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The college’s alumni body is 150,000 strong and includes eight Nobel Laureates and six Pulitzer Prize winners.
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Nancy Brinker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for founding Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a worldwide grassroots organization fighting breast cancer. The organization has raised more than $1.3 billion to find a cure for the disease and provide support for its victims.
Molly Melching spent more than 25 years in Senegalese villages promoting literacy and education.
General Curriculum '71, French '79
Ed Cupp developed an environmentally safe, successful method for controlling the spread of river blindness, a parasitic disease that affects millions of people in Africa and Central America.
Robert Novak was the nation's longest-running syndicated political columnist before his death in 2009 at age 78. He also shared his insights on prominent television programs such as The McLaughlin Group, Meet The Press, The Capital Gang, and Nightline.
Roxanne Decyk is a top executive at Shell Oil Company who is shattering the metaphorical glass ceiling for women in corporate America.
English Literature '73
Phillip A. Sharp shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for research that was important in understanding RNA splicing and the biology of tumor causing viruses.
David Donald won two
Pulitzer Prizes in Biography. He received the first in 1961 for Charles Sumner and the Coming of the Civil War and the second in 1988 for Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe.
History '42, '46
John Micetich is a successful owner of a financial investment firm. He returns to campus each January to teach an eight-week course in financial planning-pro bono-as one of his ways of giving back to his alma mater.
Jean Driscoll won the Boston Marathon eight times and a gold medal at the 2000 Paralympic Games.
Speech Communication '91, Rehabilitation '93
Rolando Hinojosa-Smith earned Latin America's highest award for fiction, the Premio Casa de las Americas, and is a recipient of the National Award for Chicano Literature. He is one of the few U.S. citizens to be named a member of the Royal Spanish Academy for Spanish Language.
David Harold Blackwell led a distinguished career in mathematics and statistics research and education before his death in 2010 at age 91. In 1955 he joined the University of California-Berkeley, where he held joint faculty appointments in the Departments of Statistics and Mathematics. He was the first African American elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Mathematics, '38, '39, '41