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Sesquicentennial celebration

History of Iowa State: Alumni

Members of the Class of 1907 celebrate their 20th reunion, 1927

 

Some of Iowa State's alumni and former students.....
 

Frank Albrook:
Albrook was born July 5, 1892 in Delhi, Iowa. He received his B.S. (1917) from Iowa State College (University). Lieutenant Albrook was an aviator for the U.S. Army Air Service. On August 12, 1924, he was fatally injured when the aircraft he was piloting crashed. Albrook passed away on September 17, 1922.

Floyd Andre:
Andre received all of his degrees from Iowa State: B.S.(1931); M.S. (1933) and Ph.D (1936) in Agriculture. 
He then became an instructor in the Dept. of Entomology and Zoology in 1936 until 1938. By 1949 he was Dean of the College of Agriculture as well as Director of the Agricultural and Home Economics Experiment Station and held these positions until his death.

John Vincent Atanasoff:
Atanasoff received his M.S. (1926) in Mathematics and went on to develop the Atanasoff-Berry Computer (with Clifford Berry).  For more information, please see this exhibit: John Vincent Atanasoff.

Robert L. Bartley:
After graduating from Iowa State, Bartley received a master's degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin (1962). He then joined the staff of the Wall Street Journal, working in Chicago and Philadelphia before joining the editorial page staff in 1964. He was appointed editor of the editorial page in 1972, and editor of the Journal as a whole in 1979. He became vice president of the Journal in 1983, and continued to serve both as editor and vice president of the publication until January 2003 when he was named editor emeritus. He won a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1980.

Raymond Baker:
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raduated from Iowa State College (University) with a B.S. (1935) in agronomy, but had started his career in 1926 after having met Pioneer Hi-Bred founder Henry A. Wallace at a corn day program at Iowa State. As Pioneer Hi-Bred's lead plant breeder for 43 years, Baker developed many of the company's first hybrid seed corns, including the first single-cross hybrid corn to be produced in volume. He is credited with establishing the scientific groundwork in the 1930s that helped Pioneer Hi-Bred become the world's largest seed corn company.

Clifford Berry:
Received degrees in electrical engineering (1939), M.S. (1941) in physics, and his Ph.D (1948) and assisted John Vincent Atanasoff in building the Atanasoff-Berry Computer (ABC).

Ralph Bliss:
After graduating in Animal Husbandry, Bliss was the Director of Iowa State Extension (1914-1946).

Glen Brand:
Winner of the Gold Medal in Wrestling at the 1948 London Olympics.

Nate Carr:
Winner of the Bronze Medal in Wrestling at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

George Washington Carver:
Inspiring Students to Become Their Best: Dr. George Washington Carver

Carrie Chapman Catt:
Biography and Papers, 1878-1981
Resources for further research

Hubert Branch Crouch:
Dr. Crouch received his M.S. (1930) in protozoology and PhD (1936) in parasitology from Iowa State College.  He spent twenty-eight years at Tennessee State University (where the Graduate School Building is named for him) and founded the National Institute of Science (formerly the Association of Science Teachers in Negro Colleges and Affiliated Institutions).

Vine Deloria, Jr.
Vine Deloria, Jr. received a degree in general science from Iowa State in 1958. He also has a degree from the Lutheran School of Theology (1963) and a law degree from the University of Colorado (1970). He was recognized as one of America's leading Native American spokesmen. He authored numerous books on Native American issues, and served as a Professor of History at the University of Colorado.

Beth Ellen Doran:
Beth Ellen Doran, an ISU Extension beef field specialist, was named the 2005 Woman of the Year by the Iowa Cattlemen's Association.  Doran received her B.S. in animal science in 1983.

Dan Gable:
Winner of the Gold Medal in Wrestling at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

John Garang (de Mabior):
John Garang (b. 1945) was the Vice-President of Sudan and former leader of the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Army.  He received a B.A. from Grinnell College, and a master's in agricultural economics and Ph.D in economics from Iowa State University.  Dr. Garang played an integral role in ending Sudan's civil war, but was killed in a helicopter crash in 2005.

Thomas R. Harkin
A graduate in Government, Senator Harkin has served 3 terms in the U.S. Senate, and authored the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mary Evelyn Victoria Hunter:
Dr. Hunter was Iowa State's first African American female who received a Master's degree in Home Economics Education from ISU (1931) after receiving her B.S. degree from Prairie View A & M College.  During her time in Texas she organized an annual "Home Economics Week," on a state-wide basis.  She became a professor of Home Economics and Department head at Virginia State in Petersburg, Virginia.

