University of Michigan Alumni Association

Famous Alumni

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

Alumni who are included must meet the criteria.

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, please email Logan McGrady.

In the late fall 2013 issue of Michigan Alumnus magazine, we take a look at fictional U-M alumni in film, TV, and books. Go online to read about these "Unreal Wolverines."

Industries

Actors

  • SELMA BLAIR, '95, was in the movies "The Alibi," "Pretty Persuasion," "The Deal," "DeMarco Affairs," "In Good Company," "Cruel Intentions," "The Sweetest Thing" and "Legally Blonde.

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

  • DARREN CRISS, '09, plays Blaine Anderson in the Fox television series "Glee" Darren also played Josh Burton in a five-episode arc of "Eastwick" in 2009.

  • ANN B. DAVIS, '48, was an actor in the "The Brady Bunch" TV series. Ann also appeared in Brady Bunch films and "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult."

  • DANA ELCAR, '48-'51, appeared in "MacGyver."

  • DAVID ALLEN GRIER, '78, has appeared on TV in "In Living Color," "Life with Bonnie" and "DAG." David 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 TV show "The Guardian," which ran from 2001-04. Scott heads KidsVoice, a nonprofit that gives neglected or abused children free legal services. The show's creator and one of its executive producers is Scott's younger brother, David.

  • JAMES EARL JONES, '55, HLHD'70, acted in "Field of Dreams" and "A Clear and Present Danger." James was the voice of Darth Vader in the "Star Wars" series and also appeared onstage in "The Great White Hope."

  • GREGORY JBARA, x'81, is a Tony award-winning actor best known for his portrayal of Jackie Elliot in "Billie Elliot the Musical" and for Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Garrett Moore on the CBS drama "Blue Bloods."
  • CHRISTINE LAHTI, '72, was an actor in the "Chicago Hope" series. Christine appeared in films such as "Swing Shift," "The Doctor" and "Running on Empty." She is now on the WB's "Jack and Bobby."

  • MATTHEW LETSCHER, '92, appeared on "Ellen," "Good Morning Miami" and "The Beach Boys" movie. Matthew also appeared in "The Mask of Zorro."

  • LUCY LIU, '90, was an actor on TV shows "Ally McBeal," "NYPD Blue" and "ER." Lucy was also in the movies "Charlie's Angels," "Payback," "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" and "Chicago."

  • STROTHER MARTIN, '47, was an actor in "Gunsmoke" and "Hud."

  • MARGO MARTINDALE, x’73, is an Emmy award-winning actress.

  • BOB MCGRATH, '54, was on "Sesame Street." Bob is also a musician.

  • MARIAN MERCER, '57, was on "Mary Hartman" and "Nine to Five." Marian appeared onstage in "Promises, Promises."

  • DENISE NICHOLAS, '63, was in "Room 227" and "In The Heat of the Night." Denise also was in "Ghost Dad."

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

  • JEAN PETERS, mid '40s, appeared in the films "Captain From Castile" and "Three Coins in a Fountain."

  • GILDA RADNER, '64-'70, was on "Saturday Night Live," where she played many memorable characters, including Baba Wawa, based on Barbara Walters.

  • LINDA "LIN" SHAYE, '65, played principal Mrs. Wells in the 2004 hit "A Cinderella Story." Linda has also appeared in films such as "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "Insidious," and "There's Something About Mary."

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Art / Design / Architecture

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

  • JAMES A. CHAFFERS, MARCH'69, DARCH'71, is an architect who served as senior design juror for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial to be built on the National Mall Washington, D.C. He is a professor emeritus of architecture at U-M and the nation's first recipient of a doctoral degree in architecture.

  • CHARLES CORREA, '53, HSCD’80, is a major figure in contemporary architecture whose works includes Bharat Bhavan Arts Centre in Bhopal, the Cidade de Goa Hotel at Dona Paula, the Bhopal State Assembly project, and the Kanchanjunga Apartments in Mumbai.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Astronauts

  • THEODORE FREEMAN, MS'60, 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.

  • DAVID R. SCOTT, '49-'50, was an astronaut.

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

  • 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.

Business

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

  • DAVID BARGER, x’81, is the founder and chief executive officer and director of JetBlue Airways.

  • JIM BUCKMASTER, MD'90, is the CEO of Craigslist. 

  • MARY KAY HABEN, MBA'79, is group vice president and managing director, North America, of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company.

  • RICHARD COSTOLO, '85, is the CEO of Twitter. 

