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About The Award

Award is given annually to recognize the tremendous contributions of the honorees. In 1970, the Northwood University Board of Trustees, under the inspiration of its founders Dr. Arthur E. Turner and Dr. R. Gary Stauffer, established the Distinguished Women's Award to recognize the enormous contribution women make to communities, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and public and private sector services world-wide. It is awarded annually and never in absentia. Each Distinguished Woman receives a medal that was originally designed by the late sculptor, Giulio Tamassy.

The honorees represent the values that Northwood espouses to its students: commitment to free enterprise, partnership of arts and business, and management in a global society. They serve as role models and mentors for students.

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2013 Distinguished Women Honorees

Patricia Chambers

Patricia Chambers

Fort Worth, TX

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Nominated by Texas Board of Governor, Amy Sabin.  Together with her husband, Tom, they built a rather large lime business and became leaders in the mineral business, including drilling and other manufacturing methods. Growing up in Tyler, Texas, Ms. Chambers lived a faith-filled family.  Oil was discovered on their family farm in Van, Texas.  She currently manages her family oil business.  She is very philanthropic person with her financial support as well as being an incredible spiritual mentor to women in Dallas and Fort Worth.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Margaret Peale Everett

Margaret Peale Everett

Sherman, CT

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Nominated by Catherine Eklund Mares, DW’2003.  Ms. Everett is the daughter of Norman Vincent Peale. She and her husband were active in a ministry business and working in the community.  She is currently chairman of the Board of Guideposts Foundation and Guideposts Church Corporation.  Their capital campaign raised $12.5 million to launch the Ruth Stafford Peale Prayer Power Network.  She also serves on the Mizzentop Day School board in Pawling, NY, and on the board of Lumunos, and is a past trustee of the Stony Brook School in Stony Brook, NY.  Her late father was instrumental in the founding of Northwood University, giving advice and support to co-founder Dr. Arthur Turner.  Her deceased mother, Ruth Stafford Peale, was a 1981 Distinguished Women, her sister, Elizabeth Peale Allen, is a DW from 1999.  This would be the first multi-generation DW honoree group.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk

Mary Ann Thompson-Frenk    

Dallas, TX

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Nominated by Yvonne Crum, DW’01/HD’09.  Ms. Thompson-Frenk is an artist and philanthropist born in Mexico and grew up in Dallas after being adopted at the age of 5 days old by Debra and the late John Thompson, who was CEO of 7-Eleven Corporation.  She is President and Co-founder of the Memnosyne Foundation; sculptor, writer, public speaker, and humanitarian.  Also, she is President and Co-founder of the John Philip Thompson Foundation for Non-Chemotherapy/Radiation Brain Cancer Research. She is on the boards of The Nexus: Global Youth Summit on Innovative Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship; Interfaith of New York; The Indigenous Institute of the America; WomanMade Gallery of Chicago; Mexico-Arte Museum; and Women That Soar. Ms. Thompson-Frenk is working on her Master’s degree in Science in Leadership at Northeastern University graduating in 2013, received her BBA in Organizational Psychology and Development in 2011 and an Associate’s degree from American-InterContinental University in business administration visual communication.  Her work centers on globalization affecting the culture of humanity, including the arts, sciences, spirituality and the ecology of our planet.  She has received numerous awards including ARTV’s Sculptor of the Year Award, DBCA’s Obelisk Award, Philanthropy World Magazine Honoree, Foundation for Pluralism Award and Brilliantly You Award from Women That Soar.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Kay Granger

The Honorable Congresswoman Kay Granger  

Ft. Worth, TX

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Nominated by the Honorable Donna Arp Weitzman, DW’03.  Mrs. Granger started in 1997 as the congresswoman from the 12th District of Texas.  She is recognized as one of the leaders on national security and foreign policy, serves a Chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations for the 112th Congress and also serves on the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and on the Subcommittee of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education.  She oversees 70% of all discretionary spending.  She also chairs the Anti-Terrorism Caucus and serves as a deputy whip.  Previous political positions included: Vice Chair, House Republican Conference, Mayor for the City of Fort Worth, TX, and co-chair of the Iraqi Women’s Caucus.  Board memberships include International Republican Institute, commissioner for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the National Endowment for Democracy.  Her awards include Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s first Global War on Terrorism Coin, 2012 Distinguished Community Health Champion Award, Spirit of Enterprise Award from U.S. Chamber of Congress, and the National Association of Manufacturers Award.  From 1997-2011, she receive 42 other awards, including an Honorary Doctorate from Texas Wesleyan University. She had been inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame and the Fort Worth Business Hall of Fame.  She owned and operated a successful insurance agency for over 20 years.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Harriet Miers

Harriet Miers    

Dallas, TX

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Nominated by Leslie Ann Crozier, DW’06.  Ms. Miers is an American lawyer and former White House Counsel with the Bush Administration.  She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a Juris Doctor degree in 1970 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.  In 1979 she made partner with Locke, Liddell & Sapp, being the first female lawyer hired by the firm.  As a commercial litigator, she has represented clients including Microsoft and Walt Disney Company.  She was the first female woman to head the State Bar of Texas, has served as chair of the Board of Editors for the American Bar Association Journal and as chair of ABA’s Commission on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice.  Ms. Miers served two years as an at-large member of the Dallas City Council. In 1995 George W. Bush appointed Ms. Miers to chair the Texas Lottery Commission.  In 2007, the restructured law firm, Locke Lord Bissel & Liddell announced her new role as a registered agent with the US Department of Justice for Pakistan People’s Party and the Embassy of Pakistan.  She has numerous awards from the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, National Law Journal, Today’s Dallas Woman, Women’s Enterprise Magazine, Dallas Women’s Lawyer’s Association, Anti-Defamation League, Legal Services of North Texas, Women in the Law Section, State Bar of Texas, American Jewish Committee, and the Dallas Bar Association.  Ms. Miers is close friends with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of Agriculture, Ann Veneman, Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht and renowned Dallas attorney, Louise Raggio.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Linda Orlans

Linda Orlans

Troy, MI

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Nominated by Drs. Diana Webb and Patrick Callaghan of Northwood University Michigan.  A native of Michigan, Ms. Orlans has established five businesses in the state and currently employs more than 500 individuals.  She serves as the Managing Partner of Orlans Associates, P.C., a real estate-focused legal firm.  Since the company’s inception she has generated consistent growth.  Ms. Orlans holds admission to the Supreme Court of the United States.  In 2010, her enterprise was named one of the 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For in Metro Detroit.  Ms. Orlans won an Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernst & Young Central Great Lakes Region.  She supports several local nonprofit organizations, holding major leadership roles with several. In the past decade, she had been a founding member of Women Executives in Banking and the Beaumont Hospital Foundation’s First Words Society.  A graduate of Michigan State University College of Law, she is on the Donor Hall of Fame and has received the George N. Bashara, Jr. Distinguished Alumni Award.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Mary Roche

The Honorable Mayor Mary Roche   

Indian Wells, CA

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Nominated by Lori Sarner, DW’96 and Catherine Eklund Mares, DW’03.  Prior to becoming Mayor, she served 10 years on the Indian Wells City Council; Riverside County Transportation Commission; Coachella Valley Conservation Commission; CVAG Energy and Environment Commission; CVAG Public Safety Commission; and the Federal Advisory Commission for the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. She also served as president of the Riverside County League of Cities.  She founded the Women Leader’s Forum of the Coachella Valley, the Indian Wells Historic Preservation Foundation; and the Homeowners/Residents Association on Indian Wells.  Her involvement with community service organizations includes Shelter from the Storm; Tools for Tomorrow; Regional Access Project; Olive Crest; Pegasus Riding Academy for the Handicapped; College of the Desert Foundation; University of California Riverside Desert Lyceum, and CBS2 Advisory Board.  She has received numerous awards between 2005-2010 for her community leadership.  An educator and businesswoman, she retired from Los Angeles Community College District after 25 years as both an administrator and professor.  She founded and served as CEO/President of Linens Unlimited II, a retail bed and bath chain in CA.  She earned a Masters of Arts degree in educational administration from California State University.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Lorraine Schultz

Lorraine Schultz   

Bloomfield Hills, MI

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Nominated by Suzanne Forbes Dicker, DW’84.  Ms. Schultz is the founder and CEO of Women’s Automobile Association International (WAAI).  This non-profit organization’s mission of 350+ members throughout US and Canada is to better the advancement of women with scholarships, and networking.  Northwood University’ David Fry helped launch WAAI with office space and secretarial support.  WAAI has established a scholarship fund for women seeking careers in the automotive industry.  She received a BA in liberal arts from Alma College in Michigan.  She has received 18+ awards from 1991-2012 for her business and community service leadership and served as a board member for 11 other organizations.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

2012 Distinguished Women Honorees

Gail Ayers 2012 Distinguished Women

Dr. Gail Ayers

CEO and President,
Commercial Real Estate Women Network

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Dr. Ayers is an extraordinary leader who is committed to empowering women.  She is CEO and President of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network, a national, professional organization headquartered in Lawrence, Kansas.  Dr. Ayers oversees 74 chapters and more than 8,000 members throughout North America; the CREW Foundation; national educational and networking events, research and other initiatives designed to enhance the success of women. She earned her Ph.D. and MA from the University of Maryland and her undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State University.  She has received numerous awards for her leadership in promoting women to succeed.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Grey Hawn 2012 Distinguished Women

Gray Hawn

Master Photographer
Producer and Director

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Ms. Hawn is an acclaimed, 30+ year photographer from Austin, Texas with over 30 years of “capturing the moment.” Her search for sacred light on six continents has earned her the title of Master Photographer by the Professional Photographers of America.  Her art tells stories of presidents, royalty, diplomats and the Mayan people.  Ms. Hawn’s work has been accepted to hang in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.  Her formal portrait of Princess Grace shares its home with Shakespeare in the Globe Theatre in London.  Collectors of her work include President George W. Bush, President Jimmy Carter, Lady Bird Johnson, Tommy Lee Jones, Rod Stewart, Sophia Loren, Mexican President Jose Lopez Portillo and Baroness de Nadine Rothschild.   Ms. Hawn produces and directs children’s television documentaries, won numerous awards, including the national “Best Programming” award for children.  She has been involved and chaired over 30 non-profit events and organizations.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Donalyn Kling 2012 Distinguished Women

Donalyn Kling

Cla-Val
Kling Family Foundation

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Mrs. Kling’s entire life has been one of philanthropic adventure supporting over 100 organizations and charities in the arts and education.  She and her late husband, Arllyn, both worked for her father’s company, Cla-Val.  Her father invented the hydraulic control system and held 25 patents. The Kling’s have made philanthropy a family affair with a portion of the company’s profits funding the Kling Family Foundation.  This family Foundation generously gives back to the community, including support of one of Northwood’s educational affiliations in Cerritos, CA.  Mrs. Kling has been generously giving to the arts, education and for pro bono medical support.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Charlene Lake 2012 Distinguished Women

Charlene Lake

Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
Chief Sustainability Officer, AT&T

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Ms. Lake is an advocate for many causes that have profound impact in our world.  As Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer with AT&T, she is responsible for leading their philanthropic and volunteer endeavors, third-party advocacy program and public affairs functional support, as well as coordinating signature initiatives that connect social needs with business objectives.  Through the partnership of Institute for Economic Empowerment for Women and Northwood University, Ms. Lake mentors women from Afghanistan and Rwanda.  Her enthusiasm, wisdom, and tenacity exemplifies her passion for making a difference in their lives and communities.  Ms. Lake works with diverse groups all over the United States to empower them to change the world a step at a time.  She began her career with Southwestern Bell in Topeka, Kansas, which merged with AT&T.  In 2007 she launched the centralized corporate citizenship and sustainability function.  As a graduate of Kansas State University, she serves on the Advisory Council for KSU’s A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications.  One of her five board positions is with America’s Promise Alliance, which is committed to preparing young people for college, work and life.  Ms. Lake has received the Iron Jawed Angel award by The Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series in Washington, D.C. for her sustained leadership and excellence in public service.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Lynn McBee 2012 Distinguished Women

Lynn McBee

Consultant, New England Biolabs
Principle, GenTest

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Ms. McBee has chosen to reside in Dallas and is a 7th generation Texan and the great, great, great, great granddaughter of Emily Austin, sister to Stephen F. Austin…the father of Texas.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from University of Texas at Austin and has been a consultant for 19 years with New England Biolabs.  She is also a principal in GenTest, Texas’ exclusive distributor of OncoVue.  Ms. McBee’s many volunteer Board roles is with the Dallas Film Society as chair.  Her leadership is exemplified in her career as well as her many, many volunteer Board member roles and chairing of major nonprofit events.  Her latest event chair role was executing the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opening.  Ms. McBee has received numerous awards for her exceptional service and time commitments to charitable and philanthropic endeavors.  She credits her efforts to many other volunteers who all work together to impact the community. 

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Cynthia Pasky 2012 Distinguished Women

Dr. Cynthia Pasky

President and CEO, Strategic Staffing Solutions

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Dr. Pasky, from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, is founder, President and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions, a Detroit headquartered global IT and business services company with 24 branches in the U.S. and Europe.  In addition to her 10 nonprofit Board affiliations, she spearheaded a homeless outreach program to secure permanent housing and employment.  Her accolades include being one of the Most Powerful Women in Business and Top Women Entrepreneurs in North America.  Her company is ranked 31st out of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-led Companies by Women Entrepreneur magazine. Ms. Pasky’s leadership has won multiple awards for being one of the best companies to work for.  She received an honorary doctorate from Central Michigan University.    She and her husband, Paul Huxley, are civic philanthropists serving numerous organizations throughout the metropolitan Detroit area.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Jocelyn Straus 2012 Distinguished Women

Jocelyn Straus

Volunteer Leader and Philanthropist

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Mrs. Straus has been a very effective volunteer leader and philanthropist in the city of San Antonio, the state of Texas and nationally.  Her volunteer roles have been active in the arts; health sciences; historical renovations; and women’s leadership.  Included among her 14 Board member roles are the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; National Council on the Arts; United Way of San Antonio; as well, she has supported over 37 different political activities since the 1960’s; and led the fundraising effort to renovate the historical Majestic Theater in San Antonio.  She has received over 32 awards recognizing her dedicated involvement in making communities a better place to reside.  She and her husband, Joe, strongly believe in the free enterprise system and capitalism.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman 2012 Distinguished Women

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

Author, TV Personality, Expert Planner

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Ms. Whitman has created an entrepreneurial empire as an author, TV personality and wedding and lifestyle expert.  Her success includes publication of five books on entertaining, countless television appearances and a daily radio segment on Dallas’ number one morning show.  In 2011 she became the Editor-at Large of Southern Living Magazine.  Her flourishing businesses have been featured in national publications such as Vanity Fair, Elle, Vogue, Town & Country, Southern Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple, Business Week , the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many, many others. Ms. Whitman has been coroneted an “Entertaining Expert.” A “Style Expert,” an Etiquette Expert,” and an “Arbiter of Taste and Style” on The Today Show, The Early Show, The Nate Berkus Show, and many, many other television shows.  She has been featured as an event planner on the Style Network’s hit show “Whose Wedding is it Anyway?”  Kimberly loves hosting segments for television and interviewing celebrities on the red carpets from film premiers to awards shows.  Ms. Whitman resides in Dallas with her real estate developer husband, Justin, and their son, JR.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

2011 Distinguished Women Honorees

Pat Kerr Tigrett

Pat Kerr Tigrett

2011
Memphis, Tennessee

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Pat Kerr Tigrett is a fashion designer, patron of Memphis Music and philanthropist. Chairman/CEO of Pat Kerr, Inc., the couture fashions she designs in her downtown Memphis penthouse/office are often showcased in prominent New York retail windows and national magazines. She has spearheaded many civic celebrations benefiting Memphis Music, children and the arts.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

D'Andra C. Simmons

D'Andra C. Simmons

2011
Dallas, Texas

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CEO D'Andra Simmons spent over a decade in the nutritional and skin care industry prior to creating her own skin care line, Hard Night Good Morning. She is co-author, along with her mother, of Natural Guide For Healthy Living and co-hosts a daily cable TV talk show "Ultimate Living with D'Andra and Dee." A commercial model for most of her life, she was named one of the "10 Most Beautiful Women in Dallas" in 2008.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Patricia Rhodes-Prowse

Patricia Rhodes-Prowse

2011
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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Patricia Rhodes-Prowse turned her early self-taught skills as a designer and sewer of uniforms for Florida high school cheerleaders into a successful Chicago couture house. A recipient of the prestigious Gold Coast Fashion Award and the Designer of the Year Award from Chicago's Apparel Industry Board, she currently has a permanent fashion display in the Chicago Historical Society Museum.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Kimberly J. McWaters

Kimberly J. McWaters

2011
Phoenix, Arizona

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Kim McWaters is CEO of Universal Technical Institute, Inc., the nation's leading provider of training for aspiring auto, motorcycle, diesel, marine and collision repair technicians. McWaters has been featured in Forbes, Business Week and Automotive News. The Phoenix Business Journal ranked her among "Arizona's Most Admired CEOs and Top Business Executives." She also sits on the board of Penske Automotive Group.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Stacie McDavid

Stacie McDavid

2011
Fort Worth, Texas

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A multifaceted native Texan, Stacie McDavid is V.P. of the Board of the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame. She is a champion nonprofessional cutting horse rider and breeder. Formerly a professional model, McDavid has hosted her own radio sports broadcasting show and was a judge in Miss Texas USA. She and her husband run a real estate business and equine training operation in Weatherford, Texas.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Janet Pollman Kafka

Janet Pollman Kafka

2011
Dallas, Texas

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The Honorable Janet Kafka is the principal at Janet Kafka and Associates, a firm that specializes in international marketing communications and promoting imported luxury goods from Spain. She has served as the Honorary Consul of Spain in 24 counties of North Texas since 1997. Kafka is involved in civic and charitable organizations in the arts, education and international affairs.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Brenda L. Hill-Riggins

Brenda L. Hill-Riggins

2011
Miami, Florida

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Brenda Hill-Riggins is co-owner, along with her husband, of Mars Contractors, Inc., founded in 1992. Started as a family owned business, her company has grown to participate on projects such as the American Airlines Arena, Tampa Bay Stadium and Marlins' Ballpark. Besides her business success, Hill-Riggins is also a certified life coach, a motivational speaker and an author of Pregnant With a Vision.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Robyn Flatt

Robyn Flatt

2011
Dallas, Texas

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Robyn Flatt co-founded the Dallas Theater Center in 1984. During the past 25 years, the annual budget has grown to $3 million. In 2006 Flatt won the Center For Non-Profit Management Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Leadership. In 2011 she was nominated by the Dallas Morning News as Texan of the Year. Flatt has many acting and directing credits.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

2010 Distinguished Women Honorees

Margaret Daniels Tyler

Margaret Daniels Tyler

2010
Alexandria, Virginia

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A bridge-builder, change-agent, and teacher, Margaret Daniels Tyler is Senior Program Officer, U. S. Special Initiatives for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her responsibilities include providing strategic guidance for the $2 billion investments in scholarships, and advancing college completion goals for young adults of poverty and color.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Jan Dedrie Strimple

Jan Dedrie Strimple

2010
Irving, Texas

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Couture fashion model Jan Dedrie Strimple has been recognized world-wide for her unique career. In 2009, Women That Soar honored Strimple for empowering, supporting and inspiring other women on their personal and professional journeys. She also works on behalf of AIDS.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Goldie B. Wolfe Miller

Goldie B. Wolfe Miller

2010
Bannockburn, Illinois

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Goldie Wolfe Miller is one of the country's most successful female commercial real estate brokers with over $3 billion in transactions. Wolfe Miller's Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative at Roosevelt University-Chicago empowers women in commercial real estate to achieve leadership.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Petra Levin

Petra Levin

2010
Palm Beach, Florida

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Petra Levin has been selfless in lending her celebrity to a long list of charitable organizations. She has worked tirelessly and raised millions for the Caron Foundation which she has chaired for the past six years. The former Miss Germany has chaired benefits for the American Folk Art Museum, where she is a Director, and for the Palm Beach Heart Ball.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Ruta Lee

Ruta Lee

2010
Los Angeles, California

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Ruta Lee has had an incomparable career acting in movies, television (over 2,000 appearances) and on stage. Over the past 45 years, as Chairperson or President, roles exchanged between herself and Debbie Reynolds, she has helped to raise millions for the Thalians Community Mental Health Center located in Los Angeles.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Julie K. Hersh

Julie K. Hersh

2010
Dallas, Texas

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Julie Hersh, author of Struck by Living, is a mother, corporate wife, suicide survivor and advocate of mental health awareness. Board President of the Dallas Children's Theater, she is also an active supporter of the Suicide and Crisis Center and other non-profit organizations.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Kerry R. Graham

Kerry R. Graham

2010
Paradise Valley, Arizona

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Kerry Graham, a life member and three-time national President of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, has worked tirelessly to promote and expand the opportunities for women in golf. Graham's dedication to growing the game of golf and LPGA T&CP membership has earned her numerous awards.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Karen E. Burke

Karen E. Burke

2010
New York, New York

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With a Ph.D. in Biophysics and an M.D. degree, Karen Burke has made significant contributions to medical research in several areas including Dermatology. The author of six books, she is included in the Castle-Connolly Guide of Best Doctors. Burke serves on numerous boards ranging from the medical field to education.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Wanda R. Brice

Wanda R. Brice

2010
Plano, Texas

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Wanda Brice is currently CEO of The Women's Museum: An Institute for the Future, a national museum and Smithsonian affiliate. A past President of the International Women's Forum-Dallas, Brice is a lifelong entrepreneur and public policy advocate; she has championed issues benefitting small business and women.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Elizabeth Acton

Elizabeth Acton

2010
Dallas, Texas

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Beth Acton is Chief Financial Officer of Comerica Bank, the largest bank with headquarters in Texas. Previously, she was Treasurer of Ford Motor Company’s worldwide treasury activities. As Board Chair of Vista Marie, a non-profit that helps children recover from abuse, she headed the first ever capital campaign to build a new charter school.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

2009 Distinguished Women Honorees

Sandra G. Yancey

Sandra G. Yancey

2009
Dallas, Texas

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Sandra is the Founder & CEO of eWomenNetwork, producer of the GLOW Project and ABC radio show host. Her accolades include Excellence in Leadership from the Euro-American Women's Council, Athens Greece, Entrepreneur Star Award from Microsoft, Woman Advocate of the Year Award from Women's Regional Publishing, and American Hero by CNN. She is an impassioned philanthropist dedicated to helping women and girls succeed.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Gail Warrior Lawrence

Gail Warrior Lawrence

2009
Dallas, Texas

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Mrs. Lawrence is President & CEO of the Warrior Group, a construction services company. She also is the founder of Heart of a Warrior Charitable Foundation, an organization dedicated to the enrich­ment of underserved children. She was named 2009 Trailblazer - National Association of Women Business Owners, 2008 Top Women Entrepreneurs in North America -Enterprising Wom­en, and 2008 Outstanding Minority Business Leader -Dallas Business Journal.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Margie Traylor

Margie Traylor

2009
Scottsdale, Arizona

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As CEO and Co-founder of Sitewire, Margie Traylor’s commitment to maintaining relationships with her clients and employees is among her most outstanding traits. Sincere compassion, entwined with an unparalleled dedication to the advancement and development of others, truly sets her apart from others in the business world.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Susan D. Nine

Susan D. Nine

2009
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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Mrs. Nine is a philanthropist who has spent much of the last 40 years helping her husband, Paul, operate his legal practice. She has been involved in nearly 40 charities throughout the years, with most of her service on boards of directors or trustees. She has recieved over 37 awards, including the March of Dimes’ Humanitarian of the Year.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Samantha R. Landy

Samantha R. Landy

2009
Henderson, Nevada

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Mrs. Landy is the Founder and President of Christian Celebrity Luncheons which was established in 1986. She has been a featured keynote speaker, columnist, author of nine books (two Angel Award winners), host of international radio programs Psalms of Hope and Sixty Seconds for Savvy Singles. Community volunteer for women and youth issues.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Sharon J. Harper

Sharon J. Harper

2009
Peoria, Arizona

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Sharon Harper is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Plaza Companies, a pre­mier Arizona-based real estate development, investment, and management firm. The company was founded in the late 1970s and is nationally recognized for its innovative development of medical office and biotechnology facilities and senior living communities.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Claudia Waldmann Fry

Claudia Waldmann Fry

2009
Williamsburg, Michigan

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An internationalist, linguist, and passionate traveler who grew up in Germany, studied and worked in France, and traveled widely, Claudia Waldmann Fry became part of the Northwood family 40 years ago. She added a NU BBA and KSU MBA to her European degrees, taught at Northwood, and organized Spring Break Minis in Mexico and Peru, founded an adventure travel group, provided expertise to foreign policy study, international causes and NU international programs, and has endowed two Northwood scholarships for international students.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

2008 Distinguished Women Honorees

Dee Wyly

Dee Wyly

2008
Dallas, Texas

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Dee Wyly’s passions include children’s causes and program that help women from all walks of life. She serves on the Advisory Board of KICKSTART, an organization to help fight the war on drugs, gangs and youth violence, the National Advisory Board of Anderson Ranch Art Center in Aspen, Colorado, and the Leadership Council for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas. She served on the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Mrs. Wyly is a passionate supporter of Kidney Texas, Inc., The Dallas Arboretum and Nexus. She is a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of The Salvation Army, the Opera Guild and the Dallas Theater Center Guild. She was named Les Femmes du Monde Woman of the Year for 2007 and received the Texas Discovery Gardens’ Flora Award, the American Jewish Committee’s Human Relations Award and the Spirit of World Thanksgiving Award from Thanksgiving Square. Dee also served as a Girl Scout Leader while living in Houston, Texas. Her hobbies include photography, painting and reading. Dee has four children, Martha Miller, Chip Wyly, Emily Wyly and Jennifer Lincoln and seven grandchildren, Trey, Carla, Chris and Dulaney Miller, Wyly and Jessie Lincoln and Meghan Lindsey. She and her husband Charles Wyly spend time between Dallas and Aspen.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

S. Annette Sykora

S. Annette Sykora

2008
Slaton, Texas

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Annette Sykora, dealer principal of Smith Ford Mercury in Slaton, Texas, and Smith South Plains Ford, Lincoln-Mercury, Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep in Levelland, Texas, is 2008 chairman of the franchised new-car dealers of northern Texas on the association’s board of directors. A third generation new-car dealer since 1989 and a member of the NADA board since 1999; Sykora currently chairs the Executive Committee and serves on the Guide Company board of directors. Sykora is a trustee on the National Automobile Dealer's Charitable Foundation Board. Previously, she chaired NADA’s Public Affairs Committee, the ATAE/NADA committee and has been a member of the Finance Committee. Active in her community, Sykora is the former chair of the Finance Committee of the First United Methodist Church of Slaton and a board member of the Slaton Chamber of Commerce. She also currently serves on the Greater Texas Ford Dealer Advertising Fund board. Annette Sykora was appointed by the Texas Workforce Commission to serve on the board of directors of WorkSource of the South Plains from 2005-2007. While on the WorkSource board, she served on the Oversight and Strategic planning committees. In 1993, Sykora was named Boss of the Year by the Slaton Chamber of Commerce, and in 2005 was named Chamber member of the year. The National Automobile Dealers Association, founded in 1917 and based in McLean, Va., represents approximately 20,000 new car and truck dealers, holding over 43,000 separate franchises, both domestic and import.

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Tara I. Stacom

Tara I. Stacom

2008
New York, New York

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Since joining Cushman & Wakefield in 1981, Tara Stacom has distinguished herself as one of the leading Tenant Representation and Landlord Leasing Agents in the commercial real estate industry. She serves Cushman & Wakefield as Vice Chairman and Member of the Global Advisory Board. Ms. Stacom has consistently ranked among the firm’s top 5 brokers and in 2004 was Cushman & Wakefield’s number one broker worldwide. During her 25-year career, Ms. Stacom has been responsible for over 35 million square feet of commercial transactions ranging from gross and net leases, synthetic lease transactions, ground leases, build-to-suits, and property acquisitions and dispositions. Her clients include The Bank of New York, J. & W. Seligman, The McGraw-Hill companies, Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher, Remy Cointreau USA, Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Colgate-Palmolive Company, SL Green, Paramount Group, Blackstone, Glorious Sun, RREEF, Hines Interests, and L&L Holdings. Ms. Stacom is best known by her clients for her creativity, exceptional service and ability to structure complex transactions. A compelling testament to her dedication to her industry and community is the great number of awards Ms. Stacom has received. She is the 2005 “Woman of the Year” of the New York Executives in Real Estate (WX) and recipient of the prestigious Alumni Awards in recognition of her commitment and service to her alma maters, Lehigh University, as well as, Greenwich Academy. Ms. Stacom is most proud of the Cushman & Wakefield Service Excellence award acknowledging her successful relocation of more than 4,000 Bank of New York employees dislocated on 9/11, within two weeks of that tragic event. Crain’s New York Business has named Tara as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in New York City Business. Ms. Stacom serves the real estate industry as a Director of the Realty Foundation of New York; and a Member of the Real Estate Board of New York, the Ethics Committee and Commercial Brokerage Division’s Board of Directors.

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Pat Montandon

Pat Montandon

2008
Beverly Hills, California

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Pat, the daughter of two ministers, was born in Texas. When she was sixteen she became a junior model for Neiman Marcus in Dallas, Texas. At age eighteen Pat became the tenth person in the world to undergo successful (blind surgery as it was then called) heart surgery in San Francisco. Later Pat wrote and produced benefits for the American Heart Association. In the 60’s Pat was dubbed San Francisco’s “Golden Girl” by the media and named one of the top hostesses in the United States by Esquire Magazine. She wrote How To Be A Party Girl, published by McGraw Hill, and launched a winning career in radio and television and as a newspaper columnist. Pat is also the author of The Intruders, Making Friends, the first soviet-American co-publication, Celebrities and Their Angels, and Oh The Hell Of It All (Harper Collins) a memoir published April 6, 2007. The paperback A Life Beyond Imaginings, Whispers From God: was published May 6, 2008. Pat is currently working on Recipes for Conversation, based on her Roundtable salons. In 1982 Pat founded Children as The Peacemakers, an international foundation, and has now made thirty-seven trips around the world with young children, meeting with world leaders in twenty-six countries. On her trips she and the children asked top echelon members of government to stop nuclear proliferation and succeeded in getting documents signed and missiles destroyed in the presence of the children. PBS aired a documentary about her work in 2000. She has received the United Nations Peace Messenger Award and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize several times. Her work has been honored throughout the world with awards from Turkey, El Salvador, the People’s Republic of China, India, and Norway. She received the Russian Federation’s Medal in Memory of Anne Frank, Sadaka, Tanya Svitchva and Samantha Smith. Her motto IT CAN BE DONE is the legacy of her father the Reverend Charles Clay Montandon. Pat lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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Betty W. Hrncir

Betty W. Hrncir

2008
Houston, Texas

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A fifth generation Texan, Betty Hrncir enjoys the opportunity to serve others through her commitment to philanthropy and community service. While living in London during the 1980s, Betty successfully established the Junior League of London, where she was an executive officer throughout her tenure. Upon her return to the United States, Betty became active in her New Orleans community. She chaired the Holiday Home Tour of Garden District Homes, “Dollars for Scholars” – a program which joined the New Orleans Public School and the Chamber of Commerce providing scholarships to motivate underprivileged students to attend college, and St. Martin’s three-day Citywide Fair, while co-chairing the Junior League Showhouse VI. Betty collaborated on “A Royal Affair” honoring Prince and Princess Michael of Kent in conjunction with organizing a dinner for Sir David Attenborough for the Royal Society of Nature Conservation. Houston has benefitted from the efforts of Betty’s charitable spirit since her move to Houston in 1995. She and her family established the Hrncir Leadership Speaker Series at The Kinkaid School. Betty serves on the executive boards of: The Partnership for Baylor College of Medicine, The Huffington Center on Aging, The National Society of The Daughters of The American Revolution, TIRR Family, the Policy Development Committee at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and is an Executive Committee Director for the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, Houston. Betty founded and was the president of Pony Parents, SMU’s parent leadership support organization for student athletes. She is the past chairman of The Women’s Health Summit – a one day conference centered on women’s health issues which featured Mrs. Barbara Bush as a keynote speaker. This conference benefitted The Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine. She is a member of the Commissioning Committee for the USS George H.W. Bush, the Navy’s newest Nimitz Class aircraft carrier.

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Dee Lincoln

Dee Lincoln

2008
Dallas, Texas

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Dee Lincoln is often described as a gregarious Cajun firecracker with boundless energy, enthusiasm and passion. She is recognized from Dallas to Wall Street as a female powerhouse in the male-dominated steakhouse industry. She oversees the operations of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak Houses in Dallas, Fort Worth, Denver, New York, Las Vegas, Charlotte, and Houston with a Philadelphia opening in 2008. Lincoln's American Dream materialized, and she achieved a major milestone of her career in 1995 when she and her former partner sold their Dallas-based Del Frisco's concept for a record $23 million to Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon. In December 2006, Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon sold the Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House concept to Dallas-based Lone Star Funds. As the Del Frisco's concept currently expands across the U.S., Lincoln remains keeper of the restaurants' culture. Her attention to detail has Del Frisco's at the top of its respective markets. Dee has won many national, regional and local awards. In 2008, she won Savor Dallas' Spirit Award and Women Who Soar's Legacy Award. Wine Enthusiast magazine nominated Dee Lincoln for Restaurateur of the Year, and the Texas Restaurant Association's GDRA named Lincoln "Restaurateur of the Year" for the state of Texas. Restaurants & Institutions' Magazine awarded her the coveted Ivy Award voted on by her peers across the nation. Lincoln is a national board member of DiRoNa (Distinguished Restaurants of North America.) Dee annually hosts the Del Frisco's Classic Golf Tournament. Since Lincoln became involved, over $3.8 million has been generated for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The National Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis awarded her "Volunteer of the Year" and the fundraising honor of "number one net golf tournament in the United States out of 80 cities." Dee and her husband, John, have one daughter, Bella.

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Theo Gilbert-Jamison

Theo Gilbert-Jamison

2008
Conyers, Georgia

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Theo Gilbert-Jamison is the author of the book, The Six Principles of Service Excellence. She is also Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Performance Solutions by Design, an elite performance consulting firm that caters to luxury and premium brands with an emphasis on creating the ultimate customer experience. As the creative force behind the innovative concepts and methodologies utilized by Performance Solutions by Design, Theo is a highly sought after speaker and consultant to senior executives in high profile organizations. Under her leadership, Performance Solutions by Design assists organizations, great and small, in driving and sustaining a culture of service, performance, and operational excellence by helping them identify and overcome those barriers that prevent achieving world-class recognition in customer service and profitability. Prior to launching Performance Solutions by Design in 2003, Theo Gilbert-Jamison was Vice President of Training & Organizational Effectiveness for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. During a 17-year career with The Ritz-Carlton, she oversaw the daily operations of The Ritz Carlton Leadership Center and was also responsible for the company’s worldwide training and development initiatives. Today, Theo works closely with a diverse group of organizations, ranging from automotive, legal and financial services, to education, hospitality, healthcare, professional golf and home building. She recently co-authored a new book with her business partner Vivian Bright, titled The Leadership Book of Numbers, and is also currently working on her third book, Becoming a Level Three Organization, scheduled to be published in 2009.

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2007 Distinguished Women Honorees

Myrtle Potter

Myrtle Potter

2007
Woodside, California and Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Myrtle Potter is the founder and CEO of Myrtle Potter and Company, LLC. Myrtle Potter and Company advises public and privately held corporations, senior corporate leaders and boards of directors. Ms. Potter is a member of the Board of Directors of Amazon.com, EV3 and Eleuthera Properties, Ltd. She also serves on the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. Prior to founding Myrtle Potter and Company, Ms. Potter's career spanned close to 30 years in Fortune 500 healthcare corporations. Potter was President of Commercial Operations at Genentech, Inc. where she helped steer the Company through one of the most successful periods in its history. Under her leadership, Genentech's product revenue stream grew more than three-fold, resulting in record sales and earnings growth for the Company during each of the five years she led the company. Prior to Genentech, Potter was President of Bristol-Myers Squibb's $4 billion, U.S. Cardiovascular/Metabolics pharmaceutical business. Prior to Bristol-Myers Squibb, Potter worked at Merck where she was Vice President of an $800 million, U.S. business unit. Ms. Potter has been featured on The NBC Today Show, CNBC and Bloomberg Television and Radio. In 2007 she was featured in BusinessWeek as a leading, woman entrepreneur. In 2005 and 2004 she was featured in The Wall Street Journal which listed her as one of its "50 Women To Watch." In 2003 and 2004 she was listed in FORTUNE magazine's "Top 50 Most Powerful Women In Business" list. In 2005 she was profiled in Harvard Business Review in an article titled "What Great Leaders Do" and recognized by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the "75 Most Powerful Blacks in Corporate America." In 2002 Potter created The Myrtle Potter Fund to consolidate the many aspects of her philanthropic work aimed at advancing the status of women and children. Part of this work includes operating a small, privately held real estate development company focused on the housing needs of women and children.

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Barbara Mahar Lincoln

Barbara Mahar Lincoln

2007
Saginaw, Michigan

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Barbara took over the helm of Mahar Tool Supply in 1978 upon the untimely death of her husband, Jim Mahar, who was the President and owner at the time. Mahar Tool has been a wholesale distributor specializing in metal removal products since 1947. Under Barb's direction, the company has grown from 2 locations to international presence and has been recognized as one of the "Big 50" largest industrial distributors internationally (ref. ID Magazine). Barbara mentors young business women through her affiliation with the Committee of 200, of which she is also a founding member. C200 is an organization of pre-eminent business women from around the world. Among the many awards she has won, Barb is most proud of receiving the National Woman Entrepreneur Award of the Year in 2000; an award presented by the National Foundation of Women Legislatures and the SBA. In 2004, First Lady Laura Bush chose to visit Mahar Tool corporate headquarters in Saginaw, Michigan during the campaign effort to promote and endorse women in business. Barbara has been a featured speaker in seminars, conferences and leadership programs; often appearing in magazine and news articles. She was recently featured In Interlude Magazine, alongside Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, as a Tri-Cities Leading Lady. Barb, her family, and her employees believe in giving back to the communities that have given so much to them by volunteering time and contributing toward selected causes. She is especially proud of her five children. All of her children have worked for Mahar Tool in various capacities. Her daughter, Carrie, is currently VP of Marketing and her son, Michael, is President. "While listening to the spoken word concerning Northwood University you will notice that all are positive, exemplary, and heartfelt. The University has conducted itself with the highest degree of integrity. Its students are sent into the working world with a superb education and the tools to succeed."

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Eleanor M. Josaitis

Eleanor M. Josaitis

2007
Detroit, Michigan

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Eleanor Josaitis co-founded Focus: HOPE with Father William T. Cunningham (1930-1997) in the aftermath of the 1967 Detroit riots. This metropolitan civil and human rights organization works to eliminate racism, poverty and injustice primarily by accessing individuals to the financial mainstream. Since its establishment in 1968, Focus: HOPE has grown to nearly 300 colleagues supported by 51,000 volunteers and donors. Eleanor has provided leadership and advocacy for Focus: HOPE's Commodity Supplemental Food Program for mothers, children, and senior citizens. She has made important contributions to public awareness of hunger and malnutrition, to the formulation of national policy and responsible legislation, and to effective program management as well as hosted the White House Conference on Aging. She has played a major role in Focus: HOPE's internationally recognized Centers of Opportunity education and training programs that include FirstStep, FAST TRACK, Machinist Training Institute, Center for Advanced Technologies, and Information Technologies Center. The Center for Children also offers early childhood education, infant and toddler care, and before/after school programs. Active in many civic organizations, Eleanor's current board membership include, among many, the National Workforce Alliance Board, Michigan Council for Labor and Economic Growth, Visiting Committee for the University of Michigan Business School, Advisory Board for the Arab-American and Chaldean Council, Community Impact Cabinet at United Way, Walsh College's President's Advisory Council, and the Advisory Board for the Detroit Executive Service Corps. Eleanor's exemplary public service has been well recognized. She has received honorary doctoral degrees from thirteen universities including Wayne State University, University of Notre Dame, University of Michigan, New York City Technical College, Michigan State University and Walsh College.

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Ambassador Kathryn Hall

Ambassador Kathryn Hall

2007
Dallas, Texas and Rutherford, California

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Ambassador Kathryn Hall has had a distinguished career as a successful attorney, legislative liaison, business woman, community activist, and diplomat. After graduating from law school, she began as assistant city attorney in Berkeley, California. Later, she joined Safeway Stores in Oakland where she was responsible for developing and administering one of the nation's first and largest affirmative action programs, and later for administering the company's legislative liaison program. Subsequently, she continued her work as an attorney and business woman in Dallas, Texas, where she was president of an inner-city development company and partner of Hall Financial Group, Inc. Long committed to social issues, Kathryn has served on numerous non-profit and institutional boards. She co-founded the North Texas Food Bank, served on the U.S. House of Representatives Hunger Advisory Committee, and was the director/vice president of the Texas Mental Health Association. She has served on the National Advisory Council for Violence against Women and as trustee of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. From 1997 to July 2001, Kathryn served as the United States Ambassador to Austria, with responsibilities that included political advocacy, promotion of American business, security, agricultural and defense matters. Among other accomplishments, Ambassador Hall led the Embassy team in the negotiation of resolutions relating to holocaust restitution in Austria and eastern Europe and led a successful effort to enhance opportunities for more than 500 American businesses with operations in Austria. Since returning to the U.S., Kathryn has resumed her role as proprietor of HALL Wines. She serves as a trustee of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and of Cal Performances, at the University of California in Berkeley and is the director of the Napa Emergency Women's Services and the Dallas Symphony. Ambassador Hall is married to Craig Hall. Together they have a blended family of four children.

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Nancy Greenbach

Nancy Greenbach

2007
Atherton, California and Dallas, Texas

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A trailblazer for women in business, Nancy Greenbach received her degree in business from the University of Oklahoma in the early sixties. It was a time when the job market for women was limited, but the government was opening its doors as an equal opportunity employer. She began her professional career at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1963, and rapidly progressed from intern to Federal Executive. Nancy found herself on the cutting edge of acceptance of women in nontraditional areas and at one time served as the highest ranked women in the multi-state southwest region. Currently, Nancy is a committed community leader. She was active as President of the Peninsula Volunteers, a non-profit organization providing over $4 million in services to seniors. She is the past President of Atherton Dames, Vice President of the Holbrook-Palmer Foundation, co-chaired the San Francisco Red Cross Ball, and chaired a fund-raising event for WISH (Women in the Senate and House) honoring eight distinguished women leaders serving on Governor Schwarzenegger's Transition Team. She Chaired the most successful fundraiser for Peninsula Volunteers in 2001 and is currently Co-Chair of Peninsula Volunteers 60th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary Gala. Nancy's extraordinary civic activities have been recognized by a variety of entities. Among her many awards are Distinguished Volunteer Fundraiser by the Silicon Valley Philanthropy, a listing in Who's Who of American Women; and nominated for Outstanding Women of Fort Worth. She was featured last year in California Gentry Magazine's lead story "Leading by Example" as one of the ten most dynamic female leaders on the Peninsula and also featured as one of seven "Divas of Fundraising." She currently serves on the Mid-Peninsula San Francisco Symphony Board, is a member of the Women's Century Club of San Francisco, and the Clipped Wings. Nancy and her husband, businessman Joe Greenbach, have a blended family of six children and ten grandchildren.

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Pamella DeVos

Pamella DeVos

2007
Grand Rapids, Michigan and New York, New York

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Civic and political leader, community activist, successful fashion designer and entrepreneur, Pamella DeVos has always worked hard and led by example. The results of her effort and commitment can be found in the many diverse cultural and community success stories she has helped shape during the last two decades. In 2001, Pamella founded the pamella roland collection of high fashion clothing. The line can be found at retail giants such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstroms, and other leading stores around the world. Pamella plays a definitive role in creating and designing each piece, with the final say on shapes, fabrics, colors and function. The collection has received numerous accolades including the prestigious 2003 Gold Coast Award and has become the label of choice for celebrities such as Sharon Stone, Jennifer Gardner, and Angelina Jolie. While living in Japan from 1992 to 1993, she directed all public relations for the National Art Show of the College Women's Association of Japan, one of the largest cultural events in that nation. Upon returning to Grand Rapids, she and Dan established the DP Fox Ventures, LLC, to manage their business investments and explore new opportunities. Later, Pamella devoted much of her time to the establishment of the Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation which she founded in 1995, shortly after the formation of a professional hockey team by DP Fox. Learning that many area children were unable to participate in community sports due to a lack of equipment and suitable facilities, Pamella expanded the Foundation's efforts to include opportunities for sports participation. An arts advocate, Pamella played a critical role on the architect search committee, as well as co-chaired the capital campaign to raise funds for the new LEED Certified Grand Rapids Art Museum. Pamella co-chaired the Museum's Grand Opening Inaugural Ball in September of 2007. As a long-time member of the museum's board of trustees, she has also co-chaired major exhibitions.

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Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman

Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman

2007
Dallas, Texas

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Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman is the founder and Chief Director of The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Center for BrainHealth. Dr. Chapman holds the Dee Wyly Distinguished Chair in BrainHealth and is a professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UTD. She plays a lead role in advancing how we understand, protect, and heal cognitive brain function in brain injury, brain disease, and healthy brain development across the lifespan. Brain health is a cause that touches every single life. As Director of UTD Center for BrainHealth, her vision is to advance Dallas-Fort Worth as a world leader in brain health solutions by translating the latest brain research into more rapid delivery of cognitive brain treatments, a process that typically takes 1-2 generations before individuals benefit. Until recently, our whole idea of fitness stopped at the neck. Now, thanks to new breakthroughs in brain science we are discovering key ways to build a healthy brain and bring repair to brain injury and disease. Dr. Chapman's key research areas are devoted to (a) developing more sensitive diagnostic measures, (b) designing and testing cutting-edge cognitive treatments to build stronger brain function, and (c) measuring brain and real life improvements in response to new treatments. Her research, with more than 100 publications and 30 funded research grants, spans the age spectrum from studies that evaluate the brain's capacity to rewire in brain-injured children and adolescents to studies focused on understanding the potential for plasticity throughout adulthood into advanced age. She developed diagnostic measures and high level cognitive treatment protocols to maximize cognitive function in individuals with a wide array of brain concerns including, but not limited to, brain injury, stroke, ADHD, Alzheimer's disease and other progressive brain diseases, autism, and schizophrenia, as well as healthy brain function throughout life. Dr. Chapman collaborates with scientists across the country to solve some of the m

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Linda G. Alvarado

Linda G. Alvarado

2007
Denver, Colorado

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As founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Alvarado Construction, Inc, Linda has broken the 'male only' image of construction contractors across the United States and has opened doors to increasing numbers of women and minorities to enter construction and non-traditional fields. Alvarado Construction is a large commercial general contractor, construction management, and design-build firm based in Denver with offices in several states. The firm has completed numerous projects including multi-million dollar convention centers, sports stadiums, hotels, high rise office buildings, educational institutions, and retail complexes throughout the United States and internationally. Her career has included many firsts, including making history as the first Hispanic (male or female) owner of a major league baseball franchise, The Colorado Rockies. Alvarado is a member of the Board of Directors of Lennox International, 3M, Pepsi Bottling Group, Pitney Bowes and Qwest Communications. Linda is also a founding member and past Chairman of the Board of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, served as a Commissioner of the White House Initiative for Hispanic Excellence in Education. She is a founding trustee of the Rose Community Foundation and a trustee of the Qwest Communications and Taco Bell Foundations. Linda was inducted into The National Women's Hall of Fame and is a recipient of the prestigious Horatio Alger Award. She has been named by Hispanic Business and Latino Leaders Magazine as one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics in America." Her success in business and active community involvement led her to be recognized as a trailblazer in her field as a recipient of the Sara Lee Corporation Frontrunner Award. A nationally recognized speaker, Linda has given keynote presentations for corporations, institutions of higher education, national conferences, business forums, and in schools motivating young people to excel and achieve their dreams.

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2006 Distinguished Women Honorees

Lyn St. James

Lyn St. James

2006
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Race car driver, motivational speaker, author and volunteer, Lyn St. James has competed in the Indianapolis 500 seven times, winning Rookie of the Year in 1992. She has set 31 international and national closed circuit speed records, including a closed-course women's world record by reaching 225.722 mph during qualifying for the 1995 Indy 500. She is the only woman to have ever won an IMSA GT race driving solo, to have two victories at The 24 Hours of Daytona and to have been on the winning team at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Her achievements off the race track are just as impressive. Lyn has been recognized by Sports Illustrated for Women as one of the Top-100 Women Athletes of the Century; and Working Women Magazine selected her as one of the “350 women who changed the world between 1976-1996”. Her accomplishments have earned her invitations to the White House to meet Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. Lyn's media career includes sports commentary for Showtime, ESPN and ABC and guest appearances on the David Letterman Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, the Bob Vila Show and many more. Features on her have appeared in many recognized publica-tions nationally and internationally. An in-demand speaker with three published books, Lyn has made presentations to and been endorsed by top American corporations including Walt Disney World, NIKE, GTE, The Ford Motor Company, Merrill Lynch, and JC Penney. She was recently asked to head the Motorsports Division at Capital Sports & Entertainment in Austin, TX. Philanthropic activities are a high priority for Lyn. In 1994, she founded the Lyn St. James Foundation which actively works on initiatives for women in the automotive industry including motorsports. In 2003, she established the “Women in the Winner's Circle” event to celebrate their achievements, and provide mentoring and leadership programs. She has served as president of the Women's Sports Foundation and is active on many boards including NASCAR's Diversity Council and Race Commission.

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Barb Samardzich

Barb Samardzich

2006
Dearborn, Michigan

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Barb Samardzich is Vice President, Powertrain Operations of the Ford Motor Company. She is respon-sible for engine and transmission engineering worldwide and for powertrain manufacturing in North America. Barb previously was Executive Director, Small Front Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive Vehicles, where she was responsible for the design, engineering and development of nine key Ford, Mercury and Lincoln vehicles, including the 2005 Model Year Mustang. She has held a variety of positions in Powertrain Engineering, including chief engineer for Ford's Automatic Transmission Operations. She has also served as chief engineer for the F-Series Super Duty Commercial Trucks, and as quality director for Ford Brand products in Ford of Europe. Before joining Ford in 1990, Barb worked as a thermal design engineer in Westinghouse Electric's Nuclear Fuels Division. She holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida, a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and a master's degree in engineering management from Wayne State University. Named by Automotive News as a 2005 “Leading Woman in the North American Automotive Industry” and awarded the Design News “Women in Engineering Top Achievement Award” in 2004, Barb sits on the boards of sev-eral universities and non-profit organizations.

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Alice Rodriquez

Alice Rodriquez

2006
Dallas, Texas

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Alice Rodriguez is the Executive Vice President and the Region Branch Executive for Texas-JPMorgan Chase responsible for the Chase branch network consisting of 360 branches in Texas with over 4,200 employees. She manages $30 billion in total retail, small business and investment assets. In the 19 years that Alice has been with the bank, she has had extensive experience in regional, district and branch management. She is a graduate of Leadership Dallas, has attended the Aspen Institute, and holds a BBA in Management from Pan American University in Brownsville, Texas. Obstacles and barriers rarely stand up to Alice's formidable winning spirit and organizational talents. From being the first in her family to achieve a college degree, to the challenges in early years of being a single parent, she knows the value of staying focused and setting daily, weekly and monthly goals. She values diver-sity- bringing different talents and experiences to the table- and sees it as a way to exceed expectations. She expects the best from herself and accepts nothing less from those around her. Alice has been instrumental in helping to develop the JPMorgan Chase' Women's Business Initiative, a state-wide program in Texas designed to serve the financial and banking needs of women in business. A trailblazer, mentor, and role model for girls and women throughout her life, Alice has received numerous community awards and recognitions. These include the Girls, Inc., “She Knows Where She's Going” Award and the Phoenix Award for Woman Advocate of the Year from the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Advisory Board of JPMorgan Chase-Dallas and is a Board Member and Treasurer of the DOWNTOWN DALLAS Association. Alice is a member of the new American Alliance, the Dallas Summit and the Hispanic 100. She is past board member of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Nonprofit Management.

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Nancy B. Loeffler

Nancy B. Loeffler

2006
San Antonio, Texas

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Community service comes naturally to Nancy Loeffler. “An individual builds worth by the things they do for others,” was often heard in her childhood home. Growing up with a legacy of volunteerism, Nancy remembers the dining room table as usually being full of mailings, and her parents hosting a houseful of people, all united by a charitable cause. Healthcare and cancer research, the arts and politics all benefit from Nancy's significant efforts. She serves on the boards of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Southwest Airlines, the South Texas Community Foundation, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and the Vice President's Residence Foundation in Washington, D.C. She is part of the Capitol Advisory Committee for Texas Lutheran University , on the Board of Regents for St. Mary's University in San Antonio and Co-chairman of the University of Texas Jack S. Blanton Museum of Fine Art. Nancy is a member of the Chancellor's Council of the University of Texas System, and has served on the Board of Governors of the Cancer Therapy Research Center. Previously Ms. Loeffler has served in such capacities as the President of the Junior League of San Angelo, Trustee of the Vosburg and Mary Lou Hall Foundation, Trustee of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art, member of the Board of Directors of the West Texas Rehabilitation Center and the West Texas Lighthouse for the Blind. Governor William P. Clements appointed her to serve as Vice Chair of the Governor's Educational Excellence Commission. Nancy and her husband, former Congressman Tom Loeffler, divide their time between their home in San Antonio, ranching interests in Fredericksburg and Mason, Texas and professional activities associated with Tom's law firm whose offices are located in San Antonio, Austin and Washington, D.C.

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Bobbie Gaunt

Bobbie Gaunt

2006
Saugatuck, Michigan

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Bobbie Gaunt was the first woman to enter Ford Motor Company's Sales & Marketing Management Program in 1972. Twenty-nine years later she retired as a corporate vice president and President & CEO of Ford of Canada. Her career included many firsts as a woman within Ford and the auto industry, where she became well known as a leader unafraid to speak her mind, including challenging how the industry addressed the needs of women as employees and customers alike. She was known for creating a positive envi-ronment for employees and addressing work/life balance concerns. At Ford of Canada, Bobbie spear-headed the construction of an on-site child care center, and then, a new headquarters to ensure that employees had a leading-edge environment and technological tools for doing business in the 21st century. She led the successful launch of more than two dozen new cars and trucks over 36 months, established the company as a leader in e-commerce, and developed an effective growth strategy benefiting dealers and customers alike. In 2000, she was named one of the “100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry”, and honored with YWCA of Greater Toronto's “Women of Distinction Award”. In 2000, Bobbie received the International Automotive Hall of Fame's “Distinguished Service Citation”, in 2001 was named a Distinguished Alumni Fellow by the University of Pittsburgh, and in 2006 was named one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Western Michigan.” A lifelong advocate of giving back to the community, Bobbie mentors young entrepreneurs and business women. She serves as a Lead Director of The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company and is a board member of ADVO, Inc., Windsor, CT, and Metro, Inc., Montreal, Quebec. She serves on the Board of Visitors of the Katz School of Business and the Board of Trustees at her alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh; and chairs the Board of Directors of the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. And recently, Bobbie became of partner of Capitol Motors Group.

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Dr. Kathleen A. Davis

Dr. Kathleen A. Davis

2006
Carlsbad, California

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With sports as a metaphor for life, Dr. Kathleen A. Davis stepped up to the plate to create the Sports Management Research Institute (SMRI). She is an internationally recognized expert in sport economics and sports market analysis. Headquartered in South Florida, with offices soon to open in San Diego, SMRI counts among its clients the Chicago Bears, New York Giants, New York Jets, US Open Tennis Championships, WTA, and Super Bowls XXIX through XXXXI. Athletics came naturally to Kathleen; her mother was Wisconsin's track star in the 1930s. Sports strategies – working as team, covering your teammates, thinking ahead, playing ball, hitting a home run - applied well to the development of SMRI. She has taught at Tulane, Rice, Northeastern and Florida State universities and has also written a textbook, Sport Management: Private Sector Business Strategies. An accomplished speaker, Kathleen frequently presents at international conferences on sports related business topics. Mentoring students is a passion for Kathleen. Working with bright young people and introducing them to the business side of profes-sional sports provides continual reward and satisfaction. Raised with a large extended family (both her parents have 9 brothers and sisters, giving her 88 first cousins), she knows well the value of teamwork and getting along with others. Solid Midwestern principles such as hard work and moral integrity are fundamental to the success enjoyed by Kathleen and SMRI.

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Barbara Daseke

Barbara Daseke

2006
Dallas, Texas

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From her first position with a small architectural firm to founding her international design firm, Barbara Daseke has drawn on her love of innovation and vibrant colors to design award winning inte-riors throughout the world. Her pleasure of walking into the finished project and of creating environ-ments that enhance people's interactions with one another led to the founding of Barbara Elliott Interiors, a commercial design firm specializing in hospitality properties and luxury homes. She has worked with clients on new hotel properties in Paris, Indonesia, Guam, Saipan and all across the United States. Over the span of her career, Barbara has received numerous prestigious design awards, has judged design competitions and has been a sought after keynote speaker. Coming of age in the time when beige ruled the hospitality world, Barbara broke new ground with the use of bold colors and floor plans that inspired conversations and community. Her clients seek her out when they are looking for forward thinking and innovative interiors. A passion for the arts keeps her active with organizations such as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Contemporary Art Museum, the Salvation Army and TACA, an umbrella arts funding organization in the Dallas area. Barbara was recently named “Volunteer of the Year” by TACA, a recognition that came, in part, from her strong belief that working as a volunteer is just as important as serving on a board.

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Leslie Ann Crozier

Leslie Ann Crozier

2006
Dallas, Texas

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Leslie Ann Crozier, and her business partner Clint Henderson, have earned the reputation as America's New Home Marketing Experts. Crozier & Henderson Productions, Inc., is the parent company of the proprietary HotOn! Homes Marketing System that the largest homebuilders and developers in America utilize to drive traffic and sell homes. In 2006, over one million prospective new homebuyers will use the HotOnHomes.com website to help them with their home shopping due diligence. Headquartered in Dallas, with satellite offices from Las Vegas to Washington, D.C., the firm has produced over 1,000 new home lifestyle shows. The programs air on prime time Sunday mornings on ABC, CBS, and NBC in twelve cities including Dallas/Fort Worth, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Denver and Phoenix. Leslie Ann is a 4th generation Dallasite. She received her undergraduate degree in economics from Stanford University where she served as senior class president. She later received her MBA from Southern Methodist University where she also served as class president. Her career began on Wall Street where for five years she worked with Shearson Lehman American Express. As one of the youngest associates, she was responsible for the marketing of over $400 million in tax advantaged investments and real estate syndications. Leslie Ann was an accomplished athlete growing up, ranked among the top swimmers in the world. While a student at The Hockaday School, she held numerous state and national records. A big believer in giving back to her community, Leslie Ann champions numerous charitable causes and organizations. Over the past several years, she has chaired many of Dallas' successful galas including those benefiting Special Olympics Texas, Chuck Norris' Kick Drugs Out of America and the Dallas County Republican Party. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Cowboys Alumni Association.

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2005 Distinguished Women Honorees

Gail French Torreano

Gail French Torreano

2005
Mount Pleasant, Michigan

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Gail Torreano has always wanted to impact people's lives in a positive way. Maybe that's why she was drawn to politics and government in her early career, working for former Michigan Gov. John Engler, when he was the state's Senate Majority Leader. She eventually became his chief of staff. In 1991, she joined Michigan Bell in their office of governmental affairs. Weathering mergers and legislative upheavals in the communications industry, she made her way up the company's corporate ladder and now is President of SBC Michigan. She is the company's first female president, and is responsible for regulatory and legislative affairs as well as community and industry relations. She's known for her emphasis on relationships and team building. Gail makes it a priority to give back to the community and the state. She is a past Chair of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of Detroit Renaissance. She has served on numerous community boards and is currently the Corporate Chair of the Metro Detroit READS program. In addition, Gail serves on the Board of Trustees for both New Detroit and her alma mater, Central Michigan University. While Gail is committed to her job as President of SBC Michigan, her true passion is her family. Gail, her husband, George, and their two sons, Matt and Joe, live in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

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Millie A. Pastor

Millie A. Pastor

2005
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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If there's a charitable event in metro Detroit, there's a good chance Millie A. Pastor's involved in it, helping raise money to do good works. Millie is known as a dynamic, energetic and enthusiastic supporter of innumerable charities. She's donned western garb to raise money to restore and preserve a historic church. She's helped out the auctioneer as he took bids to raise funds for the Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute. She co-chaired a swinging safari soiree to support breast cancer research. Initially educated as a registered nurse, this talented woman later continued her education in interior design. Pastor Interiors, Inc. was established in 1964. As owner and principal of her own interior design company, Millie has worked with clients in Paris, London, and even as far away as Nigeria where she was commissioned to do the interior design for the Saudi Arabian Embassy. Millie is a past president of the Women's Division for Project Hope, the American Lung Association, and Artrain. She is a member of the corporate board of the American Lung Association and is on the board of trustees for community care for the Henry Ford Health System. She's been involved in numerous organizations, including the Women's Economic Club, the Detroit Zoological Society and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She is also a member of Northwood's Detroit Advisory Board. Millie is the winner of many honors for her leadership and volunteer activities. She is especially proud of her past distinction from the National Society of Fund Raising, who named her Outstanding Fund Raising Volunteer of the year. Millie is married to Robert H. Pastor, President of R.H. Pastor Building and Real Estate Development Company. She is the mother of four adult children, two daughters and two sons, and is the proud grandmother of six grandchildren.

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Ragina Lopez

Ragina Lopez

2005
Quezon City, Philippines

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For the past eight years, Regina Lopez and her foundation rescued 1,188 Filipino children from abusive homes. They provided medical help to almost 8,500 children. In the year 2004 alone, the foundation conducted 25 relief operations in various disasters and calamities, serving over 96,390 families. Regina Lopez has—and continues—to make a difference in the lives of numerous Filipino children. She is the managing director of the ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc., an organization that runs a number of initiatives from medical to environmental to educational -- all designed to improve living conditions for children. Regina initiated Bantay Bata 163 (Child-Watch), a children's assistance project that includes a 24-hour child abuse hotline. The effort also provides counseling, legal advice and medical help, and in 1997 was awarded the United Nations Grand Award for Excellence. She also spearheads Bantay Kalikasan (Environment Watch), the foundation's environmental arm. Lopez won the 1997 International Public Relations Award of Excellence for the Environment for her work with Bantay Kalikasan. This effort, to protect children and families from environmental hazards and pollution, includes a project to reforest the La Mesa Watershed, which provides water for 12 million Filipinos residing in Metro Manila. Regina also produces educational television shows aimed at children. The foundation's E-Media group has distributed almost 7,000 TV sets and Educational tapes to classrooms throughout the Philippines. E-Media received a United Nations Recognition Award for excellence in international public relations. Regina is a graduate of Assumption College in Makati City and Newton College of the Sacred Heart in Boston. She has a master's degree in development management from the Asian Institute of Management. She has two sons.

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Katherine Houston

Katherine Houston

2005
North Andover, Massachusetts

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From the intricate tip of an asparagus spear to the delicate curls and veins of Boston lettuce leaves to the vibrant orange of a fall pumpkin, Katherine Houston's art is all about the details. Katherine creates exquisite porcelain masterpieces, painstakingly recreating fruits, vegetables, leaves and flowers. She is one of a few artists who carry on the complicated technique of sculpting hard paste porcelain and decorating it with a seemingly endless variety of color glazes. She's influenced by ancient Imperial Chinese and Meissen porcelains, and her work is collected throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Japan. She has exhibited at the New York Ceramics Fair and has pieces in the Peabody-Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., which houses an internationally-acclaimed porcelain collection. Katherine grew up in Columbus, Ohio and says her earliest childhood memories are of playing in a stream where she created clay dishes out of the mud. She loved drawing and painting in watercolors and oil. She studied painting in Paris, and attended the University of Michigan. For years, she focused on watercolor painting, which she credits for much of her success. But on a trip to London in the 1980s, she discovered the works of the porcelain sculptor Anne Gordon. She was attracted to the brilliant colors reminiscent of 18th century European porcelain, and although she had never worked with the medium, she instantly felt at ease with the art. And that began her passion for porcelain. “Porcelain is like a thoroughbred: nervous, excitable and high-strung, until it is trained and mastered ... then performing magnificently,” she said. Katherine is married to Dr. Theodore Ongaro and has four children. Her personal battle with chronic pain has led her to become an advocate for depression research and physical rehabilitation medicine.

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Laura Grafman

Laura Grafman

2005
Phoenix, Arizona

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Laura R. Grafman cares deeply about people. In fact, you could say her middle name is “Passion.” That's how strongly she believes in the work she does, both professionally and philanthropically. Laura began her career in higher education as an admissions counselor, which catapulted her to her next career as the director of student financial assistance at National Louis University in Evanston, Illinois. During her 11 years in that position she managed a multimillion dollar student aid program on two of the university's campuses, in Evanston and Chicago. She was recognized by the Office of Education for excellence in the administration of these programs. Currently, Laura is the Executive Vice President of Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Scottsdale Healthcare, a three campus community hospital system. This past summer, the foundation surpassed the $100 million mark in funds raised. Laura began her association with Scottsdale Healthcare as a volunteer, and later became hospital auxiliary president, leading to her employment with the hospital's fund development staff. One of her proudest accomplishments says the Chicago native, was to serve as the point person on the team that raised $33 million to build and endow the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare. Laura continues to be a passionate advocate for cancer patients and their families. Laura's combination of professional and philanthropic careers allows her the privilege of serving as a Lifetime Trustee of The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and awarding grants. Laura considers her greatest achievement to be her wonderful family. She and her husband, Dayton, have been happily married for 55 years. Dayton is an accomplished pianist and a Steinway Concert Artist. Their daughter, Lynn, has her own public relations business in Scottsdale.

