Famous Graduates of Liberal Arts Colleges

I’ve been asking around to find names of famous people, past and present, who have attended liberal arts colleges.

Here is the list by college in alphabetical order.  Feel free to contribute your own in the comments, and I’ll incorporate them in the full list.

Be sure to give details of who the person is (in case the person is not immediately recognizable to all).

ALBION COLLEGE, Albion, MI

  • Rick Smith, ’68, Former editor-in-chief of Newsweek
  • Stanley Kresge–founder of Kmart
  • Cedric Dempsey–former Executive Director of the NCAA

ALLEGHENY COLLEGE, Meadville, PA

AUGSBURG COLLEGE, Minneapolis, MN

  • Dr. Peter Agre, 2003 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry
  • Rev. Mark Hanson: Currently the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Martin Sabo. Former U.S. Representative from Minnesota. Served in the House from 1979-2007

AUGUSTANA COLLEGE (IL)

  • Brenda Barnes, CEO of Sara Lee

BARD COLLEGE

  • Chevy Chase, actor

BARNARD COLLEGE, New York, NY

  • Martha Stewart, designer, author, publisher, home guru

BATES COLLEGE, Lewiston, ME

BOWDOIN COLLEGE, Brunswick, ME

  • William Cohen, Class of 1962, Secretary of Defense in the Clinton administration 1997-2001

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY, Lewisburg, PA

  • Kenneth Langone, the CEO of Home Depot

BUTLER UNIVERSITY, Indianapolis, IN

CARLETON COLLEGE, Northfield, MN

CARROLL COLLEGE

  • Steven Burd, CEO of Safeway

CARTHAGE COLLEGE, Kenosha, WI

  • Alden W. Clausen, former President of the World Bank

CLAREMONT McKENNA COLLEGE, Claremont, CA

COLGATE UNIVERSITY, Hamilton, NY

COLORADO COLLEGE, Colorado Springs, CO

  • Ken Salazar, United States Secretary of the Interior, Former United States Senator from Colorado
  • James Heckman, class of ’65, winner of 2000 Nobel Prize for Economics
  • Jane Lubchenco ’69, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Neal Baer ’78, physician and executive producer and writer of “ER” and “Law & Order”
  • Marcia McNutt ’74, director of the U.S. Geological Survey
  • Abdul Aziz Abdul Ghani ‘62, former prime minister of Yemen

DAVIDSON COLLEGE, Davidson, NC

DENISON UNIVERSITY, Granville, OH

  • Michael Eisner, former CEO of Disney
  • Steve Carell, film and television actor

UNIVERSITY OF DENVER, Denver, CO

  • David Adkins, the comedian known as “Sinbad”
  • Andrew Rosenthal, editorial page editor, The New York Times
  • Condoleeza Rice, former United States Secretary of State and National Security Adviser
  • Peter Morton, founder, Hard Rock Cafe chain
  • Heidi Ganahl, founder, Camp Bow Wow chain
  • Ibrahim A. Assaf, finance minister, Saudi Arabia
  • Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman, Emirates Airlines

DePAUW UNIVERSITY, Greencastle, IN

  • Lee Hamilton – co-chair of the Iraq Study Group, vice chair of the 9/11 Commission, and retired United States Representative
  • Vernon Jordan Jr. – noted broker and executive, former president of the National Urban League, advisor to Bill Clinton
  • Percy Julian – research chemist of international renown and a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs
  • Barbara Kingsolver – contemporary fiction writer, founder of Bellwether Prize for “literature of social change”
  • Dan Quayle – 44th Vice President of the United States under George H. W. Bush
  • Ferid Murad ’58, Nobel Prize recipient
  • James Stewart ’73, Pulitzer Prize winning author
  • Angie Hicks ’95, CEO, Founder of Angie’s List

