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Famous Alumni

Wolverines can be found in just about every profession. Here are some of the Michigan alumni with names you'll recognize.

We strive for the information in these lists to be as accurate as possible. Current information may not be available for all alumni. Our intent is to list career highlights. If you have comments or suggestions, email Andrea Otlewski.

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STROTHER MARTIN, ’47, was an actor in “Gunsmoke” and “Hud.”

ANN B. DAVIS, ’48, was an actor in the “The Brady Bunch” TV series. She also appeared in Brady Bunch films and “Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.”

DANA ELCAR, ’48-’51, appeared in “MacGyver.”

JEAN PETERS, mid ’40s, appeared in the films “Captain From Castile” and “Three Coins in a Fountain.”

BOB MCGRATH, ’54, was on “Sesame Street.” He is also a musician.

MARIAN MERCER, ’57, was on “Mary Hartman” and “Nine to Five.” She appeared onstage in “Promises, Promises.”

DENISE NICHOLAS, ’63, was in “Room 227” and “In The Heat of the Night.” She also was in “Ghost Dad.”

GILDA RADNER, ’64–’70, was on “Saturday Night Live,” where she played many memorable characters, including Baba Wawa, based on Barbara Walters.

JAMES EARL JONES, ’55, HLHD’70, was in “Field of Dreams,” was the voice of Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” series and was in “A Clear and Present Danger.” He appeared onstage in “The Great White Hope.”

CHRISTINE LAHTI, ’72, was an actor in the “Chicago Hope” series. She appeared in films such as “Swing Shift,” “The Doctor” and “Running on Empty.” She is now on “Jack and Bobby.”

SARA MOULTON, ’74, is the host of “Sara’s Secrets” on the Food Network.

DAVID PAYMER, ’75, has appeared in “Mr. Saturday Night,” “Quiz Show,” “Get Shorty,” “City Slickers,” “Payback” and “In the Line of Fire.”

DAVID ALLEN GRIER, ’78, has appeared on TV in “In Living Color,” “Life with Bonnie” and “DAG.” He has appeared onstage in “Dream Girls” and “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

SCOTT HOLLANDER, JD’90, had a character based on his real-life job as a children’s advocacy lawyer in the now-canceled TV show “The Guardian.” Hollander heads KidsVoice, a nonprofit that gives kids who are neglected or abused free legal services. The show's creator, and one of the executive producers, is Hollander's younger brother, David.

LUCY LIU, ’90, was an actor on TV shows “Ally McBeal,” “NYPD Blue” and “ER.” She was also in the movies “Charlie’s Angels,” “Payback” and “True Crime.”

MATTHEW LETSCHER, ’92, appeared on “Ellen,” “Good Morning Miami” and “The Beach Boys” movie. He also appeared in “The Mask of Zorro.”

SELMA BLAIR, ’95, was in the movies “The Alibi,” “Pretty Persuasion,” “The Deal,” “DeMarco Affairs,” “In Good Company,” “A Dirty Shame,” “Coast to Coast” and “Hellboy.”

GAVIN CREEL, ’98, played Bill in “Eloise at the Plaza,” a Wonderful World of Disney movie. Creel was nominated in 2002 for a Tony for his role in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” He also appeared in “Bounce,” a musical by Stephen Sondheim.

Performing Arts

JACK YELLEN, ’13, was a songwriter for “Happy Days Are Here Again” and “Are You From Dixie?”

JULES BELKIN, ’53, heads Jules Belkin Productions, one of the top US rock 'n' roll promoters. Belkin was instrumental in founding the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

IGGY POP, ’63-’64, is a rock singer.

JUDY BROWN, MMUS’68, is a conductor and arranger.

JESSYE NORMAN, MMUS’68, HSCD’87, is an opera/concert singer.

CHIP DAVIS, ’69, composed “Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas Live,” “Convoy” and “The Christmas Angel: A Story on Ice.”

DEBBIE (TOMCHAK) MIDDLETON, ’76, MMUS’77, composed the 20-minute piece “Overature 2000.”

ROBERTA ALEXANDER, MMUS’77, appeared onstage in “The Scarlet Pimpernel.”

MADONNA, ’78-’79, is a singer. She also appeared in “Evita,” “A League of Their Own,” “Dick Tracy” and “The Next Best Thing.”

