• Jewel Lafontant (1922–1997)


    First African American woman to receive a degree from the University of Chicago Law School; United Nations delegate; director of Jewel grocery chain

  • Sherry Lansing


    Former actress and film studio executive; first female Chairman and CEO of a major film studio (Paramount Pictures) and first woman studio head to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

  • Tsung-Dao Lee


    Nobel Laureate in Physics, 1957

  • Julian H. Lewis (1891-1989)


    First African American to teach at the University; PhD in physiology and pathology in 1915; Father of anthropathology, a field that looks at racial differences in the expression of disease

  • Deborah Mack


    Chief scientific consultant for Terranova Pictures; project director for Chicago Field Museum's Africa exhibition; Manager of Exhibits and Education Programs at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

  • Omar Ramadhan Mapuri


    Minister of Education and Minister for Home Affairs of the United Republic of Tanzania

  • Lynn Margulis


    National Medal of Science winner, 2000

  • Ulysses G. Mason


    Founder of first integrated hospital in Cleveland during the 1950s

  • Benjamin E. Mays (1894–1984)

    MA'25, PhD'35

    President of Morehouse College (1940–1967); Recipient of the American Educator Award (1980); Civil Rights Activist

  • Abner J. Mikva


    Visiting Professor in Law; Illinois Congressman (1956–1966); U.S. Congressman (1969-73, 1975-79); U.S. Court of Appeals Judge (1979-94); Veteran, Army Air Corps

  • Patsy Mink (1927–2002)


    First Asian-American woman elected to U.S. House of Representatives (Hawaii, 1965–1977 and 1990–2002)

  • Kimberly Ng


    Senior Vice-President for Baseball Operations with Major League Baseball

  • Sara Paretsky

    AM'69, MBA'77, PhD'77

    Author of V.I. Warshawski detective novels (Photo by Steven Gross)

  • Marjorie Holloman Parker (1917–2006)

    AM'51, PhD'51

    Presidential appointee to City Council in Washington, D.C.

  • James B. Parsons (1911–1993)

    AM'46, JD'49

    First African-American Federal District Court Judge (1991-92)

  • Kimberly Peirce


    Director of Boys Don't Cry (1999) and Stop-Loss (2008)

  • Jaroslav Pelikan (1923–2006)


    Professor of Historical Theology (1953–1962) Awarded Kluge Prize (2004)

  • Myrtle Potter


    CEO and President, Myrtle Potter & Company