EARLHAM COLLEGE, Richmond, IN

EMORY AND HENRY COLLEGE, Emory, VA

  • Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco

EUREKA COLLEGE, Eureka, IL

  • Ronald Reagan, President of the United States

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY, Spokane, WA

  • Bing Crosby, Actor and Singer
  • Tom Foley, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

GRINNELL COLLEGE, Grinnell, IA

  • Gary Cooper, screen actor
  • Robert Noyce (founder of Intel, inventor of the microchip)
  • Herbie Hancock, jazz musician
  • Joseph Welch (“Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”)
  • Tom Cech ’70, 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Ed Hirsch, ’72, Poet and President of the Guggenheim Foundation
  • Nordahl Brue ’67, cofounder of Bruegger’s Bagels
  • Emily Bergl ’97, actress

HAMILTON COLLEGE, Clinton, NY

HAVERFORD COLLEGE, Haverford, PA

HIRAM COLLEGE, Hiram, OH

  • Dean Scarborough, CEO of Avery Dennison (the labels people!)

HOLLINS UNIVERSITY, Roanoke, VA

  • Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon (one of my personal favorites!)

ITHACA COLLEGE, Ithaca, NY

KENYON COLLEGE, Gambier, OH

  • Rutherford B. Hayes, President of the United States
  • Olaf Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden
  • Carl Djerassi, Creator of the birth control pill, winner of the National Medal of Science
  • Laura Hillenbrand, writer, author of Seabiscuit: An American Legend
  • James Wright, Poet, Winner of Pulitzer Prize
  • Paul Newman, Actor, winner of Emmy Award and Academy Award
  • E.L. Doctorow— Award winning novelist
  • Allison Janney–Emmy winning actress (“The West Wing”)

LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY, Appleton, WI

  • Thomas Steitz (’62), 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry
  • Campbell Scott (’82), film and television actor
  • Tom Oreck (’73), president and CEO of the Oreck Corporation
  • Terry Moran (’82), Anchor of ABC News “Nightline”

MACALESTER COLLEGE, St. Paul, MN

  • Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE, Middlebury, VT

  • Lado Gurgenidze, Prime Minister of Georgia
  • Dan Schulman, CEO of Virgin Mobile USA
  • Vivian Schiller, CEO of National Public Radio
  • Reuben Mark, former CEO of Colgate-Palmolive
  • Jim Davis, Chairman of New Balance,and listed in the top 400 of Forbes’ wealthiest Americans
  • Eve Ensler, playwright, The Vagina Monologues
  • Sam Daly, television actor (“The Office”)
  • Members of the band “Dispatch”:   Chad Urmston, Brad Corrigan, and Pete Heimbold

MILLSAPS COLLEGE, Jackson, MS

MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE, South Hadley, MA

  • Emily Dickinson 1848
  • Frances Perkins 1902, the first woman to be appointed to a presidential cabinet (by FDR)
  • Dr. Virginia Apgar 1929, developer of the Apgar score, an internationally recognized test for evaluating the health of newborns
  • Virginia Hamilton Adair 1933, Poet
  • Ella Grasso 1940, first woman governor elected in her own right; recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Gloria Johnson-Powell 1958, first African American woman to attain tenure at Harvard Medical School
  • Elaine Chao 1975, former US Secretary of Labor
  • Wendy Wasserstein 1971, playwright, winner of the Tony Award, the Dramatists Guild Award, and the Pulitzer Prize.
  • Priscilla Painton 1980, editor-in-chief, Simon & Schuster; former executive editor, Time magazine

MUSKINGUM COLLEGE, New Concord, OH

  • John Glenn, Astronaut, Senator, Candidate for President of the United States

NEW SCHOOL, New York, NY

  • Jack Kerouac, author

OBERLIN COLLEGE

  • Jeff Greenfield, founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream

OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY, Oklahoma City, OK

  • Kristin Chenowith, Tony and Emmy award winning actor

POMONA COLLEGE, Claremont, CA

  • Robert Shaw, noted choral conductor
  • Kris Kristofferson, singer, songwriter, and actor (and Rhodes Scholar!)