ZUOHUANG CHEN, MMUS’82, PhD’85, is a conductor for the Central Philharmonic Orchestra (People's Republic of China) and the Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

DOUGLAS SILLS, ’82, was cast for the first-ever Broadway production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Sills was a Tony nominee for leading actor in the musical “The Scarlet Pimpernel.”

RICO SACCANI, ’84, is the music director and artistic adviser of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra.

HUNTER FOSTER, ’92, was cast for the first-ever Broadway production of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Foster starred in the hit Broadway musical “Urinetown.”

DANIEL WORLEY, MMUS’95, PhD’02, made history with “Freak Show,” his rock opera CD/doctoral dissertation based loosely on the life of John Merrick. The subject of the play is “The Elephant Man.”

BECKY BAELING, ’99, had her song “If You Love Me” on Billboard magazine's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in 2003. Baeling also has her own album called “Beckstasy.”

DAVID SHAYMAN, a.k.a. Disco D, ’02, helped pioneer Detroit booty music and later gave it the "ghettotech" moniker. He relocated to New York and branched out as a producer of hip-hop, R&B, and dancehall tracks for mainstream artists such as 50 Cent and Nina Sky.


BERNARD ROSENTHAL, ’36, is a sculptor who created The Cube in Regents Plaza on U-M’s campus. He also has three works permanently placed outdoors in New York City (Astor Place, 58th St., Pedestrian Plaza).

CHARLES W. MOORE, ’47, HDRAC’92, designed much of the New Orleans World Fair.

WARREN ROBBINS, MA’49, is an art collector whose collection of African art led to the establishment of the Museum of African Art, part of the Smithsonian group.

DANIEL DWORSKY, ’50, designed U-M's Crisler Arena.

KENNETH JAY LANE, ’51-’52, is a fashion jewelry designer/owner of Kenneth Jay Lane Inc.

ROBERT ISRAEL, MFA’64, is a set costume designer for theater, dance and opera.

MICHELE OKA DONNER, ’66, MFA’68, designed the entry to New York City's Hayden Planetarium.

JASON RUBIN, ’93, has created computer games such as “Ski Crazed” for Apple II. Cofounder of the Naughty Dog developing company, Rubin produced the popular “Crash Bandicoot” series before selling the company to Sony in 2000. He went on to make “Jak and Daxter,” a popular action-adventure game for PlayStation 2.

Directors/Screenwriters/Producers, Etc.

DUDLEY NICHOLS, ’14-’17, was a screenwriter for “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Stagecoach” and “The Informer.”

HERBERT BRODKIN, ’24, was a TV producer for “The Defenders,” “Playhouse 90,” “Sakharov,” “Skokie” and “Holocaust.”

VALENTINE DAVIES, ’27, was a screenwriter for “Miracle on 34th Street.”

ROGER L. STEVENS, ’28-’30, HLLD’64, was a stage producer for “West Side Story,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “A Man for All Seasons” and “Annie.”

ARTHUR MILLER, ’38, HLHD’56, wrote “Death of a Salesman,” “The Crucible,” “The Misfits” and “Playing For Time.”

MAX HODGE, ’39, was a TV writer for “Wild, Wild West,” “Mission Impossible,” “Marcus Welby” and “The Waltons.”

HAL COOPER, ’46, was a TV producer/director for “Maude,” “Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Mayberry RFD,” “That Girl,” “I Dream of Jeannie” and “Empty Nest.”

JOHN RICH, ’48, MA’49, was a producer for “Maude,” “That Girl,” “Mayberry RFD” and “MacGyver.”

JOHN BRILEY, ’51, MA’52, was a screenwriter/novelist of “Gandhi.”

DAVID NEWMAN, ’58, MA’59, was a screenwriter for “Superman I, II, III,” “Bonnie & Clyde,” “What's Up Doc?” and “Still of the Night.”

LESLIE NEWMAN, ’58, was a screenwriter for “Superman.”

ROBERT K. SHAYE, ’60, was a producer for “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” He is the president of New Line Cinema.

JACK O’BRIEN, ’61, MA’62, is a Broadway producer of “The Full Monty” and “Hairspray” for which he won a Tony in 2003. He also was the producer of “His Girl Friday” in London for the National Theatre of Great Britain.

