Notable Alumni

 

 

National Government and Law

Elizabeth Dole

  • David Addington (JD 1981) Chief of Staff to former Vice President Dick Cheney
  • George Venable Allen (1924) Ass. Secretary of State for Public Affairs; US Ambassador to Iran and Yugoslavia
  • Michael Bassett (PhD 1964) New Zealand Parliament
  • Elizabeth Dole (DHL 2000, AB 1958) Commissioner of the FTC; US Secretary of Transportation; US Secretary of Labor; President of the American Red Cross; Senator NC
  • Allyson Duncan (JD 1975) Judge, US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
  • Arkady Dvorkovich (PhD 1998) Chief Economic Advisor to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
  • Orinda Evans (AB 1965) US District Court Judge
  • John P. Hannah (AB 1984) Assistant for National Security to former Vice President Dick Cheney
  • Karen L. Henderson (AB 1966) US Court of Appeals
  • Hashim bin Al Hussein (AB 2005) Prince of Jordan
  • Susan Illston (AB 1970) Federal Judge
  • John Koskinen (AB 1961) Deputy Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget; President, U.S. Soccer Foundation
  • Juanita M. Kreps (LLD 1993, PhD 1948, AM 1944) US Secretary of Commerce 1977-1979; Professor; Economist
  • Ricardo Lagos (LLD 2005; PhD 1966, AM 1963) Former President of the Republic of Chile
  • Reggie Love (AB 2005) Personal Aide to President Barack H. Obama
  • Kevin J. Martin (MPP 1993) Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
  • Amit Mitra (AM 1976, PhD 1978) Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Winner of India's National Civilian Award Padma Shree
  • Richard Nixon (LLB 1937) 37th President of the United States
  • Ron Paul (MD 1961) Presidential candidate 1988 and 2008; Congressman TX
  • Robert Macon Phillips (AB 2000) White House Director of New Media
  • Daniel Calhoun Roper (1888) US Secretary of Commerce under Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Robert Sheheen (AB 1965) Speaker, House of Representatives
  • Eric Shinseki (AM 1976) US Secretary of Veterans Affairs; US Army Chief of Staff
  • Doug Sosnik (AB 1979) Senior Advisor and Political Director to Former President Bill Clinton
  • Kenneth Starr (JD 1973) US Solicitor General; Independent Counsel during the Whitewater Affair
  • Daniel Tarullo (AM 1974) Nominated to Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve by Barack Obama
  • Elizabeth Verville (AB 1961) Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political and Military Affairs
  • Jared Weinstein (AB 2002) Personal Assistant to George W. Bush
  • Jeffrey Zients (AB 1988) US Chief Performance Officer
  • Catherine Zoi (BS 1983) Chief of Staff of the White House on Environmental Policy; CEO of Al Gore's Alliance for Climate Protection

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Diplomacy

George V. Allen

  • George Venable Allen (1924) Ass. Secretary of State for Public Affairs; US Ambassador to Iran and Yugoslavia
  • Robert Sherwood Dillon (AB 1951) US Ambassador to Lebanon
  • William Eacho (AB 1976) US Ambassador to Austria
  • Robert C. Frasure (PhD 1970) US Ambassador to Estonia
  • Gordon D. Giffin (AB 1971) US Ambassador to Canada
  • Jack Gosnell (BS 1966) US Consul General St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Richard W. Graber (AB 1978) US Ambassador to Czech Republic
  • Robert Jordan (BA 1967) US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
  • Bob Krueger (AM 1959) Senator and Representative TX; US Ambassador to Burundi
  • Philip Lader (AB 1966) US Ambassador to the UK
  • Jack F. Matlock, Jr. (AB 1950) US Ambassador to Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union
  • Walter P. McConaughy (1930) US Ambassador to Burma, South Korea, Pakistan, and Taiwan

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Military

Eric Shinseki

  • William Atwater (PhD 1987, MA 1981) Captain US Marines; Author; Historian; Director US Army Ordinance Museum
  • General Walter Boomer (AB 1960) Major General, Retired; Assistant Commandant, USMC; Desert Storm Commander
  • Admiral Frank Bowman (DHL 2003, AB 1966) Admiral US Navy, Retired; Chief of Naval Personnel, Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, US Navy
  • Winston Choo (MA 1892) Lieutenant-General, Retired; Chief of Defense Force Singapore Armed Forces
  • Commander Edward Deets (AB 1979) Rear Admiral US Navy
  • Charles S. Hamilton (BS 1974) Rear Admiral US Navy
  • James W. Holsinger (PhD 1968, MD 1964) Major General US Army Reserve; Physician nominated to become 18th Surgeon General of US
  • Ng Jui Ping (MA) Lieutenant-General, Retired; Chief of Defence, Singapore Armed Forces
  • Eric Shinseki (AM 1976) US Secretary of Veterans Affairs; US Army Chief of Staff
  • Kevin R. Slates (MBA) Rear Admiral US Navy

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State/Local Government and Law

