Facts about Hamilton

A Sampling of Notable Alumni

The following list is sorted alphabetically, but you can also view list by profession or by major.

  • Stephanie Abarbanel '73, (Literature) former Senior Articles Editor, Woman's Day
  • Marjory Abrams Edelston '85, (English Literature and Psychology) Publisher, Boardroom Inc.
  • *Samuel Hopkins Adams 1891, Author
  • Henry Allen '63, (English Literature) former Writer, The Washington Post; recipient of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize
  • *Stephen Angell '41, (Economics and Public Policy) Co-Founder, Alternatives to Violence
  • Mason Ashe ’85, (Psychology) Professional Sports Agent, named one of “101 Most Important Minorities in Sports” by Sports Illustrated

  • *J. Carter Bacot '55, (Public Policy) Chairman, The Bank of New York
  • *Francis F. Baker '36, (Science) Reserve Goalie, 1936 U.S. Olympic Bronze Medal Hockey Team
  • Daniel Becker '77, (Public Policy) Director of Environmental Advocacy, The  Safe Climate Campaign; former Director Global Warming, Sierra Club
  • Robert Bernstock '72, (History) Director, NutriSystem Inc.; Director, Pantry Inc.; former President, Mailing and Shipping Services, U.S. Postal Service; former President, Campbell Soup Company
  • David W. Blood '81, (Economics and Psychology) Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management; former CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management
  • Wayland F. Blood '53, (English Literature and Public Policy) Retired Vice President/Treasurer, Ford Motor Credit Co.
  • Mary Bonauto '83, (Comparative Literature and History) Civil Rights Attorney (gay marriage amendment)
  • *William M. Bristol 1882, Co-Founder, Bristol-Myers Co.
  • Terry Brooks '66, (English Literature) Fantasy Author, Shannara series, also author of the novelization of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Kevin M. Brown '83, (History) Chief Operating Officer, American Red Cross
  • *Harlow Bundy 1877, founded The Bundy Time Recording Company, which was consolidated into one of IBM's forerunners
  • Johannes Burlin '87, (Economics) President, Silliker North America; former President and CEO, Advanced BioScience Laboratories, Inc. (working on AIDS vaccine)
  • Kevin Burns '77, (English Literature and History) President, Prometheus Entertainment; Emmy Award-Winning Television Producer and Filmmaker
  • Richard Burns '77, (English Literature) Interim Executive Director, Stonewall Community Foundation; Chief Operating Officer, Arcus Foundation; former Executive Director, New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center

  • Peter Cameron '82, (English Literature) Andorra, The Weekend and The City of Your Final Destination
  • James Caraher '73, (Music) Artistic Director/Conductor, Indianapolis Opera
  • *Carl Carmer '14, Stars Fell on Alabama
  • Matthew Cartwright ’83, (History) U.S. Congressman
  • Michael N. Castle '61, (Economics) former U.S. Representative; former Governor of Delaware
  • W. Robert Connor '56, (Greek and Latin) former President and CEO, The Teagle Foundation; former President and Director, National Humanities Center; appointed by President Clinton to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities
  • *Richard W. Couper '44, (History) former President, The New York Public Library; former President, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
  • Thomas R. Crane, Jr. '61, (Economics and Spanish) former President/CEO, Castrol
  • Steve Culbertson '79, (English Literature and French) President and CEO, Youth Service America

  • Blake Darcy '78, (Government) CEO, Formula Investing LLC; Founder, DLJ Direct
  • Alicia Davis '97, (Government and Spanish) Director of Marketing and Senior Project Manager, Target Point Consulting; former Regional Political Director, Republican National Committee; former Deputy Assistant Secretary for External Affairs and Communications, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Drew S. Days III '63, (English Literature) Professor of Law, Yale University; former U.S. Solicitor General
  • Curtis Decker '66, (History) Executive Director, National Disability Rights Network
  • Martha Denney '82, (French) Dean of the College, Haverford College
  • Gerald V. Dirvin '59, (English Literature) Retired Executive Vice President, Procter & Gamble
  • *John W. Dwinelle 1834, Founder of the University of California (authored the "Organic Act that in 1868 created the Univ. of California).

