Reynolds Price was a celebrated writer of fiction, poetry, memoirs, essays and plays. A native of Macon, N.C., Price graduated summa cum laude from Duke in 1955, where he studied creative writing. Price was a Rhodes Scholar and studied in Oxford, England. The James B. Duke Professor of English spent 53 years as a member of the Duke University faculty. In 1962 his novel "A Long and Happy Life" received the William Faulkner Award for a notable first novel. Price published numerous books after that, including the novel "Kate Vaiden," which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1986. Price's third volume of memoir, "Ardent Spirits: Leaving Home, Coming Back," was published in the spring of 2009. Price became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received the John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities from the North Carolina Humanities Council. In 1987 Price received the University Medal for Distinguished Meritorious Service at Duke, the university's highest honor, and the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Elizabeth “Liddy” Dole, North Carolina’s first female U.S. Senator, is a 1958 graduate of Duke University. After completing post-graduate work at Oxford, she received a Master’s degree in education from Harvard in 1960, followed by a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1965. Dole served as U.S. Secretary of Transportation under Ronald Reagan and Secretary of Labor under George H.W. Bush before becoming head of the American Red Cross. She then served as North Carolina's first female Senator from 2003 to 2009. She is married to former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and 1996 Republican presidential nominee Bob Dole. A native of Salisbury, N.C., Dole has been recognized several times by Phi Beta Kappa for being their leading orchid grower.
Philip Lader, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University in 1966, served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1997-2001. He also served in President Clinton’s Cabinet as Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and previously was White House Deputy Chief of Staff. After graduating from Duke, Lader received his M.A. in History from the University of Michigan, completed graduate law studies at Pembroke College, Oxford University, and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is currently the non-executive Chairman of WPP Group, the worldwide advertising and communications firm, which includes J. Walter Thompson, Young & Rubicam, Ogilvy & Mather, Grey Global, Burson-Marsteller and Hill & Knowlton. Lader is also a Senior Advisor to Morgan Stanley. He serves on the Boards of Lloyd’s of London, RAND, and the Smithsonian Museum of American History.