Ron Paul

  • Hugh Quincy Alexander (1936, 1933) Representative NC
  • Austin M. Allran (AB 1974) Senator NC
  • Robert Franklin Armfield 1853 Congressman NC; Lieutenant Governor NC
  • Ed Austin Mayor of Jacksonville, FL
  • Daniel T. Blue, Jr. (JD 1973) Senator NC
  • F. Vernon Boozer (AB 1958) Senator MD
  • Scott Brister (AB 1977) Chief Justice, TX Supreme Court
  • Maurice G. Burnside (PhD 1938) Congressman WV
  • Bill Campbell (JD 1977) Mayor of Atlanta, GA
  • Cason Carter (AB 2000) City Council Tulsa, OK
  • R. Gregg Cherry (1912) Governor NC
  • Robert L. Clifford (LLB 1950) Associate Justice, NJ Supreme Court
  • Jack Conway (AB 1991) Attorney General KY
  • Ann Covington (AB 1963) Chief Justice, MO Supreme Court
  • J. Kane Ditto (AB 1966) Mayor Jackson, MS
  • Christine M. Durham (JD 1971) Chief Justice, UT Supreme Court
  • J.B. Fuqua Chairman GA Democratic Party; Chairman Fuqua Companies and Fuqua Enterprises
  • Nick Galifianakis (LLB 1953, AB 1951) Representative NC
  • Lisa Gladden (AB 1986) Representative MD
  • Hannibal Lafayette Godwin (1897) Representative NC
  • Thomas Grady (JD 1982) Representative FL
  • Robert Hayes (AB 1967) Congressman NC's 8th district
  • Paul B. Henry (PhD 1970, AM 1968) Representative MI
  • Henry Hyde Representative IL
  • Robert D. Inglis (AB 1981) Representative SC
  • Ted Kaufman (BSME 1960) Senator DE
  • Bob Krueger (AM 1959) Senator and Representative TX; US Ambassador to Burundi
  • Chris Lauzen (AB 1974) Senator IL
  • Jeffrey Lichtman (JD 1990) Defense Attorney for John Gotti, Fat Joe, and The Game
  • Dan Lipinski (PhD 1998) Congressman IL's 3rd district
  • Stan Lundine (AB 1961) Congressman NY
  • Denise Majette (JD 1979) GA state judge; US Representative GA
  • Evelyn Murphy (PhD 1965, AB 1961) Governor MA
  • Paul Martin Newby (AB 1977) Associate Justice, NC Supreme Court
  • Lee Slater Overman (1874) Senator NC
  • Susan Owens (AB 1971) Associate Justice, WA Supreme Court
  • Ron Paul (MD 1961) Representative TX; 2008 Republican Presidential candidate
  • Enrique Penalosa (AB 1977) Mayor of Bogota, Colombia
  • Nick Rahall (AB 1971) Congressman WV
  • Eric Rothschild (AB 1989) Lead Attorney for Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District
  • Robert Sheheen (AB 1965) Speaker SC House of Representatives
  • Willis Smith (1910) Senator NC; US observer at Nuremberg Trials
  • Lura S. Tally (AB 1942) NC House of Representatives; US Senator NC
  • William B. Umstead (1921) Governor NC
  • Don Willett (MA 1992, JD 1992) Associate Justice, TX Supreme Court
  • Bob Wise (AB 1970) Governor WV

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Public Policy, Activism, and Philanthropy

Melinda French Gates

  • John H. Adams (LLD 2005, LLB 1962) Co-Founder, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Gregory Baylor (JD 1990) Religious activist, Christian Legal Society
  • Charlotte Bunch (AB 1966) Author; Human rights activist
  • Benjamin Chavis, Jr. (MDIV 1980) Civil rights activist; Executive Director of NAACP
  • Mary Duke Biddle (1907) Daughter of Benjamin Newton and Sarah Pearson Angier Duke; Founder, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation
  • Melinda French Gates (MBA 1987, BS 1986) Co-Founder, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Neal Keny-Guyer (AB 1976) CEO, Mercy Corps
  • Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans (LLD 1983, AB 1939) Philanthropist
  • Eleanor Smeal (LLD 1991, AB 1961) Political activist; President, Feminist Foundation; President, National Organization for Women

