Please join us in celebrating the lives of our 2017 Inductees at the ceremony and reception to be held in their honor on March 23rd, 2017 at the Arizona Heritage Center in Tempe, Arizona. The women selected to be honored are:
Dr. Gladys McGarey has been a physician for more than 60 years. She is internationally known for her pioneering work in holistic and integrated medicine, natural birthing and doctor-patient relationships. In 1977, Dr. McGarey co-founded the American Holistic Medical Association (AHMA). She has travelled the globe teaching rural women safe birthing practices. The adoption of her methodology in Afghanistan resulted in a 47% decrease in infant mortality. Dr. McGarey has written and lectured extensively, and has helped to expand the knowledge of holistic principles through scientific research and education.
Dr. Christine Kajikawa Wilkinson is the first minority female Vice President in the history of Arizona State University. She currently serves in three capacities at the University: Senior Vice President and Secretary of the ASU; President and CEO of the ASU Alumni Association; and Managing Director of the Trustees of ASU. Three times, Dr. Wilkinson has been called to serve as the University’s Interim Athletic Director. As a tenured faculty member, and in her various roles as educator and administrator, she has influenced thousands of students. A community leader, Dr. Wilkinson, is an advocate for non-profits and educational organizations.
Throughout her life, African American teacher, Rebecca Dallis was determined that her students receive the best education possible. From two railroad cars that served as segregated classrooms in Mobile, Arizona to the Southside Colored Grammar School in Casa Grande, she never allowed inadequate funding, second hand supplies and racial discrimination to stifle this goal. She worked tirelessly to ensure that her students graduated from high-school, holding after-hour classes in her home. In 1962, she retired as principal of Casa Grande’s East School, but continued to help / educate handicapped children.
Sister Clare Dunn was the first nun in the United States to enter public office, and the only nun to serve in the Arizona State Legislature. She was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1974 where she served, until her untimely death in 1981. Among the many issues she championed during her seven year tenure in the legislature were: women’s and children’s rights; a variety of voter issues, including mail-in-ballots; and generic drugs in pharmacies. She was quick to be the voice for those who could not defend themselves.
In 1902, Clara M. Schell became the first female optometrist in the Territory of Arizona. She was a charter member of the Arizona Optometric Association, serving as President in 1926. In addition to her pioneering work in optometry, her concerns with children’s and women’s needs led her to co-found the Arizona Children’s Home in 1908 (now the Arizona Children’s Association) . Clara was one of Tucson’s suffrage leaders and as a community organizer, aided in establishing the Tucson YWCA.
In 1963, Louise Serpa became the first woman to receive a press card from the Rodeo Cowboy Association allowing her to photograph a rodeo from inside the arena. From that time, until her death, she was an integral part of the rodeo community throughout Arizona and the Southwest. An internationally acclaimed photographer, Louise Serpa, was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1999.
Although she was legally blind by the age of 27, Julia Zozaya never let that stop her from serving in numerous positions of local and national leadership or championing a variety of causes. She served as Vice-President for both the National Federation for the Blind and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). In addition, Julia owned and operated the first 24 /7 Spanish-speaking FM radio station in Phoenix. Julia worked tirelessly as an advocate for those with physical disabilities, for Mexican-American causes, and for those less fortunate than herself.