PROVIDENCE COLLEGE

  • Raymond Flynn, former Mayor of Boston
  • Rich Gotham, President, Boston Celtics
  • Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment
  • Arthur F. Ryan, former CEO of Prudential

REED COLLEGE

RIPON COLLEGE, Ripon, WI

  • Harrison Ford, actor (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”)
  • Richard Threlkeld, television news correspondent with CBS for 25 years

 

ROANOKE COLLEGE

  • John McAfee, founder of McAfee
  • Jay Piccola, President of Puma North America

ST. JOHN’S UNIVERSITY, Collegeville, MN

  • Eugene McCarthy, former U.S. Senator, author, and Presidential candidate
  • Denis McDonough (’92), Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications to President Barack Obama.
  • George Sinner (’50), Governor of North Dakota 1985-1992
  • Stephen Sommers, movie director

ST. OLAF COLLEGE, Northfield, MN

  • Ward Klein, CEO of Energizer Holdings (think of the bunny…)

SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE

  • Rahm Emmanuel, former member of the US House of Representatives, Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama

SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSTY, Georgetown, TX

  • John Tower – U.S. Senator from Texas (1961–1988)

STETSON UNIVERSITY

  • Larry Johnston, CEO of Albertson’s

SWARTHMORE COLLEGE

  • Michael Dukakis, Presidential Candidate and former Governor of Massachusetts
  • James Michener, historical novelist

TRINITY COLLEGE, Washington, DC

  • Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (first woman to hold the office)
  • Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, former Governor of Kansas

TUFTS UNIVERSITY, Medford, MA

  • Jamie Dimon, CEO of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

UNION COLLEGE

  • Richard Templeton, CEO of Texas Instruments

VASSAR COLLEGE, Poughkeepsie, NY

  • Meryl Streep, film actress
  • Lisa Kudrow, television actress (“Friends”)

WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY

  • Pat Robertson, Christian televangelist
  • Mike Henry, writer for the television series “Family Guy”
  • Fielder Cook, Director and Producer of the classic television series, “The Waltons”
  • Meriwether Lewis, explorer and private secretary to Thomas Jefferson

WELLESLEY COLLEGE, Wellesley, MA

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Secretary of State and former Senator from New York

WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY, Middletown, CT

  • Bill Belichick, ’75—Head coach, New England Patriots, winner of three Super Bowls
  • Michael Bennet ’87—U.S. senator from Colorado; previously superintendant of schools in Denver
  • D. Ronald Daniel ’52—Director and former CEO, McKinsey and Company; former treasurer, Harvard Corporation
  • Christopher Graves ’81—President and CEO, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
  • Daniel Handler ’92—Author (under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket) of A Series of Unfortunate Events children’s book series
  • Herb Kelleher ’53—Founder and former chairman, president and CEO, Southwest Airlines
  • Randall Pinkston ’72—Emmy Award–winning television journalist; correspondent, CBS News
  • Bradley Whitford ’81—Film and television actor (The West Wing—Emmy award, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Billy Madison, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants)

 

WHEATON COLLEGE, Norton, MA

  • Christine Todd Whitman – Former Governor of New Jersey and former head of the E.P.A., appointed by George W. Bush in 2001.
  • Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck – King of Bhutan
  • Prince Shad Al-Sherif Pasha of The Hijaz & Turkey
  • Catherine Keener (Oscar-nominated actress (“Being John Malkovich”  “Capote”)

WHEELING JESUIT UNIVERSITY, Wheeling, WV

  • Michael Mulligan, former CEO of Mapquest
  • Lionel Cartwright, Country Musician

WHITMAN COLLEGE, Walla Walla, WA

  • Keiko Agena, actress (“Gilmore Girls”)
  • Adam West, actor (“Batman,” “Family Guy”)
  • Ralph Cordiner, CEO and Chairman of General Electric
  • William O. Douglas, United States Supreme Court Justice