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Business

John J. Mack

  • Rex Adams (AB 1962) Chairman, PBS; VP, Mobil Corporation
  • Harsha Agadi (MBA 1987) Chairman and CEO, Friendly Ice Cream Corporation; President and CEO, Church's Chicken
  • John A. Allison IV (MBA 1974) Chairman and CEO, BB&T
  • John Angelos (AB 1989) Executive VP, Baltimore Orioles
  • Steven Black (AB 1974) Vice Chairman, JP Morgan Chase & Co.
  • Roy J . Bostock (AB 1962) Chairman, Sealedge Investments, LLC; Chairman of BICom3 Group, Inc.; Board of directors for Morgan Stanley, Yahoo, and Northwest Airlines
  • Jack O. Bovender Jr. (MHA 1969, AB 1967) Chairman and CEO, HCA
  • Andrew Busey (AB 1993) Creator of ichat
  • Lewis B. Campbell (BSME 1968) CEO, Textron, Inc.
  • John Canning, Jr. (JD 1969) President, Madison Dearborn Partners; Co-owner, Milwaukee Brewers
  • John Chambers Chairman and CEO, Cisco Systems
  • Robert L. Cook (BS 1973) Oscar-winning software-programmer; VP of Advanced Technology, Pixar Animation Studios
  • Timothy D. Cook (MBA 1988) COO and CEO, Apple Inc.
  • Bradley J. Dodson (AB 1996) VP, CFO, and Treasurer, Oil States International
  • Jim Ellis Co-creator of Usenet with Tom Truscott
  • Nola Maddox Falcone (AB 1961) Managing Principal, NMF Asset Management, LLC
  • Clay Felker (DHL 1998, AB 1951) Founding Editor of NY Magazine
  • Michael Q. Fellmeth (AB 1992) VP, Dramatists Play Service
  • Danny Ferry (AB 1989) General Manager, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Thomas Finke (MBA 1991) Chairman and CEO, Babson Capitol Management
  • Michael J. Fitzpatrick (AB 1970) Chairman and CEO, E-Trek Dynamics
  • J.B. Fuqua Chairman of the Board, Fuqua Companies; Founder, J.B. Fuqua Foundation; Namesake of Duke's Fuqua School of Business
  • Melinda French Gates (MBA 1987, BS 1986) Co-founder, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • David R. Goode (AB 1962) Chairman, President, and CEO, Norfolk Southern
  • William H. Gross (AB 1966) CIO and Managing Officer, PIMCO
  • Scott Guthrie (AB 1997) Product Unit Manager, Microsoft
  • Hank Halter (MBA 1993) CFO, Delta Airlines
  • William A. Hawkins (BSE 1976) CEO, Medtronic
  • Betsy Holden (AB 1977) CEO, Kraft Foods
  • Beth Hubbard (AB 1985) President, Gotham Entertainment Production Co.
  • W. Bruce Johnson (MBA 1977, JD 1977, AB 1973) Interim CEO and President, Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Edwin L. Jones, Jr. (BSCE 1948) Engineer and President, J. A. Jones Construction Company
  • Bruce Karsh (AB 1977) Co-Founder and President, Oaktree Capital Management
  • Timothy Kasbe (MBA 2000) CIO, Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Neal Keny -Guyer (AB 1976) CEO, Mercy Corps
  • Jeffrey Kip (MBA 1999) CFO, Panera Bread
  • Richard Kirkland (AM 1976) S/B Managing Editor, Fortune Magazine
  • Eric Kirsten (AB 1991) Founder and President, Fantzer, Inc. and Coolspotters.com; Board member for Sara Happ Cosmetics
  • John A Koskinen (AB 1961) Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget; President, US Soccer Foundation
  • Mike Lamach (MBA 2001) President and COO, Ingersoll Rand
  • Dylan Lauren (AB 1996) President and Founder, Dylan's Candy Bar
  • J. Richard Leaman III (MBA 1986, AB 1984) Managing Director, Moelis & Company; Joint Global Head of Investment Banking, UBS
  • Dan Levitan (AB 1979) Co-Founder and Managing Director Maveron LLC
  • Diane Britz Lotti (AB 1974) Managing Director, Circle Financial Group
  • Gerard Louis-Dreyfus (LLB 1957, AB 1955) Owner, Louis-Dreyfus Family Office LLC
  • John J. Mack (AB 1968) CEO, Morgan Stanley; CEO, Credit Suisse First Boston
  • Aubrey McClendon (AB 1981) CEO, Chairman, and Co-Founder, Chesapeake Energy; Shares ownership of the Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Sean McManus (AB 1977) President, CBS News and CBS Sports
  • Lalit Modi (1986) President and Managing Director, Modi Enterprises; Chairman and Founder, Indian Premier League
  • Raymond Nasher (AB 1943) Real Estate Developer; Philanthropist; Namesake of Duke's Nasher Museum of Art
  • Peter Nicholas (AB 1964) Co-Founder and Chairman, Boston Scientific Corporation
  • Stephen Pagliuca (BA 1977) Managing Director of Bain Capital; Shares ownership of of the Boston Celtics
  • Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. (BSEE 1947) CEO of Pfizer; Philanthropist; Namesake of Duke's Edmund T. Pratt School of Engineering
  • Mark Rosenbaum (MBA 1987) CFO, MySpace
  • Drew Rosenhaus (JD 1990) CEO, Rosenhaus Sports Representation
  • David M. Rubenstein (AB 1970) Co-Founder and Managing Director, The Carlyle Group; Namesake of Duke's Rubenstein Hall
  • Monty Sarhan (JD 1999) VP, MTV Networks / Viacom; Publisher and CEO, Cracked
  • W. Russel Scheirman (MS 1978, BSE 1977) President and COO, Vaalco Energy Inc.
  • Alan Schwartz (AB 1972) Executive Chairman, Guggenheim Partners, LLC; CEO, Bear Sterns
  • Bobby Sharma (JD 1998, AB 1995) VP & General Counsel, NBA Development League
  • Adam Silver (AB 1984) Deputy Commissioner and COO, NBA
  • Christopher L. Smith (AB 1990) President, Transit Systems, Inc.
  • Sam A. Solomon (MBA 1992) President and CEO, The Coleman Company
  • W. David Stedman (AB 1942) Chairman, Stedman Associates
  • Robert K. Steel (AB 1973) Deputy Mayor of Economic Development, NYC-Office of the Mayor; President and CEO, Wachovia; Chairman of the Duke University Board of Trustees
  • Terry Thompson (MBA 1999) COO, Mercer
  • Bill Timmerman (AB 1968) Chairman, President, and CEO, SCANA
  • Tom Truscott (AM 1981, BS 1975) Co-Creator of Usenet with Jim Ellis
  • James L. Vincent (BSME 1961) Chairman and CEO, Biogen Inc.
  • Jeffrey Vinik (BSCE 1981) Chairman, President, and CEO, Vinik Asset Management; Owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Karl von der Heyden (AB 1962) Vice Chairman and CFO, PepsiCo, Inc.; Namesake Duke's von der Heyden Pavilion
  • G. Richard Wagoner, Jr. (AB 1975) Chairman and CEO, General Motors Corporation
  • Pamela J. White (MBA 1988) Executive VP and CFO, Express; CFO, Victoria's Secret
  • Gary L. Wilson (AB 1962) Director, The Walt Disney Company; Co-Chairman, Northwest Airlines; Namesake of Duke's Wilson Recreation Center
  • Gao Xiqing (JD 1986) General Manager and CIO, China Investment Corporation
  • Harold "Spike" Yoh (BSME 1958) Chairman and CEO, Day and Zimmerman; Namesake of Duke's Yoh Football Center