  • JAMES P. HACKETT,'77, is president, CEO and director of Steelcase Inc.

  • ROB PELINKA, '93, JB'96, is president and CEO of The Landmark Sports Agency, which he founded.

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

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

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

  • TONY FADELL, '91, invented the iPod.

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

  • THOMAS KNOLL, '82, MS'84, is one of three designers to develop Adobe Photoshop, the premiere photo editing software. 
  • DONALD R. MANDICH, '46, MBA'50, is the chairman of Comerica Inc.

  • JERRY MURRELL, '67, is the founder and president of Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Jerry is one of the original "Five Guys," along with his sons. 

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

  • HOMER KRIPKE, '31, JD'33, was an auther of the Uniform Commercial Code. 
  • LARRY PAGE, '95, cofounded Google.

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

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

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

  • STEPHEN M. ROSS, '62, a New York City real estate developer, provided a gift of $100 million to the University of Michigan Business School in 2004, and $200 million to Athletics and the Business school in 2013.

  • JASON RUBIN, '93, has created computer games such as "Ski Crazed" for Apple II. Co-founder of the Naughty Dog developing company, Jason 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.
  • PHILIP L. SMITH, '60, MBA'61, is the president and CEO of General Foods Corp./Pillsbury Co.

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • ARI WEINZWEIG, '78, is the cofounder of Zingerman's and wrote "Zingerman's Guide to Good Eating."

 Culinary Arts

  • GABRIELLE HAMILTON, MFA'97, is the writer of Blood, Bones, and Butter, a critically-acclaimed memoir. She is also the chef/owner of Prune, a restaurant in New York. 
  • STEPHANIE IZARD, '98, is the chef/co-owner of Girl & the Goat and The Little Goat restaraunts in Chicago. She also won the fourth season of Top Chef

  • SARA MOULTON, '74, is the host of "Sara's Secrets" on the Food Network.

  • RUTH REICHL, '68, MA'70, is a food writer, chef, and culinary editor for Modern Library. She co-produced PBS's Diary of a Foodie.  

  • MICHAEL STERN, '68, is one-half of "Roadfood", a series of books, articles, and a website that focuses on regional American cuisine. 
  • TODD WEISER, '04, is the vice president of programming and development for the Food Network and Cooking Channel. 

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Directors / Screenwriters/ Producers, Etc.

  • JOHN BRILEY, '51, MA'52, was a screenwriter/novelist of "Gandhi."

  • HERBERT BRODKIN, '24, was a TV producer for "The Defenders," "Playhouse 90," "Sakharov," "Skokie" and "Holocaust."

  • 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."

  • VALENTINE DAVIES, '27, was a screenwriter for "Miracle on 34th Street."

  • GARY GILBERT, '86, is an Oscar nominated producer and founder of Gilbert Films. Notable movies include "Garden State" and "The Kids Are Alright."
  • GARY HARDWICK, '82, is a novelist and filmmaker of "Deliver Us From Eva." Gary wrote the screenplay and directed the romantic comedy, which starred LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union.

  • MAX HODGE, '39, was a writer for "Wild, Wild West," "Mission: Impossible," "Marcus Welby" and "The Waltons."

  • 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."

  • DAVID LEVIEN, '89, co-wrote and co-directed "The Knockaround Guys," a movie about the sons of New York gangsters. David also co-wrote the poker movie "Rounders," which starred Matt Damon.

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

  • ARTHUR MILLER, '38, HLHD'56, wrote "Death of a Salesman," "The Crucible," "The Misfits" and "Playing For Time."

  • DAVID NEWMAN, '58, MA'59, was a screenwriter for the "Superman" movies (I, II and III), "Bonnie & Clyde," "What's Up Doc?" and "Still of the Night."

  • LESLIE NEWMAN, '58, was a screenwriter for "Superman."

  • DUDLEY NICHOLS, '14-'17, was a screenwriter for "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Stagecoach" and "The Informer."

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

  • JOHN RICH, '48, MA'49, was a producer for "Maude," "That Girl," "Mayberry RFD" and "MacGyver."

  • TODD SAMOVITZ, '89, is co-author of the screenplay "Wonderland," which starred Val Kilmer and Lisa Kudrow.

  • ROBERT K. SHAYE, '60, co-produced "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Robert is the founder of New Line Cinema.

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

  • 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."

Education / Research / Science / Medicine

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

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

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

  • EDGAR "TED" CODD, MS'63, PhD'65, was the 1981 Turing Award winner and is considered one of the founding fathers of relational database. 

