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Kimera Bartee, Class of 1990 →  October 8, 2017

Believed to be the first Central graduate to play in baseball’s major leagues, the speedy Bartee has made his mark as a rangy outfielder for three teams and now as a coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Central all-state player accepted a scholarship to Creighton, helping the Bluejays to their only appearance in the College […]

Natalie Brown, Class of 1985 →  October 8, 2017

During a globe-trotting three-decade career as a U.S. State Department diplomat, Brown has served her country while promoting peace, security, women’s rights, and stronger ties with the rest of the world. At Central, Brown studied both French and German before moving on to graduate from Georgetown University and pass the exam to join the foreign […]

Howard Chudacoff, Class of 1961 →  October 8, 2017

In a long career as an Ivy League history professor, Chudacoff has proven a gifted educator and prolific writer, co-authoring an influential college history text and authoring numerous other books spanning diverse academic interests. Even before coming to Central, Chudacoff’s strong academic bent earned him the nickname “The Professor.” A distinguished academic career at the […]

Henry Cordes, Class of 1981 →  October 8, 2017

Over nearly four decades with The Omaha World-Herald, Cordes has been recognized as one of Nebraska’s most influential journalists. He joined the paper’s sports department months after graduating from Central in 1981. Upon graduating from UNO he joined the news staff covering crime. He went on to serve six years as statehouse bureau chief and […]

John Emery, Class of 1956 →  October 8, 2017

Emery’s life has been marked by his success and leadership in Nebraska’s insurance industry as well as his public service, particularly on boards overseeing higher education. After obtaining a law degree in 1970, Emery helped found the RD Marcotte agency in Omaha, an affiliate of Mutual of Omaha. As vice president for sales, he helped […]

Muriel Frank, Class of 1936 →  October 8, 2017

As a pioneering woman in Omaha’s medical community, Dr. Frank showed a commitment to improving patient care while inspiring many women to pursue careers in medicine. When Frank entered the University of Nebraska’s medical school, many still believed women’s proper role in medicine should be limited to serving as nurses. She graduated with her MD […]

Sanford Friedman, Class of 1964 →  October 8, 2017

Founding and operating businesses across a diverse range of fields, Friedman over four decades proved a successful salesman, trouble-shooter and entrepreneur. After graduating from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1969, Friedman acquired an insurance agency that within 12 years had grown to the second-largest independent agency in Omaha. After it was purchased by […]

Paul Phillips, Class of 1932 →  October 8, 2017

Phillips led the Urban League chapter in Grand Rapids through the turbulent civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s, serving as a calm and strong force against racial discrimination. A state record-setter in track, Phillips earned a scholarship to Marquette University and later got his master’s degree at Fisk. When Phillips took over the […]

Edson Smith, Class of 1922 →  October 8, 2017

As a crusading young prosecuting attorney in 1930s Omaha, Smith helped break the grip of the political machine that long controlled the city. After graduating from Central and then Harvard Law School, Smith returned to his hometown in 1929 as an assistant U.S. attorney. In that role, the prosecutor took on Tom Dennison, the underworld […]

Lawrence Thomas, Class of 1954 →  October 8, 2017

Thomas used his financial acumen to help build ConAgra Inc. into one of the world’s biggest food companies and one of Omaha’s most significant employers. After obtaining a master’s degree in finance, Thomas went to work in 1960 at Nebraska Consolidated Mills, then a small grain company with annual sales of $50 million. In those […]