Notable early Elgin High alumni

Updated 4/11/2019 4:51 PM

1876 -- Frederick Upham Adams, inventor, novelist, reformer

1883 -- Max Adler, concert violinist, vice president of Sears & Roebuck, benefactor of Adler Planetarium


1901 -- William LeBaron, playwright, movie producer of Cimarron, Academy Award winning film

1910 -- Lou North, Major League Baseball pitcher for Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Braves

1920 -- John M. Qualen, character actor in more than 100 films and television

1923 -- James M. Roche, CEO of General Motors Corp.

1927 -- Paul F. Flory, polymer chemist and recipient of the 1974 Nobel Prize in chemistry

1932 -- William M. Brandes, vice president of Elgin National Watch Co.

1935 -- William E. Rauschenberger, mayor of Elgin (1971-1975)

1945 -- Charles "Chick" Peterson, world class watercolor artist

1946 -- Charles E. Swanson, president of Encyclopaedia Britannica

1949 -- John "Jack" S. Shales and Marlene "Kane" Shales, philanthropists and civic leaders

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1951 -- Douglas B. Nash, NASA geologist, California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Division of Space Sciences

1951 -- John W. Teets, CEO, Greyhound, Dial and Armour

1960 -- Sara Melissa Hart, Miss Elgin 1962, Second City alum and lead in traveling production of "Cabaret," Tony Award-nominated actress

1962 -- Tom W. Shales, television critic for Washington Post and 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism

1963 -- Brian Oldfield, Olympic shot putter and world record holder

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