LAWRENCE KASDAN, ’70, MA’72, HLHD’00, was a screenwriter/director for “The Big Chill,” “Body Heat,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Return of the Jedi” and “Silverado.”

GARY HARDWICK, ’82, is a novelist and filmmaker of “Deliver Us From Eva.” Hardwick wrote the screenplay and directed the romantic comedy, which starred LL Cool J.

DAVID LEVIEN, ’89, co-wrote and co-directed “The Knockaround Guys,” a movie about the sons of New York gangsters. Levien also co-wrote the poker movie “Rounders,” which starred Matt Damon.

TODD SAMOVITZ, ’89, is co-author of the screenplay “Wonderland,” which starred Val Kilmer and Lisa Kudrow.

DAVID MURRAY, ’90, had his film “Livermore” shown nationwide on the PBS series “Independent Lens.”

SCOTT PETERSEN, ’92, filmed a documentary called “Scrabylon,” set primarily at the 2001 World Scrabble Championships in Las Vegas.

JEFF MARX, ’93, is a composer and lyricist of musicals. He is best known for creating the Broadway musical “Avenue Q” with collaborator Robert Lopez. Together, they wrote the show’s 21 songs.

CHRIS SMITH, MA’00, co-produced the “Antwone Fisher” movie. Fisher was a student in Smith's screenwriting class at a South Central Los Angeles church. Smith helped Fisher get the story made into a movie.


MARGARET BOURKE WHITE, ’22-’24, was a photographer/journalist.

ARNOLD GINGRICH, ’25, was a founder/publisher of Esquire.

WILLIAM SHAWN, ’25-’27, was editor of The New Yorker.

WIN ELLIOT, ’37, was a sportscaster.

MIKE WALLACE, ’39, HLLD’87, is a TV journalist for “60 Minutes.”

BILL FLEMING, ’49, was a sportscaster.

ROGER WILKENS, ’53, LLB’56, HLHD’93, was a journalist of the Washington Post. He shared the Pulitzer Prize for his Watergate editorials.

JANET MALCOLM, ’55, was a writer for The New Yorker and wrote “In the Freud Archives.”

JOHN MADIGAN, ’58, is a publisher of the Chicago Tribune.

P. ANTHONY RIDDER, ’62, is the president of Knight-Ridder Inc.

CAROLE SIMPSON, ’62, is a TV journalist.

DAN DIERDORF, ’68-’70, is a sportscaster.

DANIEL OKRENT, ’69, is the public editor for The New York Times. He wrote the nonfiction book “Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center.”

STEVE WILDSTROM, ’69, is the author of Business Week’s Technology and You section.

LESLIE WAYNE, ’70, is an editor for The New York Times.

ROBIN WRIGHT, ’70, MA’71, is a foreign correspondent.

CATHY GUISEWITE, ’72, is a cartoonist and created the comic strip “Cathy.”

SARA KRULWICH, ’72, is a photographer for The New York Times.

JAMES RUSSELL GAINES, ’73, is managing editor of Time.

JOHN PAPANEK, ’73, is managing editor of Sports Illustrated.

BETH NISSEN, ’75, is a journalist.

ANDREA JOYCE, ’76, is a sportscaster.

DONNA BRITT, MA’78, is a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post.

DANIEL RIVKIN, ’85, is the head of news for World Television Co., which produces Towards Freedom TV. The one-hour programs, created by a 10-member Arabic-speaking team, focus on news, discussions and features about freedom and democracy.

RICH EISEN, ’90, is the lead anchor for the NFL Network.


JAMES AVERY HOPWOOD, 1905, was a playwright who established the U-M Hopwood Awards.

BETTY SMITH, ’21-’22, ’27, ’31, wrote “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.”

ROBERT TRAVER, ’28, wrote “Anatomy of a Murder.”

HAROLD COURLANDER, '31, is the author of more than 35 books, was a world famous anthropologist, writer and folklorist.

FRANK B. GILBRETH, ’33, wrote “Cheaper by the Dozen.”

HERVIE HAUFLER, ’41, is the author of “Codebreakers’ Victory: How the Allied Cryptographers Won World War II.”

ROSS MACDONALD, MA’42, PhD’52, wrote the “Lew Archer Mystery Series.”

