2016 Alumni of the Year

Arizona Alumni salutes University of Arizona alumni for their achievements, public service, advocacy for education, volunteerism and service to students, the colleges and the university.


Stephen A. Matori

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Tireless advocate and leader in the fresh produce industry.

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Darryl B. Dobras

College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

Long-serving champion of CAPLA’s advancement.

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Danielle DeConcini

College of Education

Distinguished advocate for education, community engagement and philanthropy.

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Phil Hagenah

Eller College of Management

Successful owner of a television commercial production company and ardent supporter of Eller.

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John W. Somerhalder II

College of Engineering

Leader in the energy services industry.

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Linda Meta Mobula

The Honors College

Passionate physician who has dedicated her career to improving lives in underdeveloped countries.

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Rick A. Ruth

College of Humanities

Accomplished 40-year professional with the U.S. Department of State.

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Francisco V. Aguilar

James E. Rogers College of Law

Prominent Las Vegas attorney and passionate supporter of the College of Law.

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Joy C. Bunt

College of Medicine - Tucson

Highly regarded clinician, pediatrician and researcher who served as a medical director at the National Institutes of Health.

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Susan Soboe Rose

College of Nursing

Dedicated leader in research and care for vulnerable populations including the aging and those with cognitive conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.

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Robert R. Boye

College of Optical Sciences

Accomplished optical engineer serving as manager of the Physics-Based Microsystems Department at Sandia National Laboratories.

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Richard M. Wiedhopf

College of Pharmacy

Veteran of five decades at the College of Pharmacy; curator of the UA Pharmacy Museum.

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Mark S. Smolinski

Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Global leader and innovator in predicting and preventing threats to public health.

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Kevin B. Marvel

College of Science

Recognized leader in astronomy who currently is the executive officer of the American Astronomical Society.

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Opal Tometi

College of Behavioral Sciences

Visionary writer, strategist and community organizer; co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement.