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Allen Pang: ‘The Last Pearl Harbor Veteran’

It took a world war and a special wife to transplant this native Hawaiian to Rockford. After surviving 68 bombing missions, Dr. Allen Pang used all he learned to overcome obstacles and savor a beautiful, meaningful life.

Dr. Mathew Mathew-Thoppil (right) works with team members Eric Lee (left) and Dmitry Royhman to research causes of corrosion in hip, knee and jaw joint replacement materials, with the goal of developing a material that can exist long-term in the human body more successfully than currently used materials.
Groundbreaking Research, Right Here in Rockford

Some of the best research minds int he world quietly work each day at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, doing both medical and applied research while teaching their skills.






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Sailboat Legend ‘Buddy’ Melges, ‘The Wizard of Zenda’

He’s a two-time Olympian, a sailing champion the world over, and still a commanding presence around Geneva Lake. See how this local legend is charting new waters for the next generation of sailors.






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Rockford Garden Club: Growing Beauty for 100 Years

The members of Rockford Garden Club have been making our world more beautiful and vibrant for a full century. This year, they reflect on a century that’s changed and guiding principles that haven’t.






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Rotary Club of Rockford Celebrates 100 Years of ‘Service Above Self’

Rockford Rotary Club’s standard of truth, fairness, fellowship and goodwill for all has stood the test of time. Take a look at how this club allows members to ‘think globally, act locally.’