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 U.N. Association (1965-77), local (1960s) and Iowa president (1971-76) of the League of Women Voters, active in the 1970s women’s ERA movement, and headed (1985-91) the Iowa Peace Institute headquartered in Grinnell. She and her UI English professor husband, Richard, raised four children.
— Bob Hibbs