  • FRANCIS COLLINS, HSCD'07, is the director of the National Institute for Health.
  • PAUL DE KRUIF, '10-'12, PhD'16, is the author of "Microbe Hunters.

  • SANJAY GUPTA, '90, MD'93, MDRES'93, is an Emmy award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN, assistant professor at Emory University, and associate chief of neurosurgery at Grady Memorial Hospital. 

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

  • WILLIAM JOY, '75, HDENG'04, is the co-founder of Sun Microsystems and played an integral role in writing the BSD UNIX program while attending graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • WILLIAM J. MAYO, MD'1883, is the co-founder of Mayo Clinic.

  • MARTHA MINOW, '75, is the dean of Harvard Law School. 
  • ANTONIA NOVELLO, '74, HLLD'94, was the first female US surgeon general.

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

  • CLAUDE SHANNON, '36, HSCD'61, was a mathematician and electrical engineer who laid the theoretical foundations for digital circuits and information theory, a mathematical communication model. 

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

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

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

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

Media

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

  • ANN COULTER, '88, is a conservative political commentator and author. Ann has also appeared on CNN and Fox News.

  • DAN DIERDORF, '68-'70, is a sportscaster.

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

  • WIN ELLIOT, '37, was a sportscaster.

  • BILL FLEMING, '49, was a sportscaster.

  • JAMES RUSSELL GAINES, '73, is managing editor of Time magazine.

  • ARNOLD GINGRICH, '25, was a founder/publisher of Esquire magazine.

  • CATHY GUISEWITE, '72, is a cartoonist and created the comic strip "Cathy."

  • ANDREA JOYCE, '76, is a sportscaster.

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

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

  • JANET MALCOLM, '55, was a writer for The New Yorker and wrote "In the Freud Archives."

  • BETH NISSEN, '75, is a journalist.

  • DANIEL OKRENT, '69, is the public editor for The New York Times. Daniel wrote the nonfiction book "Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center."

  • JOHN PAPANEK, '73, is managing editor of Sports Illustrated.

  • EUGENE ROBINSON, '74, HLHD'11 was assistant managing editor of The Washington Post and 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary on President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign. During his time at Michigan, Eugene wrote for the Michigan Daily. 

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

  • CAROLE SIMPSON, '62, is a TV journalist.

  • MIKE WALLACE, '39, HLLD'87, was a TV journalist for "60 Minutes." The Knight Wallace Fellows at U-M, a fellowship dedicated to journalism, was named after him. 

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

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

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

  • ROGER WILKINS, '53, JD'56, HLHD'93, was a journalist of the Washington Post. Roger shared the Pulitzer Prize for his Watergate editorials.

  • ROBIN WRIGHT, '70, MA'71, is a foreign correspondent.

Nobel Laureates

  • STANLEY COHEN, PhD'49, is the co-winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for discovering growth factors in human and animal tissue.

  • JEROME KARLE, MSCHE'42, PhD'44, HSCD'91, is a physical chemist who worked on the Manhattan Project. He shared the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1985 for "outstanding achievements in the development of direct methods for the determination of crystal structures."

  • MARSHALL W. NIRENBERG, PhD'57, HSCD'61, shared the 1968 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work uncovering the role of messenger RNA in the protein synthesis process.

  • H. DAVID POLITZER, '69, is a physicist at the California Institute of Technology. He shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in physics for discovering the nuclear force that binds together quarks and holds together the nucleus of the atom.

  • ROBERT SHILLER, '67, is an economist who shared the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work with asset pricing analysis. 
  • RICHARD E. SMALLEY, '65, HSCD'97, was a chemist who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in chemistry for the co-discovery of carbon clusters known as fullerenes.

  • SAMUEL C.C. TING, '59, MS'60, PhD'63, HSCD'78, is a physicist who was awarded Nobel Prize in physics in 1976 for "pioneering work in the discovery of a heavy elementary particle of a new kind."

  • THOMAS H. WELLER, '36, MS'37, HLLD'56, shared the 1954 Nobel Prize in medicine for his research on the polio virus.

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Performing Arts

  • ROBERTA ALEXANDER, MMUS'77, appeared onstage in "The Scarlet Pimpernel."

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

  • JUDY BROWN, MMUS'68, is a conductor and arranger.

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

  • CHIP DAVIS, '69, composed "Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas Live," "Convoy" and "The Christmas Angel: A Story on Ice."