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Medicine, Science, and Technology

Hans Dehmelt

  • David H. Adams (MD 1983, BS 1979) Specialist in heart valve surgery and mitral valve repair
  • Eben Alsberg (BSE 1995) Tissue Engineer; Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineer and Orthopaedic Surgery, Case Western Reserve University
  • Lenox D Baker (MD 1934) Physician; Public Servant
  • Ian Barbour (AM 1947) Physicist; Theologian; Recipient of the Templeton Prize in 1999
  • Charles E. Brady, Jr. (MD 1975) Astronaut
  • Fred Brooks (AB 1953) Engineer; Developer of OS/360; Turing Award winner
  • John Cocke (DS 1988, PhD 1956, BSME 1945) Considered the father of the RISC computer architecture; IBM Fellow
  • Richard Cytowic (AB 1973) Neuroscientist; Leading authority in the field of synesthesia; President, Capital Neurology
  • Hans Dehmelt (Post-Doc. 1952-55) 1989 Nobel Laureate in physics; Co-developed the ion trap technique with Wolfgang Paul
  • William DeVries (HS 1979, HS 1975) Pioneer of artificial organs; Academic Coordinator, Walter Reed Army Med. Center
  • Sylvia Earle (DS 1993, PhD 1966, AM 1956) Marine biologist; Chief Scientific of the NOAA; CEO, Deep Ocean Exploration & Research
  • Jim Ellis Co-creator of Usenet with Tom Truscott
  • Paul Farmer (AB 1982) Infectious disease doctor; Winner of MacArthur Award; Subject of Pulitzer prize winner Tracy Kidder's biography Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • Ken Gergen (PhD 1963) Notable American psychologist; Professor at Swarthmore College
  • Jeffrey W. Holcombe (AB 1973) Moss specialist; Biology professor at The Loomis Chaffee School
  • John M. MacDougal (PhD 1984) Botanist
  • Robert L. Morris (PhD 1969) Notable psychologist; Koestler professor at the University of Edinburgh
  • George Porter lll (HS 1959, MD 1958, AB 1954) President Emeritus, Ochsner Medical Foundation
  • Robert C. Richardson (PhD 1966) 1966 Nobel Laureate in physics; F.R. Newman Professor of Physics at Cornell University
  • Jim Scheinman (BS 1988) Co-Founder of Bebo; Early Friendster Employee; Came close to acquiring Facebook when it was in its infancy
  • Dorothy Simpson (AB 1946) Scientist; Mathematician
  • Dylan Smith (BS 2008) Founder and CFO, Box.net Inc.
  • William Kennedy Smith Founder, Physicians Against Land Mines
  • Henrique Tono (PhD 2007) Co-founder, Ingrain Inc.
  • Charles H. Townes (DS 1966, AM 1937) 1964 Nobel Laureate in physics; Professor of physics at UC-Berkeley
  • Tom Truscott (AM 1981, BS 1975) Co-Creator of Usenet with Jim Ellis
  • Luis von Ahn (BS 2000) Inventor of the captcha and Google image labeler
  • Olaf von Ramm (PhD 1973) First patent on a 3-D ultrasound; Developed first electronically steered matrix-array 3-D ultrasound imager; Professor at Duke
  • F. Thomas Wooten, III (PhD 1964, BSEE 1957) President, Research Triangle Institute

