July 30, 2014 at 12:01 am

Michiganians of the Year, since 1978

Every year since 1978, readers of The Detroit News have participated in nominating our Michiganians of the Year, a selection of outstanding citizens who have helped make living in this state a richer experience for the rest of us, either by their good works or by the example they set. The following is a complete list of honorees throughout the awards' history.

1978 Inaugural

Waunetta Dominic, Antal Dorati , Erma Henderson , T. John Lesinski, Jan Leventer , Darryl Rogers , Lou Whittaker

1979

Irene Auberlin , Mary Coleman , Bertha Daubendiek , David DiChiera , Thomas Hearns , Laura Heuser , Edward McNamara , Ernie Rodgers , Dr. Barnett Rosenberg , Coleman A. Young

1980

Michael Bennett , James Blanchard , John Cardinal Dearden , Emily Gail , Arthur Jefferson , Al Kaline , Lavinia Moyer , Ellen Sharp , Billy Sims , David Stockman , Ray Trombley

1981

William Agee , Dexter Bussey , Diane Edgecomb , Ernie Harwell , Lewis Hickson , Dr. Ronald Krome , Helen Milliken , John Peakes , Misha Rachlevsky , Margaret Smith , Richard Thomsen, Dr. Judith Tintinalli , John Voelker

1982

Anthony Carter , Luella Davison , Marie Farrell-Donaldson , Jim Harrison , Zalman Konikow , Robert McCabe , Carle and Ellendea Proffer , Leona Spencer , Debbie Stabenow , Peter Stroh

1983

Lisa Bonder , Stefan Humphries , Ted Hunt , Lee Iacocca , Eleanor Josaitis , Elmore Leonard , Marvin W. Murray , Bob Seger , Brewster Shaw Jr. , A. Alfred Taubman

1984

Sparky Anderson , Dave Bing , Henry Blosser , Ted Ewald , Steve Fraser , Rick Inatome , William Lucas , Ilene Moses , Mary Sinclair , Elliot Wilhelm

1985

Richard Austin , John Barfield , Peter B. Clark , Phil Marcus Esser , John Eulenberg , Evelyn Fisher , Sister Ardeth Platte , Loret Ruppe , Bo Schembechler , Isiah Thomas

1986

Stuart Dybek , Jeanne Findlater , Dennis L. Gibson Jr. , J.C. Heard , Richard Kughn , Dr. Fred Lee , Ron Mason , Shirley Muldowney , Sheri Nichols , Jerry Roe , Dr. Arthur Weaver , G. Mennen Williams , Russell Wood

1987

Don Canham , The Rev. William T. , Cunningham , Dr. George Granderson , Judge Damon J. Keith , Walter J. McCarthy Jr. , George Perles , Clifford and Sandra Sasfy , Alan E. Schwartz , Archbishop Edmund C. Szoka , Irene Walt , Dr. Vainutis K. Vaitkevicius , Dr. Charles H. Wright

1988

Delores Bennett , William Field , Phyllis Todd Graham , Oscar Graves, Mike and Marian Ilitch , John W. Madden Jr. , Sue Marx and Pamela Conn , Jaqueline Miller and Judith Hendrickson , Justin Rashid and Wilhelm Kast , Doug Ross, Alan Trammell

1989

Sister Alice Baker , Rose Bell , Martha Bigelow , Roy and Ellen Brigman , Jim Campbell , Joe Dumars , The Rev. Eddie Edwards , Steve Fisher , Paul Ganson , Nancy Gauchey , Mickey Miners

1990

Jacqueline Carey Thomas , Dr. Francis S. Collins , John Concannon , Rev. Robert H. Crilley , Chuck Daly , Matel Dawson Jr. , Cecil Fielder, Gene Gonya , The Rev. Jim Holley , Milton London, Robert S. Miller Jr. , Rick Swope , Alfred H. Taylor Jr., Debra White-Hunt

1991

Don H. Barden , Ruth Ann Bussey , Jeff Daniels , Wayne Fontes , Tyree Guyton , Neeme Jarvi , Randy Kowalski , Catharine A. MacKinnon, Fannie Dell Peeples , Heinz Prechter , The Rev. Edwin A. Rowe , Monte Sharobeem , Alann Steen , Virginia Steen , Jan Stevenson , Conrado S. Valle Jr.

1992

The Rev. Wendell Anthony , Bob Bauer , Leon S. Cohan , Frank Colasonti Jr. , Cary Coleman , Mary Fisher , Mildred Jeffrey , Rosa Parks , Angie Reyes , Ray Shepardson , Joseph Thompson , Carol Tighe , Bishop Ken Untener , William Washington , The Winans Family

1993

Stjepan Balog , Dr. Julius V. Combs , Michael Fallon , Marian Faupel , William R. Halling , Teddy Harris , The Rev. Ann Johnson , Sharon Pipe, Dick Purtan , John Rice , Jimmy Schmidt , Mark Volpe

1994

Ismael Ahmed , Kathleen Gerus , Arthur Johnson , Joyce Keller , Cardinal Adam J. Maida , Russ Mawby , William Mills , Mary Ellen Robertson , Rabbi Charles H. Rosenzveig , Ben Snyder , Fritz and Gretchen Stansell , John Thompson , Rush Yarnell

