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General Powell is married to the former Alma Vivian Johnson of Birmingham, Ala. The Powell family includes a son Michael; daughters, Linda and Anne; daughter-in-law Jane; grandsons Jeffrey and Bryan and grand-daughter Abigail.


Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland

A Physician, former Prime Minister of Norway (the youngest person and the first woman ever to hold the office of PM), former Chair of the World Commission on Environment and Development and Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO)

Dr. Dorothy I. Height

Chair and President Emerita of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), has fought for equality for nearly half a century and a winner of the Congressional Gold Medal (the highest civilian and most distinguished award presented by the United States Congress)


Arthur Levitt

25th Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, former Chairman of the American Stock Exchange (AMEX), 1978-1989

The Honorable David Pryor

Former U.S. Senator (AR), former Governor of Arkansas, Chairman of the Special Committee on Aging (during the 101st through 103rd Congresses)


The Honorable Shirley Chisholm

Author and first black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (NY), served for 14 years in the House


Eileen Ayvazian

Volunteer and public health nurse and seniors’ advocate, running clinics in Virginia Beach, Virginia, serves on the boards of the local American Cancer Society, the local hospice, and the Alzheimer's organization

Mabel Clare Proudly

Volunteer attending to the medical and education needs of children on the Texas/Mexico border


Ethel Armbrush

Executive director of the Developmental Enterprise Corporation, which promotes the general welfare of all persons with mental retardation

Oseola McCarty

A woman of limited financial resources, who at 86, contributed her life’s savings ($150,000) to finance scholarships for African American students at the University of Southern Mississippi


Father Joe Carroll

Founder of St. Vincent de Paul/Joan Kroc Center, a multiple service housing facility for needy men, women and families in the San Diego Area

Joyce Oatman

A Chicago teacher working with gifted and talented children in neglected school districts


Sister M. Isolina Ferré

Born in Puerto Rico and graduating from Fordham University, founder of a comprehensive community-based multi-service youth programs in Puerto Rico, New York City, and the Appalachia area in the eastern U.S.

Henry Viscardi, Jr.

Founder of Abilities, Inc., a company run entirely by severely disabled workers, one of the world's leading advocates for the rights of the disabled, advising every US president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Jimmy Carter, founded a well-known center for disabled adults and children in New York, The National Center for Disability Services, establish a rehabilitation program for disabled veterans at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington, D.C.


Robert M. Ball

Former U.S. Commissioner of Social Security Administration from 1962 to 1973, his responsibilities included setting up Medicare and administering it during its first seven years of operation

Clara McBride Hale

Founder of Hale House, Harlem refuge for drug-addicted babies and infants infected with HIV, believed, unconditionally, that all children, from all walks of life and circumstances, need and deserve love


Ruth Lana

AARP founding member and educator

Hugh Downs

Writer and broadcast journalist, TV icon and legend, was a popular host of the Today Show and 20/20. Downs was a special consultant to the United Nations for refugee problems from 1961-64 and served as Chairman of the Board of the United States Committee for UNICEF


Dr. Lena F. Edwards

Physician and educator, who used her medical degree to better the lives of people from Jersey City, New Jersey to Hereford, Texas, in Texas while on missionary work founded a martnity hospital for Mexican migrant farm workers

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