Visionary Leaders

Fifteen extraordinary Gallaudet alumni have been chosen to be honored each month as Gallaudet University celebrates 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.


Bernard Bragg, 1952
October 2014
Bernard Bragg

The Sesquicentennial Steering Committee is pleased to announce the following Visionary Leaders:



Jack R. Gannon
Class of 1959

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

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Arthur Kruger
Class of 1933

Arthur KrugerFounded 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.

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Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen
Class of 1992

Wilma Newhoudt-DruchenFirst 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


David Peikoff
Class of 1929

David PeikoffHelped 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



Alice Hagemeyer
Class of 1957

Alice HagemeyerLibrary 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.

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Glenn Anderson
Class of 1968

Glenn AndersonFirst 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


Gertrude Galloway
Class of 1951

Gertrude GallowayFirst 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


Olof Hanson
Class of 1886

Olof HansonNotable 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.

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Andrew Foster
Class of 1954

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

Read more about Andrew Foster


Agatha Tiegel Hanson
Class of 1893

Agatha Tiegel HansonFirst 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


George Veditz
Class of 1884

George VeditzFormer 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


Jerald Jordan
Class of 1948

Jerald JordanLongtime 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


John Lopez
Class of 1966

John LopezAdvocate 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


Bernard Bragg
Class of 1952

Bernard BraggProfessional actor, producer, director, playwright, mime, and author who helped establish the National Theatre of the Deaf.

Read more about Bernard Bragg


Boyce Williams
Class of 1932

Boyce WilliamsInstrumental 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.

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