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  • Sciences
    Richard “Dick” Scobee (1939-1986) was an American astronaut. He was killed commanding the Space Shuttle Challenger, which suffered catastrophic booster failure during launch of the STS-51-L mission.
  • Public Service
    John Shadegg is the former U.S. Representative for Arizona's thirrd congressional district, serving from 1995 until 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party.
  • Film/TV
    Garry Shandling is an American comedian, actor and writer. He is best known for his work in It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Larry Sanders Show.
  • Business
    Mohammed Sharaf is the chief executive officer of DP World, the third largest port operator in the world. He has served as group chief executive officer since 2005 and as a director of the company since May 2007. Headquartered in Dubai, DP World has a portfolio of more than 65 marine terminals across six continents, including new developments underway in India, Africa, Europe, South America, and the Middle East. Container handling is the company's core business and generates more than three quarters of its revenue. DP World has 28,000 employees worldwide.
  • Film/TV
    Ron Shelton is a U.S. film director and screenwriter, most notable for the many films he has made about sports. Shelton was a minor league baseball player in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization from 1967 to 1971. His 1988 film "Bull Durham," based in-part off his own baseball experiences, earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
  • Sciences
    Peter H. Smith is a senior research scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona, where he holds the inaugural Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair in Integrative Science. He is also the principal investigator for the $420 million robotic explorer Phoenix which landed at the north pole of the planet Mars on May 25, 2008.
  • Sports/Olympics
    J.T. Snow is a former Major League Baseball player. He played all but two games in his career as a first baseman, and played nine of his 13 and a half seasons with the San Francisco Giants. He was known for his exceptional defense. After his retirement as a player, Snow worked in radio and television broadcasting. He is now a special assistant to the general manager for the Giants.
  • Sports/Olympics
    Annika Sorrenstam is a retired Swedish professional golfer whose achievements rank her as one of the most successful female golfers in history. Before stepping away from competitive golf at the end of the 2008 season; she won 90 international tournaments as a professional, making her the female golfer with the most wins to her name.
  • Media
    Frank Sotomayor co-founded the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education and the California Chicano News Media Association. He worked at the Los Angeles Times for 35 years. He received the Centennial Achievement Award from the University of Arizona in 1998 and in 2002 was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
  • Sciences
    Sherwood Clark "Woody" Spring is a retired United States Army colonel and former NASA astronaut. Spring logged 165 hours in space, 12 of which were spent conducting spacewalks. Spring also accumulated 3,500 hours in 25 different military and civilian aircraft; over 1,500 of those hours were spent in jet aircraft.
  • Business
    Jeff Stevens has worked his entire career in the petroleum industry. In 2000, he became one of the founding partners of Western Refining Inc., and was recently serving as chief executive officer. In 2017, Western Refining was purchased by Tesoro Corp, and currently Jeff serves on Tesoro and Tesoro Logistics’ board of directors. He also serves on the board of directors for Vomaris Innovations, Inc., a privately held medical device company. In 2009, Stevens and his wife, Sharon, committed the lead gift to launch the campaign for the north end zone facility at Arizona Stadium, now called the Lowell-Stevens Football Facility. 
  • Sports/Olympics
    Damon Stoudamire is a retired American professional basketball player. The point guard was selected with the 7th overall pick by the Toronto Raptors in the 1995 NBA Draft and he won the 1995–96 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He is currently an assistant coach at the UA.

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