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Education

Juanita M. Kreps

  • Susan Athey (DS 2009, AB 1991) Professor of economics at Harvard University; Winner of the John Bates Clark Medal
  • Dan Ariely (PhD 1998) Professor of behavioral economics at Duke; Head of the eRationality research group at the MIT Media Lab; Author of "Predictably Irrational"
  • George Brumley, Jr. (HS 1961, HS 1960, MD 1960, AB 1956) Chairman of Pediatrics, Associate Dean, Emory University
  • Fred Chappell (AM 1964, AB 1961) North Carolina Poet Laureate, Novelist
  • Mauri Ditzler (PhD 1979) President Monmouth College
  • David L. Downie (AB 1983) Author; Professor of Politics and Environment Policy at Fairfield University
  • David Efird (AB 1994) Philosopher and lecturer at the University of York
  • Lorenz Eitner (AB 1940) Renowned art historian
  • Thomas Eugene Flanagan (PhD 1970, AM 1967) Conservative Canadian political scientist
  • W. Kent Fuchs (BSE 1977) Provost of Cornell University
  • Pamela Gann (JD 1973) President of Claremont McKenna College; Dean of Duke University School of Law
  • Ken Gergen (PhD 1963) Notable American psychologist; Professor at Swarthmore College
  • Douglas Hodgkin (PhD 1966, AM 1963) Political scientist; Author and professor at Bates College
  • Josephine Humphreys (LITTD 1994, AB 1967) Award-Winning Novelist
  • Frank Lentricchia (PhD 1966, AM 1963) Literary critic; Professor of literature at Duke University
  • Theodore E. Long (AM 1968) President of Elizabethtown College
  • A.D. Kirwan (1947) President of the University of Kentucky
  • Juanita M. Kreps (LLD 1993, PhD 1948, AM 1944) US Secretary of Commerce 1977-1979; Professor; Economist
  • Benjamin Ladner (PhD 1971) President of American University
  • Peter Maas (AB 1950) Author of novels The Valachi Papers and Serpico
  • Robert L. Morris (PhD 1969) Notable psychologist; Koestler professor at the University of Edinburgh
  • Reynolds Price (AB 1955) Renowned author and professor of literature at Duke University
  • David P. Roselle (PhD 1965) President of the University of Delaware
  • Haun Saussy (AMB 1981) Bird White Housum Professor of Comparative and Chinese literature at Yale
  • Margaret Taylor Smith (AB 1947) Author; Social activist; Chair Kresger Foundation
  • William C. Styron (DLETT 1968, AB 1947) Author, Pulitzer Prize Winner
  • David E. Sweet (PhD 1968) Founding President of Metropolitan State University; President of Rhode Island College
  • Jill Tiefenthaler (PhD 1951) Provost of Wake Forest University
  • Anne Tyler (AB 1961) Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and writer of short stories
  • F. Thomas Wooten lll (PhD 1964, BSEE 1957) President of the Research Triangle Institute
  • Theodore Ziolkowski (AM 1952, AB 1951) Dean of the Graduate School, Princeton University

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Literature

 

Anne Tyler

  • James Armstrong (MBA 2006, BS 1982) Author of "UNIX Secrets" and other computer books
  • Fred Chappell (AM 1964, AB 1961) North Carolina Poet Laureate; Novelist
  • Guy Davenport (AB 1948) Author "Thasos and Ohio"; National Review contributor
  • Lee McGeorge Durrell (PhD 1979) Author; Television presenter; Zookeeper
  • Josephine Humphreys (LITTD 1994, AB 1967) Award-winning Novelist
  • Mac Hyman (AB 1947) Author of "No Time for Sergeants"
  • Russell Kirk (AM 1941) Author of "The Conservative Mind"
  • Nathaniel Lande (AB 1956) Author; Filmmaker; Creative director, TIME
  • Peter Maas (AB 1950) Author of novels "The Valachi Papers" and "Serpico"
  • Lydia Millet (MEM 1996) Author of "Oh Pure and Radiant Heart", "Everyone's Pretty", and other novels
  • Noel Perrin (AM 1950) Scholar; Essayist; Critic; Professor at Dartmouth College
  • Reynolds Price (AB 1955) Renowned author; James B. Duke professor of literature at Duke
  • Lynn Veach Sadler (AB 1962) Poet; Author; Playwright
  • Haun Saussy (AB 1981) Bird White Housum Professor of Comparative and Chinese literature at Yale
  • Margaret Taylor Smith (AB 1947) Author; Social activist; Chair Kresger Foundation
  • William C. Styron (DLETT 1968) Author; Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Anne Tyler (AB 1961) Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and writer of short stories
  • Dana Vachon (AB 2002) Author of "Mergers & Acquisitions"
  • Haim Watzman (AB 1978) Writer
  • Richard Zimler (AB 1977) Novelist; Author of "The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon"

