Wall of Fame

These people from Allen County whose accomplishments and work are recognized on national and international levels represent only a small portion of the many local individuals who deserve recognition for their contributions to American Society.

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10/17/1845 – 12/15/1898

Railroad organizer and Ohio senator

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7/17/1917 – 8/20/2012

Pioneer comedienne, television and movie actress and best-selling author

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2/2/1921 – 7/1/2020

 Journalist and television host for some of the most influential television programs to date

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8/9/1911 – 3/14/1995

Nobel Laureate Prize winner, world-renown physicist and professor

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9/2/1880 – 9/14/1968

World-famous cartoonist and amateur horticulturist 

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4/24/1937 – 6/30/2001

Grammy Award winning jazz musician

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11/11/1903 – 2/5/1991

Emmy and Oscar winning character actor with credits in over 150 movies

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1/29/1920 – 3/14/2002

Track and Field participant at the Olympic games in 1928, World War II medic, and doctor

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4/7/1942 

Retired Naval Commander and executive chairman of major organizations

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2/2/1920 – 7/22/1944

Medal of Honor recipient in the Pacific Theater during World War II

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2/9/1922 – 11/9/1944

Medal of Honor Recipient on the Eastern Front during World War II

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10/16/1912 – 5/2/1998

Actress in over 200 stage and screen roles and professor at Bennett College

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5/23/1920 9/9/1993

Singer, actress, and beauty pageant hostess

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1/2/1900 – 5/10/1980

Nationally known amateur astronomer and author

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4/4/1904 – 4/30/1973

Naval Commander during World War II and recipient of several honors during his career

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1/29/1920 3/14/2002

Career Army Officer and advisor to the Chief of Staff of the United States Army

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1849 9/13/1939

"Dean of the Oil Industry"