Sages Over 70 – 2023

dsm magazine is pleased to recognize the 2023 Sages Over 70. These seven Greater Des Moines leaders have made the city a better place to live through their civic and business leadership, mentorship endeavors and community advocacy. A reception to celebrate their achievements was held Nov. 7 at the FFA Enrichment Center.

Read the honorees’ stories in the dsm Nov/Dec issue here.

Wayne Ford, retired state representative and former executive director of Urban Dreams
Joe Gonzalez, retired lieutenant with the Des Moines Police Department, executive director of the Latino Heritage Festival
Tom Koehn, chairman of the board of the Waldinger Corp.
Linda Koehn, retired teacher and philanthropist
Pat Schneider, vice president of Ferguson Commercial Real Estate Services
Doug West, retired financial consultant and branch manager for Wells Fargo Advisors
Martha Willits, retired president and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership

Sages Honored in Previous Years

James A. Autry, Chuck Betts, Margo and Don Blumenthal, Richard “Red” Brannen, J.C. “Buz” Brenton, Joe Brick, Donald Brush, Robert Burnett, Mary Campos, Linda Carter-Lewis, Joyce Chapman, Monroe Colston, Judith Conlin, Roxanne Conlin, Joy Corning, Patty and Jim Cownie, Paul Danforth, Johnny Danos, Rob Denson, Phil Dorweiler, RuthAnn Gaines, Elaine Graham Estes, Simon Estes, Allison Fleming, Penny Furgerson, Michael Gartner, Nolden Gentry, E.J. Giovannetti, Willie Stevenson Glanton, Barbara Graham, Edgar Hansell, Tom and Ruth Harkin, Harlan “Bud” Hockenberg, H. Lynn Horak, James Hubbell III, David Hurd, Trudy Holman Hurd, Dwight Jackson, Vernon Johnson, William Kimball, Gary Kirke, William Knapp, Mary Kramer, Elizabeth Kruidenier, Don and Charlene Lamberti, Robert Larsen, William Lillis, Elvin McDonald, Polly Moore, R.W. and Mary Nelson, Kenneth Quinn, John Pappajohn, Ila Plasencia, Robert Pulver, Suku Radia, Robert Ray, Stan and Jody Reynolds, Bob Riley, Stephen W. Roberts, John Ruan III, Mary Seidler, Bob Shaw, Patsy Shors, Loretta Sieman, Neal Smith, Tom Urban, Jack Wahlig, Fred Weitz, Catherine G. Williams, Pam Williams, Alan Zuckert