After his escape, Archer Alexander found refuge with the ­Eliot family in their Beaumont farmhouse. (Washington University Archives)

Of friendship and freedom

The histories of Archer Alexander, a fugitive slave, and William Greenleaf Eliot Jr., the university’s first president, intersect in a dramatic and inspiring story of courage and compassion.
Professor Lori Setton (right) and collaborators, including Pranali Tambe (left), a visiting research associate, are looking at new materials for regenerating soft tissue, which could lead to new therapies for back pain. (Photo: James Byard)

Back to health

Biomedical engineer Lori Setton’s collaborative research is pioneering new ways of providing relief to those who suffer neck and back pain.

Deborah Gorman, co-founder of vegan ice cream company Sorbabes, was inspired to choose her career path after traveling abroad to Italy while a student at Washington University. (Photo: Rob Brown)

A taste of Italy from the Hamptons

After studying abroad in Italy, Deborah Gorman, BFA ’02, decided to become a chef and created the tasty, all-natural vegan sorbet, which is inspired by Italian gelato.


Education for all

Eric Duffy, AB ’10, created the learning platform Pathgather to help people around the world take advantage of online education and gain the skills that employees are looking for. Now the young startup counts some of the nation’s biggest companies as its customers.


The ups and downs of ‘The Beauty Bean’

Long before People StyleWatch named her “The DIY Beauty Queen,” Alexis Wolfer had the DIY mentality as she set out to create “The Beauty Bean,” an online women’s magazine that would change the way women talk about beauty, health and wellness.

Gerald Early with his star on the walk of fame in the UCity Loop

St. Louis Walk of Fame Quiz

Embedded in the sidewalks along the Delmar Boulevard Loop are bright brass stars honoring 140 great St. Louisans. This who’s who of St. Louis has among its honorees more than 30 people affiliated with Washington University: professors, alumni, former chancellors and co-founders among them. Test your knowledge of university luminaries in this quiz.

Eric Schultz speaks with President Obama

Briefing the nation

After running for student government at Washington University, Eric Schultz, AB ’02, entered a life of politics. He helped on the Hilary Clinton campaign and eventually became principal deputy White House Press Secretary under President Barack Obama.

The Cohens’ Toro Canyon Residence, Santa Barbara, California (©Ciro Coehlo/

Architectural expressions

Alumni architects discuss how they transform the world through their dreams, plans and designs, ultimately remaking old spaces and creating new ones.

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