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Distinguished Immigrant CUNY Alumni

* denotes second generation

Alphabetical order by last name.
JOSEPH ABAJIAN
Joseph Abajian

Lebanon,
LaGuardia Community College 1992,
founder and president of Fatbeats,a hip-hop/rap music company.

*BELLA ABZUG
Joseph Abajian

Russia,
Hunter College 1942,
feminist activist and member of Congress 1971–1977

ROCKY AOKI

Japan, New York City College of Technology 1963, founder of Benihana restaurants

ALICE MICHELLE AUGUSTINE

Dominica, Lehman College 2006, Soros Fellow

ROBERT AUMANN

Germany, City College 1950, Nobel Prize in Economics 2005

*JULIUS AXELROD

Poland, City College 1933, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

JOANNA AYOUNG
Joanna Ayoung

Trinidad,
Hunter College 2006,
Jonas E. Salk Scholar

CARMEN VIDAL BALANZAT

Spain, City College M.F.A. 2006, Student Academy Award Winner 2006

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WALTER H. BARANDIARAN
WALTER H. BARANDIARAN

Peru,
Baruch College 1979,
Founder & Managing Partner, The Argentum Group

*BERNARD BARUCH
BERNARD BARUCH

Germany,
City College 1889,
Financier and Adviser to Presidents

MOHAMAD BAZZI

Lebanon, CUNY BA 1997, Middle East Bureau Chief, Newsday

ABRAHAM BEAME

England, City College 1928, Mayor of New York City, 1974–1977

*DANIEL BELL

Eastern Europe, City College 1939, Sociologist

AMANDA BERNAL

Colombia, Graduate Center, founder, Hostos Cultural and Medicinal Plant Garden

OSCAR BRAND

Canada, Brooklyn College 1942, folksinger

PRINCE BRUCE
PRINCE BRUCE

Ghana,
John Jay College B.S. 1999,
& M.P.A. 2000, Assistant Chief Security Officer for the U.N. in Kenya

*PADDY CHAYEFSKY

Russia, City College, Oscar-winning screenplay writer

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WELLINGTON Z. CHEN

Taiwan/China, City College, Architect, member of CUNY Board of Trustees

*SHIRLEY ST. HILL CHISHOLM
Shirley St Hill Chisholm

Guyana/Barbados,
Brooklyn College 1946,
member of Congress 1969–82 and 1972 presidential candidate

UNA CLARKE

Jamaica, New York City College of Technology, former New York City council member

DAISY COCCO DE FILIPPIS
DAISY COCCO DE FILIPPIS

Dominican Republic,
Queens College 1975 and Graduate Center,
Provost Hostos Community College

STANLEY COHEN

Russia, Brooklyn College 1943, biochemist; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1986

IRINA DOSTOVA

Uzbekistan, Brooklyn College 2006, Jonas E. Salk Scholar

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*ALFRED DRAKE

Italy, Brooklyn College 1936, actor, singer; starred in the Broadway productions of Oklahoma!, Kiss Me, Kate and Kismet

YAFFA ELIACH

Lithuania, Brooklyn College 1967, Graduate Center 1973 Ph.D.; Holocaust survivor; founder, Tower of Life Collection, The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

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*GERTRUDE B. ELION

Lithuania/Poland, Hunter College 1937, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1988

SUSAN FARKAS
SUSAN FARKAS

Canada,
CUNY B.A.,
Journalist, winner of six Emmy Awards, Chief of Television and Radio, United Nations

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JERRY DELLA FEMINA

Italy, Brooklyn College 1957, Chairman and C.E.O., Della Femina, Jeary and Partners advertising agency

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NADJA FIDELIA

Haiti, Baruch College 2002, Managing Director & Partner, Lehman Brothers, Inc.