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Rita Case

Rita Case

2005
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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At nine years old, Rita Case was helping out in her parents Honda dealership. She still sells Hondas, and she's learned a key to success in all those years -- treat the customer like your best friend. She is now the chief operating officer of the Rick Case Automotive Group, and, along with her husband Rick Case, operates 13 dealerships in three states with 900 employees. Working together, their dealership group has become one of the top 20 performing groups in the country. Their Acura dealership in Ft. Lauderdale has been recognized as the World's Largest Volume Dealer seven years in a row. Rick Case Honda in south Florida is the world's largest dealership with over half a million square feet and holds the sales record for the most new Hondas sold in a single month, as well as one full year. That success may be attributed to the unusual customer service that the couple emphasizes. A five-day money back guarantee on leases and purchases, free road service or a free car wash for customers every time they come into the store, voting precincts, a discount gas center, a Clerk of Courts office and emergency defibrillators are just a few of the community services provided. They also offer customers points, good for discounts on any future purchases of service, parts and vehicles. Rita Case is devoted to children's causes. She and her husband built the Rick and Rita Case Boys & Girls Club, pledged $450,000 to the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital and provided thousands of bicycles to underprivileged children through the Rick Case Bikes for Kids program since 1982. The couple has two children who attend Northwood and are supporters of the university's annual auto shows. “Having grown up in the car business, I have long been acquainted with Northwood University and its outstanding reputation, both nationally and internationally,” Case says.

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Sherry Baker

Sherry Baker

2005
New York City, New York

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Mention Victoria's Secret, and the images immediately come to mind: sexy, sophisticated, ultra-feminine. Between 1999 and early 2005, Sherry H. Baker was a leader in establishing and maintaining the world famous Victoria's Secret brand. According to Sherry, directing brand identity is key. Sherry joined Victoria's Secret Beauty in 1999 as vice president of marketing, responsible for growing the beauty division of the company. In 2002, she was promoted to executive vice president, chief marketing officer. In 2004, she was named president of Victoria's Secret Beauty. During Sherry's tenure, the brand achieved double-digit profit growth. Victoria's Secret Beauty has grown from opening its first store in 1996, to now having over 507 freestanding locations. Sherry began her career at the Colgate-Palmolive Company where she was part of the team that launched Colgate gel toothpaste. From there she went on to work her marketing and management magic at other retail companies. From 1998-1999, she was VP of Marketing at Sephora. She was the one who successfully launched the first US Sephora store in July 1998 as well as stores in the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. Prior to Sephora, Sherry was president of Halston Borghese where she reversed a three year downtrend and returned the retailer to its former, more prestigious niche. From 1990 to 1993, Sherry served as president and CEO of Swarovski Jewelry(US). While there, she introduced randing, resulting in dramatic market share growth. Sherry continues to lend her expertise by serving on advisory boards for the Fragrance Foundation, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association. She lives in New York City with her husband, Gary.

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Lee Bailey

Lee Bailey

2005
Plano, Texas

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In the backyard of Lee's elegantly decorated home, a shiny yellow and red Ronald McDonald statue flashes his familiar grin at visitors. It seems fitting that he is part of the design. Lee has made a career out of adding a designer touch to the interiors of the McDonald's franchises that she and her husband, Ed have opened in the Dallas, Texas area. In 1984, the couple opened their first franchise at Valley View Mall in Dallas. Today, their company, ELB Enterprises, owns and operates 60 McDonald's restaurants. Their organization has received the prestigious Golden Arch Award which recognizes the most outstanding McDonald's operators worldwide. Lee serves as the company's Vice President of Restaurant Decor. Her store decors and buildings have elevated design standards throughout the industry. One outstanding example of design success is the Baileys' McDonald's franchise in the Dallas Galleria. In keeping with the upscale shopping offered at the mall, Lee selected an art deco theme that included lots of brass, glass, marble and even a black tile floor. Harsh plastic lighting was replaced with softer lighting. Sales increased as the decor improved. Another vivid example of design innovation came with the opening of the world's only “Happy Meal Box” restaurant. This whimsical design concept has been featured on The Travel Channel. Lee is involved in many philanthropic organizations, including the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. She serves on the group's advisory board and development committee, and is currently helping plan the Ronald McDonald House's 25th anniversary. She has also served with DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), Kidney Texas Inc. and the Nexus Women's Auxiliary. Lee and Ed have two children, a daughter, Leigh, and a son, Mike.

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Elaine B. Agather

Elaine B. Agather

2005
Dalls, Texas

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A career in the banking industry took this Texan to major cities in the U.S. and abroad. But eventually it brought her right back to the Lone Star state. Elaine B. Agather grew up in Sherman, Texas. She got a bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma, and later an MBA from the University of Texas. She joined Chemical Bank of New York in 1979, and worked in London, New York and San Francisco. Elaine moved to Dallas in 1984, and was named chairman of Texas Commerce Bank-Ft. Worth in 1992. In 1997, she joined The Private Bank to manage client advisory groups. In 1999, she was elected to her current position of Chairman of Chase-Dallas. She also serves as managing director of the JPMorgan Private Bank South Region. Elaine's resume of community involvement is impressive. She has served on boards ranging from Texas Ballet Theatre and the Bass Performance Hall to the National Cowgirl Museum and Texas Stampede Rodeo. She is a member of Young's President Organization and Charter 100 as well as the Ethics Advisory Board of the Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. Elaine's awards include the 2001 Women of Excellence Award from Women's Enterprise Magazine. She has also received the 2002 Maura Award-Women Helping Women, the Kim Dawson Attitude Award and the Family Place's Trailblazer Award. Of all these honors, Elaine is especially proud of her work helping other women. She says, “Through both formal and informal mentoring, I've helped women from diverse communities to develop their individual skill sets and find new ways of doing things, just as women have guided and helped me grow so that I, too, could be a part of the push and pull effort that is turning women, young and old, into responsible, caring leaders”.

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2004 Distinguished Women Honorees

Nina G. Vaca

Nina G. Vaca

2004
Dallas, Texas

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Recently named as the 2004 National Hispanic Business Woman of the Year by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Nina Vaca founded Pinnacle in 1996 as an information technology services provider to the Fortune 500. Today, Pinnacle serves the telecommunications, financial services, health care, and other sectors in the areas of enterprise data warehousing, custom application development, and system/network architecture. Pinnacle also provides its clients with a proprietary vendor management solution for their flexible staffing needs. Pinnacle has experienced explosive growth over the past two years and ranks among the fastest growing technology services firms in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. Nina serves as Chair Elect for the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and in 2005 will become only the 6th woman to chair the board in its 65-year history. In 2004, Nina chaired the GDHCC's scholarship drive, awarding college scholarships to over 125 college-bound Hispanic students. The $325,000 raised set a new fundraising record by a Hispanic Chamber nationwide, eclipsing Nina's own record from the previous year. In 2003, the World Affairs Council selected Nina to represent the U.S. abroad as a German Marshall Memorial Fellow, a program designed to introduce the next generation of Western European and U.S. leaders to one another. Nina is also a board member for numerous local organizations, including the Women's Business Council – Southwest, The United Way, the Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Dallas Assembly. Nina graduated from Texas State University with a B.A. in Speech Communications and Business Administration. She is also a graduate of Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg School of Management, NMSDC AMEP.

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JoAnne Shaw

JoAnne Shaw

2004
Fenton, Michigan

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JoAnne Shaw is the Founder and President of The Coffee Beanery, LTD and is a key player in both the coffee and franchising worlds. In 1985, The Coffee Beanery had eight retail stores and began offering franchise opportunities. Since then, the company has expanded to nearly 200 locations in 32 states and Guam. The company became international in 2001 with the opening of a master franchise in Seoul, Korea. In 2002, The Coffee Beanery opened in Chengdu, China, and will soon be opening in UAE, Bahrain and Dubai. This trailblazing female entrepreneur was the first woman to chair the International Franchise Association Board of Directors and the first recipient of the Bonny Levine Award, given by the International Franchise Association to an individual who has served as a mentor to women. She was named Entrepreneur of the Year in Michigan in 1991, and also Lifetime Member of the Entrepreneurial Institute. JoAnne is in demand as a public speaker, writer, panelist and board member. She was a featured speaker at the World Coffee Symposium in Vienna in 1994 and 1997, and a panelist speaker at the same annual conference in Venice in 1995. Her professional affiliations include: Past President, Specialty Coffee Association of America, Past Chairman, International Franchise Association, Past Chairman, Education Committee of the International Franchise Association, Past Chairman, Coffee Development Group's College Coffee House Task Force, Past Board of Directors Member, Coffee Development Group, Advisory Board Member, Entrepreneur magazine, Member, National Retailer's Federation, Member, International Council of Shopping Centers, Board Member, the Dale Carnegie Corporation and Past Board Member, the Genesys Health System.

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Ariela Shani

Ariela Shani

2004
Rochester Hills, Michigan

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Currently the Vice President and General Manager of Neiman Marcus in Troy, Michigan, Ariela Shani has enjoyed twenty one years with Neiman Marcus. This time includes store management and financial management with various Neiman Marcus stores and facilities in Dallas, Newport Beach, Houston and Michigan. Ariela devotes much time, energy and resources to many community, academic and civic organizations including; the Detroit Institute of Arts, Coalition of Children's Charities, Detroit Symphony and Women's Committee for Hospice Care. Along with her husband, she is one of the founding members of Ishmael & Isaac, an American Palestinian and Jewish organization that provides financial support to victims of violence on both sides of the conflict. She is on the Board of The Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center, and The Jewish Women's Foundation. She is also a member of the Michigan Women's Forum and serves on a number of business advisory boards, including Madonna University, Detroit Historical Museum and the Discovery Museum. Since living in Michigan, she has been a passionate advocate for peace between Israel and Palestine and for three years she served as President of the Michigan Chapter of Seeds of Peace, a New York based organization that brings teens from war torn countries to a summer program in Maine where they learn coexistence. Ariela was born in Southern Rhodesia and is a graduate of the University of Connecticut. She holds an MBA in Finance from University of Cape Town, South Africa and a postgraduate Teaching Diploma from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. She is married to Asa Shani. They have three children, Mira, Daniela, and Oren.

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Tobie Roosevelt

Tobie Roosevelt

2004
New York City, New York

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A respected community leader and philanthropist, Tobie is the wife of the late Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jr. who passed away in 1988. Growing up in Bedford, New York as the daughter of Dr. Thomas William Stevenson, a renowned surgeon at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, and Edith Stevenson, a devoted community leader, gave Tobie deep roots and a strong sense of social responsibility. She now lives in New York City and is an active volunteer at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts, is the Chairman of the Gibraltar American Council and has founded a chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in San Francisco. As Co-Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, Tobie has many responsibilities including attending ceremonies with heads of state in Europe and the United States. In 2002, she chaired the first FDR Library Gala in Hyde Park honoring HRH The Prince Andrew, The Duke of York, which was attended by hundreds of dignitaries. Tobie is a graduate of the Parson School of Design where she majored in fashion. Early on, she became Assistant to the Vice President of Design for Steuben Glass and Corning Glassworks. She is a member of The Pilgrims of the United States of America and The Pilgrims of Great Britain headed by the Queen of England.

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Kit T. Moncrief

Kit T. Moncrief

2004
Fort Worth, Texas

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Kit Moncrief is a philanthropist whose approach is relatively simple: locate a worthy cause that will create a benefit for a large number of people, and get involved in it. She credits her parents for her “love of animals, the outdoors, ranching, and the land as well as a desire to do what I can to create a better world”. She enjoys the full support of her husband, Charles B. Moncrief, an independent oil and gas producer and rancher. Kit's leadership roles in Fort Worth include: President, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame; Co-chair, Fort Worth Zoological Association, Vice-President, board of trustees, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation, executive committee, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association and co-chair of its $30 million endowment campaign; Director, T.J. Brown and C.A. Lupton Foundation; and a board member of the Texas Ballet Theater, the Modern Art Museum and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Outside of Fort Worth, Kit is on the executive committee of the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston and is co-chair of the advisory council for the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas, Austin as well as co-chair of the museum's $75 million capital campaign. She is also on the advisory board of the Texas Book Festival in Austin and a trustee of the University of Richmond, Virginia. Additional interests of this Fort Worth native are ranching, raising and showing cutting horses, art, wildlife conservation, and travel. She studied art history at Southern Methodist University and participated in Texas Christian University's Ranch Management Program. The Moncriefs are proud that their three daughters – one, a recent college graduate, and twins, now in college – are finding their own worthy causes to support.

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Sharon Haines Jacquet

Sharon Haines Jacquet

2004
Scarsdale, New York

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Sharon Jacquet is a direct descendant of the Haines family who came to America in the 1600's and settled in Haines Falls, NY, the home of the Hudson River School of Painting. Today, she is a corporate executive with global presence in business, social and philanthropic circles. Currently, she holds the title of Managing Director in the JPMorgan Private Bank where she is the trusted advisor to high net worth individuals, foundations and families. Prior to that she held various investment banking positions at J.P. Morgan Securities and at Morgan Stanley. Her international clientele are in Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Canada and the United States. In addition to Sharon's role as a banker, she actively addresses, recruits, and mentors young college students interested in banking and heads the recruiting team for Columbia University. She is an Elder and past Vice President of her church, Greenville Community Reformed Church, and is a member of the Board of Advisors of Syracuse University School of Education. She is Treasurer of the Board of Directors of City Harvest in New York City, the largest food rescue organization in the United States, and is a member of the Planned Giving Advisory Council for New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Sharon holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Syracuse University where she was a varsity swimmer. She also studied at L'Université de Poitiers, France. She lives in Scarsdale with her husband, Jacques, an interior designer to the hospitality industry. They have two daughters, Jennifer and Julie. The family enjoys golfing, swimming, and gourmet cooking.

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Sue Herera

Sue Herera

2004
Alpine, New Jersey

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Sue Herera is co-anchor of "PowerLunch" (M-F, 12-2 p.m. ET) and host and anchor of CNBC's special international series. In her most recent series, "CNBC in Russia" Herera took an in-depth look into Russia's economy and leadership, contrasting the country's successes with its problems. Earlier this year, "CNBC in India," was awarded first prize by the National Headliner Awards. Herera was one of the first women to break into the world of broadcast business news, earning her the nickname "The First Lady of Wall Street." In her 20 plus years of covering Wall Street, Herera has provided viewers with a seasoned perspective on the major stories and issues moving the markets, and groundbreaking interviews with leaders in politics and corporate America. Herera is a founding member of CNBC, helping to launch the network in 1989. Well versed in the world of global economics, Herera has covered several of the major geo-political summits held overseas. Most recently, Herera traveled to China and Japan to report on and produce groundbreaking series about the economies of those countries. Previous to joining CNBC, Herera spent seven years as an anchor and reporter with Financial News Network honing her expertise in the areas of foreign exchange and futures trading. Her first book, "Women of the Street: Making It On Wall Street - The World's Toughest Business" was published in January 1997. Herera also hosted and helped produce the CNBC special entitled "The Great Game: The Story of Wall Street" in March 2000. Herera earned a bachelor's in journalism from California State University at Northridge in 1980, and in 2003, she was honored with the University's Distinguished Alumni Award. Sue and her husband Dan, a doctor specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, are in the process of beginning a new chapter in their lives. They are adopting a baby (it could be twins!) from China.

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Mary Hart

Mary Hart

2004
Los Angeles, California

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This year, Mary Hart begins her 22nd season as anchor of ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, the #1 syndicated entertainment newsmagazine in the world. Hart joined ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT in 1982 and within weeks was named co-host. Born in South Dakota, Mary attended Augustana College and began her career simultaneously hosting a local cable show and teaching high school English in Sioux Falls. In 1981, she moved to Los Angeles, and became the host of the popular “PM Magazine.” She impressed the NBC brass so much that they hired her to co-host, “The Regis Philbin Show.” Soon after that series ended she was tapped for ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT where she continues to define entertainment journalism to this day. Last year, American Women in Radio & Television (AWRT) honored Mary with the Gracie Allen Award which recognizes those responsible for “exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of broadcasting and electronic media.” Hart is a member of the Broadcasting & Cable “Hall of Fame” and is a recipient of the AWRT's 1998 Silver Satellite Award for outstanding accomplishments in electronic communications. She recently was presented with the Samaritan Award by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) for her work on behalf of several children's charities. She is an ambassador for Childhelp USA, has served on the board of directors for the National Childhood Cancer Foundation; and continues her affiliation with the Children's Miracle Network, for which she served as telethon co-host for 15 years. She has also been honored with the first-ever Children's Miracle Achievement Award for her “long-standing commitment to children and contributing in many way to bettering the lives of children everywhere.” Mary Hart and her husband, businessman Burt Sugarman, live in Los Angeles with their son.

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Vera Gajitch

Vera Gajitch

2004
Palm Springs, California

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Vera is the epitome of entrepreneurship. She was born and raised in Serbia, Yugoslavia and graduated from the University with an Art Degree. While working for the Vice President of the country, she was forced to leave after refusing to join the Communist Party. After fleeing to Vienna, Vera earned money by going to restaurants and hotels asking them to pay her to paint decorative lampshades. She soon became very successful and was in huge demand. Because of the constant fear of the Serbian Police, however, she was soon forced to leave for the United States. While Vera speaks several languages, English wasn't one of them when she came to the United States in 1956. She had a series of factory jobs until she met a German woman who introduced her to an opportunity working in a textile factory. And the rest is history. Vera is an internationally known artist and textile designer. Her line of designer scarves, sheets, pillow cases, blankets and towels has made her a household name. She is also an honored watercolorist and is particularly well known for her paintings of birds. Well loved by the Serbian people, who have dubbed her "Mother of Serbia" for all she has done for them, she dedicates her time and money to helping her church and the children from war torn countries. Vera credits much of her success to the love and support she received from her beloved husband, Petar Gajitch. During the thirty-three years of their very happy marriage, they traveled many times around the world for business and pleasure until his death in 1991. Vera also credits the United States of America for the opportunity to achieve her goals. Even though Vera's life is extraordinary, and many have wanted to write books on her life's story, she says "I'm not done living yet." At 82 years, Vera is still designing and making the world a more beautiful place. (Deceased, 2009)

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Gail Duncan

Gail Duncan

2004
Rochester, Michigan

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Gail Duncan is President of Jerome-Duncan Ford in Sterling Heights, Michigan, a business of 48 years with over 300 employees. “After earning my bachelor's degree, I intended to work at my father's Ford dealership only until a position in social work opened up. It didn't take long for me to realize that I had fallen in love with the automobile business and decided to make it my life's career”. Initially Parts and Service Director, Gail became Vice President of Operations in 1985 and in 1991 was appointed President. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the dealership and its related businesses and is responsible for developing new strategies to take her companies successfully into the 21st century. Gail is a woman committed to her company, to her employees, and to the public she serves. She believes relationships are at the heart of her mission. “Relationships must be nurtured at every level. There must be solid trusting relationships among those of us at our corporation and mutual respect for our associates. We must continually build relationships with our customers and make them feel so good about the treatment they receive that they call on us for all of their automotive needs”. She lives in Rochester with her husband, Shashi Tej Paul, and her two daughters, Kristin, 17 and Whitney, 14. While she enjoys traveling, reading, attending cultural events and golfing, the vast majority of her personal time is spent with her girls. “I certainly find my career rewarding, but even more so is time spent with my daughters. I am very fortunate to have found a great balance in my life”. Gail has a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development from Central Michigan University and a Master's Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Oakland University.

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Ruth Buzzi

Ruth Buzzi

2004
Los Angeles, California

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Ruth Buzzi, a classic comedy legend, is perhaps best known for her roles on “Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In”, but has accomplished so much more. On her very first audition, she got a lead in an Off-Broadway musical revue, which led to 18 more musical revues throughout her career. In between these shows, she did a multitude of national television and radio commercials along with voice overs for cartoon series. Ruth's first major appearance was on “The Garry Moore Show”. Soon after, she became a regular on Carol Burnett's “The Entertainers”. At this time, Ruth was also cast in Broadway's original “Sweet Charity” and a year and a half later was asked to join “The Steve Allen Comedy Hour” series. During that show she auditioned for “Laugh-In's” 2 hour special. It got picked up and while waiting for it to commence, she played Marlo Thomas' girlfriend on “That Girl”. In the years following, Ruth guest-starred on just about every musical variety show with multiple appearances on “Flip,” “Donnie & Marie,” “Dean Martin's Hour,” “Carol Burnett and Friends” and many others. She performed her club act throughout the U.S. including Las Vegas, and was in 21 feature films. Ruth has guest-starred on multitudes of series such as “ Alice,” “Diagnosis Murder” and “ Medical Center”. Recently she taped her seventh season on “ Sesame Street” and this season has a running part on N.B.C.'s soap “Passions” as Nurse Cravits. This talented actress has won the coveted Golden Globe Award and has been nominated for five Emmy Awards. The NAACP presented her its prestigious “Image Award,” and Ruth's home state placed her in its “ Rhode Island” Hall of Fame. She was recently inducted into the National Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

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Congresswoman Mary Bono

Congresswoman Mary Bono

2004
Palm Springs, California

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Congresswoman Mary Bono is an established leader in both the United States Congress and throughout California's 45th Congressional District. Mary is known for her leadership as a consensus builder, and for her passion, commitment, and success in fighting for issues of importance to 45th district constituents, the vitality of the Inland Empire, and numerous issues of national significance. Now serving her third term, Congresswoman Bono was first elected in 1998 after a special election to fill the seat left vacant by her late husband, Sonny Bono. As a member of the prestigious Energy and Commerce Committee, Congresswoman Bono is well suited to influence legislation concerning the nation's health care, the environment and the economy. In addition, Mary serves as chair of the Congressional Salton Sea Task Force, vice-chair of the Entertainment Task Force and the Travel and Tourism Task Force and co-chair of the Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention Caucus. Congresswoman Bono has also been the subject of numerous profiles for a wide array of publications and television shows. She was named one of the Most Fascinating Women of 1998 by Ladies' Home Journal magazine in conjunction with CBS Television and was selected by the former GEORGE magazine as one of the 20 most fascinating women in politics. In addition to her Congressional activities, Mary is both a dedicated wife to local businessman Glenn Baxley and mother of two teenagers.

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2003 Distinguished Women Honorees

Mary McLean Wilson

Mary McLean Wilson

2003
Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan

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Tennis professional Mary McLean Wilson was born and educated in Ft. Worth, Texas. In 1967 she received her physical education degree from Trinity University in San Antonio and went on to an illustrious career as a coach and player. She served as head tennis coach at King High School in Corpus Christi, winning state championship titles. In 1971 she was named Coach of the Year by the Corpus Christi Tennis Association. Mary taught tennis professionally for several years and in 1990 met her future husband, Ralph C. Wilson, an equally superb athlete and now owner of the Buffalo Bills, on the tennis courts. Both compete internationally--- Mary in USTA National Age Division Tournaments. She was a member of the 2002 Maureen Connolly Cup, an international team competition, and an alternate for 2003. Her current U.S. national ranking is #4 and her international ranking is #7 in 55 singles. Mary is as active off court as on. She is a winner of the 2001 Betty Gray Washington Sportsmanship Award (Houston) and the 2002 Burt Flickinger Community Service Award for Unselfish Devotion to the Community from the Food Bank of Western New York. In 2002, Hospice of Western New York honored her with their Hope Care and Dignity Award and she and Ralph were jointly honored by the SPCA with the Humane Citizen of the Year Award. Mary currently serves as Trustee of the Strong Museum in Rochester, New York, is the President of the National Senior Women's Tennis Association, and a board member of the United States Tennis Association National Tennis and Education Foundation.

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Jongjit Thapanagkun

Jongjit Thapanagkun

2003
Bangkok, Thailand

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Jongjit Thapanangkun was born in Bangkok where she worked along with her seven brothers and sisters to grow the family business. Her parents, originally from China, had started a small shoe factory, Sri Sam Ank, which now has over 600 employees and exports shoes and rubber products internationally. In 1989, Jongjit and colleagues established LPN Development Co., Ltd., for high-rise building construction. She was the Managing Director for 5 years, during which LPN was successfully listed on the Thai Stock Exchange. The company is now a real estate leader, with 2002 sales of $US 35,000,000. Building on this success, Jongjit started her own business in 1994, investing in land in Burapha Golf Club to build a 46 unit luxury real estate development---JHL Golf Villas and homes. Near the eastern seaboard industrial area, JHL's target market is expatriates working for international companies. Occupancy rate was 100% from the project's inception, until the Thai economic crisis of 1997 which affected both industry and real estate. Her landmark achievement has been steering the company through crisis. In 2001, four years after the economic disaster, the company was one of only 300 which survived from the more than 2,000 previously successful companies. In 1971, Jongjit married Savat Thapanangkun; they have three children. Today, Jongjit serves as an Associate Judge in the Labor Court, using the expertise gained through her lifetime experiences to give back to Thai society. A strong believer in education, she believes that one should never give up. Her motto is, "Where there is a will, there is a way."

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Gladys M. Sullivan

Gladys M. Sullivan

2003
New York, New York

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Gladys Sullivan was born and educated in Lima, Peru. Her early years were spent "with the lovely nuns at the Convento de Maria Auxiliadora" and her education continued with an English major from Rosa de America in Lima. Travel and reading were her greatest early influences. Following her family tradition, she was involved in volunteer work, giving of time and resources to others. In Peru, she sat on the board of the British American Hospital and was president of its auxiliary. Her marriage to American John F. Sullivan brought her to the United States where she continued this tradition of service. Gladys served on the board of the New York Junior League, leading a number of its key committees. In 1982, she received the League's Outstanding Volunteer Award. She also has served for many years as a board member of the YMCA and is particularly proud of her role in the fund raising and refurbishment of beautiful old "Our Lady of Peace" Italian Catholic church in her New York neighborhood, now restored "to its former glory". Gladys was president of the Volunteer Development Council for the United Nations Delegation from 1993-95 and continues on its advisory board. She has served as co-president of the City Gardens Club of New York, a group founded in 1918 to preserve the beauty of gardens in New York's five boroughs. Her special passions and interests: reading, riding (she competed in dressage in years past), tennis and golf. Gladys, her husband and immediate family reside in New York.

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Renee T. Silvester

Renee T. Silvester

2003
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

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Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Massachusetts, Reneé Silvester was an early entrepreneur, honored by the Newton newspaper as one of the youngest and most successful business owners. In 1956, she and her now late husband, Arthur W., moved to Florida to build a jai alai fronton in the area. In Palm Beach both became highly active community leaders. Reneé served as chair of the March of Dimes, as longtime member of the of the Palm Beach Opera Governor's Board (of which Arthur was president), was founder of the Civic Opera's Guild and was honored by the Cancer Foundation. She was named 1994 Woman of the Year by Il Circolo, the Italian cultural society. In the 1970s the Silvesters established a second home in Newport, Rhode Island, where Arthur built another jai alai fronton and Reneé became involved on the board of the world renowned Newport Music Festival. Always active in their businesses, Mrs. Silvester retains a fifty per cent ownership of the Newport Grand Jai Alai and serves on its board. Though the West Palm Beach Jai Alai was sold in 1993, she remains active in the Palm Beach community. The "go" person when things need to be done, Reneé's early and enthusiastic support for Northwood is legend. A philanthropist with both time and funding, she is a long-time member of the Northwood National Women's Board Palm Beach chapter, has sponsored scholarships for the Palm Beach Opera and recently honored her son Arthur W. (of Stuart, FL) with the naming of Northwood's new Florida baseball stadium, and her daughter Diane Hurley (Jamestown, RI) with the naming of a Newport school.

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Kathleen Schmatz

Kathleen Schmatz

2003
Bethesda, Maryland

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Kathleen Schmatz is Executive Vice President of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA). In January 2004 she will set an historic precedent as she becomes the first female president of the organization, and the first woman to lead a major aftermarket industry national association. Ms. Schmatz is nationally recognized as an advocate for the automotive aftermarket industry. She is a sought after speaker and presenter, as well. Her current position with AAIA was newly created in January of 2002. Previously she had served the association as chair of the Marketing Communications Committee. Ms. Schmatz came to AAIA after 30 years with Babcox, a leader in aftermarket communication services. Her responsibilities there, as vice president and group publisher, included sales, marketing, strategic planning, market research and the oversight of five monthly aftermarket trade magazines, a quarterly custom publication and the web site aftermarketnews.com. In 2001 she was named the Auto International Association "Person of the Year," and received the Car Care Council's Vision Award. Twice nominated for the Young Executive of the Year award, Schmatz received the 1998 Distinguished Sales and Marketing Award from the American Marketing Association and was the 1991 Woman of the Year-Initiative Award recipient of the Women's History Project. Kathleen received her master's in mass media communications from the University of Akron and her bachelor's in English from Kent State University. She has been a leader and promoter of women in her industry and has served with distinction on Northwood University's automotive aftermarket curriculum advisory committee.

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Nelia Cruz Sarcol

Nelia Cruz Sarcol

2003
Cebu City, Philippines

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Professor Nelia Cruz Sarcol is a renowned scholar, educator and community leader, known for her outstanding contributions to education and the advancement of entrepreneurship in the Philippines. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman, she has been honored as a lifetime member of the Phi Kappa Phi (academic) and Pi Gamma Mu (social science) honor societies. In 1999 she was recognized, along with now-Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, as the "Most Distinguished Alumnae." In 2000 Professor Sarcol was featured on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine (Philippine edition), and in a banner story highlighting her struggles to set up a high-standards school in 1985, when she was only in her early 20s. This feature story also traced the phenomenal growth of her Child Development Centre-Cebu (CDCC), which is now CIE Global Colleges, a complete school system from basic to higher education. Her personal values grounded in prayer, planning, persistence, passion, hard work, competence and gratitude are reflected in the educational mission of this innovative, leading edge institution. Professor Sarcol also is the original proponent of the NCS Gear Theory of Curriculum Design and the CIE Instructional Blueprint. She has been recognized by Cebu magazine as one of the most influential and prominent persons contributing to the political, social, economic and cultural milieu of the nation. She is an "innovator, risk-taker and idea maker".She and her husband William, Chairman of the Board of Global Network Communications Solutions, are the parents of one son.

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Helen M. Reinsch

Helen M. Reinsch

2003
Rancho Mirage, California

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Born in North Dakota, Helen Reinsch grew up in Southern California and now makes her home in Rancho Mirage for a major part of the year. She also spends time in Frederick, Maryland and Pentwater, Michigan. Always a supportive and venturesome spirit, Helen moved with her sons and late husband Harry thirty two times before his retirement as president of Bechtel Power Company. Helen continues to enjoy visiting interesting places and people. Helen is well known for her commitments to important causes. She has served as a board member for Shelter From the Storm in California (where she funds the Helen M. Reinsch Legal Clinic), is a supporter of the Advocates for Homeless Families in Maryland and a leader for the Andre Bosse Center for Abused Children in Hart, Michigan. For many years she has been a leading contributor, patron and active committee member for the Desert Chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board & Friends. In particular, Helen supports groups that help families, women and children. "Because I was not able to attend college, I am particularly interested in supporting groups that give scholarships (to assure that others can). I strongly believe that education is the key to getting out of poverty and lessening abuse," she says. Mrs. Reinsch most recently has received the Friend of the Year award from the Rancho Mirage Library and the 2001 Angel Award from Shelter from the Storm, for her outstanding active service and support.

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Geraldine

Geraldine "Tincy" Miller

2003
Dallas, Texas

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Tincy Miller is a life-long activist and advocate for education. In addition, she is a principal in a nationally renowned real estate firm, and a highly regarded civic leader who is called upon frequently to lead community and cultural causes. In March 2003, Tincy was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry as Chair of the Texas State Board of Education. At the time she was the longest serving Republican member of the Board, having served for almost two decades. She is on the board's Committee on Instruction, which she previously chaired and has led the Task Force on Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Tincy is a licensed real estate broker, vice chair of Henry S. Miller Companies, and a reading specialist for children with dyslexia. She became involved with the schools when her own dyslexic child could not find adequate support within the school system. Tincy graduated from SMU and earned her Master's in Reading from Texas A&M-Commerce. She has taught in the reading laboratory of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children and in a private school for dyslexia and related disorders. She serves on the board of L.I.F.T. (Literacy Instruction for Texas) and has been its president. She is the founding chair of the annual campaign, of the Baylor Health Care System Foundation, a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, International Reading Association and the Academic Language Therapist Association. Tincy has chaired major fund raising events for United Cerebral Palsy, Dallas Opera, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, TACA, and the Crystal Charity Ball, to mention only a few. Her awards are numerous, including the 1999 Tom Landry Award of Excellence in Volunteerism.She and her husband, Vance, have four children. Her mother-in-law, Juanita Miller is a Northwood Distinguished Woman of 1974.

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Catherine A. Eklund Mares

Catherine A. Eklund Mares

2003
Rancho Mirage, California

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Catherine has been in the financial services industry for over 30 years. She began her career as a teller and worked her way up to Regional Manager. She is currently a Vice President, Financial Advisor and founding partner of The Cook Street Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. She concentrates primarily on fixed income management, wealth transfer strategies and alternative investments. In addition, as a Wealth Advisor, her areas of focus extend beyond traditional investments to include liability management, trust and estate planning, tax management and philanthropic strategies. Catherine is very active in her community as well. In addition to supporting the arts, she is a board member for Martha's Village & Kitchen, sits on the National Advisory Cabinet for Guideposts and is Vice Chair of Northwood University's Distinguished Women's Executive Committee. Her passion as a child advocate let her to establishing an orphanage outside the United States and is involved with several organizations working with abused children.

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Barbara Doljack Hayes

Barbara Doljack Hayes

2003
New York, New York

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Barbara Doljack Hayes is a marketing executive with strengths in management and public relations. A strategic thinker, and an energetic and determined worker, she has been a role model to hundreds of young women. She is known for her sensitive encouragement of individual potential in her staff, while maintaining her focus on the good of the company and community. At Seventeen magazine for over twenty years, Barbara rapidly rose through the ranks to become Marketing Director responsible for merchandising, promotion and public relations. Her expertise in trends in the teen market helped retailers, manufacturers and advertisers effectively reach the magazine's 14 million readers. Barbara directed national special events and developed retail promotions as well as programs for educators, enabling them to use Seventeen in classroom discussions. Since 1996, as special events director for the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, she has managed the annual major fundraiser "Designers' Fare," featuring the talents of the interior design elite. She has also worked on the corporate patron program of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A volunteer since high school, Barbara has served on numerous boards: the New York Junior League, Search and Care (an elder care agency), The Girls Club of New York, The Fashion Group; and has been president and chairman of the board of Friends of the Henry Street Settlement. Barbara has been listed in Who's Who of American Women, World's Who's Who, Who's Who in Finance and Industry and Outstanding Young Women in America. She and her husband, investment advisor James Hayes, reside in New York City and Shelter Island.

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Lil Erdeljan

Lil Erdeljan

2003
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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Lil Erdeljan was born in Belgrade to a Serbian father and Jewish mother who escaped Yugoslavia's Communist regime in the early 50s to start a new life in Canada. She grew up, was educated, married and started a family in Windsor, Canada. In 1989 a business opportunity precipitated a move to the United States when her husband, Alex, participated in the purchase of the R.P. Scherer Corporation and became its president and CEO. Shortly after the move, Lil was diagnosed with breast cancer, a life-changing experience and a catalyst for redefining her personal goals. During her recovery, Lil met a small group of women who were promoting the philosophy of hospice care in Michigan. It was her first introduction to charitable organizations and fund raising. The Women's Committee for Hospice Care (WCHC) now numbers 560 volunteers and has distributed in excess of $3 million to hospices. Lil was a two term president of WCHC and has served on the board for 13 years. Other involvements include: support and fundraising for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Oakland Family Services, The Lighthouse, Cornerstone Schools, Cranbrook Academy of Arts and the Detroit Zoo. Lil has chaired Women's Health Expo and is a board member of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Foundation, Michigan Opera Theatre, Alzheimer's Association of Michigan and the Michigan Humane Society. She's a lifelong member of Hadassah-Wizo and a member of the International Women's Forum. In addition, she co-manages the family foundation with her husband. Lil has a son, two daughters and five grandchildren. She and Alex reside in Bloomfield Hills.

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Dianne Duckelman

Dianne Duckelman

2003
Cincinnati, Ohio

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Dianne Dunkelman, Founder of Speaking of Women's Health, and President & CEO of the National Speaking of Women's Health Foundation, has raised millions of dollars for the arts, health and social services. She is dedicated to providing women with cutting edge medical information and through Speaking of Women's Health has awarded grants of more than $2 million to a wide variety of community programs across the nation. She founded Speaking of Women's Health in 1996 as a fund-raising event for public television. It has now grown into a national foundation with more than 50 events in cities nationwide, two national minority health initiatives (Universal Sisters for African American women and a new program for Latino women), a national in-store health initiative at Wal-Mart stores and a weekly television show on Lifetime TV. Dianne's mission is to help women understand and recognize their health care choices. Her work has caught the attention of such national figures as Florence Henderson, Valerie Simpson and Mary Wilson, who have joined the crusade to "educate women to make informed decisions about their health, well being and personal safety". She has received the Athena Award from the Partnership for Women's Health at Columbia University, the National Philanthropy Award from the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, the Post Corbett Award, YWCA Career of Achievement Award, the Charles W. Vaughn Award for her work with Cincinnati PBS station WCET Channel 48 and The Cincinnati Enquirer named her Woman of the Year. Dianne serves on a number of health-related national boards. She and her husband, Jay, have a daughter, Phoebe, and a son, Joshua.

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Vicky Cayetano

Vicky Cayetano

2003
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Susan Dell

Susan Dell

2003
Austin, Texas

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Susan Dell is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to encourage and inspire children to reach their greatest potential. In its first three years, the Foundation has committed more than $500 million to initiatives that impact children's well-being. The Foundation has developed innovative programs such as insure.a.kid, which has the goal of increasing the number of children enrolled in health insurance; and Team Adam, a national missing child rapid response program that provides human and technical assistance to local law enforcement officers who investigate cases of child abduction. Susan is also a board member of the Austin Children's Hospital, the Cooper Clinic, Shoes for Austin and St. Andrew's Episcopal School. Susan is the CEO and Creative Director of Susan Dell Inc. Susan graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in fashion merchandising and design. Susan's designs have been worn by many celebrities photographed and featured in magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W Magazine, and for the covers of magazines such as More, People and Us. The Susan Dell collection is sold from her retail store in Austin, her web site susandell.com and at private collection shows around the country. Susan's passions are her husband Michael and their four children, designing, philanthropy and competing in triathlons, marathons and cycling races.

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Doris Buffett

Doris Buffett

2003
Frederidcksburg, Virginia

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Doris Buffett is the founder and president of the Sunshine Lady Foundation, a private, family foundation incorporated in 1996 in eastern North Carolina. The mission of the foundation, to provide "opportunities for the advancement of education, well being and new life choices for the working poor", is rooted in Ms. Buffett's midwestern values. She grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, the oldest daughter of Howard Buffett and sister of Warren. She believes that everyone is capable of making good choices when choices are available and that goals must replace fantasies before change can be effected. Each Sunshine Lady Foundation grant is considered an investment, and the decision to grant funds is always based on an expected return: to change lives. Acknowledging that luck is not equally distributed and that she has been the beneficiary of a disproportionate share, Doris Buffett is passionate about her responsibilities as a philanthropist. An article in Worth magazine called the Sunshine Lady Foundation "uniquely hands-on, folksy, a person-to-person enterprise – the un-foundation". Since 1996, the Sunshine Lady Foundation has awarded more than $6.2 million in grants. Through a unique network of trusted volunteers (Sunbeams) mostly selected by Doris, SLF grants are made to organizations throughout the country provided they are run by a passionate, hardworking board, a standard that is never compromised. The foundation also operates and funds several scholarship programs including one available nationally for survivors of domestic violence. Among her many other roles, Doris has been a first grade teacher, domestic violence crusader, political activist, mother and grandmother. She has appeared on Good Morning America, is listed in the 2000 Guinness Book of Records, has been interviewed by the Associated Press and featured in Ms. Magazine. She resides in Fredericksburg, Virginia and Rockport, Maine.

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Colleen C. Barrett

Colleen C. Barrett

2003
Dallas, Texas

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Colleen C. Barrett is currently President, Chief Operating Officer, and Corporate Secretary for Southwest Airlines Co., a high-frequency, low-fare, point-to-point airline which prides itself in its excellent customer service qualities. Colleen oversees management, leadership, and budget responsibilities for the Southwest's three Executive Vice Presidents, the Senior Vice President Marketing, the Vice President-General Counsel, the Internal Audit Department, the Vice President-Corporate Communications, and the Executive Office staff. She is a member of Southwest's Board of Directors and the Executive Planning Committee, and chairs numerous special teams, task forces, and committees relating to internal and external customers. Prior to joining Southwest in 1978, she worked for several years as executive assistant to Herb Kelleher, Southwest's current Chairman, at his law firm. Like Herb, Colleen has emphasized egalitarianism and caring. She created Culture Committees to ensure the continuation of Southwest's unique relationship-based philosophy and to provide an emphasis on giving back to the community. Colleen has one son and one grandson; is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations in Dallas; has participated in various state political campaigns, and has served on numerous boards and commissions. She graduated with highest honors from Becker Junior College in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1964. In an industry often beset with difficulties Colleen (the only female president of a major airline) has received numerous and continuous plaudits for the leadership and customer attention she and Southwest nurture and inspire. Her name is consistently listed in annual rankings (including Fortune magazine's) as one of the most powerful women in business & industry.

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The Honorable Donna Arp

The Honorable Donna Arp

2003
Colleyville, Texas

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The Honorable Donna Arp of Colleyville, Texas served three terms in elected office, two of those in the mayor's seat. Mayor is simply one of many titles Ms. Arp has achieved during many years of distinguished service to the volunteer and business community throughout North Texas. Donna's career started with Procter and Gamble in the early 80s. In 1984 she founded her own company, Arp Lotter Investments and was joined as co-owner in 1997 by her husband, Bruce Lotter. She has continued to grow businesses and the three she has founded have employed hundreds throughout the past 19 years. A cancer survivor, Ms. Arp chose to begin a life of ‘giving back' through philanthropy and public service. She has become a legend throughout Texas as Chairman of the boards of Baylor Health Care Systems at Grapevine, the Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Tarrant County College Foundation. She is a leader in more than 30 not for profit organizations. Her honors include the University of Texas Permian Basin Public Leadership Institute's "One of Three Best Local Leaders in Texas", the Ft. Worth Business Press' "100 Most Influential Leaders in Tarrant County" and Volunteer of the Year and Citizen of the Year, Colleyville, Texas. Cosmopolitan, Ft. Worth Child, Ft. Worth Texas and Philanthropy in Texas have featured her in cover stories. She is also included in the book Texas Women, Trail blazers, Shining Stars & Cowgirls. Donna and Bruce have two sons, Brandon and Collin, and a new grandson, Clay Russell.

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2002 Distinguished Women Honorees

Helen Biggs Willingham

Helen Biggs Willingham

2002
Veron, Texas

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Helen Biggs Willingham was born into a pioneer ranching family, the daughter of well-known Texas sculptor Electra Waggoner and John Biggs. She grew up on the Waggoner Ranch near Vernon, Texas and then left to attend Hockaday School in Dallas. She earned her B.A. degree in English from Hollins College and then moved to Houston to teach school. In 1969, she married Gene Willingham and they had two children, Jennifer and John. Upon the death of her father in 1975, Helen and Gene moved back to the ranch where they presently live. Gene is co-director of the W. T. Waggoner Estate, the largest ranch in Texas under one fence. Helen and Gene have taken an active role in many civic organizations and have been very involved in community service since moving back to the ranch. She is presently Chairman of the Board of The Boys and Girls Club of Vernon, President of the E. Paul and Helen Buck Waggoner Foundation and Chairman of the Board of the endowment committee of the First United Methodist Church of Vernon. She was President of the Red River Valley Museum during its initial building campaign and was largely responsible for getting it completed. Helen has been drive chairperson of the Community Concert Association, past president of the Carnegie City-County Library and a past director of the Chamber of Commerce. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the Hockaday School and on the Board of Visitors. She is a past director of the Fort Worth National Bank. Helen was nominated Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce and Outstanding Citizen by the Business and Professional Women's Association. Helen and Gene recently were honored by the Greenbelt District Boy Scouts of America as "Special Citizens". Helen says it is a great pleasure to give back to the community that has been such a vital part of their family's heritage. In addition to two wonderful children, Helen and Gene have two very special grandsons, Philip and David.

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Linda Solomon

Linda Solomon

2002
Tucson, Arizona

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Linda Solomon is a nationally renowned photojournalist who specializes in capturing the image of celebrities from the fields of entertainment, politics, business and professional athletics. Since 1992, she has been the national spokesperson for Eastman Kodak, Kmart, the Taubman Company and the Eckerd Corporation. The Kmart/Kodak "It's A Snap" program, founded by Linda, has provided over 2 million cameras to elementary school children throughout the U.S. She has personally visited hundreds of classrooms to inspire children in the arts, often in schools where art had been eliminated. Her concept of exhibiting children's photography to build self-esteem was implemented in every Kmart store in the country, a first for a national retailer. The Taubman Company commissioned Linda to teach photography to hearing-impaired children. Their photography has been displayed across the country. Linda's own photographs, recognizable for her distinctive use of natural light, have been featured in television photo essays entitled "Private World". They have appeared on World News Tonight, CNN, CBS The Early Show and Good Morning America. She has been a Detroit News columnist, television correspondent for Good Morning America and a regular guest expert on talk shows around the country. Her photographs have been published in Time, Newsweek and People and her clients include Elizabeth Taylor, Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Linda's photographs of the Academy Awards have been featured in permanent exhibitions and one-woman shows. She is currently working on a retrospective book featuring twenty years of Oscar photographs. Linda believes strongly in photography as a stress relieving activity and, as a teacher, she emphasizes the benefits and rewards of appreciating one's own talent.

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Noreen Parker

Noreen Parker

2002
Midland, Michigan

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Noreen Parker's experiences range from building a house for Habitat for Humanity to being named a Kentucky Colonel, from pricing collectibles for Northwood's World's Greatest Rummage Sale to attending the Presidential Inauguration. On top of her own fast-paced schedule, she is a partner to husband Michael, the President & CEO of multi-national, Dow Chemical Company. Noreen was born in Warwickshire, England, has lived in five countries and worked in two. After several jobs in the medical administration field, she moved into the academic field working at the Manchester Business School. It is there that she met her husband. They married and lived in Zurich for seven years. While there, Noreen managed to master the German language. The next two years were spent in Midland, Michigan followed by six years in Hong Kong before returning to the U.S. nine years ago. Because of an intense interest and concern for others (as well as visa restrictions!) Noreen devoted herself to becoming a volunteer extraordinaire. In Hong Kong, she gave her time to an organization called Mothers' Choice where single, pregnant Chinese girls spent their last few months of pregnancy before putting their babies up for adoption. She started a cultural activities program at the international school and organized events and a visit from an English youth chamber orchestra. Noreen also was involved in running a local tour group for the American Women's Association. She spent much time entertaining overseas visitors, as well as welcoming new expatriates. In Midland, Noreen is a nine-year volunteer at the hospital working with in-patients. She has been a member of the United Way allocations committee, the Matrix program committee, and an Executive Board member of Northwood's Town & Campus organization. In each activity, Noreen has shown community leadership, personal integrity and expertise in human relationships. She is a noted facilitator and a team member who will get the job done.

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Tommie Pardue

Tommie Pardue

2002
Memphis, Tennessee

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Tommie Pardue is a special events consultant and an avid arts advocate. She is a retired educator and former music instruction supervisor for Memphis City Schools. She is actively involved in leadership, board duties and working on community events – though for Tommie “community” and “world” are nearly synonymous. Tommie is a member of the Executive Board for the Center for Arts Education for the Memphis Arts Council and of the music panel for the Tennessee Arts Commission. She served as Chairman of the Board for the Mid-South Coliseum and was on the Board for the Germantown Performing Arts Centre in Memphis. She has been chairman of the steering committee and is treasurer of the board for “Play It Again, Memphis”, a program that collects used musical instruments from the public, refurbishes them and gives them to deserving young people. She was a delegate to the 2002 Cannes Film Festival in France and serves as treasurer of the Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission. Tommie is co-author of the book Keyboard Strategies to Meet the National Standards in Music published by the Music Educators National Conference and has been published in a number of national professional journals for music education. She was a regular columnist for the Tennessee Musician. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tennessee Arts Academy in Nashville, an award given to the Tennessee educator whose life work has been acknowledged as a positive influence for the arts in the education of Tennessee students. She and her daughter, Cherrie Holden, were both selected as “50 Women Who Make A Difference” by the Memphis Women's Magazine – the first mother/daughter team to receive this honor. She is listed in four editions of “Who's Who”. Tommie was married to H. Gerald Pardue (deceased) for 46 years. They have three daughters and sons-in-law; Janie and Dr. Steve Charles, Cherrie and Rich Holden and Rhea and Billy Swaze, and four grandchildren.

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Chris Meyers

Chris Meyers

2002
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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Chris Meyers is the co-founder of Corp!, which is now the largest business magazine in Michigan, with a monthly circulation of 43,000. After graduating from the University of Michigan with high honors, Chris chose to begin her career at the male-dominated Detroit Diesel subsidiary of General Motors. Later she went to work for the Hudson's department store chain before being hired back by GM to be the advertising manager at Pontiac. She became the first woman in the world to hold that position at any major automaker. As a result of that experience, she has been a lifelong champion of working women. So much so that she was sought out to participate in the launch of Working Woman magazine. "It was an opportunity to share my belief that women can lead a fulfilling life balancing career and family," recalls Meyers, who is the mother of 21 year old daughter Kathryn. Chris also is remarkable for leaving the security of her success at a giant corporation to start her own diversified sales and marketing company. Over the past 24 years, she has counted as clients such prestigious companies as the New York Times, Hearst, Conde Nast Publications, Readers Digest and Forbes. No wonder that Advertising Age called her one of the "100 Best and Brightest" or that Glamour magazine named her one of the Top Ten Working Women in America. Her company, Laine Meyers Inc., was recognized by the National Association of Women Business Owners as one of the "Top 10 Women Owned Businesses in Michigan." Aside from her personal success, Chris is quick to say that one of her greatest satisfactions has been to give young women a start in the highly competitive field of advertising and marketing. She is recognized for pioneering the creation of women in sales in the automotive industry. In recognition of her achievements on behalf of women, she was asked to found the Michigan chapter of the International Women's Forum which counts among its diverse members Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.

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Geneva Bolton Johnson

Geneva Bolton Johnson

2002
Brookfield, Wisconsin

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Geneva Bolton Johnson is the treasurer of The Peter F. Drucker Foundation and the first Executive Director of the Mount Mary College's Women's Leadership Institute. She is the former President and CEO of Family Service America, the international headquarters agency (U.S. and Canada) for three hundred local family service agencies. Geneva received her BS from Albright College, a MSSA from Case Western Reserve University and a certificate in Executive Management from The Harvard Business School. The goal of her entire professional life has been to make a difference in people's lives and in the organizations and communities in which she served. And she has maintained meaningful relations with all three sectors: private, public and voluntary. Since retirement she has moved from success in her past careers to significance in her voluntary activities. Geneva believes, “a significant life is one where an individual gives back to the community, focuses on transformative leadership and continues to grow as a servant leader”. She is grateful for the many honors and recognitions she has received. Some of these honors include being selected as a Fellow in the Wisconsin Academy of Arts, Science and Letters, being named Woman of the Year by Mount Mary College, being named one of the 5 Top Managers in the Social Science Field in the US by Business Week magazine and receiving an honorary doctorate in the humanities from her alma mater. She also has been named to “Who's Who in America”, named as one of the Top 12 Non-Profit Executive Women by Savvy magazine, and one of the Top 100 Black Business and Professional Women in America by Dollars and Cents magazine. Additionally, Geneva has the opportunity to serve on several corporate boards including Wisconsin Energy, Wisconsin Power and Firstar Bank. She enjoys her membership in two African American national service organizations: The Links, Inc. and The Girl Friends. She is a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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Helene Gralnick

Helene Gralnick

2002
Fort Myers, Florida

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Helene Gralnick and her husband, Marvin, are the co-founders of Chico's, a very successful women's clothing store. Marvin is the CEO, President and Chairman of Chico's while Helene serves as Senior Vice President, Design & Concept. Helene was born in Miami, Florida. As a high school student, she filled her time with sailing, swimming and other outdoor activities and was active in local charities. Helene attended the University of Georgia, and graduated from the University of Miami. When Helene and Marvin met in Guadalajara, Marvin was designing and fabricating his own leather jackets and accessories. The pair hit upon the idea that the beautiful local folk art and Marvin's unique designs might find a market in the U.S. They decided to take a chance and started making trips up north in a used van to sell their finds to stores in America. In 1983 their first store opened on Sanibel Island, Florida. They soon realized that the most popular items in the store were the comfortable, imported cotton sweaters. As a result, they switched their focus from folk art to clothing. That focus soon evolved into Chico's distinctive, private-label designs. Ten years and many stores later, Helene and Marvin decided that it was time to take a break and enjoy their success. Just as they had begun to settle into retirement, sales at Chico's began to lag. Rather than let a company they had built from the ground up decline, they decided to return in 1994. In the years since the Gralnick's return, Chico's has grown exponentially. With sales for the year 2001 at $378 million, the business has grown an impressive 45% in the past year alone. In the Forbes' list of 200 Best Small Companies, Chico's was #1 in 2001 and 2002. Chico's has also expanded into cyberspace, selling their private label designs on their web site, chicos.com. When asked about the formula for her success, Helene simply replies that she loves what she does. She has been able to combine her passion for life, art and design with her work at Chico's.

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Phyliss George

Phyliss George

2002
New York City

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Phyllis George has been called many admirable things in her very distinguished and eclectic career… First Lady of Sports… First Lady of Kentucky… First Lady of Crafts… even First Lady of Chicken. She came into the spotlight when she was crowned the 50th Miss America in 1971. She has since gone on to unprecedented success in many different fields. Phyllis became the first female sportscaster in America, co-anchoring the NFL Today Show. She interviewed some of the greatest sports figures in the world and co-hosted three Super Bowl broadcasts and six Rose Bowl parades. She was also the first female co-host of Candid Camera. In 1985, she became the co-anchor of the CBS Morning News and later created and hosted her own prime-time show called “Spotlight with Phyllis George” where she interviewed high profile people in all walks of life. As First Lady of Kentucky in the 1980s, her passionate interest in handcrafts and the arts led Phyllis to establish the Kentucky Art & Craft Foundation and to the restoration of the once condemned Governor's Mansion in Frankfort. The results of her efforts were featured in Architectural Digest. In the 90s she created “American Crafts with Phyllis George” on QVC, which has generated 20 million in sales for American craftsmen. Most recently, she has produced an exhibition of 42 works titled “Kentucky Folk Artists Celebrate the Great American Spirit”, reflecting artists' response to the 9/11 tragedies. Phyllis scored another first when she founded her own chicken company, Chicken by George (now a division of Hormel). Phyllis has been named by Meat, Marketing & Technology magazine as a “Top Ten” industry spokesperson of all time, along with Jimmy Dean, Dave Thomas… and Ronald McDonald! She's also been cited as one of the “Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World”. A national spokesperson and sponsor for Save the Children, Phyllis is also an actor (“Meet the Parents” starring Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro—with a sequel in the works), and author.

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Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle

Henrietta, Countess de Hoernle

2002
Boca Raton, Florida

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Countess Henrietta de Hoernle was born in Germany and moved to the United States in 1930 where she immediately became an active volunteer in her community. She not only donates needed funds, but gives her time and expertise as well. She has received over 230 awards, many of which are on display at the Boca Raton Historical Society, from multiple charitable organizations. Countess de Hoernle has served on numerous Boards of Directors throughout her charitable lifetime and currently serves on sixteen in the Palm Beaches area. Among them, the Boca Raton Museum, Caldwell Theatre Company, Center of the Arts, Habilitation Center for the Handicapped, Humanitarian Society and the Y.M.C.A. of Boca Raton. After moving to Florida in 1981, Countess de Hoernle and her husband, Count Adolph de Hoernle, became avid supporters of the Boca Raton community and outlying areas. They have contributed support to over 140 organizations including Boca Raton Community Hospital, Red Cross, Hospice, The Habilitation Center, St. John's Hospital for Rehabilitation, Mae Volen Senior Center, The Haven, St. Joan of Arc School, Lynn University, Florida Atlantic University, as well as many other worthy causes and programs. "The need is always there. To channel it to the most needy has been a difficult task, for I enjoy being able to give a helping hand to all in need. But then, that's what my life is all about," says this most energetic and inspirational woman. Henrietta de Hoernle, arts and education advocate, volunteer leader extraordinaire and humanitarian has rightly been called "a living legend" by her many friends and admirers. Countess de Hoernle was recently honored with the Northwood Honorary Doctorate.

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2001 Distinguished Women Honorees

Tina Sutow VanDam

Tina Sutow VanDam

2001
Midland, Michigan

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Attorney Tina Sutow VanDam is Corporate Secretary and Managing Counsel of The Dow Chemical Company. She joined the company in 1987 and served on the management staffs of Dow's four insurance subsidiaries. Since 1989, she has been providing legal counsel in corporate and securities law, including the Board of Directors functions, Dow's corporate governance, the proxy statement and annual meeting, federal regulation of stock-based executive compensation and stock trading and shareholder services. She was responsible for political law. She was elected an Assistant Secretary of the Company in 1993, appointed Director of the Office of the Corporate Secretary in 1996 and elected Secretary in June 2001. Prior to joining Dow, Mrs. VanDam was Director of Fund Development for MidMichigan Medical Center for six years. She left to attend the University of Michigan Law School, receiving a Juris Doctor with honors in 1987. She completed legal internships in the Federal District Court-Eastern District of Michigan and the Prosecutor's Office-Midland. Her undergraduate degree is a BA in Communications with honors from Michigan State University and did graduate course work in marketing at the School of Business Administration, Wayne State University. Mrs. VanDam was elected as a Director of the American Society of Corporate Secretaries in June 2001. She was named a Woman of Distinction of 1996 by the Mitten Bay Girl Scout Council for her community volunteerism. She serves on the Saginaw Valley State University Foundation and has held various positions with the Midland Foundation, United Way of Midland County, Midland Rotary Club, Arts Midland, Midland Center for the Arts, Family and Children's Service and several other community organizations. Professional affiliations include the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, the Midland County Bar Association and American Society of Corporate Secretaries. She is married to attorney Philip VanDam and has a daughter and son-in-law who are physicians in Boston.

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Senator Olympia Snowe

Senator Olympia Snowe

2001
Falmouth, Maine & Washington, DC

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In November 2001, Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME) was re-elected to continue representing Maine in the US Senate. She has led the way in building bipartisan consensus and is currently co-chair with Sen. John Breaux (D-LA) of the Senate Centrist Coalition. The former Olympia Jean Bouchles was born in Augusta and raised by an aunt and uncle after the death of her immigrant parents. She earned a degree in political science from the University of Maine and began serving in public office in 1973 when elected to the Maine House to the seat left vacant by the auto accident of her first husband, Peter Snowe. Before her election to the Senate, she represented Maine�s Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years. Following in the footsteps of the late Sen. Margaret Chase Smith (R-ME, Northwood Distinguished Woman �76), she was only the fourth woman to be elected to both houses of Congress and the first woman in American history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress. When elected to Congress in 1978, at age 31, she was the youngest Republican woman, and the first Greek-American woman, ever elected to Congress. Additionally, when she married Maine Governor John R. McKernan, Jr. in February 1989, she became the first woman to serve as a state�s First Lady and a member of Congress simultaneously. Senator Snowe is the first Republican woman to secure a full-term seat on the Senate Finance Committee. During her first year on the committee, Snowe spearheaded the successful bipartisan effort to double the child tax credit and make it refundable. She is member on the Subcommittee on Health Care and is a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the Senate Small Business Committee, and the Senate Budget Committee. Other credits include co-chairing the Congressional Caucus on Women�s Issues for 10 years, and providing key leadership in establishing the Office of Women�s Health at the National Institute of Health.

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Sarah

Sarah "Sally" Sloan

2001
Mexico City & Cuernavaca, Mexico

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A few days after receiving her Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from Vassar College, Sally Sloan married a Mexican journalist and moved to Buenos Aires then to Mexico City. Her colorful and eventful life has led to some surprising and rewarding experiences. For the past 15 years she has been the director of the Robert Brady Museum in Cuernavaca. �Sally Sloan has created a marvelous museum, and she is a remarkable person,� asserts Evelyn Lambert, a �fellow� expatriate who is a member of Northwood�s first (1970) Distinguished Women�s class, and vice president of the Brady Museum board. Sally�s early years in Mexico City were dedicated to her family, while using her free time to write articles focused on women and the arts for Mexican and U.S. journals. During the 1968 Olympic Games, she worked in the International Press Office. Later on, she edited two bilingual books, one on Mexican children�s painting and another on Mexican cuisine. When the children left the nest, given her cross-cultural, people-oriented experience and bi-lingual facility, Sally did international public relations for Boeing Commercial Airplane Company, worked in the office of the President of Mexico and held a position with the Rufino Tamayo Museum in Mexico City. Curiously, this variety of activities, all requiring knowledge and sensitivity for the idiosyncrasies of U.S. and Mexican cultures, prepared her well for her present mission as director of a beautiful house-museum in Cuernavaca, about 50 miles south of Mexico City. The XVI century structure was the home of American-born artist and art collector, her friend, Robert Brady, whose will stipulated that "my house be opened to the public as a museum" Sally's job was to make this a reality. Today, the Robert Brady Museum is one of the cultural treasures of Mexico. It is supported by a U.S. and a Mexican foundation. Sally, a �distinguished citizen of the foreign community in Cuernavaca�, has a daughter and son in law in Mexico and a son and daughter in

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Luella G. Goldberg

Luella G. Goldberg

2001
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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A lifetime of remarkable contributions as a corporate director and civic leader mark the career of Luella G. Goldberg. She has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to the advancement of women. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College, Mrs. Goldberg has served as a member of the Boards of Directors of seven corporations, including two Fortune 500 companies. She became the first and only American elected to the board of the Amsterdam-based ING Group, the fifth largest publicly traded company in the world (Forbes, July 2001 ranking). In recognition of her effectiveness and leadership as a corporate director, Wellesley College will award her its prestigious Alumnae Achievement Award in 2002. Luella�s achievements as a corporate director have been accomplished while she has held major civic leadership positions. She served on the Board of Trustees of Wellesley College for eighteen years (now as Trustee Emerita) and as Chair of the Board from 1985 until 1993. In 1993 she served an interim term as Acting President of the renowned college, and continues her active association and support. Often a pioneer in leadership roles, Luella was the first woman elected to serve as Chair of the Board of the Minnesota Orchestral Association (an organization she served as director for 25 years and now serves as one of a very few Life Directors). She also is the first woman to serve as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Minnesota Foundation, again having given over 25 years of leadership. And, she�s served over 20 years as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Carlson School of Management (Business School) at the University. She is the recipient of the rarely awarded Minnesota Orchestra Distinguished Service Award and the University of Minnesota Regents Award. Luella�s proud family consists of her world-renowned surgeon husband, Dr. Stanley Goldberg, Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Minnesota, two daughters and sons-in-law, a son, and three grandchildren.

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Catherine Gamble Curran

Catherine Gamble Curran

2001
New York, New York

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Catherine Gamble Curran was born in Beijing where her father, Sidney D. Gamble, was connected with the YMCA and Princeton-Yenching. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Mount Holyoke, after graduate work in India Area Studies at the University of Pennsylvania she accompanied her husband, Jean A. Curran, Jr., to India on a fellowship to survey Indian political parties. From 1951 to 1956, they were at the American Embassy in New Delhi. In 1958, she moved to London where she served as a vice chairman of the committee that both funded and arranged for the Bicentennial exhibition, "Sacred Circles" shown in the U.S. and Britain, and chaired the committee that funded and arranged for the 1979 tour of the New York City Ballet in London-the first time the company had danced in England since 1961. For seventeen years, she was President/Secretary/Treasurer of the Mount Holyoke Club of England. In 1984, Mrs. Curran moved back to New York and in 1985 discovered a cache of photographs taken by her father in China between 1917 and 1933. The collection consists of four thousand black and white negatives, six hundred hand colored glass slides and numerous articles, letters and publications. As President of the Sidney D. Gamble Foundation for China Studies, she oversees the collection. She has co-curated and supervised tours of two exhibitions of the photographs, one in the United States and one in China. Cathie Curran is a trustee of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Young Concert Artists, the American Federation of Arts, Princeton-in-Asia and the Little Traverse Conservancy, Harbor Springs, Michigan. She is a past trustee of Mount Holyoke College, the New York City Ballet, and the National Dance Institute and serves on the advisory councils of numerous arts, music and dance organizations. She has two children, Constance Curran McPhee, Ph.D., who manages the Print Study Room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and Peter G. Curran, M.D., who practices medicine in Sun Valley, Idaho. (Deceased, 2007)

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Yvonne H. Crum

Yvonne H. Crum

2001
Dallas, Texas

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Yvonne Crum's indefatigable nature and boundless energy make her a favorite among many non-profit organizations in Dallas. She has chaired most of the city's major events and served on many boards. She graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in sociology and psychology, Yvonne set out to save the world. Having come from a broken home and mostly raising herself, she looked to teachers for her role models. However, perhaps relating too closely to some situations, Yvonne learned early on that she was not cut out to be a social worker as an occupation, but great at volunteering to help in any way she could. She joined Braniff Airlines in 1964 and loved the job, which carried her to places that she'd never been and gave her the opportunity to do the things she wanted to do for her community. She is “still in the airline business”, having held positions as flight attendant, in-flight supervisor and flight attendant recruiter, but always going back to the air. Yvonne is a member of the Flight Attendants Hall of Fame. Mrs. Crum has been involved with Northwood University since the early 70s as a parent, a member of the Dallas chapter of the National Women's Board and as the co-chair of the Dallas chapter (2001-02) and member of the Texas campus Board of Governors. The free enterprise system that establishes “no barriers for independent thinkers” attracted Yvonne to Northwood and is a way of life for her. Yvonne has served on the boards of many organizations including KidneyTexas, whose annual fundraiser she has chaired, Leukemia Society of America, Dallas Summer Musicals, American Heart Association, Nexus Recovery Center, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Les Femmes du Monde and Dallas Museum of Art, to name a few. Yvonne is married to Mayo P. Crum, Jr. and has a son Michael, who lives in Long Beach, California. Her son, Paul, who graduated from Northwood in 1995, tragically was killed in an automobile accident in 1997. Yvonne's dedication to Northwood University knows no bounds.

