Friday, November 15, 2013 promotes Historymakers

Nine Arizonans who have made significant contributions to the state are being honored as Historymakers by the Historical League, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Arizona Historical Society and its museum at PapagoPark in Tempe.
Marshall Trimble

The nine will be honored during a gala planned Feb. 8, 2014 at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa.

The nine honorees are:

* Jim Bruner, former member of the Scottsdale City Council and the Maricopa Board of Supervisors. His deciding vote in support of a baseball tax led to the construction of what is now Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

* Raúl Castro, who served as Arizona’s only Hispanic governor and also as ambassador to El Salvador, Bolivia and Argentina.

* Lattie Coor, retired president of Arizona State University and the founder of the Center for the Future of Arizona.

* Maxine and Chuck Lakin, devoted preservationists and philanthropists. Founders of the Lakin Milling Company and the Heritage Center at Lakin Farm. Mr. Lakin passed away earlier this year.

* Joan and David Lincoln, well-known philanthropists, venture capitalists and advocates for education and health care. They established the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics at Arizona State University.

* Bill Owen, prominent artist who won numerous awards for his paintings and sculptures of the contemporary American cowboy. He served three times as president of the Cowboy Artists of America and founded the Arizona Cowpunchers Scholarship Organization. Mr. Owen passed away earlier this year.

* Marshall Trimble, official Arizona state historian who also teaches Arizona history at Scottsdale Community College. He has been called the “Will Rogers of Arizona.”

The honorees join 58 others who have been recognized as Historymakers since 1992. They will be celebrated at Historymakers Gala XI, which will take place beginning with cocktails at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 6902 East Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale. Contact Jeannine Moyle for information.