the third annual

spokane citizen hall of fame!

The 2017 Winners and their categories are listed below:

Elson S. Floyd Community Impact Award
Rich Hadley

Public Service and Philanthropy
Jim Sheehan
Tom Armitage

Economic Development and Business
Betsy Cowles
Innovation and Leadership
Paul Redmond

Arts and Letters
David Dutton
Moritz Kundig
Science Health and Medicine
Dr. George Schneider

Historic Inductees
Ned Barnes (1936 – 2011)
Sister Peter Claver (1916 – 1991)
Kirtland Cutter (1860 – 1939)
Aubrey Lee White (1869 – 1948)

Check back to our website near the end of 2017 to make a nomination for 2018.



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