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ICON Awards 2020: Donald W. Paule

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Like that of many a high school math whiz, Don Paule’s path to college led straight to an undergraduate major in engineering.

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ICON Awards 2020: Thomas Strong, Strong-Garner-Bauer

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Child of the Depression, with a leaky roof and an outdoor (and downwind) “two-holer” for a bathroom, and who milked cows to pay his way through college. Army counterintelligence enlistee. History-making trial lawyer. Southwest Missouri civic leader, university benefactor and octogenarian yoga practitioner.

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ICON Awards 2020: Maurice A. Watson, Husch Blackwell

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Maurice Watson made the move from law to socially responsible investment adviser two years before the global COVID-19 pandemic, the related economic collapse and widespread protests aimed at ending racial discrimination consumed much of society’s attention.

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ICON Awards 2020: W. Russell Welsh, Polsinelli

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When he traded in the U.S. Justice Department and Pennsylvania Avenue for Country Club Plaza and private practice, it wasn’t the chance to transform a modest Kansas City law office into one of the nation’s fastest-growing firms that convinced Russ Welsh to return home.

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