Joel T. Daly

Joel T. Daly (LAW ’88), La Grange Highlands, Illinois, was a notable Chicago WLS-TV news anchor who worked at the ABC7 station for nearly 40 years before retiring in 2005. He was one member of the well-respected “Eyewitness News” team that also included Fahey Flynn, John Coleman, and Bill Frink. Daly and his co-anchor Flynn are credited with bringing the concept of conversation into news delivery. After his retirement, Daly worked as a legal analyst and consultant. He was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame (2001) and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Chicago/Midwest Chapter (2002), and received the first Pioneer Award from the Illinois Broadcasters Association (2008) and five Emmy Awards from the Television Academy.

William M. Hannay III

William M. Hannay III, Barrington, Illinois, was an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law. A graduate of Yale University and Georgetown Law, he had a career that included a clerkship for retired Supreme Court of the United States Justice Tom C. Clark and U.S. Appellate Judge Myron H. Bright. Hannay was also an assistant district attorney in New York and became a partner in the Chicago office of Schiff Hardin. Hannay enjoyed acting and singing, and he was a member of the Barrington Village Singers, among other vocal groups.

Narinder S. Kapany

Narinder S. Kapany, Redwood City, California, was a physicist and entrepreneur who was considered to be the “Father of Fiber Optics.” From the time he was in high school in Dehradun, India, Kapany aimed to prove that light rays can be bent and went on to demonstrate in 1954 the transmission of light in bundles of connected thin glass fibers, in part, establishing the beginning of fiber optics communications. In the late 1950s Kapany and his wife moved to Illinois, where he joined the faculty of Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1960 they relocated to California, where Kapany began the company Optics Technology to commercialize his research and focus on product development. He later founded two more companies, Kaptron and K2 Optronics.

Marilyn Kouba

Marilyn Kouba (CHEM ’50, M.S. ’63), Schaumburg, Illinois, credited her university education for her more than 35-year career as a chemistry and physical science teacher at Harold Washington College and other schools within the City Colleges of Chicago, beginning in the 1950s. She supported women in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields through her longtime participation in the Delta Zeta international college sorority. A member of the American Chemical Society for more than 50 years, Kouba was active in the Chicago Section.

Robert J. Krawczyk

Robert J. Krawczyk, Batavia, Illinois, joined the College of Architecture in 1983 and retired as professor in January 2020. He held a number of administrative roles at the college over the years, including director of the Architectural CAD Lab (1988–1996), director of the undergraduate program in architecture (2006–2011), and director of the art@IIT Gallery (2004–07). Before coming to Illinois Tech, Krawczyk worked at the former C. F. Murphy Associates, Benkert Associates, and Burnham and Hammond. A recognized artist in the field of computer-generated art work, Krawczyk owned BitArtWorks, a digital art studio in Batavia.

Norman G. Lederman

Norman G. Lederman, Wakefield, Rhode Island, was an internationally recognized leader in and advocate for the field of inquiry-based mathematics and science teacher education. He and his wife, retired Illinois Tech faculty member Judith Sweeney Lederman, established the former Mathematics and Science Education Department at Illinois Tech in 2001, and in 2008, were selected by Perspectives Charter Schools to help launch the Perspectives/IIT Mathematics and Science Academy. A prolific researcher and mentor, Lederman was named Distinguished Professor in 2011 and received numerous awards, including fellowship in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Education Research Association, as well as the Distinguished Contributions to Science Education through Research Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.

David McKinney

David McKinney (ARCH ’67, M.S. CRP ’68, Ph.D. ’76), Fallbrook, California, was provost and chief academic officer at Westcliff University in Irvine. He also co-owned the Golden Garden assisted living facility in Fallbrook with his wife, Catalina. Before joining Westcliff, McKinney  worked on the Model Cities initiative in Chicago and then as an architect for Clark Construction. In Indianapolis, he was a serial real estate entrepreneur, developing single-family home communities, and served on the Pike Township School Board, helping to make soccer a high school varsity sport.

James “Jim” Nagle

James “Jim” Nagle, Chicago, was a member of the “Chicago Seven,” a group of seven influential  architects who in the 1970s held a series of exhibitions and symposia that questioned the architectural status quo. He was a founder of what is now Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects, with offices in Chicago and London. An American Institute of Architects fellow, Nagle received the Illinois AIA Gold Medal for outstanding lifetime service, among numerous other honors. He taught at the university’s College of Architecture for a period of time, served on its Board of Advisors, and established the Nagle/Hartray Scholarship.

Brigitte Peterhans

Brigitte Peterhans (M.ARCH ’61), Stuttgart, Germany, was an architect with Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, where she was considered to be a design leader. She joined SOM in 1970, became an associate in 1973, and advanced to associate partner six years later. Peterhans contributed to such notable projects as Willis Tower, Baxter Travenol Laboratories, and the Hilton Cairo World Trade Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, the noted photographer Walter Peterhans, whom she met at the College of Architecture, where he was on the faculty.

Roy Sahlstrom

Roy Sahlstrom (ME ’45), Elmhurst, Illinois, had a long career as a manufacturer’s representative specializing in equipment for power and process applications, eventually owning his own company, BellTech Utility. During World War II Sahlstrom worked full-time on the glider bomb program at Tonopah, Nevada. He was elected a life fellow of the American Society of Engineers and was active with the organization throughout his life. He was passionate about his time at Illinois Tech and wrote in an essay for the 50th anniversary of his graduation, “Looking back is a kaleidoscope of beautiful memories.”