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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.