  • MICHAEL FABIANO, '05, is a prominent opera singer, performing around the world. He is also the grand prize winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
  • HUNTER FOSTER, '92, was cast for the first-ever Broadway production of "Little Shop of Horrors." Hunter also starred in the hit Broadway musical "Urinetown."

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

  • IGGY POP, '63-'64, is a rock singer.

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

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

  • ROCO SACCANI, '84, is a pianist and conductor.

  • DAVID SHAYMAN, a.k.a. Disco D, '02, helped pioneer Detroit booty music and later gave it the "ghettotech" moniker. David 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.

  • DOUGLAS SILLS, '82, was cast for the first-ever Broadway production of "Little Shop of Horrors." Douglas was a Tony nominee for leading actor in the musical "The Scarlet Pimpernel."

  • JACK YELLEN, '13, was a songwriter for "Happy Days Are Here Again" and "Are You From Dixie?"

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Popular Culture

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

  • RIMA FAKIH, '08, was crowned Miss USA in 2010.

  • NINA DAVULURI, '11, was crowned Miss America 2014.

  • ADAM MESH, '97, was a contestant on "Average Joe." Later NBC brought him back on his own dating show, "Average Joe: Adam Returns."

  • LORI VERDERAME, '87, is a  prominent expert in the field of art history, antiques and appraisals. Holding a PhD from Penn State, she is the star appraiser on Discovery Channel's reality show, "Auction Kings", and has also authored several books. 

Public Affairs / Politicians

  • JUSTIN AMASH, '02, JD'05, is a US representative from Michigan.

  • VALERIE JARRETT, JD’81, is a senior advisor to President Obama and assistant to the President for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs.

  • NANCY LANDON KASSEBAUM, MA'56, was a U.S. senator who represented Kansas from 1978 to 1997.

  • DAN BENISHEK, '74, is a US representative from Michigan. 

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

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

  • TED DEUTCH, '88, JD'90, is a US representative from Florida.

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

  • RICHARD GEPHARDT, JD'65, was a US representative from Missouri and a former Democratic presidential candidate.

  • BRODERICK JOHNSON, JD'83, is assistant to the President and cabinet secretary for the Obama Administration. 
  • AMALYA LYLE KEARSE, JD'62, is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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

  • JACK HOOD VAUGHN, '63, was the second director of the Peace Corps and oversaw the organization during the height of its volunteer enrollment. 

  • CECILIA MUNOZ, '84, domestic policy advisor for President Obama. 
  • MARCY KAPTUR, MUP'74, is a US representative from Ohio. 

  • DAN KILDEE, x'82, is a US representative from Michigan. 

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

  • GRACE MENG, '97, is a US representative from New York and is the first Asian-American in US history to be elected to congress from the East Coast.

  • KEN SALAZAR, JD'81, is the U.S. Secretary of the Interior and a former U.S. senator from Colorado.

  • MICHAEL NEWDOW, JD'88, made headlines in 2002 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.

  • TOM PRICE, '77, MD'79, is a US representative from Georgia.

  • JON RUNYAN, x'95, is a US representative from New Jersey. 

  • FRED UPTON, '75, is a US representative from Michigan. 

  • MURRAY VANWAGONER, '21, served as the 38th governor of Michigan, 1941-1942.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

Publishers

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

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

  • ESTHER MARGOLIS, '58, is founder, president and publisher of Newmarket Press.

Sports

  • JIM ABBOTT, '89, was a Major League Baseball player.

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

  • MICKI KING, '66, won an Olympic gold medal for diving in 1972 and is a member of the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.

  • JEFFERY BACKUS, '00, was an NFL football player.

  • 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 and a Detroit Tigers executive. 

  • JASON BOTTERILL, '97, was an NHL hockey player and current assistant general manager for the Pittsburgh Penguins. 

  • TOM BRADY, '00, is a former U-M quarterback and now plays for the New England Patriots.

  • MICHAEL CAMMALLERI, '00-'02, is an NHL hockey player.

  • MARK CAMPBELL, '99, was an NFL football player.

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

  • ANTHONY CARTER, '78-'82, was an NFL football player. He finished his college career as the University of Michigan's all-time leading receiver.

  • PETER WILLIAM APPLETON was an accomplished pianist and band leader and opted for a baseball career after graduating from the University of Michigan.

  • ELMER GEDEON, one of two MLB players killed in action during WWII. 

  • SCOTT KAMIENIECKI, ’86, was an MLB pitcher from 1991-2000. 

