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Famous Bates College Alumni

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

List of famous alumni from Bates College, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Bates College include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Bates College alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Bates 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 Bates College.

List includes David Hasselhoff, Robert F. Kennedy and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Bates College?” and “Which celebrities are Bates College alumni?”
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David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 63

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952), nicknamed "The Hoff", is an American actor, singer, producer, and businessman, who set a Guinness World Record as the most watched man on ...more

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Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Politician, Writer, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 43 (1925-1968)

Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

Robert Francis Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 64th United States Attorney General from January 1961 to September 1964, and as ...more

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Buckminster Fuller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Industrial designer, Poet, Visionary

Age: Dec. at 88 (1895-1983)

Birthplace: Milton, Massachusetts

Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor. Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or ...more
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Robert Frost is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Poet, Playwright

Age: Dec. at 89 (1874-1963)

Birthplace: California

Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. Known for his realistic depictions of ...more

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Dean Kamen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor

Age: 67

Birthplace: Rockville Centre, New York, United States of America

Dean Lawrence Kamen (born April 5, 1951) is an American engineer, inventor, and businessman. He is known for his invention of the Segway, as well as founding the non-profit organization FIRST ...more
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Bryant Gumbel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Announcer, Journalist, Newsreader

Age: 70

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Bryant Charles Gumbel (born September 29, 1948) is an American television journalist and sportscaster, best known for his 15 years as co-host of NBC's Today. He is the younger brother of ...more

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Maria Bamford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 48

Birthplace: Port Hueneme, California, USA

Maria Elizabeth Sheldon Bamford (born September 3, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and voice actress. She is best known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family and ...more

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Leo Ryan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 53 (1925-1978)

Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America

Leo Joseph Ryan Jr. (May 5, 1925 – November 18, 1978) was an American teacher and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the U.S. Representative from California's 11th ...more
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Owen Dodson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 69 (1914-1983)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Owen Vincent Dodson (November 28, 1914 – June 21, 1983) was an American poet, novelist, and playwright. He was one of the leading African-American poets of his time, associated with the ...more
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Donald Hall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Editor, Poet, Author

Age: 90

Birthplace: Hamden, Connecticut

Donald Andrew Hall Jr. (September 20, 1928 – June 23, 2018) was an American poet, writer, editor and literary critic. He was the author of over 50 books across several genres from children's ...more
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Nelson Dingley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Politician, Journalist

Age: Dec. at 67 (1832-1899)

Birthplace: Durham, Maine, United States of America

Nelson Dingley Jr. (February 15, 1832 – January 13, 1899) was a journalist and politician from the U.S. state of Maine. Dingley was born in Durham, Maine and attended the common schools at ...more
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Olympia Snowe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Politician

Age: 72

Birthplace: Augusta, Maine, United States of America

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George Putnam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Journalist, Actor, Presenter

Age: Dec. at 94 (1914-2008)

Birthplace: Breckenridge, Minnesota, United States of America

George Putnam (July 14, 1914 – September 12, 2008) was an American television news reporter and talk show host based in Los Angeles. He was known for his catchy phrases "That's the ...more
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Jeffrey Lynn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Actor, Teacher

Age: Dec. at 86 (1909-1995)

Birthplace: Auburn, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Robert Witt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni

Age: 78

Robert E. Witt (born September 16, 1940) is an American businessman, and academic administrator. He is the current Chancellor of the University of Alabama System, concurrently serving as the ...more
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Freeman Dyson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Professor

Age: 95

Birthplace: Crowthorne, United Kingdom

Freeman John Dyson (born 15 December 1923) is an American theoretical physicist and mathematician known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear ...more
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Donald F. Mchenry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Businessperson, Diplomat

Age: 82

Birthplace: Area code 557, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Area code 314, United States of America, + more

Donald Franchot McHenry is an American former diplomat. He was the United States Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations from September 1979 until January 20, 1981.
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Beverly Daniel Tatum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Professor

Age: 64

Birthplace: Tallahassee, Florida

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum (born September 27, 1954) is a psychologist, administrator, and educator who has conducted research and written books on the topic of racism. Focusing specifically on ...more
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Minoru Yamasaki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Architect

Age: Dec. at 74 (1912-1986)

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

Minoru Yamasaki was an American architect, best known for designing the original World Trade Center in New York City and several other large-scale projects. Yamasaki was one of the most ...more
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Peter J. Gomes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Theologian, Professor, Writer

Age: Dec. at 69 (1942-2011)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Peter John Gomes (May 22, 1942 – February 28, 2011) was an American preacher and theologian, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard Divinity School and Pusey Minister at Harvard's ...more
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Scott Wilson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Bodybuilder, Judge, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 72 (1870-1942)

Scott Wilson (January 11, 1870 – October 22, 1942) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
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John Irwin Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Mathematician, Science writer

Age: Dec. at 68 (1867-1935)

Birthplace: Bangor, Maine

John Irwin Hutchinson (12 April 1867 – 1 December 1935) was an American mathematician born in Bangor, Maine. He was educated at Bates College, (A.B., 1889), Clark University (1890–92), and the ...more
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William P. Frye is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 81 (1830-1911)

Birthplace: Lewiston, Maine, United States of America

William Pierce Frye (September 2, 1830 – August 8, 1911) was an American politician from the Maine. Frye, a member of the Republican Party, spent most of his political career as a legislator, ...more
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John Ciardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Poet, Translator, Presenter

Age: Dec. at 70 (1916-1986)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

John Anthony Ciardi ( CHAR-dee; Italian: [ˈtʃardi]; June 24 (St. John the Baptist's Nativity), 1916 – March 30, (Easter Sunday) 1986) was an American poet, translator, and etymologist. While ...more
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John P. Davis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Journalist, Writer, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 68 (1905-1973)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

John Preston Davis (January 19, 1905 – September 11, 1973) was an American journalist, lawyer and activist intellectual, who became prominent for his work with the Joint Committee on National ...more