Remembering Iowans Lost in 2017


In 2017, Iowa lost a number of remarkable Iowans. On this edition of River to River , we hear about severable notable Iowans who passed this year by speaking to people who knew them well. We hear about Willie Glanton, the first African-American woman elected to the Iowa Legislature; Harold Hayes, the last surviving member of a band of airborne American medics and nurses who crash-landed in Nazi-occupied Albania in 1943; Jason Olgesbee, a heroic Iowan at the center of Pulitzer-prize winning photo; Archie Willard, a man who didn’t learn to read until he was 54 because of undiagnosed dyslexia, who then became an advocate for adults with learning disabilities; Don Nickerson, the first African-American to serve as U.S. attorney in Iowa; and Joy Corning,...

Remembering Iowans Lost in 2017

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