2017 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.

Richard A. Carranza

College of Education

Accomplished and highly regarded educator who is committed to improving the lives of all students.

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Bruce D. Beach

Eller College of Management

Successful accounting executive and dedicated philanthropist committed to improving the Eller College and the Tucson community.

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Alan L. Boeckmann

College of Engineering

Impactful business leader responsible for promoting international standards for business and engineering ethics with lifelong dedication to the university.

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The Harelson Family

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences 

Active philanthropists who are passionate about students and who have greatly impacted the university for generations.  

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Carolina Barillas-Mury

College of Science 

Internationally recognized researcher making significant strides in parasite biology and working to improve health on a global scale.

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Steven R. Lainoff

James E. Rogers College of Law

Distinguished leader with business acumen, financial expertise and leadership skills that provide service to the legal profession, the country, his clients and the UA College of Law.

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Robert T. Jones

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 

Dedicated leader in the fields of education, agriculture and business, and a tireless advocate for CALS, the university and land-grant education.

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Kathryn L. Reed

College of Medicine - Tucson

Maternal-fetal research pioneer who has gained global recognition for her work. A tireless and caring physician, professor and colleague.

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Dante Lauretta 

College of Humanities

Accomplished space exploration researcher, professor and principal investigator in OSIRIS-REx asteroid-return mission.   

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R. Ken Coit

College of Pharmacy

Highly successful private real estate investment banker whose high ethical standards, re-enforced by the College of Pharmacy, play a continual role in his success.  

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Diane Reicher Jacobs

Landscape Architecture 

Advocate for women in architecture and role model committed to the communities in which she works.

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Sean J. McCafferty

College of Optical Sciences

Extraordinary optical and mechanical engineer, eye surgeon and businessman with a relentless desire to improve ophthalmic treatment worldwide.

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Joyce A. Verran

College of Nursing

Nationally and internationally recognized nursing expert dedicated to preparing the next generation of nursing systems researchers.

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Sue Scott

College of Fine Arts

Professional stage actor and commercial voice talent with an impressive and unique career performing nationally for decades on public radio.

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David R.P. Martinez

The Honors College

Highly awarded political officer who has dedicated his life to public service through work in diplomacy, international development and peace building. 

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