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Albertson, Kathryn  2002 Philanthropy Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Kathryn Albertson started the Albertson Grocery Chain with her husband, Joe.  Albertson's Grocery grew to be one of the largest supermarket chains in America.  

Armstrong, Kristin  2010  Sports Kristin Armstrong makes her home in Boise, Idaho and is the second American woman cyclist in history to claim an Olympic gold medal.
 
Borah, William  1995 Politics William Edgar Borah was a prominent Republican attorney and longtime US Senator from Idaho noted for his oratorical skills and isolationist views.   

Burnham, William  2010  Philanthropy Bill Burnham created The Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho in 1984.  His research includes 95 species of birds in 55 different countries.
 
Church, Frank  1996 Politics Frank Church served in the US Senate representing Idaho from 1957-1981.   

Comstock, Robert  2002 Fashion
Design
Robert Comstock is a New York designer of outdoor fashion.  His inspiration comes from his childhood canoeing the Henry's Fork of the Snake River in Idaho.  

Hart, Arthur  2007  Literature/
   History
Arthur Hart is Director Emeritus of the Idaho State Historical Society and historian extraordinaire who records, researches and writes.  

Hochstrasser, Gib  1996  Music In the 1960's, Hochstrasser was a popular drummer in Boise music circles, a beloved musician and band leader.  His band, the Kings of Swing played for New Years Eve parties, governors and visiting entertainers such as Red Skelton.   

Kempthorne, Dirk  2000  Politics Dirk Kempthorne started his political career as student body president at University of Idaho in 1974.  Elected Boise City Mayor in 1985, he went on to serve six years as a Idaho U.S. Senator, almost 8 years as Governor of Idaho & 2 years as U.S. Secretary of the Interior.  

Kustra, Robert  2007  Education Robert Kustra has been President of Boise State University for almost a decade and has increased grant money for BSU research & scholarships by almost $18 million dollars.  

Law, Vernon  1996  Sports Vernon Law is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher who was born in Meridian, Idaho in 1930.  Law played 16 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Vernon Law is credited for the saying, "A winner never quits and a quitter never wins."  

 

May, Larry  2007  Business/
Hospitality
Larry May is a Boise native whose success as a hotel general manager was featured in Fortune Magazine.  He managed upscale hotels for Westin from Chicago to Atlanta, Houston to Los Angeles back in the '70s and early '80s.  

Morgan, Barbara  2002  Science / Education Barbara was an Elementary School teacher in McCall, Idaho in 1975.  Ten years later, Barbara was selected as backup candidate for the NASA Teacher In Space Program.  

Nelson, Morlan  1996 Education Morlan Nelson is known as an educator and falconer who relocated to Idaho in the 1950's.  He influenced the Idaho Legislature to enact a law protecting raptors in that state.  In 1980 he was instrumental in establishing the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.  

Newcomb, Bruce  2010 Education/
Business
Bruce Newcomb served 20 years in the Idaho House of Representatives, 18 of those years serving in leadership roles.  Mr. Newcomb is an active director at Boise State University and lectures regularly.
 
Morrison, Harry  1995 Business Morrison was the co-founder of Morrison-Knudsen Company, a construction company that had grown from $600 and a few horses and wheelbarrows in 1912 to a giant world-class corporation.  Stars of construction, MK was successful building Three-Mile Falls Dam, Hoover Dam, airfield facilities during WWII, and space rockets.  

Morrison, Velma  2000  Philanthropy Velma Morrison, is a Drake Univeristy Graduate who taught school, married, and ran a dairy with her husband of sixty years.  The Morrison Center is Idaho's most prestigious performance complex dedicated to Velma in Boise, Idaho.  

Norman, Fred  2007

Performing
Arts

Fred Norman is a retired University ProfessorEmeritus in the Performing Arts, who has touched Idaho as a Director, Writer and Producer of many wonderful productions.  

Oliver, Dean  1997  Sports The World Alamanac's Pro Rodeo All Around Champions listed Dean Oliver from Boise, Idaho for years 1963-1965.  Oliver had a 20 year career as a champion calf-roper.  Winner 10 times at the Snake River Stampede in Nampa, Idaho and national performer at Calgary, New York, and Vegas--Oliver won in all of them.  

Otter, C.L. "Butch"  2007  Politics Butch Otter is the first Idahoan since statehood to win elections as both a U.S. Representative and as governor.  

Petersen, Chris  2007  Sports Chris Petersen is currently the head coach of the Boise State Broncos.  In his first year at BSU, Petersen led the Broncos to an undefeated season and the program's first victory at a BCS bowl game.  

Revere, Paul  1999  Music Paul Revere is Idaho born and raised and saw enormous U.S. success in the 1960s and early 1970s with his band, "Paul Revere and the Raiders."  

Risch, James  2007  Politics Senator Risch has served as both Majority Leader & Senate President Pro Tempore in the Idaho State Senate.  His leadership has served Idaho for over 22 years.  
Sarton, Dee  2007 News Media/
Broadcasting
Dee Sarton has been delivering local news in Idaho for over twenty-five years.  She is voted "Best of Treasure Valley" for 2009.  

Walker, Wayne  1999  Sports Wayne Walker is a former professional football player and sports broadcaster.  He played outside linebacker for the Detroit Lions for fifteen seasons.  

Ward, Betty Penson  2002  Journalism Betty Penson Ward served as an Idaho Daily Statesman staff member for serveral decades after 1938.  Her writing and research has provided Idaho excellent historical records.  
Wilbur, Lyman  1998  Business Lyman Wilbur was hired by Morrison Knudsen in 1932 and remained with MK as vice president and director until his retirement in 1970.  He received the "Golden Beaver Award for Engineering" in 1962 and "Engineering Excellence" from the Idaho Society of Engineering in 1967.  He was a Trustee of the College of Idaho from 1980-1992.  

Woodward, Tim  2010  Literature Tim Woodward has been a long time popular columnist for the Idaho Statesman newspaper since 1975.  He is published author and active volunteer for several Idaho causes.
 
Yanke, Ron  2010  Business Ron Yanke started Yanke Machine Shop over 60 years ago and his entrepreneurial business continues to serve contractors, mining companies and the forest industry.