Edwin K. “Ed” Barker

Age: 81. The first West High principal (1968-79), local apartment owner, through four decades has substantially impacted local youth and a community of renters. An Indianola native educated at UNI, Iowa State University and Stanford who served in the Army (1951-52), he came to Iowa City in 1968 to head West, where he was popular among […]

Elizabeth Tate

Bettye Tate used to think she got quite a deal. She bought that 12-bedroom house on South Dubuque Street with a $10 downpayment in 1939. In all, it cost $3,300 for the house that became a home to Tate, her husband, Junious, and hundreds of male African-American students during a period when the University of […]

Grant Wood

It’s one of the few paintings in the history of art that is instantly recognizable — a father and daughter standing together in front of a white Iowa farmhouse. Iowa artist Grant Wood took pride in the fact that he lived his entire life in one region and showed his affection for the Midwest in […]

Bob (Robert L.) Welsh

Age: 83. Community and seniors activist during four decades, retired First Christian Church pastor (1965-92), played key roles in Iowa City achieving national recognition as an outstanding place to live, particularly for seniors. From “Citizens for a Better Iowa City” support of council-manager government, chair of the city’s first cable-television committee and first housing commission […]

E.F. Lindquist

E.F. Lindquist worked on all aspects of academic testing and educational measurement, and along with Ted McCarrell, founded ACT. He developed procedures for test construction and design, scoring and reporting and interpretation of results. He was a pioneer in translating statistical concepts and terms in a language appropriate to educational research. And he developed a […]

Wilfreda Hieronymous

In the 1970s, downtown Iowa City was on the downturn without much hope of improvement. Developer Wilfreda Hieronymus helped change that, leading a charge to revitalize the downtown by building Old Capitol Town Center, Plaza Centre One and the Capitol House Apartments for low-income seniors. “I was raised with the idea that you had to […]

Teresa Smith

AGE: 44. JOB: Kindergarten teacher. DID YOU KNOW? Smith took violin lessons from first through eighth grade. Teresa Smith is second in seniority among the staff at Lucas Elementary School only to Alfreda Dixon, who will retire at the end of the year. Smith taught first grade for 16 years and this year was moved to kindergarten because […]

Dottie Klein Ray

Present day radio interviewer more than 50 years, “driven by curiosity,” provides a regular forum for community issues and activities. Her personal involvement touches many aspects of local life, including service as the first chairwoman of United Way. The Eagle Grove native became the first female Daily Iowan editor while earning a UI degree in […]

Gretchen Harshbarger

1906-1989. Nationally recognized professional landscape architect, author and photographer, leader in founding Project GREEN, moved to Iowa City with husband, Clay, when he became UI faculty after their 1928 marriage, the same year she completed a landscape architecture degree at Cornell in Ithaca. A native of Shenandoah, her mother was a member of the Henry Field […]

Jean Lloyd-Jones

Age: 80. State legislator (House 1979-88, Senate 1989-94), a product of and leader in local liberal Democratic causes virtually from her arrival on the Iowa City scene in 1951. A Washington, D.C., native who was raised in New Mexico and educated at Northwestern (B.S., English, 1951) and UI (M.A., history, 1971), she headed the Iowa City […]