  • HENRY KILLILEA (June 30, 1863 – January 23, 1929) was one the five men who founded baseball's American League as a major league in 1899.

  • DOC LAVAN was an MLB shortstop that played 12 seasons. He served in WW1 and WWII as a doctor and was the chief health officer for 7 major cities. Additionally, he served as director of research for the National Foundation of Infantile Paralysis.

  • MIKE MATHENY, ’92, former MLB catcher and current manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. 

  • HAL MORRIS, ’02, was an MLB first baseman and current professional scout. 

  • STEVE PHILLIPS, ’89, former ESPN analyst, former GM of the New York Mets baseball team.

  • J. J. PUTZ, ’10, is an MLB pitcher. 

  • CHRIS SABO, x’85 is a former MLB third baseman. 

  • TED SIZEMORE, ’66, was an MLB second baseman. He was named National League’s Rookie of the Year in 1969. 

  • MOSES FLEETWOOD WALKER, former professional baseball player in 1884. Believed to be the first African-American to play major-league baseball.

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

  • DAVID DEBOL, '86, was an NHL hockey player and a U-M Athletic Hall of Honor member.

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

  • FOREST EVASHEVSKI, '41, was a football player and coach.

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

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

  • CHARLIE GEHRINGER, '22-'23, was a Major League Baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • JONATHAN GOODWIN, '01, is an NFL football player.

  • JANET GUTHRIE, '60, was a racecar driver.

  • JIM HARBAUGH, '86, was an NFL football player and is now the head football coach for San Francisco 49ers

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

  • CHAD HENNE, '07, is an NFL football player

  • MACEO BASTON, x’98, is a former NBA power forward. 

  • JAMAL CRAWFORD, x’00, is an NBA guard.

  • MANNY HARRIS, x’12, is a professional basketball player currently with the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • GLEN RICE, x’89, is a retired NBA player who was a three-time All-Star. 

  • DIANE DIETZ, ’82, UM women’s basketball all-time scoring leader with 2,076 points, set Big Ten single-game scoring record with 45 points in 1982, inducted into Athletic Hall of Honor in 1996.

  • POLLYANNA JOHNS, x’89, holds UM women’s basketball records for career shooting percentage, single-season shooting percentage, and career rebounding percentage. She played six seasons in the WNBA.

  • STACEY THOMAS, ’00, is a former WNBA basketball player.

  • CAZZIE RUSSELL, ’92, led the Wolverine’s men’s basketball team to 3 Big-Ten titles and played 12 seasons in the NBA. 

  • GARY GRANT, ‘97, was an All-American basketball player at Michigan and was the fifteenth overall draft pick in 1988.

  • DREW HENSON, '02, was an NFL football player and MLB baseball player.

  • ELROY HIRSCH, '44, was a football player and actor in "Unchained."

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

  • JUWAN HOWARD, '95, was an NBA basketball player and current assistant coach of the Miami Heat. 

  • JEFF JILLSON, '02, was an NHL hockey player.

  • DHANI JONES, '00, was an NFL football player and current host of “Dhani Tackles the Globe.”

  • Bob Westfall, ’39-’41, was an All-American fullback at U-M and a Detroit Lion. He was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. 

  • CATO JUNE, '02 is an NFL football player.

  • MIKE KNUBLE, '95, is an NHL hockey player.

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

  • RON KRAMER, '57, was an NFL football player.

  • JOSH LANGFELD, '01, was an NHL hockey player

  • BARRY LARKIN, '86, was a Major League Baseball player.

  • TY LAW, '92-'94, was an NFL football player.

  • RICK LEACH, '75-'79, was a Major League Baseball player and member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. 

  • DON LUND, '45, was a Major League Baseball player and former U-M baseball coach. 

  • BARRY MACKAY, '57, covered tennis for USA Sports since 1981 and was the network's first tennis analyst on its inaugural 1984 US Open coverage. Barry earned the No. 1 ranking and the Amateur Tennis Player of the Year Award in 1960. 

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

  • MARIO MANNINGHAM,'10, is an NFL football player. 

  • REGGIE MCKENZIE, '72, was an NFL football player.

  • BRENDAN MORRISON, '97, is an NHL hockey player.

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

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

  • MAX PACIORETTY,'11, is an NHL hockey player. 

  • MICHAEL PHELPS, '09, retired US swimmer, is the most decorated Olympic athlete with a total of 22 medals.