Mary "M.K." Hurd:
Mary Krumboltz Hurd received her B.S. in Engineering from Iowa State University in 1947 and is the author of seven editions of Formwork for Concrete.

Ted Kooser:
Named the Poet Laureate of the United States (2004-2006) and has also won the Pultizer Prize for poetry.

Kevin Jackson:
Winner of the Gold Medal in Wrestling at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Lee Teng-hui:
Teng-hui was born near Taipei, Taiwan when the island was under Japanese colonial occupation. He graduated from Kyoto Imperial University and the National Taiwan University, where in 1948, he earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural science. In 1953, Lee received a master's degree in agricultural economics from the Iowa State University in the United States. Lee subsequently returned to Taiwan as an economist with the Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction and later earned a Ph.D in agricultural economics from Cornell University in 1968.  In 1978 Lee was appointed mayor of Taipei, where he solved water shortages and improved the city's irrigation problems. In 1981, he became governor of Taiwan Province and made further irrigation improvements. In 1988, he was appointed President of Taiwan, and was re-elected, serving until 2000.

Samuel Massie:
Samuel Massie, a native of Arkansas and graduate of the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Fisk University, received his Ph.D  in chemistry from Iowa State University.  Dr. Massie was named to the Manhattan Project Research Group of Iowa State professor Henry Gilman.  He held a variety of teaching positions at Fisk University (where he was later named Dept. chair), Langston University, Howard University, North Carolina College, and finally, the U.S. Naval Academy where he served as the first African-American Department chair of chemistry.

Nawal El Moutawakel:
El Moutawakel, a 1988 graduate (Physical Education) won the Olympic gold medal in the 400 meter hurdles in the 1984 Olympics.  She was the first Islamic woman, the first Iowa State woman, and the first Moroccan to win a gold medal.  She is active internationally in promoting sports for women, and in 2004, served as Chair of the Olympic Evaluation Commission.

Herbert Osborn
Personal Papers and Biography

Frederick Douglass Patterson:
Dr. Patterson received his undergraduate degrees from Prairie View State College (Texas) and received his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) from Iowa State in 1927.  After receiving additional degrees from Cornell University, Dr. Patterson was an Instructor (1923-1928) at Virginia State College.  He was then the Director of Agriculture at Tuskegee Institute (University) and was later named its President (1935-1953).  He founded their school of veterinary medicine, and in 1987, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Ben Peterson:
Winner of the Gold Medal at the 1972 Munich Olympics and  the Silver Medal in Wrestling at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

Cael Sanderson:
Cael Sanderson, ISU student-athlete in wrestling, finishes his Iowa State career as the only undefeated four-time champion in NCAA history (159-0) in 2002.  He is named the 2002 ESPY Award winner for Best College Male Athlete and Sports Illustrated names his college career as the Number 2 most outstanding achievement in the history of college sports.  He goes on to win a 2004 Olympic Gold Medal
at the 2004 Athens Olympics and is now the Head Coach of Iowa State Wrestling.

Hugh Sidey:
A journalism graduate (1950) of Iowa State, Sidey joined the staff of Life Magazine in 1955 and began reporting on the White House and the Presidency in 1957.  He then worked for Time Magazine as a columnist, White House Correspondent, and bureau chief, and has also authored numerous books on individual Presidents.

Margaret Sloss:
Biography
Personal Papers

Edgar W. Stanton:
Personal Papers and Biography, 1869-1976

Chris Taylor:
Winner of the Bronze Medal in Greco Wrestling at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Jack Trice:
Biography
Personal Papers

Henry A. Wallace:
After Henry A. Wallace graduated in 1910, he became associate editor of Wallaces Farmer, a farm magazine founded by his father and grandfather. At this time, he also began the first commercial production of hybrid seed corn, starting a company which would become an agribusiness giant, Pioneer Hybrid Seed Company. He became editor of the Wallaces' Farmer in 1924 upon his father's death. Wallace was called to Washington, D.C. in 1933 as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. He then served as Franklin D. Roosevelt's third term vice-president, from 1940-1944, and was then briefly U.S. Secretary of Commerce. He ran unsuccessfully for president as the Progressive Party candidate in 1948.