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Facts about Hamilton

A Sampling of Notable Alumni

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

American Studies Economics Latin Religious Studies
Art English Literature Literature Russian Studies
Art History Foreign Languages Mathematics Science
Asian Studies French Music Sociology
Biology Geology Philosophy Spanish
Chemistry German Physics Speech
Communication Government Psychobiology Theatre
Comparative Literature   Greek Psychology Unknown
Creative Writing History Public Policy  


 
 
AMERICAN STUDIES
  • Linda Johnson '80, (American Studies) President & CEO, Brooklyn Public Library, former President and CEO, National Constitution Center

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ART
  • Elbert O. Hand '61, (Art) Retired Chairman and CEO, Hartmarx Corp.
  • Guy Hebert '89, (Art) former Goalie, Anaheim Mighty Ducks; 1998 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
  • Kevin Kennedy '70, (Art) 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
  • Michael Shapiro '72, (Art and History) Director, High Museum of Art

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ART HISTORY
  • Joseph S. Lewis III '75, (Art History) Dean, UC Irvine School of the Arts; former Dean, School of Art and Design at Alfred University

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ASIAN STUDIES
  • Carl Hayden '63, (Asian Studies) Chairman, State University of New York Board of Trustees; former Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents
  • Sara Noble '76, (Asian Studies) Publishing Consultant, Noble & Associates; former Managing Editor, Inc. Magazine

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BIOLOGY
  • David P. Faxon '67, M.D. (Biology) Chief of Cardiology, University of Chicago; former President, American Heart Association
  • Martin S. Hirsch '60, (Biology) Physician and Professor of Medicine, Harvard University Medical School; former Director of AIDS Research, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Christine Laine '83 MD, MPH, FACP, (Biology and Creative Writing) Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine (youngest editor in the Journal's history)
  • Ronald Pressman '80, (Biology) Chief Operating Officer, TIAA-CREF; former President and CEO, GE Real Estate
  • 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

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CHEMISTRY
  • 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
  • Scott Wood '80, (Chemistry and Geology) Dean, University of Idaho College of Science

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COMMUNICATION
  • Joanna Langfield K'76, (Communications) Syndicated Radio Personality, Film Critic, Author and Television Commentator

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COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
  • Mary Bonauto '83 (Comparative Literature and History) Civil Rights Attorney (gay marriage)
  • Nancy Roob '87, (Comparative Literature) President, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

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CREATIVE WRITING
  • Stephen R. Foley '84, (Creative Writing) Commander, U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron (Blue Angels)
  • Christine Laine '83 MD, MPH, FACP, (Biology and Creative Writing) Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine (youngest editor in the Journal's 82-year history)
  • Jane Mason '89, (Creative Writing) Writer/Editor of Children's Books; former Senior Editor, LucasFilm
  • Kamila Shamsie '94, (Creative Writing) Author, Salt and Saffron, Kartography
  • Gillian Zucker '90, (Creative Writing and Religion) President, Auto Club Speedway of Southern California

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ECONOMICS
  • *Stephen Angell '41, (Economics and Public Policy) Co-Founder, Alternatives to Violence
  • David W. Blood '81, (Economics and Psychology) Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management; former CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management
  • Johannes Burlin '87, (Economics) President, Silliker North America; former President and CEO, Advanced BioScience Laboratories, Inc. (working on AIDS vaccine)
  • Michael N. Castle '61, (Economics) U.S. Representative; former Governor of Delaware
  • Thomas R. Crane, Jr. '61, (Economics and Spanish) former President/CEO, Castrol
  • Katherine Ertsgaard '83, (Economics) Executive Director, Rochester City Ballet/Draper Center for Dance
  • Dan Ferguson '48, (Economics and History) Retired CEO, Newell Rubbermaid Company
  • Joel W. Johnson '65, (Economics and English Literature) Retired President and CEO, Hormel Co.
  • Kraig Kayser '82, (Economics) President and CEO, Seneca Food Corp.
  • Mark M. Leckie '75, (Economics) Vice President, The Gillette Company; Past President of Duracell, H.J. Heinz and Campbell Soups, U.S. Grocery Division
  • Paul Lieberstein '89, (Economics) Writer, Producer and Actor, The Office (2006 Emmy for Best Comedy Series)
  • James Logan '74, (Economics) Principal, Logan Enterprises; former CEO, Gotuit Media Corp.; Past President, Microtouch Systems, Inc.
  • Carl B. Menges '51, (Economics and English Literature) Retired Vice Chairman of the Board, Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette
  • John Rice '78, (Economics) President and CEO, GE Infrastructure
  • Thomas J. Schwarz '66, (Economics) President, SUNY Purchase
  • Jack Selby '96, (Economics) Founder and Key Executive, Grandmaster Capital Management LLC; former CEO, Clarium; founder, PayPal
  • Susan Skerritt K'78, (Economics and Spanish) Managing Director, Bank of New York Mellon

