Visionary Leaders

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 AmericaRead 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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