*LAWRENCE N. FIELD
LAWRENCE N. FIELD

Hungary,
Baruch College 1952,
real estate entrepreneur

KAYE I. FOSTER-CHEEK
KAYE I. FOSTER-CHEEK

Barbados,
Baruch College 1989,
Corporate Vice President, Human Resources, Johnson & Johnson

ABRAHAM FOXMAN
ABRAHAM FOXMAN

Poland,
City College,
National Director, Anti-Defamation League REUVEN FRANK, Canada, City College 1942, President of NBC News

REUVEN FRANK

Canada, City College 1942, President of NBC News

FELIX FRANKFURTER
FELIX FRANKFURTER

Austria,
City College 1902,
U.S. Supreme Court Justice

*IRA GERSHWIN

Russia, City College 1918, lyricist

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ESTHER GITMAN

Yugoslavia, Graduate Center 2005, Fulbright Fellow

AIDA GONZALEZ-JARRIN
AIDA GONZALEZ-JARRIN

Ecuador,
Queens College B.A. 1981 and M.A. 1985,
Director of Cultural Affairs, Queens Borough President's Office, 1985-2000

ONEIKA WEBB GRIFFIN

Ghana, Borough of Manhattan Community College 1988, co-founder Webb & Waterman, a strategy consulting firm

ELLY GROSS
ELLY GROSS

Romania,
LaGuardia Community College 1997,
Author and lecturer on the Holocaust

ANDREW GROVE
ANDREW GROVE

Hungary,
City College 1960,
Founder of Intel

*WAYNE HALL
WAYNE HALL

Jamaica,
New York City College of Technology 1973,
York College 1978, Mayor of Hempstead, N.Y.

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OSCAR HANDLIN

Lithuania, Brooklyn College 1934, Carl M. Loeb University Professor Emeritus, Harvard University; winner of the Pulitzer Prize in history

*FRANK HARARY

Syria and Palestine, Brooklyn College 1941, M.S. 1945, mathematician and the “father” of modern graph theory

*E.Y. “YIP” HARBURG

Russia, City College 1918, lyricist

LOWELL HAWTHORNE
LOWELL HAWTHORNE

Jamaica,
Bronx Community College,
President Golden Krust Bakery

RAMONA HERNANDEZ
RAMONA HERNANDEZ

Republic,
Lehman College B.A. 1979,
Graduate Center Ph.D. 1997, Director of the Dominican Studies Institute, City College

*OSCAR HIJUELOS

Cuba, City College 1975, winner, Pulitzer Prize in Fiction

RAUL HILBERG

Austria, Brooklyn College 1948, historian

*ROBERT HOFSTADTER

Polish, City College 1935, Nobel Prize in Physics

*RED HOLZMAN

Eastern Europe, City College 1942, coach, New York Knicks

*IRVING HOWE

Russia, City College 1940, Professor of English, CUNY and author

VERA PISTRAK KATZ

Germany, Brooklyn College 1955, Mayor of Portland, Oregon

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BEL KAUFMAN

Germany, Hunter College 1934, author, “Up the Down Staircase,” Yiddish scholar

JEFF KOINANGE
JEFF KOINANGE

Kenya,
Kingsborough Community College 1989,
CNN Africa correspondent

VULLNET KOLARI
VULLNET KOLARI

Macedonia,
College of Staten Island 1998,
Claims Counsel, Zurich American Insurance Company

*ARTHUR KORNBERG
ARTHUR KORNBERG

Austria,
City College 1937,
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

PAUL KOVI

Hungary, New York City College of Technology 1953, co-owner, The Four Seasons Restaurant

*MAX KUPFERBERG
MAX KUPFERBERG

Romania,
Queens College 1942,
Manhattan Project physicist; Chairman of Kepco, an electrical company

HENRY C. LEE
HENRY C. LEE

China,
John Jay College 1972,
Chief Emeritus of the Connecticut State Police Laboratory

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GUILLERMO LINARES
GUILLERMO LINARES

Dominican Republic,
City College 1975,
former New York City Council Member

*AUDRE LORDE

Barbados/Grenada, Hunter College 1959, African American lesbian poet, essayist, educator and activist

*MARK MACDONALD

Ireland, Borough of Manhattan Community College 1966, Vermont State Senator

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*BERNARD MALAMUD

Russia, City College 1936, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

*PAULE MARSHALL

Barbados, Brooklyn College 1952, Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow and author

MIGUEL MARTINEZ

Dominican Republic, John Jay College 1994,New York City Council Member

PAUL MAZURSKY

Russia, Brooklyn College 1951, actor, director and filmmaker

FRANK McCOURT

Ireland, Brooklyn College M.A. 1967, novelist and winner of the Pulitzer Prize; author of Angela’s Ashes and ’Tis

SOIA MENTSCHIKOFF

Russia, Hunter College 1934, first woman partner of a major law firm; first woman elected president of the American Association of Law Schools

PETER NERO

Ukraine, Brooklyn College 1956, conductor and pianist

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PHILIPA A. NJAU
PHILIPA A. NJAU

