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Fifteen extraordinary Gallaudet alumni were chosen to be honored each month as Gallaudet University celebrated its sesquicentennial anniversary entitled, Celebrating 150 Years of Visionary Leadership, from September 2013 to November 2014.

These individuals were nominated by the community and a selection committee of students, faculty, alumni, and staff chose the final Visionary Leaders. Candidates had to have received an undergraduate degree from the university and could not be a current faculty or staff member or a current or former university president. Candidates also must have made a significant impact on society, in a major field of study or research, culture or the arts, recognition of American Sign Language, deaf education or advocacy.

September 2013
Jack Gannon
Jack R. Gannon
Class of 1959

Gannon wrote several books about deaf history, Deaf Culture, and the Deaf President Now movement, including Deaf Heritage: A Narrative History of Deaf America. Read more about Jack Gannon.

October 2013
Arthur Kruger
Arthur Kruger
Class of 1933

Founded the American Athletic Association of the Deaf and served as its first president. Kruger was instrumental in getting the U.S. to participate in what is now known as the Deaflympics. Read more about Arthur Kruger

November 2013
Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen
Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen
Class of 1992

First deaf member of Parliament in South Africa. Newhoudt-Druchen is Vice President of the World Federation of the Deaf. Read more about Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen.

December 2013
David Peikoff
David Peikoff
Class of 1929

Helped raise $500,000 for the Gallaudet College Alumni Association Centennial Fund in the 1960s. The money was used to build an Alumni House, financial assistance for deaf students of doctoral degrees, and promoting cultural activities for deaf people. Read more about David Peikoff.

January 2014
Alice Hagemeyer
Alice Hagemeyer
Class of 1957

Library activist who has focused on improving library services to the deaf community, encouraging deaf people to use public library resources, and enhancing awareness of deaf history, language, and culture in libraries. Read more about Alice Hagemeyer.

February 2014
Glenn Anderson
Glenn Anderson
Class of 1968

First deaf African-American in the U.S. to earn a doctorate degree. Anderson also served as the second deaf chair of the Board of Trustees. Read more about Glenn Anderson

March 2014
Gertrude Galloway
Gertrude Galloway
Class of 1951

First female president of National Association of the Deaf and Conference of the Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD). Read more about Gertrude Galloway

April 2014
Olof Hanson
Olof Hanson
Class of 1886

Notable architect and advocate who designed buildings with deaf sensibilities in mind, such as the need for visual access. Hanson also advocated for deaf people to take the civil service test for government employment. Read more about Olof Hanson

May 2014
Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster
Class of 1954

First African-American to graduate from Gallaudet. Foster established more than 30 schools for the deaf around Africa. Read more about Andrew Foster

June 2014
Agatha Tiegel Hanson
Agatha Tiegel Hanson
Class of 1893

First deaf woman to graduate with a four-year degree and served as valedictorian. Hanson organized a women’s secret society and served as its first president. Read more about Agatha Tiegel Hanson

July 2014
George Veditz
George Veditz
Class of 1884

Former president of National Association of the Deaf and was an advocate for the preservation of sign language, becoming one of the first people to film ASL. Read more about George Veditz.

August 2014
Jerald Jordan
Jerald Jordan
Class of 1948

Longtime chair of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf who worked closely with the International Olympic Committee on behalf of deaf athletes. Read more about Jerald Jordan.

September 2014
John Lopez
John Lopez
Class of 1966

Advocate for the Hispanic deaf community. Lopez was involved with the National Council of Hispano Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. and the 9-1-1 Access Committee which helped make emergency numbers accessible to people who use TTYs and other visual communication devices. Read more about John Lopez.

October 2014
Bernard Bragg
Bernard Bragg
Class of 1952

Professional actor, producer, director, playwright, mime, and author who helped establish the National Theatre of the Deaf. Read more about Bernard Bragg.

November 2014
Boyce Williams
Boyce Williams
Class of 1932

Instrumental in pioneering initiatives to benefit deaf clients at the Rehabilitation Services Administration. He also served as director of the Federal Office on Deafness and Communicative Disorders. Read more about Boyce Williams.

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Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen: Visionary Leader – November 2013

The Honorable Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen, a Gallaudet alumna who in 1999 became the first deaf woman to be elected to the South African Parliament, has been selected as Gallaudet University's Visionary Leader for November in recognition of her extensive advocacy efforts for both the deaf and...