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Barbara Taylor Bradford

Barbara Taylor Bradford

2001
New York, New York

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Best-selling novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford, beloved by millions of readers around the world, is published in 89 countries and 39 languages. She is the author of eighteen novels. She also has written ten non-fiction books, seven of which are on interior design. Barbara Taylor Bradford began writing as a child, sold her first short story at the age of ten, and went to work as a reporter on the Yorkshire Evening Post when she was sixteen. Graduating to London's Fleet Street at the age of twenty, she was a journalist for a number of years but never lost sight of her desire to write fiction. It was her first novel A Woman Of Substance, now a classic, which launched her literary career. Long acclaimed as the foremost chronicler of women's lives today, her books have sold over sixty-three million copies worldwide. Ten have been made into television mini-series or Movies of the Week by her husband, movie producer Robert Bradford, whom she married in 1963. In 1990, Mrs. Bradford was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Leeds, her hometown. The university houses her literary archive in its famed Brotherton Library. She also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Bradford in Yorkshire and Connecticut's Teikyo Post University. Mrs. Bradford is a member of the James Madison Council of the Library of Congress and is on the Council of the Authors Guild of America and the Authors Guild Foundation. She has received the Matrix Award in Books from the New York Women in Communications in 1985. She was inducted into the Matrix Hall of Fame in 1998, received the Special Jury Prize for Body of Literature from the Deauville Festival of American Film in 1994 and Birmingham-Southern College's "Gala 12" Women of the Year Award in 1995. She also has received awards from a variety of not-for-profit organizations, including the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the City of Hope, the Police Athletic League and Girls Inc. of America, among many others.

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Alicia Blodgett

Alicia Blodgett

2001
Palm Beach, Florida

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Alicia Blodgett has earned the respect and admiration of the Palm Beach community as a generous hearted leader. Her humor and effectiveness have lightened the load for many, making hard work both palatable and productive. Alicia has spent most of her adult life raising her family. In 1988, she married manufacturing entrepreneur William W. Blodgett, a Northwood University Outstanding Business Leader honoree who is listed in Who�s Who in America. Bill and Alicia have a combined family of six children and seven grandchildren. Alicia and Bill spent seven years sailing around the world on their 62-foot yacht. She describes their adventures through 47 countries and 45,000 miles in her book Just the Two of Us. It is a captivating story of life at sea and in seaport. The Blodgetts returned to life on land in 1997. Since then Alicia has devoted her time �giving back�. Her many civic and charitable activities in Florida include chairing the American Cancer Society Ball that raised over $2 million and the Ultimate Dinner Party for the Children�s Home Society. She serves the American Heart Association, March of Dimes, United Way/Community Chest, American Cancer Society, Children�s Home Society and the Palm Beach Republican Club and is a regular participant in Northwood�s Florida campus activities. Alicia was honored by the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce with the Charitable Achievement Award and nominated for Wachovia and Junior League Woman Volunteer of the Year. A recent article said, �Alicia is lauded by friends, colleagues and peers for her encouraging, down-to-earth and gentle manner, tempered with an infectious spirit that ensures success in all she undertakes.� She says, �The best gift we can give our children is a good education and a desire to help others. As a native of West Palm Beach, I have watched Northwood grow under the guidance of Drs. Arthur Turner and [the late] Gary Stauffer. Their example has inspired many young people to reach high goals and to contribute to their com

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Barbara McConnell Barrett

Barbara McConnell Barrett

2001
Paradise Valley, Arizona

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Barbara McConnell attended Arizona State University. Even aided by scholarships, she worked up to five jobs at a time while earning her B.S., masters and law degrees and financially supporting her widowed mother and five siblings. As a student legislative intern she coordinated Senate and House efforts to create the Arizona Depart. of Trans. Her career in international business and aviation law began in Phoenix. Before the age of 30, she was an executive and officer of two Fortune 500 companies and later a partner in the law firm of Evans, Kitchel and Jenckes. At age 31, President Ronald Reagan appointed her Vice Chairman of the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board, where she negotiated international aviation agreements with dozens of countries. Then, as the first woman Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, she managed a 47,000-employee organization with a budget of $6 billion. In the 1990s, Barbara served as the President and CEO of the American Management Association, the world's largest organization for professional managers. In 1999 she was a teaching fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics, then taught at the Moscow School of Political Studies in Russia. During the Persian Gulf War she was a civilian advisor to Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney and General Colin Powell. Mrs. Barrett is an instrument rated pilot and the first civilian woman to land in an F/A-18 Hornet on an aircraft carrier. In 1994 she ran for Governor of Arizona, in 1999 received the prestigious Horatio Alger Award and now serves as Chairman of the Board of Valley Bank of Arizona and on the boards of Raytheon Company and Exponent, Inc., as well as Harvard's Institute of Politics, Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management and numerous other national and international boards. She is a past President of the International Women's Forum. Barbara is CEO of Triple Creek Guest Ranch, a luxury Montana hideaway. She and her husband Craig, CEO of Intel, live in Paradise Valley.

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2000 Distinguished Women Honorees

Sandy Crowley Schwartz

Sandy Crowley Schwartz

2000
Sanford, Michigan

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I allocate my time unequally among four passions-my business, my family and friends, my entrepreneurial and free-enterprise philosophy, and my spirit. My business has taken me frequently to foreign lands. My family and friends lure me from Maine to the Caribbean and Europe for sailing and back to Midland, Michigan. Free-enterprise and entrepreneurial philosophy supports all I have seen and done with Northwood University. And, my spirit delights in being with like-minded individuals seeking joy and truth in life. Born in Lewiston, Maine, I am the oldest of five children of John and Bunny (Bernadette Malo) Crowley. I graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Maine in Orono and taught high school English in Connecticut, Illinois, and Michigan for 13 years, rounding out my professional degrees with an M.A. in English from Michigan State University. During those years, I made two most important personal decisions of my life by marrying my life partner, Gerry (Gary) Schwartz, and having our son, David, who married the wonderful Amy White. They have given us the greatest joys in our life, grandchildren Natalie Elaine and Thomas David. Opportunity whispered to me in 1982 that a challenged manufacturing plant in Beaverton, Michigan, needed the skills that Gerry and I together held. During the next 18 years, we grew Lyle Industries from 25 employees to its current level of 200 plus employees. We annually ship $20 million worth of thermoformers, trim presses, and bottle trimmers throughout the world, I have had the additional benefit of traveling throughout Europe, Asia, and Australia, and negotiating equipment sales in England, Germany, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul, Japan, and New Zealand. With each sale began a personal relationship with people, who despite the flag they lived under, shared a common entrepreneurial spirit that has so enriched my life.

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Susan T. Pickering

Susan T. Pickering

2000
Palm Beach, Florida & Princeton, New Jersey

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Susan Pickering began her career in New York City as a Powers model but quickly moved to becoming a commentator, spokesperson and writer. She has written eight successful books published by Prentice-Hall as the ghostwriter or co-author for well known personalities in the beauty and film world. She has appeared frequently on television talk shows and has also written many magazine features on art, antiques and architecture. Says Susan: “My Trowbridge family motto was ‘Spes Pons Vitae' or ‘Hope is the Bridge of Life'- and I took it seriously.” Working with young people, whether as a board member of a shelter for unwed mothers, founding a shelter for runaway teenagers, or working for children at risk through The Childrens Home Society Board, she saw young people who were cast-offs struggling to find a place for themselves in a world that often shunned them, and she wanted to offer them hope. Susan says: “In my personal philosophy, I know that there are no ‘dead ends' in Christ – only new beginnings and new directions.” This strong belief was the driving force in Susan's work as a founding member of the Hospice Guild of Palm Beach and the establishment of its nationally recognized Hospice Center for the terminally ill. Susan was President of the Hospice Guild for four years and has chaired several successful benefits for the Salvation Army. She also has been a volunteer and board member of Planned Parenthood for forty years. Susan Pickering attended the University of Wisconsin and the University of Washington. She is listed in Who's Who of American Women. She was named an Outstanding Woman in Communications and Florida Child Advocate of the Year. Susan is the mother of two sons, Dr. Marshall T. Partington and Bartholomew J. Partington, and the grandmother of three girls and a boy. Susan was the widow of James H. M. Partington and was remarried this year to Dr. Donald A. Pickering of Princeton.

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Aimee Morner Merszei

Aimee Morner Merszei

2000
Greenwich, Connecticut

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Aimee Morner Merszei is a tireless fundraiser and fighter in the battle against all forms of childhood cancer. She recently raised close to a million dollars - $965,000 to be exact - for her favorite charity. She spearheaded the first annual Derby Day Gala to benefit children with cancer at PepsiCo corporate headquarters in Purchase, New York. Aimee and her husband Zoltan Merszei (formerly the Chairman, President and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company) reside in Greenwich, Connecticut. They have a special interest in children with cancer; their son Kevin, now a healthy teenager, was treated for leukemia when he was just a pre-schooler. The couple now serves as co-chairs of the Board of Trustees of the California-based National Childhood Cancer Foundation. Aimee was honored last year with an invitation to deliver the tenth annual Helen DeVos Distinguished Lecture in Pediatric Oncology in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her speech was titled, "Kids with cancer- Let's promise them a tomorrow." She pointed out the urgency of obtaining increased funding for childhood cancer research. "Despite all this remarkable progress, cancer still kills more children than any other disease," she says. Aimee served on the board of Trustees of Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts, a private boys' school from which her son graduated in 1999. She has served on a planning committee for the American Cancer Society's national summits on childhood cancer and is currently a member of the Advocates Committee of the National Cancer Institute. After graduation from Mt. Holyoke College, Aimee began her career with Chubb & Son as an insurance underwriter. She later became a research analyst with Smith, Barney and Company. She entered the world of financial journalism at Time Warner, traveling the globe as a reporter, writer and editor with Fortune magazine for 12 years.

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Eileen C. McDonnell

Eileen C. McDonnell

2000
Oradell, New Jersey & New York, New York

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As the first woman elected to the position of Senior Vice President and Profit Center Officer of Individual Markets for Guardian Life Insurance, Eileen McDonnell is a benchmark for success in the financial services industry. In her position, Eileen spearheads the strategic direction, product development, marketing, distribution and operations for Guardian's individual insurance division, as well as oversees the management of Innovative Underwriters, the company's recently acquired risk brokerage unit, Park Avenue Securities, LLC, a broker-dealer and Guardian's Trust Company. Prior to her current assignment, she headed Guardian's pension business and grew it to over $1.5 billion in assets. Eileen has spent the last fifteen years in the financial services industry and has been instrumental in furthering the advancement of women. She recently launched Guardian's Women's Initiative, a program designed to recruit and train field representatives to address the financial needs of women. The launch of the “Girls Going Places” Scholarship Program is another example of her commitment to the advancement of women in finance. In 1999, she was recognized as the “Distinguished Woman of The Year” by the Boy Scouts. She also received Guardian's “Field Service Award” for her dedicated service to the field associates at Guardian. Eileen received her master's degree in finance and investment from Adelphi University after earning her bachelor's degree from Molloy College. She is a registered representative of Park Avenue Securities, LLC. Eileen was raised in a family of six children in Rockville Centre, New York. She now resides in Oradell, New Jersey and is an avid tennis player.

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Ruth Fertel

Ruth Fertel

2000
Metairie, Louisiana

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There is no accolade or award for the “First Lady of American Restaurants,” but if there were, Ruth Fertel, founder of Ruth's Chris Steak House, surely would qualify. Ruth's Chris Steak House is the nation's largest upscale restaurant company with more than 70 locations in the United States and Puerto Rico, and six internationally, selling more than 12,000 steaks a day and grossing more than $290 million annually. By virtue of this volume, Ruth Fertel is the country's most successful woman restaurateur. Born in New Orleans in 1927, Ruth earned a degree in chemistry with a minor in physics at Louisiana State University and graduated at 19 years of age. She taught briefly at McNeese Junior College in Lake Charles, Louisiana, but left to marry and raise a family. Fourteen years later, and by then divorced, Ruth decided to go into business for herself; that was in 1965. One day while scanning the classified section of the local newspaper, Ruth found an ad for a steak house for sale. “I can do that!” she thought to herself, although she had no prior experience and limited funds. In short order, against the advice of her lawyer, banker and best friend, Ruth mortgaged her home to buy the small restaurant, then called Chris Steak House. Today, Ruth's Chris Steak House appears on “best restaurants” lists nationwide, and Ruth is a sought-after industry speaker. Ruth attributes her success to hard work and following the Golden Rule. She treats customers and associates as she would want to be treated. Ruth is the recipient of numerous awards including: DiRoNa Award – Hall of Fame induction (1999), Restaurants & Institutions – Ivy Award (1998), Executive of the Year, Restaurants and Institutions (1997), the Horatio Alger Award (1995) and a Doctor of Business Administration degree conferred in Foodservice Management, Honoris Causa, by Johnson & Wales University (1994). She has been honored as a “Top 50” entrepreneur by the National Foundation for Women Business Owners. (Deceased 2002)

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Lynn Ferron

Lynn Ferron

2000
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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Lynn Ferron, a former elementary and preschool teacher, has demonstrated her strong interest in education in every community in which she's lived. From her first teaching encounter as a Head Start teacher's aide in Texas to her work with Northwood, she has championed the cause of “educating the whole student”. This philosophy has easily translated into agreement with the Northwood Idea – the combination of free enterprise, entrepreneurship and the arts. Northwood University has a special place in Lynn's life. Her two sons, Brady and Kevin, were students and her husband, J, is a member of the Board of Trustees. Together J and Lynn chaired the first Detroit International Scholarship Showcase and continue to serve as advisors. Lynn also served as the Detroit Chapter Chair of the National Women's Board & Friends of the University. Lynn was born near Chicago, and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Texas Tech University. In frequent moves during childhood, Lynn saw the importance of communities and families in children's development and always looked for opportunities to become involved. In neighborhoods from Ft. Worth to Washington, DC, Lynn has been involved with childhood development and community self-help programs. In Detroit she has served on boards of volunteer organizations that add to the community's quality of life and learning. She is President of The Friends of Oakland Family Services. Other board service includes: the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Volunteer Council Board, Friends of the Red Cross Board, Cranbrook Art Academy Women's Committee Board and Cranbrook House and Garden Auxiliary Board. She is also a member of the Women's Committee for Hospice Care, Bloomfield Farm and Garden Association and the Bloomfield Hills Women's Golf Board and Legatus.

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Rosanette S. Cullen

Rosanette S. Cullen

2000
Houston, Texas

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Rosanette Cullen is proud of her heritage. She was born and raised in Houston, graduated from a Catholic high school, St. Agnes Academy Houston, and attended the University of Houston where she studied education. Rosanette and Harry Holmes Cullen met at the University of Houston and married forty-three years ago. They have two married children and six grandchildren. Her pleasures are being with her family and friends at their ranch in South Texas. She loves entertaining and giving her time to all. Rose has dedicated her life to chairing and volunteering. She works to help others in her community and to keep Houston's arts and charity organizations the best. A family legacy of generosity goes back to Hugh Roy Cullen, the philanthropic grandfather of the present-day Cullens. Rose serves on numerous boards in the Houston area: the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Chairman of Bayou Bend Trustees, Executive Committee member and Trustee of the Houston Ballet Foundation, Board member of Friends of Nursing at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and the Alumni Board of the University of Houston. In recognition of her community service, Rose has received many honors. The March of Dimes honored her by naming her to the Best Dressed Hall of Fame and the Assistance Fund for Aids named their gala "Everything is coming up Roses". The Houston Dominican Province honored Mr. and Mrs. Cullen with the St. Martin de Porres Award, named for the patron saint of the poor and needy. This year, as she receives the Distinguished Women of Northwood Award, her wholehearted thanks go out to this University whose philosophy of free enterprise means so much to her and her husband.

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Carolyn A. Berry

Carolyn A. Berry

2000
Honolulu, Hawaii & Longboat Key, Florida

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So significant are Carolyn Berry's accomplishments that good friend Jim Nabors always laughs and says, “Sure you are!”, when she describes herself as “a simple little girl from West Virginia”. Carolyn maintains, however, that is exactly how she feels. Together with her husband, George, Carolyn built a life based on the principle of “giving back”. Grateful for scholarships received in the past, they founded a large scholarship program at West Virginia University. They established a Chair of Engineering and the Pete Wood Fellowship, and are about to name the second Chair of Engineering. At the University of Hawaii, Carolyn has established a scholarship program for the men's basketball team, named for her father and husband. Most recently, she sponsored the Miss Hawaii Scholarship to the University of Hawaii, for Miss America winner, Angela Baraquio. After George's death, Carolyn became the only female member of the board of Corcom, President and CEO of Process Electronics Corporation, and the surviving partner of other enterprises such as Omicrom Capital Corporation. Carolyn is on the board of the Honolulu Symphony and serves as corporate secretary. She holds offices on its Board of Governors, Finance and Executive Boards, as well as Secretary of the Symphony's Foundation. George and Carolyn have been honored to have Conductor Samuel Wong's Chair named “The Dr. and Mrs. George B. Berry Chair”. Additionally, she is on the board of the Hawaii Youth Symphony. “I feel that I have been in training for this job all my life,” Mrs. Berry says, as she has been president or an officer of all sorts of women's organizations over the years. Designing homes, painting, reading and travel are her other loves. She has four children and nine grandchildren. She hopes to be an inspiration to young women raising their children who still want to be an individual and contribute to society.

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Maggie Allesee

Maggie Allesee

2000
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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Maggie Allesee contributes an extraordinary amount of time to southeast Michigan's leading civic and charitable activities. She serves on the board and several committees of the family business, Acheson Industries, Inc. while simultaneously lending her expertise to numerous organizations and institutions. She currently serves on boards of the Oakland University School of Nursing and its Department of Theatre, Music and Dance, the Detroit Historical Society, Friends of Oakland Family Services, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Association, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, the Detroit Thanksgiving Parade, the United Way Volunteer Council, the Wayne State University Understudies and the Cultural Council of Birmingham/Bloomfield. She is also the chair of the new Ballet Council of the Michigan Opera Theatre. Many of her efforts have been directed toward evolving community needs. She was co-founder of the “Women Alone” program for the Birmingham Senior Coordinating Council, founding member of the Hospice of Michigan, originator of “Media On Parade” for the Salvation Army and “Fran's Follies” for St. Dunstan's Guild. She is also a longtime volunteer for the March of Dimes and has served as president of PROS – People Reaching Out. Maggie has established a reputation as one of the city's most dynamic volunteers. She has been honored as “an extraordinary person who does exceptional things with humility and kindness”. She received the United Way Heart of Gold Award in 1989, the American Lung Association Women's Committee Volunteer Award, the National Society of Fund Raising Executives Award and the Award for Excellence from the local chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. A former journalist and school teacher, Mrs. Allesee graduated from Florida State University with a degree in English and journalism. She has a master's degree in education, guidance and counseling, and a post masters degree in gerontology from Wayne State University. She is married to radio/television personality Bob Allesee.

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1999 Distinguished Women Honorees

Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas

1999
Washington, DC

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Helen Thomas was born in Winchester, Kentucky, reared in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Wayne State University. After college Thomas served as a copy girl on the now defunct Washington Daily News and joined United Press International in 1943. For 12 years Ms.Thomas wrote radio news for U.P.I. She later had several beats around the federal government, before she began covering President-elect John F. Kennedy in 1960. Ms. Thomas went to The White House in January 1961 as a member of the UPI team and has been there ever since. Ms. Thomas served as President of the Women's National Press Club in 1959-60, and she was the first woman officer of the National Press Club. In addition, she became the first woman officer of The White House Correspondents Association, serving as President in 1975-76. Ms. Thomas also became the first woman member of the Gridiron Club in its history, and the first woman to be elected President (1993). In November 1976, the World Almanac named Helen Thomas as one of the twenty-five most influential women in America today. Ms. Thomas has received numerous honorary doctorate degrees, has been a commencement speaker at many colleges and has delivered lectures on The White House and the Presidency throughout the country. In 1971, Helen Thomas married Douglas Cornell, Associated Press' White House correspondent, now deceased. Helen Thomas has covered Watergate, Iran-Contra and Whitewater, as well as every other aspect of The White House and the Presidency since that of JFK. She is the author of the book “Dateline: White House”, and her current memoir, “Front Row at The White House”, was published by Scribner in May, 1999.

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Alexandra Stoddard

Alexandra Stoddard

1999
New York, New York

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Alexandra Stoddard is an acclaimed interior designer and philosopher of contemporary living. Her unique insights inspire a large international following, and have resulted in appearances on the Barbara Walter's Today Show, Oprah Winfrey and Katie Couric's Today Show, as well as a national television series and feature articles in worldwide publications. In 1995 she became host on the Home and Garden Television network for “Home Across America.” She was the first female member of the board of directors of Fieldcrest Cannon, Inc., and commencement speaker at the New York School of Interior Design in 1996. Alexandra Stoddard has published 21 books of inspiring and practical wisdom, most recently: “Open Your Eyes: 1000 Simple Ways to Bring Beauty Into Your Life and Home Each Day” and “Feeling At Home: Defining Who You Are and How You Want to Live”. Twenty-two years ago, after her mentor Eleanor McMillen Brown retired, she started her own design firm, Alexandra Stoddard Incorporated. In 1997, Ms. Stoddard participated in the twenty-fifth annual Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club Decorator Show House in New York City to benefit inner city children. She had participated in the inaugural Kips Bay Boys Club Show House in 1972, the first event of its kind and now the prototype for all designer show houses. Alexandra Stoddard lives in New York City and Connecticut, with her husband, Peter Megargee Brown. She has two daughters, Alexandra B. Stoddard, and Brooke Stoddard. She is the founder and President of Design & Art Society, Ltd., and a Dame of the American Society of the Order of St. John, designated by Queen Elizabeth II.

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Betty Mann

Betty Mann

1999
Palm Desert, California

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From Betty Mann's earliest days as Executive Secretary and house organ editor, she was always involved with people in a most enthusiastic way. An Evanston, Illinois native, Betty spent most of her life in the Midwest, raising a family and active in community and church. Her ongoing involvement in volunteer work led to employment as a meeting planner and project coordinator for Convention and Conference Consultants. This activity of site inspection and coordination for business seminars and retreats brought her to California as a meeting coordinator for “The Great American Choral Festival”, where she met and later married Johnny Mann. She became the national events coordinator, planning and executing choral (singing) competitions in cities throughout America. In the Fall of 1987 and 1989, Johnny Mann and his singer/dancers performed on two bus tours of 10,000 miles each in cities all across the United States, involving Betty as tour manager. Her responsibilities included costume design, road mother to eighteen performers, sound and lighting assistance and coordinating the overall logistics of hotels and theatre contacts. During the years 1991-1994, Betty served as Medical Staff/Education Coordinator for Northridge Hospital Medical Center, arranging for speakers for physicians' continuing medical education, planning and executing medical staff retreats/seminars and controlling accounting procedures for the medical staff finances. She is currently involved in volunteer and church work in the Palm Springs area community and Core Member/Publicity Chair for Christian Celebrity Luncheons. She has chaired the 1999 Northwood University Debutante Ball and Scholarship Showcase Gala and has served as the Northwood University Palm Springs chapter President.

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Priscilla Mach

Priscilla Mach

1999
Ft. Myers, Florida & Washington, DC

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Priscilla Mack, wife of United States Senator Connie Mack (R-FL) is an energetic and outspoken advocate for breast cancer awareness and early cancer detection. Priscilla Mack serves as Executive Co-Chairman of the 1998 National Race For the Cure. In 1997, she served as the Executive Chairman for National Race for the Cure and helped raise more than $1.5 million for breast cancer programs. She also serves as the Statewide Breast Cancer Initiative Coordinator with the Florida division of the American Cancer Society. Diagnosed with breast cancer in August 1991, Mrs. Mack credits early cancer detection for saving her life. Senator Mack also survived cancer due to early detection, and their experiences have caused them to become advocates of the benefits of early detection. Senator and Mrs. Mack have been recipients of the American Cancer Society's Courage Award and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's Betty Ford Award, both in 1992. In 1997, Mrs. Mack was awarded the first Kellogg's “You Can Make A Difference Award” in recognition of outstanding efforts in the fight against breast cancer. Priscilla Hobbs was born in Ft. Myers. She met Connie Mack at Ft. Myers High School. The high school sweethearts were married in Ft. Myers in 1960. After they married, the couple moved to Cape Coral where Mrs. Mack was active in local civic affairs. She was a member of the Cape Coral PTA, Rotary Ann and the Junior Welfare League of Lee County. Senator and Mrs. Mack have two children and three grandchildren.

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Denise Ilitch

Denise Ilitch

1999
Detroit, Michigan

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Denise Ilitch is the vice chair of Little Caesar Enterprises, Inc., president of Olympia Development, her family's real estate and entertainment development company, and executive vice president of Ilitch Ventures, Inc., a privately held Michigan corporation that owns and manages the family's business interests in the food and entertainment industries (Little Caesar Enterprises, Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, the Detroit Red Wings, the Detroit Tigers and Olympia Specialty Foods). Ilitch Ventures' consolidated revenues in 1998 exceeded $800 million. She is a member of the Board of Directors of RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company and the Detroit Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Detroit Branch of the NAACP and Detroit Downtown, Inc. She also is a member of the Detroit chapter of the Young President's Organization, and the Executive Committee of the Metropolitan Detroit Convention & Visitors Bureau. An extremely dedicated business and community leader in both Detroit and Dallas, she owned her own marketing firm in Dallas, Bright Lites, Inc. In 1993, she was one of the founders of the Lovelight Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of impoverished families. She was inducted into Detroit's International Heritage Hall of Fame in 1999, named the “Marketing Innovator of the Year” in 1998 by the Sales and Marketing Executives of Detroit and honored as one of four “Women of Achievement” by the Anti-Defamation League. She was named one of the Michigan commercial real estate community's “Five for the Future” (1997) by Commercial Inc. magazine, one of Detroit's 1996 “Newsmakers of the Year” by Crain's Detroit Business, and “Woman of the Year” by both Women Mean Business in Dallas and the Boys Towns of Italy (1997). She was chosen by Advertising Age as one of the country's “best and brightest marketers” (1992). Ilitch has a daughter, Brooke, and a son, Sam.

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Elizabeth Dole

Elizabeth Dole

1999
Washington, DC

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During Elizabeth Dole's remarkable public service career she has served five United States Presidents, and in 1998 was named by the Gallup Poll among the world's top three most admired women. Mrs. Dole graduated from Duke University in 1958 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a degree from Harvard Law School in 1965 and also holds a master's degree in education and government from Harvard. In 1971, Mrs. Dole was appointed Deputy Assistant to President Nixon for Consumer Affairs, receiving the National Safety Council's Distinguished Service Award in 1989. She served six years as a member of the Federal Trade Commission and two years as Assistant to President Reagan for Public Liaison. In February 1983, Mrs. Dole joined President Reagan's Cabinet as Secretary of Transportation – the first woman to hold that position. In 1989 she became the nation's 20th Secretary of Labor, under President Bush. From 1991 to 1999, as President of the American Red Cross, Mrs. Dole launched a sweeping transformation of Red Cross Biomedical Services to dramatically improve how they collect, test, and distribute nearly half the nation's blood supply. Under her leadership, the American Red Cross was consistently recognized for outstanding financial stewardship. Mrs. Dole's awards, too numerous to list, range from honors for civic service and leadership in government to accolades for her charitable commitments and dedication to issues surrounding women in the workplace. She has received honorary doctorate degrees from 38 colleges and universities and most recently was recognized by Good Housekeeping as one of the 10 Most Admired Women, her third appearance in the magazine's Top 10.

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Gail Berendzen

Gail Berendzen

1999
Washington, DC

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Gail Berendzen is founder and president of Women of Washington, Inc., a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization created in 1991, and affiliates, Women of Los Angeles and Women of Orange County. Through monthly programs, women of diverse professions, races, cultures, ages and outlooks exchange ideas, support the community, learn from leaders and help each other personally and professionally. Programs in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and Orange County, California include a monthly luncheon forum, a mentoring program (Women Mentor Women), seminars for young professional women (Tomorrow's Leaders Today), and breakfast or dinner for executive level women. In addition, the organization provides its members with a bi-monthly bi-coastal publication (In Touch), one minute presentations by members about their business or avocation (In Touch Live), an outreach program for highlighting non-profit organizations (The Non-Profit Alliance), and an ongoing focus on health and finance, two key issues which are vital for women (The Health and Finance Resource Board). Mrs. Berendzen began her career as a teacher in Massachusetts. She was the subject of several educational documentaries on teaching styles and the recipient of numerous recognitions and merit awards for her teaching. Among her honors: Person of Vision Award from the Arlington County Commission on the Status of Women; first recipient of the “Founders Award” given by Leadership Washington, Inc. and Partner with the Los Angeles Business Journal for Business Women of the Year, and Women of Action Award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund. Among her board memberships are: Choral Arts Society, Champs Cookies, Full Circle Dance Company, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Greater Washington, Tears of the Children International Arts Project on Child Abuse and Summer Opera Theater, Catholic University.

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Letitia Baldrige

Letitia Baldrige

1999
Washington, DC

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Letitia Baldrige is a graduate of Miss Porter's School at Farmington, Connecticut, received a BA from Vassar College and did graduate work in psychology at l'Université de Genève in Switzerland. She is the recipient of four honorary degrees and serves on the boards of several educational institutions and organizations. She was Social Secretary to Ambassador and Mrs. David Bruce at the American Embassy in Paris, special assistant to Ambassador Clare Boothe Luce at the Embassy in Rome and was Tiffany & Co.'s first woman executive. She served as Chief of Staff for Mrs. John F. Kennedy and Social Secretary to the White House. Subsequently she served as an advisor to four other First Ladies. In 1964 she opened Letitia Baldrige Enterprises, Inc., a public relations, marketing and management training firm. Ms. Baldrige has served on four corporate boards and lectures and produces seminars throughout the United States and abroad. She also serves on the board of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards, named for her late brother. She was the cover story of Time magazine's issue devoted to America's manners. She has authored fifteen books on manners and entertaining, and is a syndicated newspaper columnist for Copley News Service. She is the author of Executive Advantage newsletter and is a contributing editor to Town & Country magazine. Her books have sold in the hundreds of thousands of copies, and have been published in several languages. She has recently written and narrated an audiotape on etiquette and is a regular guest on television shows. Letitia Baldrige and her husband, Robert Hollensteiner, a real estate developer, live in Washington, DC. They have two children and four grandchildren.

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Elizabeth Peale Allen

Elizabeth Peale Allen

1999
Pawling, New York

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Elizabeth Peale Allen is a member of the Board of Trustees of Guideposts, A Church Corporation. She is C.E.O. of Positive Communications, Inc. And she is chairman of the board of the Positive Thinking Foundation. Mrs. Allen has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Trinity-Pawling School for 20 years and currently is Vice President of the Board and chairman of the major gifts committee for a recent capital campaign. In September 1985, Mrs. Allen was made a Director of Pawling Savings Bank and Progressive Bank, Inc., and in January 1994 she was elected Chairman of the Board of Pawling Savings Bank. Mrs. Allen serves on the Board of Trustees of the Akin Hall Association of Pawling, is a member of the Quaker Hill Burial Ground Association and a Trustee of Christ Church on Quaker Hill. She is married to John Milton Allen, formerly a vice-president of Reader's Digest, and is the mother of three children. Mrs. Allen was born in Olean, New York, on July 22, 1942, a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Norman Vincent Peale. She was raised in New York City, where she attended Friends Seminary and later was graduated from Mt. Holyoke College. Mr. and Mrs. Allen moved to Pawling in 1965 and have been active in civic and school affairs. Mrs. Allen's late father was instrumental in the founding of Northwood University, giving special advice and support to Co-founder Arthur E. Turner in the earliest years. Her mother, Ruth Peale, was named a Distinguished Woman in 1981 making this second generation award particularly heartwarming to the University's friends.

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Margaret Alkek

Margaret Alkek

1999
Houston, Texas

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Margaret M. Alkek is Chairman of the Board of the Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation. She and her late husband, Albert, were married for 60 years. Together, they started many companies, including Alkek Oil Corporation. They are known for the lasting impact of their philanthropy in the fields of education, medical science and the arts. Mrs. Alkek has demonstrated her commitment to the future of education through generous contributions to colleges, universities, secondary and elementary schools. Texas Military Institute's Refectory and Theater were named in her honor. She also was awarded an honorary doctorate from St. Mary's University. Mrs. Alkek is active in numerous organizations, serving as board member, chair, trustee, officer, advisor and energetic volunteer. She serves on many non-profit boards in Houston and is a member of the Houston Women's Board & Friends of Northwood University. In recognition of her volunteerism and leadership role in her community, Mrs. Alkek has received many honors, including The Houston Alumnae of Tri Delta Sorority, The Spirit of Anne Morrow Lindberg Award and was recognized by the University of Houston Moores School of Music as one of "Houston's Leading Ladies." Inside Houston named her one of the "25 Most Powerful People". She has been chosen to receive the Lifetime Service Award from the Cancer League of Houston. In 1999 she was inducted, along with her daughter, into the Philanthropy in Texas Hall of Fame. The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation will present her with their Founder's Award and honor her as a Woman of Distinction at the Winterball, January 2000. Mrs. Alkek attended the University of Texas, Victoria Junior College and the University of Houston. She lives in Houston near her daughter, Margaret Williams, grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Charles and Randa Williams and great-grandson, Harrison. (Deceased, 2005)

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1998 Distinguished Women Honorees

Eleanor Searle Whitney McCollum

Eleanor Searle Whitney McCollum

1998
Houston, Texas

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Eleanor Searle Whitney McCollum was born in Ohio. She studied music at Florida Southern College and Columbia University and studied singing with private tutors and coaches. She holds an honorary doctorate in music. Mrs. McCollum had a successful career as a concert and oratorio soloist, singing and speaking in over 8,000 churches and at concerts, Presidential Prayer Breakfasts, Governors Breakfasts, and Mayors Breakfasts. She was soloist with The Air Force Band and is called “Christianity's Auntie Mame.” In 1971, she wrote Invitation to Joy, telling how to claim God's love and joy, and also a ten-page commentary for the Butterfly Edition of Good News for Modern Man for the American Bible Society. She has been on the board of ABS for over thirty-five years, a board member of the Salvation Army, the Hoving Home, Retina Research Foundation, Theatre Under The Stars, Travelers' Aid and other worthwhile organizations. She is founding member of the National Society of Arts and Letters and has been a member for fifty-four years, continuing to give scholarships in music. She is also a member of the board of The Houston Grand Opera, which established The Eleanor McCollum Auditions and Scholarship Awards of which Renee Fleming and Denyce Graves have been past winners. Mrs. McCollum served the boards of Orbis International, the Flying Eye Hospital which gives sight to the blind and teaches ophthalmologists the latest techniques. She is on the Steering Committee of the Michael E. DeBakey Heart Center and the National Foundation of Paget's Disease. Her late husband, Leonard F. McCollum, was President and CEO of Conoco, Chairman of the Board for Baylor College of Medicine and founder of a predecessor to Bank One and ORBIS. She has one son and one grandson. (Deceased 2002)

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Margaret Alkek Williams

Margaret Alkek Williams

1998
Houston, Texas

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Margaret Williams' passion for the performing arts began at an early age. She performed as the principal singer in many musicals and operettas throughout her childhood and while in college. Her love for music and he arts has continued and is now being expressed through her community service and volunteerism. As the daughter of philanthropists Albert and Margaret Alkek, Mrs. Williams has also committed her life's work to the support of education, medical research and the arts community. She serves on numerous boards in Houston, including the Houston Women's Board of Northwood University, University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, Texas Heart Institute's Board of Trustees, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Grand Opera, Trustee of the Houston Ballet Foundation, Sustaining Trustee of Moores School of Music Society at the University of Houston, and as Director of the Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation. In recognition of her community service, Mrs. Williams has received many honors. She is involved with a number of committees and has chaired and co-chaired various special charity events, including the Texas Heart Institute's "Denton A. Cooley Leadership Award Dinner", the Houston Symphony Gala, the St. Joseph Hospital Gala and the Museum of Fine Arts "Silver Slipper Award Evening", for the Textiles and Costume Institute. Residing in Houston, Mrs. Williams is dedicated to her mother, Margaret Alkek, son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Randa Williams and grandson, Harrison Mathew Williams.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Dr. Christi Harris

Dr. Christi Harris

1998
Dallas, Texas

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Christi Harris is the President and C.E.O. of the Christi Harris Companies, Ltd.; a Dallas based cosmetic company. A true entrepreneur, Ms. Harris started her company at the age of twenty-one. Today, she makes over 196 skin care and beauty products which are distributed worldwide through mail order and her Dallas Galleria Makeover Center. Ms. Harris' motto has always been, "There is no such thing as an unattractive woman or child, simply an untrained one." She believes her success has been based on educating women and teaching them how to recreate their new look at home. Ms. Harris has been a consultant for numerous health and beauty companies, including Lubriderm, Warner Wellcome, and U.S. Cosmetics. She has trained Fortune 500 executives as well as celebrities on self-image. Ms. Harris is a frequent guests on radio and television talk shows. Born in Anson, Texas, Christi was educated at Miss Wade's Fashion Merchandising College and Abilene Christian University. Ms. Harris gave the commencement address for the Cedar Hill Campus 2000 graduating class and received an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Northwood University. She is a member and strong supporter of Prestoncrest Church of Christ, the Northwood University (Texas) Board of Governors, has chaired the Dallas Chapter of Northwood University's National Women's Board & Friends (Texas), International Debutante Ball Committee (New York), is an Honorary Board member of the Yellow Rose Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis and supporter of the American Federation of Aging (New York). Other memberships include the Women's Board of the Dallas Opera, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, Fashion Group International, National Kidney Foundation, Les Femmes du Monde and The Women's Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Ms. Harris was the recipient of the Northwood Silver Star Award for leadership and was a Golden Plate recipient in 1997.

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Jane W. Norris

Jane W. Norris

1998
Scottsdale, Arizona & Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Jane, who has "never met a stranger", has been the wind beneath her family's wings for forty-eight years. She married Robert C. Norris after graduating from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, in 1950. These days, Jane is the quintessential homemaker who enjoys entertaining. She is an accomplished gourmet cook and has served as hostess for many charitable fundraisers. She's been active in support of her children's many activities and accomplishments. Jane and her husband Bob have taken an active role in many civic responsibilities and leadership activities throughout the country, literally from coast to coast. Together they are charter members of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Jane is involved with the Norris Family Foundation which erected the Norris Civic Center building at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and she presently on the Barrow Neurological Institute of Women's Board of St. Joseph Hospital in Phoenix. She also has a deep and abiding interest in fundraising to assist in the treatment of autism. Jane served as a 1998 Honorary Chair for the "Roundup For Autism" in Fort Worth, Texas. She was a honoree of the Colorado Woman's Foundation. She and Bob have four children, Steven Norris, Carole N. Sondrup & Leslie N. Penkhus, all of Colorado and Robert of Texas.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

1998
Dallas, Texas & Washington, DC

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Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Republican of Texas, is the first woman to represent the Lone Star State in the U.S. Senate. During her still short tenure, Senator Hutchison has made a significant impact and is responsible for the passage of several important federal laws, including the federal anti-stalking bill and Homemaker IRA legislation that significantly expanded retirement opportunities for stay-at-home spouses. In January 1997, Senator Hutchison joined key Senate Appropriations Committee, and serves on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, where she chairs the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine. Senator Hutchison grew up in La Marque, Texas, and graduated from the University of Texas and UT Law School. Twice elected to the Texas House of Representatives, she was a successful entrepreneur before moving into the political arena. In 1990, she was elected Texas State Treasurer, where she trimmed her agency's budget more than any other state official while increasing returns on Texas investments to a historic $ 1 billion annually. She also spearheaded the successful fight against a state income tax. The Senator's Texas heritage is historic. Thomas Jefferson Rusk, of Nacogdoches, was the first Texan to serve in the US Senate. His friend and law partner was Charles S. Taylor, who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. Taylor's great-great-granddaughter, Kay Bailey Hutchison, today occupies the Rusk seat in the US Senate. Senator Hutchison lives in Dallas with her husband, Ray, a former colleague from the Texas House.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Jackie Lee Houston

Jackie Lee Houston

1998
Palm Springs, California & Vancouver, British Columbia

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Jackie Lee Houston (nee: McDonald) was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She attended the University of Washington, graduating in Home Economics and Fashion Design. She modeled for the fabled Hollywood designer Edith Head and was voted one of the top IO Fashion Models in the United States. Mrs. Houston won the title of Miss Washington in 1952 and 1953, as well as holding the title of Miss Pacific Northwest, representing the West Coast. Jackie Lee met her husband Jim at the University of Washington. They have been married for 42 years and two daughters, one son and four grandchildren. The Houstons have been part-time residents of Palm Springs, California for over twenty years, spending their time between the desert and Vancouver, BC. In 1995, a proclamation presented by Mayor Lloyd Maryanov, City of Palm Springs, proclaimed June 27th (her birthday) as "JACKIE LEE HOUSTON DAY". The proclamation stated that "her generosity has improved the quality of life for many of our less fortunate citizens; and her compassion and positive attitude have inspired others to become more involved in fundraising activities for deserving charities". Jackie Lee is a member of the Palm Springs Desert Museum (The Muses); the Variety Club - Tent 66; the AIDS Assistance Program; The Living Desert; a member of the board of the Palm Springs Desert Museum Women's Committee; a supporter of the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center. And, she has helped to guide and support the Northwood University scholarship event which currently sends three California students to Northwood campuses. She is a United Way benefactor in Vancouver, British Columbia, supporting many charities in Canada through the United Way program. She is a patron of the Vancouver Symphony Society and has served on the board of various charitable organizations in that city. She is a member of the Georgian Club, a women's club based in Vancouver.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Frances Hesselbein

Frances Hesselbein

1998
New York, New York

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Frances Hesselbein is Chairman of the Board and founding President of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management, and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Josephson Institute for Ethics. She serves on numerous nonprofit and private sector corporate boards. Mrs. Hesselbein is Editor in Chief of the quarterly journal Leader to Leader, Co-Editor of three volumes of the “Drucker Foundation Future Series” (which has been translated into sixteen languages) and two additional books published in 1999. President Clinton awarded Mrs. Hesselbein the 1998 Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor, recognizing her leadership as Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. (1976 – 1990) and her role in leading social sector organizations toward excellence in performance through her work at the Drucker Foundation. Mrs. Hesselbein holds 13 honorary doctorate degrees and the Harvard Business School published a case study of her work with the Girl Scouts of the USA She has been featured on the covers of Business Week and Savvy magazines as an example of managerial excellence. In 1995 she was the first woman to be inducted into the Johnstown, Pennsylvania Business Hall of Fame. Mrs. Hesselbein's international work includes serving as chairman for world conferences and seminars. She has addressed audiences world wide on topics such as philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, leadership and managing nonprofit organizations. She also has led Drucker Foundation teams to numerous countries to present sessions on leadership and management in the social sector. She recently received the Legion of Honor Gold Medallion of the Four Champlains and the Distinguished Alumni Fellows Award from the University of Pittsburgh. She is included in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.

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Myra Maloney Hart

Myra Maloney Hart

1998
Weston & Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Myra Hart teaches Harvard MBA courses. Hart also serves as a faculty director of the Majorie Alfus/Committee of 200 case writing initiative at Harvard Business School and is faculty coordinator of the Entrepreneurship Field Studies Programs. She has developed two Executive Education programs-The Entrepreneur's Tool Kit and Women Leading Business: An Executive Forum. Hart received her MBA and DBA from Harvard University and her BA in Government from Cornell University. Her primary research interests include entrepreneurial ventures - particularly the influences and effects of entrepreneurial resource choices made at the founding of a new organization; women as business leaders; and the relationship between education, environment and entrepreneurship. Her interest in entrepreneurship is firmly rooted in practice. Hart was one of the four founding officers of Staples, joining Tom Stemberg in 1985 to raise the initial venture funding. She served as the company's Vice President of Operations in 1986; from 1987-1990 she was Group Vice President of Growth and Development. Prior to joining Staples, Hart was director of Marketing for Star Market Company. She has also served as general manager of a family-owned residential and commercial real estate firm, Hart, Shaw, and Company. And, in the 1970s, she chaired Northwood University's innovative Careers for Women program. Today, she works with several small, high-growth-potential ventures as an advisor and consultant. Professor Hart's other interests include the Boston Club and the MIT Enterprise Council. She has served on Harvard University's Advisory Council on Shareholder Responsibility and is active with Cornell University as a member of the University Council and the President's Council of Cornell Women. She is a Director of the National Foundation for Women Business Owners. Dr. Hart is married to Kent Hewitt and is the mother of three: Holly Hart Muson, Jeanne H. Hart and Richard Hart III.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

C. Andrea Gueramy

C. Andrea Gueramy

1998
Midland, Michigan

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Andrea Gueramy's outstanding contributions to her profession and community reflect her varied talents and interests. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Andrea's fascination with medicine, particularly neurology, led her to studies at the Royal Victoria Hospital School of Nursing, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University and Central Michigan University. She is a Registered Nurse, holds a Bachelor of Science degree and has completed post-graduate work in Neuro Nursing. Her impressive career includes work at the Cancer Institute of Teheran University, Iran, teaching English at the Iran American Society in Iran, and neurological nursing at the MidMichigan Neuroscience Institute of Mid Michigan Health Systems. She is an executive board member of Northwood University's Town & Campus chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board & Friends, and has been a long time supporter of the University's FAD Auction program. Active in the Midland County Medical Auxiliary, Andrea has chaired numerous fundraising events for medical causes. In addition to being an avid reader and world traveler, her interests include the restoration and maintenance of historical buildings. She has been instrumental in historic preservation in Crested Butte, Colorado, Cap D'Antibes, France (where she and her husband have restored and completed an architecturally significant home), and historical buildings preservation in Midland, Michigan. Andrea resides in Midland with her husband, neurosurgeon Dr. Manoucher Gueramy. They have three children: Darius, President of Pendragon Technologies, Inc., a health care technologies provider, Timothy, a physician and Tami, a student at Cooley Law School.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Betty Jane Schmidt Divosta

Betty Jane Schmidt Divosta

1998
North Palm Beach, Florida

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Betty J. DiVosta's feeling about work and people is to follow the Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you". She believes in failures, just learning experiences. She follows these beliefs every day. For the past forty years, Betty has been a partner with her husband "Buz" in the residential home building business. DiVosta and Company, Inc. has built over 20,000 homes in South Florida ranging in price from $8,990 to $2,500,000. In the beginning, Betty was the DiVosta and Company banker, lawyer, accountant, salesperson, and "Mom" to four great children. As the company grew (by the 1980s there were 1,200 employees on the payroll), Betty's responsibilities did not change but she did have help in the office, a lawyer, a CPA and an accounting staff. Betty designed most of the financial worksheets that are still being utilized in the company's accounting department. Now that Mrs. DiVosta does not need to come to the office every day, she is finding time to be a member of the Board of Trustees of the Lost Tree Chapel, chairperson of the Worship Committee, and donate her time ( and a new home to be auctioned each year) for the Association for Retarded Citizens. In addition, Betty oversees the contributions and services provided to many charitable organizations by DiVosta and Company. The rest of her free time is spent enjoying her four children, their spouses and twelve grandchildren.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

1997 Distinguished Women Honorees

Louise Woerner

Louise Woerner

1997
Rochester, New York

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Louise Woerner is an entrepreneur. She is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and owner of Health Care Resources (HCR), a health services firm with offices in Rochester, NY and Washington, D.C. HCR is at the forefront of non-institutional health. Ms. Woerner is also President of the Equipoise Center of America, LLC, a wellness center located in Rochester, NY. In this venture, she is 50% owner with B. Thomas Golisano, CEO of PayChex and President of Healthworks, a health information firm. Among her civic activities, Ms. Woerner serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (Buffalo Branch), is Vice Chair of The Atlantic Council of the United States (ACUS), a Founding Director of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) and a Director of The National Women's Hall of Fame (Seneca Falls, NY). She is also the Founder and Volunteer Executive Director of HCR Cares, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit company providing community leadership in health and social service projects. Prior to establishing HCR, Ms. Woerner held consulting and management positions, including a top level position in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. She has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Frankie Welch

Frankie Welch

1997
Alexandria, Virginia

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Frankie Welch, President of Frankie Welch Designs, hopes one day her “scarf museum” collection can travel to universities and clubs for students and others to enjoy. She began her scarf design career at the request of First Lady Mrs. Lyndon Johnson. Ms. Welch has designed for the last seven United States Presidents and has created over 3000 other designs for personalities, corporations, clubs and universities. Her historical architectural fabric designs have been acclaimed for their interpretation of decorative details, such as her design for St. Paul's Cathedral in London. She lectures and teaches courses on design and business to schools and universities and has served as a design consultant to the textile industry. She serves on the boards of several universities and foundations including the Francis Scott Key Foundation, as well as Auburn University and Furman University. She is active in the Fashion Group International and National Arts and Letters. One of Frankie Welch's highest honors occurred when Betty Ford donated her Frankie Welch designed gown to the Smithsonian's First Lady Collection where it is now on permanent display. Although very active as president of her design business, Frankie feels a strong commitment to her family and friends and is very involved in Alexandria and Washington, DC charities. Frankie is a graduate of Furman University, attended the University of Georgia and has an honorary doctorate from the International School of Fine Arts.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Barbara S. Tober

Barbara S. Tober

1997
New York, New York

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Barbara S. Tober is President of Acronym, Inc., a venture capital firm which invests in craft related projects. She is a partner in Guild.com, Madison, Wisconsin, publishers of directories of artists and artisans across the U.S.A. specifically for architects, interior designers, gallery owners, wholesale buyers and collectors. Guild.com also publishes educational art books and owns an Internet site: Guild.com. Ms. Tober is also chairman of the American Craft Museum and her Foundation funds educational arts projects for children nationwide. Her belief that “Crafts are the Art of the 21st Century” will be substantiated by an upcoming economic impact study. Prior to her career in the world of craft art and craftsmanship, she spent over four decades in the corporate advertising and magazine world, most recently at Conde Nast's Bride's magazine where she was Editor-in-Chief for almost 30 years. She appeared as a spokesperson for the $32 billion wedding industry on numerous television and radio talk shows and has been profiled and quoted extensively in the print media. Ms. Tober has served on the boards of a number of organizations such as the Women's Forum and International Furnishings and Design Association, which gave her its award for excellence. Other awards have included the American Craft Museum Award, New York Women in Communications “60 Years of Success” Award, and the UJA Federation Award. Ms. Tober is married to Donald G. Tober, Chairman and CEO of Sugar Foods Corporation.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Karla Scherer

Karla Scherer

1997
Chicago, Illinois & Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

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Karla Scherer, Chairman of the Karla Scherer Foundation, was formerly a director and the largest shareholder of the R.P. Scherer Corporation. She led the nation's only successful proxy contest in 1988 involving a major U.S. publicly held corporation. As a result of her efforts, the company founded by her father in 1933 was sold in June 1989 at a price more than double the value of each shareholder's investment the year before, when the proxy contest began. Through the proxy contest, Ms. Scherer learned how frequently women are patronized or even ignored in corporate America. To assist women in pursuing business careers she established the Karla Scherer Foundation, which has provided over 111 scholarships for women who want to obtain an undergraduate or graduate degree in economics or finance. Ms. Scherer speaks all around the country on corporate governance and on the problems confronting women in management. Her many awards have included Women of Achievement and Courage Award, Michigan Women's Foundation, Outstanding Leader of the Year, Oakland University; and Detroit's Most Influential Women, from Crain's Detroit Business. Ms. Scherer attended Wellesley and is a graduate of the University of Michigan and expects to receive her M.A. from the University of Chicago in December, 1999. She has shared her expertise by serving on many boards. To name a few: the American Management Association, General Management Council for Growing Organizations and the Economic Club of Detroit. Ms. Scherer resides in Chicago, Illinois and in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, with her husband former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Theodore Souris. She is the mother of three daughters; Christina, Hadley (Mrs. Edward Tolliver) and Allison.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Vera P. Rivers

Vera P. Rivers

1997
Hempstead, New York

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Vera P. Rivers has been the President of The National Council of Women of the United States, the oldest nonsectarian women's voluntary organization in our nation. She is known as well for her involvement in numerous other worthwhile causes and organizations. Early in life, Ms. Rivers' goal was to complete college. Being one of eleven children, a girl sandwiched among five brothers, served only to sharpen her determination. She did indeed complete four years of college earning a B.S. degree in Home Economics with a major in Food and Nutrition and minor in Chemistry. Vera then went on to earn her M.S. in Adult Learning and Development, as well as a number of specialty study certifications. Determination and focus have been hallmarks of Vera River's character, throughout her career. Her first volunteer activity was as assistant Sunday School teacher to her father's class. Throughout her adult life Vera has been engaged in volunteer activities that range from being a Girl Scout leader to participating in major health decisions for the people of New York State and of Long Island. Vera has represented the United States Council at the International Council of Women on frequent occasions and is involved in the work of the United Nations. She is the first African American woman to be elected President of NCW/US and her leadership has forged new bonds within the organization. She is respected for her ability to bring clarity, honesty and candor to complicated issues and loved for her capacity to care and act on behalf of people in need of support.

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Carolyn C. Lupton

Carolyn C. Lupton

1997
Dallas, Texas

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Carolyn C. Lupton, Director of Lupton Family Capitol Corporation and of the T.C. Lupton, Jr. Family Foundation, is known as a people person. All of her friends will testify that Carolyn has “never met a stranger.” It is said that in an eight story elevator ride, she will know the life story of each and every passenger and will have made each person feel that it is going to be a beautiful day. This unique quality has made Carolyn Lupton a valued member of her Dallas community. She has involved herself in the Junior League of Dallas, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Dallas Woman's Club Board of Governors, The Crystal Charity Ball, Les Femmes du Monde, The Dallas Summer Musicals, The Hollywood Entertainment Museum, the Child Guidance Clinic, Planned Parenthood and Fossil Rim Save the Rhino Committee. Through these activities over the years she is held in the highest esteem by all who know her. Carolyn and her husband Tav share a great friendship with many Hollywood greats and deliver that famous “Texas Hospitality” to all in Dallas or at their ranch in Llano, Texas. Carolyn and Tav have three children, Mr. And Mr. Tav C. Lupton, III, Dr. and Mrs. William P. Huckin, III who reside in Dallas, and Mr. And Mrs. Blake T. Liedtke who reside in Houston.

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Camille Lavington

Camille Lavington

1997
New York, New York

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Camille Lavington, president of Camille Lavington & Associates in New York City, has 25 years of distinguished service as a personal marketing consultant on international protocol and professional persona. Her clients range from major corporations, heads of state and government officials to rising stars. She draws on her experience as a former marketing executive in Fortune 500 companies. A former writer for Barron's Executive Life Style series, she recently introduced her new book “You've Only Got Three Seconds: How To Make The Right Impression in Your Business and Social Life.” Mrs. Lavington oversees the activities of 160,000 boys and girls as a board member of the Boy Scouts of the Greater New York Area. This organization presented her with its Leadership Award for organizing career development clinics for teenagers and contributing many hours advising college students and youth groups. She also has received their Woman of The Year Award. She was New York's Acting Chairman of the National Campaign to Stop Violence. She has been a pro bono speaker for students and alums of universities including Wharton, Vassar, Columbia, Harvard and Northwood. During her years as the single parent of Charles, III and David, Mrs. Lavington managed to find time to be the chairman of the March of Dimes, co-founder of an Orthopedic Hospital Guild in Southern California and founder of Career Links in New York City. Her son David became a world-renowned artist, while Chuck and his wife blessed her with two grandchildren, Kiel and Mikaela.

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Virginia H. Knauer

Virginia H. Knauer

1997
Washington, DC

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Virginia H. Knauer was Special Assistant to the President for Consumer Affairs and Director of the United States Office of Consumer Affairs under Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. In 1969, Mrs. Knauer was appointed the Special Assistant to the President for Consumer Affairs. Between 1969 and 1977, in addition to her White House position, she was the U.S. Representative and Vice Chairman of the Committee on Consumer Policy of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Mrs. Knauer was the consumer advisor to the Reagan-Bush Committee for the 1980 Presidential Campaign. In 1981, President Reagan appointed her Special Advisor to the President for Consumer Affairs, and Director of the United States Office of Consumer Affairs. Immediately before joining the Reagan Administration, Mrs. Knauer was President of Virginia Knauer and Associates, Inc., a Washington, DC consulting firm specializing in consumer issues. She has received numerous civic and industry awards for consumer leadership, including the prestigious Gimbel Philadelphia Award for service to her city, her state and her country. She holds nine honorary doctorate degrees and is an elected member of the “Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania.” Mrs. Knauer's late husband, Wilhelm F. Knauer, a lawyer, was former Deputy Attorney of Pennsylvania. They had one son, Judge Wilhelm F. Knauer, Jr. (deceased), have one daughter, Valerie Knauer Burden and three granddaughters.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Nancy R. Joaquim

Nancy R. Joaquim

1997
Paradise Valley, Arizona

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Nancy R. Joaquim is an author, concert singer and arts educator. The diversity of her professional and public life is distinguished by its devotion to the arts and letters. Ms. Joaquim has made numerous concert and television appearances and has sung leading operatic roles in productions of Carmen, II Trovatore, La Boheme and Aida. A graduate of Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts and recipient of Boston University's Distinguished Alumni Award, Ms. Joaquim pursued a successful career in music education. Consultant to public and private schools in the Boston, Washington, DC and Annapolis, MD area, she created the Listen and Learn Programs and designed related community enrichment programs in the comparative arts. Ms. Joaquim, author of “Sophia Schliemann” (Roman Herbig Publishers, Germany) is currently at work on her third book. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Phoenix Art Museum, Advisory Board of Boston University's School for the Arts and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Arizona Opera. She has served on panels at the National Endowment for the Arts and in 1987, the Honorable Nancy R. Joaquim was commissioned by President Ronald Reagan to serve on the National Advisory Council on Adult Education. Her memberships, among others, include the Academy of American Poets, Association of Junior Leagues of America and The Order of Saint John. Since 1976, Ms. Joaquim has made her home in Arizona with her husband, Richard R. Joaquim, President and Chief Operating Officer of International Conference Resorts. They have one daughter, Vanessa Page Joaquim.

*All biographical information is only current up to the date of the award.

Gay Hart Gaines

Gay Hart Gaines

1997
Palm Beach, Florida & Washington, DC

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Gay Hart Gaines, an energetic activist, believes deeply in the importance of family values and volunteer service. Some of the many organizations that have been the recipient of her volunteer service include The Guthrie Theater and American Diabetes Association in Minnesota, The Art Institute and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in Illinois, The McCarter Theater in New Jersey, Best Friends Foundation in Washington, DC, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Palm Beach chapter and The Hudson Institute, Indianapolis. Gay Hart Gaines was the first elected Chairman of the National Review Institute, an organization founded by William F. Buckley, Jr. "to promote conservative ideas and causes." She has consistently championed Republican candidates for state and national office. In Mercer County, New Jersey, she was Republican County Committee Person. Mrs. Gaines holds a B.A. from Sweet Briar College where she graduated with honors in 1959. She studied Interior Design at the University of Minnesota and for two years worked for Robert Lenox Associates prior to opening her own business in 1976. She was President of Gay Hart Gaines, Inc., for ten years. In 1993, Congressman Newt Gingrich recruited Mrs. Gaines, a charter member of GOPAC since 1985, to be the new Chairman and CEO of GOPAC. Her focus was helping to elect Republican majorities across the country to state and local offices and to elect a Republican majority in the United States House of Representatives. Mrs. Gaines married Stanley Noyes Gaines in 1959. They have four children, Stanley, Jr., Ralph, Jacqueline and Laura, and seven grandchildren.

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Deborah I. Dingell

Deborah I. Dingell

1997
Detroit, Michigan & Washington, DC

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Deborah Insley Dingell is president of the General Motors Foundation and Executive Director of National Corporate Activity for General Motors. She is a civic and community leader in both Washington, DC and Michigan. Mrs. Dingell previously worked for Senator Robert P. Griffin. Mrs. Dingell is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, received her master's in Liberal Studies from Georgetown in 1998 and plans to pursue her Ph.D. She was the Founding Chair of the National Women's Health Resource Center in Washington, DC and is a member of the NIH Advisory Panel for Women's Research, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the advisory board for the Michigan Women's Foundation, the advisory committee for the Michigan Women's Economic Club and the advisory board of the Susan B. Komen Foundation. She chaired Michigan's Infant Mortality Task Force in the early 90s and Baby Your Baby, a two-year public education campaign. She is co-founder and president-elect of the Children's Inn at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, a home away from home for critically ill children. Mrs. Dingell is vice chair of the Barbara Karmanos Cancer Center, serves on its Executive Committee and co-chairs the Breast Cancer Committee and the Government Relations Committee. She also chairs the Friends of Wayne County Park and is vice president of the U.S. House of Representatives Child Day Care Center. She is a Regent of Georgetown University and a member of the Wayne County Airport Commission. Mrs. Dingell is a board member of many national, state, and local organizations.

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Roberta R. Allen

Roberta R. Allen

1997
Midland, Michigan & La Jolla, California

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Roberta R. Allen (Bobbe), Chairman of the Allen Foundation, graduated from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania and has always centered her interests on the arts and education. The Allen Foundation was funded by her late husband in 1975 for the purpose of seeking innovative methods and ways to improve the health of individuals through nutrition. The Allen Foundation gives highest priority to proposals/applications that teach children and young adults to improve their health and development, or that educate mothers during pregnancy and after the birth of their children so that they form good nutritional habits at an early age. The Allen Center has become a national resource for information on healthful lifestyles for all age groups. The Allen Foundation has a home page on the Internet's world wide web. In the past, Bobbe was an active member of the Midland Theatre Guild as a featured player, as well as serving on its board. She became president of the Midland Art Association and was a founding member of the Midland Center for the Arts. She was an original member of Northwood's Town & Campus community liaison organization, serving as president in 1966-67. Although Roberta Allen continues to live in Midland, she spends winters in La Jolla, California and is actively involved in the Social Services League raising money and working to subsidize housing for seniors who have lived and worked in the San Diego area but who cannot afford to live decently in retirement.

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1996 Distinguished Women Honorees

Ruthanne Wise

Ruthanne Wise

1996
Dallas, Texas

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Boundless energy and eternal optimism have propelled Ruthanne Wise into a 30 year career of serving the hurt, the sick, the aged and the impaired. No feat is too large. No challenge is unsurpassable Ruthanne's courage, tenacity and enthusiasm are contagious to those she helps and heals and to those she employs. This approach helped her build Healthtech Rehabilitation into a national company serving those in need of physical or occupational therapy, speech pathology, audiology, social work or psychological services. She began Healthtech in Warrensburg, MO in 1978. It grew to a $20 million corporation with 200 employees who serve more than 300,000 patients in private homes, nursing homes, hospitals and clinics in Jackson, Poplar Bluff, Rolla, St. Louis and Warrensburg, MO, Costa Mesa, CA and Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Texarkana, Texas. Healthtech, headquartered in Dallas, is now one of the top three privately owned rehabilitation companies in the world and is one of the area's largest woman-owned businesses. With an entrepreneurial flair, Ruthanne developed a long-term therapeutic program for the elderly, which remains the benchmark for elderly rehabilitation services in the nation. She also established seven orthopedic clinics in Jordan at the request of King Hussein and taught at the American University in Beirut. While overseeing the operations of Healthtech, Ruthanne also found time to volunteer. She formed a number of hospital guilds and served as president of the Southern Medical Association Auxiliary and the National Association for Rehabilitation Agencies. She also founded the National Association of the Support for Long-Term Care. She was named Woman Entrepreneur of the Year for the North Texas, Arkansas and Oklahoma region. The award was given by Ernst & Young, Merrill Lynch and Inc., magazine.

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Sistie H. Stollenwerck

Sistie H. Stollenwerck

1996
Dallas, Texas

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Carol “Sistie” Stollenwerck was born into a pioneer lumber family in East Texas, the younger of John and Dorothy Henderson's two children. Her earliest years were spent in the small Texas community of Keltys until her father's death in 1944, when the family moved to Lufkin where Sistie continued her education. She graduated from the Madeira School in Virginia and earned her BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. In 1958 Sistie married attorney Henry Stollenwerck and moved to Dallas, where they presently live. Their three children, Logan Henry Stollenwerck, III, Dr. J.W. Smith Stollenwerck and daughter and son-in-law Brooke and Frank Aldridge also live in Dallas. Sistie Stollenwerck began her exemplary career as a community volunteer with the Dallas Lawyers' Wives, the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club and the Dallas Cerebral Palsy Organization. A talented and energetic leader, she has volunteered her organizational skills to numerous important areas and national organizations. Prime among them is her service on the board of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, founded by Mrs. Johnson and newly expanded in recent years. Mrs. Stollenwerck has served on the board and chaired important projects for the Crystal Charity Ball, Friends & Nabors (organ transplantation benefit), Neiman Marcus Fortnight, the Dallas Zoo, the Junior League and the Visiting Nurse Association, all of Dallas. She serves on the Chancellor's Advisory Committee for the University of North Texas, as well. Sistie is also a former member of the Board of Governors of the Dallas Women's Club and a current member of Charter 100. Of her extensive volunteer work Sistie states, “Every experience has been a treasure of wonderful memories, plus an education of immeasurable value that comes from the inside as well as the outside.”