  • John B. Emerson '75, (Government and Philosophy) President, Personal Investment Management for the Capital Guardian Trust Company; former Deputy Assistant to President Clinton
  • Katherine Ertsgaard '83, (Economics) Executive Director, Rochester City Ballet/Draper Center for Dance
  • Cynthia Sherwood Evans '82, (Government) Chief Financial Officer, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

  • David P. Faxon '67, M.D. (Biology) Chief of Cardiology, University of Chicago; former President, American Heart Association
  • Nat Faxon '97, (Theatre) Actor, Screenwriter and 2012 Academy Award recipient for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendents
  • Dan Ferguson '48, (Economics and History) Retired CEO, Newell Rubbermaid Company
  • James L. Ferguson '49, (English Literature) Retired Chairman and CEO, General Foods
  • Sean K. Fitzpatrick '63, (English Literature) Retired Vice President/Chief Creative Officer, McCann-Erickson
  • Michael Fleischer '88, (Government) Executive Director, New York State Thruway Authority
  • Charles L. Flynn, Jr. '74, (History) President, College of Mount St. Vincent
  • Stephen R. Foley '84, (Creative Writing) Commander, U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels)
  • Deborah Forte K’75, (English Literature and Sociology) President, Scholastic Media
  • Fabio Freyre '83, (Psychology) Vice President of Advertising, Facebook; former Group Vice President, Corporate Sales and Marketing, Time Inc.; former Publisher, Sports Illustrated

  • William S Gaden '84, (Mathematics) Chief Operating Officer, Imagem Music Group; former Senior Vice President and General Manager, Rogers and Hammerstein Organization
  • Celine Geiger '04, (Literature) Writer, ABC Family; former writer, NBC Universal's Syfy Channel
  • Margot Gilman '81, (Literature) former Acting Editor-in-Chief, Latina Magazine; former Executive Editor, Prevention Magazine
  • Amy Owens Goodfriend '82, (French) former Partner, Goldman Sachs
  • David Greene ’85, (History) President, Colby College
  • Paul Greengard '48, (Mathematics and Physics) Professor, Rockefeller University; 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • David Grubin '65, (English Literature) Independent Film Producer, Director and Writer (FDR, LBJ, Napoleon); recipient of three George Foster Peabody awards, two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards, and nine Emmys

  • John Hadity '83, (Sociology) Independent Producer and Financier; former Senior Vice President, Miramax
  • Peter C. Haeffner '88, (Government) Publisher, TV Guide
  • *Laurentine Hamilton 1850, Minister and Educator; Mount Hamilton in California's Diablo Range, the tallest mountain overlooking Silicon Valley, is named for him
  • Elbert O. Hand '61, (Art) Retired Chairman and CEO, Hartmarx Corp.
  • Scott M. Hand '64, (History) Executive Chairman of the Board,  Royal Nickel Corporation; President, Inco Ltd.
  • Bill Harley '77 (Religion) Storyteller/Musician/Author for Children  (children's songs); 2007 Grammy for "Best Spoken Word for Children"
  • Carl Hayden '63, (Asian Studies) former Chairman, State University of New York Board of Trustees; former Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents
  • Sir David Hayes '81, (French) Owner, The Argian Press; Chevalier of the National Order of Merit by decree of the President of France
  • Guy Hebert '89, (Art) former Goalie, Anaheim Mighty Ducks; 1998 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
  • David P. Hess '77, (Physics) President, Pratt & Whitney
  • John Hester '69, (Government) Senior Advisor, MGM; former Senior Executive Vice President, Orion Pictures
  • John Hewko '79, (Government and Russian Studies) CEO and General Secretary, Rotary International; Vice President, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Alon Hillel-Tuch ’07, (Economics) Founder and CFO, RocketHub
  • Martin S. Hirsch '60, (Biology) Physician and Professor of Medicine, Harvard University Medical School; former Director of AIDS Research, Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Kimberley Intino '91, (Psychobiology) Director of Animal Sheltering Issues, Humane Society of the United States

  • Joel W. Johnson '65, (Economics and English Literature) Retired President and CEO, Hormel Co.
  • Linda Johnson '80, (American Studies) President & CEO, Brooklyn Public Library, former President and CEO, National Constitution Center
  • *Hugh R. Jones '35, (English Literature and Mathematics) Retired Justice, NY State Court of Appeals

