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List of Citizen Hall of Fame nominees narrowed

Artist Harold Balazs talks about his upcoming show with painter Mel McCuddin in his studio near his home in Mead. (Kathy Plonka)
Artist Harold Balazs talks about his upcoming show with painter Mel McCuddin in his studio near his home in Mead. (Kathy Plonka)

The Spokane Public Library Foundation has whittled the nearly 100 nominees it had for the Spokane Citizens Hall of Fame down to 18 split in six categories. Inductees will be chosen from these lists and announced at a breakfast on April 2. The Citizens Hall of Fame is a fundraiser for the foundation.

Already picked to be inducted into the Citizens Hall of Fame are:

Chief Garry, Spokane Tribe leader

Thomas Foley, former Speaker of the House

Daniel K. Oliver, a Spokane City Councilman who served in the 1890s

King Cole, Expo '74 organizer

May Arkwright Hutton, women's suffragist

Vicki McNeill, former Spokane mayor


Here are nominees:













Arts and Letters

Harold Balazs, sculptor

Moritz Kundig, architect

Jess Walter, novelist

Innovation and Leadership

Donald F. Kardong, founder of Bloomsday

Marion Moos, women's rights activist

Wendell Satre, former president of Washington Water Power


Gary A. Livingston, former superintendent of Spokane Public Schools

William P. Robinson, former president of Whitworth University

John P. Rodkey, former principal of North Central High School

Economic Development and Business

Ned M. Barnes, former Spokane Public Library trustee

Gordon Budke, accountant and member of many boards, including EWU's

Walt Worthy, developer and hotelier

Public Service and Philanthropy

Jeanne Ager, owner of Ager Consulting Co. and former director of Foundation Northwest

Russ Nobbs, founder of Rings & Things

Dr. Elizabeth Welty, physician active in many nonprofit groups

Science, Medicine and Health

Mary (Driscoll) Higgins, director of the Spokane Mental Health Center

Peg Hopkins, chief executive of Community Health Association of Spokane

Katherine R. Tuttle, director of research at Sacred Heart Medical Center

Jonathan Brunt
Jonathan Brunt joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. He is the government editor. He previously was a reporter who covered Spokane City Hall, Spokane County government and public safety.

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