Notable Alumni

Please note, “Ex” indicates a non-degree alum and the year of expected graduation.

GORDON ALLOTT

A&S’27, Law’29
U.S. Senator; Lieutenant Governor of Colorado, 1951-1955.

DICK ANDERSON

Mktg’68
Professional Football Player; Member of the legendary 1972 Miami Dolphins World Champion team.

JOSEPHINE ANTOINE

A&S’29, HonDocHum’35
Professional Opera Singer.

BENJAMIN BAILAR

Geol’55
U.S. Postmaster General, 1975-1978.

STEPHEN BECHTEL, JR.

EngrEx’47, HonDocSci’81
President of the Bechtel Group.

DAVID BOLEN

Mktg’50, MS’50
U.S. Ambassador to Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland; Ambassador to the German Democratic Republic; in 1948 became the first CU student to make an Olympic team.

HANK BROWN

Acct’61, Law’69
U.S. Senator, President of CU 2005-2008, President of University of Northern Colorado.

RALPH CARR

BA’10, Law’12
Former Colorado Governor; champion for Japanese American civil rights during WWII.

CAROL CALLAN

MPE’77, MBA’87
Assistant Executive Director, USA Basketball Women’s Programs.

Lynne Cheney

LYNNE CHENEY

MEngLit’64
Former Chair, National Endowment for the Humanities; married to former Vice President Cheney.

William 'Bud' Davis

WILLIAM ‘BUD’ DAVIS

PE’51, EdD’63
President, Idaho State University 1965-1975; President, University of New Mexico 1975-1982; Chancellor, Oregon University system; Chancellor, Louisiana State University 1989-1996; author of Glory Colorado! A History of the University of Colorado, Volumes 1 & 2.

W. EDWARDS DEMING

MS’24
Renowned expert on quality in manufacturing; revolutionized quality and dependability of Japan’s production which turned it into an economic superpower.

PATRICIA ELLIOT

A&S’62
Professional television and Broadway actress.

RUTH FLOWERS

A&S’24, MEdu’30
Head of the North Carolina College Department of Romance Languages; was CU’s second black female graduate after having been refused a diploma in 1920 from Boulder High School.

CHRIS FOWLER

Jour’85
Television Sportscaster- ESPN.

MICHAEL GELMAN

Jour’83
Television Executive Producer for Live with Regis and Kelly; youngest producer of a national talk show.

TIM GILL

ApMath’76
Founder, Chair, and Chief Technology Officer, Quark Inc.; created the Gill Foundation in support of gay and lesbian educational and social justice organizations.

VALORIE GOODALL

MMus’59
Co-Founder and Producing Director, Rutgers Opera Company.

JIM GRAY

Jour’81
Television sportscaster for ESPN, CBS, and NBC; Emmy Award Winner.

BARBARA GROGAN

Psych’69
Founder and President, Western Industrial Contractors; first female chair of the Greater Denver Chamber of Commerce.

DAVID GRUSIN

Mus’56, HonDocHum’89
Composer.

PHILIP HART

Soc’66
Retired University of Massachusetts sociology professor; Author, filmmaker and expert on early black aviators.

JAMES ‘JIMMIE’ HEUGA

PolSci’73
U.S. Olympic Skier.

THOMAS HORNBEIN

A&S’52
Medical Scientist; first person to ascend Mount Everest via the treacherous West Ridge; designed breathing mask that made climbing at high altitudes possible.

ROBERT ‘BOB’ HOWSAM

A&S Ex’40
President and CEO of the Cincinnatti Reds.

VICKI HUDDLESTON

A&S’64
U.S. Ambassador to Mali and the Republic of Madagascar; U.S. Diplomat to Cuba, leading the State Department’s Offices of Cuban Affairs.

WILLIAM HYBL

Law’67
President of the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1996 to 2000; U.S. representative to the United Nations General Assembly in 2001; CEO and chair of El Pomar Foundation since 1973.

HALE IRWIN, JR.

Mktg’68
Professional Golfer.

JEANNE JACKSON

Fin’74
CEO, Banana Republic, 1995-2000; CEO walmart.com, 2000-2002.

JO ANN JOSELYN

ApMath’65, MAstro’67, PhD’78
First female and first American secretary general of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics.

WILLIAM JOVANOVICH

Engl’41
Publisher, Harcourt Brace & Jovanovich; published such authors as George Orwell, Charles Lindbergh, and Alice Walker.

 

RUTH KEESLING

Jour’53
President of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, 1987-1991.

BILLY KIDD

Econ’69
Olympic Skier; won Silver in 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

RICHARD KNOWLTON

Econ/Geog’54
Chair, Hormel Foods Corporation. 