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Journalism and Media

Dan Abrams

  • Dan Abrams (AB 1988) Chief Legal Analyst for NBC News; General Manager of MSNBC; CEO of Abrams Research
  • Dan Bernstein (AB 1991) Sports journalist; WSCR radio host
  • Jay Bilas (JD 1992, AB 1986) Sports analyst, ESPN
  • Jessica Faye Carter (JD 2002, MBA 2002) Author; Columnist; Social media entrepreneur
  • John Feinstein (AB 1977) Writer, The Washington Post Company; Sports journalist
  • Clay Felker (DHL 1998, AB 1951) Founding Editor of NY Magazine
  • Sean Flynn Actor; Vietnam War photojournalist
  • Mike Gminski (AB 1980) Sports Commentator, ESPN
  • David Hartman (AB 1956) First host of Good Morning America on ABC
  • Mangesh Hattikudur (AB 2001) Co-founder of Mental Floss with Will Pearson
  • John Harwood (AB 1978) Political writer for The New York Times; National Political Editor for The Wall Street Journal; Frequent panelist on Washington Week
  • Rik Kirkland (AM 1976) Director of Publishing, McKinsey & Company
  • Scott McCartney (AB 1982) Travel Editor and journalist for The Wall Street Journal; Author
  • Sean McManus (AB 1977) President, CBS News and CBS Sports
  • Susannah Meadows (AB 1995) Senior Writer for Newsweek
  • Will Pearson (AB 2001) Co-founder of Mental Floss with Mangesh Hattikudur
  • Charlie Rose (JD 1968, AB 1964) Journalist; CBS News Anchor; 60 Minutes contributor; The Charlie Rose Show
  • Jim Rosenfield (AB 1981) WCBS-TV anchor
  • John Seigenthaler, Jr. (AB 1978) NBC and MSNBC news anchor; Partner and CEO of New York Operations, Seigenthaler Public Relations
  • Kathy Deane (AB 1978) President, Tobe Report
  • Elizabeth Spiers (AB 1999) Columnist, Fortune Magazine; Founding editor of Gawker.com
  • Judy Woodruff (DHL 1998, AB 1968) NBC's White House correspondent; Washington correspondent for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour; Anchor at CNN

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Fine Arts and Entertainment

Mike Posner

  • Lt. Andy Baldwin (BS 1999) The Bachelor; Lieutenant; Physician and Diver, United States Navy
  • Michael Best (AB 1962) Principal Artist of the Metropolitan Opera
  • Jayne Brook (AB 1982) Actress, Chicago Home
  • Les Brown (1936) Musician, Les Brown and The Band of Renown; Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee 1999
  • Ryan Carnes (2004) Actor Desperate Housewives, Eating Out
  • Michael Ching (AB 1980) Composer, Memphis Opera
  • Jack Coleman (AB 1980) Actor, Heroes, Dynasty, Days of our Lives
  • Robert L. Cook (BS 1973) Oscar-winning software-programmer; VP of Advanced Technology, Pixar Animation Studios
  • Bill Cunliffe (AB 1978) Grammy Award-winning composer; Arranger, Pianist
  • Kara DioGuardi (AB 1993) American Idol judge; Songwriter for musicians including Carlos Santana, Kelly Clarkson, and Britney Spears
  • Lee McGeorge Durrell (PhD 1979) Author; Television presenter; Zookeeper
  • Rene Echevarria (AB 1984) Producer, The 4400, Dark Angel, Now and Again; screenwriter, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • Michael Q. Fellmeth (AB 1992) VP, Dramatists Play Service
  • Sean Flynn Actor; Vietnam War photojournalist
  • Annabeth Gish (AB 1993) Actress, X-Files, The West Wing
  • Kelly Goldsmith (AB 2001) Actress, Survivor
  • Kevin Gray (AB 1980) Broadway actor, Phantom on Broadway after Michael Crawford
  • John Gromada (AB 1986) Broadway composer and sound designer
  • Beth Hubbard (AB 1985) Co-Founder, Bright Idea Entertainment, LLC; President, Gotham Entertainment Production Co.
  • David Hudgins (AB 1987) Television writer and producer, Everwood, Friday Night Lights
  • Kevin Isola (AB 1992) Broadway actor, Brooklyn Boy
  • Martin Kratt (BS 1989) Creator and star of PBS's Zoboomafoo
  • Adam Lord (AB 2003) Musician; writer
  • Bruce Lund (BS 1973) Toy designer; President/Founder Lund & Company Invention LLC
  • Peter Maas (AB 1950) Author of novels The Valachi Papers and Serpico (later made in movies)
  • Jon Marans (AB 1979) Playwright, Old Wicked Songs, The Temperamentals
  • Ben Mulroney (AB 1997) Host of Canadian Idol and eTalk Daily
  • Andrea Nelson Meigs (JD 1994) Talent agent, International Creative Management
  • Vanessa Rousso (AB 2003) Professional poker player
  • Mike Posner (AB 2009) Musician
  • Adam Sampieri (AB 2003) Musician, Writer
  • Monty Sarhan (JD 1999) Vice President, MTV Networks / Viacom; Publisher and CEO, Cracked
  • Rebecca Sealfon (MS 2008) Winner of 1998 Scripps National Spelling Bee; Internet celebrity
  • Retta (AB 1992) Stand-up comedian and actress, Parks and Recreation
  • Ryan Senft (BS 2002) Musician
  • William Stone (AB 1966) Operatic baritone
  • Travis Lane Stork (AB 1994) Reality star of ABC's Bachelor 8
  • Jim Toomey (MEM 2008, BSE 1983) Syndicated cartoonist of Sherman's Lagoon
  • Randall Wallace (AB 1971) Author of the screenplays for Braveheart, The Man in the Iron Mask, Pearl Harbor, and We Were Soldiers
  • Patrick Williams (AB 1961) Composer for movies and TV, Emmy and Grammy winner
  • Robert Yeoman (AB 1973) Cinematographer for films Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, the Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and The Darjeeling Limited