1995

Dr. Michael Busuito , W. Clark Durant III , Marcus Edwards , Gov. John M. Engler , Charlotte and David Fauman , John George , Judge Willie Lipscomb Jr. , Albert Meyer , Dr. Isaac Powell , Elizabeth Gordon Sachs , Samuel Sachs II , Dr. Andrea Sankar , Martha Jean "The Queen" Steinberg

1996

Judge Hilda Gage, Dr. Sanjay Gupta , Paul Hillegonds , Roger McCarville , Alex Montaner , Edwin Novak , Rich Odell , Lloyd Reuss , Will Robinson , Frank D. Stella , Jeanne Sterner , The Rev. Edgar Vann Jr. , John Welchli , Steve Yzerman

1997

Dr. Sandra Brown , Lloyd Carr , Renee S. Deroche , Gershwin A. Drain , Chuck Forbes , Carl F. Greene , Geraldine Lester , Dr. Melvin Lester , Myron Leven , Jerry Linenger , Harry Pearce , Dr. L. Kimberly Peoples , Art VanElslander

1998

Pamela A. Aguirre , Brenda Crane , Peter D. Cummings , Tarik Daoud , Robert J. Eaton , Juanita Hammond , David Hermelin , Kenneth Hill , Peter Karmanos Jr. , Shelley Looney , Peter McPherson , Diane Philpot

1999

Helen Barwig , Bill Beckham , Richard E. Dauch , Gerald D. Edwards , Haifa Fakhouri , Max Fisher , Steven K. Hamp , Noreen Keating , Marilyn Lundy , Brenda Rayford , Dawn Riley , Harry Simpson

2000

Berry Gordy Jr., Jerome P. Horwitz, Ph.D., Tom Izzo, Helen Kozlowski, Mary-Agnes Miller Davis, Dr. Arthur Porter, Irvin D. Reid, Ph.D., John F. Smith Jr., Emanuel Steward, Sheila Taormina, Ruth Taylor, Jim Tuman

2001

Rose Aguilar, Dennis W. Archer, Debra Bonde, Brother Francis Boylan, Dr. Alexa Canady, William Davidson, Edward Deeb, Edsel B. Ford II, Darlene Clark Hine, Ph.D., Gordie and Colleen Howe, Eugene A. Miller, William F. Pickard

2002

Gary D. Anderson, Scotty Bowman, William Clay Ford, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Imad Hamad, Amyre Makupson, Fred and Lena Meijer, Jeffrey Montgomery, Joan Podeszwa, Waltraud Prechter, Charles F. Whitten, M.D., Dieter Zetsche

2003

Lee C. Bollinger, Mary Sue Coleman, Rep. John D. Dingell, Aaron P. Dworkin, Anthony F. Earley Jr., Irma B. Elder, The Rev. Faith Fowler, Aretha Franklin, James Haveman , Dr. Susan L. Hendrix, Bill Laimbeer, Dr. Herbert C. Smitherman Jr., G. Richard Wagoner Jr.

2004

The Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams, Gladys Beckwith, Chauncey Billups, Justice Maura D. Corrigan, Eloise Culmer Whitten, Tony Filippis Sr., Bob Gigliotti, Curtis L. Ivery, Ph.D., Joe Laymon, Martin F. Manna, James B. Nicholson, Angela Ruggiero

2005

Anan Ameri, Richard Bernstein, Denise Davis-Cotton & Al Glancy, Esther Gordy Edwards, Dan & Rosemary Kelly, Mary Ann Merritt, David Milarch, Sean J. Morrison, Cynthia J. Pasky, Roger Penske, Robert Porcher, Alicia Villareal

2006

Maggie Allesee, Lizabeth Ardisana, Anita Baker, Nasser Beydoun, Grace Lee Boggs, Matt Cullen, Dave Dombrowski and Jim Leyland, Dan Gilbert, Cynthia Kidder, Carmen N'Namdi, Dominic Pangborn, Levi T. Thompson

2007

Dr. Margeret Aguwa, Graham W.J. Beal, Jack Fowler, Jane C. Garcia, Ron Gettelfinger, Alexis Goggins, Kirsten Haglund, Florine Mark, Ron Mason, Stan Ovshinsky, Shirley Stancato

2008

Al Fracassa, Rev. Gregory Guice, Catherine Lord, Robert Lutz, Lou Anna K. Simons, Rick Sperling, Robert Thompson, Gretchen Valade, Marilyn Wittstock, Kym Worthy

2009-10

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Sister Mary Watson, Alan Mulally, Victor Ghalib Begg, Dr. John Flack, Rick DeVos, Maggie Varney, David Brandon, Carol Goss

2011

Ahmad Chebbani, Emily A. Diaz-Torres, Dr. Eva Feldman, Allan Gilmour, John Herrington, Josh Linkner, Judge Greg Mathis, Ernestine Sanders, Paul W. Smith, Robert & Susan Williams

2012

Raphael B. Johnson, Jeanne Fowler, Pastor Kent Clark, Gov. Rick Snyder, Lisa Newman, M.D., Paul Winters, Mike and Denise Busley, Charles McGee, Sergio Marchionne, Sandra E. Pierce

2013

Sharlonda Buckman, Jalen Rose, Dan and Charlotte Peyerk, Barbara McQuade, Mary Liz Curtin, Dan Loepp, Joshua Smith, Margaret Dunning, Dan Akerson, Sue Mosey

2014

John and Marlene Boll, U.S. Rep. Dave Camp, Mark Dantonio, Sonia Hassan, Angelo Henderson, Deborah Hughes, George Jackson Jr., Bill Pulte Jr., Andra Rush