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The 2004 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards Honorees:

2004 Ellis Island Family Heritage Award Recipients

THE ARTS: Martin Scorsese - Legendary American filmmaker, writer and producer, and recipient of innumerable awards including lifetime achievement awards from the Venice Film Festival, the American Film Institute and the Director's Guild of America. He is the grandson of Ellis Island immigrants.

SPORTS: Paul Tagliabue - Fourth Commissioner of the National Football League, whose grandparents came through Ellis Island. He will be honored along with Knute Rockne, Notre Dame's beloved football coach who arrived on Ellis Island as a five year old with his mother and sisters.

BUSINESS: Robert Rubin - Former U.S. Treasury Secretary, former Co-Chairman of Goldman Sachs and currently Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of Citigroup, he is the grandson of an Ellis Island immigrant.

MEDICINE: Dr. Harold Varmus - President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, former Director of the National Institutes of Health and co-recipient of a 1989 Nobel Prize for studies of the genetic basis of cancer, his grandparents arrived in America at Ellis Island.

PEOPLING OF AMERICA AWARD: I. M. Pei - This new award honors an immigrant to the U.S. who does not trace roots to Ellis Island, but rather arrived at another time and/or through another port of entry. Born in China in 1917, he came to the U.S. in 1935 to study architecture at MIT and Harvard. This preeminent architect has designed over sixty projects in this country and abroad and has been highly honored for their excellence. Mr. Pei is the first recipient of this award.


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