WHITTIER COLLEGE, Whittier, CA

  • Richard Nixon, President of the United States

WILLIAMS COLLEGE, Williamstown, MA

  • Stephen Sondheim, composer
  • Arthur Levitt, longest serving Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees
  • James Garfield, President of the United States
  • A.R. Gurney, playwright
  • Clarence Otis, CEO of Darden Restaurants (Red Lobster and Olive Garden)
  • Thomas Krens, former director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York City
  • Elia Kazan, film director
  • Lee Hom Wang, one of the most popular Chinese pop music stars worldwide

WOFFORD COLLEGE, Spartanburg, SC

  • Michael J. Copps, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission
  • Paul S. Atkins, Commissioner of Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers

COLLEGE OF WOOSTER, Wooster, OH

  • Karl Taylor Compton, past president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Stephen Donaldson, New York Times best selling author
  • Stanley Gault,  Former CEO Rubbermaid
  • George Fitch, Co-founder of the Jamaican Bobsled Team

Please, add your own in the comments!

 

Mark Montgomery
College Counselor and Fan of Liberal Arts Colleges

 

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46 Responses to “Famous Graduates of Liberal Arts Colleges”

  1. MKinane says:

    A few from SUNY College at Old Westbury:

    John McTiernan, action film producer
    David Liederman, founder, David’s Cookies
    MaryAnn Deleo, Oscar-winning documentarian

  2. John Christopher says:

    DePauw University

    # Lee Hamilton – co-chair of the Iraq Study Group, vice chair of the 9/11 Commission, and retired United States Representative

    # Vernon Jordan Jr. – noted broker and executive, former president of the National Urban League, advisor to Bill Clinton

    # Percy Julian – research chemist of international renown and a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs

    # Barbara Kingsolver – contemporary fiction writer, founder of Bellwether Prize for “literature of social change”

    # Dan Quayle – 44th Vice President of the United States under George H. W. Bush

  3. Kevin Kropf says:

    Two more for Albion College

    Stanley Kresge–founder of Kmart
    Cedric Dempsey–former Executive Director of the NCAA

    Two more for Kenyon College
    E.L. Doctorow— Award winning novelist
    Allison Janney–Emmy winning actress (The West Wing)

  4. John Christopher says:

    More for DePauw

    #Nobel Prize recipient, Ferid Murad ’58

    #Pulitzer Prize winning author, James Stewart ’73

    #CEO, Founder of Angie’s List, Angie Hicks ’95

  5. Mark says:

    Thanks, John! I updated the list.

  6. Lawrence University
    Thomas Steitz (’62), 2009 Nobel Prize for Chemistry
    Campbell Scott (’82), actor
    Tom Oreck (’73), president and CEO of the Oreck Corporation
    Terry Moran (’82), Anchor of ABC News “Nightline”

  7. Mark says:

    Thanks, Kevin. List updated! Much appreciated.

  8. Ryan says:

    St. Johns University (MN)

    Eugene McCarthy, former U.S. Senator, author, and Presidential candidate

    Denis McDonough (’92), Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications to President Barack Obama.

    George Sinner (’50), Governor of North Dakota 1985-1992

    Stephen Sommers, movie director

  9. Mark says:

    Thanks, Ryan. You folks in Minnesota are on it! Cool people, cool colleges!

  10. Nate Budington says:

    Williams College: Stephen Sondheim, Arthur Levitt, Mark Udall, Donald Gregg, George Steinbrenner, President James Garfield, A.R. Gurney, Tom Krens, Elie Kazan, Lee Hom Wang

  11. Leslie says:

    Colorado College additions:
    Marc Webb ’96, director of “(500) Days of Summer” and “Spider-Man 4″
    Jane Lubchenco ’69, head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Neal Baer ’78, physician and executive producer and writer of “ER” and “Law & Order”
    Lori Garver ’83, deputy administrator of NASA
    Marcia McNutt ’74, director of the U.S. Geological Survey
    Lynne, wife of former vice president Dick Cheney, and daughters Elizabeth and Mary Cheney
    Alison Dunlap, Hall of Fame women’s cyclist
    Abdul Aziz Abdul Ghani ’62, former prime minister of Yemen
    Timothy Sexton, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter for “Children of Men”
    Harris Sherman ’64, agriculture undersecretary of natural resources and environment
    Diana DeGette ’79, U.S. Representative from Colorado
    Gregor Robertson ’86, mayor of Vancouver, B.C.