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Dr. Maureen Smith

Dr. Maureen Smith

1996
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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Born and educated in New York, Maureen Smith can boast of a number of entrepreneurial firsts. Not only was she one of the first involved in pizza delivery (1940s) but she and her father established the first beeper system in the U.S. Dr. Smith attended St. John's University Law School and then joined her family's business. Moving to Florida in the early fifties, the beeper company soon evolved into her own communications company in Miami. Later her family bought a communications business in Wisconsin as well as her father's Cleveland Telephone Answering Service and started Airbeep, Incorporated. In 1982 they partnered with the Washington Post to found Cellular One. An active volunteer leader, since 1979 she has been a major force In the development of Northwood's Florida campus, serving on its Board of Governors and as a longtime chair of the Ft. Lauderdale chapter of the Northwood National Women's Board & Friends. She has both contributed and helped to obtain many donor scholarships and has a long-standing special interest in the development of the University's library. Maureen Smith serves on the Northwood University Board of Trustees, where she chairs the Advancement Committee. In 1991 she received the Doctor of Humanities from Northwood for her outstanding commitment to the University. Dr. Smith has been very supportive of the Girl Scouts, Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, The Ann Stork Center and is an honorary alumnus of Pine Crest School in Ft. Lauderdale, serving on its board of directors. She is also a member of St. Anthony's Foundation, the Federated Women's Club and the Coral Ridge Women's Club. Internationally she has assisted in the advancement of Girl Scouts in Ireland. Dr. Smith and her husband, David, reside in Ft. Lauderdale and have three daughters and two grandsons who share her great interest in basketball and baseball. She established the Stephen Smith Endowed Scholarship fund at Northwood University in memory of her only son, who passed away in 1988.

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Lori Sarner

Lori Sarner

1996
Palm Springs, California & London, England

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Doing things with international panache comes naturally to Lori Sarner, who is as much at home on a horse at London's Hyde Park Riding Club and her beloved Pegasus Riding Academy in Palm Springs as she was growing up in Minnesota, her birthplace, and Chicago where she lived for thirty-three years. Combining her love for horses and her commitment to humanitarian causes, she has been known to bring a horse into a hotel grand ballroom for charity benefits and to maneuver octogenarians to mount a horse for the first time in her therapy riding classes at the Pegasus Riding Academy for the Handicapped. As founder and head instructor of the Pegasus program, she spends weekday mornings teaching riding therapy to children of all ages and patients from the Stroke Activity Center in Palm Springs as well as the Carlotta Home for the Aged. During summers she teaches for the Riding for the Disabled program in London, whose patron is Queen Elizabeth II. Lori studied art and music at the University of Minnesota where she met her husband Harvey, now a retired attorney. Because of their keen interest in education and the free enterprise system, the Sarners have become ardent supporters of Northwood University and have sponsored a Northwood international student from Albania. Lori notes,”We have seen what Northwood has done for a boy who came from one of the harshest and most isolated communist regimes in the world. He has acquired the knowledge and understanding for developing a business in his own country when he returns.” Lori repeatedly has been honored for her lifetime commitment to humanitarian causes. She believes that the best way to ensure world peace is through education and international friendship and in this quest her charitable heart has no boundaries. A tireless community leader, Mrs. Sarner has won the high regard of her fellow citizens at home and abroad.

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Pat Moran

Pat Moran

1996
Deerfield Beach, Florida

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As President and CEO of JM Family Enterprises, Inc., Pat Moran has led the company's growth from an already successful $2.4 billion business when she joined the company in 1983 into a $6.2 billion force in the automotive industry today. According to Forbes' most recent ranking, JM Family is now the 22nd largest privately owned company in the U.S. Pat views her primary responsibility as carrying the torch of leadership for future generations and maintaining JM Family's success for her family and the 2,300 associates who work with her. As a reflection of her efforts, JM Family was just ranked 23rd in Fortune magazine's list of the Best Companies to Work for in the US In addition, JM Family was named the top woman-owned business in the country for the second consecutive year by Working Woman magazine. When Pat joined the company, she worked her way through the ranks before being named president in 1989. Under her direction, the company's core business, Southeast Toyota Distributors, Inc., remains the largest Toyota distributor in the world and is number one in dealer profitability, customer satisfaction and sales. JM Family is also a leader in the community, and charitable organizations that benefit children are very close to Pat's heart. She serves on the board of Take Stock in Children, which provides scholarships and mentoring to at-risk students. She is a member of the Florida Council of 100 and recently joined its education task force. In addition, she is a recipient of the Excalibur Award from the American Cancer Society for her lead role in the Breast Cancer Initiative, a program designed to increase awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection. Pat is an active member of the Committee of 200, a national organization of women business leaders, and serves on its Foundation Board. She is a board member of American Heritage Life Insurance and Boca Resort and Club. Pat attended Marquette University and has three children and several grandchildren.

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Paula Kent Meehan

Paula Kent Meehan

1996
Beverly Hills, California

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In 1960, young actress and model Paula Kent Meehan launched her business career, founding a small California based company called Redken Laboratories with an initial investment of three thousand dollars. The sales for the first year were ninety thousand dollars. More than thirty years later, Redken Laboratories is a leader in the professional beauty products industry and Ms. Meehan has emerged as one of the most respected businesswomen in America. Ms. Meehan pioneered the "Scientific Approach to Beauty", based on her dedication to developing products compatible with the natural elements of hair and skin. She was also the forerunner in the concept of teaching chemistry to hairdressers, thereby enabling them to better serve their clients and generally elevating a career in hairdressing to that of a profession. Redken Laboratories also designed programs and trained hairdressers to successfully market Redken products in the salon, something unheard of at the time. In 1993, with sales at $160 million, Redken was sold to Cosmair, Inc., the U.S. licensee of L'Oreal. Ms. Meehan is president of her own investment company, handles her extensive real estate holdings and still finds time to travel throughout the country on her Gulfstream Ill, looking for investment opportunities. She is also preparing for the release of her autobiographical "how-to" book, sharing the secrets of her success. Recently she launched a successful new venture, the catalogue-based Boutique Beverly Hills. She also is chairman and president of Kenquest, Inc. and Timequest, Inc. Paula Kent Meehan has received countless industry awards. In 1992 she was named one of Entrepreneurial Woman magazine's "Eight Most Powerful Woman Business Owners" and was selected as one of the "Top Fifty Women Business Owners" by Working Woman magazine.

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Sue Marx

Sue Marx

1996
Detroit, Michigan

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Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sue Marx is the president of Sue Marx Films, Incorporated. Since founding her first company in 1980, she has directed over 150 corporate, promotional, political and educational films, videos and television spots which have aired throughout the world. Her films on art are in the Museum of Modern Art film collection. In 1988 Sue Marx received an Oscar for “Young at Heart”, a documentary about an octogenarian love affair, which was screened at the prestigious New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, the Telluride Film Festival and was the first independently produced documentary broadcast on Russian television. She has won many other national and international awards, including ten EMMY's, CINE Golden Eagles and awards from the American Film and Video Festival. In 1989, Marx was named one of the top ten newsmakers of the year by Crain's Detroit Business and was honored with the Arts Foundation of Michigan Award. She was listed as one of the fifty most powerful women by Detroit Monthly magazine , one of the thirty most dynamic women in Detroit by the Women's Economic Club and was named Michiganian of the year by The Detroit News. In 1990, she received the Harvard Business School Club of Detroit Entrepreneurial Award. Sue Marx is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, a former trustee of Harper Hospital and serves on two Detroit Medical Center advisory boards. She is the past chairman of the Cinematic Arts Council of the Detroit Institute of Arts and is active in numerous professional organizations, including the International Women's Forum. Marx received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University and her graduate degree from Wayne State University. She is married to businessman Stanley “Hank” Marx and they have three daughters.

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Florence Henderson

Florence Henderson

1996
Marina del Rey, California

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Florence Henderson's multifaceted career encompasses three decades of extraordinary work on stage, screen and television, earning her the respect (and love) of millions of fans of all ages. The youngest of ten children in a close-knit Midwestern family, her acting career began at age 17 and she has appeared in a long list of legendary Broadway roles, as a star of television variety shows and recently as a cooking/talk show host...a tribute to her versatility. Although known around the world for her role on television's “The Brady Bunch”, her career has flourished because of her talent, professionalism and universal appeal. As an actress and a singer, author and talk show host, her sincerity, enthusiasm and commitment to quality have made Florence one of the most highly esteemed performers of our time. Her story goes beyond show business, as well. She began to notice a hearing loss during her run in “The King and I”. The situation progressed almost to the point of deafness before a hereditary condition called otosclerosis was discovered and corrected through surgery. Her recovery has led to a long association with the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles. Other of her many humanitarian activities include fourteen years as a national host of the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon and fundraising for the City of Hope. Florence's husband, Dr. John Kappas, is a renowned hypnotherapist and Florence is a certified hypnotherapist herself. The Kappas live on a seventy-five foot yacht in Marina del Rey, California.

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Carolyn Farb

Carolyn Farb

1996
Houston, Texas

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Carolyn Farb exemplifies the essence of public service and philanthropy. She is committed to volunteerism for the greater good. Her hands-on planning and execution of every detail for a project serve as a role model for all volunteers. Carolyn Farb personifies the meaning of a true philanthropist. It has been said, “With the savoir-faire of any Fortune 500 CEO, she executes her business plan with precision and determination. With the charm and finesse of an amiable maestro, she produces a memorable event that seems effortless.” Her record-setting philanthropic work has touched many organizations from the 1980 Houston Ballet Foundation “Soiree on the Swanee” which raised $250,000 to the 1999 “Quest for Excellence Award Gala Honoring Eckhard Pfeiffer” benefiting the sciences at the University of Houston, which raised over $3 million, setting a special event record for the institution and adhering to her famous “zero budget” philosophy, keeping expenses below 5%! Ms. Farb's honors include the Illustrious Modern Award from the Wedgwood Society, the Diana Award, YWCA Woman of the Year, “I Have a Dream” Dreammaker Award, the National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis' Winter Ball “Woman of Distinction Award and the Volunteers of America's Regional and National Service Awards. She was a Community Hero Torchbearer for the 1996 Olympics. In 1992, the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center established the Carolyn Farb Permanent Endowment Fund in honor of her services. In 1998, she received the Children's Medallion of Honor from UNICEF. She is the author of “How to Raise Millions, Helping Others, Having a Ball”, a practical guide for fundraising professionals and volunteers. Her software package Carolyn Farb's Guide v1.0 is a hybrid desktop/Internet package designed to assist both the novice as well as the professional fund raiser. She has graced the list of Houston's Best Dressed and is passionate about her son Jake, art, the Houston Rockets and her shihtzu, Bogie.

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Fleur Cowles

Fleur Cowles

1996
London, England

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Fleur Cowles is a remarkable woman of many talents. After success as Associate Editor of the popular American magazines Look and Quick, she created and edited Flair magazine and the Flair book, both of which made publishing history. She was an ambassador of the United States to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. In addition to the Queen's medal, she has been decorated by the governments of France, Brazil, Greece and Spain for further activities. As an author, her books include “Bloody Precedent”, ”The Case of Salvador Dali”, “Friends and Memories”, “All Too True”, “The Flower Game”, “Flower Decorations”, “People as Animals”, “If I were an Animal”, “An Artist's Journey”, “The Life and Times of the Rose”, “She Made Friends and Kept Them” and “The Best of Flair”, now re-launched by Rizzoli in October, 1999. In 1994 she was honored by Texas University in the following ways: by their Fleur Cowles Fellowship program (globally and in perpetuity) for the study in the three aspects of her life: art, literature and painting, by the reproduction of her London studio in the Harry Ransom Institute of the University and by making her a member of Texas University's Council. A world-renowned painter, in 1965 she received an invitation to exhibit in the seventh Sao Paulo Biennial. Her work has since been shown in fifty-five one-woman exhibitions throughout the world, including six museums. She serves as a trustee, board member and advisory council member for a wide variety of foundations, trusts and humanitarian organizations. Fleur Cowles is married to Tom Montague Meyer, CBE, and resides in one of London's celebrated historic eighteenth-century homes.

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Dorris Carr Bonfigli

Dorris Carr Bonfigli

1996
New York, New York

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From the age of four, Dorris Carr was reciting on radio and acting, singing and dancing on the Los Angeles stage. Under contract to Universal Studios, she went to school on the lot while making films, but feels her first major role was valedictorian of her high school graduation class. After studying at Stanford University, she returned to Los Angeles and became a pioneer in the new medium of television. She created and co-hosted California's first live morning show, interviewing celebrities, singing and ad-libbing dozens of commercials for two hours, five days a week. Her midnight show, "Dorris Carr's Club Four" was NBC's first version of the Tonight Show. In the early 60s Dorris moved to the east coast and spent the next several years commuting between homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, where she raised her family, enjoyed a social life, worked for her favorite charities and pursued her off-camera interests. Paramount among these were and are, meditation and Siddha Yoga, the spiritual teachings of Baba Muktananda and Swami Chidvalasanda. In 1986 a dear friend, the actor-singer David Kernan, asked Dorris to come to London to co-produce a series of shows at the small, prestigious Donmar Warehouse Theatre. At the end of the season, they had two hits on their hands and moved to bigger west end theatres and settled in for long runs - as did she, forming the company "Showpeople" with Kernan and her daughter Barbara Bonfigli. Together they have presented a wide variety of award-winning productions. Dorris Carr has taken great delight in the creative challenges of live theater and tremendous satisfaction in focusing her talent and energy on the other side of the curtain. She is a long time, active supporter of Northwood's arts and business partnerships, as well.

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1995 Distinguished Women Honorees

Cynthia W. Vanek

Cynthia W. Vanek

1995
West Palm Beach, Florida

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Cynthia (Cindy) Vanek has dedicated her professional career to enhancing, expanding and improving health care services within her community. She has focused on practice, education and research services for both children and adults. Graduating from the University of Rochester's School of Nursing in 1975, Mrs. Vanek was instrumental in the initiation of Rochester, New York's first Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Patient care and administrative responsibilities were complemented by an academic appointment within the University's School of Nursing. In addition, she conducted and published research findings related to children's perceptions of an intensive care environment. Prior to leaving Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital, Mrs. Vanek served as Clinical Chief for Pediatric Nursing and Director of the Graduate Program in Pediatric Nursing. In 1980, Mrs. Vanek and her family moved to West Palm Beach where her dedication to improving health care services continues. Over the past fifteen years she has held numerous positions culminating in her current appointment as Vice President for Patient Care Services for Intracoastal Health Systems, a 785 bed integrated health care organization. Mrs. Vanek oversees multiple patient care programs. Her special interest in cancer helped spur the creation of the Good Samaritan Cancer Institute, which offers inpatient and outpatient health care services, patient and family education and support programs, and conducts clinical research in cancer diagnosis. Accredited by the American College of Surgeons' Commission On Cancer, the Institute now provides services to over 1500 newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families annually. A statement by Jackie Robinson symbolizes Mrs. Vanek's commitment to her profession: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

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Bessylee D. Penland

Bessylee D. Penland

1995
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Priscilla

Priscilla "Prill" Kuhn

1995
Tucson, Arizona

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Marching to a different drummer, Priscilla “Prill” Kuhn's vision of creating community good through making an honorable profit led to the incorporation of Netwest Development Corporation over ten years ago. As its founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Kuhn has spearheaded the development and operation of innovative new housing products designed for frequently overlooked, vulnerable constituents. Netwest Development Corporation, a privately held company owned and operated predominantly by Tucson women, is now a multi-million dollar business operating over 1,000 multifamily, retirement and assisted living housing units throughout the state of Arizona. Netwest Development Corporation is the culmination of Ms. Kuhn's personal dream to build strong community partnerships by encouraging private and public sector involvement. She is no stranger to both the private for-profit and the non-profit worlds. From her experience with Model Cities in the early 70s to present day, Ms. Kuhn has confronted the challenges of launching community partnering models and tackling problems as opportunities for “getting out of the box.” Throughout her career as a Senate and Congressional employee Department of Commerce Census Director, a YWCA executive director and now president of a private development company, she has employed innovative techniques to attain the organization's goals. She views service to community as an important ingredient for success and has combined a business career with championing causes for children, the mentally ill, disabled and homeless. Among her many awards and honors are the YWCA's Women on the Move Corporate Award, the University of Arizona's Alumni Distinguished Citizen Award, City of Peoria's Excellence in Construction and the Community Outreach for the Deaf Employer of the Year.

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Betty Hardy

Betty Hardy

1995
Houston, Texas

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Betty Hardy is an internationally known fashion and television personality. She has worked in Europe, Mexico and the United States. Long associated with Neiman Marcus, Betty is recognized internationally for her capabilities and uniqueness in the glamorous and tinsel world of high fashion. She is a member of the Fashion Group International. Betty was an honor student and a member of the National Honor Society. She is past president of the National Speakers Association, Houston Chapter and a popular speaker for major corporations, clubs and organizations. Her presentations include motivation, image power, fashion and self improvement. Betty's greatest reward from speaking is when her messages touch and improve the lives of others. Betty gives her support to the arts and many charities. She is on the advisory board of The Alley Theatre and has been an active and longtime member of the Houston chapter of Northwood University's National Women's Board. She has spoken to Northwood students and Northwood support groups on many occasions. She also supports the Museum of Fine Arts, the Costume and Textile Institute, the Houston Ballet, the American Heart Guild and the Women's Fund. Betty is an active member, with her husband, Fred, in St. Luke's United Methodist Church and serves in their television ministry. Betty's serenity comes from thinking beautiful thoughts, doing lovely things for others and always having God as her partner.

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Faith Stewart-Gordon

Faith Stewart-Gordon

1995
New York City

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Faith Stewart-Gordon owned and operated The Russian Tea Room for 29 years, until she sold it in 1996 to Warner LeRoy, flamboyant owner of Tavern On The Green in New York City (and, formerly Maxwell's Plum). The Russian Tea Room will reopen in October 1999 after being rebuilt from the ground up. Faith, who is a consultant to the new RTR, has just finished a memoir, “The Russian Tea Room, a Love Story”, to be published by Scribner in October, just in time for the RTR reopening. Born in Spartanburg, SC, Faith Burwell attended the “Cherub” program at Northwestern University as a high school junior. She later won an acting scholarship there, studied acting with Alvina Krause, and won two acting awards. Faith toured in “New Faces of 1952” and has played roles both on and off Broadway. In 1955 she met Sidney Kaye, the same year he became sole owner of The Russian Tea Room. They married in 1957. After the Kayes' daughter Ellen was born in 1959, Faith began to spend more time at the restaurant and found it increasingly fascinating. When Kaye died in 1967 Faith took on the challenge of The Tea Room and started writing and recording her own radio commercials, giving birth to the now-famous descriptive “Six minutes and twenty-three seconds from Lincoln Center and slightly to the left of Carnegie Hall.”

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Arlene Dahl

Arlene Dahl

1995
New York City

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Acting, beauty and fashion have highlighted the career of MGM screen star Arlene Dahl. Often called the most beautiful redhead in films, Miss Dahl starred in over thirty major motion pictures including “Three Little Words”, “Woman's World” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” Her stage career has included “The King and I”, “Pal Joey” and “Life With Father.” On Broadway she played Roxanne to Jose Ferrer's Cyrano de Bergerac and starred in the Tony Award winning musical “Applause”. Author of sixteen best-selling books on beauty, fashion and astrology, this versatile actress wrote an internationally syndicated beauty column for twenty years. On television Miss Dahl produced and starred in “Arlene Dahl's Lovescope” and in addition to her many guest-starring roles played feisty Lucinda King for three years on ABC's popular soap “One Life to Live.” As a designer, she introduced the Dahl cap in connection with her popular sleepwear line which started the Baby Doll craze in the 50s, designed fashion collections for Vogue Patterns in the 70s and 80s and created a special jewelry line that bears her name. Miss Dahl recently reintroduced her signature fragrance “Dahlia” in select stores throughout the country. Active in many philanthropic groups, this legendary beauty has won ten Laurel Awards for her films, has a Bronze Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has been named Advertising Woman of the Year, Mother of the Year, Today's Woman and recently received the Coup de Chapeau at the Deauville film festival for her film work, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from Worldfest. Miss Dahl is married to Marc Rosen, an award winning cosmetic package designer and has three special children including television star Lorenzo Lamas.

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Emajean (Pat) Cook

Emajean (Pat) Cook

1995
Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Emajean (Pat) Cook and her husband Peter have encouraged the growth of the Northwood Idea of private enterprise and entrepreneurship for many years. Their names grace both the library and the education center on the Northwood University Florida campus, reflecting their serious commitment to the principles and ideals of productivity, caring and sharing. Their generosity has provided the learning spaces for countless young people who have benefited from the inspiration of these beautifully designed campus buildings, as they pursued their studies. Pat Cook was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and attended Lee High School. She and Peter raised their two sons in Grand Rapids, where they also earned recognition and respect as church and community leaders. One son, Steve, attended Northwood. In addition to her church activities, Pat has served on the board of the Welcome Home for the Blind, Blodgett Hospital Guild and Porter Hills Ladies Auxiliary. Despite the demands on her time outside the home, Pat has always maintained her focus within the home, particularly in her support role to her husband and in actively participating in their many philanthropic gifts. In 1995 ground was broken for the DeVos-Cook academic center at Northwood in West Palm Beach, Florida. On hand for the occasion, as she has been for countless Northwood activities, Pat Cook brought her untiring and always gracious presence to the occasion, which marked a special turning point in the growth of Northwood University. (Deceased, 2008)

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Nancy Conrad

Nancy Conrad

1995
Huntington Beach, California

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Nancy Conrad is a remarkable woman. As a writer she was involved in the 25th anniversary of the first lunar landing, the 50th anniversary of the Navy's Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadron and the 100th birthday of the automobile and the cinema. Her ability to communicate the joy of such events makes her a notable writer and a much sought after keynote speaker. After graduating from college, Ms. Conrad studied interior design. She owned her own firm for fifteen years designing both commercial and residential projects. In 1987 she became the agent and manager for genre painter Ernie Barnes. From 1988 until 1992 Ms. Conrad wrote and produced marketing materials for Gallery Rodeo of Beverly Hills. In 1993 as senior writer for One Giant Leap for Mankind, Ms. Conrad interviewed and completed articles on eleven of the Apollo astronauts. The publication was an official NASA edition honoring the 24th anniversary of the Apollo missions. In 1993, Ms. Conrad became associate publisher for International BusinessWoman magazine, interviewing such notables as Betty Ford, Caroline Rose Hunt, Zandra Rhodes and Mary Kay Ash. In 1994, she was a senior writer for Century on Wheels, commemorating 100 years of the automobile. In 1995 she was a senior writer for 100 Years of the Cinema, produced by Sir Richard Attenborough and translated into five languages. Wife of the late astronaut Charles (Pete) Conrad and publisher and editor-in-chief of Pepper Pike Graphix, she and a talented team created educational comic books based on super heroes who are real. The group published “Moon Shot, the Flight of Apollo 12” and recently completed “The Magic of Flight” for the Naval Aviation Foundation's IMAX film of the same title. The creation of these graphic books led to the development of the first and only astronaut licensing company, Universal Spaceworks. As head of the company, Nancy represents eighteen astronauts whose careers span the entire history of manned space flight.

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Dr. Dollie Cole

Dr. Dollie Cole

1995
Lockhart, Texas

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Dollie Cole has limitless energy for friends and activities that bring people together who can help each other walk through this life with a better attitude and more success. Her favorite saying is that each of us wakes up every morning with the opportunity of being glad or sad, good or bad, productive or hopeless. It's everyone's personal choice as to what we do with our lives. Dollie often refers to her late husband, Ed Cole, former President of General Motors, as the smartest and most interesting man she ever knew. The corporate world of business became a major part of her life. She became Senior Editor of Curtis Publishing and often wrote about the corporate world in a humorous way. Writing is her passion and soon her book “Piston Power by Motor Mouth” will find its way to the book stores. Recently Dollie appeared in the role of the Governor's wife and Susan Dey's mother-in-law in “Bed of Lies”, an ABC Movie of the Week. She has appeared in several other movies shot at her Texas ranch as well. She has served on the board of directors of HPSC Inc., Project HOPE, the World Health Organization, the National Captioning Institute for the Hearing Impaired, the President's Club of the University of Michigan, Michigan State Chancellor's Club - Oakland University, National Academy of Sciences President's Circle and the Myer Prentess Cancer Foundation. She serves as Vice Chairman of the National Air & Space Museum and the National Corvette Museum and has just finished six years on the Smithsonian National Board. Dollie has donated a ranch to the Pegasus School for abused boys in Lockhart, Texas in her husband's name, where 100 abused boys live until they are 18 years of age. Ten dogs, six cats, one sheep, one donkey and forty horses share her life at the Briarpatch Ranch near Lockhart, Texas.

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1994 Distinguished Women Honorees

Margaret Whiting

Margaret Whiting

1994
New York City

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Margaret Whiting provides great rewards to all of us through her singing. Born to make music, there are few careers in American popular music to equal hers and fewer still surpass it. She has recorded more than five hundred songs and has had twelve gold records. She has introduced some of the greatest pop standards of all time: “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Far Away Places,” “A Tree in the Meadow,” and a song which will forever be associated with her, “Moonlight in Vermont.” Margaret came to her love of music quite naturally. Her father, Richard Whiting, was a legendary composer of such major works as “Beyond the Blue Horizon” and “Til We Meet Again.” Over the years, Ms. Whiting has never stopped working. She has appeared throughout the country in major musical comedies and plays. For five years, she toured the country with three other legends (Rosemary Clooney, Helen O'Connell and Rose Marie). Their “4 Girls 4” was one of the most popular and heavily booked attractions in the United States. Ms. Whiting serves on many boards and committees in the show business industry, including the Songwriters' Hall of Fame, the Grammy Awards and the Manhattan Association of Cabarets. She always finds time to help new and upcoming young singers and songwriters. Ms. Whiting has been a popular Master Class Instructor for the Northwood University Musical Theatre Studio, held on the Texas campus for many years.

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Barbera H. Thornill

Barbera H. Thornill

1994
Los Angeles, California

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Barbera Thornhill's career has followed a philosophical path paralleling the free enterprise international perspective and the business/arts relationship of Northwood University. Progressive steps in the establishment of her business presence were similar to the creativity in the progression of growth of an entrepreneur. As a student, Ms. Thornhill started importing grasscloth and silk wall covering from Asia, evolving globally through the years to the eventual formation of her commercial and residential architectural design company, Impact Design Inc. Her design projects have ranged from hotels (the five star Halcyon Hotel in London) to private clubs (Washington's Georgetown Club), airline interiors, Walt Disney Company (Newport Vacation Resort, Newport Beach, CA and Disney Wedding Chapel, Orlando, Florida) and residential and commercial buildings in an international marketplace, including the United Kingdom, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt. An avid gardener, Barbera shares her love of artistic creativity in the garden with her husband Gary Wilson, Co-chairman of Northwest Airlines. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina and educated in mathematics at North Carolina University and psychology at George Washington University, she is a member of the Junior League and Women's Museum Foundation of Washington, D.C., Show Coalition of Los Angeles, American Film Institute Associates and SHARE (organization of women for the good of orphaned children).

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Nell M.H. Smith

Nell M.H. Smith

1994
Palm Desert, California

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As a business woman, Nell Smith understands the vital need for business and management education programs. Born in Peoria, Illinois, trained at the Walton Business College in Chicago and affiliated for nineteen years with the Union League Club of Chicago, Nell Smith has many business associations. Always interested in helping young people, Nell was inspired by her meeting with Northwood Co-founder, Dr. Arthur Turner. A member of the Palm Springs chapter of the Northwood University Women's Board since 1981, Nell has generously assisted many young students in continuing their education, She has contributed books for the campus libraries, designer gowns for the International Costume Collection, items for FAD auctions and financial gifts for scholarships. She is involved in community organizations including the Palm Springs Desert Museum, the Palm Springs Opera Guild of the Desert, Eisenhower Hospital Auxiliary, Palm Springs Pathfinders and others. She is also a life member of the College of the Desert Auxiliary in Palm Desert. Helping students attain educational goals has always been an important consideration for Nell Smith and she looks forward to future development at Northwood campuses. The University salutes her for her untiring efforts on behalf of its students. (Deceased 2002)

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The Honorable Nettie H. Seabrooks

The Honorable Nettie H. Seabrooks

1994
Detroit, Michigan

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As the City of Detroit deputy mayor and chief administrative officer, Ms. Seabrooks is responsible for legislative coordination on the federal, state and city levels. She also has responsibility for a number of city departments, including the Cable Commission, City Airport, Civic Center, Communications and Creative Services department, Detroit Historical Museums, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Zoo, Municipal Parking and major special projects. Prior to serving the city, Ms. Seabrooks was director of government relations for General Motors Corporation's North American passenger car platforms and had been with GM for thirty-one years. She was appointed to her city position in January 1994 by Mayor Dennis Archer. Ms. Seabrooks has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Marygrove College and an M.A. in Library Science from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the boards of Music Hall, Barat Child and Family Services, the Detroit Institute of Art Friends of African and African-American Art, Detroit Medical Center and Karmanos Cancer Institute.

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Harriet Band Rotter

Harriet Band Rotter

1994
Franklin, Michigan

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Harriet Band Rotter has long championed the rights of women and children in the courts and the community. An attorney specializing in family law, she also has been an educator, media consultant and political activist, serving the State of Michigan Consumer's Council, the Governor's Council on Higher Education and the Central Michigan University Board of Trustees. She is a nationally recognized expert on domestic issues and a member of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She has participated in setting legal precedents in child custody cases, developed formulas for equitable division of property and lobbied for arbitration as a means to preserve the privacy and dignity of divorcing couples. A community activist, she is a supporter of the HAVEN, a shelter for abused women, and has been a key political strategist for the Republican Party, focusing her attention on practical solutions to real people's problems. She has written for legal journals and lectured at many seminars for attorneys and judges. She appears on television frequently and has been a popular speaker on Northwood's Michigan campus. She is married to Norman J. Rotter, M.D. and is the mother of three adult children.

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Patricia Neal

Patricia Neal

1994
New York City

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Patricia Neal is one of the most admired women of American film. An Academy Award-winning actress who heroically recovered from massive strokes to become a trailblazing humanitarian on behalf of medical rehabilitation, she offers a life-affirming story. Miss Neal's first job was as an understudy. She then accepted an offer to play Tallulah Bankhead's role of Regina in “Another Part of the Forest”, for which she received both the Tony and the Drama Critic's Award for Best New Actress. Miss Neal signed with Warner Brothers and proceeded to make thirteen movies in four years. But tragedy was to strike. Miss Neal and author-husband, Roald Dahl's infant son Theo was struck by a taxi, suffering severe injuries, and eldest daughter, Olivia, died at the age of seven from measles encephalitis. Miss Neal continued acting, however, and won an Oscar as Best Actress in 1964 for her performance with Paul Newman in “HUD.” At the peak of her success, Miss Neal suffered a series of strokes which left her partially paralyzed. Undaunted, she began a successful struggle through years of rehabilitation. Today, Patricia Neal continues her acting career, having recently starred in Robert Altman's latest film. Ms. Neal played the title character (Cookie), in “Cookie's Fortune.” She continues to travel with the Theater Guild's Theater-At-Sea program which has taken her to many exotic ports-of-call. Ms. Neal also has been lecturing extensively at conferences on stroke, stroke victims and rehabilitation. Her autobiography, “As I Am” was published in 1988 and has been reprinted all over the world.

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Anne S. Louison

Anne S. Louison

1994
Westbury, New York

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Anne Louison became the only woman president of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association. She added a whole new dimension to retailing and to automotive education. As the result of her foresight, the Association's Center for Automotive Education and Training has earned well-deserved recognition and respect throughout all segments of the industry. Of particular note are the association-sponsored Auto Education Day and Automotive Technology Competition at the New York International Auto Show. For her personal success and commitment to education, Northwood University was pleased to present its 1993 Dealer Education Award to Ms. Louison. She says, “Northwood's purpose is to prepare young people to take up the business of America. It is my hope that I can impart to the young people I meet the message that I consider to be the greatest assistance to them: It is much easier to go to school and learn what people have done before you, rather than learn by trial and error the hard way. When I returned to school as an adult, many of the things I thought I had invented were already written texts. What a waste of time it is to reinvent the wheel.”

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Joan Helpern

Joan Helpern

1994
New York City

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Since 1968, husband and wife David and Joan Helpern have brought to the footwear industry innovative, hand-crafted fashions designed by Joan for the international woman who juggles many lives. Over the years their achievements have been recognized by their peers with the Coty Award for design (1978), the Cutty Sark Award for men's footwear design (1986), Footwear Designer Award from Fairchild Publications and Footwear News (1988), the 1990 Hall of Fame Award from Fairchild Publications, and the Michelangelo Award for design from the Italian Trade Commission (1993). Ms. Helpern was honored as Woman-of-the-Year (in the fashion world) by the Girl Scouts of America and was also named one of the 50 Outstanding Business Women by NBWO and Working Woman (the Art of Achievement Awards) in Washington DC, in September of 1995. Ms. Helpern has been a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America since 1987. She is also one of the original organizing members of the Committee of 200, established in 1982 as a forum for women executives to encourage and support women in entrepreneurial and corporate executive positions, while increasing the visibility of women as business and organizational leaders. Married for thirty-four years and the parents of two children, Joan and David divide their time among New York, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Florence, Montecatini and Cap d'Antibes. According to them, “home is actually everywhere.”

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Penny Hawkey

Penny Hawkey

1994
New York City

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Penelope J. Hawkey joined Bloom FCA! (now Publicis Bloom) in March, 1985, as president and creative director, responsible for the creative product of the New York office. She is currently vice chairman/chief creative officer. As president, Penny was a driving force in spurring the growth of the agency and has been recognized for strong professional contributions. In 1990 she received the Women in Communications Matrix Award and was named AWNY Advertising Woman of the Year. During 1991 she was featured in the Wall Street Journal's series on distinguished creative leaders. Penny joined Bloom FCA! from McCann Erickson, where she spent ten years and rose to senior vice president, group creative director. At McCann Penny produced scores of award-winning television commercials. She began her advertising career in 1965 at Grey Advertising. From Grey she moved to J. Walter Thompson and rose to vice president, senior writer on the Warner-Lambert Listerine and Blue Cross/Blue Shield accounts, Penny resides is Ossining, NY with her husband Bill and five children. She serves on the Board of Governors of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, the Ad Council, the AWNY Foundation, Childhope and Partnership For A Drug Free America.

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Lois Sloan Gaigalas

Lois Sloan Gaigalas

1994
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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Lois Sloan Gaigalas, now retired from operating an independent tax and accounting service, is a graduate of the University College of Northwood University. Graduating summa cum laude with a B.B.A. degree in Business Administration, she was honored in 1991 with a Northwood Outstanding Alumni Award. She was honored again in 1994 as a Distinguished Women's Award recipient. Lois' business background consists of broad experience in areas of financial management, systems and accounting. Her business affiliations provided many opportunities to participate in community affairs with such organizations as New Detroit, Cranbrook Institute of Science, Michigan Amateur Athletic Union and others. She also taught for Northwood's Midland campus. Lois has served on the corporate board of three companies. She has been a volunteer officer and director of the Birmingham Senior Center and The Settlement Center as well as a volunteer at The Birmingham Community House, in the IRS-AARP Tax Assistance Program and at her church. After serving as Church Treasurer, she now chairs the church's endowment fund, the first member to do so. She was honored as Volunteer of the Year in 1996 for that effort. She has been a member of the Executive Board of the Detroit chapter of the Northwood National Women's Board and on the FAD Auction Committee. She advocates for youth through the scholarship programs of Northwood University, which she has generously endowed.

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Danielle Clark Ellis

Danielle Clark Ellis

1994
Houston, Texas

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Danielle Ellis is a "volunteer extraordinaire". As noted for her efficiency as for her charm, this organized professional is a member of Northwood University's Houston Women's Board, chaired its annual fundraising gala in 1996, its chapter for several years, and was the first recipient of the coveted Northwood University Winifred B. Hirsch Award for volunteerism. She is active in advocacy for the visual and performing arts, education, women's concerns and causes for children. Formally educated in interior design, she is the owner of the design firm DeCorum Three, Inc. and her eye for color and line in the fashion realm has led to an award as one of Houston's Ten Best Dressed Women. She served on the executive committee of the Houston Grand Opera board for six years, was the Houston Opera Ball chairman in 1994, was the Museum of Fine Arts' Costume Institute chairman, served on the Institute's board for five years and served on the executive committee of the Society for the Performing Arts for eight years. She chaired the 1995 City of Houston's Mayor's Ball and has been UNICEF Fundraising chairman, among many other key leadership commitments. Danielle cites her belief in a healthy work ethic, morals and spirituality, stemming from a strong, honest and delightful family life in her native Virginia. Danielle and her attorney husband, John, reside in Houston, Texas.

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Dr. Julia M. Edwards

Dr. Julia M. Edwards

1994
Palm Beach, Florida & Palm Beach, Florida

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Julia Edwards was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She and her husband, Bill, have two daughters and four grandchildren. Before becoming involved in the real estate business, Mrs. Edwards devoted her efforts to a variety of volunteer services. She served as a Red Cross hospital aid, taught a Sunday School class and was a P.T.A. president during her early years in Saginaw, Michigan. While participating in various charitable and civic campaigns, she also satisfied her interest in the arts by serving as a member of the board of directors for the Saginaw Symphony Orchestra Association. She is a member of the National Women's Board of Northwood University, the board of directors of Palm Beach Round Table and the Palm Beach Society of The Four Arts. She has been a great supporter of the Northwood University Orchestra. She serves as vice president of a family foundation and director of a family partnership. Professionally, she has been active in real estate. Mrs. Edwards says, "Northwood University is truly an outstanding institution of higher learning. Coupled with its strong academic program, with accent on our free enterprise economic system, is the importance of arts appreciation. I am particularly impressed with the wholesome moral climate that prevails there and I never fail to be impressed with the quality of the student body." Mrs. Edwards esteem for Northwood is warmly reciprocated. In 1999, she received an honorary degree from the University at the Michigan commencement. (Deceased, 2009)

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Margaret C. Donnelley

Margaret C. Donnelley

1994
West Palm Beach, Florida

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Margaret Donnelley is President Emeritus of the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County and serves as a member of the National Mental Health Association's Board of Directors. For the past thirty years she has dedicated herself to full-time volunteer work on behalf of mental health and human service needs, laboring to raise consciousness and funds for improved care and expanded programs in mental health. Thanks to her efforts as General Chairman for the past 24 years, the Liberty Bell Gala, which benefits the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County, has become one of Palm Beach County's major fundraising events. Among the many awards she has received are Volunteer of the Year Award from the National Mental Health Association, the Mental Health Association of Florida and the Palm Beach County Kidney Association. She has also received the National Mental Health Association's National Volunteer Service and President's Award, the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce's Community Service Award, the Executive Women of the Palm Beaches' Women in Leadership Voluntary Sector Award, the Comprehensive Alcoholism Rehabilitation Programs' Special Volunteer Services Award, Northwood University's Distinguished Woman and Silver Circle Awards, the Salvation Army's Heart of Gold Award, and 1991 was the readers' selection as Palm Beach Life magazine's Annual Best of Everything Awards, Best Volunteer Award!, the Legal Aid Society's Pro Bono Community Service Award and Palm Beach Illustrated‘s Fashion 4 Charity Honoree Award. Since 1982, the Mental Health Association of Palm Beach County has presented Margaret with ten awards for outstanding service. Margaret Donnelley has also given of herself to many other organizations.

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Marcia A. Brogan

Marcia A. Brogan

1994
Detroit, Michigan

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Marcie Brogan received her B.A. from Ursuline College for Women and her M.A. from the University of Detroit. In 1972 she left academics for advertising, joining W.B. Doner as a copywriter and soon winning major creative awards. In 1974 she moved to London to work as senior copywriter, later moving to Brussels to run a copywriting service. In 1977 she became creative director of two Campbell-Ewald offices in The Netherlands. In 1980 Marcie returned to America, rejoining W.B. Doner as creative vice president. Then, in 1984, she opened a full-service marketing communications agency. Active in the community, Marcie is on the boards of United Way, Community Services, the Detroit Boy Scouts, the Michigan Thanksgiving Parade and chairs the Michigan Health Committee. She served her profession as chair of the Michigan Council of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, as board member of the Adcraft Club, the Detroit Creative Directors Council and the National Advertising Review Board. Awards include Clios, Athenas, Cadds, Addys and Emmys. Other honors include Detroit's Adwoman of the Year and Detroit's Agency Manager of the Year. Her agency was named a Workplace Of The Future by the Women's Economic Club of Detroit and was designated a High-Performance Workplace by the U.S. Department of Labor. A popular speaker and generous mentor, Ms. Brogan lives in Birmingham with her husband and children.

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Ann Simmons Alspaugh

Ann Simmons Alspaugh

1994
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Ann Alspaugh was born in Duncan, Oklahoma. She attended Smith College and the University of Oklahoma where her sorority was Kappa Kappa Gamma. Oklahoma City has been her home since 1954. It would be nearly impossible to mention all of Ms. Alspaugh's involvements and awards. However, a few of her accolades follow. She received the Governor's Arts Award in Oklahoma for her arts involvements, she is on the International Founders Council of the new National Museum of the American Indian, to be built on the last location on the Mall in Washington D.C. and Ballet Oklahoma presented her with its first Grande Reverence Award. She is a trustee of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, a member of The Board of Visitors of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and trustee of the Oklahoma Institute for Breast Health. Committed to education, she serves on the board and executive committee of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in Public Education. Ann received the Women Who Make a Difference Award from the International Women's Forum in 1992. She is a member of the National Council for the Music Associates of Aspen, Dance Aspen and the Aspen Art Museum. In November of 1994 she was inducted into the Duncan Public School's Hall of Fame.

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1993 Distinguished Women Honorees

Irene S. Wischer

Irene S. Wischer

1993
San Antonio, Texas

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Irene S. Wischer has been fascinated by the energy business since the day she started work as a temporary stenographer at Panhandle Producing Company�s predecessor. Her rise to chairman, president, chief executive officer and director of Panhandle Producing Company testifies to her intelligence and dedication. Mrs. Wischer has for several years been a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America�s Executive Committee. She also serves as a member of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners� Executive Committee and is very involved in the political arena, both statewide and nationally. She also works for her community: as a member of the Board of Trustees for Trinity University, immediate past chairman of the board of Southwest Research Institute, the board of directors of the San Antonio Medical Foundation, the past vice chairman of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the Institute of Texan Cultures, board of governors of the YMCA, chair of the Advisory Council of the Girl Scouts of America and as a KLRN Public Television board member. She was recipient of the prestigious award of Chief Roughneck representing the Independent Petroleum Association of America. Mrs. Wischer was married to the late Earl H. Wischer, who was involved in ranching and investments. They have two children and five grandchildren. (Deceased, 2007)

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Debra Warner

Debra Warner

1993
Midland, Michigan

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Debra Warner graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Classical English Literature and Ancient Art History. Teaching high school, she pursued a master's degree in Education Administration. She is the founder, owner and active partner in several real estate land development and investment partnerships. She is married to Scott Warner, CEO of Budwarker, Inc. They have two children. Debra is a board member and past president of Arts Midland and has served as board member and board chair of the Midwest's Matrix: Midland Festival of the Arts and Sciences. She is a dedicated Rotarian who believes in “service above self.” With her husband, she has co-chaired the 1992, 1994 and the 1996 Rotary District Conventions. Debra is currently president-elect of the Midland Morning Rotary Club and a board member and chair of fund development for the MidMichigan Medical Center, Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice Center. Mrs. Warner's extensive work with Northwood includes executive board member and past chair of the Town & Campus chapter of the National Women's Board & Friends, the Northwood Gallery, the FAD auctions and OmniQuest. In 1986 Debra received Northwood's Silver Circle Award for service to Northwood and the Midland community. She has worked with the Michigan Dyslexia Institute toward public awareness and education. She is involved with the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service and the Michigan Family Alliance.

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Susan Bagby Tilley

Susan Bagby Tilley

1993
Fort Worth, Texas & West Palm Beach, Florida

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Since 1997, Susan Bagby Tilley has been running two classical music series at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. Before that she owned an artist management company whose roster included internationally acclaimed classical musicians. That followed nine years as Chairman of the Board of the Van Cliburn Foundation, the organization that administers the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Cliburn Concerts and various educational and community outreach programs in Fort Worth, Texas. Susan Tilley was born in Dallas, Texas and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Southern Methodist University with a B.A. in English and a bachelor of science degree in journalism. She began a career in journalism as a reporter for the Dallas Times Herald before moving into corporate communications. In addition to raising a family of four children, Susan has been involved in a series of philanthropic endeavors encompassing health care, social services, environmental causes and the performing and visual arts. Ms. Tilley has won the Angel Award of the International Society of Performing Arts Administrators and has served on the board of directors for the American Symphony Orchestra League, Tarrant County United Way, the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Neighborhood Health Horizons, Streams and Valleys Committee, Planned Parenthood, the Fort Worth Opera Guild and Casa Manana Theater.

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Judith F. Terra

Judith F. Terra

1993
Washington, DC & Chicago, Illinois

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Judith F. Terra is co-founder of both the Terra Museum of American Art in Chicago and Museé d'Art Americain de Giverny in France. She and her late husband, former U.S. Ambassador for Cultural Affairs Daniel J. Terra, spent many years promoting American art. Today, Mrs. Terra plays a key role in both museums, currently as co-director of the Terra Museum. Museé d' Art Americain de Giverny, which opened in June 1992, reflects the Terras' continued interest in and enthusiasm for the broadening of knowledge about American art. The French museum is a tangible expression of the Terras' appreciation to the people of France for their nation's rich artistic and cultural heritage and the profound impact it has had on American art. In addition to her involvement in the arts and education and raising two children and spoiling three grandchildren, Judith Terra is a community activist serving on many boards as well as participating in local charitable causes and organizations in both Chicago and Washington. A few of her current activities include the following boards: the National Kidney Foundation of the National Capitol Area, Inc.; chairman, Advisory Board of the Ronald Reagan Institute for Emergency Medicine, George Washington University and, in Chicago, Northwestern University Women's Board and Women's Athletic Club.

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Patricia B. Meadows

Patricia B. Meadows

1993
Dallas, Texas

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Patricia B. Meadows received her B.A. from the University of Texas in Austin. She and her husband, Curtis Meadows, Jr., have two wonderful sons, Michael and John. In 1981 Ms. Meadows co-founded Dallas Visual Arts Center, which now serves over 3000 working artists and 50,000 visitors annually. She developed and directed the program from 1981-86 and served as its board president for three years. As curator, she has created outstanding exhibition opportunities for Texas artists such as the annual Critic's Choice competition, the Collectors series, the Mosaics series and most recently, Texas Collects. In 1993 she established the prestigious annual DVAC Legend Award. She produced two exhibitions for the National Museum of Women in the Arts featuring women artists from Texas. She served on the Mid-America Arts Alliance Board in Kansas City, MO, on the review panel for the Texas Commission on the Arts and is a juror for local and statewide exhibitions. She has received recognition for her service to the arts through numerous awards and is listed in Who's Who in American Art. Her commitment to the city of Dallas includes being appointed by three successive mayors and City Councils to committees and boards involving economic development, neighborhood associations, planning and oversight. She has served as chairman or president of several of these appointments.

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Eleanor Lambert

Eleanor Lambert

1993
New York City

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Eleanor Lambert, the publicist noted for establishing the international stature of American fashion, is equally well known in all fields of the arts and luxury living. In private life she is Eleanor Lambert Berkson, widow of Seymour Berkson, American journalist (d.1959). Their son, William Berkson, is a recognized poet and art critic. Born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, she was the first publicist to represent American art and its artists as personalities and international innovators. She introduced the Whitney Museum at its founding. Her belief in fashion as an art form led to the recognition of many now famous designers including Claire McCardell, Adrian, Norman Norell, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin and Valentino. She organized the semi-annual Fashion Press Week, forerunner of the centralized showings in Milan, Paris and New York. She founded the Coty Awards (1943-1979) and The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and received its Lifetime Achievement award in 1987 and 1993. The U.S. government appointed Miss Lambert to introduce American fashion to the world through fashion shows in Russia, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Britain, Italy and Australia. She served on the National Council of the Arts (later National Endowment for the Arts) at its founding in 1965. Her international Best Dressed poll, the traditional annual record of contemporary taste in dress, was established in 1941 and continues under her aegis. (Deceased, 2003)

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Barbara Hurwitz

Barbara Hurwitz

1993
Houston, Texas

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“I'm impressed with the Northwood philosophy of developing the whole person,” says Barbara Hurwitz. She exemplifies how moral concern, determination and a proactive spirit can lead to positive changes in today's world. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she taught elementary school before moving to Houston in 1967. Her concern for children led to further study, and, in 1988, she received her master's of education from the University of St. Thomas. Although she is active in a number of organizations, the Orton Dyslexia Society, the Friends of Hermann Park and the University of St. Thomas are presently her main focus. She has served on both the local and national boards of the Orton Dyslexia Society and as vice president of the local chapter. She is a vice president of the Friends of Hermann Park and chairs the capital campaign to fund the renovation of the park, Houston's most historic urban greenspace. A successful campaign will make this one of the nation's premier city parks. Among her many honors, Mrs. Hurwitz has been named to the Houston Chronicle's Best Dressed Hall of Fame and was twice honored as The Houston Post's Ten Women of Distinction. She is married to Charles Hurwitz, head of MAXXAM Inc., a diversified corporation, and is the mother of two sons, both of whom hold advanced degrees in business.

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Dr. Sonya Friedman

Dr. Sonya Friedman

1993
Detroit, Michigan

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Dr. Sonya Friedman was the long-time host of the CNN informational/news program, “Sonya Live.” In addition to television Dr. Friedman was an ABC talk radio psychologist for ten years and a columnist for the Detroit Free Press for ten years. She is the author of the books “Secret Loves: Women With Two Lives,” “On A Clear Day You Can See Yourself,” “Men Are Just Desserts,” “Smart Cookies Don't Crumble” and “A Hero Is More Than Just A Sandwich.” Her literary works have been on the New York Times Best-Seller lists. Her ability to translate her knowledge and training in psychology to everyday concerns and to news events has made Dr. Friedman one of the most highly regarded psychologists in the country. In 1993 she was awarded the American Psychological Association's Presidential Award for outstanding contribution through the media to the public understanding of psychology. In 1991 she received the first annual Star award from the American Women in Radio and Television honoring her continued commitment to the issues and concerns of women. And in 1993 she received America's Women of Distinction Award from the Crohn & Colitis Foundation. She is also an Emmy and Ace Award winner. She received her master's degree in educational psychology and a doctorate in psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit and has been in private clinical practice for the last twenty years in Birmingham, Michigan.

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Michelle Engler

Michelle Engler

1993
Lansing, Michigan

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Since assuming the role of Michigan's First Lady in 1991, Michelle Engler has worked actively to help her husband, Governor John Engler, make Michigan a better place to work, live and raise a family. One way she has worked to do this is by encouraging people to volunteer. Michelle Engler believes in the power of Michigan citizens to solve community problems through public service. As First Lady, her primary responsibility has been as chair of the Michigan Community Service Commission, which was created by the Governor to encourage community service and volunteerism. She has been recognized for her advocacy for women in working to reduce mortality from breast cancer and she serves on the board of directors of the Library of Michigan Foundation. Her other commitments include the Girlstown Foundation, Artrain and the Michigan Caring Program for Children, a model plan to provide preventative health care for uninsured children. Prior to her marriage to then Governor-elect John Engler, Michelle DeMunbrun was a partner in the Houston, Texas law firm of Nathan, Wood and Sommers, where she specialized in bankruptcy law and commercial litigation. Recently, she has taken a leave of absence from the Grand Rapids (MI) law firm of Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett where she practiced part-time in their Lansing office. Governor and Mrs. Engler are proud parents of triplet daughters born on November 13, 1994.

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Helen DeVos

Helen DeVos

1993
Holland, Michigan & Manalapan, Florida

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Helen DeVos believes deeply in family and community and has devoted years of service to support activities she feels uphold these values. A longtime resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Mrs. DeVos is a major supporter of the performing arts, having served twenty years as a trustee and member of the executive board of the Grand Rapids Symphony. She is the founding sponsor of its Artist in Residence Program, which enables gifted artists to pursue their careers full-time and is building a core orchestra for the Symphony. She has served nationally as a vice-chairman of the American Symphony Orchestra League board in Washington, DC, and, after fulfilling her terms of office, was awarded an honorary board membership. Mrs. DeVos' community and civic involvement has included honorary chairwoman of Toys for Tots in Grand Rapids and executive committee member of a group of Christian retirement homes in Grand Rapids. She has been active in her church with its guild and the Youth Education Committee. Recently, Mrs. DeVos was honored by Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, which named its newest facility The Helen DeVos Women and Children's Center. Mrs. DeVos received her B.A. degree and teaching certificate from Calvin College in Grand Rapids. She is married to Richard M. DeVos, co-founder of Amway Corporation. They have four children and several grandchildren.

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1992 Distinguished Women Honorees

Jamie Wood

Jamie Wood

1992
Balboa Island, California

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Jamie Wood is co-founder of ITBS (International Trading Business Services), formerly Mayan Threads, an import company specializing in marketing high-end clothing from Central America in the United States. Her past business experiences include project management and coordination of interior design and exterior landscaping for general contracting and land development projects in medical and high-rise construction. For four years she served as aide to California State Assemblyman John Quimby, where she researched, drafted and lobbied for legislative proposals. Jamie's voluntary leadership includes her work with Helps International, S.E.E. International, V.O.S.H. and the Salvadoran Children's Society. A native of Glendale, California, Mrs. Wood attended San Bernadino Valley College and the University of California, Irvine. She now resides in Irvine with her husband, Robert. They have six children and two grandchildren.

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Barbara Tucker

Barbara Tucker

1992
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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In addition to her successful fashion career, Barbara Tucker is a respected national voice for arts, education and health causes. Her career in New York City with many top fashion firms led to the directorship of the Detroit Fashion Group after moving to that city. She also helped establish Northwood's first fashion curriculum, now highly regarded in the industry. Barbara serves many non-profit organizations as a fund-raiser. She was state president of the Michigan Orchestra Association, national president of the American Symphony Orchestra League's Volunteer Council and president of the Detroit Symphony's Volunteer Council. She served three years with Northwood's National Women's Board Detroit chapter as FAD Auction chair and chapter chair. She is a Detroit Symphony Orchestra trustee, trustee of ArtServe Michigan, the Karamanos Cancer Foundation and the American Red Cross of Southeastern Michigan. Other affiliations include: the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Cranbrook Art Academy, Michigan Watercolor Society, Detroit Historical Society, Archives of American Art, the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center and the Boys and Girls Club. Barbara is listed in Who's Who of American Women and has received Detroit's Key to the City, the Ambassadors Award from the Detroit Convention Bureau and, in 1995, the Paragon Award from the American Red Cross. She is a painter, a pianist and a traveler with her husband, Richard. They have one daughter.

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Peggy Rowley

Peggy Rowley

1992
Bay City, Michigan

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A native of Bay City, Peggy Rowley works in the family business, directs choirs at her church and volunteers a wealth of time and knowledge to a multitude of local organizations. Peg's volunteer contributions, achievements and involvements are impressive. She helped found Bay Music Foundation, Bay Concert Band, Bay Arts Council, a School Visiting Artists Program, Bay Area Community Foundation and the Bay City Fireworks Festival. Peg is best known for her development projects and concepts. She envisioned and spearheaded drives for the World Friendship Shell, Riverwalk, Riverwalk Pier, Riverwalk Crossing and Railtrail. Jennison Nature Center, Tobico Marsh and Bay City State Park also have benefited from her care. Local, state and national awards have been plentiful. She has been honored by her city, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Salvation Army, NAACP, DAR, church, Arts Foundation of Michigan, Greater Michigan Foundation, Michigan Senate and House, as well as others. Both she and her husband Paul received a Chamber of Commerce Business Hall of Fame Award, the first couple (and woman) to receive this award. Peg has retired from directing choirs due to the purchase of a condo in Naples, Florida. She still plays her violin in Michigan and Florida. Peg's latest project has been developing condos in the former Jennison Hardware building on the river in downtown Bay City, Michigan. A spacious arts center occupies the main floor and mezzanine of “Jennison Place” and has galleries and teaching studios. Peg served as volunteer fund development chair for the new Arts Center. The Rowley's four children and spouses all live in Bay County and continue the family tradition of serving others.

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Wendy Reves

Wendy Reves

1992
Cap Martin, France

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In 1939, Wendy Reves began a successful modeling career in New York. In 1948, she met her husband Emery Reves. From that time onward, their lives were intertwined. Wendy and Emery purchased the magnificent Villa La Pausa from Coco Chanel, which became a lively scene of artistic, intellectual and political discussion for twenty-five years. In the process, Wendy Reves became the elegant first lady of the Cote d�Azur. Among celebrated guests at the villa were Field Marshal Montgomery, Anthony Eden, the Duke of Windsor, French President R'ne Coty, Konrad Adenauer, Noel Coward, Aristotle Onassis, Somerset Maugham, Greta Garbo and Rose Kennedy. Winston Churchill spent many months each year at La Pausa. In his words, "Pausaland was a temple of peace." Even after Mr. Reves' death in 1981, Wendy remained a whirlwind of activity, contributing the treasured Reves art and antiques collections to the Dallas Museum of Art and founding the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary. She has received the Kamen award for philanthropy, the National Arts Club's Award of Philanthropy (New York), the J.K. Wilson award (Dallas) and is Honorary Trustee of the International Churchill Society and Trustee and Fellow of Westminster College. She has endowed the Northwood University International Costume Collection and her personal collection of couture apparel is one of its highlights. (Deceased, 2007)

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Billye Stevens Halbouty

Billye Stevens Halbouty

1992
Houston, Texas

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Billye Stevens Halbouty is a southern belle in the truest sense, born and educated in Mississippi. She maintains the quiet, genteel characteristics of her southern heritage. She has long been interested and active in cultural and charitable endeavors such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Houston Heart Association, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Houston Youth Symphony and Ballet Guild, March of Dimes and Northwood University. Billye chaired the Houston Grand Opera's Ball for two consecutive years and raised over one million dollars. She also chaired the Town and Country magazine Houston READ Commission Gala and the Commission's $2 million Capital Campaign. In 1989 Billye and her husband, Michel, the internationally renowned geoscientist, were named Cultural Leaders of the Year in recognition of their efforts and contributions to Houston. Both are highly visible in a multitude of civic, cultural and charitable endeavors. In addition, Billye served as Gala chairman for March of Dimes benefit and was named a Woman of Distinction by The Houston Post and a Fabulous Fund-Raising Femme by the Greater Houston Women's Foundation. Always recognized for her keen sense of fashion, Billye was named one of the Ten Best Dressed Women in Houston in 1990 and 1992 and elected to its Hall of Fame in 1994. Billye continues to maintain her high level of involvement in Houston's charitable, civic and cultural endeavors through her encouragement and support of the younger generation becoming more active in these areas. Recently, she and her husband were selected as honorees of the Multiple Sclerosis Society's annual event and raised more funds than the Houston chapter had ever achieved. There is no doubt Billye brings a wealth of experience, dedication and a very positive view to the arena of fundraising for worthy causes. Needless to say, in the Houston area, Billye Halbouty is acclaimed for her record setting successes.

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Arlette B. Gordon

Arlette B. Gordon

1992
Palm Beach, Florida

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Arlette Gordon and her husband Robert, an international investor, are noted philanthropists. Their devoted assistance to important causes in Palm Beach has benefited Hospice, Juvenile Diabetes, Heart Association, Cystic Fibrosis, Salvation Army, Animal Rescue League, St. Mary's Hospital, The American Cancer Society of America, Society of Four Arts and Palm Beach Opera. Arlette was four-time Palm Beach American Red Cross Auction chairman, Opera Ball chairman and received the Salvation Army 1995 Women's Honor Award. Arlette is also a Trustee for the International Society of Palm Beach, 1992, 1994 chairman of the National Wheelchair Sports Fund, a Charter Member of the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum and 1995 chairman of the Salvation Army Christmas Ball. Born in Boston, Arlette attended the Choate School in Boston, the University of Rhode Island and the Boston University School of Music. The Gordons' business and love of travel have taken them to all parts of the world. Personally, they enjoy travel on their own boat from Maine to Key West and gourmet dining as leaders in the Chaine des Rotisseurs. The Gordons have three sons, Paul, Lee and Scott, all of whom reside with their families in Florida.

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Dr. Lynne V. Cheney

Dr. Lynne V. Cheney

1992
Washington, DC

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Dr. Lynne V. Cheney served two terms as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the independent federal agency that supports education, research, preservation and public programs in the humanities. Under Cheney's leadership, the Endowment launched programs aimed at improving education in America's schools, colleges and universities. Also under her leadership, the NEH provided major support for “The Civil War”, a now-classic documentary miniseries. Cheney has written and spoken about American education and the value of the humanities to one's professional and personal life. She has been featured on television news programs and her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and many more. Before the NEH, Cheney taught at colleges and universities, was a magazine editor and a widely published author. She has written two novels and co-authored a third. With her husband, former Secretary of Defense Richard B. Cheney, she wrote a history of the House of Representatives. A native of Wyoming, Cheney earned her bachelor's degree with highest honors from Colorado College and a master's degree from the University of Colorado. Her doctoral degree, with a specialization in 19th century British literature, is from the University of Wisconsin. She also holds more than a dozen honorary degrees.

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Bernadette Castro

Bernadette Castro

1992
New Hyde Park, New York

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Bernadette Castro is the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Commissioner Castro ran her family's business, Castro Convertibles, up until 1993 and in 1994 was the Republican-Conservative candidate for the US Senate. Her father was an Italian immigrant who learned English at night and opened a re-upholstery shop, which later became Castro Convertibles. Business boomed when Bernard Castro aired television commercials starring his 4-year-old daughter, Bernadette. It was the beginning of her public life. Bernadette graduated from the University of Florida with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and a master's in Educational Administration with Phi Kappa Phi honors. She was the first woman to receive the University's Distinguished Alumni Award. A resident of Long Island, she has long been involved in civic, charitable and community service organizations, among them the Hofstra University Board of Trustees and the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center Advisory Board. Among the recognitions of her community service and business success; Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Honorary Doctor of Laws from St. Joseph's College, 1992 “NAFFE” Award, Wharton School Club of Long Island Businesswoman of the Year, National Italian-American Foundation Achievement in Business Award, Zionist Organization Justice Lewis D. Brandeis Award, Long Island Business Sky Island Club Hall of Fame, Angel Guardian Home Women of the Year, Long Island University Outstanding Woman in Business Achievement. Bernadette Castro is married to Dr. Peter M. Guida, Professor of Surgery at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. She has four children.

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Rosamond Bernier

Rosamond Bernier

1992
New York City

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Rosamond Bernier began her career as a correspondent in Paris for American Vogue. She thereby became familiar with the major figures in art, music and literature in post-war Paris. The friendships that resulted were invaluable to her when, in 1955, she founded the monthly review L'Oeil. A pioneering classic in its time, it ranged widely over all the arts, both present and past. Among much else, she was first with news of the Matisse chapel in Venice and the ensemble of paintings produced by Picasso in the Chateau d'Antibes. Returning to the United States in 1971, she began a new career as a lecturer, rising to enormous popularity at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where her appearances are regularly sold out. She has been profiled in The New Yorker, Vogue, Town and Country (among others) and on “60 Minutes” and “The Today Show”. Since 1986 her lectures have been videotaped by her own production company. In 1991 her book, “Matisse, Picasso, Miro, As I Knew Them”, was published by Alfred A. Knopf and later translated into French, German, Italian and Spanish. Decorated by the French government in 1980, she received an honorary doctorate from Trinity College, Hartford in 1991 and is a Fellow of the Morgan Library. She lives in New York and Connecticut.

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1991 Distinguished Women Honorees

The Honorable Annette Strauss

The Honorable Annette Strauss

1991
Dallas, Texas

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Annette Strauss served as Mayor of Dallas from 1987 through 1991 and as Mayor Pro-Tem of the Dallas City Council from 1983-1987. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas, Austin and received a master's degree from Columbia University, New York. She served as Dallas' Ambassador at Large and chairman of the board of the John Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University, as a member of TACA for the performing arts and the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society. Service on other boards included The National Committee of Arts with the Handicapped, the Development Board of U.T. Austin and UT Dallas, Timberlawn Foundation, The American Automobile Association, the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation and Northwood University's National Arts Advisory Board. She has raised more than $15 million for various projects in Dallas. Her honors include: National Mother's Day Committee Mother of the Year, Texas Women's Hall of Fame Award, UT Austin Distinguished Alumnus Award, YWCA Dallas Family of the Year, the John F. Kennedy Commitment to Excellence Award, the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award, the James K. Wilson Award for Service to the Arts and the Linz Award.

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Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith

1991
Dallas, Texas

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Sandy Smith, President of Sandy Smith, Inc., is a residential and commercial interior designer in Dallas. In addition to her design projects in the U.S., Sandy has worked in Japan, Taiwan and Mexico. She is listed in Who's Who in Interior Design. Sandy has been involved in many civic organizations including TACA (arts center) of Dallas, the Dallas Symphony Guild, Buckner Baptist Children's Home Guild and the Arthritis Foundation. As an active supporter and volunteer for Northwood, Sandy served as the Gala chairman and the chair of the Dallas chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board. Sandy is married to R.J. Smith, Jr., chairman of Northwood's Texas Board of Governors and a member of the Board of Trustees. The Smiths were first introduced to Northwood in 1966 through the founders of the college, Drs. Turner and Stauffer. Sandy states, “We were so impressed with the philosophy of the college, we have been supporters ever since that time. Northwood moves with the times and never has there been such a time for the Northwood Idea to be taught to our youth and to the youth of the countries that are fighting for a democratic, private enterprise society.” A native Texan, Sandy attended Abilene Christian College and Southern Methodist University.

