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Marjorie Holloman Parker
(1917-2006)


A.M. ’51, Ph.D. ’51
Public education advocate; presidential appointee to City Council in Washington, D.C.; University of the District of Columbia Board of Trustees; one of the first African Americans listed in Green Book


James B. Parsons
(1911-1993)
A.M. ’46, J.D. ’49
First African-American Federal District Court Judge (1991-92)

Myrtle Potter
A.B. ’80
Founder and operator of The Chapman Group; former executive vice president and COO of Commercial Operations of Genentech Inc.; former president of Bristol-Myers Squibb

Roderick W. Pugh
Ph.D. 49
Clinical Psychologist; diplomat, American Board of Professional Psychology; author and orator

Ellis E. Reid, III
(1934 - 2007)
J.D. ’59
Former Presiding Justice, Illinois Appellate Court, First District, 5th Division

Linda Johnson Rice Linda Johnson Rice
LAB ’75
President and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.

John W. Rogers, Jr.
LAB ’76
Founder, chairman, CEO & chief investment officer, lead portfolio manager of Ariel Capital Management; University of Chicago trustee; board member of the Laboratory Schools

John W. Rogers
J.D. ’48
Judge, Juvenile Division of the Cook County Circuit Court; combat veteran and captain, 99th Fighter Squadron (Tuskegee Airmen)

Bryan Samuels
A.M. ’93
Former director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Eileen Southern
(1920 - 2002)
A.B. ’40, Ph.D. ’41
First African-American female professor at Harvard; holder of honorary doctorate from Columbia University; musicologist, reasearcher, author and teacher


Thomas Sowell
Ph.D. ’68
Economist; Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University Stanford University (1980-present); winner of the National Humanities Medal, 2003; winner of the Francis Boyer Award, 1990

Brent Staples
A.M. ’76, Ph.D. ’82
Editorial writer for the New York Times (1990-present); winner of the Anisfield Wolff Book Award for his memoir Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and White (1994)

Ken Taylor
Ph.D. ’84
Chair of the Philosophy Department at Stanford University and cohost of public-radio show Philosophy Talk

Clifford R. Wharton, Jr.
Ph.D. ’58
Former chairman and CEO of TIAA-CREF (1987-93); President of Michigan State University (1970-78); Chancellor of the State University of New York System (1978-87); Deputy Secretary of State (Clinton Administration, 1993)

Eric Eric Whitaker
M.D. ’93
Executive Vice President for Strategic Affiliations and Associate Dean for Community-Based Research, University of Chicago Medical Center; nationally recognized public health authority and expert on minority health issues

J. Edward L. Wilkerson
A.B.’75
Jazz composer, arranger, musician, and educator; founder and director 8 Bold Souls and Shadow Vignettes

J. J. Ernest Wilkins Jr.
S.B.’40, S.M.’41, Ph.D.’42.
Received Ph.D. in mathematics at age 19; second African American elected to National Academy of Engineering

Carter G. Woodson
(1875-1950)
A.B. ’08, A.M. ’08
Historian and founder of Negro History Week (1926), which evolved into Black History Month

Ava Youngblood
M.B.A. ’85
President and CEO of Youngblood Executive Search, Inc.; Strategic Planning Consultant, developed Competitive Intelligence program for Amoco Corporation (BP)

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