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Carol Ross Barney

Pioneering architect

Thomas Jefferson Award

Suzanne Bates

Longtime TV anchor

Bates Communications CEO

Yemaya Bordain

Pioneering Ph.D. student

Intel Corp. engineer

Lisa Brown

Former majority leader

Washington state Senate

Tonja Buford-Bailey

3-time Olympian

1992 NCAA hurdles champ

Dick Butkus

UI retired his No. 50

Pro, College Football HOF

Collin Carlier


Royse & Brinkmeyer Apartments

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Colleen Callahan

Director, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Distinguished Service Award recipient

Dave Downey

Big Ten Medal of Honor

Scored 53 vs. Indiana

Martin Eberhard

Co-founder, former CEO

Tesla Motors

Jill Ellis

Team USA soccer coach

Illini coach, 1997-99

Perdita Felicien

2-time Summer Olympian

Illini Athletics HOF

Julie Freischlag

CEO, Wake Forest Baptist Health

Dean, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Rita Garman

Illinois Supreme Court Justice

Vermilion Co. courthouse named in her honor

Tori Haring-Smith

Former president

Washington & Jefferson

Emily Jaenson

General manager

Reno Aces

Robert Johnson

Billionaire businessman

BET founder

Ang Lee

Movie maker

3 Oscar wins with 3 movies

Bob Martinez

Florida governor, 1987-91

U.S. Drug Czar, 1991-93

Ann McBrien

First woman to serve as VP/sales at Procter & Gamble

Started UIAA Comeback program, Illini Pride founding board member

Kris McMasters

Former CEO


Lynn Morley Martin

21st Secretary of Labor

U.S. Rep, 1981-91

Bill Nack

Sports Illustrated legend

Died in April 2018

Judi Nash

Miss America 1969

Delta Gamma alumna

Terri Sullivan

2010 Big Ten softball coach of year

488-369-2 in 16 seasons