Prominent Alumni

The Arts and Literature

June Jordan ’53, poet, playwright, and essayist, and activist for human and political rights

Will Ackerman ’67 — Founder and former CEO, Windham Hill Records; producer, composer, musician; winner of 2005 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album

Natalie Cole ’68 — Grammy Award-winning vocalist; albums include Leavin’, Unforgettable…with Love, Everlasting

Yaya DaCosta ’00 — TV, film, and stage actress; Broadway debut in The First Breeze of Summer; films include Take the Lead, Honeydripper, The Shanghai Hotel, The Kids Are All Right

Lawrence Ferlinghetti ’37 — Beat-generation poet, co-owner of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

Donald Glascoff ’63 — Executive producer of Academy Award-winning documentary feature Taxi to the Dark Side

David Hartman ’52 — Television host, writer, and producer; former host of ABC’s "Good Morning America"

Carolyn Kuan ‘95, award-winning music director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and a shooting star in the world of conducting.

Laura Linney ’82 — Academy Award-nominated actress, films include The Savages, The Nanny Diaries, Kinsey, You Can Count on Me; Emmy and Golden Globe winner for Best Actress, HBO miniseries "John Adams"

Kim Raver ’85 — Television and film actress; leading roles on "24," "Third Watch," "Lipstick Jungle"

Neil Sheehan ’54 — Journalist and author; winner of 1989 Pulitzer Prize for A Bright Shining Lie; obtained Pentagon Papers for New York Times in 1971

Uma Thurman ’88 — Academy Award-nominated actress; films include The Producers, Pulp Fiction, Dangerous Liaisons, Kill Bill

Business and Industry

Humanitarian Work

Arn Chorn-Pond ’86 — Founder of Children of War, Peacemakers, and Cambodian Master Performers Program; winner of Reebok Human Rights Award

Kimmie Weeks ’01 — Liberian child rights activist, UN advisor, director of Youth Action International/Peace for Kids

James Nabrit III '48 — Prominent civil rights attorney

Law and Government

Aurelia Brazeal ’61— Diplomat-in-residence, Howard University; former U.S. ambassador to Ethiopia, Kenya, and Micronesia (first U.S. ambassador to the latter)

Lucy Wilson Benson ’45 — The first woman to become (in 1977) an under secretary of state, then the most senior position ever held by a woman in the Department of State

Valerie Jarrett '74 — Lawyer, businessperson, and civic leader; White House senior adviser, assistant to the president for intergovernmental affairs and public engagement, and chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls during the Obama administration

J. Stapleton Roy ’52 — Director, Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, Woodrow Wilson Center; former U.S. ambassador to Singapore, Indonesia, and People’s Republic of China

Anna Diggs Taylor ’50 — Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (first black woman appointed to that role)

Sports

Tessa Gobbo ’09Rowing gold medalist at the 2016 Olympics in the US women's eight boat

Jae-youl Kim ’87, executive vice president of the Organizing Committee for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, the first time winter games have been held in Korea.

Dallas Baker ’02 — Wide receiver for University of Florida Gators (winner 2006–07 college football national championship)

Merritt Carey ’87 — Member of first all-female crew in America’s Cup yacht race; member of first co-ed America’s Cup crew

Oliver Drake ’06 — Right-hand pitcher for the U.S. Naval Academy, drafted by the Baltimore Orioles

Brian Pothier ’96 — Defenseman for National Hockey League team Washington Capitals

Frank Shorter ’65 — Founding chairman of U.S. Anti-Doping Agency; TV sports commentator; gold medal-winner in 1972 Olympic marathon and silver in 1976

Brian Strait '06 — Defenseman for National Hockey League team Pittsburgh Penguins

Academia

Edward Said '53 — Scholar, professor, writer, critic; leading U.S. advocate for Palestinian cause

Historic Figures

William Morgan 1893 — Inventor of volleyball
Lee DeForest 1893 — Inventor of vacuum tube; called “father of radio”
Juliana Rieser Force 1900 — Founding director, Whitney Museum of American Art
Pixley ka Isaka Seme 1902 — Founder of African National Congress (ANC)
Connie Guion 1902 — First female doctor to teach in a medical school
Henry Roe Cloud 1906 — Founder of first U.S. high school for Native Americans
DeWitt Wallace 1907 — Founder, Reader’s Digest
Monroe Smith 1919 — Founder of American Youth Hostels
Bette Davis 1927 — Academy Award-winning actress
Tad Mosel 1940 — Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright
James McLamore 1943 — Co-founder and former chairman, Burger King

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