William Campbell pictured at his cottage in Cape Cod. He always carries a pencil in his pocket to jot down any ideas that may occur as he moves through his day. (Photo: Kit DeFever)

Hall of Fame:
Dr. William C. Campbell

­For centuries, onchocerciasis, commonly known as river blindness, had plagued remote communities in Africa, Latin America, and Yemen. Lifelines for villagers, the rivers are breeding grounds for black flies that, when infected with a parasitic worm, transmit the disease through repeated biting. In return, those infected transfer the disease to uninfected flies who bite them, resulting in a...

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Michael Dowling, CEO of  Northwell Health. (Photo: Kit DeFever)

Hall of Fame:
Michael Dowling

In 1995, Limerick-native Michael Dowling was offered the position of senior vice president of hospital services at Northwell Health, formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System, which was then a collection of several hospitals on Long Island. In 1997, he advanced to the position of executive vice president and chief operating officer, and a short five years later was named president and CEO of the...

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Sister Tesa Fitzgerald is the founder and director of Hour Children.

Hall of Fame:
Sister Tesa Fitzgerald

Sister Teresa “Tesa” Fitzgerald, a nun of the order of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the founder of non-profit organization Hour Children, is a long-time believer in the power of routine. “If you can embrace it,” she says, “you can run with it.” Stepping through the doors of Hour Children’s central facility, it’s easy to see why she holds this view so firmly – the place, abuzz...

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O’Sullivan speaks to LIUNA leaders at the union’s 2013 Leadership Conference. (Photo: Bill Burke)

Hall of Fame: Terry O’Sullivan

For more than 150 years, the American labor movement has been a conduit for Irish American economic growth and, just as importantly, between the Irish in America and their families still in Ireland as well as republican organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. Irish laborers in America sent an estimated $260 million across the Atlantic between 1850 and 1900, and Irish and Irish American labor...

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Kevin White in his role as 
athletics director at Duke University in 
North Carolina.

Hall of Fame:
Dr. Kevin White

Kevin White believes that his success and impact on collegiate sports is because of his Irish ancestry. “I am who I am, the diminutive pluses combined with the avalanche of minuses, because of my ancestral roots. To that end, I take great pride in being a teacher, a mentor, and a leader, which are all profoundly found within my Celtic DNA,” he told Irish America in February. White, the vice...

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