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Angela Mears

Angela Mears ’10, New York City, March 30, 2023, at age 35. Recognized for her work in advertising, Mears leaves behind a legacy of creativity, friendship, generosity and fearlessness. After graduating from Northwestern in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in English, Mears joined the marketing and communications firm Weber Shandwick. She worked there for 11 years, most recently serving as chief creative officer of the New York office. Mears spearheaded creative work for clients across the country including Airbnb, Ikea, McDonald’s, Unilever, Sony and more. She was named a Female Frontier honoree by Campaign in 2022 and earned several awards for her work in advertising, including Cannes Lions, Eurobest, Clios and SABRE awards. Mears, who was featured in the summer 2010 Northwestern Magazine roundup of outstanding seniors, also had a lifelong passion for cooking and ran a food blog called The Spinning Plate.

cynthia cc dubois obituaryCynthia “CC” DuBois ’14 MA, ’17 PhD, Chicago, Jan. 2, 2018, at age 32.

An award-winning scholar, Ms. DuBois was the first doctoral student in Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy to receive a Presidential Fellowship, the University’s most prestigious graduate student award.

Ms. DuBois’ research used econometric methods to draw causal conclusions regarding the impact of race-based affirmative action policies on hiring outcomes. The first chapter of her dissertation focused on the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operations positions. It was published in a scholarly journal  American Law and Economics Reviewin 2016. She also presented her findings at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, director of Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research and one of Ms. DuBois’ longtime mentors, called her “one of the most promising young scholars,” she has ever known.

While studying at Louisiana State University, Ms. DuBois was named a Truman Scholar, a highly competitive national scholarship program that recognizes college juniors for leadership and public service. She also received a master’s in public policy, with honors, from the University of Chicago in 2010.

In 2007 DuBois was selected to USA Today’s annual All-USA College Academic First Team, in part for her efforts working with her old high school, which received an influx of evacuees after Hurricane Katrina. Ms. DuBois organized “We’ve Got Your Back,” a drive that eventually provided 46,000 backpacks of school supplies to hurricane-displaced students.

Born in Louisiana, Ms. DuBois grew up on a ranch and became a skilled horsewoman. She was the American Quarter Horse Youth Association world champion calf roper in 2004.

Ms. DuBois is survived by her partner, John Boller; her father, Bruce; and her sister, Shelley.