KU Women's Hall of Fame


The University of Kansas has a rich legacy of phenomenal women, many of whom have been inducted into the KU Women's Hall of Fame since its founding in 1970.

The individuals composing the Women's Hall of Fame are exemplary members of our society in both their overall impact and their outstanding character. Inductees have accomplished feats in their respective fields and their contributions, achievements, and success serve as inspiration for us all.

See the complete list of Women's Hall of Fame members below.

Women's Hall of Fame Display

Dr. Kala Stroup, a Hall of Fame honoree, had the vision for the KU Women's Hall of Fame display honoring past and current inductees located on the 5th floor of the KU Memorial Union at the Lawrence campus.

Women's Hall of Fame Members

NameYear inducted Sort descending Career field
Esther Twente1970 Social Welfare
Jeanne Gass Stump1970 Art History
Connie Novistky1970 Community Service
Margaret Frailey Hayes1970 Law, Government
Maude Ellsworth1970 Art
Cora Downs1970 Biology
Beatrice Wright1971 Psychology
Mary Joan McCann1971 Accounting
Helen Martin Gilles1971 Medicine
Emily Taylor1971 Higher Education
Marilyn Stokstad1972 Art History
Nita Sundbye Sewell1972 Higher Education Administration
Deannell Reece Tacha1972 Law
Martha Peterson1972 Higher Education Administration, Mathematics
Wealthy Babcock1973 Mathematics
Florence Black1973 Mathematics
Louise Wheeler1973 Law
Elizabeth Schultz1973 English
Hazel Anderson1974 Law
Irene Nunemaker1974 Business
Frances Degen Horowitz1974 Higher Education Administration, Psychology
Mary Morrill Litchfield1975 Public Administration
Mary Grant1975 Classics
Barbara C. Etzel1975 Human Development
Evelyn Hitchcock Alden1976 Philanthropy
Mary Turkington1976 Engineering
Kala Mays Stroup1976 Higher Education
Karen R. Keesling1976 Women's Rights Activism, Military Affairs
Beverly Boyd1977 English
Bonnie Ritter1977 Communication Studies
Frances Ingemann1977 Linguistics
Kathleen C. Doering1977 Science, Biology
Caryl Kelley Smith1978 Higher Education
Eleanor Scott Meyers1978 Theology
Janice Kay Mendenhall1978 Government Relations
Miriam Stewart Green1978 Music
Gisela A.M. Dreschoff1978 Physics, Astronomy
Leona Baumgartner1979 Politics
Barbara M. Craig1979 French & Italian
Marian Washington1979 Athletics
M. Evelyn Swartz1979 Education
Elizabeth Sherbon1979 Dance
Jean Pyfer1980 Health and Recreation
Vivian McCoy Rogers1980 Education
Alexandra Mason1980 Library Studies
Katherine Giele1980 Higher Education Administration
Evelyn DeGraw1980 Art
Patricia Ann Wolfe1981 Education, Administration
Ann Victoria Thomas1981 Law
Helen Foresman Spencer1981 Art
Irene Peabody1981 Music
Judith N. LeBlanc1981 Human Development
Bette Krenzer1981 Engineering
Marilyn Ainsworth Yarbrough1982 Law
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell1982 Communication Studies
Marjorie Whitney1982 Art
Rita Napier1982 History
Anita Herzfeld1982 Linguistics, Latin American Studies
Margaret "Peg" Byrne1983 Speech & Language Pathology
Eleanor Malott1983 Philanthropy
Aletha Huston1983 Human Development
Genevieve Hargiss1983 Music
Margo Gordon1983 Social Welfare
Alicia Ann Clair1984 Music Therapy
Elinor P. Schroeder1984 Law
Jill Sobel Quadagno1984 Sociology
Nancy Kassebaum1984 Politics
Shirley Harkess1984 Sociology, Women's Studies
