Oct. 18, 2019

Contact: Sheena Rice, 573-882-8353, RiceSm@missouri.edu

COLUMBIA, Mo. – At the University of Missouri, “Tradition Stands Forever,” and so will the legacy of the 2019 Mizzou Hall of Fame inductees.

The Mizzou Hall of Fame honors Tigers who have left a tangible impact on the world. Since 2016, the Hall of Fame has recognized high-achieving alumni who have exhibited excellence in their field. The inductees are formally recognized during homecoming week.

“At Mizzou, tradition stands forever, and homecoming truly connects Mizzou’s past and present,” MU Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright said. “Each year, I look forward to celebrating the powerful legacies of Mizzou’s alumni and how they’ve benefitted society.”

The inductees are

  • Jim Lehrer, alumnus of the School of Journalism and a broadcast journalist of five decades. Lehrer used what he learned through the Missouri Method to cover the Watergate hearings and moderate 12 presidential debates. He retired in 2011 from “PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.”
  • Andy Bryant, Intel chairman who graduated from MU in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Bryant has used what he learned from MU economics professor John Kuhlman to guide Intel and its role in the digital world.
  • Susan G. Komen, who enrolled at MU in 1962 to pursue her interest in fashion and began working as a model in 1963. Komen died of breast cancer at 36. In her memory, her sister, Nancy Brinker, founded the Susan G. Komen foundation in 1982. The foundation has funded more than $988 million in research toward finding a cure.
Jim Lehrer, Andy Bryant and the Komen family attended a luncheon honoring the induction of Lehrer, Bryant and Susan G. Komen into the Mizzou Alumni Association's Homecoming Hall of Fame.

Jim Lehrer, Andy Bryant and the Komen family attended a luncheon honoring the induction of Lehrer, Bryant and Susan G. Komen into the Mizzou Alumni Association's Homecoming Hall of Fame.

The Mizzou Hall of Fame is one of many homecoming traditions. Throughout the week, students volunteer across Columbia and participate in several activities including Decorate the District and the Homecoming Blood Drive, the largest student-run blood drive in the country.

“As Mizzou’s most cherished tradition, Homecoming is a celebration that embodies our Tiger spirit,” said Todd McCubbin, executive director of the Mizzou Alumni Association. “This year’s Mizzou Hall of Fame inductees are outstanding representatives of our Mizzou Family who exemplify our core values.”

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