  • Kraig Kayser '82, (Economics) President and CEO, Seneca Food Corp.
  • Silas Keehn '52, (Economics and Government) Retired President, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Michael A. Keller '67, (Music) University Librarian, Stanford University
  • Kevin Kennedy '70, (Art) President and CEO, Metropolitan Opera; Chairman, Wallace Foundation; former General Partner/Managing Director, Goldman Sachs; former Chairman, Goldman Sachs Latin America
  • Leigh Keno '79, (Art) Founder, Antiques Road Show, Find!; recipient of the 2005 National Humanities Medal
  • William A. Kerr '79, (Government and History) former CAO - Global Operations and Technology, Bank of New York Mellon; former Co-Chair Europe, Bank of New York
  • Michael Klosson '71, (History and Public Policy) Chief Policy Officer and Assoc VP,  Save the Children Foundation; former U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus; former U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau; former Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs
  • *Harry Kondoleon '77, (English Literature) Obie Award-Winning Playwright and Novelist
  • Eric Kuhn '09, (Government) Marketing & Business Development, Layer3 TV
  • David Kunselman '66, CEO, Development of World Orphan Care, World Orphan Network
  • A.G. Lafley '69, (French and History) Chairman, President and CEO, Procter & Gamble
  • Joanna Langfield K'76, (Communications) Syndicated Radio Personality, Film Critic, Author and Television Commentator
  • Christine Laine '83 MD, MPH, FACP, (Biology and Creative Writing) Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine (youngest editor in the Journal's history)
  • Mark M. Leckie '75, (Economics) Senior Advisor, Centerview Capital Holdings, LCC; former CEO and Vice President, The Gillette Company; former President of Duracell, H.J. Heinz and Campbell Soups, U.S. Grocery Division
  • Brian Levin-Stankevich '72, (History) President, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
  • Jack Levy '75, (History and Government) Global Head, Mergers & Acquisitions Dept, Goldman Sachs
  • Joseph S. Lewis III '75, (Art History) Dean, UC Irvine School of the Arts; former Dean, School of Art and Design at Alfred University
  • Paul Lieberstein '89, (Economics) Writer, Producer and Actor, The Office (2006 Emmy for Best Comedy Series)
  • *Sol M. Linowitz '35, (German and Philosophy) Ambassador to the Organization of American States; Chairman of the Board of Xerox; Co-Negotiator of the Panama Canal Treaties; Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Henry Little '65, (History) Vice President, The Nature Conservancy
  • James Logan '74, (Economics) Principal, Logan Enterprises; former CEO, Gotuit Media Corp.; Past President, Microtouch Systems, Inc.
  • William H. Luers '51, (Chemistry and Mathematics) Professor, Columbia University; Chairman and President, United Nations Association of the USA; former President, Metropolitan Museum of Art; former U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia and Venezuela
  • Percy R. Luney Jr. '70, (Geology) Founding Dean, Florida A&M University Law School; Vice President, Space Florida