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Athletics (Current professional athletes denotated by "*")

J.J. Redick

Baseball

  • Wayne Ambler (AB 1937) MLB, Philadelphia Athletics
  • Bob Brower (AB 1982) MLB, New York Yankees
  • Chris Capuano* (BS 2000) MLB, Free agent
  • Lawrence "Crash" Davis (AB 1940) MLB, Philadelphia Athletics; Inspiration for the main character of the 1988 movie Bull Durham
  • Dick Groat (AB 1953) MLB, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals; NBA
  • Ryan Jackson (AB 2006) MLB, Detroit Tigers; Coach of men's baseball at Duke
  • Bill McCahan (AB 1942) MLB, Philadelphia Athletics
  • Quinton McCracken (AB 1992) MLB; Member of 2001 World Series Champion Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Clarence "Ace" Parker (1937) MLB, Philadelphia Athletics; NFL, Brooklyn Dodgers; Hall of Fame 1972
  • Scott Schoeneweis* (AB 1996) MLB; Free agent; Member of 2002 World Series Champion Anaheim Angels
  • Al Spangler (AB 1956) MLB, Milwaukee Braves
  • Eric Tipton (AB 1939) MLB, Cincinnati Reds
  • Mike Trombley (AB 1990) MLB, Minnesota Twins
  • Hal Wagner (1938) MLB, Boston Red Sox

Basketball

  • Tommy Amaker (MBA 1989, AB 1987) Head coach of men's basketball at Harvard, University of Michigan, and Seton Hall University; Assistant coach at Duke
  • Alison Bales* (AB 2007) WNBA, Atlanta Dream
  • Shane Battier* (AB 2001) NBA, Houston Rockets; Duke jersey retired
  • Alana Beard* (AB 2004) WNBA, Washington Mystics; Duke jersey retired
  • Chante Black* (AB 2009) WNBA, Tulsa Shock
  • Carlos Boozer* NBA, Chicago Bulls; Olympic bronze at 2004 Summer Olympics and Olympic gold at 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Elton Brand* NBA, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Jeff Capel (AB 1997) USBL, Raleigh Cougars; Head coach of men's basketball at University of Oklahoma
  • Chris Collins (AB 1996) Assistant coach of men's basketball at Duke
  • Monique Currie* (AB 2005) WNBA, Washington Mystics
  • Johnny Dawkins (AB 1986) Head coach of men's basketball at Stanford University; Associate coach at Duke; NBA, Detroit Pistons; Duke jersey retired
  • Luol Deng* NBA, Chicago Bulls
  • Charles "Lefty" Driesell (AB 1954) College basketball coach
  • Chris Duhon* (AB 2004) NBA, Orlando Magic
  • Mike Dunleavy, Jr.* (AB 2005) NBA, Indiana Pacers
  • Danny Ferry (AB 1989) GM of the San Antonio Spurs; NBA; Member of 2003 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs; Duke jersey retired
  • Mike Gminski (AB 1980) CBS sports analyst; NBA, New Jersey Nets; Duke jersey retired
  • Dick Groat (AB 1953) MLB, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals; NBA
  • Lindsey Harding* (AB 2007) WNBA, Washington Mystics
  • Art Heyman (AB 1963) NBA, New York Knicks; Duke jersey retired
  • Grant Hill* (AB 1994) NBA All-Star, Phoenix Suns; Duke jersey retired
  • Bobby Hurley (AB 1993) NBA, Sacramento Kings; Duke jersey retired
  • Dahntay Jones* (AB 2003) NBA, Indiana Pacers
  • Billy King (AB 1988) GM of the New Jersey Nets
  • Christian Laettner (AB 1992) NBA, Miami Heat; Only college player on 1992 Olympic gold "Dream Team;" Duke jersey retired
  • Corey Maggette* NBA, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Josh McRoberts* NBA, Indiana Pacers
  • Jeff Mullins (AB 1964) Head men's basketball Coach at UNC Charlotte; NBA, Golden State Warriors; Duke jersey retired
  • Shavlik Randolph* NBA, Miami Heat
  • J.J. Redick* (AB 2006) NBA, Orlando Magic; Was NCAA's all-time leader in three-point field goals; Duke jersey retired
  • Bobby Sharma (JD 1998, AB 1995) VP & General Counsel, NBA Development League
  • Adam Silver (AB 1984) Deputy Commissioner and COO, NBA
  • Quin Snyder (JD 1995, MBA 1995, AB 1989) Developmental coach of the Philadelphia 76ers; Head coach of NBA Austin Toros; Head coach of men's basketball at the University of Missouri; Assistant coach at Duke
  • Jim Spanarkel (AB 1979) Studio analyst for NBA TV; NBA, Dallas Mavericks
  • Michele Van Gorp (AB 1999) WNBA, Minnesota Lynx
  • Jason (Jay) Williams (AB 2002) NBA, Chicago Bulls; Duke jersey retired
  • Shelden Williams* (AB 2006, CER 2006) NBA, Denver Nuggets; Duke jersey retired
  • Steve Wojciechowski (AB 1998) Assistant coach of men's basketball at Duke

