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1983 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Benjy F. Brooks*

Professor & Chief of Pediatric Surgery

University of Texas

Born in 1918 in the northern Texas town of Lewisville, Benjy Brooks moved with her parents to Oklahoma at a young age. From age four, she wanted to be a doctor and operate on her sister's dolls with manicure scissors. B...

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1994 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Dorothy L. Brown*

General Surgeon

Clinical Professor of Surgery

Meharry Medical College

Born in a Philadelphia ghetto rooming house in 1919, Dorothy Brown was raised in an orphanage in Troy, New York, until she was 13 years old. She was an undaunted, inquisitive child who had a special relationship with the superi...

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1992 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Jack H. Brown*

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Stater Bros. Markets

Jack Brown was born in 1940 in San Bernardino County, California. He was an only child whose father, a chief deputy sheriff, died when Brown was eight. His mother, a sales clerk, made less than $15 a week. To earn a little extr...

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1990 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Robert J. Brown

Founder, Chairman, and CEO

B&C Associates, Inc.

The great grandson of a slave, Bob Brown was born in 1935 in North Carolina and was raised by his grandmother. Their home was bought with her earnings as a maid for the Southern Railroad. Brown recalls that in his youth, his gr...

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1980 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Joseph S. Bruno*

Chairman of the Board

Bruno's, Inc.

In 1908, Joseph Bruno's parents emigrated from Sicily to Birmingham, Alabama, where Bruno's father worked for Republic Steel Company, shoveling the mill furnace for $1.25 a day. Bruno was born in 1912 and had five brothers and ...

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1989 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Art Buchwald*


Born in Mount Vernon, New York, in 1925, Art Buchwald was the son of a down-on-his-luck curtain manufacturer. Buchwald's mother died when he was a baby. Unable to care for his children, Buchwald's father placed him and his thre...

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1964 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Pearl S. Buck*


Pearl Buck was born in Hillsboro, West Virginia in 1892. When she was five months old, her missionary parents returned to China after having been in the United States specifically for her birth. Thus, she spent her childhood in...

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1952 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Ralph Johnson Bunche*

U.S. Delegate to the United Nations

The son of a barber, Ralph Bunche was born in Detroit in 1904. His family moved to New Mexico when Bunche was 10 in the hopes that his parents' ill health would improve there. However, both parents died two years later. Bunche ...

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1948 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Earl Bunting*


National Association of Manufacturers

Earl Bunting was born and raised in Berryville, Illinois. He worked his way through college at the University of California at Berkeley as a surveyor's stake boy and graduated in 1912 with a degree in industrial and management ...

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1996 Horatio Alger Award Recipient

Dean L. Buntrock

Chairman of the Board & CEO, Emeritus

Waste Management, Inc.

Dean Buntrock was born in 1931 in Columbia, South Dakota, a farming town that had only 250 people at the time. Buntrock's father served as Columbia's mayor for 25 years and ran a farm equipment dealership. Buntrock learned firs...

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