3 famous Madisonians who go unrecognized

These Madison-area residents widely unknown...
3 famous Madisonians who go unrecognized
From left to right: Edo de Waart, Gurindar Sohi and Araceli Alonso. 

There are Madison-area residents who command an international stage with their talent, intelligence or initiative, yet despite their reputations they can walk our streets largely unrecognized. Here are three.

Edo de Waart: The music director of the Milwaukee Symphony lives in Middleton, hometown to his wife, Rebecca Dopp. De Waart, 74, has had a celebrated global musical career, leading orchestras from Sydney to Hong Kong. A native of Amsterdam, de Waart came to the United States in the 1960s and served as an assistant to Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic. He plans to step down from his Milwaukee position following the 2016-2017 season.

Araceli Alonso: In 2013, the United Nations gave Alonso–a senior lecturer in gender and women’s studies and a faculty associate at UW-Madison’s School of Medicine–its Public Service Award for her Health by Motorbike program, a series of health care and education initiatives for women in rural Kenya.

One of Alonso’s students, the former UW hockey player Brittany Ammerman, founded a female soccer league in the area that was featured on ESPN. In January, a new elementary school opened in the village of Jirani–its only school, all done by the women of the village and named Joy Bringers Academy, because of the joy it will bring.

Gurindar Sohi: Headlines appeared around the world last October when it was announced that a federal court jury in Madison had awarded the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation damages of $234 million in its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple Inc. Only a few of the stories–including those coming out of his native India–noted that the patent in question was issued to WARF in 1998 on behalf of UW-Madison computer science professor Gurindar Sohi, and three of his graduate students. Sohi has been at UW-Madison since 1985 doing research in the design of computer systems.

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