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Olof Hanson: Visionary Leader – April 2014

Olof Hanson, 1886 & G-1889, believed to be America's first deaf architect, and a far-thinking leader who in the early 20th century was a champion for many of the same civil rights for deaf people that activists continue to fight for today, is Gallaudet's Visionary...

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John Lopez: Visionary Leader – September 2014

John Lopez, '66, is Gallaudet University's Visionary Leader for September 2014. Known as a leader and an advocate of the deaf and Hispanic communities, Lopez contributed to making strides in telecommunications laws, primarily by working to improve access to 911 emergency services. Lopez was born...

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Jerald “JJ” Jordan: Visionary Leader – August 2014

Jerald "JJ" Jordan, '48 and Gallaudet's Visionary Leader for August, is remembered for his charisma and exceptional enthusiasm for deaf sports, which took him around the world. Throughout his life and professional career, he was dedicated to advancement of international deaf athletes and deaf sport...

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Jack R. Gannon: Visionary Leader – September 2013

Jack R. Gannon, '59, is Visionary Leader of the month for September 2013. Gannon is a well-known author, educator, historian, and museum curator. Gannon was born in West Plains, Mo., in 1936 and became deaf at 8 years old due to spinal meningitis. He graduated...

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Dr. Glenn B. Anderson: Visionary Leader – February 2014

Dr. Glenn B. Anderson, '68, has attained an array of ground-breaking achievements that have benefited many people-deaf and hearing as well as those with disabilities-any of which warrant his recognition as Gallaudet's Visionary Leader for the month of February In addition, as a deaf African...

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Dr. Gertrude Scott Galloway: Visionary Leader – March 2014

Women's Rights Advocate. Activist. Civic Leader. Educator. Pioneer. All of these titles apply to Dr. Gertrude Scott Galloway, '51. Combined, they more than qualify her as Gallaudet's Visionary Leader for the month of March. Beginning her career in a decade where the abilities of deaf...

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George W. Veditz: Visionary Leader – July 2014

Gallaudet University has named activist and writer George W. Veditz, 1884 & G-1887, as July's Visionary Leader. While he is best known for his efforts to preserve and nurture sign language by capturing it on film, Veditz's many contributions to the deaf community changed the...

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Visionary Leader – December 2013, David Peikoff

Activist, organizer, scholarship founder, fundraiser, advocate, journalist, and leader are all words that describe the late David Peikoff, '29, who served the U.S. and Canadian deaf communities for 70 years. In recognition of his accomplishments, Peikoff has been selected as Gallaudet's Visionary Leader for December....

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Visionary Leader – November 2014, Boyce Williams

For 38 years, Boyce R. Williams, '32 & H-'58, dedicated his career in government to advance specialized programs and services for deaf and hard of hearing people. As the first deaf man to achieve an administrative position in federal government, he is an important figure...

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Visionary Leader – October 2014, Bernard Bragg

An actor, poet, writer, director, artist, and teacher, Bernard Bragg, '52, is a true arts leader. As October's Visionary Leader, he is regarded as a passionate and energetic trailblazer for deaf people in the national and international arts communities. Bragg was born in 1928 in...

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Visionary Leader – October 2013, Arthur A. Kruger

The late Arthur "Art" A. Kruger, '33, a pioneer in the field of deaf sports, has been selected as Gallaudet's Visionary Leader for October. Known as the Father of the American Athletic Association of the Deaf (AAAD), predecessor of the U.S. Deaf Sports Federation (USDSF),...

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Visionary Leader – May 2014, Andrew Foster

Andrew Foster, '54, the Visionary Leader being honored for the month of May, was the first African American to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gallaudet. Many regard Foster as the "father of deaf education in Africa" because he went on to establish 32...

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Visionary Leader – January 2014, Alice Lougee Hagemeyer

Alice Lougee Hagemeyer, '57, a longtime advocate for equal access to library services for the deaf community, is Gallaudet's Visionary Leader for January. Hagemeyer worked for the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) from the time she graduated from Gallaudet until 1991-the last 15 years...

Celebrating 150 Years!

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Visionary Leader – June 2014, Agatha Tiegel Hanson

This June, Gallaudet continues its Visionary Leader Series celebrating 1893 graduate Agatha Tiegel Hanson. The first woman to graduate from Gallaudet with a four-year degree and the first woman to serve as class valedictorian is an important leader in both deaf and women's history. Agatha...

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Resource Type: History

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