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Dr. Rita Rogers

Dr. Rita Rogers

1991
PalosVerdes Estates, California

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Born in Radauti, Romania, Dr. Rita Rogers is married to Allen G. Rogers, M.D. She graduated from the University of Vienna Medical School and is certified in General Psychiatry, Neurology and Child Psychiatry. Dr. Rogers also holds a Master's degree in Political Science/International Relations from UCLA. Dr. Rogers has authored 112 publications focusing on psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychiatry and foreign affairs, a field which she founded. She has been a Trustee-at-large of the American Psychiatric Association and has chaired committees and task forces on the Arab-Israeli, Pakistani-Bangladesh and Cyprus conflicts and on the psychosocial aspects of the nuclear issues. She has also been a U.S. Delegate to the Academy of Science and World Affairs since 1970. In 1980, she received a gold medal from the World Association of Dynamic Psychiatry for psychiatric contributions to international understanding. International presentations by Dr. Rogers have included a lecture on "Nationalism: A Psychopolitical Defense", "Glasnost and the Emotional Climate in Eastern Europe" and "Changing Family Lifestyles: Do We Know the Outcome?". She also presented a course on "Nationalism - A State of Mind" at the 17th Summer Course on Racism, Xenophobia and Ethnics Conflicts of the International School on Disarmament and Research on Conflicts, held in Italy. In 1998 Dr. Rogers presented a paper in Berlin to the Association of Dynamic Psychiatry and was invited to the World Congress of Humanists in Sarajevo. There she was inducted into the Golden Chamber of Humanism and declared Humanist of the Decade for building peace and democracy based on humanist principles.

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Marge Predeteanu

Marge Predeteanu

1991
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan & Sarasota, Florida

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Marge Predeteanu has demonstrated a lifelong devotion and dedication to the free enterprise system and the freedom of the individual to achieve one's dream in a free society. She was born in the USA but lived in communist Romania. Upon returning to the United States, she earned a B.A. and M.A. from Wayne State University. She has been a Certified Travel Counselor and a licensed insurance and real estate agent. As owner of three travel agencies, she distinguished herself as a pioneer in providing travel to Eastern Europe, developed and specialized in travel for senior citizens and was awarded the highest monetary award for marketing ideas from the Canadian Tourist Office. Marge is president of Institute Predete, Inc., a company marketing the Derm-Care products developed by her late husband, Constantin Predeteanu, M.D.,M.S., a dermatologist and author of “The ABC's of Cosmetics.” Her activities have included trustee of the Bloomfield University School, president of the Wayne State University Women's Alumni and Romanian Heritage Association, American Association of University Women, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Detroit Institute of Arts and the National Women's Board of Northwood University. Marge makes her homes in Michigan and Florida.

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Jeannette C. McIntyre

Jeannette C. McIntyre

1991
Palm Springs, California

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Jeannette C. McIntyre had a lifelong dedication to business and the arts and a commitment to education based on the concepts of free enterprise. Mrs. McIntyre was prominent in both the business and the arts communities of the Coachella Valley and owned one of the most prestigious galleries of fine art and sculpture in Palm Springs for eight years. Originally from the Midwest, Jeannette lived in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. Before moving to Palm Springs in 1983 she was president of the Leeco Corp., a manufacturing business headquartered in Madison, Ohio which specialized in chemical protective coatings for use in foundries. She served on the board of directors of Bank One, Painesville, Ohio for many years and on the advisory board to the president of Lake Erie College where she was a group leader in the college's LAB – Learning About Business program. In Palm Springs Jeannette enjoyed a busy community activity life and was a member of the President's Circle of the Desert Museum, Desert Hospital's Tiempo de los Ninos and the Palm Springs Youth Center. Jeannette C. McIntyre was chairwoman for three years of the Palm Springs chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board and of the chapter's FAD Auction event for two years. Her very effective focus was on students and a scholarship in her memory continues to benefit Northwood students into the future. (Deceased1994)

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Joan M. MacGillivray

Joan M. MacGillivray

1991
Charlevoix, Michigan

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Joan M. MacGillivray has focused her time and energy on the promotion of the arts. She believes that, “without the arts our quality of life is diminished. As we have no deMedici family to support the arts (and the government is either unable to or attaches too many controls) it is up to business to assume this role. I am proud to have been associated with Northwood University, itself a business whose spirit of free enterprise reaches beyond national boundaries because it believes in the marriage of business and the arts. To that end it teaches students how to use the arts in business and in life, teaches artists how to market themselves in a businesslike way and has supported a fine orchestra which performed for several years in the Barn at Dunmaglas.” (Ed. Note, this innovative performance place was created by Joan and her developer husband Kenneth C. (Chuck) from a 100 year old barn on their Charlevoix, Michigan property. It housed and presented the Northwood Orchestra Music-Fest for several summers.) A graduate of the University of Michigan, Joan is past president of the Flint (Michigan) Beautification Commission, the Founders Society of the Flint Institute of Arts, the Professional Theatre of Flint and has served on the boards of the Michigan Nature Conservancy, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Crooked Tree Arts Council and, in Florida, the Martin County Council for the Arts, the Center for the Arts and the Lyric Theatre. She has five children and several grandchildren.

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Kate Rand Lloyd

Kate Rand Lloyd

1991
Binghamton, New York

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Kate Rand Lloyd was the editor-at large of Working Woman magazine. Mrs. Lloyd, who was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College. She has served as a commissioner of the National Commission on Working Women and on the boards of the Child Care Action Campaign, Alan Guttmacher Institute, the Council on Economic Priorities and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In 1985, Governor Mario Cuomo of New York appointed her to the Job Training Partnership Council. In 1982, Mayor Edward Koch named Kate Rand Lloyd to the New York City Commission on the Status of Women, and, in 1983, she received the Headliner award from Women in Communications, Inc. By invitation, Mrs. Lloyd has participated in a six-nation conference sponsored by the Aspen Institute Berlin on The Future of the Welfare State and an interfaith delegation to Israel and Egypt sponsored by the Jerusalem Women's Seminar. Sponsored by the United States Information Agency, she has spoken to selected audiences in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany and The Netherlands. Ms. Lloyd has chaired the Advisory Council of Women in Community Services and served on the advisory boards of the National Women's Political Caucus and the Institute for Women and Work. A longtime resident of New York City, she and her husband, John Davis Lloyd, have three grown children and several grandchildren and now reside in Binghampton, New York.

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Patricia de Stacy Harrison

Patricia de Stacy Harrison

1991
Arlington, Virginia & Washington, DC

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Patricia de Stacy Harrison, president, Harrison International, Washington, D.C., is the author of "A Seat At the Table: An Insider's View of How Women Can Move to the Leader's Table and Enjoy the Trip." Harrison has served as Chairman of the Board, Guest Services Inc. and President and Founder of the National Women's Economic Alliance, an organization committed to identifying qualified people, who happen to be women, for corporate board appointment. She was appointed by President George Bush to serve as a member of the President's Export Council and appointed by U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor to serve on the Services Policy Advisory Council. Ms. Harrison has served as panelist and keynoter for numerous national and international conferences, among them the annual Northwood University Alden B. Dow Creativity Center-sponsored National Conference on the Teaching of Creativity in Colleges and Universities. The mother of three children, she lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband, Bruce Harrison. Mrs. Harrison presently serves as Co-Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

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Carmalee DeGeorge

Carmalee DeGeorge

1991
Houston, Texas

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Carmalee DeGeorge, a native Houstonian, manages family real estate, although she has always found time to be involved in the charitable and civic endeavors which gained her listing in Who's Who of American Women. She attended Ward-Belmont College and Rice University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Texas. She has chaired the Museum of Fine Arts Maintenance Drive and the Houston Grand Opera's Subscription Drive. She founded two social clubs, serving as president of each for four years. The Woman's Club of Houston honored her as one of Houston's Pioneer Women and Today's Leaders. Carmalee has been chairman of Northwood's Houston Women's Board, of which she has been a member since its inception. She chaired a luncheon benefiting Northwood with (Distinguished Woman) Ambassador Selwa “Lucky” Roosevelt as speaker. In 1991, she received the Winifred Hirsch Volunteer of the Year Award from the chapter. She has served on the board of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts Costume Council and on the Steering Committee of the Women's Institute. She also has served the boards of Theatre Under the Stars, Leukemia Society and the Houston Humane Society and held numerous other leadership positions because of her avid interest in the community, arts and education.

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1990 Distinguished Women Honorees

Phyllis M. Taylor

Phyllis M. Taylor

1990
New Orleans, Louisiana

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After receiving her law degree in 1966 from Tulane University, Phyllis Taylor served as law clerk for the Orleans Civic District Court and the Louisiana Supreme Court. While in law school, she met and married Patrick F. Taylor. In the late seventies with the growth of Mr. Taylor's oil and gas operations, Mrs. Taylor gave her full attention to their personal holdings. She helped organize their cattle operations in Mississippi, developing one of the first on-the-ranch embryo transfer programs. She also has served as executive vice president of Taylor Energy Company. Mrs. Taylor was the Louisiana Finance Chairman for the 1984 Reagan-Bush campaign and founder of Vote America. Much of her time has been devoted to the New Orleans City Ballet as a board member, officer and the first president of its volunteer organization. She has served numerous boards including Tulane Medical Center, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the International Council of Louisiana and the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. She also has devoted her time, talents and energy to the March of Dimes and Children's Hospital Guild. Her good works were recognized in 1989 with the TOPS Award from the Institute of Human Understanding. In the same year, she and her husband were named Philanthropists of the Year by the National Philanthropist.

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Marion A. Shea

Marion A. Shea

1990
Palm Springs & Newport Beach, California

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Marion Shea was committed to volunteer services on behalf of causes ranging from helping the blind to supporting the arts. She served on many boards including the Animal Samaritans, S.P.C.A., the Newport Harbor Art Museum's Visionaries and the prestigious CRES (Center for the Reproduction of Endangered Species) at the San Diego Zoo. She contributed to the growth of Northwood in Palm Springs through the FAD Auction scholarship program and her involvement with the Women's Board. Marion and her late husband, Jack Shea, were honored with an award for their commitment of twenty years to the Newport Harbor Art Museum. They have also received two awards from the Valley Missionary Program and were named Patrons for helping to build the first Hispanic cultural center in the Coachella Valley. They annually sponsored dogs' training for Guide Dogs of the Desert and helped build the Mexican Red Wolf exhibit at the Living Desert. The Sheas had five children and eight grandchildren. Marion was proud of her association with Northwood University and believed education, with love, is the only salvation to world problems. (Deceased 1997)

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Sandy Schreier

Sandy Schreier

1990
Southfield, Michigan

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In the 1960s, Sandy Schreier designed the costumes for the Supremes as well as the accessories for Yves Saint Laurent's first American showing. Sandy has been named one of America's Top 100 Collectors by Art & Antiques magazine since 1990. Her personal collection of 20th Century French Couture, American Fashion and Hollywood Costuming is considered the most important of its kind. Pieces have been displayed at many museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Louvre and featured in publications including “Couture” by Caroline Milbank, for which Ms. Schreier acted as a consultant. She is an appraiser and also a curator for museum exhibitions including “Chic to Chic”, which broke attendance records at The Detroit Institute of Arts in 1992. Sandy's TV career began in the 1980s and continues to this day with appearances on talk shows, including Oprah, and weekly appearances on AMC's The Hollywood Fashion Machine and The Look. She is on the lecture circuit speaking for organizations, museums, schools and Town Halls and was the spokesperson for Blockbuster's “Legends Tour” in 1998. Ms. Schreier has taught courses in fashion and costume history at many universities and her book, “Hollywood Dressed and Undressed” was published by Rizzoli in 1998. Sandy is presently writing a series of books about Hollywood to debut in 2000.

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Ambassador Selwa

Ambassador Selwa "Lucky" Roosevelt

1990
Washington, DC

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Ambassador Selwa “Lucky” Roosevelt was Chief of Protocol of the United States from 1982-1989, organizing over 1,000 visits of world leaders who came to the United States. She was also responsible for the Blair House restoration project, a six-year renovation of the nation's 110 room Presidential guest house. Mrs. Roosevelt is an honors graduate of Vassar College. In 1950 she married Archibald B. Roosevelt, Jr., a grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt. She accompanied her husband on diplomatic missions overseas. After 1967 she lived in Washington, working first for the Washington Post and then free lancing for numerous magazines. She serves on the Citizens Advisory Board of the Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center and has written many medical articles. She was presented the Betty Ford Award of the Susan Komen Foundation of Dallas, Texas for the advancement of breast cancer research and awareness. She has been awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the Department of the Army, was decorated by the Italian government and received the Ripon Society's Salute to Republican Women award. She is a trustee of the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Washington Opera and the National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Gardens. She chairs the Blair House Restoration Fund and is on the board of Visitors of the North Carolina School of the Arts. Mrs. Roosevelt's autobiography was published in 1990.

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Lynne Meadow

Lynne Meadow

1990
New York City

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Lynne Meadow has been Artistic Director of the Manhattan Theatre Club since 1972. Ms. Meadow has produced over one hundred American and world premieres by American and international playwrights. Productions have included Terrence McNaly's “Love! Valour! Compassion!,” “Four Dogs and A Bone” by John Patrick Shanley and Beth Henley's “Crimes of the Heart.” Ms. Meadow has directed over a dozen New York premiere plays by such writers as Alan Ayckbourn, Simon Gray and David Edgar. Under Ms. Meadow's guidance, MTC productions garnered many laurels including five Tony Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, thirty Obie Awards, thirteen Drama Desk Awards, as well as New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Theatre World and Audelco awards. A cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr, where she served on the Board of Trustees, Ms. Meadow attended the Yale School of Drama. She is the recipient of a 1989 Torch of Hope Award and the 1992 Person of the Year Award from the National Theatre Conference. Ms. Meadow served on the board of the Theatre Communications Group and the advisory panels of the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Fund for New American Plays. Lynne is married to Ronald Shechtman, a partner in the law firm of Pryor, Cashman, Sherman and Flynn.

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Susan J. Mackellar

Susan J. Mackellar

1990
Midland, Michigan

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Susan MacKellar raised three children while achieving remarkable business success. She put her self-taught talents toward the development of businesses, which added to the retail attractiveness of her community and state. She founded the Calico Cat Children's Boutique in 1976. Paper Moon, a card, gift and balloon “bow”tique, opened in 1980. During the next six years, she franchised and opened seven additional stores. After renovation of a landmark home, she operated The Castle Bed and Breakfast from 1990 to 1993 when it was sold. She has been chairperson of the board of directors of the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce and Northwood's Town & Campus chapter of the National Women's Board. Throughout her career she has been involved in a variety of community organizations and has chaired numerous community committees and events, some winning national recognition. She spearheaded the building of the Midland Montessori School, the Greater Circle Business Association and chaired the Northwood FAD Auction and Scholarship Fund multiple times, wherever a hand was needed for a worthy project. In 1991 she received the nationally renowned Chamber of Commerce Athena Award for outstanding businesswomen. In addition to family, community and business prowess, Sue has found the time to become a licensed pilot, a licensed builder, travel extensively, collect antiques and pursue her interest in family law and her talent in interior design.

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Shirley M. Kleckner

Shirley M. Kleckner

1990
Palm Springs, California

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Shirley Kleckner is well known for her longtime leading role in local charities and serves on several boards: the advisory board of College of the Desert (Life Member), executive board of directors Palm Springs Opera Guild, executive board of the Palm Springs Senior Center; and the Council for the Future of the National Judicial College, University of Nevada, Reno. She is a founder/president of the Palm Springs Youth Center Friars and past chair of the Palm Springs National Women's Board. Born in Montreal, Canada, Shirley was educated in New England and won academic and sports honors in diving and skiing during her high school years in Rutland, Vermont. She is a member of the American Ski Association. She graduated as class president at Peter Bent Brigham Nursing School in Boston (affiliated with Harvard Medical School). She is the mother of four children and has three granddaughters. Shirley says, “My experience with Northwood has been truly rewarding. I am most impressed by the strong network of friends who support the school, encouraging success and growth in a free enterprise system.”

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Barbara Lane Jefferson

Barbara Lane Jefferson

1990
Houston, Texas

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Barbara Lane Jefferson was born to Harry and Helen Waugh Lane in Chicago. She has a B.A. from the University of Texas and has been a manager of her family's ranching operations. She is married to Walter Jefferson, partner in the law firm of Cutrer & Jefferson. They have three children. Barbara was the chairperson of the Northwood University 1989 Gala and is a member of Northwood's National Women's Board in Houston. Mrs. Jefferson's introduction to prominent musicians such as Rubinstein, Horowitz and Rachmaninoff encouraged her to become an accomplished pianist. Politically, she has served as administrative assistant to John White, past chairman, National Democratic Party, assistant campaign manager for Houston Mayor Lewis Cutrer and chairman of the Hostess Committee for the American Municipal Association. She has been a patron of the Houston Junior League and the Austin and New York Cotillion, member of the Ballet Guild, Museum of Fine Arts/Costume Collections, Delphian Society, Auxiliary to the Texas and Houston Bar Associations, American Heart Association Guild, March of Dimes Guild, American Cancer Society, Chapelwood Methodist Church, Houston Club and University Club, among others. In a world where mediocrity is too often the norm, Barbara Lane Jefferson believes Northwood's spirit and dedication to excellence is a "shining light."

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Beverly Hagood Holmes

Beverly Hagood Holmes

1990
Dallas, Texas

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Beverly Holmes exemplifies the highest quality of community service, having served on numerous boards, presiding over many. She chaired the Dallas chapter of the National Women's Board of Northwood University for three years, served on the Northwood Texas Board of Governors and initiated the Northwood cookbook, “Distinguished Recipes from Distinguished Cooks.” Beverly is a Texan by birth. Raised in Lubbock, she attended Texas Tech and married her high school sweetheart, Robert H. Holmes, an attorney and prominent Dallas businessman. They have three children. A devoted mother, she set her priorities early: God first, family second and civic responsibilities third - a commitment which she continues to honor. Beverly says, “Never before has our free enterprise system meant so much to so many worldwide, I believe in today's society the best legacy we leave our children is a good education incorporating the free enterprise philosophy.”

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Elizabeth Graber

Elizabeth Graber

1990
Greenwich, Connecticut

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Elizabeth (Betsy) Graber was born in Milwaukee. She attended Endicott Junior College in Massachusetts and The Tobe Coburn School in New York and was Associate Fashion Editor of McCall's magazine. She and her husband Fredric, a private investor, are the parents of two children. One of her major projects has been the Executive Committee of the Women's Division of The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, with special focus on outreach patient education, management of teen pregnancy and invitro fertilization programs. She has chaired their highly successful annual benefits on several occasions. She also has been a benefactor to and member of the Associates Board of The Museum of Broadcasting in New York City. The museum is a repository for years of radio and television history, all in one building. She has served as docent and a fund raising leader. “Our greatest resources are our young people; they must be trained, nurtured, encouraged and prepared to enter the free enterprise system. This cannot be attained without an outstanding educational and vocational system,” she says.

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Joan Gist

Joan Gist

1990
Detroit, Michigan

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In addition to being mother and friend to her entrepreneurial-spirited children, daughter Carole Ann-Marie, [a Northwood University graduate and former Miss USA] and son Andrew, Joan Gist has devoted time and energy to numerous youth oriented organizations and activities in her church and community. She has served on the Youth Board of her local congregation and has assumed an active role in the Detroit Metropolitan Girl Scouts. Over the years, she has also given of her time to education through the Parent Teacher Association and has been active with the American Red Cross. In the business realm, Joan holds membership in Black Women Entrepreneurs. She has also served as chairperson of the City of Detroit Elections. Professionally Mrs. Gist is in legal support services, specializing in corporate, labor and international law. Joan graduated from Wayne County Community College and attended the American Institute for Paralegal Studies.

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1989 Distinguished Women Honorees

Muriel Siebert

Muriel Siebert

1989
New York City

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Muriel “Mickie” Siebert is the founder and president of the national discount brokerage firm, Muriel Siebert & Co., Inc. She established the firm in 1967 when she became the first woman member of the New York Stock Exchange and transformed it into a discount brokerage house in 1975. It is the only woman-owned brokerage firm with a national presence in the U.S. Throughout her career, Ms. Siebert has been actively involved with a wide range of nonprofit, civic and women's organizations. Currently serving on numerous boards, she is also active in the National Women's Business Council, the Women's Forum, the International Women's Forum and Deloitte & Touche's Council for the Advancement of Women. She was the first woman director of the Manhattan Savings Bank and the first woman to chair the general campaign of the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Reflecting her commitment to philanthropy, Ms. Siebert set up her own charitable program in 1990: The Siebert Entrepreneurial Philanthropic Program. She has received countless awards and honors, including thirteen honorary doctoral degrees and was the first woman selected as “one who has made a difference” for the Working Woman's Hall of Fame. She was recently recognized by the Athena Foundation to receive their highest award, given to those who open the doors of leadership opportunity for women. Her most recent recognition was at Mattel Barbie's 40th Anniversary Gala, where she was honored as an “Ambassador of Dreams,” representing women who have embraced the power of their dreams by becoming the very best in their chosen fields. And, in 1998 she was honored with the Northwood University Outstanding Business Leader Award.

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Regina Rogers

Regina Rogers

1989
Houston, Texas

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Regina Rogers is the daughter of the late Ben and Julie Rogers of Beaumont, Texas. A magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Sophie Newcomb College, Tulane University, she was awarded her Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from the University of Houston Law School. Upon graduation she served as the first female law clerk to U.S. District Judge Joe Fisher and subsequently was associated as an attorney with Rogers Brothers Investments. Interested in the advancement of humanity through education, Regina Rogers was the first female regent of Lamar University and a member of the Texas College and University System Coordinating Board for six years (where she served as Chairman of the Committee for Minority Education). In 1988 she founded the Ben Rogers “I Have a Dream” program which provided mentoring to 300 academically talented, economically disadvantaged 8th through 11th grade students who each receive $2,000 scholarships at Lamar as they graduate. Ms. Rogers has been chairman of the Anti-Defamation League and a member of the boards of the University of Houston Law School Foundation, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Pauline Sterne Wolff Memorial Foundation, Holocaust Museum and the Joe Louis International Sports Foundation. “Having initially been attracted to Northwood through my parents, I continue to be impressed with its emphasis on individualism and entrepreneurism which encourage success in a free enterprise system.” She has carried on her parents' legendary commitment to public service and kept their memories alive in the hearts of all who knew them, and all who have benefited from their generosity.

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Judith Ann Rapanos

Judith Ann Rapanos

1989
Midland, Michigan

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Since 1991 Judy Rapanos has been chairman of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (appointed by Michigan Governor John Engler). She is also chair of the Midland Center for the Arts. She serves on the boards of ArtServe, Michigan Nonprofit Forum and the National Association of State Arts Agencies. She has been active and held leadership positions in numerous arts, educational, health and political organizations in Midland where she presently resides. She is married, the mother of five sons and an associate in the Rapanos Investment Group. “Northwood University is one of the few educational institutions in this country which effectively teaches free enterprise enhanced by creativity and arts experiences, thus producing well-rounded students who will be leaders in all segments of society,” she says. Mr. and Mrs. Rapanos recently contributed an outdoor sculpture to the Michigan campus, named “The Spirit of Free Enterprise” through a student competition. The Judith Rapanos Village apartment and the newly installed food and hospitality labs for the Hotel, Restaurant & Resort Management program in Midland are but some of their generous gifts to the college.

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Roberta Peters

Roberta Peters

1989
Scarsdale, New York

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Roberta Peters is an opera, concert, television, musical comedy and recording artist of great renown. She and her husband, Bertram Fields, have two sons. Ms. Peters was born in New York City, where, at the age of thirteen, she began the voice lessons, which led to her career. For six years Miss Peters studied under the rigorous tutelage of noted voice coach William Herman. Her career is a chronicle of success. She has performed over five hundred times with the Metropolitan Opera. Her career also includes fifty-seven Saturday morning Texaco broadcasts, an unprecedented sixty-five appearances on the Ed Sullivan show and twenty-five appearances on the Voice of Firestone. Her international triumphs include the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, tours of the Soviet Union and recitals and master classes in the People's Republic of China. In 1972 she received the Bolshoi Medal from the Bolshoi Opera, Moscow and, in 1964, she was the Federation of Women's Clubs' Woman of the Year. Voluntary leadership and associations include: Director, Metropolitan Opera Guild and Carnegie Hall; Trustee, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; Overseer of Colby College and Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music; Chairman, National Institute for Music Theater and Trustee Emeritus, Ithaca College. Roberta Peters was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate to serve on the board of the National Endowment for the Arts. She has received honorary doctorates from seven colleges and universities.

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Carey Adina Karmel

Carey Adina Karmel

1989
New York City

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Carey Adina's handbag designs are recognized as works of art, included in the permanent collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and have been exhibited in many museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. They were marketed by Neiman-Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and other major stores and fine boutiques worldwide. Carey Adina handbags were exported to Europe and Japan and regularly appeared on the stages of Broadway shows as well as on the pages of Vogue and other fashion publications. For many years, Carey generously contributed a percentage of the sales of handbags to Northwood's Distinguished Women and to a scholarship fund at the University. Carey, herself, was featured in The New York Times and Cosmopolitan as a shining example of today's successful young woman entrepreneur. Admitted to Harvard with advanced standing, she graduated with high honors in English Literature. Her thesis on T.S. Elliot won the prestigious Bowdoin Award for best thesis by an undergraduate in the university. Upon graduation she won a Rotary fellowship for a year of Dante Studies at the University of Florence. Concurrently she supported herself as a freelance writer for The Chicago Tribune and other periodicals. She later worked as staff on the business section of The New York Times and then as a reporter for The American Lawyer, but her dream of going into business for herself prevailed. Carey Adina Karmel is the wife of New York University professor of art Pepe Karmel, who recently co-curated the Jackson Pollock retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art and is completing a book on Picasso and cubism. They have two children.

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Emalie M. Dodson

Emalie M. Dodson

1989
Atlantis, Florida

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Emalie Dodson and her late husband, Donald, lent great spirit and impetus to the growth of the Northwood campus in Florida. Her leadership of the Palm Beach chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board inspired a number of innovative activities and the involvement of many women and men. Her Northwood golf tournament led to the new involvement of Atlantis area friends. Emalie also spearheaded the highly successful now annual Noel Luncheons and organized the chapter members to be effective liaisons with the Florida community. Mrs. Dodson's public service has always reflected her creative ideas, whether serving Lakewood Hospital and St. Jude's Children Fund in Cleveland, or Northwood University. Each has been the beneficiary of her talents in both fashion design and the arts. Emalie was a born organizer and is highly popular with her many friends and co-workers. Mrs. Dodson attended Immaculate Conception, Ursuline Academy, Mercyhurst and received a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in English. She taught fashion design at Penn Institute in Cleveland. The Dodsons had three daughters and six grandchildren. Emalie said, “I believe in Northwood's philosophy of free enterprise which provides a successful background for students and makes them better citizens for tomorrow.” (Deceased 1997)

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Gertrude R. Crain

Gertrude R. Crain

1989
Chicago, Illinois

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Gertrude R. Crain was chairman of the board of Crain Communications Inc., an international publishing and communications company. Crain publications include Advertising Age, Automotive News, Business Insurance and Crain's Business in Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland and New York. Her sons now serve as president and vice chairman. Mrs. Crain served on the board of the International Advertising Association, the National Press Foundation and the Advertising Council. She was associated with the Magazine Publishers of America (NY), the Museum of Broadcast Communications and the Museum of Science & Industry, both located in Chicago. In 1982 she was a founding member of the Committee of 200, an organization consisting of the top 200 entrepreneur women business owners and CEO's in the country. She has been honored entrepreneurial by the State of Michigan, the City of Chicago, the Los Angeles Advertising Women and she received two honorary degrees. Both Working Woman and Savvy magazines listed Mrs. Crain as a top U.S. business owner and leader. In 1993 she was awarded the prestigious Henry Johnson Fisher Award from the Magazine Publishers of America. (Deceased 1996)

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Ruth Sharp Altshuler

Ruth Sharp Altshuler

1989
Dallas, Texas

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Ruth Sharp Altshuler is a graduate of Southern Methodist University. Mrs. Altshuler has served on many boards, including the Board of Trustees of SMU and is chairman of the Sharp Foundation. In Dallas, she was the first woman elected to the board of the Salvation Army, as campaign chair of the United Way, as chairman of the Executive Board of Highland Park United Methodist Church, to the board of Goodwill Industries and to the board of the Dallas Citizens Council. Her awards included top honors from the Variety Club of Dallas, Salvation Army, Dallas Historical Society, American Academy of Achievement, Black Woman's chapter of the Dallas Business and Professional Women, the Press Club and Boys Club of Dallas, Les Femmes du Monde and election to the Texas Women's Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1982 Pi Beta Phi named her its Outstanding Alumna. She was honored in 1991 by the Texas State House of Representatives for her volunteer work, was named an Outstanding Trustee in the Nation From a Private Institution by the Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities in 1992 and received the National Alexis de Tocqueville Award from United Way of America in 1993. She was also listed by D City Guide magazine as one of fifty people in the past 150 years who have made Dallas what it is today. Ruth is married to Dr. Kenneth Altshuler.

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1988 Distinguished Women Honorees

Yvonne Watkins

Yvonne Watkins

1988
Dallas, Texas

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Yvonne Watkins has chaired and been actively involved in various community activities throughout Texas. These include the Wildflower Trails, the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research and many committees for Northwood University. Over the three years she served as Northwood Auction chairman, she was responsible for raising over one-half million dollars. As Dallas Women's Board chair, Ms. Watkins established a fundraising committee dedicated to the restoration of the campus library book committee for its support. She has been a business owner for many years. In 1980, she and a partner opened Eclectic Ideas, an interior design shop with a full custom department and a staff of five designers. Later, as sole proprietor of an interior design firm, Mrs. Watkins worked with clients to accomplish all aspects of interior design. This experience is the foundation of her interest in Northwood University. “Because of my business background, I am strongly committed to the principles of the free enterprise system and passing on those ideals to the entrepreneurs of tomorrow,” she said. A native Texan, Yvonne Watkins was born in Hughes Springs and is the mother of two children.

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Debbi Fields Rose

Debbi Fields Rose

1988
Park City, Utah & Memphis, Tennessee

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Debra Fields Rose, was Chairman of the Board for Mrs. Fields Cookies, a one hundred million dollar company she founded in 1977. She began her entrepreneurial career at the age of twenty. Over some twenty years Mrs. Fields' single cookie and bake shop expanded to nearly seven hundred company-owned and franchised stores throughout the United States and six foreign nations. She is also the author of two best-selling cookbooks, hosted a daily television program, "The Dessert Show" and is a nationally known motivational speaker. Along with having been spotlighted by Esquire magazine as one of 1984s Men and Women Under 40 Who Are Changing America, Mrs. Fields received a number of other prestigious awards for professional achievement including: Woman of the Year 1986 by Women in Management, Outstanding Young Woman of America 1986 by Outstanding Young Women of America, Woman of the Year 1986 by the Young Women's Christian Association, Top 60 Woman Run Business Owners in America 1985,1986,1987, Savvy magazine. In 1986 Debbi Fields founded the Mrs. Fields Children's Health Foundation, which distributes grants to medical organizations. In 1992, she joined forces with Second Harvest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding the hungry, donating cookies directly to the organization. She also has served on the advisory boards of Primary Children's Medical Foundation in Utah and America 3 Women's Sailing team, and as a board member of the Park City Group and the Pomus Company's Hotel and Hospitality Division. She is the mother of five daughters and the wife of Michael Rose.

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Alicia Spaulding Paolozzi

Alicia Spaulding Paolozzi

1988
New York City

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Alicia Spaulding Paolozzi was born in Boston and received her education at St. Timothy's Baltimore and at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. She resides in New York City and Charleston, South Carolina and spent time in Spoleto and Rome, where she and her late husband Count Lorenzo Paolozzi, lived for many years. Countess Paolozzi has served as assistant to the president of Boston University, on the United States Commission for UNESCO, as president of the Rome Woman's Club, as president of the National Council of Women of the United States and as a long time officer and member of the board of The International Council of Women. For many years she was the ICW liaison to the United Nations. She was a founder and director of the Spoleto Festivals in both Italy and Charleston and was decorated by the Italian government for her support of the arts. Internationally, she has served Hungarian Relief, many UNESCO Conferences, as a delegate to Organization of American States Conferences, was on the organizing committee for the UN Nairobi Conference and is active in many United Nations official activities. She is the founder of several funds and projects in support of development, the aging, international causes and the environment. She notes, " I have lived in parallel with Northwood for years. My commitment has been to the positive, productive effects of arts festivals on villages, towns and areas." (Deceased 2002)

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The Honorable Katherine D. Ortega

The Honorable Katherine D. Ortega

1988
Washington, DC

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Appointed by President Reagan and confirmed by the Senate, Katherine Ortega served as the 38 th Treasurer of the United States from September, 1983 through June, 1989. For her service, the Secretary of the Treasury presented her with the Alexander Hamilton Award, the Department's highest honor. Prior to her appointment as Treasurer, Ms. Ortega served as a commissioner of the Copyright Royalty Tribunal and as a member of the President's Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business. She has practiced as a certified public accountant with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. in Los Angeles, served as vice president of the Pan American National Bank and as president and director of the Santa Ana State Bank. Ms. Ortega graduated with honors from Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and economics. She holds four honorary doctorates. She currently serves on the board of directors of Ultramar Diamond Shamrock, Inc., Ralston Purina Company, The Kroger Co. and Rayonier Inc. She also serves as a director of Catalyst and is a member of the United States Comptroller General's Consultant Panel. Appointed by President Bush, she served as an Alternate Representative to the United Nations General Assembly during 1990-1991. Katherine Ortega is married to Lloyd J. Derrickson.

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Gail Ann Liniger

Gail Ann Liniger

1988
Denver, Colorado

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Gail Liniger was born and educated in St. Louis, Missouri. After receiving a degree in marketing from Southern Illinois University she became the customer service department supervisor for the Ralston Purina Company. In 1973 she moved to Denver where she teamed up with her future husband, David Liniger, to develop a new concept in real estate: the idea that professional, top producing sales agents should not be forced to split their commissions with a broker. Today, the RE/MAX system boasts over 3,200 offices and more than 55,000 Sales Associates. And, on a very personal level, her almost miraculous recovery from the near-fatal crash of a small private plane in 1983 has served to inspire and motivate people both inside and outside the RE/MAX organization. In 1989, she was honored as Entrepreneur of the Year by Arthur Young and also Inc. magazine. The outstanding elements of her own winning nature – persistence, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial vision – are qualities countless individuals have aspired to because of her example.

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Martha Ivey Kim

Martha Ivey Kim

1988
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Rosalie Hearst

Rosalie Hearst

1988
Palm Springs, California

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Rosalie May Wynn was born in Oklahoma City. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied psychology. Rosalie served as the coordinator of the Officer's Wives Volunteer Service at Dibble General Hospital, Palo Alto and as the American Women's Volunteer Service Coordinator at Sawtelle Veterans' Hospital in Los Angeles. After marrying George Randolph Hearst, a diabetic, the couple attended the teaching lectures at Joslin Diabetes Clinic in Boston, becoming enthusiastic teachers themselves. When Mr. Hearst died in 1972, she founded the George Randolph Hearst Memorial Foundation for Diabetes Education and became its first president. Mrs. Hearst has served on the board of directors for Warner Guidance Center for Emotionally Disturbed Children, Pathfinders – Boys and Girls Ranch, the Joslin Diabetes Foundation and the Palm Springs Youth Center and Assistance League. She created the Rosalie and George Hearst Fellowship in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center for the Frederick C. Cordes Eye Society and is founder and president of the Rosalie Hearst Educational Foundation. She is a Trustee Emeritus of the Bob Hope Cultural Center. For many years she has been active in youth programs in government in Washington, D.C. “Northwood has made an in-depth impression in the field of education,” says Mrs. Hearst. “I am pleased to be involved.” (Deceased 1999)

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Susan Golick

Susan Golick

1988
New York City

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Susan Golick was a teacher until she became ill with systemic lupus erythematosus. Experiencing the feelings of isolation at being diagnosed with a relatively unknown but potentially fatal disease, she vowed to fight back and encourage others with the same disease to join the fight. She is now the volunteer head of a nationwide foundation which provides money for research, counseling, medical referrals, information about the disease and encourages general public awareness of lupus. Ms. Golick has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and the US Senate for lupus research appropriations, has written and presented papers on this previously little known disease, has lectured in medical schools and universities and appeared on television and radio. She has handled the administration and fundraising for the S.L.E. Foundation for many years. She is a founder of the National Lupus Foundation of America and advisor to the L.F.A. board of directors. Her belief in Northwood was a natural extension of her own commitment to training and caring for others. Susan and her husband, Alan J. Wasserman, D.D.S., reside in Manhattan.

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Carolyn Cook Bookout

Carolyn Cook Bookout

1988
Houston, Texas

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Carolyn Bookout has been an active member of the Houston chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board, president of the River Oaks Rose Club, an Advisory Trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, a member of the Bayou Bend Advisory Committee, a patron of the Junior League of Houston and a member of the Houston Youth Symphony & Ballet Honorary Advisory Board. She also served as an officer of the Leukemia Society. Mrs. Bookout graduated from Northwestern State University in Louisiana with a B.A. in Education and did post-graduate work at the University of Texas. She has been active with young people, co-hosting events for twelve years for the national high school seniors' scholarship program, Century III Leaders Program. Carolyn and her husband, John F. Bookout, retired President and CEO of Shell Oil Company, were named Cultural Leaders of the Year (1984) in Houston and 1982 People of Vision by the Texas Society for the Prevention of Blindness. “I have been blessed with the opportunity to be associated with wonderful people doing wonderful things to make the world a better place in which to live and work. I think that sums up the ‘Northwood Idea' and I feel honored and privileged to be able to further that noble goal,” Mrs. Bookout has said.

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Margaret Long Arnold

Margaret Long Arnold

1988
Concord, New Hampshire & Washington, DC

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Margaret Long Arnold served in all of the offices of the Women's Club of Concord, the New Hampshire Federation of Women's Clubs and the General Federation of Women's Clubs. As president, she resided at International G.F.W.C. headquarters in Washington, DC and coordinated a literacy program, national community improvement program, sponsored the Museum of Immigration at the base of the Statue of Liberty and built the bell tower at Cathedral of the Pines, honoring women in the service. She served on the U.S. Status of Women's Commission, was chairman of the Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Services, was on the US Commission for the U.N. International Women's Year and presided and led a US delegation to an international conference for women in Munich. Margaret served as Manager, Women's Activities and Assistant to the Executive Director of AARP. She organized the New Hampshire Council on the Aging prior to the first White House Conference on Aging. Among her awards are the Arents Medal, the highest alumni medal from Syracuse University, the Pettee Medal as New Hampshire's Most Distinguished Citizen from the University of New Hampshire, the Four Chaplains Award, the Golden Rule Foundation, the National 4-H Alumni award, the Freedom Foundation award and the Black Women's Agenda Lifetime Achievement Award. Margaret has received the 1994 Women in Public Relations Award. She also has received the President's Medal for the 21st Century in the National Women's Hall of Fame. (Deceased, 2004)

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1987 Distinguished Women Honorees

Jessie Verna Stone

Jessie Verna Stone

1987
Lake Forest, Illinois & Winnetka, Illinois

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Jessie Stone is a longtime advocate of voluntarism and philanthropy. Her voluntary efforts include many years of working with the Chicago Maternity Center preparing handmade layettes for infants born into poverty. She was the first president of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Robert R. McCormick Chicago Boys Club. She spent countless hours with her late daughter, Donna J. Stone, working on behalf of the National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse. She is a co-founder and vice president of the W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation, which, since its founding has distributed well over $100 million to organizations devoted to helping individuals, especially children, fulfill their potential. Her interest in and support of the arts is also broad. She and her husband, W. Clement Stone, are long-time supporters of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Chicago Art Institute, as well as the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. In her quiet and loving way, Jessie Verna Stone has touched many lives and made them better. Her efforts on behalf of others culminated in an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the University of Dubuque in 1984. (Deceased, 2004)

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Florence

Florence "Dinghy" Spaulding Sharp

1987
Commerce Township, Michigan & Green Valley, Arizona

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Dr. Dinghy Sharp is a learning consultant, author and speaker who devoted her personal and professional career to furthering the education of youth. Dinghy taught Special Education for forty-four years. She holds a B.A. from Albion College in Elementary Education, an M.A. from Northwestern University in Speech/Language Pathology, an M.S. from Northwestern University in Audiology, an MS from Wayne State University in Clinical Psychology, an M.A.T. from Oakland University in Reading/Learning Disabilities and an Ed.D from the University of Michigan in Special Education. She was elected to Delta Kappa Gamma International, an educational honorary fraternity, and is the creator of the Bucket Brigade Tutorial Program, a tutoring concept used in schools throughout the world. Dinghy has received honors from Jaycee Women of Michigan, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Albion College, the President's Award of the National Association of Learning Disabilities and the Michigan Teachers Hall of Fame. Dr. Sharp retired to pursue a career as a speaker for education in-services for the International Reading Association, the National Council for Exceptional Children, the national and state associations of learning disabilities and PTA conferences. For years, she directed a summer camp for learning disabled children and worked for the Michigan Scouting program. She is now a professional storyteller and has established story telling groups in the high schools of Detroit and Detroit Children's Hospital.

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Wilhelmina Holladay

Wilhelmina Holladay

1987
Washington, DC

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Wilhelmina Holladay received her B.A. from Elmirea College and did graduate work at the University of Paris. She is chairman of the board and founder of The National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her husband is Wallace F. Holladay. Mrs. Holladay has received the 1984 WETA Woman of Achievement, Horizon's Theater Award, Anti-Defamation League Award, the Woman of Distinction-Council of Independent Colleges, 1987 Washington Woman of the Year, Thomas Jefferson Award, Soaring Eagle Award from the National Women's Economic Alliance, Woman That Makes a Difference Award from the International Women's Forum, Star in Our Crown Award from Vitoria magazine and Distinguished Achievement Award from the National League of American Pen/Women. She has received honorary doctorates from Moore College of Art, Mount Vernon College, University of Findlay and Elmira College. She has served on the boards of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, International Student House, Leeds Castle Foundation, the Women's Economic Alliance, Folger Shakespeare Library and the U.S. Historical Society. She is a member of the International Women's Forum, The Fund for the Endowment of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the Department of State, Interior Design Professional/ Advisory Committee, Mount Vernon College, Capitol Speakers Club, World Council of the Y.W.C.A., Arttable, New York and Women's Caucus for Art. She is also listed in Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in the World. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1996.

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Ceejay Heckenberg

Ceejay Heckenberg

1987
Harbor Springs, Michigan & Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

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Ceejay Heckenberg is president and owner of Black Forest Hall, an accredited equine college and equestrian school in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Also the owner of several horse-related businesses, including Black Forest Farm, a thoroughbred breeding farm, she has developed a new breed of horse, trademarked the Thelgian. For more than thirty years she has provided educational and employment opportunities for youth with common interests in animals and business. Personal funds built the large, self-contained indoor school building at Black Forest Hall and continue to provide annual operational funds and work/study positions. Appreciating the school's high standards, donors have provided quality equitation, dressage and jumping mounts. College On The Horse Farm, a 1989 articulation between Northwood University and Black Forest Hall, provides business management and administration instruction, leading to bachelor and associate degrees, for a group of career students in Harbor Springs. For many seasons, the Black Forest campus welcomed the Northwood Orchestra for its annual summer music festival. Mrs. Heckenberg has a B.A. from Principia College, Elsah, Illinois and her secondary education from Mary Institute and The Principia, St. Louis, Missouri. She and her realtor/ interior designer husband, Jack, divide their time between active and involved lives in Florida and Michigan.

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Denny Griswold

Denny Griswold

1987
New York City

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Denny Griswold, born and raised in New York City, was educated at Hunter College (B.A.), Radcliff College (M.A.) and Columbia University. She was married to J. Langdon Sullivan, head of an investment management firm which carried his name. Her first husband, the late Glenn Griswold, was Editor and Publisher of Business Week. Her professional experience included: National and Mutual Broadcasting, Conde Nast Publishing, J. Walter Thompson, Forbes, Business Week and the Edward L. Bernays public relations firm. In 1944, she founded and served for almost forty years as editor of Public Relations News, the first public relations weekly in the world, for which she is listed in the Guinness World Book of Records. She served on the boards of the USO, New York World's Fair, International Center of New York, Public Relations Society of America and the Newsletter Association. She has also served on the advisory committees of Camp Fire Girls of America, Institute of International Education, International Public Relations Association, Joint Council on Economic Education, Pace College and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to name only a few. Among her 134 honors for contributions to public relations and to better world understanding are awards from the Association of Women in PR (London), the City of New York, City of Paris, Hunter College, National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, the Public Relations Society of America, Women in Communications, International Women's Forum and the International PR Association. (Deceased, 2001)

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Mary Vyveberg Gallagher

Mary Vyveberg Gallagher

1987
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Contributing time and enthusiasm to community, family and business, Mary Vyverberg Gallagher has not only achieved others' respect and admiration but also offers leadership and guidance to everyone she reaches. In 1975, Mary forged into the retail industry by creating Mary V., a fashion design clothing store for large women. She is considered a leader in the large size market today, where she works closely with designers to fit the needs of her customers. Mary is the president of Hamilton Natural Gas Company, vice president of the Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, a member of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the board of the National Society of Colonial Dames of Indiana and she is currently the Indiana Regent to Sulgrave Manor Regent in England. Mary is also a member of The Junior League of Indianapolis and of Descendants of the Mayflower Society. She was awarded the 1990 Volunteer of the Year in the Arts Award. She has a home in San Miguel de'Allende, Mexico.

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Karen Vanderkloot DiChiera

Karen Vanderkloot DiChiera

1987
Beverly Hills, Michigan

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Karen DiChiera helped found Michigan Opera Theatre in 1971. She is founder and Director of the Michigan Opera Theatre's Department of Community Programs which have included tours of operas and musical revues throughout Michigan and neighboring states to Ontario, Canada. These include educational curriculum projects and services for the disabled of all ages. An honors graduate of Oakland University with an extensive background in music composition, dance, theater and improvisation, she has, for many years, worked with leading figures in these fields and has written and composed numerous operas, musicals and revues for MOT and other opera companies and clients. She is one of the authors of "Working Ideas", a basic guideline for opera education and is a contributor to "Words, Music and Opera" published by M.M.B. music publishers for Opera America. She consults for many arts organizations, lectures widely and has received numerous awards including the Variety Club Award and the Michigan Governors' Award in Arts Education. She also sits on several arts and community boards. In 1985, Karen DiChiera helped create Opera Pacific in Orange County, California and established a touring program called Opera Pacific Overture Company. Ms. DiChiera is the mother of two daughters.

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Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn

Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn

1987
Fort Worth, Texas

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Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn was born in McGregor, Texas. After her graduation from Richmond High School in Richmond, Texas, where she was valedictorian, she studied piano with Frederick Shailer Evans at the Cincinnati Conservatory. She later studied extensively in New York at the New York Institute of Musical Art (later The Julliard School) with Arthur Friedheim. She was married to Harvey Lavan Cliburn. They had one son, concert pianist Van Cliburn. She began to teach Van the piano when he was three and remained his only teacher until he graduated from high school and went to New York to study at The Julliard School. Mrs. Cliburn was long associated with and committed to education in academics and in the arts. Her distinguished career as a concert pianist attracted and greatly influenced a wide following of enthusiastic and devoted students. The University of Cincinnati and Baylor University presented her with Distinguished Alumna awards and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra honored Mrs. Cliburn by dedicating its 1986-1987 season to her. She was an inspiration to many young musicians and her annual scholarships at the University of Cincinnati, Baylor University and The Julliard School have enabled many deserving young pianists to further their musical careers. The 25th Anniversary Distinguished Women's program in New York was dedicated to her memory. (Deceased 1994)

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Nancy Brinker

Nancy Brinker

1987
Dallas, Texas & Palm Beach, Florida

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Nancy Brinker is the founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, established in 1982 to honor the memory of her sister, Susan. She created the Race for the Cure the following year in an effort to raise community awareness and funding for breast cancer education and scientific research. Nancy has advocated women's health issues in congressional hearings, served under Presidents Reagan and Bush on the National Cancer Panel and under Vice President Quayle to monitor research, progress and development in the fight against breast cancer. She is the national spokesperson for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and sits on the board of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and U.S. Oncology, Inc. Nancy also serves on several nonprofit boards including the Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention Advisory Board, the National Jewish Coalition Board of Governors, New York University's Medical School Foundation and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast Project. Over the past decade, Nancy Brinker has received more than forty honors, titles and awards, most recently the 1999 Humanitarian of the Year Award by the Republican Women's Leadership Forum. A breast cancer survivor herself, Nancy is the author and co-author of "The Race is Run One Step At a Time" and Women's Day's "1000 Questions About Women's Health". She is an active public speaker on patients' rights, medical advancements of breast cancer research and treatment and how to build a nonprofit with entrepreneurial spirit.

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1986 Distinguished Women Honorees

Venita W. VanCaspel Harris

Venita W. VanCaspel Harris

1986
Houston, Texas

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Venita VanCaspel Harris is a Phi Beta Kappa with degrees in economics and finance, having studied at Duke University, the University of Colorado, and the New York Institute of Finance. She was president and founder of VanCaspel & Co, Incorporated, stockbrokers and the first woman member of the Pacific Stock Exchange. She is the author of six best-selling books on financial planning, the latest of which is "Money Dynamics for the 1990s." She was moderator of the national PBS television shows, "The MoneyMakers," and "Profiles of Success." She is listed in Who's Who in American Women, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in Finance and Industry. She was honored as the Outstanding Woman of the Year by the YWCA, has received The Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans, George Norlin Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Colorado, chosen Certified Financial Planner of the Year and was named as the No. 1 Financial Planner by 2,400 professionals in the industry. She serves on the boards of directors of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Robert Schuller International Ministries and the University of Colorado Economics department. Venita and her husband, Lyttleton T. Harris IV, serve as CO-chairs of the Northwood National Women's Board & Friends and both serve on the Board of Trustees of the University.

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Zandra Rhodes

Zandra Rhodes

1986
London, England & Solana Beach, California

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Zandra Rhodes studied textile printing and lithography at the Medway College of Art and graduated with honors as a designer from the Royal College of Art, School of Textile and Design, London, in 1964. Upon completion of her schooling, she formed her own company, designing and printing fabrics for the new wave of "mod" designers. In 1969, she brought her first collection to the United States where it was featured in both Vogue and Women’s Wear Daily. She was one of the British designers who put London at the forefront of the international fashion scene in the 1970s. In 1973, Ms. Rhodes received the Royal Designer of Industry Award, presented by H.R.M. Prince Philip. Her designs have always been clear creative statements and her garments have a timeless quality that makes them unmistakably a Rhodes creation. In 1979, Zandra Rhodes was named top British designer for British Fashion Fortnight by Neiman Marcus of Dallas, and, in 1981, she designed and created the setting for the Houston Ballet Ball. Designing costumes for the London and Broadway stages and for the Dallas Ballet, she received an Emmy award for costume design in 1984. "The Art of Zandra Rhodes" was published in 1984-1985 in England and the United States and is available on Amazon.com. Over the years she has had many academic and professional honors bestowed upon her and was made Commander of the British Empire by the Queen in 1997. Zandra is currently founding The Fashion and Textile Museum in London. She continues to design beautiful custom dresses in London.

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Merna Sallop Popper

Merna Sallop Popper

1986
White Plains, New York

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Merna Popper began her career as an arts writer. She launched Women's News, a newspaper to provide visibility for successful business and professional women. She was a founding member of the National Association of Women's Regional Publications. She has produced, directed and hosted a live weekly call-in radio talk show, "The Women's Line". Her television show, "Women's News Extra", featured interviews of people working for the advancement of women. She has served on the Women’s Advisory Board to the Westchester County Executive, as commissioner for cable television, worked with small business entrepreneurs, the American Cancer Society and is a member of AWED. She has received the Women in Communications Award for Excellence, the Woman of the Year from Dominican College and an Award for Excellence from Governor Mario Cuomo of New York. She and her husband, John E. Popper, have two children.

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Judith Peabody

Judith Peabody

1986
New York City

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Judith Peabody was born in Richmond, Virginia. She attended Hewitt School in New York City, Ethel Walker School in Connecticut, Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and Columbia University. She then studied at the post-graduate Center for Mental Health in New York City and received a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Counseling. As a counselor, she worked with Reality House and Exodus House, drug rehabilitation centers, The Renegades, an East Harlem youth gang and other groups. She helped found the Writer's State Company, an off-Broadway production company formed to present the plays of new American writers. Judith Peabody has been a member of the Advisory Board of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, a vice president of the New York Shakespeare Festival (a group she has served since 1964) and a member of the board and volunteer counselor for the Gay Men's Health Crisis. She and her husband, Samuel Parkman Peabody, an educational consultant, have one daughter, Elizabeth Taylor Peabody.

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Dr. Gretchen Josey

Dr. Gretchen Josey

1986
Houston, Texas

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Gretchen Josey began an acting career in California and appeared in several movies. Pursuing her lifelong interest, she established the Gretchen Bryan Award for actors and directors at the Brazosport (Texas) Little Theatre in 1950 and served as president of the group for three years. She was past president of the Women's Institute and served on the board of the Alley Theatre in Houston. Professionally she was Director of Public Relations for the Sheraton-Lincoln Hotel in Houston. Gretchen also was president of Currenci, a decorating and antique shop specializing in 18th Century English antiques and the fine art works of French and German Impressionists. Mrs. Jack Josey served as chair of both the Northwood University Houston chapter of the National Women's Board and its highly successful 1986 gala, which provided record breaking support to the University's students. In 1990, in appreciation of her support and leadership in Texas, the University bestowed an honorary degree. (Deceased 1990)

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The Honorable Carla Anderson Hills

The Honorable Carla Anderson Hills

1986
Washington, DC

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Carla Anderson Hills received her bachelor's degree from Stanford University and her law degree from Yale University. She served for three years as Assistant United States Attorney, Civil Division, Los Angeles and co-founded a Los Angeles law firm where she was a partner from 1962-1974. While living in California, she served as president of both the Federal Bar Association and the Women Lawyers Association in Los Angeles. Mrs. Hills served as Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Ford Administration and, in 1974 and 1975, was Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice. In 1976, Time magazine named her as one of Ten Women of the Year. She has been chairman of the Urban Institute and was a trustee of the Rand Corporation, 1982-1987. In 1981- 1982, she served as vice-chairman of President Reagan's Commission on Defense Management. She has served as a trustee of the Brookings Institute and as a member of the Trilateral Commission. She has been active in the American Bar Association, serving as chairman of the Section of Antitrust Law in 1982-1983 and as chairman of the Conference of Section Chairmen. In 1989, Ambassador Hills was appointed by President Bush to his Cabinet to serve as the U.S. Trade Representative. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband, Roderick M. Hills. They have four children.

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Ambassador Holland H. Coors

Ambassador Holland H. Coors

1986
Golden, Colorado

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Holland Coors is the founder/president of Women of Our Hemisphere Achieving Together and has served on the Board of Trustees of the Adolph Coors Foundation, a private family foundation. Holly Coors is well known for her philanthropic and civic activities. She served as the United States Ambassador during the National Year of the Americas and was appointed by President Bush to the Commission on White House Fellowships. She travels extensively in support of international development projects. She also is president of the Holland Foundation and has served on the boards of A Christian Ministry in the National Parks, the Federalist Society, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on National Policy. Mrs. Coors is also a founder/member of the Friends of First Ladies which supports the First Ladies Hall at the American History Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. In 1994, Dr. Holland Coors was honored with a Northwood University honorary degree for her years of support to the programs and philosophies of the college. (Deceased, 2008)

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Linda Brock

Linda Brock

1986
Scottsdale, Arizona

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Linda Brock-Nelson was born in Austin, Texas. She received her degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University and a Master's in counseling from Arizona State University. She received her MBA in Business and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University in 1998. She is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Business Owners and Presidents Management Class 17. For 25 years she was owner, President and CEO of the Linda Brock Automotive Plaza, selling BMW, Dodge, Volkswagen and Oldsmobile, until the sale of her dealership in February 1995. She was the first woman car dealer in the state of Arizona and was ranked as the largest woman-owned business in the Phoenix Metropolitan area at the time of the sale. Linda is embarking on a career of public speaking, specializing in keynote speeches and leading seminars focused on success, leadership and negotiations. She is an arbitrator of large, complex cases for the American Arbitration Association. She is chairwoman of the Arizona State Transportation Board and serves on the Maricopa Association of Governments Council. She also serves on the boards for the Arizona Community Foundation, Harvard Business School Club and Scottsdale Symphony. She is a member of the Greater Phoenix Leadership and East Valley Partnership. She is a graduate of Leadership 2000, Valley and Leadership America. She also served on the Scottsdale School Governing Board for two years. Linda is married to Dr. Arthur Nelson. They have six children and nine grandchildren.

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Grace M. Benson

Grace M. Benson

1986
San Antonio, Texas & New Orleans, Louisiana

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The former Grace Trudeau was born in New Orleans where she attended Gentilly Terrace School and St. Joseph's Academy. Her love for the arts and drama came naturally and she studied voice prior to her association with the New Orleans Opera Guild. She and her husband, Tom Benson, are well known civic leaders. She is a member of the board of directors for the Benson Community Fund where she participates in periodic community relations meetings with employees of twenty-three automobile dealerships, two banks and the New Orleans Saints, all Benson ventures. She has spearheaded successful telethons for children's hospitals in San Antonio and New Orleans as well as fundraisers for the American Heart Association. She has been on the board of the Louisiana State University Medical Center where she is founding chairman of the LSU Eye Gala. Grace M. Benson's lifetime dedication to her business interests and her community has benefited many, as do her attributes of friendliness, helpfulness and caring. Her involvement in her two favorite cities of New Orleans and San Antonio has been extensive. The Bensons have five children and several grandchildren.

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Florence Knoll Bassett

Florence Knoll Bassett

1986
Coconut Grove, Florida & Jeffersonville, Vermont

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Florence Knoll Bassett received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where she studied with Mies van der Rohe. She joined the late Hans Knoll in New York to form the Knoll Planning Unit. They were married in 1946. She became the president of Knoll International and was responsible for the space planning of the interiors of many large projects, including university dormitories, banks, office buildings and Knoll showrooms throughout the world. Two of her most widely published projects were the Connecticut General Life Insurance building in Bloomfield, Connecticut and the CBS building in New York City. She was named President's Fellow and awarded the Athena Medallion by the Rhode Island School of Design in 1983, was appointed to the Illinois Institute of Technology Hall of Fame in 1982, elected an Honorary Member of the Industrial Designers Society of America in 1982, awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts by Parsons School of Design in 1979 and given the Total Design Award by the American Society of Interior Designers in 1977. She received the Illinois Institute of Technology Professional Achievement Award in 1969, the International Design Award from the American Institute of Interior Designers in 1962 and the first Gold Medal Award ever awarded to a woman by the American Institute of Architects, in 1961.

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Mary Kay Ash

Mary Kay Ash

1986
Dallas, Texas

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Mary Kay Ash launched Mary Kay Cosmetics Inc. in 1963. Today, Mary Kay Cosmetics is the largest direct seller of skin care products in the U.S. Mary Kay manufactures and markets more than 200 skin care and beauty products through its network of more than 400,000 independent beauty consultants in twenty-five countries. Retail sales have surpassed $1 billion each year since 1991. Now retired, Mary Kay credits much of her success to her company’s unique way of doing business. From the outset, she has stuck to three principles: God first, family second, career third. Forced to make a choice, Mary Kay believes very few women would give up their faith and family for a career. She designed Mary Kay Cosmetics to give her beauty consultants the flexibility of planning how much and when they work. Mary Kay has received many awards including the prestigious Horatio Alger Award, which recognizes people "who have begun at the bottom and worked their way to the top." Other awards include The Free Enterprise Award, Dale Carnegie Leadership Award, Direct Selling Association Hall of Fame Award and the Outstanding Business Leader from Northwood University in 1990. Named Chairman Emeritus of Mary Kay Cosmetics in 1988, Mary Kay Ash continues to provide motivation, support and inspiration for thousands of women around the world. (Deceased 2001)

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1985 Distinguished Women Honorees

Myrtle D. Willey

Myrtle D. Willey

1985
Garmingdale and Gardiner, Maine & Port Charlotte, Florida

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Myrtle Willey is CEO and owner of T.W. Dick Co., Inc., Gardiner, Maine, a steel warehouse and fabricating plant. Myrt was active in AGC/America & Maine and in 1984 was the only woman honored with its MAC (major achievements in construction) Award. Myrt's career began in fashion marketing, photography and management positions with public utilities. She became executive vice president of T.W. Dick Co. in 1968, president, treasurer and general manager in 1976 and majority stockholder in 1984. A community leader, Myrt was honored for leadership in business and volunteerism, received the 1985 Woman of Achievement award from Women's Center at Westbrook College and an award from the University of Maine/Augusta for contributions to the arts. In 1987, Myrt was appointed by Governor McKernan to serve as vice-chairperson of the Governor's Business Advisory Commission, Maine Commission for Women. She served as vice chair of Zonta International O&E Committee, director of the ZI Foundation Board, vice president/ secretary and ZI Centurion. In writing of Northwood, Myrt Willey said, "Having run the gamut from receptionist, personal secretary, marketing, photography, steel warehousing and fabrication, I am a prime example of the free enterprise system which is what Northwood University is all about. The ability to change from a structured educational system to meet current demands and needs take courage and determination. I am proud to be affiliated with Northwood University in any capacity."

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Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria Vanderbilt

1985
New York City

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Gloria Vanderbilt received her education at the Art Students League in New York City, studying drawing, anatomy and painting. She had her first one-woman exhibition of oil paintings at the Bertha Schaeffer Gallery in Manhattan in 1952. Retrospectives of her paintings, collages and pastels have been exhibited at the Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, the Reading Museum and Art Gallery and the Tennessee Museum of Fine Arts. In 1969, she received the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award and was elected to the Fashion Hall of Fame. In the 1970s, Hallmark introduced her artwork to the commercial market by producing Gloria Vanderbilt Collections of paper products created from her paintings and collages. Miss Vanderbilt is the recipient of the Gold Medal of Merit from the National Society of Arts and Letters and the Talbot Perkins Children's Services Mother of the Year Award. In 1979 she was awarded Brandeis University's National Women's Committee "Major Book Collection" award. She holds honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and the International Fine Arts College in Miami. In 1979 she was the recipient of the Silver Spirit of Life Award from the City of Hope in California. She received the Anti-Defamation League's Woman of Achievement Award in 1981 and the National Arts Club Citation of Merit in 1982. Miss Vanderbilt has been a contributor to many magazines including Cosmopolitan and Woman's Day. She is many times an author and in 1994 created the anniversary graphic design for the Northwood University 25th annual Distinguished Women's celebration. This rose motif is featured once again, in this 30th anniversary biographic edition.

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Dorothy Haas Rautbord

Dorothy Haas Rautbord

1985
Palm Beach, Florida

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Dorothy Haas Rautbord is well-known and highly respected as an outstanding leader and philanthropist. She has accumulated a number of awards including the Spirit of Life Award from the City of Hope, the Sylvan Cole Human Relations Award and the National Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee, the Highest Honor Award from the American Technion Society and numerous awards for outstanding support and volunteer service from the Boys' Club, Visiting Nurses Association and Guild of the Science Museum of Palm Beach. She has contributed works of art to the Norton Gallery of Art in West Palm Beach and to the Chicago Art Institute and the Contemporary Museum of Art in Chicago. She has been a board member of the Visiting Nurses Association and founder of its Angel's Gala, member of the Board of Trustees, American Technion Society, board member of the Boys Club, past president of the Palm Beach Roundtable, member of the Archives of American Art, member of the Board of Trustees, Roosevelt University in Chicago, member of the Northwood University Florida Board of Governors and is a former board member and one of the founders of the Contemporary Museum of Art in Chicago. Mrs. Rautbord is impressed with Northwood University's emphasis on achievement and is devoted to helping others achieve as well. (Deceased, 2002)

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Betty Compton McKinney

Betty Compton McKinney

1985
Dallas, Texas

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Bettie McKinney chaired her first Northwood Gala in 1980 and continued a very active association with Northwood serving as Gala Auction Chairman in 1981 and Gala Patron Co-chairman in 1982 and 1984. She also served as chairman of the Dallas chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board in 1983-1984. Her leadership in numerous other organizations included the Plaza Theatre, the Dallas Council of World Affairs and Les Femmes du Monde. She was also active in the Dallas Ballet, Dallas Opera, Dallas Summer Musicals and the Dallas Symphony. A forth generation Dallasite, Mrs. McKinney was educated in the Dallas public school system and at Southern Methodist University. Apparel from her private collection is a part of the Northwood University International Costume Collection. She once said, "I have always been attracted by Northwood's free enterprise philosophy and to the leaders throughout the Northwood system who are willing to give their time, talent and hard work to promote the school. These people are very interested in the protection of our next generation. I consider it an honor and a challenge, made pleasurable, to be a part of this hardworking group and the beautiful spirit of friendship that we share with each other." (Deceased 1994)

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Meredith Fernstrom Layer

Meredith Fernstrom Layer

1985
New York City & Lake Wylie, South Carolina

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Meredith Fernstrom was born and raised in Rutherfordton, North Carolina and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (B.S.) and the University of Maryland (M.S.). She was married to Charles Layer, a management consultant. Meredith served as Senior Vice President, Public Responsibility, for American Express Company from 1980- 1995, where she directed the company's worldwide policies and programs in social responsibility. Previously, she was Director of Consumer Affairs in the U.S. Department of Commerce and Director of Consumer Education for the District of Columbia Office of Consumer Affairs. She began her career as a home economics teacher. She served on the White House Consumer Affairs Council, the Federal Reserve System Consumer Advisory Council, is past president of the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals, was a director of the National Consumers League and the Institute for the Future and a Commissioner of the National Commission on Working Women. She was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the Board of Overseers, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Awards, 1987-1990. Her numerous honors included the Matrix Award for Public Relations, New York Women in Communications, Advertising Woman of the Year, Advertising Women of New York, Individual Achievement Award, Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals, Stewart Lee Consumer Education Award and American Council on Consumer Interests. (Deceased 1996)

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Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker

Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum Baker

1985
Wichita, Burdick, Topeka, Kansas & Washington, D.C.

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Nancy Landon Kassebaum was born in Topeka, Kansas. She received her bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Kansas, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a master's degree in diplomatic history in 1956. A Wichita homemaker for many years, Nancy Kassebaum raised her four children there. Her interest in public issues was born early, however, and, prior to her mid-life entry into the political scene, she was a caseworker for Senator James B. Pearson, a member of the Maise, Kansas school board and vice president of radio station KFH-KLZS in Wichita. She is or has been: president, the Women's Association, Institute of Logopedics; member, Kansas Governmental Ethics Commissions; chairman, Women's Division, United Fund of Wichita; member, Mortar Board; chairman, The Senate Military Reform Caucus; and member of the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. A multi-term United States Senator, Senator Kassebaum has held influential seats on the Transportation, Commerce and Science Committees, the Foreign Relations and the Budget Committees and several other leading committees.