  12. Mark says:

    Thanks, Nate. These are great. I’ll update the list shortly!

  13. Mark says:

    Leslie,
    Many thanks for the additions…soooo many!

  14. Mark,

    This is what I have … all from internet searches.

    Rachel McAdams – York University, Toronto
    Anne Hathaway – Actress, studied at Vassar College and graduated from NYU
    Betsey Johnson – Designer, Syracuse University
    Lisa Kudrow – Vassar
    Kristin Cavallari – LMU
    Merril Streep – Vassar
    Maggie Gyllenhaal – Columbia
    Amanda Peet – Columbia
    Amy Poehler – Boston College
    Beverly Mitchell – 7th Heaven, Loyola Marymount University
    Claire Danes – Yale
    Renee Zellweger – UT Austin
    Jennifer Garner – Denison
    Debra Messing – Brandeis
    Lauren Graham – Gilmore Girls, Barnard College (undergraduate) and Southern Methodist University (graduate)
    Jenna Fischer – The Office – Truman State U
    Kristin Davis – Sex and the City, Rutgers University
    Eva Longoria Parker – Desperate Housewives, Texas A&M University, Kingsville
    Tina Fey – Comedian, writer, actress, Mean Girls, SNL, University of Virginia
    Evangeline Lilly – Actress, Lost, University of British Columbia
    Marcia Cross – Actress, Juilliard
    Lauren Weisberger – Author of The Devil Wears Prada, Indiana University
    Jennifer Weiner – Author of In Her Shoes, Princeton University
    Felicity Huffman – NYU
    Christiane Amanpour – Chief International Correspondent for CNN, University of Rhode Island
    Ivanka Trump – Model, University of Pennsylvania
    Katie Couric – First woman to solo anchor the weekday evening news on a major TV network (CBS), University of Virginia
    Oprah Winfrey – Emmy-award-winning talk-show host and 2007’s Richest Woman in Entertainment (Forbes), Tennessee State University
    Elisabeth Hasselbeck – Talk-show host, The View, Boston College
    Jane Pauley – Journalist, Indiana University
    Joy Behar – Comedian, cohost of The View, SUNY Stony Brook
    Sheyl Crow – University of Missouri
    Laila Ali – Boxer and Dancing with the Stars finalist, Santa Monica Community College
    Sandra Day O’Connor – First female Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Stanford University (undergraduate), Stanford Law (law school)
    Christine Whitman – Politician and 1st female governor of New Jersey, Wheaton College
    Bill Clinton
    Graduated from Georgetown
    George Bush
    Graduated from Yale University
    Ronald Reagan
    Eureka College
    Hillary Rodham Clinton
    Wellesley College
    John McCain
    U.S. Naval Academy.
    Monica Lewinsky
    Graduated with a Psychology degree from Lewis & Clark College
    Martha Stewart
    Graduate of Barnard College
    Clay Aiken
    Clay Aiken graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Condoleezza Rice
    Graduated from Univ. of Denver at age 19
    Madonna
    Won a scholarship to study dance at the University of Michigan.
    Macy Gray
    Studied screenwriting at the USC Film School.
    Tracy Chapman
    Graduated from Tufts University,
    Yo-Yo Ma
    Studied music at Juilliard when he was 7. Went on to Harvard at age 16 and graduated with an anthropology degree.
    Donald Trump
    Entered Fordham Univ. and then transferred to Wharton at the Univ. of Penn. — graduated with a B.A. in economics.
    Hugh Hefner
    Received a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in only 2½ years.
    Tiger Woods
    Attended Stanford University, where he majored in Economics.
    Peyton Manning
    Graduated from the University Of Tennessee with a B.A. in Speech Communications.
    Elisabeth Shue
    Studied at Wellesley College; transferred to Harvard where she eventually graduated with a B.A. in political science.
    James Earl Jones
    Entered the University of Michigan
    Adam Sandler
    Graduated from New York University
    David Duchovny
    Graduated from Princeton University,
    Samuel L. Jackson
    Entered Morehouse College
    Sandra Bullock
    Graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina
    Chris O’Donnell
    Boston College
    Bill Cosby
    Graduated from Temple
    Julia Stiles
    Currently attending Columbia University
    Ashley Judd
    Graduated from the University of Kentucky
    Selma Blair
    Attended NYU before
    graduating from the University of Michigan
    Richard Gere
    Won a gymnastics scholarship to the Univ. of Massachusetts in Amherst,
    Lucy Liu
    Attended NYU before graduating from the University of Michigan
    Edward Norton
    Graduated from Yale University.
    Zach Braff
    Graduated from Northwestern University