Tanzania,
City College 2006,
Goldwater Scholar

SYBILLE NGO NYECK
SYBILLE NGO NYECK

Cameroon,
La Guardia Community College 2005,
Audre Lorde Scholar

ARNO ALLAN PENZIAS

Germany, City College 1954, Nobel Prize in Physics 1978

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*COLIN POWELL
COLIN POWELL

Jamaica,
City College 1958,
former Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State

PEARL PRIMUS

Trinidad, Hunter College 1940, dancer, choreographer and anthropologist

*MARIO PUZO

Italy, City College, author/screenwriter, two-time Academy Award® winner for The Godfather

*REGINA RESNIK

Ukraine, Hunter College 1942, opera singer

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GILLIAN A. M. REYNOLDS

Jamaica, Hunter College B.A./M.A. 1989, Senior Research Physicist at E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Company

A. M. ROSENTHAL

Canada, City College 1949, Executive Editor of The New York Times

*JACK RUDIN
JACK RUDIN

Russia,
City College 1941,
real estate developer

SAMUEL RUDIN

Russia, City College 1918, real estate developer

YISA RUMALA
YISA RUMALA

Nigeria,
York College 2006,
National Science Foundation Fellow

*JONAS SALK

Russia, City College 1934, developed the first polio vaccine

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DOV C. SCHLEIN
DOV C. SCHLEIN

Israel,
Baruch College 1970,
MBA 1975, Managing Partner, NuVerse Advisors LLC

*DANIEL SCHORR

Russia, City College 1938, journalist

URSULA SCHWERIN
URSULA SCHWERIN

Germany,
New York City College of Technology 1958, former president, New York City College of Technology

IRWIN SHAW

Russia, Brooklyn College 1934, novelist and film writer; author of The Young Lions and Rich Man, Poor Man

EUGENE SHENDEROV

Ukraine, Brooklyn College 2005, Rhodes Scholar

BRIGHT SHENG
BRIGHT SHENG

China,
Queens College M.A. 1984,
composer, pianist and MacArthur Fellow

LEON V. SHIVAMBER

Guyana, Baruch College 1984, Corporate Vice President, The Harris Corporation

LEON V. SHIVAMBER

Guyana, Baruch College 1984, Corporate Vice President, The Harris Corporation

CARLOS SIERRA

Dominican Republic, Bronx Community College, Lehman College 2006, ex officio voting member of the CUNY Board of Trustees and the 2005–2006 chair of the University Student Senate

*PAUL SIMON

Hungary, Queens College 1963, singer-songwriter, twelve-time Grammy® Award winner

MARK SMILEY
MARK SMILEY

Jamaica,
Baruch College 2006,
United Negro College Fund/Merck Science Initiative Fellow

FIONA SMITH
FIONA SMITH

Guyana,
York College 2005,
Jonas E. Salk Scholar

*JIMMY SMITS

Puerto Rico and Suriname, Brooklyn College 1980, Emmy Award-winning actor; starred in “L.A. Law,” “NYPD Blue” and “The West Wing”

LESLIE SROLOVITZ

Hungary, Borough of Manhattan Community College 1973, former television talent promoter and Senior Systems Specialist for GreenPoint Bank

KENDALL STEWART
KENDALL STEWART

St. Vincent and the Grenadines,
City College,
New York City Council Member

*ALFRED STIEGLITZ

Germany, City College 1884, photographer

LEV SVIRIDOV

Ukraine, City College 2005, Rhodes Scholar

SILVIO TORRES-SAILLANT

Dominican Republic, Brooklyn College 1979, Founding Director, Dominican Studies Institute, City College, and director, Latino-Latin American Studies, Syracuse University

GREGORIO VALDEZ
GREGORIO VALDEZ

Dominican Republic,
Lehman College 1996,
post-doctorate research fellow, Harvard University’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

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ROBERT F.WAGNER

Germany, City College 1898, United States Senator

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*ELI WALLACH

Eastern Europe, City College M.A. 1938, actor

*ROSALYN YALOW

Germany, Hunter College 1941, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1977

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OLADAPO O.YEKU
OLADAPO O.YEKU

Nigeria,
Medgar Evers College 2005,
Jonas E. Salk Scholar

The City University of New York serves more than 450,000 degree-credit students and adult, continuing and professional education students. Forty three percent of first year students are born outside of the U.S. mainland.

* denotes second generation