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

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