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The 2005 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards Honorees:

2005 Ellis Island Family Heritage Award Recipients

GOVERNMENT SERVICE: General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret) - U.S. military leader, who served as national security advisor, was promoted to the rank of four-star general, named chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and went on to serve as U.S. Secretary of State. His mother entered America through Ellis Island.  (Read Powell's essay for NPR "The America I Believe In")

BUSINESS: Robert Mondavi - Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Robert Mondavi Winery, whose vision has seen California's Napa Valley develop into one of the finest winemaking regions in the world. He is the son of Ellis Island immigrants.

SCIENCE: Murray Gell-Mann, Ph.D. - Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1969 for his work with subatomic particles, he helped found and is director of the Santa Fe Institute and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. His father arrived in America through Ellis Island.

TECHNOLOGY: Astronaut Scott Parazynski, M.D. - Veteran of four space flights who is currently training for the STS-118 mission scheduled for 2006, during which he will perform three spacewalks to continue assembly of the International Space Station. His great-grandparents came through Ellis Island.

PEOPLING OF AMERICA AWARD: This award honors an immigrant who does not trace roots to Ellis Island but arrived at another time and/or through another port of entry. The 2005 award honors two, whose achievements are forever intertwined-Christo and Jeanne-Claude Their environmental works of art have generated excitement around the world. They came to America in 1963, he originally from Bulgaria, she from France.

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