Rexroth was an influential poet and activist from the 1930s through the 1960s. Part of the counterculture, he was known as the ‘Father of the Beats’, and befriended those such as Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
Kennan was an influential diplomat during the Cold War. His ideas influenced the Truman Doctrine and the containment of the Soviet Union. He became the U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1952, and later, Ambassador to Yugoslavia between 1961-1963.
Caldwell was known as being both the Chairman and CEO of the Ford Motor Company during the 1980s. He oversaw the production of the Ford Taurus, and in 1990 he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.
Hodgson served as the United States Secretary of Labor under Richard Nixon, between 1970-1973. After this he took up the post of Ambassador to Japan between 1974-1977. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living former Cabinet member in the United States.
Robinson was the first African-American to play Major League Baseball, debuting in 1947. He won the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1949. His general character and breaking of the colour line influenced the Civil Rights movement. His uniform number, 42, was retired across all MLB teams.