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ENGLISH LITERATURE
  • Marjory Abrams Edelston '85, (English Literature and Psychology) Publisher, Boardroom Inc.
  • Henry Allen '63, (English Literature) former Writer, The Washington Post; recipient of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize
  • Wayland F. Blood '53, (English Literature and Public Policy) Retired Vice President/Treasurer, Ford Motor Credit Co.
  • Terry Brooks '66, (English Literature) Fantasy Author, Shannara series, also author of the novelization of Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • 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
  • Steve Culbertson '79, (English Literature and French) President and CEO, Youth Service America
  • Drew S. Days III '63, (English Literature) Professor of Law, Yale University; former U.S. Solicitor General
  • Gerald V. Dirvin '59, (English Literature) Retired Executive Vice President, Procter & Gamble
  • 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
  • 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
  • Joel W. Johnson '65, (Economics and English Literature) Retired President and CEO, Hormel Co.
  • *Hugh R. Jones '35, (English Literature and Mathematics) Retired Justice, NY State Court of Appeals
  • *Harry Kondoleon '77, (English Literature) Obie Award-Winning Playwright and Novelist
  • *William H. Masters '38, (English Literature) Co-Founder, Masters & Johnson Institute
  • 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
  • David A. Nelson '54, (English Literature and History) Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals
  • John Nichols '62, (English Literature) Author, The Sterile Cuckoo
  • Christina H. Pearson '95, (English Literature) Senior Director of Public Relations, Microsoft Corporation; former Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Haskell Rhett '58, (English Literature) President Emeritus, Woodrow Wilson Foundation
  • *B.F. Skinner '26, (English Literature) Behavioral Psychologist
  • Deborah Forte Stone K'75, (English Literature and Sociology) President, Scholastic Media
  • *Michael G. Sundell '56, (English Literature) former President, Yaddo Artists' Community
  • Christopher Whitcomb '81, (History and English Literature) Author, Cold Zero and Black; former Special Agent, FBI
  • James P. Willse '67, (English Literature) Editor, Newark Star-Ledger (Star-Ledger won 2005 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting of breaking news)
  • Steve Wulf '72, (English Literature) Editor-in-Chief, ESPN Books; founding Executive Editor, ESPN Magazine

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

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FRENCH
  • Martha Denney '82, (French) Dean of the College, Haverford College
  • Steve Culbertson '79, (English Literature and French) President and CEO, Youth Service America
  • Amy Owens Goodfriend '82, (French) former Partner, Goldman Sachs
  • Sir David Hayes '81, (French) Owner, The Argian Press; Chevalier of the National Order of Merit by decree of the President of France
  • A.G. Lafley '69, (French and History) Former Chairman and CEO, Procter & Gamble
  • William E. Smith '80, (French) Assistant to the President and General Manager, Minnesota Twins
  • Richard W. Stanton '61, (French) Chief Operations Officer, Los Angeles Times

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GEOLOGY
  • Percy R. Luney Jr. '70, (Geology) Founding Dean, Florida A&M University Law School; Vice President, Space Florida
  • Scott Wood '80, (Chemistry and Geology) Dean, University of Idaho College of Science

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GERMAN
  • *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
  • Rev. Dr. Joel MacCollam '68, (German) President, World Emergency Relief
  • Arthur J. Massolo '64, (History and German) President/CEO, Straticon, Inc. and Chairman, Innovative Pharmaceutical Concepts
  • Clyde Tuggle '84, (German) Senior Vice President, Coca-Cola Company

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GOVERNMENT
  • Blake Darcy '78, (Government) 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
  • John B. Emerson '75, (Government and Philosophy) President, Personal Investment Management for the Capital Group Companies; former Deputy Assistant to President Clinton
  • Cynthia Sherwood Evans '82, (Government) Chief Financial Officer, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • Michael Fleischer '88, (Government) Executive Director, New York State Thruway Authority
  • Peter C. Haeffner '88, (Government) Publisher, TV Guide
  • John Hester '69, (Government) Attorney, 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
  • William A. Kerr '79, (Government and History) CAO - Global Operations and Technology, Bank of New York Mellon; former Co-Chair Europe, The Bank of New York
  • Jack Levy '75, (History and Government) Global Head, Mergers & Acquisitions Dept, Goldman Sachs
  • Joe Morone '74, (Government) former President, Bentley College; CEO Albany International Corp
  • Dan Nye '88, (Government) President and CEO, Rocketlawyer; former CEO, LinkedIn
  • 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
  • *Arnold L. Raphel '64, (Government) U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan
  • G. Jeremiah Ryan'72, (Government and Speech) President, Bergen Community College
  • Stephen Sadove '73, (Government) Chairman and CEO, Saks Fifth Avenue
  • David Solomon '84, (Government) Co-Head of Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs
  • Michael Stone '72, (Government) Co-Chairman, The Beanstalk Group
  • Vincent Strully '69, (Government), Founder, Executive Director and President, The New England Center for Children
  • Thomas Tull '92, (Government) Founder, Chairman and CEO, Legendary Pictures
  • Linda Woolley K'75, (Government) Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, Direct Marketing Association