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Marjorie McIntyre Hohman

Marjorie McIntyre Hohman

1985
Monroe, Michigan & Stuart, Florida

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Marjorie McIntyre Hohman attended Hillsdale College in Michigan where she was a member of Chi Omega and Epsilon Delta Alpha, an honorary academic fraternity. Her husband, John (Jack), is Chairman of the Northwood University Board of Trustees and Marge is a Trustee Emeritus. Together, they have enjoyed a special interest in Northwood. Their interest has extended to the Florida campus since they have been spending their winters in Stuart. Marge and Jack are the immediate past Co-chairs of the National Women's Board & Friends of Northwood University. Citing her career as "my family and the organizations I've been involved with," Mrs. Hohman lists the following among her many interests: CAN (Child Advocacy Network) of Monroe County, The Monroe Thrift Shop Association, Trinity Episcopal Church Vestry, The United Way of Monroe County, The Salvation Army Advisory Board and The Monroe Garden Club. Mrs. Hohman has held leadership positions in all of these organizations. Quoting Marge, "We have always felt that Northwood was special. We are proud to be associated with the school, its founders, the staff and the students. We will continue to work to insure that future generations will have the opportunity to be educated in the Northwood tradition." The Hohmans have four married children and twelve grandchildren. Family and community activities keep them very busy from Michigan to Pennsylvania to Florida!

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Carole Ann Brown

Carole Ann Brown

1985
Dallas, Texas

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Award-winning interior designer Carole Ann Brown is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers. She created the interior and uniform design for two commercial airlines, Muse Air and America West Airlines. Her interior designs have been published in numerous national magazines and her uniform design for America West received the Image of the Year Award for excellence in design. Mrs. Brown is also a residential real estate broker. As a top producer with the Henry S. Miller Company, she was designated a member of The Dozen, a national organization recognizing those whose sales volume places them among the top 5 percent in the nation. Carole Ann is well known in Dallas for her philanthropic work for the Northwood National Women's Board, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, The Women's Council of the Dallas Arboretum, the March of Dimes, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas Opera, Les Femmes du Monde and many others. Mrs. Brown has a B.F.A. in Communications from the University of Texas and a degree in interior design from El Centro College. She is married to Richard Lang Brown and they have two sons.

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Lorraine Bolen Bland

Lorraine Bolen Bland

1985
Houston, Texas

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A dynamic member of Houston's community, civic and societal leadership, Lorraine Bland was the founding chairman of the Houston Grand Opera Guild, on the board of directors of the Alley Theatre, the Metropolitan Opera National Council, honorary chairman of the Smithsonian Adrain Collection, received the Alumni Merit Award from Millikin University, chaired the Consular Ball Committee and was a founding board member of the Houston Grand Opera. She received the Good Samaritan Award for forty-five years as board member assisting the indigent and was named Regent of the English National Opera of London by the Earl of Harewood. Lorraine was named a Yellow Rose of Texas by Governor Preston Smith. She served as trustee and vice president of the Museum of Fine Arts and was named honorary Daughter of the British Empire in establishing Mountbatten House. She was honored by the Noches De Las Americas. She and her late husband William were named Houston Cultural Leaders of the Year in 1979 and she received a commendation from President Lyndon Johnson for all City Symphony first in Germany. Mrs. Bland also has served the Red Cross, the Allied Arts Council of Houston and is an energetic Northwood supporter. (Deceased, 2005)

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Martha G. Arnold

Martha G. Arnold

1985
Midland, Michigan

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Martha Arnold is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, where she majored in piano and organ. She was a teacher of piano and organ for many years and is Director of Music Emeritus of the Memorial Presbyterian Church in Midland. She has served her alma mater since 1974 as a member of the Board of Trustees and in a number of significant ways. In 1971, she received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Baldwin-Wallace College, and, in 1984, she received a second honorary degree, from Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. Martha Arnold is a member and former dean of the Saginaw Valley chapter of the American Guild of Organists, has been a member of the board of the Midland Center for the Arts and president of the Midland Community Affairs Council, now a part of the Midland Foundation. She was chairman of the Midland Community Concert Society for twenty years and, in 1985, received a fifty-year award from the Midland King's Daughters and Sons. (Deceased 2000)

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Vivian Wilcox Young

Vivian Wilcox Young

1985
Dallas, Texas

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Vivian Young has served as an officer, executive board member, advisor and hostess for numerous organizations, functions and events internationally. Among them, The Dallas Women's Club, the Susan Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, Junior League of Dallas and Junior League Garden Club, the Royal Dublin Society and The Dallas Museum of Art. She was a presidential invitee to The White House Conference for Trade and Investment in Ireland, a 1993 honoree for The Inaugural Texas-Ireland Fund, Co-chair for The Crescent Gala benefiting The Kennedy Center, was commissioned by the cities of Dallas-Ft. Worth to create the presentation gift tea table to Queen Elizabeth II, is a recipient of the Ultra Humanitarian Award and listed as an honored professional in the national directory of Who's Who in Executives and Professionals. A past member of Northwood's Texas Board of Governors, Mrs. Young chaired the Dallas chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board during record breaking years in funding support for scholarships and the campus building campaign. She has helped to generate friends and funds for Northwood, making the University a leading charity in Dallas. Vivian Young is Co-owner, with Caroline Rose Hunt, of Lady Primrose's Shopping the English Countryside in Dallas, Royal Bathing and Skin Luxuries in Dallas and London and Thatched Cottage Pantry in Dallas. She has been a longtime friend of the Northwood Distinguished Women's program.

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1984 Distinguished Women Honorees

Estelle (Brownie) Stewart

Estelle (Brownie) Stewart

1984
Palm Springs & Escondido, California

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Brownie Stewart's first involvement in civic activities was as a founding member of th Volunteer Army Canteen Service and of the U.S.O. in the Los Angeles area. Following World War II, she lived in Minneapolis, raising her daughter and son and volunteering with two hospitals, the United Way, and cultural groups. She was a member of the Women's Board of both the Minneapolis Museum of Art and the Walker Museum of Modern Art and was a volunteer with the Minneapolis Symphony and the Guthrie Theatre. She also worked with the Young President's Organization. During this time, she studied architecture and designed and built several very important houses in Minneapolis and was a well-known hostess. Mrs. Stewart moved to Palm Springs in 1967 and was a member of the Women's Board of the Desert Museum, Eisenhower Medical Center, Desert Hospital and the Palm Springs chapter of the Los Angeles Ballet. She served two terms as chair of the Palm Springs chapter of the Northwood National Women's Board, wa chair of the National Women's Board Executive Committee meeting in 1984 and served on the Northwood University Achievement in the Arts Committee in New York. She and her late husband, Ralph Bear, co-chaired Northwood's auction benefit in Palm Springs. A scholarship at the University was established by the couple. (Deceased, 2003)

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Janne Williams

Janne Williams

1984
Houston, Texas

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Jacqueline Anne (Janne) Williams attended St. Johns School in Houston and the Holton Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, graduating with a major in Studio Arts. She went on to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson as a Commercial Advertisement and Interior Design major. Born in Houston and truly a native Texan, she has also lived in Austin and Galveston and Aspen, Colorado. Janne has been the owner of Ins and Outs, a gift and accessories store. She also serves as an interior designer of both residential and commercial properties. She has been involved with the Elam Williams Interior Resource Center which sells to the trade only and is president of Elam Williams, Inc. Antiques. Her previous professional experience includes being involved in management for Neiman-Marcus. An animal lover, she has raised and trained Arabian horses and Shetland sheep dogs. She is a volunteer for M.D. Anderson Hospital and fund raiser for the Stalin Foundation. Janne also has served as co-chair for the Houston chapter of the Northwood National Women's Board and many of the chapter’s activities. She has two children.

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Julie Roger

Julie Roger

1984
Beaumont, Texas

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Julie Rogers was born in Chicago and graduated from DePaul University Law School at age nineteen. Married to the late businessman Ben J. Rogers, their family grew to one daughter, two sons and three grandchildren. Mrs. Rogers had a lifelong record of service to arts and civic organizations. She was Chairman Emeritus of the Jefferson County Mental Health Association and on the Boards of Trustees of the Lamar University Foundation and Friends of the Arts, the Beaumont Music Commission, Texas Arts Alliance, Texas Mental Health Association, Beau-mont Symphony Society, Salvation Army (first woman in Texas to receive a lifetime membership for starting and chairing [for thirty-five years] a Christmas program which was adopted throughout the world), the Joe Louis International Sports Foundation and Suicide Rescue. In 1982, the Julie Rogers Theatre for the Performing Arts in Beaumont was named in recognition of her extraordinary efforts on behalf of performing arts. She also has been the recipient of the Brotherwood Award from The National Conference of Christians and Jews, the N.A.A.C.P. Award from the United Negro Colleges, Public Citizen of the Year from the National Association of Social Workers, Suicide Rescue Humanitarian Award, the Ima Hogg Award for her work in the field of mental health and was honored by the establishment of the Julie Rogers Mental Health Volunteers Award in her honor and the Special Services Fund for Youth. (Deceased 1998)

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Morgan Dunn O'Connor

Morgan Dunn O'Connor

1984
Victoria, Texas

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An attorney and businesswoman, Morgan O'Connor has chaired the Houston chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board and has spearheaded its programs and projects by years of dedicated support. A native of Victoria, Texas, she is the daughter of Marie O'Connor Sorenson and the late Robert Parke Dunn. She was educated at Southern Methodist University and St. Mary's University School of Law. Ms. O'Connor has been a trustee of these groups: Victoria Regional Museum Association (where she served as president), Victoria Preservation, Inc. (where she served as president and project director for the Historic Resource Survey), Texas Heart Institute of Houston, Art Museum of South Texas, Cultural Council of Victoria, Victoria 100 Club and Dean's Advisory Board for St. Mary's University School of Law. She was a member of the 1992 class of Leadership Texas and has been president of St. Joseph's Schools, Inc., a private high school in Victoria.

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The Hon. Donna Thourlby Morris

The Hon. Donna Thourlby Morris

1984
Midland, Michigan

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Donna Morris is a graduate of Hillsdale College and received a Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling from Central Michigan University. Following the death of her husband, a judge, she enrolled in the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan and was graduated Juris Doctor in 1977. She has four children. In 1983, she received both the Hillsdale College Outstanding Alumnae Award and the Cooley Law School Outstanding Alumnae Award. Judge Morris is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, Midland Bar Association, Mid-Michigan Judge's Association, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the State Judicial Council. She has served as chair of the Mental Health Committee for Michigan Probate Judges' Association, on the faculty of the Michigan Judicial Institute and she is a director of the Mental Health Association in Michigan. She has been a trustee of the Midland Foundation, trustee and secretary of the Strosacker Foundation, served on the Finance Committee of MidMichigan Medical Center and is a member of Rotary International and the Town & Campus chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board.

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Bella Lewitzky

Bella Lewitzky

1984
Los Angeles, California

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Bella Lewitzky, artistic director and principal choreographer for the Bella Lewitzky Dance Company, was born in the California Mojave Desert. She co-founded the Dance Theatre in Los Angeles and founded Dance Assoiciates, a school and performing concert group. In 1966, she formed the Bella Lewitzky Company, which has toured extensivley in the United States and abroad. Bella Lewitzky has been the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundations Fellowship, the annual Dance Magazine Award and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has been actively involved with the development of dance in the United States and served as a board member and advisor for several national arts organizations. Some of these include: founding Dean of the School of Dance, California Institute of the Arts; dance chairperson, Idylllwild Arts Foundation; national advisory board for Young Audiences; consultant for the National Humanities Faculty; Board of Trustees, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts; Board of Trustees, Lake Placid Center for the Arts; board of directors, Arts, Education and Americans, Inc.; and an honorary member of UNESCO's International Dance Association. In 1983, she was appointed to the California Arts Council. (Deceased, 2004)

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Cathy Guisewite

Cathy Guisewite

1984
Los Angeles, California

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Syndicated cartoonist Cathy Guisewite was born in Ohio, grew up in Midland, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a major in English. She has received honorary doctorate degrees from Rhode Island College, Eastern Michigan University and Russell Sage College. Her comic strip is carried in 1,200 newspapers worldwide and "Cathy" products are found in gift and department stores throughout the country. Cathy is married to Christopher Wilkinson and has one daughter. Cathy was named Outstanding Communicator of the Year by Los Angeles Advertising Women and received the Poetry/Literature Award from the Matrix: Midland, Michigan Festival of the Arts and Sciences. She won an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program and received the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award from the State of Israel Bonds. She received the Paloma Award from the Los Angeles SPCA, the YWCA Silver Achievement Award and won the National Cartoonists Society's Rueben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, an award for which she was nominated six times. She's included in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Women and is a member of the Delta Delta Delta fraternity.

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Susanne Forbes Dicker

Susanne Forbes Dicker

1984
Dallas, Texas

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Susanne Forbes Dicker's career emphasis is as a broker- realtor with the international firm of Keller Williams Realty serving residential needs. Susanne is a speaker on the national lecture circuit and is known for her personal promotion as the Dallas Hat Lady. Her community involvement and honors include: 1990-1993 National Women's Board National Chairperson for Northwood University, Northwood University Distinguished Woman 1984, Executive Women of Dallas, Who's Who of American Women and active involvement in many ministries at Prestonwood Baptist Church. Susanne is mother to sons, Forbes and Kyle, daughter, Beth, and grandmother to Jessica Diane. Susanne's lifelong interest in Northwood University stems from her appreciation of Northwood's global approach to business and the arts as well as her respect for the cutting-edge student curriculum with emphasis on values and ethics. Additionally, the friendships made with those from around the world who share a love for the Northwood Family are invaluable gifts.

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Sue Cook

Sue Cook

1984
Slingerlands, New York

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Sue Cook has been the president of the New York City Opera Guild. Her husband, Robert Allen Cook, is an engineer. They have three children and several grandchildren. Mrs. Cook was educated at the Albany Academy for Girls and Albany State College. She studied vocal music with Estelle Liebling, Max Klein and Eleanor McLellan. Her career included principal operatic roles for stage and television. She has hosted her own television show and served as a record reviewer for the Albany Times Union, as well. She has been involved as a voluntary leader in the arts in Albany, Saratoga and New York City and on the national level for many years. Among her many important associations: the New York Foundation for the Arts, the American Symphony Orchestra League and the Richard Allen Carter Center for the Arts, all of which she has served as trustee. For these contributions, she was named Woman of the Year by the Albany Times Union, cited by the National Federation of Music Clubs for "service to the arts" and recognized by many other organizations.

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Alison Stilwell Cameron

Alison Stilwell Cameron

1984
Carmel, California

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Alison Stilwell Cameron was a graduate of the Peking American School in Beijing, China, where she was one of the rare Americans to be invited to study Chinese traditional painting under Prince P'u Ju and Yj Fei-An. At the age of seventeen, she held her first one-woman show at the Peking Institute of Fine Arts where a leading Chinese art critic described her as "the first Occidental to grasp the feeling and technique of Oriental art..." Her paintings have been exhibited in many of the major museums and galleries of this country including the Northwood Gallery. She was a member of the board of directors, National Committee on United States-China Relations, belonged to the Society of Women Geographers, and was a Senior Fellow Emeritus and board member of the Chingling Fountation and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She was listed in Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in the West. She was the author-illustrator of two books, one a chidren's story and the other a manual on painting, as well as the author of an article on contemporary Chinese artists for World Monitor Magazine.

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1983 Distinguished Women Honorees

Jane Young Wallace

Jane Young Wallace

1983
Barrington, Illinois

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Jane Young Wallace was editor/publisher emeritus of Restaurants & Institutions Magazine, the leading foodservice industry publication. Ms. Wallace became editor-in-chief in 1968 and publisher in 1989. She retired from full-time participation in 1994 but remained a vice president. In addition, she served on the quality assurance team that audited Cahner's Publishing's 80+ publications for editorial excellence. Ms. Wallace was active in many foodservice associations and a frequent speaker at industry meetings. She often served as a spokesperson for the foodservice industry for the consumer media. Jane Wallace served as chairman of the editorial division of the Associated Business Press. She edited several professional cookbooks and was the author of the restaurant listing for World Book Encyclopedia. She was a founder of the Ivy Society of Distinguished Restaurateurs, a charter member of the Chicago chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier, an honorary member of the Distinguished Restaurateurs of North America Hall of Fame and of the American Dietetic Association, a National Restaurant Association Education Foundation Diplomate and a trustee of the Culinary Institute of America. She was chosen Woman of the Year by the Roundtable of Women in Foodservice and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Advancement of Foodservice Research. In 1990, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree by Johnson and Wales University. (Deceased 1996)

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Deborah Szekely

Deborah Szekely

1983
San Diego, California & Washington, D.C.

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Deborah Szekely was born in Brooklyn and educated in the U.S., Tahiti, Mexico and England. She developed her business acumen with the creation of Rancho La Puerta in 1940. From this evolved a string of successes in business (Golden Door in 1958), politics (candidate for Congress), public service (from 1984-1990 she served as President and CEO of Inter-American Foundation, an independent agency of the US government working in grassroots development throughout Latin America and the Caribbean), the arts (board of directors, Ford's Theatre) and as an author and consultant. She was the first woman in California to be named Small Businessperson of the Year by the Small Business Administration. In 1990 she left Inter-American Foundation to found Eureka Communities, a professional and personal development fellowship program for CEOs of nonprofit organizations that work with disadvantaged children, youth and families. A unique part of the Fellows' experience is empirical learning through benchmarking. Ms. Szekely was awarded an honorary doctorate by the California School of Professional Psychology. Her board memberships include Partners for Livable Communities, Youth Service America, Center for Science in the Public Interest, National Council of La Raza, Partners of the Americas Foundation, The Menninger Foundation and Committee of 200 Foundation. For these efforts she has received numerous awards, the most recent being Philanthropist Volunteer of the Year by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives and the San Diego Press Club's Headliner of the Year for Volunteerism. Deborah Szekely credits volunteerism as the catalyst for her growth.

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Patricia Cameron Peardon

Patricia Cameron Peardon

1983
New York City

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Patricia Cameron Peardon began her artistic career as an actress. As Judy Graves, the title character in Max Gordon's production of "Junior Miss," she was on Broadway for two and one-half years and then toured with the show throughout the U.S. and abroad. She also played many roles with the American Shakespeare Festival and was invited to perform at the White House for Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. She was soloist-narrator with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Erich Leinsdorf's version of Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and was commissioned by the US Library of Congress to prepare and star in a one-woman program, "Amazing Miss Alcott," to commemorate the centennial of the publication of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women." Patricia originally studied portraiture and clay sculpture, eventually turning to lost-wax casting. Her lyrical figures first captured the public's attention when displayed in New York in Tiffany's windows, where they have appeared three times. Her work appeared in the Metropolitan Opera House, Avery Fisher Philharmonic Hall, the Northwood Gallery and galleries and museums in New York, Palm Beach and many other cities in the US and abroad. She was an active member of the New York chapter of the Northwood National Women's Board and a trustee of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Theatre Arts (IASTA). She stated, "I wholeheartedly applaud Northwood's appreciation of the imperative of a creative relationship between the arts and business, for our nation's future. And I'm deeply impressed by the University's achievements inspired by that all important concept." (Deceased 1993)

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Dr. Patricia Naegele

Dr. Patricia Naegele

1983
Midland, Michigan

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Patricia Naegele is a native of Marshfield, Wisconsin. She graduated from Milwaukee Business Institute and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee. Patricia's record of volunteer service spans six communities in the United States and Canada and centers on education, art and medical research. Patricia is past chairman of the Midland Art Council. This organization, which she has chaired three times, presented her with its 25th Anniversary Award for volunteer leadership. She received an honorary membership in Arts Midland:Galleries and School in 1998. Patricia was honored by Northwood in 1996 with an honorary degree, Doctor of Humanities. She is now a Trustee Emeritus of the University. She is currently a member of her hometown Marshfield, Wisconsin Clinic Medical Research and Education Advisory Council and charter member of the Lawton Society of the Clinic focusing on research and education. She is an active member of the Executive Board of the Town & Campus (Midland) chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board. Patricia served as Northwood's National Women's Board & Friends National Chairperson from 1993-1996. She believes that communicating and networking skills are vital for the continuing success of the philosophy of the Northwood Idea and Northwood University and is a remarkable role model for those skills.

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Lucy M. Lewis

Lucy M. Lewis

1983
San Fidel, New Mexico & Campbell, California

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Lucy M. Lewis was born at Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico. Since her birth was not recorded, the "best guess" is November 2, 1897. She married the late Toribio H. Lewis, a farmer and cattle owner and raised nine children. Lucy Lewis began making pottery near the turn of the century. Her pottery making was never interrupted despite her years of farming, motherhood and homemaking. At the 1950 Intertribal Indian Ceremonial, Lucy received the Award of Merit, the top honor. This was the first exhibition she had ever entered. Later that year, at the Santa Fe Indian Market Competition, the top prize again went to Lucy. Recognition, awards and honors continued, including the Governor's Award, New Mexico's highest honor to its artists. Mrs. Lewis had exhibitions in the Smithsonian, state and city museums, Princeton University, museums devoted to Indian art and culture and the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. Her work was shown internationally as well. She also taught her way of making hand formed pottery at the Idyllwild School of Music and Arts in California. Her pride in her heritage, her work and her ability to teach others exemplified her desire to maintain traditional Indian ways and encouraged others in the art of pottery making. Her talented and close knit family is living testimonial to her success in keeping tradition alive. (Deceased 1992)

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Marion Lederer

Marion Lederer

1983
Canoga Park and Palm Springs, California

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Born in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, Marion Irvine Lederer attended the University of Toronto and U.C.L.A. She is married to actor-director Francis Lederer. Together they have served as ambassadors for UNICEF, represented the U.S. Department of State in Czechoslovakia and founded the Canoga Park-Taxco, Mexico Sister City Program. Since founding the Sister City Program, Mrs. Lederer has served on its board of directors and been instrumental in its many years of success. This outstanding program of community and cultural affiliation has received national and international awards. Mrs. Lederer is the co-owner and cultural administrator of the Canoga Mission Gallery, a nonprofit art and cultural center (declared a Cultural Heritage Monument) which was designed and built by her husband on their estate. She received the first Errol Newton Memorial Award for the cause of international understanding, the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Award for outstanding volunteer service, the Board of Trustees of the Motion Picture and Television Fund award for dedicated service and other public service awards. Mrs. Lederer was Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City of Los Angeles (1980-1985), a founding member of the American National Theatre and Academy and a member of the executive board of the Women's Auxiliary of the Motion Picture and Television Fund and is a long time Northwood friend. She is an associate of the Braille Institute Desert Center and listed in Who's Who in America.

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Martha Rowan Hyder

Martha Rowan Hyder

1983
Fort Worth, Texas

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Martha Rowan Hyder attended Sweetbriar College and graduated from the University of Texas with majors in history and government. She was married to the late Elton M. Hyder, Jr. and has three children. Mrs. Hyder was a founding member of the Executive Committee of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. As its chairman, she is credited with leading the Competition to its world-renowned status through unstinting efforts on behalf of young, accomplished musicians worldwide. Martha also established the Cliburn Council which holds lectures, concerts and fundraising events during off-contest years. Co-chair of the Northwood Albert Schweitzer Music Award in New York in 1983, whose recipient was Van Cliburn, Mrs. Hyder devoted months of time and talent to insure the success of both the Carnegie Hall benefit concert and the following gala. She has been vice president and national trustee of the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., a member of the International Committee of the New York City Ballet and a past board member of the Dallas Symphony and Friends of Carnegie Hall. A leader in her own community as well, she has served the executive committees of the Fort Worth Symphony Board and Art Museum Board. In 1978, Mrs. Hyder was honored as Woman of the Year by the Fort Worth Altrusa Club.

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Caroline Rose Hunt

Caroline Rose Hunt

1983
Dallas, Texas

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Caroline Rose Hunt was educated at Mary Baldwin College and the University of Texas. Ms. Hunt is Honorary Chairman of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, which include The Mansion on Turtle Creek and The Hotel Crescent Court, both in Dallas, The Lanesborough Hotel in London, Badrutts Palace in St. Mauritz, Switzerland and La Samanna, Little Dix Bay, Caneel Bay and Martineau Bay, Puerto Rico in the Caribbean. Her interest in fine foods is reflected in each hotel's cuisine. A Grand Dame of Les Dames d'Escoffier, she is also author of "The Compleat Pumpkin Eater." She is chairman of the Crescent Club, a private dining club and spa. Her antique shop, Lady Primrose's bathing luxuries are offered in many hotels as well as in 1,500 stores nationwide. Recipient of many awards for community service, she has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the US and one of the 50 Most Powerful Women by Ladies Home Journal. Current board memberships include the National Museum for Women in the Arts and Mary Baldwin College. She received the Alexis de Tocqueville Award of the United Way of Dallas and is currently chairman of their Planned Giving and Endowment Committee.

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Patricia Peckinpaugh Hubbard

Patricia Peckinpaugh Hubbard

1983
Houston, Texas

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After attending Mount Vernon Junior College, Patricia Peckinpaugh Hubbard graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature and philosophy from the University of Texas. She is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Married to Ford Hubbard, Jr., and the mother of one son, Patricia has maintained an active role in the Houston community while also being in the interior design business as both community leader and interior designer. Mrs. Hubbard is the founder of both the Houston Symphony's Conductor's Circle and the Alley Theatre's Centerstage. She has been on the board of directors for the Houston Symphony, the Alley Theatre, the Houston Public Library System and the Houston Ballet. She chaired the first ball ever to benefit the Houston Library System, the Junior League of Houston Charity Ball, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts Ball, the Ballet Ball and co-chaired the River Oaks Garden Club's annual Azalea Trail. Active with the Houston chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board, she cites narrating their Vanity Fair vintage fashion show for two years as one of her many enjoyable experiences. Mrs. Hubbard's support of Northwood arises from her commitments and beliefs. She states, "I admire Northwood's unique educational concept. It is perceptive and practical and it fulfills a genuine need in education today."

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Doris Dixon

Doris Dixon

1983
Dallas, Texas

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Doris Dixon was born in Lancaster, South Carolina. A former model and professional dancer, she attended San Diego State University. Mrs. Dixon was involved with the Dallas Opera Company, serving its board, its annual ball and as the 1978 chair. She held leadership positions in Dallas Opera Guild, Les Femmes du Monde, Theatre Three, Wolf Trap, Dallas Council of World Affairs Women's Group, Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas Summer Musical Guild, TACA, Dallas Civic Ballet Women's Committee, Dallas Symphony League, Crystal Charity, the Kidney Foundation of Texas, Science Place Guild and the Linz Award Committee. In addition, she chaired the Neiman-Marcus Fortnight, the Mayor's International Ball and the Worldwide USO 45th Anniversary Gala. In 1983, she was elected to the board of the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D.C. She was active with Rotogravure Committee, Creative Learning Center, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Society and, in 1983, chaired the Silver Anniversary Gala of the Northwood National Women's Board which greatly benefited the Texas campus. As a member of the Dallas Women's Board she stated, "I believe wholeheartedly in the school's philosophy: Free Enterprise. We owe an abundance of thanks to Northwood for teaching this important philosophy to their students and the world." (Deceased 1995)

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1982 Distinguished Women Honorees

Kristen Venable

Kristen Venable

1982
Dallas, Texas and Treviso, Italy

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Kristen Venable graduated from the University of Texas with majors in history, mathematics and English. Married to Robert A. Venable of Dallas, she has been active on the boards of the Dallas Civic Opera, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, the Dallas Civic Ballet, Dallas Symphony, Dallas Civic Opera Guild and Theatre Three, Inc. She is the founding president of The Assemblage and the president of 500 Inc. She is a member of Amici Della Musica, Amici Della Venice, Associazione Sportiva Asolo and the Friends of Venice, Dallas chapter. Her many contributions to the preservation of Italy's culture and history have earned her the Gold Medal from the City of Venice for "outstanding contributions to the cultural life and restoration" of that city. She is an active member of Pro Loco, an organization that promotes the history of Asolo (Italy), through pageants for the enrichment and enjoyment of visiting tourists. A member of Northwood's National Women's Board International chapter, she is active in promoting an exchange of the arts through education programs which enrich the lives of many in America and Europe.

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Dr. Joan Swalwell

Dr. Joan Swalwell

1982
Dallas, Texas

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Joan Swalwell is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Northwood University in recognition of her service to education and voluntary leadership. She has been a supporting member of many charities, including the Dallas Crystal Charity Ball, the Dallas Arboretum and the Susan Komen Foundation. Mrs. Swalwell was the National Chair of the 5,000 member Northwood National Women's Board and has been the chair and active member of the Dallas chapter of the Women's Board. In 1987, Mrs. Swalwell received an honorary degree for her longtime support of Northwood University and its Texas campus. Tennis, snow skiing and historical restoration are her special interests. She and her husband, C.E. (Doc), have moved and restored several vintage buildings to their ranch where he has established a farm museum featuring early steam tractors and antique farm equipment. Joan is responsible for moving an historic early Texas chapel to Northwood's Cedar Hill campus where it has been restored and is an actively used campus landmark. "It's been thrilling to witness the impact of so many energetic, talented women in our city interacting with the high goals of Northwood University," she states. "The people I have met working with Northwood have been high-minded and exceptional individuals. They have been charitable, interesting and fun. Certainly the time spent with Northwood has been a very fulfilling part of my life."

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Jeannine Lefitt Riccio

Jeannine Lefitt Riccio

1982
Palm Springs, California & Honolulu, Hawaii

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For many years, Jeannine Levitt Riccio was chairman of the April in Paris balls in New York and Paris, for which she was awarded the Silver Medallion from the City of Paris in appreciation of her work for French charities. Mrs. Levitt has served on fundraising boards and committees for many causes, including cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy and the (Palm Springs) Desert Hospital's Golden Sun Gala, a ball to benefit its auxiliary. She is a charter member of Children's Village, USA (for abused children) and of the Palm Springs chapter of the Northwood National Women's Board. One of Jeannine's greatest contributions to any project she undertakes is her personal commitment of time, talent, strength and hard work to make each project a success. She is one of Northwood's staunch supporters, has worked tirelessly as co-chairman of the FAD auction and on Festival of the Desert committees, as well as on the Forget-Me-Not Balls in New York and Europe to benefit Northwood. "I endorse Northwood's philosophy and what it stands for," she says, "and I always like to work for the things I believe in."

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Dr. Hermé de Wyman Miro

Dr. Hermé de Wyman Miro

1982
Palm Beach, Florida

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Herme deWyman Miro was raised in Vienna, Austria where she graduated from the Conservatory of Music and Arts, qualified as a concert pianist and was a member of the Vienna Opera. Her paintings of prominent people include those of President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Pope Pius XII, Dr. Albert Schweitzer and Sir Winston Churchill. After her marriage to the late Rene deWyman, an international banker, she became so interested in the financial world that she graduated from the New York Institute of Finance. In 1972, Mr. and Mrs. deWyman were invited to the White House and asked to be founders and chairmen of the Voluntary Action Center for Palm Beach County, Florida—helping in education, health care and countless other ways. She is the founder and president of The International Society of Palm Beach, which gives numerous grants every year to worthy charities and has raised one million dollars for worthy causes. Mrs. deWyman Miro has received a White House Citation and has been knighted by the Order of St. John and St. George, Knights of Malta, for her charitable work. In 1996, Herme deWyman married David M. Miro, a prominent attorney from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. They reside in Palm Beach. Active for many years with Northwood, Herme Miro has chaired the University's Palm Beach chapter and in April 1999 chaired the Northwood University 40th Anniversary Celebration luncheon in Palm Beach. On May 20, 1999 Herme deWyman Miro received the degree of Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa, from Northwood.

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Margaret Dodge Garrett

Margaret Dodge Garrett

1982
Washington, D.C.

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Margaret Dodge Garrett was educated in the American Community School in Beirut, at Vassar College and the Maryland Institute of Fine Arts. Her professional career included posts with the Baltimore Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. In addition, she was a moving force in a variety of volunteer social service, literary, religious and artistic organizations in Syria, Paris and Washington. Special awards given to Mrs. Garrett include the Lane Bryant International Volunteer Award, 1969, l'Ordre National du Merite, 1977, the U.S. Department of State Tribute of Appreciation, 1978, and the Smithsonian Institution Certificate of Appreciation, 1981. She has been elected as a member of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, as a trustee of The Textile Museum, Washington, DC and as a Commissioner of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art. Mrs. Garrett was a volunteer for The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, American Institute for Islamic Affairs at The American University, Washington, DC, and The Textile Museum. "Having been involved with educational and cultural activities abroad for the better part of my life, I am particularly impressed by Northwood's foreign studies program," Mrs. Garrett said at the time of her award. (Deceased 1995)

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Helen T. Findlay

Helen T. Findlay

1982
Chicago, Illinois

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Helen Findlay was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She was educated at the Sunset Hill School for Girls and Vassar College. In 1943 she joined her brother, Wally Findlay, in his gallery in Chicago. Of her work she said, "Although I was originally intensely interested in community use of the arts, the art business proved so absorbing and time-consuming that it became career, major hobby and source of constant education." She was corporate secretary and member of the board of Wally Findlay Galleries International and its five major subsidiary galleries. "I have tried to further the philosophy of my grandfather, that art and beauty are important, integral elements of daily life. In each gallery community, the gallery organization makes a sincere effort to support community social and cultural programs by both contributions and benefits," Miss Findlay has said. She was noted for her generous contributions of time and the gallery premises to leading local and national charities for their fundraising activities. Deeply impressed by the fact that Northwood University's program is based on the development of the interests, talents and capacities of individuals, under the direction of top-flight professionals in many fields, Miss Findlay also admired Northwood's commitment to community in Northwood cities. Her abiding interest in the arts and the arts and business programs of the University also generated a great affinity. (Deceased 1992)

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Viscountess Harriet de Rosiere

Viscountess Harriet de Rosiere

1982
Palm Beach, FL

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Harriet de Rosiere was born in Columbus, Ohio and was educated at Columbus School for Girls and Vassar College. She studied interior design in New York and painting in Europe. Viscountess de Rosiere, who lived in Paris for many years, is recognized as an international hostess and fashion leader. While a resident of Texas she received the Houston Gourmet Gala first prize and was chosen as one of Houston's Ten Best Dressed Women. She often serves on committees promoting charitable events at home and abroad and has been featured in Town and Country, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, Diplomat, Style, W and Ultra magazines. She was a contributing editor for Town and Country and writes for Point de Vue, the French magazine. In 1980 she founded a successful caviar importing business and in 1985 founded and continues to chair the Northwood International Costume Collection, a living museum of historic haute couture apparel. She has lived in Palm Beach since 1988 where she paints animals and portraits of pets. Of Northwood, she says, "I think that it is very necessary to promote individualism, a belief in free enterprise and trying to succeed on one's own. Our world needs an 'uplift' rather than the downgrading that has been happening. I like the opportunity for international studies and the excellent exposure to the arts that Northwood offers its students and also am happy that traditional American values are maintained." She and her late husband, Paul, who was also active with Northwood, have one son, Roland, who has worked with the Organization of American States.

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Countess Aline de Romanones

Countess Aline de Romanones

1982
New York City & Madrid, Spain

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Countess de Romanones is one of the most active and influential women in Europe and the USA. Born Aline Griffith in upstate New York, she served as an O.S.S. Intelligence agent during World War II, married a Spanish nobleman and became an international celebrity. She was one of the very few officially trained women agents operating in Europe during the war. She is a businesswoman, historian, political activist, world traveler and best-selling author of the book "The Spy Wore Red" and several others. Her books have been published in England, America and Spain. She has written numerous articles on 16th century Spanish history in Spain and South America, for which she has received the decorations of Isabella Catolica and the Academy of History of Venezuela. As part of her restoration efforts for one of her husband's family palacios, she became an expert in paleography involving 12th and 17th century script. Aline de Romanones travels extensively throughout the world, often as the guest of world leaders and has served as informal advisor to a number of governmental agencies. The Countess has spoken on the Northwood Michigan campus to great acclaim.

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Shirley Brooks

Shirley Brooks

1982
Sierra Vista, Arizona

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Shirley Brooks is a founding member of Northwood's Valley of the Sun chapter in Scottsdale, Arizona. An R.N. graduate of St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange, California, she attended Santa Ana College and completed additional studies at Stanford University Hospital, specializing in neurological and orthopedic nursing. Later, she became a loan officer in a California savings and loan association and she was owner of B&W Interiors and was vice president of Starr Mines, Incorporated, a gold mining company. Her activities earned her the Woman of the Year award in 1954 in Claremont, California. Her record of community service includes work for hospital auxiliaries in California and Arizona, the Family Crisis Center and the Assistance League of Phoenix and many others. She has served on the Foundation Board of the University of Arizona in Sierra Vista, has worked with teens and adults in the choreography of liturgical dancing, is an active lecturer and commentator and is also active in radio and television advertising. She does numerology, astrology and teaches color and how it affects the human body. For many years she chaired and supported Northwood's Arizona Women's Board chapter. She is married to automotive enterpriser, Carl "Bud" Brooks and two of the Brooks' five children are graduates of Northwood of Texas. The Brooks served as frequent and gracious hosts for many Northwood gatherings in the Phoenix�Scottsdale area. "I believe the educational standards set by the school have helped them to build their business careers on a solid foundation," she states. (Deceased, 2010)

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Audrey G. Baird

Audrey G. Baird

1982
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Audrey G. Baird is an expert in the field of audience development for nonprofit arts and volunteer organizations. She maintains a full schedule counseling community arts groups and orchestra leagues nationwide. She is the originator of the Milwaukee Symphony's Kinderkonzerts, Young Artists Auditions and Concert, Senior Citizen Concerts and Coffee Concert Series. She earned the Milwaukee Symphony's Gold Baton Award in 1964 for her innovations. Featured in the American Symphony Orchestra League's magazine as a person who has touched the lives of hundreds, she has served on the board of ASOL and as president of the League's Volunteer Council. She has been a leader of the Milwaukee Florentine Opera Company, the Milwaukee Ballet, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and Chamber Orchestra and has been the national chair of the American Symphony Orchestra League's Challenge Fund Drive. The Volunteer Council of the ASOL presents a national Audrey Baird Award for the most creative orchestra season ticket campaign. Recently she received the Association of Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra's award for outstanding service to music, Opera Guilds International's Partners in Excellence Award and the String Academy of Wisconsin presented her with its 1999 Arts Leadership Award. She has also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from State University College, the American Symphony Orchestra League Award for Distinguished Service to Symphony Orchestras, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music Distinguished Service Award and the Claudine Wible Award for Outstanding Community and Business Achievements. Mrs. Baird has three children.

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1981 Distinguished Women Honorees

Judith Dow Rumelhart

Judith Dow Rumelhart

1981
Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Judith Dow Towsley Rumelhart was born in Ann Arbor, the daughter of Margaret Grace Dow and Dr. Harry Albert Towsley. She attended The National Music Camp in Interlochen, Leelanau School, the University of Michigan and Denison University. Judy has two sons, two stepdaughters and four grandchildren. She is a singer, an actress, a producer, director, fund-raiser and community volunteer. She has been the women's news editor on WAAM radio-Ann Arbor, vice president of the Ypsilanti Greek Theatre, president of the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre and founder and president of the Ann Arbor Council for the Performing Arts. She is currently on many boards including The Margaret D. and Harry A. Towsley Foundation, The Leelanau Schools and the President's Advisory Board of the University of Michigan. She is a trustee for Albion College, Purple Rose Theatre, AA Shelter Association, United Methodist Retirement Center Foundation and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Judy was Associate Producer of Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award winning "Sweeney Todd." She enjoys traveling and has homes in Glen Arbor and Ann Arbor. She lived in New York while pursuing her singing and producing career. Music has always been an important element in Judy's life. She continues to enjoy singing and contributes her talents to the many worthwhile civic and charitable causes which are touched by her guiding hand. Her exemplary work for St. Joseph's Hospital in Ann Arbor won her America's highest hospital service award. She is the Chairman of the Board for the Michigan Theater Foundation, for which she also chaired the capital restoration campaign. She has served as chair of the Concerned Citizens for the Arts in Michigan (CCAM). Judy has also won various arts awards and special service awards.

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Sylvia Porter

Sylvia Porter

1981
New York City

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Sylvia Porter became interested in finance during the market crash of 1929. She switched her major at Hunter College from English to economics and emerged from college at eighteen with every honor offered in that discipline. After graduating from Hunter in 1932, Ms. Porter found no demand for a woman financial writer, but her Phi Beta Kappa key won her a job with a highly unconventional firm of investment brokers. Still aiming at financial writing, she worked with other Wall Street firms and went on to graduate school. She finally began her career as a financial writer at the New York Post using the byline S.F. Porter. It was several years before the public became aware that the writer was a woman. Ms. Porter, regarded nationally as a champion of the consumer, influenced the way Americans spent their money. She was the only journalist invited to President Gerald Ford's economic summer conference in the fall of 1974. Her awards and honors read like a Who's Who (and What's What) of journalism and economic/business accomplishment. She received the 1975 University of Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism and the 1978 William Allen White Award for journalistic distinction. She was editor-in-chief of the monthly publication Sylvia Porter's Personal Finance Magazine and the author of many books.

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Ruth Stafford Peale

Ruth Stafford Peale

1981
Pawling, New York

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Ruth Stafford Peale, wife of the late noted minister, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, was born in Fonda, Iowa and is the mother of three children: Margaret Peale Everett, Dr. John Stafford Peale and Elizabeth Peale Allen. Mrs. Peale graduated from Syracuse University. Mrs. Peale is founder and publisher of Guideposts, an interfaith magazine with approximately 4,250,000 subscribers and Peale Center for Christian Living, which distributes inspirational literature to 1,000,000 people worldwide. Ruth Peale is a member of the board of directors of the American Bible Society, Interchurch Center and Institute of Religion and Health. Mrs. Peale is the first woman president of the national board of North American Missions and the first woman chairman of the Planning and Program Committee of the National Council of Churches (1966 Assembly). She has been elected national president of the Women's Board of Domestic Missions of the Reformed Church in America, vice president of the Council of Churches of the City of New York and a trustee of Hope College, Champlain College and Syracuse University. She is also a member of Northwood's National Women's Board. Mrs. Peale holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Syracuse University, Doctor of Letters, Hope College and Doctor of Humanities from Milwaukee School of Engineering and from Judson College. (Deceased, 2008)

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Kathyrn Obergfel Gregory

Kathyrn Obergfel Gregory

1981
Rancho Mirage, California

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Kay Obergfel is one of the desert community's outstanding civic leaders and a well-known patron of the arts. She began her career in New York as a commercial artist. She became a stylist and writer for a television fashion show and author of a book, "Style on a Shoestring," published in 1946. In 1967, she opened her own art gallery in Palm Desert. It was an overnight success and became one of the most prestigious galleries on the West Coast. She is a founder or past board member of The Pathfinders, Eisenhower Medical Center Auxiliary, Palette Club, The Assistance League of Palm Springs, La Quinta Arts Foundation, Desert chapter Los Angeles Ballet Guild, the Women's Committee of the Palm Springs Desert Museum and the Northwood National Women's Board. She was named one of Palm Springs' Ten Best in 1984. In 1985 she was an honorary chairwoman of Childhelp, USA's desert chapter's 9th Annual Poinsettia Ball. She and her husband, noted director Paul Gregory, continue to make their home in California. Kay is a leading member of the Northwood Palm Springs chapter and a great benefactor to students, scholars and programs related to the University. (Deceased 2001)

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Lois C. Hamilton

Lois C. Hamilton

1981
North Palm Beach, Florida

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Lois Cohee Hamilton was born in New Haven, Connecticut. She attended the New Haven Business College and the School of Interior Design. Moving to St. Petersburg, Lois began her own decorating business. Mrs. Hamilton was vice president of the Suncoast Heart Association for eleven years. She was given a citation and award as the Outstanding Citizen of Pinellas County and she served on the board of Mental Health, the Children's Home Society and the Chamber of Commerce. She is a lifetime member of the All Children's Hospital. Lois founded the city's first Symphony Guild, whose projects raised large contributions for retarded children. She is a charter member of the Museum of Fine Arts of St. Petersburg. She and her late husband, Henry (Hank), resided for many years in Palm Beach. Lois has been an active member of the Palm Beach Opera, Norton Art Gallery, Visiting Nurse Association, the Palm Beach Republican Club and the Good Samaritan Hospital Guild. She is well-known as the founding chairman of the Northwood National Women's Board Palm Beach chapter and was a tireless worker for the Northwood Auction Committee and the Northwood Store. Lois Hamilton believes wholeheartedly in the free enterprise system that Northwood offers. "I have great respect and admiration for Drs. Arthur Turner and Gary Stauffer for their devotion and unselfish efforts to bring their great philosophy and ideals to further success and perfection." A scholarship, established by Florida newswoman Veda Graves and supported by friends and admirers, has been established at Northwood in Lois Hamilton's name. (Deceased 2002)

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Lillian Gish

Lillian Gish

1981
New York City

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Miss Gish made her debut in the world of entertainment on stage at age five. Her talent and sensitivity highlighted such films as "Birth of a Nation" (1915), "Broken Blossoms" (1919), "Orphans of the Storm" (1921), "The Scarlet Letter" (1926), "His Double Life" (1933), "Night of the Hunter" (1955), "The Unforgiven" (1960) and "A Wedding" (1978). Lillian Gish took to the stage in "Hamlet" (1936), "Life With Father" (1939), "The Curious Savage" (1950), "The Family Reunion" (1959), "Romeo and Juliet" (1965), "A Musical Jubilee" (1976) and both productions of Checkhov's "Uncle Vanya" - the Jed Harris version (1930) and Mike Nichols' in 1973. All in all, this remarkable woman performed in one hundred movies, over thirty plays and a great number of television series and specials. Her one-woman show, "Lillian Gish and the Movies - The Art of Film 1900-1928," toured Russia, France, England, Scotland, Canada, the United States and around the world on the Queen Elizabeth II. In 1971, Lillian was the recipient of an Honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her monumental contributions to the medium. Miss Gish did much to help preserve and advance the arts. One particular project was to help establish the Department of Film at the Museum of Modern Art. She once said, "The things that are necessary in the acting profession are these: taste, talent and temerity." (Deceased 1993)

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Barbara F. Daniel

Barbara F. Daniel

1981
Kerrville, Texas

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As president of the Ray C. Fish Foundation, Barbara Daniel is continuing the fine example of helping others established by her father. The Foundation has a long record of assistance to the people of Houston and across the state of Texas. Barbara Daniel was born in Massachusetts and educated in Eastern schools. Her father, Ray C. Fish, organized Fish Engineering Corporation and its subsidiary companies, which built gas pipelines and refineries across both North and South America. She has held numerous voluntary positions for many organizations. Mrs. Daniel retired to Kerrville, Texas some years ago to "slow down her life" and became busier than ever. She has served as a board member of the Cowboy Artists of America Museum in Kerrville, the M.D. Anderson Visitors Board in Houston and the George Bush Presidential Library Board in College Station. She is also a great supporter of Schreiner College in Kerrville. Her personal interests include golfing, skiing, traveling, cooking, gardening and working with her family's foundation.

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The Hon. Mary Stallings Coleman

The Hon. Mary Stallings Coleman

1981
Gainesville, Florida

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A former probate and juvenile court judge and president of the state bar association, Mary Stallings Coleman became the first woman Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court in 1973 and Chief Justice in 1979. Mrs. Coleman graduated from the University of Maryland, where she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Mortar Board, a recipient of the Senior Award as the woman contributing most to the university, and of the International Wyman Award from Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Justice Coleman has received fifteen honorary degrees from American colleges and universities. Since retirement Justice Coleman has served on the boards of Kmart Corporation, National Bank of Detroit and Wm. R. Biggs/Gilmore Associates. She was among the first inductees into the University of Maryland Hall of Fame and Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. She founded the K-12 Law Education program adopted by the schools of Michigan, for which an annual award carries her name. Among her awards: the first by the Calhoun County Board of Education for Service to Youth, the Champion of Justice Award of the Michigan State Bar, Michigan Business and Professional Women's Award, Religious Heritage of America (Law) Award, Mother of Achievement in American History Award, Outstanding Citizen Award (Michigan State University), Distinguished Alumni Award (University of Maryland), Distinguished Career Achievement (George Washington University), the D.A.R. Medal of Honor and two joint Resolutions of Commendation by the Michigan Legislature. A world traveler who was born in Texas, she married Creighton R. Coleman (deceased), lawyer, Circuit Judge and former Majority Leader, Michigan State Senate. Their two daughters graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. (Deceased 2001)

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Mary Ellen Chumley

Mary Ellen Chumley

1981
Bloomington, Indiana & Palm Beach, Florida

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Mary Ellen Chumley was born in Bloomington, Indiana, graduated from Vassar College and was awarded a fellowship in art history at Indiana University. She had a vast interest in Americana, history, furniture and decorative arts. As a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames in Indiana, she helped to furnish the Period Rooms of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Mrs. Chumley served as national treasurer and financial advisor of the National Society of Arts and Letters. She was national art chairman and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and the Vassar Club of Indiana. Her many interesting years of service included membership on the staff of the Cincinnati Art Museum and work as a cartographer and senior editor for the Army Map Service of the US Corps of Engineers during the Allied invasions of World War II. She was a volunteer and board member for the Friends of Art at Indiana University, Bloomington Library Foundation and Monroe County School Foundation. She was also a recreation worker for the American Red Cross at Maxwell Field in Alabama. She is listed in the Who's Who of Women, World's Who's Who and the Dictionary of International Biography. She served as director and chair of Bank One, Columbus, Ohio, the National Council of the Metropolitan Opera, Friends of the Kennedy Foundation and Friends of the State Department Diplomatic Rooms. (Deceased 1993)

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Fern

Fern "Scottie" Buehler

1981
Dallas, Texas

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Fern Scott Buehler (Scottie), with her husband Martin Stowell Buehler, M.D., was very active in civic, cultural and charitable activities in Dallas. A past member of the Northwood National Women's Board and past officer of the Dallas chapter, she also served as officer for many other organizations. Mrs. Buehler was past chairman of the Dallas Civic Opera Women’s Board and was a member of the Opera Guild. She was past president and television chairman of TACA, Inc., Custom Auction chairman and board chairman. Scottie served on the Crystal Charity Ball Committee, the National Kidney Foundation of Texas, the Rotogravure Committee and was a founding chairman of the Creative Learning Center Women's Board, a school formed exclusively for the gifted but disadvantaged child. She was a member of the boards of the Dallas Theatre Center, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas Summer Musicals, Women's Committee of the Dallas County Medical Society, Medical Center Auxiliary and March of Dimes. (Deceased 1991)

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1980 Distinguished Women Honorees

Joan Evelyn Titus

Joan Evelyn Titus

1980
Dallas, Texas

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Joan Evelyn Titus was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is married to John Williford Titus and they have two children. Mrs. Titus is a graduate of North Dakota University and took her internship in nutrition and dietetics at the University of Chicago. Following her studies, she worked as a therapeutic dietician at Wesley Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She is a member of Phi Upsilon Omicron, home economics honorary and Delta Gamma fraternity. Joan Titus has served as president of the Parent Teacher League for Our Redeemer Lutheran School, president and treasurer of the Athenaeum Book Club, president of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Women's Auxiliary and as Northwood FAD Auction chairman for two years. She is a charter member of the Dallas chapter of the Northwood National Women's Board. She is also active in the American Dietetic Association, "Opera Action" Dallas, Delta Gamma sorority and the American Cancer Society and Heart Association drives. "I am vitally interested in preserving and sustaining the free enterprise spirit which fuels the economy of the United States. Through all the endeavors of Northwood in holding this principle of free enterprise as a basic foundation for the school, it is enriching the minds and lives of its students for better futures and to be wiser Americans."

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Ursula DeGeorge McCormick Simpson

Ursula DeGeorge McCormick Simpson

1980
Houston, Texas

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Ursula DeGeorge Simpson was born in Houston, Texas where her paternal grandparents were among the early settlers. Her family has long been prominent in real estate circles in the Houston area. Her two children, Sandra Lucas Malone (Mrs. C.M. Jr.) and Sam J. Lucas III, reside in Houston also. Mrs. Simpson attended public schools in Houston, graduated from Ward-Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee and later attended the University of Houston. Her many activities have included serving on the boards of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Civic Music Association (as chairman of its membership drive), Bayou Bend, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet and the Alley Theatre. In addition, she has been active in numerous civic and charitable organizations. Ursula Simpson has been a leading force in the development of the Houston chapter of the Northwood National Women's Board. In addition to serving as its chairman, she was active in the highly successful Houston FAD auctions and was instrumental in planning and chairing the first galas on behalf of the college. She expresses her interest in Northwood: "Because the concept of Northwood is so basically American, I feel as if I am contributing to the future of our great country by supporting an institution which trains young people to continue what our forefathers established." (Deceased 2002)

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Evelyn Pitschke-Conway

Evelyn Pitschke-Conway

1980
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Evelyn Pitschke maintained a law office for many years. She earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Indiana University. She was a volunteer public relations chairman for various bar associations, conducted a radio program for four years in the late 1940s and wrote, produced and emceed a television show in 1961-62. Miss Pitschke was a delegate to the IWY Conference in Houston, Texas in 1977. She was a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Lawyers' Association of Indianapolis, the American Bar Association and is a Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation and a member of Soroptimist International. Miss Pitschke was an active promoter of Northwood. She served as a member of the Taste of Indianapolis and the FAD Auction committees and the National Women's Board. "I became interested in Northwood because it is a college which emphasizes the sound American philosophy and form of government and the free enterprise economic system… I consider Northwood as another one of my public relations projects and am proud and happy to have the association. There is such joy and enthusiasm among Northwood's supporters, to whom I refer as ‘acquired alumni'." (Deceased 1997)

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Betsy Duncan Hammes

Betsy Duncan Hammes

1980
Honolulu, Hawaii & Palm Springs, California

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Betsy Duncan Hammes was born in Hollywood, California. Gifted with a combination of talent and dedication, Betsy Hammes launched a most successful career as a singer and actress. Her professional performances include variety concerts in Europe, the U.S.O. in Vietnam, nightclubs throughout the United States and appearances in movies and television. In 1969, she married Ever John Hammes, the founder of In-sink-erator Manufacturing Company in Racine, Wisconsin. Active and committed to civic, educational and humanitarian organizations, Mrs. Hammes has been involved in the Eisenhower Hospital Auxiliary, Easter Seals and the Desert Hospital Auxiliary. She and her late husband were dedicated to providing better medical facilities in the desert and, because of their efforts, the Ever J. Hammes Surgical Building became a reality. The Hammes' were recipients of the Man and Woman of the Year Award, City of Hope. Betsy Hammes has praised Northwood's philosophy by stating, "In today's competitive world, education must be tailored for the times. Learning is important but the student must be able to apply it to his or her future work. Northwood indeed prepares the student for the future."

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Maliha S. (Millie) Hamady

Maliha S. (Millie) Hamady

1980
Flint and Mackinac Island, Michigan & Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Millie Hamady was born in Beirut, Lebanon where her father was a consultant to the President of Lebanon. Her early life was filled with discussions of politics and international diplomacy which led her to study politics at the American University in Beirut. She also studied at the Sorbonne and later earned a degree in political science. She became Mrs. Robert M. Hamady and moved to the U.S. Her married life was active as she raised two children, Robert and Theodore, now of Washington, D.C., supported her husband as he built a large grocery store chain and was active in the arts and community service in Michigan and Florida. Millie has been involved with the boards of the YWCA, the Flint Symphony and the Flint Art Institute, the United Fund and McLaren Hospital, among others. She was the first woman president of the Mackinac Island Association, is a Board of Trustees member of the Michigan Opera Theatre, served on the National Republican Congressional Committee of the US and the Task Force of the USA and is a National Republican Woman. She remains active with the Michigan Opera Theatre, the Mackinac Island Association and, of course, Northwood University. Her keen mind, love for her community, devotion to the arts and love for others have made her life rich and rewarding. She is truly proud to have become a part of the Northwood University community of friends and to be a Distinguished Woman honoree. (Deceased 2001)

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Greer Garson

Greer Garson

1980
Dallas, Texas

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Greer Garson graduated with honors from the University of London and did post-graduate studies at Grenoble University in France. She was best known in the United States for her film roles, including "Mrs. Miniver," for which she won an Academy Award. Professional honors include five honorary doctorates, seven Academy Award nominations, the New York Film Critics Award four times, Film Daily star-rating survey, the Golden Glove Award from the foreign press, the Golden Gavel, highest award of Toastmasters International, Woman of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Times, the Wallace Award from the American-Scottish Foundation and numerous others. She co-produced several plays on Broadway. Miss Garson's many involvements in civic and charitable activities included good will tours for the motion picture industry and hospital visits and government bond-selling tours during WWII. She chaired fund raising drives for organizations such as the Red Cross, United Fund, March of Dimes, Community Chest, Cancer Crusade and Salvation Army. Widow of the late Colonel E.E. (Buddy) Fogelson, she divided her time among Los Angeles, Dallas and Pecos, New Mexico. Mrs. Fogelson was also greatly interested in education and maintains scholarship programs at a number of schools and colleges, especially the College of Santa Fe where the Greer Garson Theatre Center and the Fogelson Library Center are located. (Deceased 1996)

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Muriel Fox

Muriel Fox

1980
Tappan, New York

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Business Week's 1976 List of 100 Top Corporate Women cited Muriel Fox as the "top-ranking woman in public relations." She is former executive vice president of Carl Byoir & Associates, one of America's largest public relations firms. A founder and past chairwoman of the National Organization for Women, she is honorary board chairwoman of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund and a founder and past president of The International Women's Forum. She is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who In The World and Foremost Women of the Twentieth Century. A director of Harleysville Insurance Companies and vice president of Rockland Center for the Arts, she has been a director of Rorer Group, Child Care Action Campaign, American Arbitration Association, International Rescue Committee and United Way of Tri-State. A summa cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Barnard College, she lectures worldwide on the American Women's Movement. She received Barnard's Distinguished Alumna Award, NOW's Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Award, the Achievement Award of American Women in Radio and Television, Americans for Democratic Actions' Business Leader of the Year Award and the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications. NOW LDEF, creating the Muriel Fox Award for Communications Leadership Toward a Just Society, presented its first "Foxy" to Muriel herself.

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Countess Loredana da Schio

Countess Loredana da Schio

1980
Vicenza, Italy

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Born in Vicenza, Italy, Loredana da Schio studied at the British Institute of Florence, where she received her Superior Diploma of English Language and Literature in 1940. Subsequently, she was a private instructor of English language and literature. Countess da Schio was an assistant tutor in Italian language and literature at St. Hugh's College, Oxford and a lectrice at Nottingham University in Great Britain. A scholar of the English language, she translated many writings including books and plays for the theater and television, foremost of which was Robert Bolt's immortal "A Man For All Seasons." The play was performed to critical acclaim in Palladio's famed Teatro Olympica in the city of Vicenza. She published some fourteen works. Her special affection and affinity for both the Italian and English languages led to her being in demand as a translator of important documents. In 1940, Countess da Schio was the founder of the Sezione Italo-Britannica dell' Accademia Olimpica (Anglo-Italian Association) in northern Italy, with headquarters in Vicenza. The association promotes deeper knowledge of the English language and British and American cultures. Her work had a great and beneficial impact on cultural and human relations between citizens of these countries. (Deceased 1989)

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Helen Francesca Boehm

Helen Francesca Boehm

1980
West Palm Beach, Florida & Trenton, New Jersey

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Helen Boehm was born in Brooklyn, New York and was educated at the Mechanical School of Optical Science. She married renowned sculptor Edward Marshall Boehm in 1944. Upon his death she assumed the responsibility of Boehm Studios and has proven to be a remarkable business leader. In 1972, the Boehm “Bird of Peace” mute swans porcelain sculpture was presented by President Nixon to Chairman Mao Tse-tung and the People's Republic of China. In 1987, a major exhibition of Boehm Porcelains was shown in Moscow. The late Raisa Gorbachev officially opened the exhibit. To celebrate the occasion, 180 Boehm collectors from thirty-four US states formed a tour group to Moscow. The Boehm Porcelain American Bald Eagle, a gift to the USSR from the United States, was permanently placed in the Hermitage Museum. In 1989, Helen joined the Prince and Princess of Wales for a benefit polo match for which she and her artists designed the superb porcelain trophy. She also presented a life-size porcelain Madonna and Child to His Holiness Pope John Paul II for the Vatican Museum collection, which now houses six important Boehm sculptures. The first American woman to be honored by investiture into the Sovereign Order of Cyprus, among her many other honors are the Comité deExcellence Europee, an honorary degree from Saint Peter's College, Jersey City, the Maltese Cross conferred by the sovereign order of Saint John of Jerusalem, the award of the Star of Italian Solidarity conferred by the Italian Republic, the Horatio Alger award and the Outstanding Business Leader award for Northwood.

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Josephine Ashmun

Josephine Ashmun

1980
Midland, Michigan

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Josephine Griswold Ashmun was born in Midland, the daughter of Thomas Griswold, Jr. and Helen Josephine Dow. Both families were prominent in the development of the city of Midland and Mr. Griswold was a leader in the development of The Dow Chemical Company (as its second-hired employee). Jo Ashmun was a talented musician and gave a good deal of her life to the encouragement of musical endeavors. A member of St. John's Episcopal Church, she served for many years as organist, moving from the original small frame church to the present Alden Dow– designed edifice which she long served and supported. A woman of great humor, full of interesting tales, Jo Ashmun was an inspiration to those working for the advancement of the arts at Northwood and elsewhere. She was extremely supportive of the Midland Symphony. In 1980 the Ashmun Chamber Series, named in her honor, was premiered by the Symphony at the Midland Center for the Arts. She also greatly encouraged the development of the Northwood Symphonette, later the Northwood Orchestra, an all-professional chamber orchestra sponsored by the University. She attended each of its initial tours throughout the United States. Mrs. Ashmun's husband, Louis Henry Ashmun, was a chemical engineer from Case Western Reserve. (Deceased 1987)

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1979 Distinguished Women Honorees

Marguerite Perkins Shooshan

Marguerite Perkins Shooshan

1979
Pasadena, California

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Marguerite Perkins was born in Springfield, Illinois. In 1922 she moved to California where she married Emanuel David Shooshan in 1924. Mrs. Shooshan was a president of Los Angeles Panhellenic, a founder of Pasadena Area Panhellenic and a member of its board for several years. She was a member of the executive board of the Shakespeare Club of Pasadena and represented this organization on the Women's Auxiliary of the Huntington Memorial Hospital. She organized and sponsored the Junior Auxiliary of Huntington Memorial and headed numerous benefits for the children's ward. During World War II, she worked as a volunteer with Pasadena Hospitality House, providing home cooked meals for servicemen. She was one of the founders of both the San Marino Women's Club and the San Marino Republican Club and served on both boards for many years. A member of Pro-America, she served on the local and state boards and was chairman of three national Pro-America conventions. She was also a member of the D.A.R. "I agree wholeheartedly with the philosphy of Northwood. The concept of training young people specifically in the meaning and appreciation of free enterprise and self reliance is of utmost urgency in our country today," siad Mrs. Shooshan. (Deceased 1992)

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Betti Hellinger Salzman

Betti Hellinger Salzman

1979
New York City

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Betti Hellinger Salzman lived all her life in New York City. She received a BA from Hunter College and attended Columbia University Graduate School, the American Artists School and the National Academy of Design. Mrs. Salzman was chairman of the International Hospitality Committee of the National Council of Women of the U.S., arranging forty-five weekly programs each year for the wives of diplomats, members of the U.N. Secretariat, the consular service and for Fulbright scholars. She was president of the National Council, a member of the International Council of Women and on the board of Poets in the New York City Schools. She was a member of the literary committee and the Kesselring awards committee of the National Arts Club, a member of the Pen and Brush Club, the Amateur Comedy Club, a charter member of the Les Dames D'Escoffier and an associate of the Foreign Policy Association. She was an officer and board member of the Hudson Guild Neighborhood House and the Friends of the HEbrew University. She was the mother of two daughters and wife of the late Alexander E. Salzman. Among her numerous awards and recognitions, she was most proud of "An Album of Memories, Thoughts and Tributes," put together and written by sixty-five members of the international community as a demonstration of their pride and approval of the Northwood Distinguished Women's Award. (Deceased 1994)

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Edna Meyer Rothbart

Edna Meyer Rothbart

1979
Palm Springs, California

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Edna Meyer Rothbart was born in Connecticut and at an early age moved to Beverly Hills, California. She studied music and painting, attending school in Italy. Her paintings have been exhibited in the Palm Springs Desert Museum where she is a charter member. She was married twenty-eight years to Edward Rothbart, a prominent attorney in Chicago, and lived there until 1970. She now resides in Palm Springs. in Chicago, she was associated with Poetry Magazine, Alliance Francaise and the English Speaking Union, a member of the Arts Club and life member of the Chicago Art Institute. Continuing her involvement, she is a member of the Palm Springs Desert Hospital Auxiliary, the National Farm and Garden Association and was founding president of the Palm Springs Garden Club in 1972. She was a charter member and hospitality chairman of International Orphans, Inc. and the Eisenhower Hospital Women's Auxiliary in Palm Desert. She was the founding chairman of the Palm Springs chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board and currently serves as National Chairman for the Endowment Fund. "I am interested in Northwood because everyone connected with it seeks quality," notes Mrs. Rothbart. (Deceased, 2005)

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Brenda Cohen Rosenberg

Brenda Cohen Rosenberg

1979
Orchard Lake, Michigan

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Brenda Rosenberg was born in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Belle and Herbert Cohen. Mr. Cohen, a legend to many who knew his Raven Gallery, was a great supporter of the arts and music scenes in Detroit. Brenda attended Mumford High School, Michigan State University and Wayne State University. She is married to Howard Steven Rosenberg, an attorney. Her personal interests include art collecting, tennis, golf and photography. Brenda's career began in the display department of Saks Fifth Avenue, Detroit. She then became a buyer for Milgrims, a Detroit based specialty store. Next, she joined Hudson's where she was the first Senior Vice President of Fashion Merchandising and Product Development for all store commodities. She also held the same position for Burdine's Florida and Federated-Allied Department Stores, New York City. Currently, Brenda has her own consulting company with clients in both fashion retailing and manufacturing. She is an accomplished sculptor and inveterate traveler. With all her many accomplishments, the one project very special to her has been the establishment of the fashion program at Northwood. Brenda's fashion presentations to students and Midland community members are legend. Her influence in the development of the Northwood program was significant. Her parents' dedication to youth has been a major influence in her life, and she loves working with students.

