A South Bend Central graduate, he holds the William K. Lamman Jr. professorship at Yale University, where he teaches and directs the Urban Ethnography Project. Dr. Anderson is one of the nation’s leading urban ethnographers and cultural theorists. He has written and edited numerous books, book chapters, articles and scholarly reports on race in American cities and won many prestigious awards.
A community activist, Jody has lent her organizational skills and enthusiasm to such causes as the American Cancer Society, Broadway Theatre League, Irish Youth Hockey, Human Rights Commission, YWCA, Stanley Clark School, College Hall of Fame Committee, Temple Beth-El and Sinai Synagogue.
John (Jack) McGann
Retired editor and publisher of The Tribune. He served as chairman of the $1 million Campaign of Art Foundation; chairman of the 1981 United Way Campaign; co-chairman of the YWCA Capital Fund Drive; chairman of the Chamber of Commerce board; board chairman of Project Future; president of the board of the South Bend Regional Museum of Art; and creator and chairman of the Sunburst Marathon.
Jane Woodward Miller
Superior Court Judge since 2006. She served on the board of the Family & Children’s Center; special advocate for the CASA program; designed “Kid’s Court” program; started CASIE Center. She was a deputy prosecutor for 13 years, handling child abuse and neglect cases. The Life Treatment Center houses “Jane’s House,” a local residential facility for women with substance problems. From 1998 to 2013 she coached the Mock Trial program at Adams High School.
A founder and one of the first directors of La Casa de Amistad. Boy Scout scoutmaster; served more than 40 years as director of Celestial Choir at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church; member of Salvation Army’s Kroc Community Center arts committee; active in United Way for more than 28 years. In 2013 he was honored as a Trailblazer for his efforts to further civil rights.
The Veldman Family. The late Pete Veldman founded the Tire Rack. He and his wife Wilma operated several businesses on South Bend’s west side before encouraging son-in-law Mike Jones to start the Tire Rack in 1979. The Veldman family has been active in various youth programs and in Catholic education.
Thomas S. Stanfield (historical inductee)
A key figure in the early history of South Bend. He came here in 1831 and helped establish the first railroad here. He was the city’s first postmaster, and in 1845 was elected to the state legislature. In 1853 he became a judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit.
The Hall of Fame annually presents awards to local citizens or organizations for outstanding contributions to our community.
- Evie Kirkwood: the Ideal Baldoni Distinguished Public Service Award
Evie, the county parks superintendent, has led the county park system for many years. During a time of increasing budget constraints she has managed to keep the parks vibrant and meaningful. She uses her time and talents to educate the public about the value of preserving and maintaining our natural resources.
- St. Margaret’s House: Distinguished Community Service Award
St. Margaret’s House is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. It provides assistance to women and children, particularly a safe place for them to stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It offers meals, showers, clothing, laundry facilities, counseling and other programs.
- Kevin Smith: Distinguished Achievement Award
Kevin, a local businessman, bought the former Union Station in 1979 and housed the family business there before converting it into a technology center. More recently, he acquired the former Studebaker assembly plant and is renovating it for use as an expanded version of the Technology Center.
- WNIT: Corporate Contributions to Education Award
The local PBS affiliate has enhanced local television programming in our community and promoted news and documentaries about the people and places that make us unique. Its move from Elkhart to South Bend has contributed to the revitalization of the downtown area
Teachers Credit Union
- 1st Source Bank
- Burkhart Sign Systems
- Communications Company
- Faegre Baker Daniels
- Holladay Properties
- Memorial Hospital
- Memorial Children’s Hospital
- Pathfinders Advertising
- South Bend Chocolate Company
- South Bend Tribune/WSBT
- University of Notre Dame
- Cressy Foundation
- Electronics, Inc.
- Four Winds Casino & Resort
- Gates Automotive
- Gurley Leep Auto Family
- IU South Bend
- American Structurepoint
- St. Joe Valley Metronet