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Barbara Barrett

1999 Horatio Alger Award Winner

United States Ambassador to Finland, 2008-2009

In the coal-mining country of southwestern Pennsylvania, Barbara Barrett was raised on a modest farm in the 1950s. She was the second of six children born to a former Arizona cowboy who traveled 50 miles each day to work in a P...

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Colleen C. Barrett

2005 Horatio Alger Award Winner

President Emeritus

Southwest Airlines

Colleen Barrett was born in 1944 in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Her father, a U.S. Navy veteran, worked in a machine shop and was later a postal worker. But he was also an alcoholic, and as his drinking problem worsened over the ye...

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Craig R. Barrett

2007 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Retired CEO/Chairman of the Board

Intel Corporation

Craig R. Barrett was born in 1939 in San Francisco, where his father worked at the research labs of Shell Oil Company. His mother was a nursing assistant. When he was seven, Barrett’s parents divorced. Three years later, his ...

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Carol Bartz

2000 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Former Chief Executive Officer


Carol Bartz was born in 1948 in Winona, Minnesota, and lived in a housing project as a youngster. Her father, who had only a second-grade education, earned $40 a week at the local feed mill. “He could sign his name and that w...

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Bernard M. Baruch*

1948 Horatio Alger Award Winner


The second son of a Jewish immigrant, Bernard Baruch was born in 1870 in Camden, South Carolina. His father served as a surgeon on General Robert E. Lee’s staff during the Civil War. In 1881, his family moved to New Y...

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Karl D. Bays*

1979 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Chairman and CEO

American Hospital Supply Corporation

Karl D. Bays grew up in eastern Kentucky. He held various jobs, including mowing lawns and working as a lifeguard, grocery clerk, and construction worker. Bays’ father, who completed only six years of school, worked for the L...

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Donald R. Beall

1998 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Chairman Emeritus


Donald Beall was born in 1938 in Beaumont, California. Both of his parents worked for years at Montgomery Ward and J. C. Penney. When Beall was 10, his family moved to California’s San Bernardino Mountains, where his father h...

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Howard O. Beaver, Jr.*

1981 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Chairman of the Board

Carpenter Technology Corporation

Howard Beaver was born in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, in 1925. His father, a car mechanic by trade, worked in a factory and at several other jobs during the Great Depression. When Beaver was nine, his father cashed in his life insur...

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Sandy Beaver*

1953 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Chairman & President

Riverside Military Academy

Born in 1883, Sandy Beaver sold newspapers as a youngster in a small Georgia town. He worked his way through the University of Georgia by waiting on tables in the dining hall and clerking in a jewelry store. He was a star footb...

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E. Margaret Screaton Beebe*

1997 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Honorary Member

Born in 1908, Margaret Beebe was the wife of the Horatio Alger Association’s founder, Kenneth Beebe. She was an avid supporter of his early efforts to recognize Americans who were self-made successes. Following her hu...

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