LOIS WELLS SANTALO, ’43, wrote “Ooops, I Lost My Sense of Humor.”

PHILIP BREITMEYER, ’47, wrote “Lightening Ridge! Further Adventures of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

JOYCE HENRY, ’48, is the author of “Beat the Bard: What’s Your Shakespeare IQ?”

RICHARD J. WARD, MA’48, PhD’58, has published “Grampas Are for All Seasons.”

JUDITH LEVINE CANTOR, ’49, is the author of “Jews in Michigan,” part of the series “Discovering the Peoples of Michigan.”

RICHARD STEWART, ’52, MD’55, MDres’61, MPHIH’62, wrote “Leper Priest of Moloka’i: The Father Damien Story.”

KC FREDERICK, ’56, MA’58, PhD’63, wrote “Accomplices.”

MARGE PIERCY, ’57, wrote “Braided Lives” and “Fly Away Home.”

NANCY WILLARD, ’58, PhD’63, wrote “A Visit to William Blake's Inn” and “Things Invisible to See.”

JUDITH GUEST, ’59, wrote “Ordinary People.”

TONY RIDDER, '62, is the president and CEO of Knight Ridder.

EDMUND WHITE, ’62, wrote for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.

MAX APPLE, ’63, PhD’70, wrote “Free Agents,” “Roommates” and “The Air Up There.”

MARCIA MULLER, ’66, MA’71, is a novelist.

DON SURATH, ’67, is the author of “Conquering Cold Calling Fear.”

JANE KENYON, ’70, MA’72, is a poet.

DORIS RUBENSTEIN, ’71, is the author of “The Good Corporate Citizen: A Practical Guide.”

CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG, ’72, is an illustrator/writer of “The Wreck of the Zypher,” “Jumanji” and “The Polar Express.”

ANN HAGEDORN, MALS’75, wrote “Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad.”

GILBERT SNIDER, MD’75, MDres’81, wrote the medical thriller entitled “Brain Warp.”

SUSAN ORLEAN, ’76, wrote “The Orchid Thief.” The book was made into the movie “Adaptation.”

TERRY GAMBLE, ’77, wrote “The Water Dancers,” a novel set in northern Michigan.

JAMES TOBIN, ’78, MA’79, PhD’86, wrote “To Conquer the Air,” “Ernie Pyle’s War” and “Great Projects.”

NEIL GORDON, ’80, wrote “The Company You Keep.”

ELLEN SLEZAK, ’80, wrote “Last Year’s Jesus: A Novella and Nine Stories.”

STEVE HAMILTON, ’83, wrote “Blood is the Sky,” an Alex McKnight mystery set in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

THOMAS GRACE JR., ’84, MARCH’86, is a best-selling author of the adventure thrillers “Spyder Web,” “Quantum Web,” “Twisted Web” and “Bird of Prey.” He completed his first nonfiction project, “Cause of Death,” which will be released by George Lucas Press.

JAMES MCCULLOUGH, ’84, had his essays published in “Voelker’s Pond: A Robert Traver Legacy.”

JENNIFER COBURN, ’88, has written “The Wife of Reilly” and “Reinventing Mona.”

CAROLYN JANTSCH, '06, is the principal tubist in the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the first female tubist with a major symphony orchestra.

JON HEIN, ’89, is the creator of the popular Jump the Shark Web site. Hein has a book, “Jump the Shark: When Good Things Go Bad.” The term, which Hein credits to a U-M roommate, refers to a “Happy Days” episode in which Fonzi, wearing his leather jacket, jumped over a shark while water-skiing. It's now used to define the point when any TV show stops being good.

SCOTT LASSER, MA’89, wrote a novel, “All I Could Get,” a story about a man who studied at Dartmouth, lived in Colorado with his family and moved to New York City to fulfill his dream of wealth on Wall Street.

BRAD MELTZER, ’92, has written “The Zero Game, “The Tenth Justice,” “Dead Even,” “The First Counsel” and “The Millionaires.”

ROB SIEGEL, ’93, was the editor-in-chief of “The Onion.” Siegel led the editorial staff of 10 to come up with funny headlines and tongue-in-cheek stories mocking American life, society and media.

KARL LAGNEMMA, ’94, wrote “On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction,” eight stories that explore the mysteries of love.