  15. Mark says:

    Omigoodness, Kiersten! The motherlode. Not all are liberal arts colleges, but these are really cool! Thanks!

  16. Matt Sieger says:

    John Cornyn, U.S. Senator, Trinity University (TX)

    http://cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Biography

  17. Barbara Putney says:

    Grinnell College Graduates:

    Tom Cech ’70, 1989 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    Ed Hirsch, ’72, Poet and President of the Guggenheim Foundation

    Nordahl Brue ’67, cofounder of Bruegger’s Bagels

    Emily Bergl ’97, actress

  18. Mark says:

    Thanks, Barbara!

  19. Laura Grisenti de Luna says:

    Hi Mark,

    I just came across this post. What?! No, Wesleyan University Alumni? :) We’ve had many notables but not sure if they would be considered “famous” to the general public. Here are a couple of lists from the school’s website:
    http://www.wesleyan.edu/about/alumni.html
    Extended list by fields:
    http://www.wesleyan.edu/about/alumni_more.html

    Thanks for all the great posts!

    Laura

  20. Mark Montgomery says:

    Hi, Laura! Nice of you to visit!

    I also appreciate the nudge on Wesleyan. Of course there are many famous folks from Wesleyan (besides you, of course!). I added a few to the post just to whet the appetite of students interested in Wesleyan. Anyone you think I should add from the long lists you pointed me to?

    Thanks, and I hope to see you sometime soon.

  21. Laura Grisenti de Luna says:

    Haha! Very funny. I’ll be “famous” someday!

    The list you added looks great. Wesleyan has an amazing film school so many of the “notables” in that genre will be more recognizable to the general public.

    I can’t believe I’m saying it but I might actually have to do some research on the OTHER “Little Three” school that you don’t have here – Amherst.

    Thanks again for the post!

  22. Mark Montgomery says:

    Please do let me know what you find out about Amherst. Love to add some more to my little list…!
    Take care!

  23. CMC Alum says:

    A few more options for Claremont McKenna College:

    Muhammad Al-Sabah Al-Salem Al-Sabah – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait

    Robert A. Day – Founder and Chairman of The Trust Company of the West Group, Inc.

    David Dreier – California Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives and former Chairman of the House Rules Committee

    Michael S. Jeffries – Chairman & CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

    Ashwin Navin – President and co-founder of BitTorrent, Inc.

    Daniel Pawson – 3rd longest Jeopardy! winning streak and 5th most winning Jeopardy! champion

    Surin Pitsuwan – Secretary-General, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, former Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Jonathan Rosenberg – Google Senior Vice President of Product Management and Marketing

    Peter Thum – Founder, Ethos Water, and social entrepreneur

  24. Mark Montgomery says:

    Thanks for the additional names. CMC churns out talented folks!