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Helen Wallbank Milliken

Helen Wallbank Milliken

1979
Traverse City, Michigan

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Helen Milliken was born in Denver, Colorado. She is a graduate of Smith College and holds honorary degrees from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, Central Michigan University and Lake Michigan College. She is married to William G. Milliken, Governor of the State of Michigan from 1969 through 1982. Governor and Mrs. Milliken are the parents of two children. Since 1978, she has served as co-chair of ERAmerica and has traveled extensively to unratified states campaigning for ERA. Mrs. Milliken sits on the board of the Women's Research and Education Institue of the Congresswomen's Caucus and is a member of the League of Women Voters, Federation for American Immigration Reform, Zero Popluation Growth and the Federated Garden Clubs of Michigan. She was convener of the International Women's Year delegation in Michigan and was a Michigan delegate to the 1977 IWY Conference in Houston, Texas. In 1975 she toured the People's Republic of China with a delegation from American Women for International Understanding. She has served as honorary chair of the Michigan Artrain, a traveling art museum, and has been an honorary member of the Michigan Society of Architects, Michigan Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, YWCA World Service Council and Zonta. In 1994 Concerned Citizens for the Arts in Michigan presented the Millikens with the coveted (MI) Governor's Arts Award. She has been a member of the Northwood National Women's Board since its founding.

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Mildred B. (Brownie) McLean

Mildred B. (Brownie) McLean

1979
New York City & Palm Beach, Florida

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Mildred "Brownie" McLean is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Hudson Brown, descendants of the first settlers of Virginia and she is the widow of John R. McLean II. Mrs. McLean has participated in Hospitality Committee programs for the United Nations. She was the chairman of the Restoration Ball which helped restore the Flagler home to a museum in Palm Beach. Among her many other achievements are: advisory chairman of the Palm Beach Academy, project Hope--First Charity Ball in Freeport--1963, chairman for three years for cancer benefit in Palm Beach, American Hospital Gala in Paris and the Palm Beach Animal Rescue League. She was Florida chairman for Bob Hope's Salute to Eisenhower, co-chairman for the Florida dinner for Gerald Ford, on the advisory board of Denver Diabetic Hospital, international chairman of the Carousel Ball in Denver, chairman of the first annual Forget-Me-Not Ball in London to benefit the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Lifeboat Institution and Northwood, the general chairman of the American French Foundation's April-in-Paris Ball in new York and Paris for many years and has been special assistant for International Affairs for Northwood's Women's Board. Mrs. McLean is a believer in the Northwood philosophy and an avid promoter of Nothwood both nationally and internationally.

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Marian Larson

Marian Larson

1979
Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan

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Marian Larson was born in Cobalt, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy E. Alguire. She spent her childhood in both Michigan and California. She was a student of the Meglen Dance Studio in Hollywood, a group which performed in movies. She pursued a modeling career in California and modeled for the movie designer Adrian in Beverly Hills before her marriage to Carl Larson. Music has also been an important part of her life and she has sung with various a cappella choirs. She was married to the late Carl Edward Larson, for fifty-five years the sales manager and vice president of Trico Products. Marian and Carl Larson are the parents of Signe, Robert, Reese and Lynn (deceased). Marian has always been ready to assist young people needing her legal, financial or spiritual help in her own private way. There is no generation gap between Marian Larson and today's young people. She was chairman of the first Muscular Dystrophy organization in Michigan, for the purpose of fund raising. her first and foremost project of the years, however, has been Northwood University. (Deceased 2005)

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Dorothy Brown Herkimer

Dorothy Brown Herkimer

1979
Dallas, Texas

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Dorothy Brown Herkimer was born in Dallas, Texas and was a life-long resident of that city. She was the wife of Lawrence Russell Herkimer and the mother of three daughters. Mrs. Herkimer was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas and received her BS cum laude and her MS in education from Southern Methodist University. She worked as a teacher in the Dallas school system and was involved with education through her work with many related groups. She served as president of Cheerleader Supply Company, Inc. and was treasurer of Rusé Rouge, Inc. and Dallas Knitting Company, Inc. Her volunteer work included the Dallas chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board, which she chaired, Callas Civic Opera, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts Associates, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, Dallas Council of World Affairs, Les Femmes du Monde and the Salesmanship Club -- Byron Nelson Golf Classic. Upon her award, she said, "I believe very strongly in the free enterprise system, and I feel it can best be taught at the college level where students can see a working career in the immediate future. It is important that our college graduates understand the merits of profits rather than concentrate on the evils." Both Lawrence (Herkie) and Dottie Herkimer were enthusiastically involved with the growth of Northwood and active in its programs and support. (Deceased 1993)

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Barbara C. Dow

Barbara C. Dow

1979
Midland and Frankfort Michigan & Paradise Valley Arizona

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Barbara Clarke Dow is a graduate of the Waynflete School, Portland, Maine and Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts and has her master's degree in Art. She was married to the late Herbert H. Dow, a past member of the board of directors and secretary of The Dow Chemical Company and past president of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. Their children are Dana, Willard (Hank) and Pamela. Barbara Dow was a founding member of the Town & Campus chapter of the Northwood National Women's Board, a co-chairman of the first Northwood Bon Appetit Series and was chairman of the Northwood Gallery Committee, as well as a recipient of the Northwood University Silver Circle Award (1979). She has been president of the Woman's Study Club, Midland Art Council and the Post Street Workshop for artists. She is past chairman of Northwood's Town & Campus. She also has served on the Board of Trustees of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the American Crafts Council, whose headquarters is in New York City. She serves on the Barrows Neurological Institute Women's Board in Phoenix and has been active in support of numerous medical, education and arts causes. "My interest in Northwood is one of increasing enthusiasm. I wholeheartedly support the Northwood Idea and applaud the many instances in which this philosophy has prepared individuals to compete in today's complex society." (Deceased 2005)

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Betty Kerbox Buchanan

Betty Kerbox Buchanan

1979
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Betty Buchanan attended Butler University and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She has two sons, Brian and Bruce Buchanan. She has been involved in extensive volunteer work through the years, particularly in the health care and political areas. In recognition of her efforts she has received several awards, including the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from the Governor of Indiana and the Best Precinct Team in Indiana in the 1976 General Election from Governor Otis R. Bowen, M.D. and Lt. Governor Robert D. Orr. Betty Buchanan has served on numerous boards and committees and is most proud of her involvement with Methodist Hospital, where, starting in 1961, she assisted the six chaplains by visiting with the patients and their families. Her extensive work on behalf of Northwood includes FAD auctions and the Taste of Indianapolis. She was a member of the executive committee of the Indianapolis chapter of the Northwood National Women's Board. "I am dedicated to the philosophy of the Northwood idea and excited about the vocational approach to higher education supported by a liberal arts foundation. This is a realistic approach to education...combining business and the arts."

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1978 Distinguished Women Honorees

Ann Wilson Smock

Ann Wilson Smock

1978
Midland, Michigan, Scottsdale, Arizona & Snowmass, Colorado

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Ann Smock has a history of volunteer work with social service organizations including the board of directors of the Family and Children's Services of Michigan and the board of directors of the Visiting Nurse Association of Midland. Also while living in Midland, Mrs. Smock dedicated many hours of work to the Midland Music Society and was an instructor in Personal Development at Northwood. Since moving to Phoenix she has served on the board of the Phoenix Symphony Auxiliary and of Interfaith Cooperative Ministries, which serves the needy. She has been an Elder in Valley Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale, where she remains actively involved. She is business manager for her husband, Sidney N. Smock, M.D., an anesthesiologist. Mrs. Smock also spends as much time as possible in her art studio, working in oils and acrylics. She has exhibited her work in Phoenix and in Aspen and Carbondale, Colorado. Mrs. Smock's mother, Dorothy Wilson, was one of the founders of the first Northwood Women's Board, in Alma, Michigan. Ann graduated from the University of Michigan and later returned to earn a master's degree in public health education. "My own personal conviction is that a full life embraces both the practical and the beautiful, the one enhancing the other. I believe that Northwood truly endeavors to graduate responsible, well-rounded citizens, capable of taking their places in a highly complicated world."

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Lorice Macauley Schmid

Lorice Macauley Schmid

1978
Saginaw, Michigan & Scottsdale, Arizona

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Lorice Macauley Schmid was born in Bentley, Michigan, the daughter of the Reverend and Mrs. Alexander Wilderhold. She was married to hospitality industry leader Fred Schmid and was the mother of three daughters and a son. Lorice Schmid received considerable recognition for her works in ceramic and porcelain. Her exquisite porcelain dolls are sought after by collectors and her artistic hobby-turned-business was chronicled in the press. The result of years of study and countless hours to achieve mastery of the delicate processes involved in the creation of figurines, her works individually required five to six weeks of creative labor and firings for completion. Mrs. Schmid was active in secretarial and administrative positions in the business world and in particular with Wolverine Gas Products, founded by the late Harold M. Macauley, Sr., her first husband. Mrs. Schmid's special interest in Northwood stemmed from her observation "of the personal dedication of Dr. Arthur Turner and Dr. R. Gary Stauffer and the success they have achieved in a relatively short period of time in establishing Northwood as a great free-enterprise college which is receiving more and more national recognition." (Deceased 1994)

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Nesta Sawyer Obermer, O.B.E.

Nesta Sawyer Obermer, O.B.E.

1978
La Conversion, Switzerland

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Nesta Obermer was made an Officer of the British Empire for her war-time broadcasts from England to the USA. She earned the reputation as "The Master Voice" in recognition of her splendid tape recordings of great books of world literature for the blind. She, with her late husband Seymour Obermer, gave devoted directorship to the Heritage Craft Schools for Crippled Children in England. Mrs. Obermer gave support to Amnesty International, the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey, England and the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She also played an active role in politics as a speaker for England's Conservative Party. She was always a strong booster of youth and learning, giving countless private – and usually anonymous – grants to individuals (including students of Northwood) for the pursuit of their education and the realization of their talents. Nesta Obermer gave a new dimension to an old Shakespearean quotation: "How far that little candle throws its beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world." (Deceased 1985)

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Martha H. Lynch

Martha H. Lynch

1978
Dallas, Texas

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Martha H. Lynch was born in Wheeling, West Virginia, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Hirsch. She is a graduate of Sullins College in Virginia and the University of Texas at Austin. Her late husband, William Wright Lynch, was the president and board chairman of Texas Power and Light Company. She has two sons, William Wright Lynch, Jr. and Harry Hanszen Lynch and six grandchildren. Mrs. Lynch is listed in Who's Who of American Women and was the recipient of the Arete Award, Zonta Award, Honor Award from the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, Service Award from the National Texas Youth Council at Austin and Honor Award of the City of Brownwood, Texas. Mrs. Lynch is a member of Northwood's National Women's Board and received the Distinguished Women's Award in 1978. She was on the Board of Directors of Dallas Woman's Club, Dallas Civic Ballet, Planned Parenthood, Society for Animal Protection and the Women's Council of Dallas County. She also has served on the advisory board of the University of Texas at Dallas and on the boards of Dallas Civic Music, G.B. Dealey Awards for Young Artists and Insurance Board Corporation. She is past chairman of Dallas Seeing Eye, past chairman of the Lyceum Club and Dallas Symphony Orchestra League. She has served on the advisory board of the Dallas County Heritage Society and the Crystal Charity Ball and was a trustee of the Dallas Theater Center and Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She served on the advisory committee for Educational Opportunities, Inc., the Women's Board of the Dallas Opera and served on the Dallas Committee of Young Artists for Young Audiences, Inc. (Deceased, 2004)

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Tina S. Hills

Tina S. Hills

1978
Miami, Florida

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Born Argentina Schifano in Pola, Italy, Tina Hills came to America at fourteen with her parents, settled in New York and attended New York University. She married Angel Ramos, owner/publisher of El Mundo, the leading newspaper in Puerto Rico. She was active in his newspaper, radio and television companies. When her husband died in 1960, she became head of El Mundo enterprises. She built the Angel Ramos Foundation, which became the largest private philanthropic foundation in Puerto Rico. In 1963, she married Lee Hills, Pulitzer prize-winning editor and Chairman/CEO of Knight-Ridder Newspapers, based in Detroit and Miami. She served on boards of universities in Detroit, Miami and San Juan. She was awarded honorary doctorate degrees by Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, the University of Miami, Inter-American University, Metropolitan University and Universidad Central del Caribe of Puerto Rico. For fostering inter-American friendship, she was given the coveted Maria Moors Cabot Prize by Columbia University and the Americas Foundation Award in New York. Mrs. Hills was the first woman elected president of the Inter American Press Association. In Detroit, she was named Woman of the Year. In Miami, her present home, she chaired the Arts Council, helped create a new art museum and has been a leader in opera, parks, the community foundation and education.

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Rosalind Kress Haley

Rosalind Kress Haley

1978
Lubbock, Texas

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In 1959, Rosalind Kress Haley became executive director of "Doorstep Savannah." For ten years the project presented Americanism seminars, programs and speakers to schools, civic groups and professional organizations. In 1965, Mrs. Haley received the Freedom Award of the Order of Lafayette in Washington, D.C. She received this honor along with General Curtis LeMay, Senator Frank Lausche and Congressman Otto Passman. She has been active in the Republican Party, taking part in the conventions of 1964 and 1968. She made her home in Lubbock, Texas with her husband, J. Evetts Haley. She was a member of the Lubbock County Republican Party, Young Americans for Freedom, Patriotic American Youth, The Daughters of the American Revolution, the Junior League, Conservative Caucus and Women Who Want to Be Women. Mrs. Haley was the mother of three. She has participated in the development of the Rosalind Kress Haley Library, which was donated to Northwood's Texas campus in Cedar Hill. Of Northwood, she said in 1978, "I have for years sought the most effective medium for reaching the largest number of young people by planting the seeds for lasting understanding of America's history and explaining the reasons for America's current plight. I feel Northwood has the best approach to the subject, the proper teachers and facilities for accomplishing this."

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Elizabeth H. Fox

Elizabeth H. Fox

1978
Palm Beach, Florida

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Elizabeth Fox, along with her late husband Harry Fox, established a business specializing in wood preservatives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. While in Kalamazoo, Betty Fox was active in civic affairs of all kinds. Moving to Palm Beach, she has devoted many hours to work with the Girl Scouts, in hospitals and for her church. At various times she has served on the committees for Heart, Cancer, March of Dimes and Community Chest drives. She is active in the Palm Beach Republican Club and is a supportive member of Opportunity, Inc. She helped create the first benefit for the Palm Beach Mental Health Association. During the Bicentennial, Betty Fox was recognized in Congress by Representative Paul Rogers for her contribution to the celebration. In addition, she has received awards from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Save the Children Federation and the World Wildlife Fund. In 1968 she was a delegate to the English Speaking Union World Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland and she attended a subsequent seminar at Oxford. She is an associate member of the William the Conqueror Society, London, England, a charter life member of the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach and a member of the Tibetan Society. She is also vice chairman of Pacific Assurance Ltd., insurance underwriters handling Native Americans' insurance needs, executive director of Centrum X Corporation, Washington, DC and a member of The National Council Board of the American Indian Heritage Foundation.

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Sirpuhe Philibosian Conte

Sirpuhe Philibosian Conte

1978
Indian Wells, California

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Sirpuhe Philibosian Conte has lived most of her life in the Los Angeles area where the Philibosian family has been well known for its generosity in many fields. Mrs. Conte has traveled often to Beirut, Lebanon to oversee the work of the Philibosian Foundation, which has aided unfortunate Armenians who fled there after World War I. The Foundation has established elementary schools, a junior college, orphanages and housing for the poor and blind. She has received a medal from the Lebanese government in recognition and appreciation for her achievements there. Sirpuhe Conte is one of the founders of the Music Center in Los Angeles and has been active with ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) of which she was also a charter member. She is a trustee of the McCallum Theater, Bob Hope Cultural Center, trustee, Barbara Sinatra Center for Abused Children, trustee and an associate, Pepperdine University. She is active with colleges and universities and was president of Kappa Alpha Theta Mothers while her daughters were attending the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Conte is the wife of television personality John Conte. She is co-founder and co-owner of station KMIR-TV in Palm Springs, California. (Deceased, 2008)

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Countessa Maria Christina Cini Dal Pozzo D'Annone

Countessa Maria Christina Cini Dal Pozzo D'Annone

1978
Rome, Italy

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Born in Budapest, Hungary and now a resident of Rome, Italy, Contessa Cini is a citizen of the world. She traveled 154 times during her life, and, between 1980 and 1990, she traveled extensively. Her journeys took her to China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Russia and Bulgaria. Contessa Cini has made ninety films. In them she probed for the common denominator of individual personality that at once differentiates and links the members of the human race. Her strong belief in the value of the individual led her to be a champion of the free enterprise philosophy which fosters full creative development, such as that which was prevalent during the Italian Renaissance. Contessa Cini has given major support to the magnificent Giorgio Cini Foundation on Saint Giorgio's Island in Venice, its Arts and Crafts Center, its Center of Culture and Civilization, its concerns with world problems and its international conferences which attract artists, scientists and scholars from throughout the world.

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Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson

Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson

1978
Beverly Hills, California

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Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson, founder of Caroline Leonetti, Ltd., has been involved in business, cultural, civic, national and world affairs throughout her life, traveling world-wide to encourage cultural exchange and promote business and trade for the United States and the Greater Los Angeles Area. She has been Vice Chairman for the Board of Directors of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, Chairman of the Los Angeles-Guangzhou Sister City Association, Board Member of the Los Angeles-St. Petersburg Sister City Association and Director Emeritus of American Women for International Understanding. She has served on the Board of Governors of the Foreign Policy Association, The Institute of International Education and The Peace Corps' Advisory Council, the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities and the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities by Presidential appointment. Mrs. Ahmanson is also Director Emeritus for the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company, has been Vice Chairman of the California Women's Economic Development Corporation and Special Director Emeritus of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. She has served on the boards of numerous art museums and organizations and has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Catholic University in Washington D.C. and Doctor of Laws degree from Notre Dame University. Mrs. Ahmanson taught at Marymount College and High School, Immaculate Heart High School and has lectured throughout the United States. She also appeared on the Art Linkletter Show for twenty-three years as Fashion/Beauty/Charm commentator. She is the widow of financier and philanthropist Howard Ahmanson and resides in Beverly Hills.

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1977 Distinguished Women Honorees

Martha Zeder

Martha Zeder

1977
Rancho Mirage, California

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Educated at the Liggett School in Detroit, Michigan and at Wellesley College, Martha Blood Zeder volunteered her talents to many organizations throughout her life. She was involved in community activities in Dallas such as the Junior League, Wellesley Club, Theatre Center, County Heritage Society, Voluntary Action Center, Museum of Fine Arts League, Civic Ballet, Civic Opera, Symphony Orchestra League, Grand Opera Association and TACA. In 1977 she served as chairman of the Northwood Dallas FAD Auction. Her husband, Fred M. Zeder, was president of the Board of Governors of Northwood in Texas. In Washington, DC, he served as director of the Office of Territorial Affairs under the Department of Interior. In connection with his duties, the Zeders traveled extensively among the trust territory islands of the Pacific and Caribbean. The Zeders have five children and Ambassador Zeder now resides in Rancho Mirage, California. (Deceased 1999)

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Margaret Postmus

Margaret Postmus

1977
Grand Rapids, Michigan & Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

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Margaret Postmus was a highly esteemed and long-time educator and counselor in the Grand Rapids, Michigan school system. She was born in Grand Rapids and educated at the University of Michigan, where she earned the Bachelor of Arts and Master's degrees. She began her career as a math teacher in Iron Mountain, Michigan in 1930. She then joined the faculty at Oakleigh Junior High School in Grand Rapids and moved on to the senior high school staff in East Grand Rapids. In 1951 she became director of guidance at East Grand Rapids High School and maintained that position for twenty-one years, until her retirement in 1972. At her retirement she received an award for her outstanding contribution to the guidance profession. Miss Postmus has displayed her commitment to the Northwood Idea of education by her active involvement with the college's National Women's Board. She has been a member of the Women's Board since the organization first formed. She is past secretary and past president of the group. She has also been active in the Northwood Library League and has been responsible for securing funds and volumes for the libraries on Northwood's campuses.

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Flavia Paulon

Flavia Paulon

1977
Avogaria, Venezia, Italy

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Flavia Paulon was born in Venice, Italy, and lived her life in the surrounding area. Among her many personal and professional accomplishments nothing has been more remarkable than her devotion to furthering the civic and cultural programs of her country. Flavia Paulon provided great leadership in her country and encouraged the recognition of women in the business and the cultural world. She was a true politician, with an always welcome entre into Italian government at state, provincial and local levels. For eighteen years she was the secretary of the Venice Film Festival which, during its existence, was the most influential of all international film fairs. Mrs. Paulon was founder and director of the Asolo Film Festival and the world renowned Science Fiction Festival which is held in Trieste, Italy. Her voluntary assistance to the Northwood European activities was a major factor in many successful student and arts related endeavors. Mrs. Paulon was also administrator of the Friends of Venice organization which endeavors to preserve the priceless treasures and holdings of Italian art. (Deceased 1988)

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Maria Tallchief Paschen

Maria Tallchief Paschen

1977
Chicago, Illinois

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When George Balanchine formed the New York City Ballet, Maria Tallchief became its Prima Ballerina. "Firebird," to the Stravinsky score, was created especially for her artistic and technical talents. As star of the company, she received worldwide acclaim. She danced as guest Prima Ballerina with the American Ballet Theatre in Russia, Rumania, Greece and Bulgaria and has also been a guest star with the Paris Opera Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen. She was the founder and artistic director of the Chicago City Ballet. She taught classes at the School of American Ballet and gave an extensive series of lecture demonstrations at public schools throughout New York. Since giving up her career as a performer, Miss Tallchief has served on the Illinois Arts Council's Advisory Panel on Dance and served as Artistic Director of the Lyric Opera Ballet. Miss Tallchief has been awarded honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from Colby, Lake Forest, Ripon, Boston College, Northwestern University, Dartmouth, St. Mary of the Woods, St. Xavier and Yale University. Honored as Woman of the Year in 1953 by President Dwight Eisenhower, she has also received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Oklahoma and the Jane Addams award at Rockford College. She is married to Henry D. Paschen, Jr. and has one daughter, Elise.

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Faith Lyles

Faith Lyles

1977
Louisville, Kentucky

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Faith Lyles has been co-host of "Omelet", a daily talk and interview program at WHAS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Louisville, Kentucky. Formerly a history teacher at Barrett Junior High School and Saint Francis School in Louisville, her successful audition for the co-host spot prompted what she calls her "story book" career change. A native of Louisville, Mrs. Lyles attended Rockford College in Illinois and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Louisville. Her education and professional background has been put to use daily in researching current discussion topics for her program. Her guests have included prominent representatives of the political, literary, entertainment and sports worlds. One of her favorite interviews was with the late anthropologist Margaret Mead. Other guests of prominence have included actor John Wayne, heavyweight boxer Muhammed Ali, composer Marvin Hamlisch and Alabama Governor George Wallace. Northwood of Indiana faculty members and administrators were often guests on "Omelet." Mrs. Lyles has been an appointee of the Board of Trustees for St. Joseph's Hospital in Louisville. She is married to Lenny Lyles, a former standout player with the Baltimore Colts professional football team. They have three sons.

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Dr. Celeste Holm

Dr. Celeste Holm

1977
New York City

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Celeste Holm became an actress because she was taken to see Pavlova when she was two-and-a-half and decided she wanted to produce the same effect of rejoicing on an audience. Although she studied ballet for fourteen years, she made her professional debut in Leslie Howard's "Hamlet", beginning a career encompassing theatre, motion pictures, supper clubs and television. Her credits include theatre (Broadway): "The Time of Your Life" (debut); Ado Annie, original cast, "Oklahoma!", "Bloomer Girl", "Affairs of State", "The King and I", "Third Best Sport", "Invitation to a March", and, most recently, "I Hate Hamlet." In films: she received an Oscar for "Gentleman's Agreement", "Come to the Stable" and "All About Eve", (Oscar nominations), "The Tender Trap", "High Society", "The Snake Pit" and "3 Men and A Baby." TV: "The Shady Hill Kidnapping", inaugurating PBS's "American Playhouse", "Backstairs at the White House" (Emmy nomination), Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella", "Nora's Christmas Gift", "Talking With" for PBS' "Great Performances," and "Still Breathing." And most recently, she has just completed three years on CBS' "Promised Land." Miss Holm is president of Arts Horizons, and is active on the boards of the New Jersey Film Commission and the Actors' Fund. She as been knighted by the King of Norway, inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame and honored with a tribute by the Motion Picture Academy. She has appeared frequntly as guest artists and recorded with the Northwood Orchestra. In 1979 she recieved Northwood's Achievement in the Arts Award and 1981 she recieved an honorary degree from the University.

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Claire Giannini Hoffman

Claire Giannini Hoffman

1977
San Francisco, California

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Claire Giannini Hoffman has pioneered many "firsts": first woman asked to be a Governor of the Federal Reserve Board of the United States (by President Richard Nixon and by Arthur F. Burns, Chairman of the Board of Governors), first woman director of the Bank of America, first woman to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Savings and Profit Sharing Pension Fund of Sears, Roebuck and Co., first woman to serve on Sears' board of directors and first woman appointed to the Board of Regents of St. Mary's College of California. She is the only honorary member of the American Institute of Banking. Mrs. Hoffman also served as vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bank of America-Giannini Foundation. She has been active with many organizations: Trustee of the Margaret Chase Smith Library, past vice-chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Sports, Santa Clara, California, member of the Board of Trustees of the National Small Business Administration, the board of directors of Affiliate Artists, the board of governors of U.S.O. and the board of directors of Junior Achievement. She was a member of the first Federal Executive Board, a committee concerned with the first Federal Employee of the Year Award program. (Deceased, 1997)

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Adeline Oppenheimer Fieger

Adeline Oppenheimer Fieger

1977
New York City

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Addy Fieger composed the music for the Broadway musical "Dear Oscar," which was produced by Mary W. John, another of Northwood's Distinguished Women (1975). Her musical for children, "Puncinello," was produced at the Hedgegrow Theatre in Moylan, Pennsylvania and on Public Television. She composed the campaign song for Governor Nelson Rockefeller in 1966 and an Off-Broadway jazz musical "Changes," in 1980. In 1985, her songs were sung in Northwood's "Christmas Cabaret Tour." In 1988, her songs were performed by many New York cabaret singers and included in several cabaret shows. She was a member of ASCAP, The Dramatist's Guild, the League of Professional Theatre Women and was an advisory board member of the Society of Singers. Addy Fieger served as secretary of the Executive Board of the National Council of Women of the United States. She was a member of Northwood's Women's Board and served as co-chairman of the New York Chapter. She and her husband, A. Gary Fieger, initiated and chaired the Northwood Gourmet Galas in New York. Mrs. Fieger was the mother of two sons. Addy Fieger saluted Northwood for "the ingenious concept and implementation of the Northwood/IASTA Musical Theatre Studio which provides qualified students and professional composers, lyricists and librettists with the unique opportunity to develop a work-in-progress into a finished production." (Deceased 1989)

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Dr. Hannah Baker Church

Dr. Hannah Baker Church

1977
West Palm Beach, Florida & Midland, Michigan

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Hannah Baker Church was born in Midland, Michigan, the daughter of Dr. William J. and Hannah Stuart Baker. She attended schools in Midland and at Cranbrook's Kingswood School and studied music and business management at Butler University. Hannah Church has been employed in past years by The Dow Chemical Company, Michigan Bell Telephone Company, the Ludington Daily News and is presently owner of a family-owned real estate firm, Baker Real Estate. She was on the board of the Comerica Bank - Midland and early on was one of only four women to serve in this position in the state of Michigan. She is married to John Alfred Church, who was Senior Vice President for development at Northwood. John and Hannah Church have eight children. Mrs. Church has been actively involved with Northwood's Town & Campus and Palm Beach chapters of the National Women's Board since 1965 and a Northwood National Library League member. She was awarded the Town & Campus Silver Service Award for her continued and avid support of the programs and projects of Northwood. She is a member of the Alma College President's Club, the Memorial Presbyterian Church and the National Women's Board of Northwood. The Church Family Administration Building on the Northwood University campus in Michigan is named for her family. Dr. Hannah Church was awarded an honorary degree from Northwood in 1990.

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Patricia Hill Burnett

Patricia Hill Burnett

1977
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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A professional international portrait painter, Ms. Burnett's commissions include Indira Ghandi, Lady Margaret Thatcher, Betty Ford, Governor William Milliken, Congresswoman Martha Griffiths, Marlo Thomas, Benson Ford, Betty Freidan, Corazon Aquino, Mayor Dennis Archer, Max Fisher, Barbara Walters, Senator Margaret Chase Smith, Chief Justice Helen Neis, authors Joyce Carol Oates and Kate Millett, Michelle Engler and her triplets and many others. She has had forty-four one-woman shows and has received many awards. Ms. Burnett is one of the eleven members of the Council of Leading American Portrait Painters. She founded the National Organization for Women Michigan chapter and served on the NOW national board, becoming president of NOW International. As president of the World Feminist Commission, she was invited to China and the USSR as a special guest five times. Patricia Burnett served on Detroit's City Planning Commission, Human Rights Commission and Library Commission. She was president of the Michigan Women's Commission and president of the National Association of Commissions for Women. Honors include Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Art and Who's Who in American Politics. She was chosen Michigan Woman of the Year, elected to the Ohio and Michigan Halls of Fame and was named BPW's Distinguished Woman of the Year and NOW's Feminist of the Year. Ms. Burnett is a speaker on the arts, women and human relations and an international speaker for the U.S. Department of State. She is married to Robert Siler, a food industry management consultant. In 1999 she created a scholarship fund on the Midland campus to assist a mature woman with financial need to complete her college degree.

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1976 Distinguished Women Honorees

Dorothy Lucile Volk

Dorothy Lucile Volk

1976
Dallas, Texas

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Dorothy Lucile Volk was born in Port Arthur, Texas, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernst George Hill. She and her husband, Harold Francis Volk, had three children. Mrs. Volk studied foods, nutrition and institutional management at Texas Woman's University where she received B.A., B.S. and M.A. degrees. Following graduation, she was research assistant to Dr. Arthur Grollman at Southwestern Medical School, Department of Experimental Biochemistry. She served on boards and committees of the Dallas Health and Science Museum, Dallas Girl Scouts Council, National Girl Scouts, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, Dallas Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc., Dallas Civic Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas Child Guidance Clinic, Dallas Civic Ballet Society, Women's Council of Dallas County, Inc., Planned Parenthood of Dallas, Family Guidance Center of Dallas, West Dallas Community Centers, Educational Opportunities, Inc., National Jewish Hospital Women's Board and numerous other civic organizations. In 1976, she served as judge for the Outstanding Youth Volunteer in Dallas and the Women's Division of the State Fair of Texas. She is a recipient of the Thanks Badge, a Girl Scouts of America National Board Award, and the Distinguished Alumna Award from Texas Woman's University. (Deceased 1995)

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Senator Margaret Chase Smith

Senator Margaret Chase Smith

1976
Skowehegan, Maine

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Margaret Chase Smith was one of America's great public figures. Elected to the U.S. Congress after the death of her husband, Representative Clyde H. Smith, her own political career spanned more than three decades from 1940-1973. She was the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House and Senate. She earned widespread respect for her knowledge, wisdom and firm commitment to the values of enlightened government and was the first woman to be nominated for the U.S. Presidency by a major political party (Republican, 1964). She was concerned about those in the armed forces, especially women, and served on powerful House and Senate Committees. For many years she held the all-time Senate consecutive roll-call voting record (2,941). Her belief in individual rights and the freedom of speech caused her to speak out in condemnation of McCarthyism in 1950 when she delivered a "Declaration of Conscience," which later became an acclaimed book. Senator Smith received ninety-five honorary degrees, including one from Northwood University, numerous other awards and was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She served as National Chair of Northwood's National Women's Board and traveled across the nation on behalf of the University. The Northwood University Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan serves as a worthy tribute to Senator Smith's remarkable public service and as a resource to scholars of government and history. (Deceased. 1995)

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Doris Lipson Sassower

Doris Lipson Sassower

1976
White Plains, New York

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Doris L. Sassower was a Florence Allen Scholar at New York University Law School. Admitted to the New York Bar in 1955, she maintained her own law firm with offices in New York City and Westchester and has specialized in the fields of family law and human rights. From 1956 to 1957, she was Law Assistant to the late Chief Justice Arthur T. Vanderbilt of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. In 1968 she became the youngest woman elected to the presidency of the New York Women's Bar Association. During her term of office she was chosen Outstanding Young Woman of America from the State of New York in a competition judged by a group comprised of the national presidents of major women's organizations. Since then, she has received numerous honors and distinctions, including the Distinguished Alumna Award from Brooklyn College in 1973, the presidency of Phi Beta Kappa Alumnae in 1971 and nominations as a candidate to the New York Court of Appeals in 1972. She was the first woman ever invited to address the National Conference of Bar Presidents, in 1969 and again in 1976. She often appears in the media and has been on national television and radio as an authority in her field. Currently she is involved in a national campaign for judicial reform. She holds active membership in over twenty professional and honorary organizations and is listed in Who's Who in America, World's Who's Who of Women and the Dictionary of International Biography. Ms. Sassower has three daughters.

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Beverly Ann Rice

Beverly Ann Rice

1976
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Beverly Ann Rice was born in Evansville, Indiana, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Boegaholtz. Her husband is architect Larry Thomas Rice. She was graduated with honors from Indiana University with a B.S. degree in Textile Merchandising from the School of Business. In 1956 she joined L.S. Ayres & Company, a leading Indianapolis retailer. She progressed at Ayres from Assistant to the Fashion Director to Gown Room Buyer, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Fashion Director, General Merchandise Manager, and became Ayres' first woman vice president in 1973. In 1983, Mrs. Rice elected to take early retirement as vice president, director of Fashion Merchandising. She joined Gidding-Jenny, a women's specialty retailer in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1984, she opened a 22,000 square foot Gidding-Jenny store in Indianapolis. In 1985, she was elected to the Indiana University School of Business Alumni board of directors for a three-year term. In 1989, she became vice-president, general manager of N. Theobald, Inc., a privately owned store specializing in fine home furnishings. Bevery Rice joined Jacobson's as senior vice president, Fashion and Merchandising Strategy, in 1997. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, business honorary, Indiana University Alumni Association, The North Group of Indianapolis Symphony and The Fashion Group of New York. In 1975, she was named to Who's Who of American Women. (Deceased, 2008)

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Caroline A. Penney

Caroline A. Penney

1976
New York City

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As a young woman, Caroline Autenrieth Penney left her home in Phoenix, Arizona for Paris to pursue studies at the Sorbonne and to receive private instruction in voice. She was married to James Cash Penney in Paris and returned with her husband to live in White Plains, New York, later relocating to New York City. Caroline Penney was a member of the advisory board of the National 4-H Council. She devoted her efforts untiringly on behalf of plans for the J.C. Penney Hall at the National 4-H Center in Washington, D.C. which was dedicated in honor of her late husband. Mrs. Penney participated in activities of the Penney Retirement Community, Penney Farms, Florida, which her husband founded in 1926 and also served on the Women's Committee of the YMCA. She was a member of the Advisory Council of American Mothers' Committee, an honorary member of the board of directors of the YWCA of New York, served on the board of overseers of the Parsons School of Design, New York, was a patron of the Metropolitan Opera Association, a member of the American Project, U.S. Department of State, a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a member of the J.C. Penney Company retirees' organization. Mrs. Penney's daughters are Mary Frances Penney Wagley and Carol Penney Guyer. (Deceased 1992)

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Miriam Pitcairn Mitchell

Miriam Pitcairn Mitchell

1976
Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

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Mrs. Mitchell was born in Bryn Athyn, the daughter of The Reverend and Mrs. Theodore Pitcairn. Her minister father was also an art collector and philanthropist. Miriam Mitchell graduated with B.S. and M.S. degrees from the School of Speech at Northwestern University. Following graduation, she taught speech and drama, French and English at the high school and college levels. She is an actress, member of Actors' Equity and has performed in many community, summer stock and Institute for the Advancement of Theatre Arts (IASTA) productions. She was the co-founder with her husband of IASTA and has served as vice president and secretary of the organization. Mrs. Mitchell teaches speech and drama and directs the dramatic productions at the College of the Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn. She is a former member of AETA and SAA and serves as vice president of the Beneficia Foundation. Dr. and Mrs. John Dietrich Mitchell divide their time between Pennsylvania and Florida. They have three married children.

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Esther Schuette Gerstacker

Esther Schuette Gerstacker

1976
Midland, Michigan

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Esther Schuette Gerstacker was born in Cleveland, Ohio, one of seven children of William and Cathrin Little. She attended public schools in Cleveland and Hiram College, from whom she received an honorary degree, has served as a Trustee and was elected to the prestigious Garfield Society. Some years after the death of her first husband, Dr. William Schuette, she married the late Carl A. Gerstacker, Chairman of the Board of The Dow Chemical Company. Their children are Sandra Schuette Joys, Dr. Gretchen Schuette, Michigan State Senator William D. Schuette, Bette Gerstacker and Lisa Gerstacker Walsh. She is a charter member and treasurer of The Midland Foundation, was president when it constructed the popular Tridge which spans the forks of converging rivers near to downtown for the City of Midland and was instrumental in the reconstruction of downtown Midland and the Pere Marquette Rail Trail. Her community service has included: United Way - board, president; Center for the Arts - board, secretary; Music Society - board; Symphony Orchestra - board; St. John's Episcopal Church - Vestry, Investment Use Committee, Altar Guild; Visiting Nurse Association - board, vice president; Midland Hospital - Planning Committee; Cancer Services - board; City of Midland - Beautification Commission, Community Affairs Council; Salvation Army - board; Red Cross - board; Girl Scouts - board; Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation - board; Rotary Club - Paul Harris Fellow; Exchange Club - Book of Golden Deeds; and Midland County - Honorary Deputy Sheriff. She has been a member of the Town & Campus Executive Board for many years. A village residential area on campus bears the Schuette name and in October of 1999, the Gerstacker Athletic Complex was dedicated on the Michigan campus. (Deceased 2003)

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Countess Mariuccia De Lord Rinaldi Carosio

Countess Mariuccia De Lord Rinaldi Carosio

1976
Asolo, Treviso, Italy

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Mariuccia De Lord Rinaldi Carosio is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Giovanni Carosio. Countess De Lord Rinaldi and her husband, Rinaldo, have had homes in Buenos Aires and Milan, as well as Asolo, Italy. They have two sons, Amedeo, a painter living in Buenos Aires, and Giovanni, president of an electro-technical industry in Rio de Janeiro. They also have a daughter, Christina, of Milan, who works in the creation of decorative arts. After studying humanities in high school in Italy and Argentina, Countess De Lord received a degree in French at the Alliance Francaise. The Countess is deeply devoted to work on a voluntary basis in organizations for the protection and defense of the Italian culture. This includes preservation of the ecology, landscape and ancient monuments. Countess De Lord also has served as national vice president of A.N.D.E. (Association Nazionale Donne Elettrici), corresponding to The League of Women Voters in the United States. Count and Countess De Lord Rinaldi were Gentleman in Waiting and Lady in Waiting to H.R.H. The Duchess Irene di Savoia Aosta, Princess of Greece and Denmark.

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Marie Knight Brooks

Marie Knight Brooks

1976
San Francisco, California

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Mrs. Brooks and her husband established Ellis Brooks Chevrolet on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco in 1940 and she has continued its operation since 1963. She is one of the first women to be accorded a franchised dealership in the United States. She has been past president of the San Francisco Motor Car Dealers Association, past director of Greater San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, member of the San Francisco District Advisory Council of the Small Business Administration, member of the board of directors of Junior Achievement of the Bay Area and president of the Dealers Association of San Francisco (1992-1993). She was appointed to the San Francisco Airport Commission by Mayor Jordan in 1992, to the California Department of Motor Vehicles Board by Governor Wilson in 1993 and she is a founding director and chairman of the Western Women's Bank. She has a daughter and two sons. Mrs. Brooks expanded her San Francisco dealership to include a Nissan franchise and, with her son, Ellis, Jr., has had Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Buick and Honda dealerships in northern California.

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Marion Maxwell Bartush

Marion Maxwell Bartush

1976
Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan & Vero Beach, Florida

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Marion M. Bartush, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Alfred Fielder Maxwell, attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Detroit for twelve years. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and has taught social studies in high schools in Farmington and Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She and her husband, J. Addison Bartush, are the parents of a son, Joseph (Jay), who works in marketing in Los Angeles, Susan B. Cugliari of Darien, Connecticut and Margaret Anne (Pegi), a Northwood graduate who is a recipient of the Northwood Distinguished Alumni Award and an executive with Chrysler Corporation. Mrs. Bartush has been a member of Indian River Land Trust, Archives of American Art, Christ Child Society, Country Club of Detroit, Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit Artist Market, Detroit Historical Society, Bon Secours Hospital Assistance League, St. John Hospital, Indian River Memorial Hospital, League of Catholic Women, Founders Society of the Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Opera Theatre, Vero Beach Center for the Arts, Alumnae of the Sacred Heart and Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall. She and Mr. Bartush are long-time and loyal Northwood supporters. (Deceased, 2007)

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1975 Distinguished Women Honorees

Pauline S. Young

Pauline S. Young

1975
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan & Rancho Mirage, California

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Pauline Young was born in Fredonia, Kansas. She graduated with honors from the American University and pursued a graduate course in Social Economics. She worked as a sociologist for the United States Department of Agriculture for several years. Pauline and her husband the late Donald E. Young, had three children, Leigh Taylor Young, Dey Young Ladd and Lance Young. Mrs. Young served as chairman of the Women's Committee, the sustaining organization for the Cranbrook Academy of Art, on the Executive Committee and board of directors for the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts of Detroit, on the board of directors for Our Heritage House of Detroit, on the board of directors of the Community Music School of Detroit and in various capacities for the Detroit Institute of Arts. She received special recognition for her work with the Detroit Institute of Art and with the Cranbrook Women's Committee. Her work with Northwood included guest speaking on the Michigan campus and active participation with the Detroit FAD Auctions. She chaired the Greater Detroit National Women's Board chapter as well. Of Northwood, Mrs. Young said, "I believe that the vocational approach to higher education supported by a liberal arts background is the education of the future for at least fifty percent of young Americans. It is a concept that is uniquely Northwood's, but it can grow, for it fulfills such an obvious gap in American education." (Deceased 1995)

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Edna Woodard-Van Riper

Edna Woodard-Van Riper

1975
Indianapolis, Indiana & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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Edna O'Nan Woodard Van Riper was born in Frankfort, Kentucky. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and is the owner of the Van Riper Gallery located in The Stutz Business Center in Indianapolis. The Stutz factory building, owned by her son Turner Woodard, was the birthplace of the magnificent Stutz automobile. A past president of the Indianapolis Garden Club (an affiliate of the Garden Club of America), Mrs. Woodard Van Riper continues to participate in major garden activities and has served as zone chairman for the Conservation, Horticultural, Flower Arranging and Nominating Committee and a as board member and Medal Awards chairman. Also, she has been a board member of the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, was Bi-Centennial chairman for the Indianapolis Garden Club and chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Eagle Creek Nature Center. She has been honored with the Historic Preservation Award and the Garden Club of America Horticultural Committee Award for Horticultural Achievement in the club. Mrs. Woodard Van Riper does find time to relax with her three sons and grandchildren at Lago Mar Place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Madeleine H. Wade

Madeleine H. Wade

1975
Dallas, Texas

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Mrs. James K. Wade was born in Bronxville, New York. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin B. Hopkins, divided their time between New York and Dallas and she therefore received her early education in New York and Texas schools. She attended Northwestern University to study drama and was graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York City. She had exciting experiences in the years following, first in the Starlight Theatre of Poughkeepsie, New York, and then working with radio shows produced weekly by the military in Nankin, China. Back in Texas, her acting abilities brought her to the Dallas Theatre III for leading roles in three productions. Mrs. Wade's commitment to culture and education included active participation as an officer of the Dallas Civic Opera Women's Board. She headed the Opera Debs, a group designed to further interest and knowledge of the opera for high school age students. She was a member of TACA, an organization which benefits the performing arts, the Creative Learning Center for brilliant underprivileged children, the Dean Learning Center and the Dallas Council on World Affairs. (Deceased 1994)

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Anne Swan

Anne Swan

1975
Midland, Michigan

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Anne Swan's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Wilson Nicklin, were native Detroiters. Anne grew up there and attended the Detroit Country Day School and Kingswood School, Cranbrook. During high school, she was in Winnetka, Illinois, but returned to Albion College in Michigan, where she met her husband, William D. (Pete) Swan. They have a son, David and a daughter, Kathryn and several grandchildren. Mrs. Swan's activities have included work as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, PTA executive board member, volunteer school nurse and librarian, Sunday School teacher and member of the Pediatrics Guild and Gift Shop Guild of MidMichigan Medical Center, where she assists in display and sales. She is also an active member of the Midland Town & Campus chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board. She serves on the executive board of Town & Campus and served as co-chair of the FAD Auction in Midland for twenty-five years. She is the recipient of the Town & Campus Silver Service Award and was the National Chairman for the Northwood National Women's Board Memorial Gifts program. A scholarship at Northwood was named in her honor by grateful students and colleagues. Of the college, Mrs. Swan says, "The Northwood ethic teaches independence and reaffirms the American system. I am impressed by the enthusiasm and vigor of the thousands of young people attracted to its campus each year. They are by far the most clear demonstration of the school's validity.”

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Willie Mae Rogers

Willie Mae Rogers

1975
New York City

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Following a career as a teacher and in business, Willie Mae Rogers served as director of the Good Housekeeping Institute from 1953 until her retirement in 1975. Her work included direction of all Institute activities and the coordination of all service departments of the magazine. Her ethics and charm became hallmarks of the Institute. For many years she continued to serve as a Special Advisor to the Publisher of Good Housekeeping. Miss Rogers served on the original Consumer Council of the American National Standards Institute, on the Governor's Council of Women, appointed by then-Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York and was selected as one of the Distinguished Women of New York. She has also served as a member of the board of directors of Girls Clubs of America and of the Brand Names Foundation and was a member of the National Council of Women of the United States and the American Home Economics Association and Northwood University's New York chapter chair. Miss Rogers is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, which is her alma mater and, in 1967, was awarded an honorary degree by the college. In 1988, she was honored by induction into the Home Economists in Business Hall of Fame. She is a native of Jackson, Tennessee. (Deceased 2006)

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Jeri Joseph

Jeri Joseph

1975
Midland, Michigan & Louisville, Colorado

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Jeri April Joseph was raised in Clarendon Hills, Illinois, the daughter of John Erle and Elaine Edwards. She attended the University of Colorado and is a member of Alpha Chi Omega national sorority. While living in Midland, Michigan, she was active in the hospital auxiliary, PTA, Midland Tennis Club, Memorial Presbyterian Church and appeared on stage numerous times for the Midland Music Society. Jeri is the recipient of two Silver Service Awards from the Town & Campus chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board for her work on the executive committee, as chairperson of both Spring and Fall Luncheons, chairperson of the Lecture Series, FAD co-chairperson and co-chairperson of the Holiday Boutique. Mr. and Mrs. Gary Kyle Joseph have a son, Kevin, a graduate of Central Michigan University and a daughter, Kimberly, a graduate of Michigan State University. They have several grandchildren as well. Her interests include volunteering at Avista Hospital, tennis, skiing and grandparenting. Jeri has been a fashion consultant for a Boulder-based custom clothing store which promotes its line through fund raising fashion shows and provides special services to shut-ins. She is currently making her career with Stein Mart as a fashion consultant in the boutique.

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Phyllis Freeman

Phyllis Freeman

1975
Carmel, California

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Phyllis Freeman was educated at the Bradford College in Haverhill, Massachusetts and Saint Lawrence College, Canton, New York. She has three married daughters. As the wife of Fulton Freeman, foreign service officer and ambassador, Mrs. Freeman could always be counted on to have a special worthwhile project under her wing whether in Washington, DC between assignments or in a host country. While in Rome, she started the PTA of the Overseas School and was the organizer of the American Women's Club of Rome which is now the largest group of its kind in Europe. In Bogota, Mrs. Freeman worked to develop and expand the Jardin Infantile, a pre-school and kindergarten for children of poor and working mothers. Her work in Mexico included organizing various charity affairs and providing guidance to the American community. She was instrumental in fund raising efforts of the Guias de Mexico (Girl Scouts) which resulted in their building a five-story national headquarters in Mexico City. Since 1969, she has taken a leadership role with the Girl Scouts, USA, serving as a national board member. She was chairman of the Mexican-American Conference held in Prescott, Arizona and a delegate of the Girl Scouts, USA, to the Western Hemisphere Conference in Lima, Peru, in 1973. (Deceased 2001)

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Contessa Barbara Emo

Contessa Barbara Emo

1975
Treviso, Italy

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Contessa Emo's magnificent villa in Italy, built for Leonardo Emo over 400 years ago, stands as an esteemed achievement of the architect Palladio. It has always been lived in by members of the Emo family and was featured in an English edition book entitled "The Villa Emo." Contessa Emo has devoted much of her time to working with university groups from all over the world, making it possible for them to visit the villa and have a free exchange of culture with artists, architects and professors. Her deep concern led to the idea of developing a wing of Villa Emo to be used exclusively for graduate students to come and stay, along with instructors, to study the architecture and landscape surrounding the villa. Contessa Emo describes herself as a "coordinator" in bringing people and cultures together. She has worked hand in hand with university groups in Florence and has prepared a survey on the need for expansion of university facilities in Florence and Venice, thereby giving students the cultural exposure of both cities. She has served as personal hostess to many groups and organizations from all over the world as they have visited Villa Emo, among them The American Garden Club, The Conservation Society of America, The Smithsonian Institution Club, The Ministers of the Common Market, Princess Margaret and Prince Philip of England, and many, many others. (Deceased, 2003)

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Dr. Louise Phipps Crandall

Dr. Louise Phipps Crandall

1975
Irvine, California

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Louise Phipps Crandall was born in New York City. She is a graduate of UCLA, summa cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her BA degree is in English Literature, and today she enjoys writing. Her late husband, Larry Dale Crandall, served as a consultant in the hospitality industry for many years. Their three children, Lawrence, a professional photographer, Karen, an interior designer and Cheryl, a professional singer, all reside in Orange County. Mrs. Crandall, one of the earliest of women stockbrokers in the country, began her career in 1964. She has been affiliated with several major investment firms over the years as a financial adviser. She has often been called upon to present career workshops for young women and has been a frequent speaker at investment seminars. Mrs. Crandall has served as a member of the Pasadena Showcase for the Arts since 1960. She was a charter member of the Board of Governors of the Los Angeles Athletic Club, in 1976, the year its John R. Wooden Basketball Award was created. She served a National Chair of Northwood's National Women's Board from 1981 to 1983. She received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Northwood in 1984. From 1986 - 1988 she chaired the Palm Springs chapter of its National Women's Board.

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Eleanor Jane Bricker

Eleanor Jane Bricker

1975
Birmingham & Bloomfield Village, Michigan

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A native of Detroit, Eleanor Bricker is the daughter of Jessie Burton Stewart and Elmer William Gerhard. She and her late husband, Charles Landis Bricker, divided their time for many years between Michigan and Florida. They are the parents of four children, Nancy B. Eaton, Mary Ann Harrison, Sally Lynn Schott and Charles, Jr. Her daughters are all graduates of Bloomfield Country Day School for Girls, a Northwood affiliate, and her son attended Northwood University. Eleanor Bricker served on the TB and Health Society board of directors and has been active in the Detroit chapter of the Red Cross, the United Foundation, Project Hope and Questers. Active memberships in the Detroit Historical Society, Michigan Historical Society, Greenfield Village and Ford Museum and Archives of American Art are tangible evidence of her interest in the area's historic preservation. Mrs. Bricker says, "Northwood is successfully producing a better student, an aware kind of student who can work confidently and aggressively to achieve the best for self, family and society. As concerned parents or anyone who is concerned with today's students, today's education and tomorrow's future, we should all do our share to contribute to this cause. It is one that will benefit us all." (Deceased 2000)

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1974 Distinguished Women Honorees

Dr. Johann Turner

Dr. Johann Turner

1974
Midland, Michigan & Palm Beach, Florida

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Johann Turner was born in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the daughter of Wesley P. and Berneda Jordan for whom the Jordan Hall classroom building on the Northwood Michigan campus is named, in tribute to their early interest in the development of the college. In May, 1986, ground was broken for the Johann M. and Arthur E. Turner Education Center on Northwood's Florida campus. The building was dedicated in their honor in January, 1987. Arthur Turner is Co-founder of Northwood University. Since Northwood's founding in 1959, Mrs. Turner has been dedicated to fostering the Northwood Idea. She has helped to introduce and establish the Northwood Idea as an innovative, imaginative, pragmatic educational opportunity for young men and women. She has communicated the message of Northwood on both a community and national level through her involvement in the Town & Campus chapter of the National Women's Board, the Library League activities and her service on the Margaret Chase Smith Library Advisory Board. Northwood recognized Johann Turner on the Michigan campus with an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree at the May 17, 1997 commencement. Dr. and Mrs. Turner are the parents of two sons, Steven and Michael, and a daughter, Kathryn (deceased), all Northwood graduates. The philosophy and practicality of the Northwood Idea, Mrs. Turner feels, "is best realized by the large number of students who are finding success and fulfillment in careers immediately after graduation from Northwood." (Deceased 2006)

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Dr. Willa Stauffer

Dr. Willa Stauffer

1974
Midland, Michigan

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Willa Stauffer was born in Peru, Illinois, one of eight children of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Kirkendall. She is the wife of the late Dr. R. Gary Stauffer, Northwood University Co-founder. She has been dedicated to activities in support of Northwood since the college's founding. Willa has been an active member of the National Women's Board, Town & Campus and the Library League since the organizations were founded. She has also served as chairman of Town & Campus. She has worked diligently on the FAD Auction projects and the annual Town & Campus Holiday Boutiques and served as a gracious hostess and ambassador on behalf of Northwood. She has served the interests of health and community projects as a member of the Gratiot Community Hospital Auxiliary in Alma and as an active volunteer for the MidMichigan Medical Center (Midland) for the past twenty-five years. At MMMC she has been a Gift Shop buyer, a steering committee officer and is currently an Auxiliary Board member. Willa is a member of the Margaret Chase Smith Library Center Advisory Board, has been an officer of the Midland County chapter of the American Red Cross and Red Cross youth chairman. She also enjoys playing golf and portraying Mrs. Claus annually at the Midland Santa House. The Stauffers have four children, all of whom are Northwood graduates, and eleven grandchildren. In 1989, the Willa and R. Gary Stauffer Residence Complex was dedicated on the Florida campus, honoring this dedicated couple. In 1997, Dr. Willa Stauffer was awarded the honorary degree by Northwood, a popular and well deserved symbol of the university's gratitude.

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Jean Stark

Jean Stark

1974
Midland, Michigan

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Jean Stark graduated from the University of Minnesota and was a member of Delta Phi Lambda, honorary writing society. She pursued postgraduate study at the St. Louis Institute of Music and attended music seminars in Mexico, Rome and Siena. She was married to the late Arnold Stark. They had two children. A versatile, multi-talented individual, Jean Stark began her career on the editorial staff of the Sault Ste. Marie Evening News. Later, she was associated with the Midland Daily News and The Dow Chemical Company. A talented, inspiring musician and pianist, Mrs. Stark was an independent music teacher who instructed several generations of Midland students. She held membership in the Midland Music Teachers Association, the Michigan Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association, where she served on the executive board. In 1966, she was honored by being selected the Michigan Music Teacher of the Year. (Deceased 1986)

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Virginia Stanton

Virginia Stanton

1974
Carmel Valley, California

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For fifteen years, Virginia Stanton was Party Editor for House Beautiful magazine. She has served as a design consultant for many businesses and residences, including the home of Bob Hope. She and her husband, Robert Stanton, designed the permanent set for ABC's 1974 television series, "The Curiosity Shop." Virginia Stanton has freely given her time and energy to many civic and humanitarian activities as founder, The American Red Cross, Carmel Chapter; president and member of the Board of Trustees of the Monterey Peninsula Community Hospital; past president of the Women's Architectural League, Monterey chapter; National Chairman of the Northwood Arts Management Program; founder of Monterey History and Art Association-Stanton Center/Maritime Museum and honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, Monterey Chapter. She also has been involved in fund-raising projects for the following groups: Children's Home Societies, Children's Hospital of the East Bay, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Heart Fund, Monterey History and Art Association, Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, The Sensory Garden in Monterey and United Voluntary Services, Monterey County Unit. Mrs. Stanton was appointed a member of the California Arts Commission in 1968 and served for nine years. She was selected Woman of the Year for 1973 by Women's Architectural League and honored in 1991 with the Monterey County Cultural Council's first annual Distinguished Benefactors of the Arts Award. (Deceased 1997)

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Jane Owen

Jane Owen

1974
New Harmony, Indiana & Houston, Texas

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Jane Owen attended Bryn Mawr College and the Washington School of Diplomacy. She also studied under Paul Tillich at the Union Theological Seminary. Always deeply interested in people and in the advancement of humanity, Jane Blaffer Owen is the founder of the English Speaking Union, The Allied Arts Council, The International Seaman's Center and the Committee for United World Colleges and has been a member of the Houston chapter of Northwood National Women's Board. She is also well known for her pioneering efforts in the restoration of New Harmony, Indiana. The recipient of many awards and honors for her lifetime of involvement and dedication to improving the lives of people everywhere, she has been Honorary Chaplain to the Ministry for Seamen, International Seaman's Center, Houston and is a Commander of the British Empire, an honor bestowed on her by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. A person possessing a strong belief in education and the Northwood philosophy, Jane Owen expressed the reasons for her outstanding support of Northwood: "Because it believes in the free enterprise system and does not believe that everyone is suited for a Bachelor of Arts, Northwood has a realistic attitude toward education which is void of intellectual snobbery." Jane and her husband, Kenneth Owen, are the parents of two daughters.

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Dr. Juanita Miller

Dr. Juanita Miller

1974
Dallas, Texas

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Juanita Miller is a graduate of Oklahoma State Teacher's College, studied toward a BA in music and drama at the University of Oklahoma and did graduate level work in drama. Actively involved in numerous civic and cultural activities, Juanita Miller's associations include: past chairman, Dallas Flower and Garden Show; member of the board and executive committee, the Dallas Civic Opera; board member, Dallas Symphony Association, Inc.; co-founder and past president of the Dallas Civic Opera Women's Board; past president, Dallas Civic Ballet; president, Dallas Civic Ballet Women's Committee; member, the Dallas chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board; founding member and board member, Dallas Theater Center; past president, Dallas Council on World Affairs; founder and first president, Texas Women's Association of Symphony Orchestras; member, Dallas Art Association and Art Museum League; past president, the Colony; committee member, Owen Fine Arts Center (SMU); zone chairman, Dallas County Red Cross; United Way Fund; member Dallas Garden Center; officer, Dallas Garden Club and recipient of the Dallas Historical Society Service Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 1996 she became Dr. Juanita Miller, receiving an honorary degree from Northwood for years of leadership and counsel. Her husband, real estate legend Henry S. Miller, also has received Northwood's honorary degree. They have four children, all graduates of Southern Methodist University. (Deceased 2005)

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Lucille MacPherson

Lucille MacPherson

1974
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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An active and enthusiastic person, Lucille MacPherson devoted a lifetime of involvement to many educational, civic and humanitarian organizations. Among them, the Mother's Club, Detroit Country Day School, and Mother's Club of Bloomfield Hills Academy, member, Board of Trustees, Bloomfield Hills Academy, secretary, Project Hope; project evaluation chairman, the TB and Health Society; member Detroit Symphony Orchestra; member, Founders Society, the Detroit Institute of Arts; member, the Village Women's Club; historian, Cranbrook Branch, W.U.F. and G.A.; associated member, Fort Pontchartrain Chapter, D.A.R.; active member, Piety Hill Chapter, D.A.R.; member, Booster Club, St. Joseph Hospital; member, Detroit chapter of the Northwood National Women's Board and member of the Executive Committee of the National Women's Board, Northwood University. Mrs. MacPherson's late husband, Earle, was an auto industry leader, and invented the "MacPherson strut" among many other automotive innovations. They were the parents of one daughter, Sandra. (Deceased 1990)

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Margaret (Magee) Hurt

Margaret (Magee) Hurt

1974
Houston, Texas

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Mrs. Harry Alderhoff Hurt was born in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence R. Bitting, Jr. After attending private schools in New York City and Palm Beach, Mrs. Hurt graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Connecticut. She also attended Finch Junior College, Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart and the University of Houston. Active and totally involved in her community, Magee Hurt contributed unselfishly of her time and considerable talents to many civic, humanitarian and cultural activities. Among them: the Junior League of Houston, the River Oaks Garden Club, past board member of the Camp Fire Girls, den mother for the Boy Scouts of America, ticket chairman of the Junior League Ball, the advisory board of the Museum of Fine Arts, chairman of the first Bob Hope benefit for St. Joseph Hospital, board member, St. Joseph Hospital and the Women's Public Relations Council and past co-chairman of the Houston chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board. (Deceased 1993)

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Jane Fortune

Jane Fortune

1974
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Jane Hennessy Fortune is the wife of William L. Fortune, former national board member of Northwood. She was born in San Francisco and is a journalism graduate of Northwestern University. Jane Fortune has been involved in the civic and cultural life in Indianapolis, including memberships in Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Women's Group of the Indianapolis Symphony, Garden Club of America and the Dramatic Club. She has held board memberships in the Indianapolis Junior League, Christamore Aid Society, Indianapolis chapter of Northwood Library League, Indianapolis Northwood Women's Board and the Indianapolis Garden Club. Mrs. Fortune is currently active in the Nature Conservancy and Hoosier Environmental Council. She was one of the founders of Camp Delafield, a summer camp for dyslexic children. Mr. and Mrs. Fortune have four children, one of whom, Richard H. Fortune, is an alumnus of Northwood. They also have eight grandchildren. Mrs. Fortune recently expressed her enthusiasm and pride in Northwood's progress and growth, especially the accreditation to university level and development of various areas for new campuses. (Deceased, 2010)

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Vera K. Ford

Vera K. Ford

1974
Brownwood & Dallas, Texas

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A graduate of many executive training programs in management, real estate, advertising, public relations and interior decorating, Vera Ford is convinced that education is for everyone and that the need for learning and growing intellectually exists in everyone, no matter how young or old. Mrs. Ford spent two years studying law before she began her highly successful career in the world of business. Her professional positions have included public relations activities for Tanglewood Yacht and Country Club on Lake Texoma and the management of a number of luxury apartment complexes. Her life has been busy, active and sometimes hectic. But Vera Ford always made time for many civic activities including The Dallas Civic Opera Guild, TACA, The Dallas Council on World Affairs, The National Home Fashions League (now IFDA) and the Dallas Library League. She is a long-time Northwood Dallas Women's Board member. A dedicated friend and supporter of Northwood, Mrs. Ford says, "I believe in the philosophy of the school and I enjoy being a part of its promotion. I am extremely interested in education because I think it is our 'salvation' not only for individuals but for the success of our industries and for the country as a whole. I have great admiration and respect for Northwood's founders and for the many people over the country who work in any capacity toward its success." (Deceased 2000)

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Esther Dorothy

Esther Dorothy

1974
New York City

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Esther Dorothy was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and emigrated to the United States at the age of seven. Educated in Boston, she began her career in fashion and as a furrier soon thereafter. A unique woman, Esther Dorothy distinguished herself numerous times and won many awards for her outstanding contributions and accomplishments. A few of these prestigious honors were: the W.A.B.D. Certificate of Merit for Distinguished Achievements in the Art of Television, The March of Dimes Certificate of Appreciation Award, The American Fashion Critics Award for her creative contribution to the field of American fashion, awards from the Chinchilla National Breeders of America in recognition of her pioneering efforts with chinchilla, awards for her introduction of the first white mink in the world and her development of original designs and fashions. Extremely active in her business, she found time to devote her leadership talents to Northwood in order to help the college advance and grow. Esther Dorothy was an outstanding individual who believed totally in the American way of life and in each person's ability to achieve personal success through dedication, hard work and desire. (Deceased 1977)

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June E. Braun

June E. Braun

1974
Saginaw, Michigan

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Motivated, concerned and highly civic-minded, June Braun has given freely of herself in leadership roles with many community and national organizations such as the Women's National Farm and Garden Association on a local, district and national level, past president and now member of the board of advisors for the Norman Westlund Child Guidance Clinic, the Saginaw chapter of the Northwood National Women's Board, the Saginaw chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, past president of the Assistance League, the Saginaw Branch of American Association of University Women, the Saginaw General Hospital Auxiliary, past member of the Board of Trustees of Saginaw General Hospital and a member of the P.E.O., chapter AS. Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Braun have four children, all of whom graduated from Albion College. David and James are also graduates of the University of Michigan, and Patricia (Mrs. Robert Schust) and Kathryn have earned degrees from Michigan State University. June and Elmer both have been actively involved in the promotion of the Northwood Idea and have devoted great amounts of time and energy to the University. A lifelong resident of Michigan, Mrs. Braun is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University. (Deceased 2001)

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1973 Distinguished Women Honorees

Marie Uihlein

Marie Uihlein

1973
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Marie Uihlein is past chairman of the board of Milwaukee Children's Hospital, secretary of the Medical Center Council of Southeastern Wisconsin, board member, the American Cancer Society, Milwaukee division, Trustee, Ripon College, Trustee, Alverno College, corporation member, Columbia Hospital, past president, Antiquarian Society, board member, Performing Arts Center, past president, Collectors' Corner, Milwaukee Art Museum and past president, Green Tree Garden Club. A dedicated person, Marie Uihlein is also past president of Lakeside Children's Center, former secretary and board member of United Community Services, former chairman for United Fund, past vice-chairman for the Mental Health Planning Committee, former board member of the Children's Day Care Center, former trustee of Milwaukee Downer Seminary and University School and former Trustee, Medical College of Wisconsin. In 1969, Mrs. Uihlein was the recipient of the William C. Frye Community Service Award. She has also been honored with the prestigious Pro Urbe Award from Mount Mary College for dedication and meritorious contributions to the field of education. Marie Zarwell Uihlein was the wife of the late Erwin C. Uihlein, former Chairman of the Board for the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company. The Uihleins have two children. (Deceased, 2006)

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Jean Thomas

Jean Thomas

1973
Carmel Valley, California

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Jean Thomas was born in San Antonio, Texas, the daughter of John H. and Edna Capen Lapham. She was an honor graduate of Smith College. Married to C. Mark Thomas, founder and former owner of the Mark Thomas Inn in Monterey, California, Jean Thomas was a dynamic businesswoman who successfully brought creativity into the world of commerce. After helping her husband develop his highly successful enterprise, Jean began her own business career, first as owner of a gift shop, then as owner of Cannery Row Needle Point and Crewel and finally, as a partner in Adam's Gallery. In 1968, she was named Woman of the Year by the Monterey Business and Professional Women's Association. She was a member of the Monterey County Grand Jury, the Monterey County Welfare Commission, the League of Women Voters, the Junior League of Monterey County and the California Women's Board of Northwood, board member and residential chairman for Community Chest, board member for the U.S.O., the Arts Coordinating Council, Community Foundation of Monterey County, member of the Board of Trustees of Monterey Peninsula College and trustee of the Monterey Institute of International Studies. The mother of four children and grandmother of several grandchildren, Jean had a strong belief in education. (Deceased 1992)

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Dr. Mary M. Tarzian

Dr. Mary M. Tarzian

1973
Palm Beach, Florida

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Mary Tarzian was president of the Young Women's Christian Association and graduated first in her class at the University of Pennsylvania. She was also president of the National Student Council and the American representative to the International Student Council. She holds a master's degree in political science and a doctorate in international relations. She was founder of the Eisenhower Memorial Foundation and co-founder, with her husband Dr. Sarkes Tarzian, of Sarkes Tarzian Enterprises. The Tarzians have two children. Among Dr. Tarzian's numerous awards and honors are the Kensington High School Alumnae Award for Outstanding Achievement and an honorary L.L.D. from Tri-State College, where she was the first woman in the school's one hundred year history to deliver the commencement address. The University of La Verne bestowed an honorary doctorate in 1982-1983. Dr. Mary M. Tarzian was an extraordinary woman, scholar and humanitarian. She stated: "The development of the United States from a backward country to a great nation is due in large measure to those pioneers who had the courage to venture out on paths and projects untried by others, to pit their strength and wits against the elements of their competitors. I salute Northwood, admire it and support it because it upholds these values. Indeed, Northwood is playing a vital role by passing them on to future generations." (Deceased 1998)

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Dr. Rosina Tamassy

Dr. Rosina Tamassy

1973
Rome, Italy

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Born in Budapest, Hungary, Rosina Tamassy has devoted her life to the arts. She is an internationally acknowledged expert on art history and her lectures have fostered an understanding and appreciation of the beauty of the art treasures of the world in students here and abroad. Dr. Tamassy also has assisted many American travelers to Italy and western Europe by helping them to better understand and appreciate the magnificent art to be seen and enjoyed throughout Europe. Wife of the late famed sculptor Giulio de Tamassy (who created and designed the Distinguished Women's Award medal), Rosina Tamassy has been of invaluable aid to Northwood through her leadership and guidance in the development of the Northwood Art Collection. The Tamassy Collection of Master Drawings is one of the gems of the Collection and was a gift of the Tamassys to the University. A warm and personable lady and a teacher of the highest caliber, Rosina Tamassy has used her knowledge and understanding of the arts to further the educational development of her enthusiastic students. Northwood is grateful and honored to have had Dr. Tamassy on its Midland campus many times over the years. Dr. Tamassy makes her home in Rome when not traveling professionally. The Tamassys had one son. (Deceased 2003)

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Dorothy Sohrweide

Dorothy Sohrweide

1973
Dallas, Texas

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Dorothy Weber Sohrweide was co-founder and partner with her husband, John, in one of the most successful restaurant operations in the country, Southern Hospitalities, Incorporated. Mrs. Sohrweide's activities included: membership on Northwood's National Women's Board and the University of Wisconsin Alumni Board, past president of Opt-Mrs. of Dallas, work with President Eisenhower's Council for Better Schools, Garden Gate Garden Club, past president, Reviewers' Book Club, member, Mayor's Action Committee for Goals for Dallas, fund-raising for Muscular Dystrophy, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and Dallas Heart Association, member, Crippled Children's Camp Auxiliary, Denton State School for Exceptional Children Auxiliary, Sunshine Home Auxiliary and the National Restaurant Association. In addition, Dorothy was First Lady of the Texas Restaurant Association, president, Women's Auxiliary to the Dallas Restaurant Association and received the Freedom Award from the Freedom Foundation as well as the 100 Hour Award from Denton State School. She co-chaired the Northwood Texas FAD Auction and was named Texas's Outstanding Lady of Food Service for 1977. She and her husband were devoted early supporters of Northwood – founding many innovative student and support programs for the hospitality curriculum. (Deceased 1991)

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Mardi Schma

Mardi Schma

1973
Dallas, Texas

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Mardi Schma was born in Stockton, California, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Cohen. She attended college at the University of California. Active and highly dedicated to numerous civic and humanitarian activities, she is also the mother of six children. Mardi has been a member of the Symphony Society in Pebble Beach, California, the Pebble Beach Youth Science Center and served on boards of cultural and philanthropic organizations in the Monterey, California area. An accomplished business woman in Dallas, where she now resides, she is a sustaining member of the Junior League. Mardi is well-known as the founder and owner of The City Café, The City Café To Go (a gourmet take-out) and the Slider and Blues, all popular restaurants in North Dallas.