  • Rev. Dr. Joel MacCollam '68, (German) President, World Emergency Relief
  • Jane Mason '89, (Creative Writing) Writer/Editor of Children's Books; former Senior Editor, LucasFilm
  • *William H. Masters '38, (English Literature) Co-Founder, Masters & Johnson Institute
  • Arthur J. Massolo '64, (History and German) President/CEO, Straticon, Inc. and Chairman, Innovative Pharmaceutical Concepts
  • Michael Mathres '96, (Art and Economics) Founder and Director, Climate Capital Network; recipient of the 2004 Millenium Prize for Social Entrepreneurship
  • Stryker J. McGuire '69, (Spanish) Editor, International Quarterly and Contributing Editor for Newsweek; former London Bureau Chief, Newsweek
  • Matt McKenna '72, (Philosophy and Speech) President, Keep America Beautiful; former Senior Vice President of Finance, PepsiCo
  • Thomas E. Meehan '51, (English Literature) Playwright, Ain't Broadway Grand, Annie, Space Balls; 2001 Tony Award, The Producers, and 2003 Tony for Hairspray
  • Peter Meinke '55, (English Literature) Poet and Fiction Writer; past Director of the Eckerd College Writing Workshop; recipient of the 1986 Flannery O'Connor Award and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award
  • Carl B. Menges '51, (Economics and English Literature) Retired Vice Chairman of the Board, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette
  • Andrew Metz '91, (History) Producer, CBS 60 Minutes
  • Mike Meyer '74, (English Literature and Government) Director of Communications and Speechwriting, The United Nations
  • Adam Miller '92, (Philosophy) Exec. Vice President of Corporate Affairs,  NBCUniversal Media LLC; former President and COO, Abernathy MacGregor Group
  • Audrey Moore '84, (Psychology) Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney's Office
  • Ben Moore '82, (Art) Educator and Composer, Guggenheim Museum
  • Joe Morone '74, (Government) former President, Bentley College; CEO Albany International Corp
  • David Morse '74, (History) Senior Fellow, Encore.org; Instructor, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, U of Southern California; former Vice President of Communications, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Robert Moses '56, (Philosophy) Leader of the Civil Rights Movement; Founder, The Algebra Project

  • David A. Nelson '54, (English Literature and History) Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Richard J. Nelson '72, (Religion) Playwright, Some Americans Abroad
  • John Nichols '62, (English Literature) Author, The Sterile Cuckoo
  • Sara Noble '76, (Asian Studies) Publishing Consultant, Noble & Associates; former Managing Editor, Inc. Magazine
  • Dan Nye '88, (Government) President and CEO, Rocketlawyer; former CEO, LinkedIn

  • Margaret Keller O'Bryon K'75, (Public Policy) President/CEO, Consumer Health Foundation
  • Ralph Oman '62, (History) Professor of Law, George Washington University; former Register of Copyrights of the United States
  • Jonathan Overpeck '79, (Geology) Professor of Geosciences, University of Arizona; co-recipient of the Nobel Prize as one of the lead authors of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

  • Cameron "Kip" Paine '94, (History) Vocalist with Chanticleer; recipient of 2000 Best Small Ensemble Grammy for the CD titled Colors of Love
  • Christina H. Pearson '95, (English Literature) Senior Director of Public Relations, Microsoft Corporation; former Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Richard Pfau '64, (History) President, Averett University
  • Neal Pilson '60, (History) President, Pilson Communications, Inc.;  former Senior Vice President, CBS Broadcast Group; former President, CBS Sports
  • Stewart G. Pollock '54, (Philosophy) Retired Associate Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court  
  • *Ezra Pound, 1905, Poet
  • Ronald Pressman '80, (Biology) Chief Operating Officer, TIAA-CREF; former President and CEO, GE Real Estate
  • William P. Purcell III '76, (Government) Special Advisor on Allston, Harvard University; former Director, The Harvard Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government; former Mayor, City of Nashville; former Director, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; 2006 "Public Official of the Year" by Governing Magazine

  • Sarah Rafferty ’93, (English Literature and Theatre) Actress, Suits
  • Marc Randolph '80, (Geology) Co-Founder, Netflix
  • *Arnold L. Raphel '64, (Government) U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan
  • Lisa Reifenberg Daniels '94, (Mathematics and History) former Reporter, NBC Nightly News and the Today Show
  • John Reinstein '65, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
  • Jay Reise '72, (English Literature) Robert Weiss-Professor of Music, University of Pennsylvania; Composer
  • Haskell Rhett '58, (English Literature) former President Emeritus, Woodrow Wilson Foundation
  • John Rice '78, (Economics) Viced Chairman, GE
  • Nancy Roob '87, (Comparative Literature) President, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
  • Richard Roob '53, (Public Policy) Retired Board Chairman, Benjamin Moore & Co.
  • *Elihu Root 1864, U.S. Senator, Secretary of War, Secretary of State and Winner of the 1912 Nobel Peace Prize
  • Philip Ruppel '80, (Art History) President, McGraw-Hill Professional
  • G. Jeremiah Ryan '72, (Government and Speech) Senior Vice President for Workforce, Career & Technical Education, Louisiana Community and Technical College System; former President, Bergen Community College