  25. Kevin says:

    Matthew Ember- Wesleyan University
    Screenwriter (Failure to Launch, Get Smart: The Movie)

  26. Hannah Benoit says:

    A couple more for Wheaton College (Massachusetts):

    Lesley Stahl, television journalist

    Esther Newberg, literary agent

    Dr. Mary Ellen Avery, medical research pioneer; first woman to chair a major department at Harvard Medical School; and first woman physician-in-chief at Children’s Hospital, Boston.

    (“In 1991, President George Bush presented her with the National Medal of Science, in recognition of her contributions to understanding and treating respiratory distress syndrome [in premature infants]. The award cited Dr. Avery as one of the founders of neonatal intensive care and ‘a major advocate of improving access to care of all premature and sick infants.'” –Source: Website: Changing the Face of Medicine)

  27. suzanne says:

    you left out Smith College! Sylvia Plath, Julia Child, Margaret Mitchell, Gloria Steinem, and many more!

  28. Mark Montgomery says:

    Thanks, Suzanne. I’ll make the changes!

  29. Susan Pendleton says:

    Co-owner of Calgary Stampedes, Doug Mitchell
    Mayor of Vancouver, BC, Gregor Robertson

    From Colorado College

  30. Valerie says:

    I’m pretty sure that David Foster Wallace graduated from Pomona College.

  31. al says:

    Famous Graduates of Beloit College

    Roy Chapman Andrews – Anthropologist & Former Director of American Museum of Natural History

    James Arness – Marshall Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke

    Don Bolles – Investigative Reporter

    Amy Wright – Actress

    W. Willard Wirtz – U.S. Secretary of Labor in

    John Thorn – Pro Baseball Historian

    Lorine Niedecker – Poet

    Jameson Parker – Actor

    John Pasquin – Emmy award winning actor

    Robert Lee Morris – Jewelry Designer

    James Woodward Strong – 1st president of Carleton College (Minn)

    Chad Walsh – Poet & Professor

  32. Ma'ayan Plaut says:

    Oberlin has lots of famous alums — check out the Wikipedia page:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Oberlin_College_alumni

    Also, the illustrious fellow currently listed for Oberlin is Jerry Greenfield ’73, not Jeff.

  33. Tatiana says:

    Goucher College:

    Mary Vivian Pearce – Actress (Pink Flamingos)

    Mildred Dunnock – Actress ( Death of a Salesman – Academy Award Nominee for Best Supporting Actress)

    Alison Fanelli- Actress (The Adventures of Pete & Pete)

  34. Mark Montgomery says:

    Thanks, Tatiana!

  35. bob says:

    Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine–William Cohen, class of 62, Sec of Defense under Clinton

  36. Thanks, Bob! We’ll add him to the list!

  37. Win says:

    Barack Obama – Occidental ?

  38. kflava says:

    John Green- Kenyon College ; author of “The Fault in our Stars” and YouTube vlogger for Crash Course US history and other subjects.

  39. Mark Montgomery says:

    Thanks. I love John Green. His world history “Crash Course” videos crack me up…!

  40. Mat says:

    Allegheny College: Ida Tarbell, muckraker, author of “History of the Standard Oil Company.”

  41. Charlotte Thomas says:

    Mary Cassat attended.. Maybe not graduated, from Allegheny college in Meadville Pa BEFORE she went to Philadelphia school of Art. Why doesn’t Allegheny claim her even for a semester????!!!!

  42. Elizabeth says:

    It’s Colgate University, not Colgate College. Go ‘Gate!

  43. Mark Montgomery says:

    Thanks, Elizabeth. I fixed it. Don’t know why that one slipped through. Maybe it’s because Colgate feels more like a liberal arts college than a university. But it’s important to use it’s proper name, anyhow!
    Best,
    Mark

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