MICHAEL JOSHUA, ’95, wrote “Being 2000.”

MICHAEL BYERS, MFA’96, wrote “Long for this World.”


LELAND MACPHAIL, 1907-08, is a former president and treasurer of the New York Yankees.

BRANCH RICKEY, ’11, is a former president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Rickey was instrumental in bringing Jackie Robinson to the major leagues.

GEORGE SISLER, ’15, was a Major League Baseball player.

CHARLIE GEHRINGER, ’22-’23, was a Major League Baseball player.

BENNIE OOSTERBAAN, ’28, was a football player and former U-M football coach.

DICK WAKEFIELD, ’39-’41, was a Major League Baseball player.

DON CANHAM, ’41, MA’48, was a U-M track star and U-M athletic director.

FOREST EVASHEVSKI, ’41, was a football player and coach.

TOM HARMON, ’41, was a football player, Heisman Trophy winner and sportscaster.

WILLIAM CLAY FORD, ’44, is the owner of the Detroit Lions.

ELROY HIRSCH, ’44, was a football player and actor in “Unchained.”

DON LUND, ’45, was a Major League Baseball player.

GEORGE ALLEN, ’47, MA’48, was an NFL football coach.

CHALMERS (BUMP) ELLIOTT, ’48, was a former U-M football coach.

ROBERT NEDERLANDER, ’55, JD’58, was a managing partner of the New York Yankees.

DONALD GLOVER CONRAD, MBA’57, was the owner of the Hartford Whalers.

BARRY MACKAY, ’57, has been covering tennis for USA Sports since 1981 and was the network's first tennis analyst on its inaugural 1984 US Open coverage. MacKay earned the No. 1 ranking and the Amateur Tennis Player of the Year Award in 1960. He is the president and owner of BMK Sports Inc. a company founded to promote and run the Sybase Open in San Jose, California.

RON KRAMER, ’57, was an NFL football player.

FRED WILPON, ’58, is the chairman of board for the New York Mets.

JANET GUTHRIE, ’60, was a racecar driver.

ALAN I. ROTHENBERG, ’60, was president of the Los Angeles Clippers.

RED BERENSON, ’62, MBA’66, was a former pro hockey player and U-M hockey coach.

STEVE BOROS, ’63, was a manager of the San Diego Padres.

CAZZIE RUSSELL, ’64-’66, was an NBA basketball player.

THOMAS ARTHUR KEATING, ’65, was an NFL football player.

BILL FREEHAN, ’66, was a Major League Baseball player and a former U-M baseball coach.

TED SIZEMORE, ’66, was a Major League Baseball player.

RUDY TOMJANOVICH, ’66-’70, was an NBA basketball player and a coach.

JOHN L. SCHROEDER, ’68, is a golfer.

GEOFF ZAHN, ’68, is a former Major League Baseball player and U-M baseball coach.

REGGIE MCKENZIE, ’72, was an NFL football player.

RICK LEACH, ’75-’79, was a Major League Baseball player.

LARY SORENSON, ’76, was a Major League Baseball player.

ANTHONY CARTER, ’78-’82, is an NFL football player.

STEVE ONTIVEROS, ’80-’82, was a Major League Baseball player.

CHRIS SABO, ’81-’83, was a Major League Baseball player.

GARY WAYNE, ’81-’84, was a Major League Baseball player.

RICHARD STRENGER, ’83, was an NFL football player.

TIM MCCORMICK, ’84, was an NBA basketball player.

HAL MORRIS, ’84, was a Major League Baseball player.

BRIAN LUNDBERG, ’85, was an NHL hockey player.

DAVID DEBOL, ’86, was an NHL hockey player.

JIM HARBAUGH, ’86, was an NFL football player and is now the head football coach for the University of San Diego.

BARRY LARKIN, ’86, is a Major League Baseball player.

TERRY MILLS, ’88-’90, was an NBA basketball player.

JIM ABBOTT, ’89, was a Major League Baseball player.

RUMEAL ROBINSON, ’90, was an NBA basketball player.

CHRIS WEBBER, ’91-’92, is an NBA basketball player.

TYRONE WHEATLEY, ’91-’94, is an NFL football player.

DESMOND HOWARD, ’92, was an NFL football player and a Heisman Trophy winner.