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GREEK
  • W. Robert Connor '56, (Greek and Latin) 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

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HISTORY
  • Robert Bernstock '72, (History) President, Mailing and Shipping Services, U.S. Postal Service; former President, Campbell Soup Company
  • Mary Bonauto '83 (Comparative Literature and History) Civil Rights Attorney (gay marriage)
  • Kevin M. Brown '83, (History) Chief Operating Officer, American Red Cross
  • Kevin Burns '77, (English Literature and History) President, Prometheus Entertainment; Emmy Award-Winning Television Producer and Filmmaker
  • *Richard W. Couper '44, (History) former President, The New York Public Library; former President, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
  • Lisa Reifenberg Daniels '94, (Mathematics and History) former Reporter, NBC Nightly News and the Today Show
  • Curtis Decker '66, (History) Executive Director, National Disability Rights Network
  • Dan Ferguson '48, (Economics and History) Retired CEO, Newell Rubbermaid Company
  • Charles L. Flynn, Jr., '74, (History) President, College of Mount St. Vincent
  • Scott M. Hand '64, (History) Executive Chairman of the Board,  Royal Nickel Corporation; President, Inco Ltd.
  • William A. Kerr '79, (Government and History) CAO - Global Operations and Technology,  Bank of New York Mellon; former Co-Chair Europe, The 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
  • Henry Little '65, (History) Vice President, The Nature Conservancy
  • Arthur J. Massolo '64, (History and German) President/CEO, Straticon, Inc. and Chairman, Innovative Pharmaceutical Concepts
  • David Morse '74, (History) Vice President of Communications, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • David A. Nelson '54, (English Literature and History) Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals
  • Ralph Oman '62, (History) Professor of Law, George Washington University; former Register of Copyrights of the United States
  • Cameron "Kip" Paine '94, (History) Vocalist with Chanticleer; recipient of 2000 Best Small Ensemble Grammy for the CD titled Colors of Love
  • 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
  • Preeta Samarasan '98, (History and Music) Author, Evening is the Whole Day
  • Douglas Sgarro '81, (History) Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for CVS Caremark Corporation
  • Michael Shapiro '72, (Art and History) Director, High Museum of Art
  • Brian Levin-Stankevich '72, (History) Chancellor, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
  • Roger G. Strand '55, (History) Senior Judge, U.S. District Court
  • Tom Vilsack '72, (History) U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; former Governor of Iowa; Democratic Candidate for President in 2008
  • Christopher Whitcomb '81, (History and English Literature) Author, Cold Zero and Black; former Special Agent, FBI

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LATIN
  • W. Robert Connor '56, (Greek and Latin) 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

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LITERATURE
  • Stephanie Abarbanel '73, (Literature) former Senior Articles Editor, Woman's Day
  • Barry Seaman '67, (Literature) former Special Projects Editor and former White House Correspondent, TIME Magazine

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MATHEMATICS
  • Lisa Reifenberg Daniels '94, (Mathematics and History) former Reporter, NBC Nightly News and the Today Show
  • William S Gaden '84, (Mathematics) Senior Vice President and General Manager, Rogers and Hammerstein Organization
  • Paul Greengard '48, (Mathematics and Physics) Professor, Rockefeller University; 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • *Hugh R. Jones '35, (English Literature and Mathematics) Retired Justice, NY State Court of Appeals
  • 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

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MUSIC
  • James Caraher '73, (Music) Artistic Director/Conductor, Indianapolis Opera
  • Michael A. Keller '67, (Music) University Librarian, Stanford University
  • Preeta Samarasan '98, (History and Music) Author, Evening is the Whole Day
  • Melinda Wagner '79, (Music) Composer; 1999 Pulitzer Prize in Music Composition

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PHILOSOPHY
  • John B. Emerson '75, (Government and Philosophy) President, Personal Investment Management for the Capital Group Companies; former Deputy Assistant to President Clinton
  • *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
  • Matt McKenna '72, (Philosophy and Speech) President, Keep America Beautiful; former Senior Vice President of Finance, PepsiCo
  • Adam Miller '92, (Philosophy) Exec. Vice President of Corporate Affairs,  NBCUniversal Media LLC; former President and COO, Abernathy MacGregor Group
  • Robert Moses '56, (Philosophy) Leader of the Civil Rights Movement; Founder, The Algebra Project
  • Stewart G. Pollock '54, (Philosophy) Retired Associate Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court  
  • 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
  • Bill Weaver '65, (Philosophy) former CEO, Puget Sound Energy

