1951 - OKEY L. PATTESON, 23rd governor, chief creator of the West Virginia Turnpike.
1952 - WALTER S. HALLANAN, former Huntington Herald-Dispatch editor, state official, oilman, chairman of 1952 Republican National Convention.
1953 - ADM. FELIX B. STUMP, from Parkersburg, commander of Navy's Pacific Fleet.
1954 - GEN. CHARLES E. YEAGER, from Lincoln County, World War II air hero and test pilot, first to break the sound barrier.
1955 - LEONARD RIGGLEMAN, longtime president of Morris Harvey College (now University of Charleston), moved the school from Barboursville.
1956 - JOHN D. HOBLITZELL JR., of Parkersburg, education leader, appointed U.S. senator.
1957 - MICHAEL L. BENEDUM, "the Great Wildcatter," Bridgeport native, oil millionaire, philanthropist.
1958 - WILLIAM J. THOMPSON, Kanawha circuit judge, advocate of probation.
1959 - JERRY WEST, SAM HUFF, West Virginia basketball and football heroes.
1960 - FRED OTTO, Kanawha Valley civic leader, manager who helped save the DuPont Belle plant from phase-out.
1961 - CHARLES HODEL, orphan who lost a leg, became dynamic publisher of Beckley newspapers.
1962 - PEARL BUCK, Nobel Prize-winning author, born in Pocahontas County.
1963 - CYRUS VANCE, veteran U.S. diplomat, later U.S. secretary of state.
1964 - SEN. JENNINGS RANDOLPH, member of Congress since the 1930s, chief author of Appalachian Regional Commission.
1965 - THE REV. LEON SULLIVAN, Charleston-born civil rights leader, created job-training for blacks, planned phase-out of apartheid in South Africa.
1966 - WALTER F. REUTHER, United Auto Workers president, born in Wheeling.
1967 - REV. HILARION CANN, BISHOP FRED HOLLOWAY, RABBI SAMUEL COOPER and BISHOP WILBURN CAMPBELL, four state leaders in church efforts for civil rights.
1968 - PHYLLIS CURTIN, from Clarksburg, GEORGE CRUMB JR. from Charleston, opera soprano and composer.
1969 - DR. DANIEL HALE, Princeton physician and conservationist, created flood control dam and safe water supply.
1970 - WILLIAM T. BROTHERTON JR., of Charleston, state Senate president, creator of the Legislature's corruption-probing commission.
1971 - DR. JOHN C. NORMAN, Charleston-born surgeon and medical researcher.
1972 - ARCH A. MOORE JR., 28th governor, dynamic in his first term.
1973 - ARNOLD MILLER, Cabin Creek disabled miner, elected president of the UMW after crusading against union corruption.
1974 - SEN. ROBERT C. BYRD, who rose from Raleigh County poverty to leadership in Congress.
1975 - DR. JAMES HARLOW, physicist, 16th president of WVU.
1976 - JAMES DAVID BARBER, Charleston native, Duke University political scientist, author of books on presidency.
1977 - SEN. ROBERT C. BYRD, chosen again after he attained national power as Senate majority leader.
1978 - MARY LEE SETTLE, from Charleston, renowned novelist.
1979 - MAURICE G. BROOKS, WVU biologist, author of four books on mountain wildlife.
1980 - CHARLES PETERS JR., from Charleston, former legislator, publisher of The Washington Monthly.
1981 - SHARON ROCKEFELLER, public broadcasting advocate, wife of Sen. Jay Rockefeller.