TY LAW, ’92-’94, is an NFL football player.

JALEN ROSE, ’92-’94, is an NBA basketball player.

ERIC RILEY, ’93, was an NBA basketball player.

JERAME TUMAN, ’94-’98, is an NFL football player.

TODD COLLINS, ’95, is an NFL football player.

JUWAN HOWARD, ’95, is an NBA basketball player.

MIKE KNUBLE, ’95, is an NHL hockey player.

AARON SHEA, ’95-’99, is an NFL football player.

TAI STREETS, ’95-’98, is an NFL football player.

TED LYLE SIMMONS, ’96, was a Major League Baseball player.

AMANI TOOMER, ’96, is an NFL football player.

JASON BOTTERILL, ’97, is an NHL hockey player.

BRIAN GRIESE, ’97, is an NFL football player.

BRENDAN MORRISON, ’97, is an NHL hockey player.

CHARLES WOODSON, ’97, is an NFL football player and a Heisman Trophy winner.

MICHAEL COMRIE, ’98-’00, is an NHL hockey player.

MIKE KNUBLE, ’98, is an NHL hockey player.

DAVID TERRELL, ’98-’00, is an NFL football player.

BUBBA BERENZWEIG, ’99, is an NHL hockey player.

MARK CAMPBELL, ’99, is an NFL football player.

GREGORY CROZIER, ’99, was an NHL hockey player.

STEVEN HALKO, ’99, was an NHL hockey player.

JAMES HALL, ’99, is an NFL football player.

SHANTEE ORR, ’99-’02, is an NFL football player.

JEFFERY BACKUS, ’00, is an NFL football player.

TOM BRADY, ’00, was the former U-M quarterback and the star of the New England Patriots 2004 Super Bowl win.

MICHAEK CAMMALLERI, ’00-’02, is an NHL hockey player.

IAN GOLD, ’00, is an NFL football player.

DHANI JONES, ’00, is an NFL football player.

MICHAEL KOMISAREK, ’00-’02, is an NHL hockey player.

CHRIS PERRY, ’00-’03, is an NFL football player.

LARRY STEVENS, ’00-’03, is an NFL football player.

JOSH WILLIAMS, ’00, is an NFL football player.

ERIC WILSON, ’00, is an NFL football player.

ERIC BRACKINS, ’01, was an NFL football player.

JONATHAN GOODWIN, ’01, is an NFL football player.

JOSH LANGFELD, ’01, is an NHL hockey player

CORY SARGENT, ’01, is an NFL football player.

ANTHONY THOMAS, ’01, is an NFL football player.

MAURICE WILLIAMS, ’01, is an NFL football player.

DAVID BRANDT, ’02, is an NFL football player.

DREW HENSON, ’02, is an NFL football player.

JEFF JILLSON, ’02, is an NHL hockey player.

BENNIE JOPPRU, ’02 is an NFL football player.

CATO JUNE, ’02 is an NFL football player.

DAVE PETRUZIELLO, ’02, is an NFL football player.

RONALD BELLAMY, ’03, is an NFL football player.

JOHN NAVARRE, ’03, is an NFL football player.

JED ORTMEYER, ’03, is an NHL hockey player.

Bo Schembechler, HLLD'05, winningest football coach in U-M history

Public Affairs/Politicians

CLARENCE DARROW, 1878, was an attorney for the Scopes Monkey trial and the Leopold-Loeb trial.

GERALD FORD, ’35, HLLD’74, was the president of the United States from 1974 to 1977.

RAOUL WALLENBERG, ’35, saved thousands of Hungarian Jews by giving them Swedish passports during World War II.

CHARLES Z. WICK, ’40, was the director of the US Information Agency.

RICHARD MATSCH, ’51, JD’53, was the Colorado federal judge in the McVeigh Oklahoma City bombing trial.

THOMAS HAYDEN, ’60-’61, was an activist in the Chicago Seven.

GUY VANDER JAGT, JD’60, was a congressman representing Michigan’s 9th District.

GAIL WILENSKY, ’64, MA’65, PhD’68, is a senior fellow at Project HOPE and a former HCFA administrator.

RICHARD GEPHARDT, JD’65, is a US representative from Missouri and a former Democratic presidential candidate.