  • BRANCH RICKEY, '1911, is a former president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Branch was instrumental in bringing Jackie Robinson to the major leagues.

  • ERIC RILEY, '93, was an NBA basketball player.

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

  • JALEN ROSE, '92-'94, was an NBA basketball player and current analyst for ESPN.

  • GEORGE SISLER, '1915, was a Major League Baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. 

  • TAI STREETS, '95-'98, was an NFL football player.

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

  • AMANI TOOMER, '96, was an NFL football player.

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

  • MALIVAI WASHINGTON, '89-'90, is a former professional tennis player who was runner-up in the 1996 Wimbledon Championships. 

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

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

  • TYRONE WHEATLEY, '91-'94, was an NFL football player and current running backs coach for the Buffalo Bills. 

  • JOSH WILLIAMS, '00, is an NFL football player.

  • MAURICE WILLIAMS, '01, is an NFL football player.

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

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

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

  • BO SCHEMBECHLER, HLLD'05, winningest football coach in U-M history

Writers

  • MAX APPLE, '63, PhD'70, wrote "Free Agents," "Roommates" and "The Air Up There."

  • MICHAEL BYERS, MFA'96, wrote "Long for this World."

  • JUDITH LEVINE CANTOR, '49, is the author of "Jews in Michigan," part of the series "Discovering the Peoples of Michigan."

  • JENNIFER COBURN, '88, has written "The Wife of Reilly" and "Reinventing Mona."

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

  • KC FREDERICK, '56, MA'58, PhD'63, wrote "Accomplices."

  • TERRY GAMBLE, '77, wrote "The Water Dancers," a novel set in northern Michigan.

  • FRANK B. GILBRETH, '33, wrote "Cheaper by the Dozen."

  • NEIL GORDON, '80, wrote "The Company You Keep."

  • THOMAS GRACE JR., '84, MARCH'86, is a best-selling author of the adventure thrillers "Spyder Web," "Quantum Web," "Twisted Web," "Bird of Prey" and "Cause of Death."

  • JUDITH GUEST, '59, wrote "Ordinary People." The novel was made into a movie directed by Robert Redford.

  • ANN HAGEDORN, MALS'75, wrote "Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad."

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

  • HERVIE HAUFLER, '41, is the author of "Codebreakers' Victory: How the Allied Cryptographers Won World War II."

  • JON HEIN, '89, is the creator of the popular Jump the Shark Web site. Jon also wrote the book, "Jump the Shark: When Good Things Go Bad," and currently works for The Howard Stern Show. 

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

  • JANE KENYON, '70, MA'72, was a poet and translator. 

  • KARL IAGNEMMA, '94, wrote "On the Nature of Human Romantic Interaction," eight stories that explore the mysteries of love.

  • 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.

  • ROSS MACDONALD, MA'42, PhD'52, wrote the "Lew Archer Mystery Series."

  • BRAD MELTZER, '92, has written "The Zero Game, "The Tenth Justice," "Dead Even," "The First Counsel" and "The Millionaires."

  • MARCIA MULLER, '66, MA'71, is a novelist.

  • SUSAN ORLEAN, '76, wrote "The Orchid Thief." The book was made into the movie "Adaptation."

  • MARGE PIERCY, '57, wrote "Braided Lives" and "Fly Away Home."

  • LOIS WELLS SANTALO, '43, wrote "Oops, I Lost My Sense of Humor."

  • 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.

  • ELLEN SLEZAK, '80, wrote "Last Year's Jesus: A Novella and Nine Stories."

  • BETTY SMITH, '21-'22, '27, '31, wrote "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."

  • GILBERT SNIDER, MD'75, MDRES'81, wrote the medical thriller entitled "Brain Warp."

  • RICHARD STEWART, '52, MD'55, MDRES'61, MPHIH'62, wrote "Leper Priest of Moloka'i: The Father Damien Story."

  • JAMES TOBIN, '78, MA'79, PhD'86, wrote "To Conquer the Air," "Ernie Pyle's War" and "Great Projects."

  • ROBERT TRAVER, '28, wrote "Anatomy of a Murder."

  • CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG, '72, is the writer and illustrator of "The Wreck of the Zypher," "Jumanji" and "The Polar Express."

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

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

  • CHRISTOPHER PAUL CURTIS, '00, is the author of the children's books Elijah of Buxton and The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963, both of which received Newberry Honor Book awards.

  • ELIZABETH KOSTOVA, MFA'04, is author of the bestseller “The Historian.”