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Hope Skillman Schary

Hope Skillman Schary

1973
New York City

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Hope Skillman Schary served two terms as the president of the National Council of Women of the United States. A woman of immense energy and talent, Hope Schary began her career as editor of Fine Arts magazine and Parnassus. She founded Skillmill, Inc., a cotton fabric manufacturing and textile firm, thus becoming the only woman cotton fabric converter in the United States. A graduate of Goucher College, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and the Goucher College Club. With her husband, the noted artist Saul Schary, she maintained a landmark federal house in Greenwich Village, New York and a country home in New Milford, Connecticut. Hope Schary served on the advisory council of The Fashion Group, of which she was president from 1958-1960, as first vice president of the International Council of Women, on the board of the National Center for Voluntary Action and on the board of the Coalition of National Volunteer Organizations (CONVO). She was also a member of the Cosmopolitan Club and the Inner Circle in New York City. In recognition of her efforts within the textile industry, she was made an Honorary Citizen of New Orleans and Dallas. She also was the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award in 1972 from five separate service clubs. (Deceased 1981)

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Betty Mitchell

Betty Mitchell

1973
Charlotte, Michigan

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Mrs. J. Ernest Mitchell attended the University of Denver and the University of Michigan and is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and Alpha Sigma Chi honorary chemical society. Betty Mitchell has served as chairman of the volunteer services for the American Red Cross, has been active in the Midland, Michigan Hospital Auxiliary and is past president of Alpha Guild of St. John's Episcopal Church and Zoe Club. She was formerly a member of the Midland Art Council and the Symphony League and was League chairman for the Fall House Walk. Betty has served Northwood's Town & Campus chapter of the National Women's Board as a charter member and past chairman of the Executive Board. She was chairman of the Library League of Michigan and served as founding chairman of the Northwood Gallery. Mrs. Mitchell has served as hostess for many Northwood celebrity guest speakers. In 1971, Betty received the Northwood Town & Campus Silver Circle Service Award. Betty and her husband, Mitch, have two children (Deceased 2003)

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Helen Kretschmer Meyer

Helen Kretschmer Meyer

1973
Saginaw, Michigan & Stuart, Florida

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For many years, Helen Kretschmer Meyer directed the public relations activities for Kretschmer Wheat Germ Corporation, of which her late husband, Charles H. Kretschmer, Jr., was founder and president. She later was named secretary and vice president of the corporation. During and since that time Helen has contributed freely of her time and talents to children's hospital work. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Children's Free Ward at St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw and a member of the Northwood National Women's Board, Saginaw chapter. Her other memberships have included the Women's National Farm and Garden Association, the Saginaw Club, the League of Catholic Women, the Saginaw Art Museum, associate member of the Ambassador Club in Stuart, Florida, the Saginaw Choral Society and the Saginaw Historical Society. Helen has three daughters. On September 4, 1990 she married Robert R. Meyer. He was vice president of engineering for Monroe Auto Equipment Company, which was founded by his father and is now a subsidiary of Tenneco Corporation. "I first became familiar with Northwood through a friend who told me of the variety of subjects that Northwood offered. It has always been my contention that being able to specialize in one field was more important than knowing a little about many subjects," says Mrs. Meyer, in explaining her support of and interest in the school. (Deceased, 2005)

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Dr. Virginia Linthicum

Dr. Virginia Linthicum

1973
Dallas, Texas & La Jolla, California

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Virginia Long Linthicum was born and raised in Texas. Her early interest in the arts led to study at the Kidd Key Sherman Art Studios and at East Texas University. A member of Northwood's National Women's Board, Dallas chapter, Virginia Linthicum also was a member of the board of the Dallas Society of Crippled Children, which she served through the Special Gifts Committee for over twenty years. Mrs. Linthicum's other involvements include membership on the National Board of Regents for the Kenmore Association, serving as an officer and board member of the Dallas Civic Opera and the Dallas Art Museum and TACA. She also was president of the Dallas chapter of Friends of Venice, a member of the board of the Girls Club of Dallas and a member of the Brook Hollow Golf Club, the Yacht Club in Acapulco, Mexico, La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in California and Le Cercle in Deauville, France. Mrs. Edward Bruce Linthicum said, "I believe that personal happiness and the welfare of society can best be achieved when individuals are prepared to work in careers to which their native talents incline. In a society which provides so much leisure time, such preparation enables the individual to pursue activities of this basic inclination with skill and self-approval. I believe Northwood meets this challenge of modern society." (Deceased 1996)

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Dr. Mary W. John

Dr. Mary W. John

1973
Dallas, Texas & New York City

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As a theatre producer and educator, Dr. Mary John produced four off-Broadway shows and founded the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre and its school of professional arts. She graduated from Northwestern University's School of Speech and received her Ph.D. from New York University. Dr. John has served on the board of directors for the Junior League Childrens Arts Program in Milwaukee, as a founding member and board member for the Wisconsin Arts Foundation and Council, as vice president of the Dallas Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development, as liaison vice president of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Theatre Arts, board member of the Dallas Arts District Friends, board member of the Women's Center of Dallas, vice president, Program, Young Audiences, chair of the Spear Arts Education Trust and vice president, Texas, and National Director, Arts Programs for Northwood University. She also helped Northwood win the coveted City of Dallas Obelisk Award. She has received numerous awards for her civic and humanitarian activities, including the Modern Spirit Award from the Milwaukee Newspaper Guild and the Community Service Award from Theta Sigma Phi in Milwaukee. She is a member of Theta Sigma Phi for Professional Women in Journalism, Alpha Kappa Delta, a Sociology Honor Society and Zeta Phi Eta, a professional speech society. In October of 1999, she received Northwood's own Achievement in the Arts Award. Dr. John was director of the Ballard School of Continuing Education in New York City and taught at New York University, the University of Denver and the University of Rhode Island. She has also been an educational consultant for the federal government. Mary makes her home in New York and serves on the boards of the National Music Theatre Network and the Abington Theatre Company.

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Wanda Shelton Farmer

Wanda Shelton Farmer

1973
Rochester Hills, Michigan & Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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Well-known for her civic and philanthropic activities, Wanda Farmer has contributed her talents as chairman of the Northwood Detroit FAD Auction, was awarded the Order of the Rose by Beta Sigma Phi and has chaired numerous benefits for Rochester's Crittendon Hospital. She is a member of the Detroit and Ft. Lauderdale chapter of the Northwood National Women's Board. Wanda has three children, Russell M., Brenda (Mrs. Bruce Milnes) and Jill (Mrs. Jill Sattler). Russell and Jill attended Northwood. In Florida, she has been active as statewide chair of Northwood's Florida National Women's Board chapter and as a participant in the University's Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach campus events and programs. Wanda says, "My interest in Northwood began when my son expressed his desire to enroll there. I investigated the school and found its ideas, philosophies and goals (preparing students to be productive in the world of work) the same as mine. Thus my pledge to myself to do all in my power to help Northwood." And so she has!

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Patricia Dixon

Patricia Dixon

1973
Houston, Texas

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Mrs. Frank Aloysius Dixon, Jr. was born in Oklahoma City, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Riley. Patricia's father was born in Oklahoma when it was still a territory. A lifetime member of the 89ers Association, Mr. Riley served on the Executive Committee of the association for many years. After graduation from Marymount Academy, Tarrytown, New York, Patricia Dixon attended Marymount College and graduated from Marymount Junior College in Bel Air, California. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta while studying at the University of Oklahoma and, after earning a degree in history at O.U., attended Spanish language school in Saltillo, Mexico and the University of Madrid in Spain. Patricia Dixon has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera National Council in New York City. In addition, she has been an active member of the Northwood National Women's Board, Houston chapter. She has served on the Executive Committee of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and as an advisory Trustee. (Deceased 2000)

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Countess Maria Teresa Ceschi a Santa Croce

Countess Maria Teresa Ceschi a Santa Croce

1973
Vicenza, Italy

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Countess Maria Teresa Ceschi a Santa Croce's artistic interests and humanitarian endeavors have contributed greatly to international understanding. She has received acclaim for her English translation of the biography of Andrea Palladio. Considered the most authoritative book on the architect, her translated version is highly regarded by scholars and architects. Her lectures in English to students at Nottingham University in Italy have benefited their understanding of the English language and western world. A person interested in humanity, she worked very closely with the American armed forces stationed in Vicenza, was executive of the Italian Red Cross and has contributed her many talents to civic and cultural endeavors throughout the world. Her interests in the arts, theater and in children are apparent in her activities as an organizer and writer of children's plays. She has also played numerous leading roles in the theater at Vicenza. Countess Ceschi is enthused about Northwood because of the educational exchange programs which make is possible for many Italian university students to complete their training in business management, advertising, finance and the arts while, at the same time, gaining a deeper knowledge of the American way of life and work.

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Helen Buchanan

Helen Buchanan

1973
Franklin, Michigan

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A graduate of Wayne State University's College of Education, Helen Buchanan taught school in the Detroit Public Schools and worked with handicapped persons for more than a decade. The wife of attorney G. Cameron Buchanan, a former president of the Detroit College of Law, Helen spent much of her time and talents fulfilling the many social and civic responsibilities her position as First Lady of the school demanded. Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan were the parents of two children. A woman who totally believed in "getting involved," Mrs. Buchanan was a member of the Women's National Farm and Garden Association, the Rosedale Progressive Club, the Bushnell Discussion Group, the Lawyers' Wives of Michigan, the Oakland County Bar Association Auxiliary, the Birmingham Country Club, the Detroit Athletic Club, the Detroit Club and the Michigan Federation of China Painters. (Deceased1988)

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1972 Distinguished Women Honorees

Lucille M. Whitston

Lucille M. Whitston

1972
Pasadena, California & Salem, Oregon

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Mrs. C. Wilson Whitston's interests are broad indeed, yet her allegiance focuses on those concepts which bear on the quality of society. Valedictorian of her high school class, Lucille Whitston earned her B.A. at the University of Southern California with a sociology major. For her master's thesis at U.S.C. she chose the field of guidance. Lucille also holds a General Secondary Teaching Credential. She was appointed Assistant Coordinator of the Foreign Administrator's Program at U.S.C., served as president of the Pasadena chapter of the American Association of University Women and directed more than one thousand workers in a Community Chest Geographic Unit. One of the most enjoyable and rewarding of her experiences was that of docent for the greater Los Angeles Zoo Association. This required sixteen weeks of taxonomy seminars prior to conducting children's tours through the zoo. Other activities have included the California Library League of Northwood, the Altadena Women's Circle, P.E.O. chapter F.O., Tuesday Musicale, Flintridge Thursday Club, the Forth Planters, the Northwood National Women's Board, Daughters of the American Revolution and Friends of the Huntington Library. She holds lifetime memberships in Pi Lambda Theta and Phi Delta Gamma. The Whitstons made a gift to Northwood of a ceremonial silver mace, designed by Mrs. Whitston, which has been carried by the Marshall at every commencement of the University for over thirty years.

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Dame Freya Stark, O.B.E.

Dame Freya Stark, O.B.E.

1972
Treviso, Italy

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Dame Freya Stark was working on her degree in literature at London University when World War I erupted and she turned to nursing. Soon after the war she began her studies in Arabic at the School of Oriental Studies in London. This work led to extensive travel in the Middle East, enabling her to become fluent in Persian, Russian and Turkish. During World War II, she was asked by the British government to help hold the Arab world to the Allied cause. Dame Freya conceived a Brotherhood of Freedom organization to educate and prepare the Arab world for its imminent freedom. The Nazi world reacted with massive propaganda to woo the Arabs to its side. Frequently under enemy fire, she traveled through the Arab world during the war and won thousands to the Allied cause. In 1947, Miss Stark married Steward Henry Perowne of the British Foreign Service, also an expert in Middle and Near Eastern affairs. After the war, she authored twenty volumes which are considered monumental in their field. She was ranked with the legendary Charles M. Doughty and T.E. Lawrence as the great western authorities on the Mid-East. In recognition of her accomplishments, Freya Stark was honored by Her Majesty the Queen with the order of Dame of the British Empire. (Deceased 1993)

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Mildred Short

Mildred Short

1972
Midland, Michigan

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Mildred Short will always be known as "Mrs. Northwood" because she set the finest example of complete devotion and dedication to the success of the school. She assisted Drs. Arthur E. Turner and R. Gary Stauffer and helped found Northwood, sharing their work, tribulation and faith. Mrs. Lawrence H. Short came to Northwood with administrative and secretarial experience with several businesses. She became oriented to the education world and quickly adapted to meet the requirements of her job in the early years of Northwood's history. In spite of her devotion and no-limit hours on the job, she also advanced a number of other worthwhile causes. She found particular pleasure in her memberships in the Midland chapter of the Business and Professional Women's Club, the Chippewa chapter of the Professional Secretaries International, St. Brigid's Altar Society, the Midland Coterie Club and Northwood's National Women's Board, National Library League and Town & Campus organizations. Mildred was the mother of two daughters. She retired in 1984 after twenty-five years with the University and resided for many years at Midland's Riverside Place. (Deceased 1994)

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Henrietta L. (Stearns) McInally

Henrietta L. (Stearns) McInally

1972
Grosse Pointe, Michigan

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Henrietta McInally committed herself to worthwhile civic and humanitarian causes and became one of the most sought-after women whenever there was a challenge to be met. Mrs. McInally has held presidencies and chairmanships of many organizations in Saginaw, Michigan, including the YWCA board of directors, the Presbyterian Church Women's Board and First Circle, King's Daughters. Henrietta was vice president of Northwood's Michigan Women's Board, co-chairman of the first Saginaw FAD, co-chairman for admissions, Saginaw Home for the Aged, sewing chairman and president, the Assistance League, president of People to People chapter and co-chairman of raising funds for the Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House in Saginaw. She has been a key member of the Saginaw Community Chest, P.E.O. chapter A.H., Republican Club, Saginaw General Hospital Auxiliary and The Saginaw Club. Her late husband, R. Dewey Stearns, a long-time member of the Northwood Board of Trustees, took active roles in the molding of Northwood's basic character. A scholarship bears his name. Henrietta was married to Detroit attorney Leroy B. McInally in March, 1988 and is now a supportive member of the Detroit chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board and a member of the Colony Town Club. (Deceased 2004)

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Gwendolyn E. Maywood

Gwendolyn E. Maywood

1972
Sun City Center, Florida & Bay View and Midland, Michigan

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Mrs. Charles Ames Maywood was Academic Counselor and the Assistant to the Dean of Students at Northwood in its very early years and in these capacities gave priceless motivation and guidance to hundreds of students. Gwendolyn Maywood brought to Northwood her experience as an instructor in social science at Jennings Seminary and as instructor in social science and Dean of Students at Saginaw (MI) High School. After taking her B.A. at Albion College, Gwendolyn continued her education, earning her M.A. at the University of Michigan and doing graduate work at the University of Chicago. As she progressed, many honors and awards were earned. Among those were the Woman of the Year, Saginaw Quota Club, the Town & Campus Silver Circle Service Award and her listings in Marquis Who's Who in the Mid-West 1972-73. She was president and chairman of the board of the Bay View Women's Council in northern Michigan and active in the Dorcas Group of the United Community Church. In spite of the pace of her vocational activity, Mrs. Maywood advanced the causes of many fine organizations. Among her varied interests were Altrusa International, United Methodist Church, Order of the Eastern Star, Big Sisters, Saginaw First Ward Community Center, YWCA, St. Mary's Nursing School, Northwood's National Library League and the Orange Blossom chapter of Questers. She and her husband, Ames, never lost their enthusiasm for, nor interest in, Northwood students. (Deceased 1994)

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Jane N. Lanphar

Jane N. Lanphar

1972
Farmington, Michigan

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Jane Lanphar was well known in Detroit for her many activities and shared her enthusiasm for Northwood with her husband, William L. Lanphar, a Trustee Emeritus of the University. Jane and her husband had three children, one of whom, Dyke, graduated from Northwood University. Jane Lanphar was completely "sold" on the values of a good education. In high school, she was a National Honor Society student and class salutatorian. With keen interest, she pursued her college specialty in textiles and clothing, earning a B.S. and M.A. at Michigan State University. During college, she furthered her studies by becoming a laboratory assistant in textile chemistry. The Lanphars shared an interest in antiques and traveled extensively. Mr. Lanphar served as chair of the Northwood University Board of Trustees Finance Committee for many years. (Deceased 1996)

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Ann H. Kidd

Ann H. Kidd

1972
Dallas, Texas

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Ann Hughes Kidd was born in Woodford County, Kentucky. She attended school at Friends' Select, Pennsylvania and in Munich, Germany. Later, she pursued studies of art in Italy and in Switzerland with Wald House Films-Suiss. Her art interests led to an involvement with the fashion industry, culminating in a position with Lord and Taylor in New York. Interior decorating and designing were also among her vocations and avocations. Her late husband, Barron Kidd, was a native Texan. They had one son. A scholarship named for Barron and Ann Kidd enabled students to attend the annual Northwood/IASTA Musical Theatre Studio, a special interest of Mr. and Mrs. Kidd. During the World War II years, Ann Kidd served with the Navy League, receiving honors for her assistance and efforts on behalf of that organization. She was a member of the National Board of the YWCA, the Northwood National Women's Board, the Texas Women's Committee, the Contemporary Arts Committee and the World Service Council. Her interests in the arts were reflected in her active support of the development of the Northwood Contemporary Arts Program, particularly on the Cedar Hill, Texas campus. (Deceased 1993)

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Mary Elizabeth Hart

Mary Elizabeth Hart

1972
Dallas, Texas

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Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Hart is a well-known sculptor who has won numerous awards and citations for her work in juried exhibitions across the country. Mrs. Hart has shown her work in New York City, Washington, DC and other centers of the fine arts. In 1988, she completed two six-foot figures for the Texas Walk, Sea World of Texas, San Antonio. She has works in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian, and has completed six bronzes for the executive offices of the national Boy Scout headquarters; an over life-size bronze for the rotunda of A. Webb Roberts Hospital, Baylor University; and a bronze of the director, National Greek Theater, Athens, Greece. Awards include the Gold Medal of Honor, Hudson Valley 40th Annual National Exhibit in New York City, Best of Show, Texas Fine Arts Association and the Four Man Show Award, University of Texas. Her interests have led her to the board of the Dallas Theater Centre, coordination of all printed material for TACA, membership on Northwood's Women's Board, the advisory board of the National Sculpture Center, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, the Art Museum League and the Museum of Fine Arts. She and her husband, the late Dr. James Hart, were civic leaders in Dallas and Northwood supporters for many years. Mrs. Hart continues their attachment to the college. (Deceased, 2008)

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Louise G. Hadler

Louise G. Hadler

1972
Midland, Michigan

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Louise Hadler worked for members of the Dow family in various positions of high trust and confidence for more than forty-eight years. Fresh from school, she entered the sales department of The Dow Chemical Company. Her unusual abilities were soon recognized and she was transferred to the office of the late Dr. Willard H. Dow, then Assistant General Manager, on the death of his father, company founder Herbert H. Dow. She was later employed by Mr. and Mrs. Alden B. Dow and by the late Grace A. Dow in positions of responsibility. Through her capable hands passed the details of hundreds of key decisions, decisions which she guarded, influenced and implemented. Though Louise Hadler made her mark in the Midland community with minimum fanfare, she was a tireless worker on PTA boards, for the American Red Cross, the Women's Association of Memorial Presbyterian Church, King's Daughters Home board and as a member of the Culver Mother's Club. She attached particular importance to her work as Deacon, Memorial Presbyterian Church and her membership in Northwood's Town & Campus chapter of the National Women's Board. (Deceased 1979)

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Vera A. Griswold

Vera A. Griswold

1972
Midland, Michigan

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Mrs. Thomas Griswold, Jr. shared a full life with her late husband, their family of six children, her church and her community in a balance that brought both happiness and achievement. Thomas Griswold, Jr. was the second man Herbert Dow hired in the formation of The Dow Chemical Company and his manifold contributions to the success of this chemical giant are a matter of admirable record. Vera went from schooling right into the business world where she was impressed with the values of the free enterprise system. She was employed at The Dow Chemical Company where she met Tom Griswold. Through the years, Vera and Tom committed themselves to the American system of values. Her association with Northwood included membership on the Executive Committee of the Town & Campus chapter of the National Women's Board. Other interests included: Girl Scouts, the Family Service Agency, the Twentieth Century Club and the Midland Symphony (honorary board member). She was also a devoted supporter of the King's Daughters. Her concern for education in her community found its consummation in the Griswold Communications Center on the Midland campus of Northwood which she built in memory of her husband. With Alden B. Dow as architect, this unique structural concept heralded a whole new era of communication in business training. Mrs. Griswold's daughter, Cathy, with her husband, the Reverend William Tate Elliott, continue Vera's legacy of support and involvement with the college. (Deceased 1982)

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Dr. Dorothy E. Gregg

Dr. Dorothy E. Gregg

1972
New York City

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Dr. Dorothy Gregg was senior consultant of Research and Forecasts, Inc. and to the Ruder, Finn and Rotman public relations firm. She was Vice President-Communications of Celanese Corporation for eight years. Prior to joining Celanese, she was Assistant to the Director of Public Relations at U.S. Steel Corporation, a pioneering position she held for sixteen years. Dr. Gregg has been an assistant professor in Columbia University's Economics department and on the faculty of Barnard College, The New School for Social Research, Pace College and the University of Texas. Dr. Gregg was a member of CEPAK (advisory group to the superintendent at the US Military Academy at West Point), the West Point Society of New York, the board of governors of the International Women's Forum and the New York Women's Forum. She was a member of the board and vice president of WREI (Women's Research & Education Institute), U.S. Woman's Congressional Caucus, a former president of WICI (Women in Communication) and secretary and on the board of WNYC-TV. Dr. Gregg received the American Advertising Federation's National Advertising Woman of the Year Award in 1968. She served as president of the New York chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and treasurer of the National Council of Women of the United States. A graduate of the University of Texas with BA and MA degrees in economics, Dr. Gregg earned her Ph.D. in the same discipline from Columbia University. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Gregg and her husband, Dr. Paul Hughling Scott, had two children. (Deceased 1997)

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Dr. Cecil Amelia Blaffer Furstenberg

Dr. Cecil Amelia Blaffer Furstenberg

1972
Monte Carlo, Monaco & Neuilly Sur Seine, France & New York City

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Cecil Blaffer Furstenberg's early interest in the arts led to involvement with galleries of great distinction and is reflected in the magnificent works which she has collected and evolved into one of the major private art collections. A Houston, Texas native, Dr. Furstenberg spends a major portion of her time furthering the work of her mother's foundation, the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, which organizes important art exhibitions to travel the state of Texas and elsewhere for the public's enjoyment. She was instrumental in mounting major exhibitions for Northwood University in Houston and Dallas as well. Cecil (Titi) Furstenberg is a member of Northwood's National Women's Board. She is also a founding member of its National Art Collection Committee, a group of lay experts and art professionals who supervised the selection and cataloging of paintings and art objects which have become a permanent Northwood Collection. The Collection is an extension of Northwood's arts and business integration commitment. A citizen of the world, noted hostess and generous supporter of students, education and international causes, Titi Furstenberg received an honorary degree from Northwood University in 1992. She was married to the late Tassilo von Furstenberg and she has two sons. (Deceased 2006)

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Clara Hantel Brucker

Clara Hantel Brucker

1972
Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

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After attending Drexel Institute, Columbia University, Hunter College and the University of Michigan, Clara Brucker was employed by E.I. du Pont, Wilmington, Delaware and by General Motors in Detroit and New York, working in the Management Statistical Department. She became an active assistant to her late husband, Wilber M. Brucker, during his career as Prosecuting Attorney in Saginaw, Michigan, Attorney General of Michigan, Governor of the State of Michigan, General Counsel of the Department of Defense and Secretary of the Army. Clara Brucker's acquaintance with world figures from many nations made her expert in government and protocol. Founder, in 1939, of the School of Government, Detroit, she was its educational director for more than twenty-five years and served as program coordinator and member of the board. The Mock Conventions and May Day Luncheons she instituted in Detroit have won national acclaim. Mrs. Brucker was a fascinating speaker and writer. In 1968, her book, "To Have Your Cake and Eat It", won favorable reviews. After serving thirty-eight years on the board of Children's Aid of Detroit, Mrs. Brucker became an honorary member of the board. For years she supported a youthful Northwood by annual, personal benefits she held to assist the growth of the campuses. (Deceased 1980)

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Dr. Mary Jane Bostick

Dr. Mary Jane Bostick

1972
Bingham Farms, Michigan

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Mary Jane Bostick, a native of Detroit, is professor emeritus of Wayne State University's College of Liberal Arts, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, where she developed the Consumer Affairs program. She was the District Consumer Consultant for the Food and Drug Administration and received its Commendation for Outstanding Consumers Programs. She has served as an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau of Eastern Michigan. Mrs. Bostick is a former National Chairman of Northwood's National Women's Board, and she served as a trustee of Bloomfield University School and of Northwood University, where she represented the Women's Board and served on the Academic Committee. She is a member of the Wayne State Fund, an Understudy for the Hillberry Theatre of Wayne State and a member of the Cranbrook Museum's Women's Committee. She also has served Northwood as liaison to the president for international studies programs. In May 1988, Northwood University conferred the honorary Doctor of Humanities degree on Mrs. Bostick during the commencement ceremonies on the Michigan campus. Mrs. Bostick is married to arts administrator and artist William C. Bostick, the former secretary of the Detroit Institute of Arts. The Bosticks are enthusiastic and inveterate travelers. They have a daughter and a son.

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Phoebe Barstow

Phoebe Barstow

1972
Midland, Michigan

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For more than twenty-five years Mrs. Ormond Barstow was a member of the Midland Symphony Orchestra and won an enviable reputation as a talented cellist. She was also a member of the Mid-Michigan String Quartet. In Midland, she was a member of the Twentieth Century Club, Community Concert Society Board, Community Center Trustees Board, Community Center Operating Board, Memorial Presbyterian Church and the Midland Symphony Orchestra Board. Northwood was the beneficiary of a great deal of her time and talent. Mrs. Barstow was vice-chairman of Northwood's Michigan Women's Board, a member of the first Talent and Celebrity Series and Women's Courses Committees, chairman of the Music Appreciation Committee and was involved with such activities as FAD, the Book Buffet and artist programs. She was chairman of the 1977 National Women's Board meetings in Palm Beach. Phoebe Barstow was a graduate of Lawrence College, Appleton, Wisconsin where she was president of her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. After completing college, she taught high school English, music and dramatics. She and her husband, Ormond Barstow, a Dow Chemical Company executive, were great benefactors to the Midland community. (Deceased 1986)

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1971 Distinguished Women Honorees

Paula Ulmer

Paula Ulmer

1971
Midland, Michigan

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Paula Shaun Ulmer holds a Bachelor of Business Administration dual degree in Marketing and Management from Northwood University and a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. While living in Midland, Michigan she served on Northwood's National Women's Board and Town & Campus Executive Board and the boards of the Midland Center for the Arts, Symphony League, Symphony Orchestra Society, Art Council, Music Society, Theatre Guild, Midland Cancer Society and as a member of Women's Study Club. As a writer, she contributed features and concert critiques to area newspapers and worked as an advertising copywriter and producer of commercials for area radio and television stations. She also produced and hosted a weekly cable television and radio show in cooperation with the Midland Center for the Arts. As a performer, she was featured in numerous Theatre Guild and Music Society productions, including the starring role in “Hello Dolly.” Moving to Dallas, she worked for many years in the National Arts office for Northwood with a number of creative programs, including Musical Theatre and Studio and Arts and Business Conferences. She was a member of the Prestonwood Baptist Church and its 400-voice choir. Later, on Northwood University's Texas campus, she was the Assessment Center Coordinator in the University College and, on the adjunct faculty, taught traditional and adult students. Now back in Michigan, she currently serves as Registrar for the University College.

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Frances Tracy

Frances Tracy

1971
Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan

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Frances Tracy was a long-time resident of Grosse Pointe Farms. Her husband, Emmet E. Tracy, was president and founder of Alma Products Company. The couple has two sons and two daughters. Active throughout her life in civic and educational affairs, Frances Tracy served as vice president of the board of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, vice president of the League of Catholic Women, member of the board of the Dom Bosco Home for Boys, trustee of Grosse Pointe Academy and member of the board of Morality in Media. She was president of the Altar Society of St. Paul's Church in Grosse Pointe, of the Discalced Carmelite Auxiliary and of the Parent's Association of Sacred Heart Convent in Grosse Pointe. She also acted as an Understudy with the Hillberry Theatre. Mrs. Tracy was a member of Northwood's National Women's Board and was chairman of the Detroit Women's Committee. Mr. and Mrs. Tracy graciously served as hosts during the first Distinguished Women's Award celebration in Detroit in 1970 and were long-time supporters of the University. (Deceased 1995)

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Dr. Harriett Cracraft Stout

Dr. Harriett Cracraft Stout

1971
Indianapolis, Indiana, Jacksonville & Amelia Island, Florida

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Mrs. William J. Stout is a fifth generation Hoosier. Her husband, Bill, was executive vice president of L.S. Ayres & Co. Mrs. Stout was educated at Indiana University, where she was a Kappa Alpha Theta and Honorary Cadet of R.O.T.C., and at Washington and Lee, which she attended as an Army captain. She has been executive director of the Indiana League of Women Voters, Fashion Coordinator at LS Ayres, in the first officer's class of the Women's Army Corps, was the first woman elected to the Indianapolis County Council and served two terms in the Indiana legislature. She was selected Outstanding Junior League member, named by Indianapolis newspapers as a Woman of the Year, and was listed in the first edition of Marquis' Who's Who of American Women. State appointments have included: State Salary Commission, Sheriff's Department, Governor's Residence Commission, and district commissioner, Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. In Indianapolis she's served the Long Range Planning Commission, Crime Commission, Juvenile Court Advisory Council, Child Guidance Clinic (charter member), Cancer Board, the Zoo, the Symphony, the Museum, as Indiana chairwoman of Women for Eisenhower for President and as campaign co-manager for several House and Senate candidates. She was the only female member of the Republican Veterans, on the Welfare Board, chaired Republican Block Captains and was Republican Vice-Committee Woman. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Northwood in 1982, is a Northwood Trustee Emeritus, and was National Chair of the Northwood National Women's Board from 1988-1990.

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Marjorie W. Sallie

Marjorie W. Sallie

1971
Birmingham, Michigan

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Marjorie Whitcomb Sallie, former Headmistress of Bloomfield Hills Academy, was born in New England. She graduated from Brown University where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. She began to teach in Foxboro, Massachusetts, her hometown, and entered independent schools. While at the Northampton School for Girls, she received her M.A. in Education. While continuing to teach, she entered into administration and was associated with schools in South Carolina, Texas, Arizona and Washington. In 1960, after thirty years in boarding schools, she became headmistress of Bloomfield Hills Academy, an affiliate of Northwood and remained there until her retirement in 1973. n 1967, she made a trip to the Holy Land and spent time with Bertha Spafford Vester who had lived in Jerusalem for over eighty years. From this visit came her interest in the Spafford Children's Home. In 1970, during a trip to Denmark, she spent time at Rebild, resulting in great interest in the Rebild Society. After her retirement, Miss Sallie continued to be active in Altrusa, the A.A.U.W., the Detroit chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the YMCA, the Needlework Guild and Friends of Interlochen. She enjoyed teaching Bible history and developing a course titled Women Who Have Influenced History. (Deceased 1986)

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Dr. Dorothy M. Ross

Dr. Dorothy M. Ross

1971
Midland, Michigan

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Dorothy Marie Ross was born in Whiteford, Maryland and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase Senior High School. She lived in Maryland and Virginia while employed in Washington, DC for the U.S. Government, American Automobile Association and Automotive Old Timers, the forerunner of the Automotive Hall of Fame, Inc. She has the rare quality of self-development management skills which enabled her to lead and guide the growth of the Automotive Hall of Fame, Inc., an international organization composed of men and women of the automotive industry. Miss Ross served as its chief administrator and operating officer from 1963-1981 and as President and CEO from 1981-1985. She has been a resident of Midland since 1971 when the Hall of Fame headquarters were established on the campus of Northwood. Miss Ross is the recipient of Automotive Hall of Fame's Distinguished Service Citation, Notable Americans Award, Dictionary of International Biography Certificate of Merit Award, Automotive Aftermarket News Automotive Leadership Spotlight Award and Northwood's Automotive Replacement Education Award. She has served in many official capacities within her church. In October, 1985, upon retirement as President and CEO of the Automotive Hall of Fame, she received the Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from Northwood and the State of Michigan's Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 415 honoring her for outstanding performance for the Hall of Fame and automotive industry. (Deceased 2003)

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Livia Papini

Livia Papini

1971
Firenze, Italy

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Signora Livia Papini was born in Budapest, Hungary. She studied in Budapest with sculptor E. Telcs', in London with Professor Whiting of the Royal Academy and the Heatherely School of Art, at the Royal Academy, in Rome with sculptor Arturo Dazzi and with Professor Roberto Papini, of the University of Florence - whom she married. She held a fellowship for three years with the Hungarian Academy of Rome. Livia Papini's works were exhibited in the Royal Academy in London and at international exhibitions in Paris, Copenhagen, Budapest, Madrid, Washington, Venice, Rio de Janiero, Milan and Florence. Her works are located throughout the world in museums, including Rome, Madrid, Budapest, Tucson and Florence and in many private collections. Livia Papini was Northwood University's first artist in residence, teaching and lecturing on the Michigan campus and surrounding communities. Her influence on the development of early arts programming and her impact on the Midland community are legendary. (Deceased 1976)

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Virginia Nick

Virginia Nick

1971
Dallas, Texas

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Virginia Nick, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Faithon P. Lucas, resided in Dallas and Molivos, Island of Lesbos, Greece. She attended Southern Methodist University where she was a member of Delta Gamma. A dynamic and tireless advocate of personal involvement, Mrs. Frank Nick spent most of her life in Christian education and worked constantly for a better understanding between Greece and the United States. Mrs. Nick's community commitments are many: she was a member of the National Women's Board of Northwood of Texas, the Northwood Contemporary Arts Advisory Committee, the Women's Boards and boards of directors of the Dallas Civic Opera, Dallas Theater Center and Dallas Symphony Orchestra League. She was a member of the board of directors of the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge, the March of Dimes, Children's Development Center and the Leukemia Society. She served on the Greater Dallas Planning Council, in the Central Business District Association, the International Trade Association and on the Texas Fine Arts Commission. Virginia Nick was a part of the Dallas Cultural Activities Committee, a president of the TACA, Inc. and on the executive board of the Girls Club and the Council on World Affairs in Dallas. She worked with foreign visitors' programs and, during Mr. Nick's lifetime, the couple sponsored twenty-three young men who came to America to be citizens. (Deceased 1998)

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Moxie Mulrooney

Moxie Mulrooney

1971
Saginaw, Michigan

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Mrs. T.J. Mulrooney taught for four years in Saginaw County rural schools, the first two years before being graduated from Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw. She later attended Central Michigan University for two summer terms. A lifelong worker with youth, she was a former State Grange Youth chairman and was a volunteer local 4-H leader for twenty-seven years. For twenty-six years, she was assistant manager of the Saginaw Fair, the largest county fair east of the Rockies, and was past president of the Michigan Association of Fairs. Mrs. Mulrooney was also a member of the board of directors of the International Affiliation of Provincial and County Fairs Association. For many years, Mrs. Mulrooney was the Michigan representative for the Regalia Manufacturing Company and supplied county fair association all over the state. One of the very earliest supporters of Northwood, Moxie Mulrooney was an inspiration and steady voice of encouragement to Northwood University co-founder Arthur E. Turner, encouragement he and co-founder and friend R. Gary Stauffer never forgot. Mr. and Mrs. Mulrooney were the parents of three daughters. (Deceased 1974)

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Martha McKenney

Martha McKenney

1971
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan & Ocean Ridge, Florida

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Martha McKenney has been active in the Junior League, The Planned Parenthood organization and the National Red Cross Blood Bank. She was honored with an award for her work on the board of the Birmingham Community House. She has served Northwood as a member of the National Women's Board and in 1968 was presented a bronze entitled “Figure Standing” in appreciation for her work on the successful “Gone With the Wind” premiere benefit. The daughter of William S. Knudsen, the late President of General Motors Corporation, Mrs. McKenney attended Miss Newman's School for Girls in Detroit and Briarcliff College. Her husband, Paul Radcliff McKenney, was a manufacturer's representative in the Detroit area before his retirement. Their sons, Thomas Karl and the late Paul William, attended Northwood and son, Richard Kurt, graduated from the college. “I believe in Northwood's philosophies and concepts of education - you know I must, because my sons have attended Northwood," said Mrs. McKenney.

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Mary Wells Lawrence

Mary Wells Lawrence

1971
New York City & Dallas, Texas

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Mary Wells Lawrence, founder and principal of Wells, Rich, Green advertising in New York City, is one of America's most successful and creative businesswomen. She attended Carnegie Institute of Technology and studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse, New York City. Her career began with McKelvey's Department Store, Youngstown, Ohio and she later worked with Macy's in New York. She was associated with several well-known advertising agencies, including McCann-Erickson, Doyle Dane Bernbach and Jack Tinker and Partners before founding her own firm. She was named to the Copywriter's Hall of Fame in 1969 and in 1970 received the Marketing Stateswoman of the Year award from the Sales Executive Club of New York. She was named one of the Ten Most Successful Women in American Business and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. Mrs. Lawrence was named Advertising Woman of the Year by the American Advertising Federation in 1971. Mrs. Lawrence also has served on the board of directors of the May Company Department Stores and on the board of the American Film Institute. Mary Wells Lawrence is the wife of Harding L. Lawrence, former chairman of the board of Braniff International Airlines. They have five children.

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Barbara Hackman Franklin

Barbara Hackman Franklin

1971
Washington, DC

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Barbara Hackman Franklin served as the 29th U.S. Secretary of Commerce and was the highest ranking woman in the Bush Administration. She achieved a major goal: increasing American exports with emphasis on market-opening initiatives in China, Russia, Japan and Mexico. Franklin is president and chief executive officer of Barbara Franklin Enterprises, a consulting and investment firm headquartered in Washington, DC. Previously, Secretary Franklin was president and chief executive officer of Franklin Associates. Considered an expert on corporate auditing and financial reporting practices, Ms. Franklin has held directorships at eight major U.S. corporations, including Aetna Life & Casualty, AMP Incorporated and The Dow Chemical Company. Barbara Franklin served five United States Presidents. She began in 1971 when President Nixon appointed her to direct the first program initiated by the White House to recruit women for high-level government positions. Her efforts tripled the number of women in those jobs. Other appointments included Alternate Representative and Public Delegate to the 44th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and serving as one of the first Commissioners of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Franklin was one of the first women graduates of the Harvard Business School.

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Kathleen Dalby

Kathleen Dalby

1971
Lubbock, Texas and Palm Beach, Florida

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Kay Dalby graduated from Holmby College for Young Ladies, Holmby Hills, California before working as a high fashion photographer's model for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and Town and Country in Beverly Hills. She was under contract to 20th Century Fox Studios as a motion picture actress, was publicity advertiser and public relations director of Conrad Hilton's Town House Hotel, was West Coast Editor for Goodman Publications, New York City, published eight motion picture and two television magazines, was technical director of the Ann Sheridan television series (which was based on Mrs. Dalby's life), was social columnist for the Los Angeles Examiner and the Los Angeles Daily Mirror and had her own television and radio shows. Mrs. Dalby was a director of the National Boys Clubs of America, a founder of the Lubbock Symphony Guild, patron of the Los Angeles Museum of Fine Arts, board member of the Dallas Symphony, board member of the Civic Opera of the Palm Beaches, patron member of the Advancement for Operatic Careers for Youth and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. She served as the third National Chair of the Northwood University National Women's Board, 1976-1978. She was listed in the Los Angeles Blue Book, Southwest Blue Book, California Social Register, World Who's Who in Industry and Commerce, Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in the South and Southwest and Builder of the Southwest. She and her husband, trucking magnate Arno Dalby, were early and enthusiastic Northwood University supporters. The Dalby Commons on the Florida campus is named in their honor. (Deceased 1978)

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Nancy Collinson

Nancy Collinson

1971
Midland, Michigan & Ft. Mill, South Carolina

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Nancy Collinson was born and raised in Michigan, where she attended high school in Jonesville and graduated as valedictorian of her class. She attended Central Michigan University, majoring in Business Administration. She later worked with the director of technical employment at The Dow Chemical Company. Nan Collinson served as secretary of the Town & Campus chapter of the National Women's Board and its executive board and she was a member of the Triskelion organization in Midland. Relocating to Indianapolis, she made a career with and retired from The Dow Chemical Company as Manager of Consumer Communications. Her Northwood activities continued in Indiana with the Taste of Indianapolis and the Indiana FAD Auction. She also served as chairman of the Indiana Women's Board for Northwood. (Deceased 1988)

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Peg Bradley

Peg Bradley

1971
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Peg Bradley was one of America's foremost collectors of contemporary art. She was a member of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the collector's committee of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Mrs.. Bradley also belonged to the boards of the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the Milwaukee Art Center, serving on the latter's acquisition committee. The Center honored her in 1975 by opening the Bradley Wing. She was a director of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art from 1957 until 1962 and served on the board of the Wisconsin Arts Foundation and Council. She was active with Northwood in the founding of the University's art collection and in the presentation of several major exhibitions. Mrs. Bradley's many awards included the first annual award of the Friends of Art for outstanding contribution to art in the Milwaukee community in 1958, an award for distinguished service to the arts in 1964 by the Governor's Council of the Arts, State of Wisconsin, and the Pro Urbe Medal in 1966 from Mary Mount College for her many community services. She received the City of Milwaukee Award of Merit, the Milwaukee Press Club's Headliner Award, an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, Gimbel's Fashion Award and the Milwaukee Art Commission's Special Award of Merit. (Deceased 1978)

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Jodie Miller Biddle

Jodie Miller Biddle

1971
Dallas, Texas

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Jodie Miller Biddle is a member of a pioneer East Texas family which settled in the 1800s. Her father was a banker and land owner. Her late husband, Royal C. Miller, who was in the hotel and land investment business, was the grandson of W.B. Miller who arrived in Dallas in 1847 and built the famed and recently restored Millermore, one of the first of that city's grand houses. The log cabin in which W.B. Miller lived during Millermore's construction became the first school in Dallas. Jodie Biddle's keen interest in history prompted its donation to the city of Dallas and it is now located in the city park next to the restored Millermore. Jodie Miller was married in 1973 to George E. Biddle of Philadelphia and Rancho Sante Fe, California. He passed away in 1991. She has been a member of the board of directors of TACA, Inc. (arts center), the Dallas Civic Opera and the Dallas Symphony Association, Inc. A talented artist, she has had four one-woman shows in La Jolla and a very successful show in October of 1993 at the Betty Gertz Gallery in Dallas. (Deceased 2003)

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1970 Distinguished Women Honorees

Jean T.E. Wolf

Jean T.E. Wolf

1970
Midland, Michigan & Brewster, Massachusetts

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Jean T.E. Wolf was graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College. She was an apprentice teacher at Shady Hill School, Cambridge, Massachusetts and a teacher at Concord Academy, Concord, Massachusetts. She was employed by the Polaroid Corporation in various capacities including as administrative assistant to Polaroid's founder, Dr. Edwin H. Land. Mrs. Robert R. Wolf was a founding member of the Executive Committee and former chairman of the Town & Campus chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board. She was a member of the founding committee, a board member, recording secretary and president of the Midland Art Council, a member of the fund-raising committee and dedication committee of the Midland Center for the Arts, vice president of Monday Club, member and president of Alpha Guild, vice president and board member of Family and Children's Service of Midland and secretary of the Visiting Nurse Association of Midland. She once stated of the early days: “Northwood educates directly for one's job while indirectly preparing for the enjoyment of leisure time. Northwood trains the average student; filling two needs, it reaches a segment of young people not reached before and provides industry and business with trained personnel. Also, Northwood is continually going into new fields -- Northwood moves!” (Deceased 1992)

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Carolyn Watts

Carolyn Watts

1970
Pasadena & Palm Springs, California

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Carolyn Magill Watts was graduated from the Atlanta Conservatory of Music and was a student at Columbia University. She was a member of the Southern California Symphony Association, Pasadena Opera Guild and numerous other civic groups. Her father, James William Magill, a journalist, was associated with the Atlanta Constitution. Her late husband, Dr. V. Orval Watts, was an economic consultant, professor, author and lecturer and received the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in economics from Harvard University. He is credited as the “economic philosopher” of Northwood and served for many years as a distinguished faculty member. Carolyn Watts served as a hostess for many Northwood events and was the founder of the California branch of Northwood's Library League. Over her lifetime she was responsible for collecting thousands of volumes for the campus libraries. “I am impressed with the philosophy taught at Northwood,” said Carolyn, “and with the dedication of those persons connected with the college to the development of the students' personalities, characters and leadership qualities. I am also very interested in the fine library and in obtaining books to be placed there.” (Deceased1995)

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Dr. Clara VanderKloot

Dr. Clara VanderKloot

1970
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

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A graduate of Miss Newman's School in Detroit, Clara Knudsen VanderKloot also studied at Mont Choisi in Lausanne, Switzerland. Her husband, Robert, served for three years as chairman of the Northwood Board of Trustees. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Mrs. VanderKloot has been a member of the Detroit chapter of the Northwood National Women's Board, which she helped organize and develop. She served as National Chair of the National Women's Board, which she helped to found, from 1969-1973. Mrs. VanderKloot has been a member of the Junior League of Oakland County, National Sponsor of Save the Children Federation, a member of the Danish Women's Volunteer Service, Altrusa Society, member of the Advisory Board to the Board of Trustees of St. Mary's Hospital and a board member of Children's Hospital of Michigan. She received the Detroit Women's Advertising Heart Award, Save the Children Humanitarian Fellowship Award, was made Honorary Member of Altrusa Club of Michigan and received awards from Bloomfield Hills Academy and from the Nursing School of St. Mary's Hospital. She was decorated with the medal and diploma of the Order of Merit from the International Union of Child Welfare, Geneva, Switzerland in 1972 and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree by Northwood. In 1983, she was given an Honorary Recognition Award by the Michigan chapter of the National Home Fashions League, Inc. The VanderKloots also received a lifetime of service award from Northwood in the 1990s. She and her husband were founders of Bloomfield Hills Academy, a school for girls, once affiliated with Northwood University. (Deceased 2001)

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Marie Shackelton

Marie Shackelton

1970
Saginaw, Michigan

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Marie Shackleton was born in Olivet, Michigan where her father was a professor at Olivet College. He was later named Ambassador to the Court of Siam, 1898-1912. She was graduated from Olivet College with both bachelor's and master's degrees and attended private schools in Germany and Switzerland. Mrs. Shackleton attended Bryn Mawr graduate school and Columbia University. She later taught at Des Moines College and Grinnell College in Iowa and in Michigan at Kalamazoo College. Her husband, James E. Shackleton, served as senior vice president of the Michigan National Bank from 1934 to 1961 and as president of the Central National Bank of Alma from 1961-1967. Mrs. Shackleton was a member of the Northwood National Women's Board, the Women's Board of Saginaw County Hospital, a member of the board and treasurer of the Visiting Nurses Association, a member of the board of the YWCA, a group leader of the King's Daughters, a member of the Soronian Society and a member of the Women's Auxiliary of Olivet College. She also belonged to the Saginaw Club, Saginaw Country Club and Germania of Saginaw. About Northwood she said, “The practical plan of instruction appealed to me, as did the splendid manner in which the officials started and carried on its development, preparing students for life in the literary and practical sides.” (Deceased 1982)

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Grace Reed

Grace Reed

1970
Houston, TX

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Grace Bennett Reed attended the University of Michigan where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. Her parents are the late Eva and Dr. Earl W. Bennett. Dr. Bennett was Chairman of the Board of The Dow Chemical Company. Her late husband, Charles F. Reed, Jr., was a member of the Northwood Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Board of Governors of Northwood of Texas. A member of the Junior League of Houston, she also belongs to the River Oaks Garden Club, the Houston Country Club and the Northwood National Women's Board. She is the mother of three children and several grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Reed supported Northwood in its earliest days and Grace Reed has been a great friend of the University and its founders through the years. She states, “Northwood graduates offer great potential to business because the type of courses offered and their training in the free enterprise philosophy reflect the current demands of today's changing business world.”

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Dr. Evelyn Lambert

Dr. Evelyn Lambert

1970
Cuernavaca, Mexico & Dallas, Texas

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Evelyn Lambert received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Havana, Cuba. A co-founder of TACA, Inc., (Theatre Arts Center Auction, Dallas, Texas), Mrs. Joseph Olliphant Lambert was also a board member of the Dallas Civic Opera, Dallas Symphony Association, Dallas Theater Center and the Contemporary Arts Museum. She was chairman of the Women's Division of the Dallas Red Cross and was a member of the founding committee of the Dallas Boys Club and the Dallas Girls Club. She is a co-founder of Friends of Venice, a restoration organization benefiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and many other projects in Italy. She and her late husband restored a sixteenth century villa and garden in Northern Italy, near Asolo, which the government of Italy has declared a national monument and now serves as a music conservatory. She now lives in Cuernavaca, Mexico and serves on the board of The Brady Museum and The Friends of the Musical Students of the Center and LaSalle Universities. She is also a strong supporter of the Mexican SPEA. Mrs. Lambert has received the Oscar of Charities presented by Friends of French Art of Los Angeles, California. Of Northwood University, she says, “I believe the school's actual and planned scope of meshed international relations through education and the arts will prove to be one of the great contributions of this institution to our future.” (Deceased 2004)

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Dr. Winifred Hirsch

Dr. Winifred Hirsch

1970
Houston, Texas

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Winifred Hirsch was born in Arkansas and lived for several years in New York and Washington, DC She was assistant editor of a children's magazine, and later became a corporation liaison representative with foreign governments. Mrs. Maurice Hirsch served on the governing board of the Houston Grand Opera and was the honorary chairman of the trustees of the Houston Grand Opera Endowment, Inc. She served on the executive committee of the Houston Symphony Society, was appointed a lifetime member of the board of directors of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and was an honorary member of the board of the Salesmanship Club Camp for Children. She was a member of the Garden Club of America, the Blue Bird Circle, the Harris County Heritage Society, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Florence Crittenden Home for Unwed Mothers and Chi Omega sorority. She and her husband, General Maurice Hirsch, were influential in introducing Northwood in the Houston area and supported the college in Dallas, in Michigan and worldwide. They were among Northwood's first friends and great supporters of the founders. She said, “The development of Northwood in Texas and the Great Southwest has brought a much-needed program to our area. The enthusiasm of my friends in Texas is evidence of the outstanding nature of the institution.” (Deceased 1990)

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Dr. Jane Murchison Haber

Dr. Jane Murchison Haber

1970
Dallas, Texas & New York City

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Jane Haber supported many Northwood programs, including the founding of the annual FAD Auction. She was extremely active in hosting activities which helped the college to be known in Texas, New York and Florida. Mrs. Haber was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Northwood in 1977, having served as National Chair of the Northwood National Women's Board from 1973-1976. In Texas, she received the 1970 Arete Award for her contributions to Dallas, which included leadership in the Dallas Theater Center, the Dallas Civic Opera, the Dallas Symphony, Les Femmes du Monde, the Boys Club and the Girls Club of Dallas, Northwood of Texas Women's Board, Children's Development Center, Crystal Charity Ball, Junior League, Dallas Women's Club of America and numerous other worthwhile organizations. In New York, she was on the board of directors of the New York Infirmary, Beekman Downtown Hospital and the International Center for the Disabled. Jane also co-chaired the Northwood Women's Board chapter in New York, where she hosted numerous events and an annual library benefit for Northwood in her landmark home. The mother of four children, Jane Murchison Haber was married to designer Leonard Haber, now deceased. Noted for her graciousness and sense of style, many articles of apparel from her personal collection now grace the Northwood International Costume Collection archives. “Northwood is a wonderful school of higher education,” she stated. “It offers a great potential for our country as a managerial institution and I am impressed by its graduates.” (Deceased 1990)

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Dr. Vada Dow

Dr. Vada Dow

1970
Midland, Michigan

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Vada Dow received an AB degree from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and a master's degree from Teacher's College, Columbia University, New York City. She taught in nursery schools at Vassar Euthenics Institute and elsewhere and established a nursery school in Midland which eventually included the early elementary grades. Her late husband, Alden B. Dow, noted international architect, was the son of Dr. Herbert H. Dow, founder of The Dow Chemical Company, and Grace A. Dow. They were the parents of three children, Mary Lloyd, Michael and Barbara. The Earl W. Bennett Sports Center on Northwood's Midland campus, named for her father, was a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Dow and the Earl W. and Eva V. Bennett Foundation. Vada Bennett Dow received the Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Northwood in 1975. A long-time friend and early supporter of Northwood, Mrs. Dow was the first Chair of the Northwood National Library League. The Dow Commons on the Michigan campus is named for Vada and Alden Dow, and the Alden B. Dow Creativity Center on campus commemorates Mr. Dow's innovative philosophies. “My first interest in Northwood was quite naturally through my husband's work as the campus architect. Interest and enthusiasm for the ideas and ideals of this most unusual school came later,” she stated. Her legacy of interest continues. (Deceased 1991)

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Eleanor Currie

Eleanor Currie

1970
Midland, Michigan & Scottsdale, Arizona

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Eleanor Currie has made outstanding contributions to Northwood in all phases of its development, but in particular in Midland since the beginning of that campus in 1962. She has hosted numerous celebrities and other visitors to the college and has also supported the college's activities in other areas such as Detroit and Texas. Mrs. Gilbert A. Currie was graduated from Midland High, Midland, Michigan and attended Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri and Albion College, in Michigan. Her late husband, Gilbert A. Currie, was a practicing attorney in Midland with the firm of Currie and Kendall. He was a member of the Northwood Board of Trustees and held several positions on the board including chairman of the development program. The Curries are parents of twin daughters and two sons. Eleanor Currie has been a member of Memorial Presbyterian Church, the Lawyers' Wives of Midland County, the Women's Auxiliary of MidMichigan Medical Center and the Women's Golf Association of Midland Country Club. “Northwood has a good, sound and practical program,” she states, “which is shown by the success of the students of this unique college.”

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Dr. Barbara Carras

Dr. Barbara Carras

1970
Midland, Michigan

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Barbara Carras is the daughter of Vada Bennett and Alden B. Dow of Midland. The late Mr. Dow was a noted international architect and architect laureate of Michigan. Her husband, Peter J. Carras, is an attorney proudly sharing his practice with their two sons, John and Stephen. They also have a daughter, Elizabeth, and seven grandchildren. She is a member of Arts Midland, the Development Committee of MidMichigan Medical Center, a past board member of the International Diabetes Center of MidMichigan Medical Center, an Executive Board member of the Town & Campus chapter of Northwood's National Women's Board, a past chairman of Town & Campus and an active member of Northwood University's National Women's Board. Mrs. Carras is the founding chairman of the Northwood FAD Auctions and served as the chair or co-chair of the Midland auction for twenty-five years. She has also chaired numerous creative activities and programs for the University including Buy-Lines and the Holiday Boutique, two major fund raisers in support of student needs on the campuses. She is a promoter of the Northwood Gallery in Midland, acting as its volunteer buyer. She has been honored by the students of Northwood in Michigan for her activities on their behalf. A scholarship fund at Northwood bears her name. Mrs. Carras, her daughter and her daughters-in-law, recently opened an upscale children's boutique in Midland, The Plaid Giraffe. Northwood students organized its first fashion show. In May 1988, Northwood University conferred the Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree on Mrs. Carras during the commencement ceremonies on the Michigan campus.

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Betty Brooke Blake

Betty Brooke Blake

1970
Dallas & Richardson, Texas

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The former Elizabeth Muhlenberg Brooke was born in Philadelphia and has lived in Newport, New York City, London and Paris. She attended Westover School in Connecticut and Madame Chapon School in Paris. Upon moving to Dallas, she established the Betty McLean Gallery to offer contemporary works by European and American artists, the first such gallery in Texas. She also was influential in introducing Northwood in Dallas. Betty Blake is a former president and chairman of the board of the American Federation of Arts. Her activities include: former board member of the Dallas Theater Center and TACA, Inc., advisory council member of the College of Fine Arts, University of Texas, former board member of the Dallas Museum of Art, president and the board of the Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art and board member of the Newport Art Museum in Rhode Island. She has three children.

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Val Imm Bashour

Val Imm Bashour

1970
Dallas, Texas

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Val Imm Bashour was born in Mankato, Minnesota to Mr. and Mrs. Val Imm. Her late father, publisher of a weekly newspaper, was a thirty-year member of the Minnesota State Legislature. She attended Mankato State University and was graduated from Bethany Lutheran College. While a columnist and society editor for the Dallas Times Herald and the Dallas Morning News, Mrs. Bashour was the winner of top awards for feature and series writing from the Associated Press and United Press International and the Dallas Press Club. She is the only society writer ever to receive an award for society commentary from the Southwestern Journalism Forum and Southern Methodist University. She is currently a free-lance writer and lecturer. She is a member of Believers Chapel, Crystal Charity Ball Committee, The Dallas Women's Club, Dallas Symphony League, a founding member of the Historic Preservation League Advisory Council and a board member of Happy Hill Academy and Farm (a school for the assistance of abused, neglected and abandoned children). A published author, she and her husband, Dallas cardiologist and professor of medicine Dr. F.A. Bashour, have endowed chairs and professorships at the University of Texas Health and Science Center in Dallas.

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Nancy LePard Barker

Nancy LePard Barker

1970
Midland, Michigan

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Nancy Barker began her association with Northwood as a member and then chair of Town & Campus of the National Women's Board. Professionally she founded the Northwood Careers for Women department, directed and chaired the Fashion Merchandising department, was an assistant professor, served on the University's executive committee, and coordinated the arts, national constituents and external affairs departments. She is now Vice President of University Relations and Marketing. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan and valedictorian of her class, she is a former instructor at the U of M Hospital School and co-author of a series of books for hospitalized children. Mrs. Barker is past president of the National Council of Women of the United States, New York, served on the board of the International Council of Women, Paris, is past chairman of MATRIX:MIDLAND, the Midland Art Council (Arts Midland) and the Midland Symphony League, was state president of International Furnishings and Design Association, served on the board of Concerned Citizens for the Arts in Michigan, is a member of the International and Michigan Women's Forums, Zonta, The Fashion Group and a two time nominee to the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. She also served on the area board of First of America Bank. Nancy is a member of Contemporary Review Club, Delta Delta Delta, received Arts Midland's 25th Anniversary Award, served on the founding board of the Midland Center for the Arts and was Northwood University's first woman officer. She is listed in four different editions of Who's Who and was named Outstanding Young Woman of the Year in 1968 by the Outstanding Americans Foundation. She and her husband, attorney R. William Barker, are the parents of nine children and ten grandchildren.

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Alicia Ballard

Alicia Ballard

1970
Peru, Indiana

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Alicia Ballard was graduated from the Feagan School of Drama in New York City. She studied medieval art, acted in summer theatre productions and worked in the fashion industry. Alicia and her husband, Charles E. Ballard, were the parents of three children. While the Northwood of Indiana campus was open during the 1960s and 1970s, Mrs. Ballard was active and enthusiastic in calling attention to the college in the Indiana area. The Northwood Indiana campus property and buildings were originally donated by her husband's father to the Society of Jesus for use as a seminary; later, they were purchased by friends of the University and given to Northwood. Alicia Ballard believed that Northwood furnishes the right kind of leadership by encouraging its students to become highly productive members of our society. (Deceased 1982)

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