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
• Football Player
• Member of the legendary 1972 Miami Dolphins World Champion team

JOSEPHINE ANTOINE

A&S’29, HonDocHum’35
• 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
• The first CU student to make an Olympic team in 1948
• U.S. Ambassador to Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland
• Ambassador to the German Democratic Republic

HANK BROWN

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

RALPH CARR

BA’10, Law’12
• 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
• Chair, National Endowment for the Humanities
• Married to Vice President Cheney.

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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

PATRICIA ELLIOT

A&S’62
• Television and Broadway actress

RUTH FLOWERS

A&S’24, MEdu’30
• Head of the North Carolina College Department of Romance Languages
• 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 Cincinnati 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
• 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
• Opera singer

LARRY LINVILLE

Engr ex’61
• 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 1.2 million copies of Chattanooga 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’64
• First 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
• 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
• 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
• Football player

STEVE WOZNIAK

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

MARLENE TSENG YU

Art’67
• Artist

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