nutley and was graduated from the high school in 1975. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University, she obtained her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley. An outstanding attorney she has handled many complex litigation cases, but is even more widely known for her advocacy of civil rights for women and minorities, workplace equality and fair housing issues. She has written and spoken extensively on these subjects, and has received a number of awards, including the Rosa Parks Congressional Medal. She has served as chair of the Ohio Advisory Committee to the United States Civil
Rights Commission.

GARY ERBE, came to Nutley in 2009 and, most fittingly, settled in the Enclosure, the historic home of many Nutley artists. A nationally known artist himself, Gary Erbe’s work is
characterized by his trompe l’oeil (pronounced “tromp loy”) style, which creates the illusion of three dimensions. Born in Union, he maintained a studio there from 1972 to 2005. After working for a few years as an engraver, this amazingly, self-taught artist embarked on a long career of excellence. His paintings have been widely displayed and he is a highly respected member of the art community and various art associations. Interested persons may refer to the biographical book: Footprints: The art and life of Gary Erbe. A copy of one of his art works is on display in the Nutley Library.


DANIEL J. GELTRUDE, a Certified Public Accountant, is managing partner and director of Geltrude’s Family Office Practice in Nutley, where he has resided all his life. A 1983 graduate of Nutley High School, he holds degrees from Ryder, Fairleigh Dickenson, and Penn State. He has been serving on the N.J. State Board of Accounting, since his 2010 governor’s appointment. An adjunct professor of accounting at Montclair State, he is the author of Positive Financial Karma. Dan is best known for his frequent appearances on Fox News, commenting on a broad range of economic, financial and taxation issues, which has earned him the sobriquet, “America’s
Accountant.”

 FAITH HOCHBERG, was born in Nutley and is a graduate of Nutley High School, under her maiden name, Shapiro. A 1972 graduate of Tufts, she received her law degree from Harvard in 1975. She became an attorney of renown, both in the private and public sectors. Her many impressive accomplishments are too extensive to list, but she is best known for her public service as United States Attorney and a federal judge, both for the district of New Jersey. These positions required confirmation by the United States Senate. As a judge she was known for her broad expertise in handling complex cases in a remarkable number of diverse legal areas.


ARTHUR HOEBER (1854-1915) was born in New York City, but resided at the Enclosure in Nutley from 1892 until his death. As a painter he contributed to most American exhibitions but was likely best known as an art critic. He was art director of the New York Times for three years. He was also known as a lecturer and an author of books on art. He was an associate of the National Academy. The Arthur Hoeber book case, with the names of Nutley authors and artists on each side, together with a self portrait and an original landscape may be viewed at the Nutley Library.

MALCOLM J. MARMORSTEIN, a noted screenwriter and director, lived in Nutley from 1953 to 1967 before moving to Hollywood. His credits are too extensive to list, but among his more readily recognizable movie screenplays are those for S*P*Y*S, Pete’s Dragon and Return from Witch Mountain. Among his television credits, he was the head writer for The Doctors and wrote 82 episodes of Dark Shadows and 15 episodes of Peyton Place.

JAMES MURRAY, is a 1995 graduate of Nutley High School. Following his graduation from Muhlenberg University in Allentown, Pennsylvania, he established himself through an understanding of athlete representation and marketing. Jim is a certified player agent with the Major League Baseball Association. Working at Excel Sports Management, he has represented some of the best known athletes of our time. Notably, he has also worked for five years with the NFL and NFL Charities in the organization and management of the annual Super Bowl Charity Golf Tournament.

MARK RADICE, was born in Newark in 1957, but lived in Nutley from 1968 to 1982 and attended Nutley schools. A talented musician, he was signed by RCA Records in 1964 at the age of seven. A touring musician, including with Aerosmith in 1978, he is best known as a song writer. As stated in Wikipedia: “With well over 5,500 original songs to his credit he is one of the most prolific song writers alive.” Among those songs were more than 50 for The Muppets and 160 for Sesame Street, for which he was nominated for three Emmy Awards. He has worked with some of the best known artists and Labels in the music industry and has produced a number of albums. He currently lives in Tennessee tracking songs for the creators of Karaoke.