Myra Yvonne Chouteau is one of the "Five Moons," or Native Shawnee Prima Ballerinas of Oklahoma. In 1962 she and her husband founded the first fully-accredited university dance program in the United States, The School of Dance at the University of Oklahoma.
Chosen as president for Antioch University Seattle in July 2007, Dr. Cassandra Manuelito-Kerkvliet became the first Native American woman to ascend to the presidency of an accredited university outside the tribal college system.
Robert Robinson Taylor is the first known black graduate of MIT. He graduated in 1892 and went on to become the first professionally-educated, black architect in America and the main architect of the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama.
Dr. John Edward Perry (April 2, 1870 - 1962) received his MD from Maherry College in 1895 and practiced medicine in Kansas City for 50 years, founding what would become Wheatley-Provident Hospital in 1910. He came out of retirement to become superintendent of the Houston Negro Hospital where his son, Dr. Eugene B Perry, was a surgeon. Under his direction the hospital was accredited and began an affiliation with the Baylor University College of Medicine.