Rutgers’ Most Distinguished Alumni

The Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni recognizes graduates who embody the Scarlet Forever ideal and push it further in ways that change the world and strengthen their alma mater—now and for future generations. Each year, Rutgers selects and celebrates these extraordinary individuals to highlight the rich history, enduring values, and far-reaching aspirations of the Rutgers alumni community.

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2021 Honorees

Physician and pharmaceutical executive Ronald Garutti RC’67

Business leader and children’s health champion John Herma RC’70

Trailblazing attorney and executive Oliver Quinn NLAW’75

Education advocate and visionary Douglass alumna Barbara Rodkin DC’76

Biotechnology pioneer and research supporter Sandy Stewart CCAS’81, GSC’87

Past Inductees

Past inductees number more than 200 and include actor James Gandolfini, author Janet Evanovich, poet Robert Pinsky, and five former New Jersey governors. The Hall of Distinguished Alumni is the highest honor given to Rutgers graduates of the University. Honorees have devoted time and energy to the greater good of society and Rutgers as well. Many have triumphed in business, sports, science, or the arts.

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