  • Stephen Sadove '73, (Government) Retired Chairman and CEO, Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Preeta Samarasan '98, (History and Music) Author, Evening is the Whole Day
  • Hugh A. Sampson Jr., M.D., '71, (Biology) President, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York; Director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute and Dean for Translational Biomedical Sciences
  • Thomas J. Schwarz '66, (Economics) President, SUNY Purchase
  • Barry Seaman '67, (Literature) former Special Projects Editor and former White House Correspondent, TIME Magazine
  • Jack Selby '96, (Economics) Founder and Key Executive, Grandmaster Capital Management LLC; former CEO, Clarium; founder, PayPal
  • Douglas Sgarro '81, (History) retired Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, CVS Caremark Corp.
  • Kamila Shamsie '94, (Creative Writing) Author, Salt and Saffron, Kartography
  • Michael Shapiro '72, (Art and History) Director, High Museum of Art
  • *James S. Sherman 1878, Vice President of the United States
  • Josh Simpson ’72, world- renowned glass sculptor
  • Susan Skerritt K'78, (Economics and Spanish) Managing Director, Deutsche Bank
  • *B.F. Skinner '26, (English Literature) Behavioral Psychologist
  • David Solomon '84, (Government) Co-Head of Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs
  • Evan Smith '87, (Public Policy) Editorial Chief and CEO, Texas Tribune
  • *Gerrit Smith 1818, Philanthropist and Leading Abolitionist
  • William E. Smith '80, (French) Senior Vice President/General ­Manager, Minnesota Twins
  • David Solomon ’84, (Government) Co-Head, Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs
  • Richard W. Stanton '61, (French) Chief Operations Officer, Los Angeles Times
  • Michael Stone '72, (Government) President/CEO, The Beanstalk Group
  • Roger G. Strand '55, (History) Senior Judge, U.S. District Court
  • Vincent Strully '69, (Government), Founder, Executive Director and President, The New England Center for Children
  • *Michael G. Sundell '56, (English Literature) former President, Yaddo Artists' Community

  • Edward C. (Ted) Taylor '46, (Chemistry) A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Princeton University; research in organic compounds has resulted in the creation of the successful tumor-fighting drug Alimta
  • Rachel Tischler '92, (Theatre) Vice President of Entertainment Operations, USO
  • Clyde Tuggle '84, (German) Senior Vice President, Coca-Cola Company
  • Thomas Tull '92, (Government) Founder and CEO, Legendary Pictures

  • Tom Vilsack '72, (History) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; former Governor of Iowa; Democratic Candidate for President in 2008

  • Melinda Wagner '79, (Music) Composer; 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Music Composition
  • Edward S. Walker, Jr. '62, (Philosophy) Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Professor in Global Political Theory at Hamilton College; former President and CEO, Middle East Institute; former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates
  • Sara Maas Wasserman '08, (Creative Writing) Writer, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight
  • Bill Weaver '65, (Philosophy) former CEO, Puget Sound Energy
  • David Weiss '75, (Government) President and CEO, CHF International (international development and humanitarian assistance organization)
  • John Kellogg Werner '92, (Government) Founding Campus Director and Managing Director, Citizen Schools
  • Christopher Whitcomb '81, (History and English Literature) Author, Cold Zero and Black; former Special Agent, FBI
  • *Edward J. Wickson 1869, Horticulturalist and Founder of the California State Horticultural Society and Dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of California.
  • James P. Willse '67, (English Literature) former Editor, Newark Star-Ledger (Star-Ledger won 2005 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting of breaking news)
  • Sara Redding Wilson K'72, Director, Virginia Department of Human Resource Management
  • Scott Wood '80, (Chemistry and Geology) Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, North Dakota State University; former Dean, University of Idaho College of Science
  • *Alexander Woollcott, 1909, Drama Critic, The New York Times
  • Linda Woolley K'75, (Government) President and CEO, Direct Marketing Association
  • Steve Wulf '72, (English Literature) Founding Executive Editor, ESPN Magazine

  • Jaime Yordan '71, (Foreign Languages) Vice Chair, Citigroup Global Markets Inc; former Partner, Goldman Sachs

  • Gillian Zucker '90, (Creative Writing and Religion) President, Auto Club Speedway of Southern California