Edwyna Condon Gilbert1984 English
Barbara W. Ballard1985 Politics, Higher Education Administration
Elizabeth Miller Watkins1985 Business
Jean F. Shepherd1985 Law
Janet Sharistanian1985 English
Beulah Duncan1985 Community Organization
Virginia E. Detlor1985 Science, Biology
Mildred Clodfelter1986 Business Administration
Nona Tollefson1986 Psychology
Muriel Helen Johnson1986 Women's Studies
Ida Hyde1986 Biology, Physiology
Joanne M. Collins1987 Politics
Rae Sedgwick1987 Law, Psychology, Advocacy
Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett1987 Higher Education Administration, Psychology
Lenoir Ekdahl1987 Housing Services
Esther Valladolid Wolf1988 Social Work, Politics
Elaine Sharp1988 Political Science
K. Barbara Jetter Schowen1988 Chemistry
Gertrude Sellards Pearson1988 Philanthropy
Sara Paretsky1988 Business, Creative Writing
Margaret Battenfeld Hashinger1988 Sociology
Zelema Harris1988 Higher Education
Marjorie Heard Franklin1988 Engineering
Kristin Bowman-James1989 Chemistry
Sharon S. Brehm1989 Psychology, Higher Education
Alberta L. Corbin1989 German, Higher Education
Alma Poehler Brook1989 Art History
Sherry Borgers1990 Psychology
Natalie Calderwood1990 English
Rochelle Chronister1990 Politics, Virology
Mabel L. Rice1990 Child Language
Carlotta S. Nellis1990 Housing Services
Elizabeth C. Banks1991 Classics
Kathy Barnard1991 Art
Ann Schofield1991 American Studies, History
Rose L. Greaves1991 History
Edith M. Freeman1991 Social Welfare
Alice-Ann Darrow1991 Music, Dance
Ann T. Weick1992 Social Welfare
Susan J. Kemper1992 Psychology
Janet Hamburg1992 Dance
Deborah J. Gerner1992 Political Science
Gunda I. Georg1992 Chemistry
Anna M. Cienciala1993 History
Eleanor J. Sullivan1993 Nursing, Novelist
Jean Bragg Schumaker1993 Child Psychology
Sarah Jane Russell1993 Women's Studies, Counseling
Charlene L. Muehlenhard1993 Women's Studies, Psychology
Nancy A. Dahl1993 Science, Biology
Ann P. Turnbull1994 Special Education
Susanne M. Shaw1994 Journalism
Nancy L. Peterson1994 Special Education
Shelley Jane Miller1994 Library Studies
Elizabeth A. Kuznesof1994 Latin American Studies
Ann Eversole1994 Higher Education
Margaret Wenski Amini1995 Journalism
Barbara Anthony-Twarog, PhD1995 Science, Physics & Astronomy
Renate Mai-Dalton1995 Business
Sandra Albrecht1996 Sociology & Women's Studies
Florence Teat-Montgomery1996 Housing Services
Marylee Southard1996 Engineering
Linda Mullens1996 Higher Education Administration
Diane McDermott1996 Psychology
Sally Mason1996 Science, Higher Education
Marietta Hanna-Jackson1996 Housing Services
Liane Davis1996 Social Work
Omofolabo Ajayi-Soyinka1997 Theatre and Film
Betty Jo Charlton1997 Politics
Jan Kozma1997 French & Italian
Diana B. Carlin1998 Higher Education, Communications
Kathryn Nemeth Tuttle1998 Higher Education Administration
Mary Lou Michaelis1998 Chemistry
Sadye Logan1998 Social Work
Joan Brunfeldt1999 Medicine
Karen Symms Gallagher1999 Higher Education Administration
Analee "Betsy" Beisecker2000 Sociology, Preventive Medicine
Juanita Strait2000 Music
Jacqueline Z. Davis2000 Performing Arts
Nobleza Asuncion-Lande2001 Communication Studies
Mary Beck Briscoe2001 Law
Andrea Norris2001 Art History
Barbara Watkins2002 Higher Education
Mary Rosenbloom2002 Library Sciences
Deborah Powell2002 Medicine, Higher Education
Maryemma Graham2002 English
Joyce Castle2003 Music