MARY FRANCES BERRY, PhD’66, JD’70, HLLD’97, was the chair for the Commission on Civil Rights under President Jimmy Carter.

KAREN WOLFF, MMUS’76, PhD’79, was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve on the National Council on the Arts, the NEA's advisory body. The council makes recommendations on grants, funding guidelines and leadership initiatives to the NEA chairman. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions will review the nominations.

MICHAEL NEWDOW, JD’88, made headlines by challenging the constitutionality of the Pledge of Allegiance, charging that the recitation of the Pledge in his daughter’s public school violates the separation of church and state.

HAROLD FORD Jr., JD’96, is a congressman representing Tennessee’s 9th District.


DAVID R. SCOTT, ’49-’50, was an astronaut.

KARL HENIZE, PhD’54, was an astronaut.

JAMES B. IRWIN, MS’57, HSCD’71, was an astronaut.

JACK R. LOUSMA,’59, HSCD’73, was an astronaut.

JAMES A. MCDIVITT,’59, HSCD’65, was an astronaut.

EDWARD H. WHITE, MS’59, HSCD’71, made the first US space walk.

THEODORE FREEMAN, MS’60, was an astronaut.

ALFRED WORDON, MSE’63, HSCD’71, was an astronaut.

Apollo 15, an all U-M space flight, flew to the moon from July 26-August 7, 1971, with astronauts Col. DAVID R. SCOTT, '49-'50, commander; Maj. ALFRED WORDEN, MS’63, command module pilot; Col. JAMES IRWIN, MS’57, lunar module pilot. It was first expedition with a lunar rover vehicle (used by Scott & Irwin who went to the surface of the moon) and the first flight in which all three astronauts were from the same university. They carried three U-M items: a miniature of the U-M flag, a miniature of the U-M Dept. of Aerospace Engineering seal, and a charter of the U-M Alumni Club of the Moon, which was left on the moon.


WILLIAM J. MAYO, MD’1883, is the cofounder of Mayo Clinic.

PAUL DE KRUIF, ’10-’12, PhD’16, is the author of “Microbe Hunters.”

EMIL JOHN KONOPINSKI, ’33, MA’34, PhD’36, patented a device that made the first hydrogen bomb with Dr. Edward Teller. He was a member of the Manhattan Project.

JOHN CLARK SHEEHAN, MS’38, PhD’41, was a chemist who pioneered the first synthetic penicillin breakthrough in 1957.

ISABELLA LUGOSKI KARLE, ’41, MS’42, PhD’44, HSCD’76, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She was a member of the Manhattan Project.

JEROME P. HORWITZ, PhD’50, was an organic chemist who synthesized AZT in 1964, a drug now used to treat AIDS.

GAIL WARDEN, MHA’63, is the president and CEO of Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System.

ALEXA CANADY, ’71, MD’75, is the chief of neurosurgery at Children's Hospital of Michigan.

GWENDOLYN CHIVERS, ’72, is the chief pharmacist at the University of Michigan Health Service.

H. CLIFFORD LANE, '72, MD'76, is the deputy director for clinical research at the Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health.

GAYLE CRICK, ’74, MM’84, is the manager of global marketing at Eli Lilly.

ANTONIA NOVELLO, ’74, HLLD’94, was the first female US surgeon general.

BENJAMIN S. CARSON, MD’77, is the director of the division of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University.

ROBERT LIPPER, PhD’78, is the vice president of Biopharmaceutics R&D, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Co.

PETER LABADIE, ’79, is the president of Williams-Labadie, a subsidiary of Leo Burnett Communications.

LARRY WAGENKNECHT, ’79, is the CEO of the Michigan Pharmacists Association.

CATHERINE POLLEY, ’82, is the vice president of state government affairs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.

DAVID ZACCARDELLI, PHARD’88, is the vice president of MDS Pharma Services.


CHARLES WALGREEN, PHC’28, HMS’51, HLHD’92, is the founder of Walgreen drugstores.

HENRY W. BLOCH, ’43, was the president of H&R Block Inc.

DONALD R. MANDICH, ’46, MBA’50, is the chairman of Comerica Inc.

RAY T. PARFET JR., MBA’47, is the chairman and CEO of The Upjohn Co.