CYNTHIA LAWRENCE

Mus’83, MFA’87
Professional Opera Singer.

LARRY LINVILLE

Engr Ex’61
Professional Actor.

CHARLES LORY

Phys’01, MS’02, HonDocLaw’09
President of Colorado State University, 1909-1940.

DOUG LOONEY

Jour’63
Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated.

THEODORE MAIMAN

EngrPhys’49
Developed the first laser.

BILL MAROLT

Bus’67
President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

SANFORD MCDONNELL

MechEngr’48
President and CEO, McDonnell Douglas Corporation.

R.C. MERCURE, JR.

Phys’51, MS’56, PhD’57
Co-Founder and President, Ball Brothers Research Corporation.

GLENN MILLER

A&S Ex’26, HonDocHum’84
Formed the Glenn Miller Orchestra; member of the Army Air Force band during WWII; won the first gold record awarded by the recording industry for selling one million copies of Chatanooga Choo Choo.

JERRY MCMORRIS

Mgmt’62
Former Owner, Colorado Rockies Baseball Team. 

WILLIAM MOONEY

A&S’58
Actor; played Paul Martin on All My Children.

EARL MORRIS

A&S’14, MA’15, HonDocSci’42
Archaeologist.

TONY ORTEGA

BA’80, MFA’95
Artist.

ALVA A. ‘GOV’ PADDOCK

A&S’10
Editor; Historian.

BOB PALMER

Jour’60
News Anchor.

TREY PARKER

A&S Ex’93
Co-Creator and Executive Producer, South Park.

GLENN PORZAK

PolSci’70, Law’73
Led the first American team to climb two peaks over 26,000 feet on the same trip: Mt. Everest and Mt. Lhotse; fourth American to climb the “Seven Summits.”

ROBERTA RAMO

Hum’64First female president of the American Bar Association.

 

ROBERT REDFORD

A&S Ex’58, HonDocHum’87
Actor, Director and Producer; Founded the Sundance Institute.

DEAN REED

A&S’60
Professional Musician and Actor.

RICK REILLY

Jour’81
Back page columnist for ESPN The Magazine; Author of “Life of Reilly” column in Sports Illustrated; co-author of the movie “Leatherheads”; founder of the anti-malaria effort Nothing But Nets.

ROY ROMER

Law’52
Governor of Colorado; Chair, Democratic National Committee; Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District.

JOE ROMIG

Phys’63, PhD AstroPhys’75
Astrophysicist; 2-time All-American football player and Rhodes Scholar.

LUIS ROVIRA

Econ/PolSci’48, Law’50
Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice.

KEN RUTHERFORD

PolSci’85, ExecMBA’93
Co-Founder of the Landmine Survivor’s Network, part of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines which won a Nobel Peace Prize in 1997; Professor of political science at Missouri State University.

WILEY RUTLEDGE

Law’22, HonDocLaw’40
Supreme Court Justice, 1943-1949.

SPENCER SILVER

ChemPhD’66
Inventor, Post-it® Notes adhesive.

MARY DECKER SLANEY

Ex’79
World-Class Runner. 

LEROY SMITH

IntlAf’62
U.S. Embassy Counsel, First Secretary; Paris, France.

JEAN WILSON STAFFORD

A&S’36, MA’38, HonDocHum’72
Pulitzer Prize-winning Author.

MATT STONE

Art, Math’93
Co-Creator and Executive Producer, South Park.

PETER TEETS

ApMath’63, MS’65, HonDocSci’90
President, Lockheed Martin Corporation, 1997-1999; Under Secretary of the United States Air Force in 2001.

WILLIAM TOOMEY

Jour’62
U.S. Olympic Decathlete.

LLEWELLYN THOMPSON

A&S’28, HonDocLaw’58
U.S. Ambassador to the USSR, 1957-1962.

DALTON TRUMBO

A&S Ex’29
Screenplay Writer.

MARILYN VAN DERBUR

Engl’60
Miss America 1958.

BYRON WHITE

A&S’38, HonDoc’63US Supreme Court Justice; Rhodes Scholar; All-American football player.

CLAYTON WHITE

Psych’34, MD’42
Medical Scientist; Rhodes Scholar; worked to develop the field of blast biology.

MURIEL SIBELL WOLLE

MA’30
CU Professor, Artist.

JOHN WOOTEN

PE’59
Professional Football Player.

STEVE WOZNIAK

Engr Ex’69, HonDocSci’89
Co-founder, Apple Computer.

MARLENE TSENG YU

Art’67
Artist.

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