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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. See more of our sponsors

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