Football

  • Patrick Bailey* (2007) NFL, Tennessee Titans
  • Ryan Fowler* (AB 2004) NFL, New York Jets
  • Sonny Jurgensen (AB 1957) NFL Washington Redskins; Hall of Fame quarterback
  • Kevin Lewis (AB 2000) NFL, New York Giants
  • Thad Lewis* (AB 2009) NFL, St. Louis Rams
  • Patrick Mannelly* (1998) NFL, Chicago Bears
  • George McAfee (1940) NFL, Chicago Bears; Hall of Fame halfback
  • Scottie Montgomery (AB 2000) NFL, Oakland Raiders
  • Ayanga Okpokowuruk* (AB 2009) NFL, New York Giants
  • Ben Patrick* (AB 2006) NFL, Arizona Cardinals
  • Clarence "Ace" Parker (1937) MLB, Philadelphia Athletics; NFL, Brooklyn Dodgers; Hall of Fame 1972
  • Vincent Rey* (AB 2010) NFL, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Drew Strojny* (AB 2003) NFL, Free agent; St. Louis Rams

Golf

  • Stewart "Skip" Alexander (AB 1941) PGA; 3 PGA Tour wins
  • Jean Bartholomew* (AB 1989) LPGA
  • Beth Bauer (AB 2000) LPGA
  • Amanda Blumenherst* (AB 2009) LPGA
  • Jenny Chuasiriporn (AB 1999) LPGA
  • Anna Grzebien* (AB 2007) LPGA
  • Liz Janangelo (AB 2006) Professional Golf
  • Brittany Lang LPGA
  • Jennie Lee (AB 2009) Professional Golf
  • Joe Ogilvie* (AB 1996) PGA; 1 PGA Tour win
  • Mike Souchak PGA; 15 PGA Tour wins
  • Kevin Streelman* (AB 2001) PGA
  • Kristina Engstrom Tucker (AB 2003) Professional Golf
  • Art Wall, Jr. (AB 1949) PGA; Winner of 1959 Masters Tournament; 14 PGA Tour wins

Other Athletic

  • Kelly Bruno (BS 2005) Paralympian; Contestant on Survivor: Nicaragua
  • Matt Danowski (AM 2009, AB 2007, CER 2007) Professional lacrosse player for New Jersey Pride; All-time leading points scorer in NCAA Lacrosse history; Tewaaraton Trophy winner in 2007; Two-time Jack Turnbull Award winner; Two-time Lt. Raymond Enners Award winner
  • Paulie Harraka* Current Student NASCAR racer
  • Jay Heaps (AB 1998) MLS
  • Nancy Hogshead (AB 1986) Swimmer; 3 Olympic gold and 1 silver at the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • Haley Ishimatsu Current Student Diver; 2008 US Olympic team in the 10-meter platform and the synchronized 10-meter platform
  • Randy Jones (1991) Most decorated Olympic bobsledder in US history; First African-American to medal in Winter Olympics; Part of the United States Olympic Committee
  • John Kerr, Jr. (AB 1987) Major League Soccer; Winner of Hermann Trophy for top collegian; Head coach of men's soccer at Harvard and Duke
  • Jason Kreis (BS 1995) Major League Soccer
  • Alison Levine (MBA 2000) Mountain climber and explorer; The only woman to have completed the Explorers Grand Slam
  • Philip Schwalb (AB 1983) Founder of National Sports Museum of America
  • Dave Sime (MD 1962, AB 1958) Olympic Silver Medalist in track; Held 7 World Records in track
  • Andrew Skurka (AB 2003) 2007 National Geographic "Adventurer of the Year;" 2005 Backpacker Magazine "Person of the Year"
  • Becca Ward Current Student Sabre Fencer; Gold at 2006 World Fencing Championships; 2 Olympic gold at 2008 Summer Olympics

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