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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Oberlin College and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Oberlin College, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Oberlin College include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Oberlin College alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Oberlin College are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Oberlin College.

List is made up of many different graduates, including Liz Phair and Lena Dunham.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Oberlin College?” and “Which celebrities are Oberlin College alumni?”

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Sinclair Lewis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Sinclair Lewis Novelist, Author Writer

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Thornton Wilder is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Thornton Wilder Novelist, Screenwriter Playwright

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Lucy Stone is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni

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Liz Phair is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Liz Phair Guitarist, Songwriter Singer-songwriter

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Charles A. Reich is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni

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Elisha Gray is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Elisha Gray Inventor

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Harrison A. Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni

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Matthew Stadler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Matthew Stadler Editor, Writer

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Lynn Kohlman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Lynn Kohlman Photographer

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John Wesley Powell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
John Wesley Powell Soldier, Geologist Explorer

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Robert Andrews Millikan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Robert Andrews Millikan Mathematician, Physicist Court reporter

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Paul Horn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Paul Horn Flautist

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John Mercer Langston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
John Mercer Langston Politician, Lawyer

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Alison Bechdel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Alison Bechdel Novelist, Cartoonist Author

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Mary Church Terrell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni

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Seth Rudetsky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Seth Rudetsky Journalist, Musician Screenwriter

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Eduardo Mondlane is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Eduardo Mondlane Politician

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Eric Bogosian is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Eric Bogosian Novelist, Screenwriter Author

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Edward Everett Horton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Edward Everett Horton Actor, Voice acting Singer

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Bill Irwin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Bill Irwin Theatre Director, Screenwriter Choreographer

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Jon Theodore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Jon Theodore Musician, Drummer

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Barbara Seaman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Barbara Seaman Journalist, Author Social activist

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Ed Helms is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Ed Helms Comedian, Television producer Screenwriter

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Ira Sprague Bowen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Ira Sprague Bowen Astronomer

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John Cazale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
John Cazale Actor

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Roger Wolcott Sperry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Roger Wolcott Sperry Psychologist, Scientist

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Larry Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Larry Sweeney Wrestler

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Willard Van Orman Quine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni

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Charles Martin Hall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Charles Martin Hall Chemist, Inventor

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Antoinette Brown Blackwell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni

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Josh Ritter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Josh Ritter Songwriter, Musician Singer-songwriter

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Theodore E. Burton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni

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James Kim is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
James Kim Editor, Journalist

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James Burrows is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
James Burrows Television director, Television producer Screenwriter

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Allan Spear is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Allan Spear Politician

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Myron T. Herrick is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni

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Joko Beck is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni

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Thanissaro Bhikkhu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni

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Johnnetta B. Cole is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Johnnetta B. Cole Anthropologist, Professor

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Avery Brooks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Avery Brooks Opera Singer, Television director Professor

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Bill Anschell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Bill Anschell Jazz Pianist, Bandleader Composer

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Julie Taymor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Julie Taymor Theatre Director, Opera Director Film Producer

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Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden Professor, Physician Surgeon

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John Edward Mack is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
John Edward Mack Psychiatrist, Ufologists Biographer

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William Grant Still is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
William Grant Still Conductor, Musician Oboist

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Dorothy DeLay is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Dorothy DeLay Violinist, Teacher

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Max Robinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Max Robinson Journalist, Newsreader

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Charlene Drew Jarvis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Charlene Drew Jarvis Politician, Researcher Psychologist

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Karen O is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Karen O Musician, Singer

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Adrian Fenty is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Oberlin College Alumni
Adrian Fenty Politician, Consultant Lawyer