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

Archeaologist

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

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’63

US 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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