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UMKC announces first seven inductees to women’s hall of fame

Former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes (right) was one of the first inductees into the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In February 2014, Barnes shared a stage with former first daughter Chelsea Clinton at the event launching the hall of fame.
Former Kansas City Mayor Kay Barnes (right) was one of the first inductees into the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In February 2014, Barnes shared a stage with former first daughter Chelsea Clinton at the event launching the hall of fame. The Kansas City Star

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has announced the first seven women who will be inducted into the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame on the campus.

They represent philanthropy, politics, ethics, education, business and civic leadership.

To most in the city, the names will be familiar: Marjorie Powell Allen, who donated land for Powell Gardens and was the first woman to lead the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation; Kay Barnes, mayor of Kansas City from 1999-2007; Myra J. Christopher, director of the Center for Practical Bioethics; Adele Hall, civic leader and philanthropist; Shirley Bush Helzberg, civic leader, educator, businesswoman and philanthropist; Dorothy H. Johnson, journalist, researcher and social scientist; and Martha Jane Phillips Starr, the philanthropist and community activist for whom the hall of fame is named.

“These seven extraordinary women have made a dramatic impact on our community, an impact that will be felt for generations to come,” Amy McAnarney, the vice president of external relations for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, said Monday afternoon in a statement. McAnarney is co-chairwoman of the first Starr Hall of Fame luncheon, which will honor the inductees March 13 in the Swinney Recreation Center on the UMKC campus.

Nominations for the Starr Women’s Hall of Fame are open to any girl or woman in the 16-county area, regardless of age. A new class will be inducted biennially. The next class will be announced in late 2016.

To reach Mará Rose Williams, call 816-234-4419 or send email to mdwilliams@kcstar.com.

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