Cora Lee Beers Price2003 Classics
Toni-Marie Montgomery2003 Higher Education, Music
Martha Langley2003 Social Welfare
Mary Lee Hummert2003 Communication Studies
Nyla Branscombe2004 Psychology
Pamela Soltis2004 Plant Biology
Dorthy Pennington2004 English, Communication Studies
Linda Luckey2004 Religion, Higher Education Administration
Marigold Linton2004 Psychology
Alice Lieberman2004 Social Work
Christine Kenney2004 Law
Susan V. Craig2004 Art History
Edith L. Taylor2004 Women's Studies, Higher Education
Polly Bales2005 Music, Philanthropy
Linda Warren2005 Medicine
Annette Stanton2005 Psychology
Beverly Smith-Billings2005 Philanthropy, Psychology, Business
Kay Barnes2006 Politics
Kathy Suprenant2006 Biology
Annette Rieger2006 Social Work, Philanthropy
Helen Alexander2007 Science, Biology
Barbara Atkinson2007 Medicine, Higher Education
Marynell Dyatt Reece2007 Business
Joan Hunt2007 Biology, Immunology
Elizabeth Broun2008 Art History
Marlesa Roney2008 Higher Education Administration
Maritza Machado-Williams2008 Higher Education
Audrey Langworthy2008 Political Science
Ann Cudd2008 Women's Studies, Philosophy
Maria Carlson2009 Russian & East European Studies
Joey Sprague2009 Sociology
Jacqueline Snyder2009 Higher Education
Kathleen Sebelius2009 Political Science, Public Administration, Politics
Bozenna Pasik-Duncan2009 Mathematics
Judy Locy Wright2010 Philanthropy
Mary Murgia2010 Law
Janet Murgia2010 Law
Karen L. Miller2010 Nursing
Carol Marinovich2010 Politics
Katherine Rose-Mockry2011 Higher Education
Sheila C. Bair2011 Finance
Lynn Bretz2011 Communications
Hannah Britton2011 Political Science, Women's Studies
Patricia Thomas2011 Medicine
Gloria Farha Flentje2011 Law
Carol A. Beier2012 Law
Mary Burg2012 Higher Education Administration
Cynthia Carroll2012 Geology, Business
Linda Weir-Enegren2012 Philanthropy
Debra Kamps2012 Science, Disability Research
Lorraine Haricombe2012 Library Studies
Janet Sommer Campbell2013 Broadcasting Administration
Kathryn Vratil2013 Law
Donna Sweet2013 Medicine
Sara Thomas Rosen2013 Linguistics, Higher Education Administration
Kathy Davis2013 Pediatric Palliative Care
Cathy Daicoff2013 Finance, Public Administration
Neeli Bendapudi2014 Business, Marketing
Barbara Timmermann2014 Medicinal Chemistry
Kimberly Templeton2014 Orthopedic Surgery
Deborah J. Teeter2014 Research & Planning
Adele Hall2014 Philanthropy
Marily Harper Rhudy2014 Pharmacy
Ann Brill2015 Journalism
Connie Burk2015 Activism
Karen Mitchell Humphreys2015 Law
Barbara Lukert2015 Medicine
Julie Robinson2015 Law
Rosemarie T. Truglio2015 Human Development
Venida Chenault2016 HIgher Education, Social Welfare
Carol Fabian2016 Medicine, Oncology
Alferdteen Harrison2016 African-American Studies, History
Sharon Lee2016 Medicine
Anne Levinson2016 Law, Community Activism
Patricia Long2016 Higher Education
Sarah Deer2017 Law and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Terry Evans2017 Photographer/ Artist
Bernadette Gray-Little2017 Higher Education, Psychology
Colleen McCain Nelson2017 Journalism
Saralyn Reece Hardy2017 Art and Museum Administration
Jan Sheldon2017 Applied Behavioral Science
Lynette Woodard2018 Athletics
Lydia Beebe2018 Business
Jannette Berkley-Patton2018 Health
Julie Johnson Staples2018 Advocacy
Mary Klayder2018 Education
Sandy Praeger2018 Politics

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