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Lieutenant General E. Ratcliffe “Andy” Anderson, Jr., MD Lieutenant General E. Ratcliffe “Andy” Anderson, Jr., MD

Baton Rouge native Lieutenant General E. Ratcliffe “Andy” Anderson, Jr., MD served as the U.S. Air Force surgeon general from 1994-1997. Before serving as surgeon general, Anderson served in various capacities such as Pilot/Flight Surgeon and Hospital Commander. Anderson continued his medical education with residency training in Dermatology and a fellowship in Dermatologic Surgery. In 1990, he was promoted to Major General and assigned as Commander of Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, the largest hospital in the Department of Defense at that time. Following retirement, he served as Dean of Medicine at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, CEO of the American Medical Association in Chicago and Professor of Medicine at Loyola University (Stritch) School of Medicine. His military decorations include two Distinguished Service Medals, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and 10 Air Medals. Anderson currently resides in Chicago.

Lieutenant General John S. Hardy Lieutenant General John S. Hardy

Born in Logansport, La., Lieutenant General John S. Hardy served as chief of operations for the Army Air Forces in the Mediterranean during World War II. He participated in the planning for air offensives against Southern Europe, the Balkans and the Allied landings in Southern France in 1944. Hardy was appointed as commander, Allied Air Forces Southern Europe in 1966. He later served as Commandant of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the highest level of the nation's military educational system, at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, DC. His military decorations include both Army and Air Force Distinguished Service Medals, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Belgian Croix de Guerre with Palm, Royal Hellenic Order of King George I, among others.

Ben Kleinpeter Ben Kleinpeter

Committed to serving the citizens of Louisiana with local, quality products; Ben Kleinpeter is the third generation owner of Kleinpeter Farms Dairy, L.L.C, which began in 1913. His efforts to preserve the Kleinpeter House, built by his grandfather in 1850, to its original state landed the home on the National Register of Historic Places. A lover of Louisiana history and its preservation, Kleinpeter has collected Louisiana antiques and donated many of them to Louisiana museums. His efforts to preserve the historic Kleinpeter Indian mounds that were threatened with destruction due to the development of the Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge, is largely the reason those mounds are still intact today. Kleinpeter was a 2002 Farmer of the Year Nominee. Kleinpeter and his late wife, Jay, instilled in their seven children their respect for the environment and taught them the importance of conservation. When the St Helena Parish dairy farm was built, Kleinpeter Farms installed state of the art conservation practices without being required to by any government agency. The Louisiana Wildlife Federation cited those practices in naming the company Louisiana’s Conservation Corporation of the Year in 2007.

Tony Kushner Tony Kushner

Tony Kushner of Lake Charles is best known for his Pulitzer Prize winning play, Angels in America. Kushner also wrote the screenplay of the play for Mike Nichols’ film adaptation. He is also co-author of the screenplay of the 2005 film Munich, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and earned Kushner an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, an Emmy Award and an Oscar nomination, among other honors. Kushner currently resides in Manhattan.

Lynn Whitfield Lynn Whitfield

Baton Rouge native Lynn Whitfield is best known for her 1991 Emmy award-winning performance as entertainment pioneer Josephine Baker in the film The Josephine Baker Story. She has appeared on such television shows as The George McKenna Story (1986) with co-star Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey’s The Women of Brewster Place (1989) and The Cosby Mysteries (1994) alongside Bill Cosby. Her film works include A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996), Eve's Bayou (1998), and more recently The Cheetah Girls (2003) and The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006). She is the recipient of an Emmy, two Image Awards and a Black Reel Award, among others. Whitfield currently resides in Manhattan.

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