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PHYSICS
  • Paul Greengard '48, (Mathematics and Physics) Professor, Rockefeller University; 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • David P. Hess '77, (Physics) President, Pratt & Whitney

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

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PSYCHOLOGY
  • Marjory Abrams Edelston '85, (English Literature and Psychology) Publisher, Boardroom Inc.
  • David W. Blood '81, (Economics and Psychology) Co-Founder and Senior Partner, Generation Investment Management; former CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management
  • Fabio Freyre '83, (Psychology) Group Vice President, Corporate Sales and Marketing, Time Inc.; former Publisher, Sports Illustrated
  • Audrey Moore '84, (Psychology) Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney's Office

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PUBLIC POLICY
  • Stephen Angell '41, (Economics and Public Policy) Co-Founder, Alternatives to Violence
  • *J. Carter Bacot '55, (Public Policy) Chairman, The Bank of New York
  • Daniel Becker '77, (Public Policy) Director of Environmental Advocacy, The  Safe Climate Campaign; former Director Global Warming, Sierra Club
  • Wayland F. Blood '53, (English Literature and Public Policy) Retired Vice President/Treasurer, Ford Motor Credit Co.
  • Margaret Keller O'Bryon K'75, (Public Policy) President/CEO, Consumer Health Foundation
  • 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
  • Richard Roob '53, (Public Policy) Retired Board Chairman, Benjamin Moore & Co.
  • Evan Smith '87, (Public Policy) CEO, Texas Tribune

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RELIGIOUS STUDIES
  • Bill Harley '77, (Religion) Storyteller/Musician/Author for Children (children's songs); 2007 Grammy for "Best Spoken Word for Children"
  • Richard J. Nelson '72, (Religion) Playwright, Some Americans Abroad
  • Gillian Zucker '90, (Creative Writing and Religion) President, Auto Club Speedway of Southern California

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RUSSIAN STUDIES
  • John Hewko '79, (Government and Russian Studies) CEO and General Secretary, Rotary International; Vice President, Millennium Challenge Corporation

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SCIENCE
  • Francis F. Baker '36, (Science) Reserve Goalie, 1936 U.S. Olympic Bronze Medal Hockey Team

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SOCIOLOGY
  • John Hadity '83, (Sociology) Independent Producer and Financier; former Senior Vice President, Miramax
  • Deborah Forte Stone K'75, (English Literature and Sociology) President, Scholastic Media

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SPANISH
  • Thomas R. Crane, Jr. '61, (Economics and Spanish) former President/CEO, Castrol
  • 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
  • Stryker J. McGuire '69, (Spanish) Editor, International Quarterly and Contributing Editor for Newsweek; former London Bureau Chief, Newsweek
  • Susan Skerritt K'78, (Economics and Spanish) Managing Director, Bank of New York Mellon

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SPEECH
  • Matt McKenna '72, (Philosophy and Speech) President, Keep America Beautiful; former Senior Vice President of Finance, PepsiCo
  • G. Jeremiah Ryan'72, (Government and Speech) President, Bergen Community College

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THEATRE
  • Nat Faxon '97, (Theatre) Actor, Screenwriter and 2012 Academy Award recipient for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Descendents
  • Rachel Tischler '92, (Theatre) Vice President of Entertainment Operations, USO

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UNKNOWN

Note: The major did not exist until well into the 20th Century; most graduates simply received the A.B degree

  • Samuel Hopkins Adams 1891, Author
  • *William M. Bristol 1882, Co-Founder, Bristol-Myers Co.
  • *Carl Carmer  '14, Stars Fell on Alabama
  • *John W. Dwinelle 1834, Founder of the University of California (authored the "Organic Act that in 1868 created the Univ. of California).
  • *Laurentine Hamilton 1850, Minister and Educator; Mount Hamilton in California's Diablo Range, the tallest mountain overlooking Silicon Valley, is named for him
  • David Kunselman '66, CEO, Development of World Orphan Care, World Orphan Network
  • *Ezra Pound, 1905, Poet
  • *Elihu Root 1864, U.S. Senator, Secretary of War, Secretary of State and Winner of the 1912 Nobel Peace Prize
  • *James S. Sherman 1878, Vice President of the United States
  • *Gerrit Smith 1818, Philanthropist and Leading Abolitionist
  • *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.
  • *Alexander Woollcott, 1909, Drama Critic, The New York Times

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