ROGER B. SMITH, ’48, MBA’53, is the former chairman and CEO of General Motors.

A. ALFRED TAUBMAN, HLLD’48, was the founder of the Taubman Company, one of America's premier real estate developers and operator of regional shopping centers.

JOEL MARVIN DORFMAN, ’51, is the president and CEO of Thorn Apple Valley Inc.

PHILIP L. SMITH,’60, MBA’61, is the president and CEO of General Foods Corp./Pillsbury Co.

IRVINE O. HOCKADAY, LLB’61, is the president and CEO of Hallmark Cards Inc.

HAROLD K. SPERLICH, MBA’61, is the president of Chrysler Corp.

STEPHEN M. ROSS, ’62, a New York City real estate developer, provided a gift of $100 million to the University of Michigan Business School. It is the largest donation ever to a US business school and the largest gift to U-M in its 187-year history.

RALPH REINS, ’63, is the president and chief operating officer of Mack Trucks Inc.

CHARLES E. HUMPHREY, ’64, MBA’68, JD’68, is the president of Box Office Video.

PAUL M. OSTERGARD, JD’64, is the president of General Electric Foundation.

MANUEL LUIS DEL VALLE, ’67, is the president of Barcardi Corp.

ARI WEINZWEIG, ’78, is the cofounder of Zingerman’s and wrote “Zingerman’s Guide to Good Eating.”

JANE MATHEWS DENMAN, MBA’81, is the vice president of human resources of Orbitz.

JOHN PARK, MBA’85, is the chief financial officer of Orbitz.

LARRY PAGE, ’95, cofounded Google.


ESTHER MARGOLIS, ’58, is a founder, president and publisher of Newmark Press.

KAY RADTKE, ’63, is the executive vice president, associate publisher of Applause Theater and Cinema Books.

LAURENCE KIRSHBAUM, ’66, is the chairman of Time Warner Book Group, responsible for Warner Books and Little Brown.

SUSIE ALBERT, ’87, is the national accounts sales manager for DK Publishing.

Reality TV

JUDD WINICK, ’92, was on “The Real World-San Francisco.” Winnick also wrote a novel “Pedro and Me” and is a cartoonist.

ADAM MESH, ’97, was a contestant on “Average Joe.” Later NBC brought him back on his own dating show, “Average Joe: Adam Returns.”

LINDSAY BRIEN, ’99, was on “The Real World-Seattle.” Brien now hosts a half-hour entertainment show called “The Spot.”

SARAH-ELIZABETH LANGFORD, ’00, competed as Miss District of Columbia in the 2002 Miss America Competition.

KRISTY KRIZMANICH, ’03, was on the ABC hit “The Bachelor.”

JOSH SCHWADRON, ’03, appeared on NBC’s gross-out reality show “Fear Factor.”

Infamous Alumni

DR. HARVEY CRIPPEN, 1883, killed his wife and buried her in the cellar of their home.

HERMAN WEBSTER MUDGETT, MD1884, is believed to be America’s first serial killer.

RICHARD A. LOEB’22, he and his friend Nathan Leopold, tried to commit the perfect murder in killing 14-year-old Bobby Franks, but their carelessness eventually led to their arrest.

JOHN LIST, ’50, MBA’50, murdered his mother, wife and three children, left a written confession and disappeared for 18 years.

JACK KEVORKIAN, MD’52, MDres’58, known as “Dr. Death” for his role in assisted suicides, was tried and acquitted several times before being convicted of second-degree murder and sent to prison.

JOHN Z. DELOREAN, MBA’57, president of the DeLorean Motor Company, was caught in an FBI cocaine sting operation that led to a high profile trial for federal fraud and racketeering related to money he stole from the company.

JOHN BUETTNER-JANUSCH, PhD’57, was convicted of making and selling LSD and methaqualone and was sentenced to five years. In 1987, he was charged with sending poisoned candy to the judge in the drug case.

TED KACZYNSKI, MA’64, PhD’ 67, began sending bombs around the country, targeting mainly universities and airlines. After more than 15 years with few clues, he finally was caught when his own brother recognized his peculiar phrasing from the published “Unabomber’s Manifesto.”

CAROLYN WARMUS, ’86, was accused of killing her lover’s wife, and her trial became known in the press as the “fatal attraction” murder case.