Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Aaron Mobarak

Twenty-one years ago, Illinois track and field standout Aaron Mobarak won first-team Academic All-America honors. His 3.9-plus grade-point average and back-to-back Big Ten titles in the triple jump earned him honors in this club of overachievers.

Upon the conclusion of his academic career at Illinois, Mobarak secured a master's degree in business administration from Harvard.

Today, he is co-president of Dixon Midland Co., a private investment firm in Chicago that acquires and manages growth-oriented companies.

Mobarak and his wife, Maureen, have five children. Other non-football and men's basketball Illini athletes who were first-team Academic All-Americans since 1980:

YEAR — NAME, SPORT

1980 — Liz Brauer, women's basketball

1982 — Lisa Robinson, women's basketball

1989-90 — Laura Bush, volleyball

1995 — Steve Marianetti, wrestling

1996 — Renee Gamboa, swimming

2000 — Jason Anderson, baseball

2004 — Bob Rogers, gymnastics

2005-06 — Alex Tirapelle, wrestling

2010 — Angela Bizzarri, track & field

Illini Birthdays

Sunday: Amanda Pintaro, track & field (26)

Monday: Dana Brenner, administrator (58)

Tuesday: Deron Williams, basketball (28)

Wednesday: Jerry Mettile, basketball (67)

Thursday: Mike Bellamy, football (46)

Friday: Denise Lamborn, gymnastics (44)

Saturday: Anthony Williams, football (47)

By Mike Pearson, author of Illini Legends, Lists & Lore and assistant athletic director at Miami (Ohio)

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