The programs of the Health Science and Recreation Department were founded and shaped by a group of visionary faculty. Much of who we are and how we work together was forged by these pioneers. They imagined academic departments founded on the core principles of our fields - public health and recreation - integrating community-based learning, and infused with professional development opportunities for students, alumni, and community partners. Long before they became part of our professional vocabulary, these department leaders understood cultural humility, deep engagement, and service-learning. We will always be grateful for their vision and decades of hard work. Many years later, we are still inspired by their choices and their lives.