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1961 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

John Andrew Barr*

Chairman of the Board

Montgomery Ward & Co.

John A. Barr was born on a farm near Akron, Indiana. He attended a one-room school and performed the usual duties required of farm boys. He worked his way through DePauw University as a part-time waiter. Two years later...

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1999 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Barbara M. Barrett

Former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force


Triple Creek Guest Ranch

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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2005 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Colleen C. Barrett

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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2007 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Craig R. Barrett

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 fa...

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2000 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Carol Bartz

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 was...

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1948 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Bernard M. Baruch*


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 Yor...

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1979 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Karl D. Bays*

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 Lou...

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1998 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Donald R. Beall

Chairman Emeritus



Dartbrook Partners (a family partnership)

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 had...

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1981 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Howard O. Beaver, Jr.*

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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1953 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Sandy Beaver*

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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