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Winter 2015 Newsmakers

YOGI BERRA, the legendary New York Yankees catcher and Hall of Famer, holds the record for the most World Series appearances (14); wins (10); and hits (71!). He is 89.

MARY BONAUTO, a civil rights lawyer, has received $625,000 -- one of 21 new MacArthur “genius” grants awarded last September. She was chosen for her efforts to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

JOSEPH G. CARBONE, M.D., an ophthalmologist in Utah, is the founder of Eye Care 4 Kids, a non-profit organization that has helped nearly 75,000 visually impaired, low-income children since 2001. Dr. Carbone mortgaged his home to launch the charity, which has a clinic that sees nearly 600 patients a month.

GENE DODARO is the U.S. comptroller general in charge of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, an independent, non-partisan agency that investigates how the federal government spends tax dollars. It reports to the U.S. Congress.

MARGE ROUKEMA, who served 22 years in the U.S. Congress as a moderate Republican from New Jersey, died November 12 at age 85 from Alzheimer’s disease. Born Margaret Scafati in Newark, she taught high school English and history before beginning her political career in 1980.

In Congress, she championed and co-sponsored the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, after losing her 17-year-old son to leukemia. Signed into federal law by President Bill Clinton, it requires employers to provide their workers up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons, which include illness, military leave, pregnancy, or adoption. Congresswoman Roukema also was one of only 11 Republicans who voted to ban assault weapons in 1994. She left Congress in 2002.