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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
David Michael Hasselhoff, nicknamed "The Hoff", is an American actor, singer, producer, and businessman. He is best known for his lead roles as Michael Knight in the popular 1980s US ...more

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Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Politician, Writer, Lawyer
Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, commonly known by his initials RFK, was an American politician from Massachusetts. He served as a Senator for New York from 1965 to 1968. He was ...more

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Buckminster Fuller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Industrial designer, Poet, Visionary
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
Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his ...more

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Dean Kamen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor
Dean L. Kamen is an American entrepreneur and inventor from New Hampshire. Born on Long Island, New York, he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, but dropped out before graduating after ...more

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Bryant Gumbel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Announcer, Journalist, Newsreader
Bryant Charles Gumbel is an American television journalist and sportscaster. He is best known for his 15 years as co-host of NBC's The Today Show. He is the younger brother of sportscaster Greg ...more

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Maria Bamford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
Maria Bamford is an American stand-up comedian, actress and voice actress. She is best known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family and self-deprecating comedy involving jokes about ...more

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Leo Ryan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Politician
Leo Joseph Ryan, Jr. was an American teacher and politician. He served as a U.S. Representative as a member of the Democratic Party. He represented California's 11th congressional district from ...more

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Owen Dodson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Novelist, Writer
Owen Vincent Dodson was an American poet, novelist, and playwright. He was one of the leading African-American poets of his time, associated with the generation of black poets following the ...more

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Donald Hall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Editor, Poet, Author
Donald Andrew Hall, Jr, known as Donald Hall is an American poet, writer, editor and literary critic. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard and Oxford, Hall is the author of over 50 ...more

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Nelson Dingley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Politician, Journalist
Nelson Dingley, Jr. was a journalist and politician from the U.S. state of Maine. Dingley was born in Durham, Maine and attended the common schools at Unity, Maine and Waterville College. He ...more

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Olympia Snowe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Politician
Olympia Jean Snowe is an American politician who was a United States Senator from Maine from 1995 to 2013. Snowe, a member of the Republican Party, became widely known for her ability to ...more

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George Putnam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Journalist, Actor, Presenter
George Putnam was an American television news reporter and talk show host based in Los Angeles. He was known for his catchy phrases "That's the up-to-the-minute news, and up-to-the-minute ...more

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Jeffrey Lynn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Actor, Teacher
Jeffrey Lynn was an American actor.

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Robert Witt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Robert E. Witt is chancellor of the University of Alabama System, as of March 5, 2012. His experience includes 9 years as president of the University of Alabama, 35 years in the University of ...more

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Freeman Dyson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Professor
Freeman John Dyson FRS is an English-born theoretical physicist and mathematician, known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering. Dyson is ...more

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Donald F. Mchenry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Businessperson, Diplomat
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
Beverly Daniel Tatum is the current president of Spelman College. Tatum received her B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of ...more

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Minoru Yamasaki is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Architect
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
Peter John Gomes was an American preacher and theologian, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals at Harvard Divinity School and Pusey Minister at Harvard's Memorial Church — in the words of ...more

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Scott Wilson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Bodybuilder, Judge, Lawyer
Scott Wilson was a judge on United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from 1929 to 1942.

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John Irwin Hutchinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Mathematician, Science writer
John Irwin Hutchinson was an American mathematician born in Bangor, Maine. He was educated at Bates College, Clark University, and the University of Chicago. With Virgil Snyder he was coauthor ...more

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William P. Frye is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Lawyer
William Pierce Frye was an American politician from the U.S. state of Maine. Frye, a member of the Republican Party, spent most of his political career as a legislator, serving in the Maine ...more

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John Ciardi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Poet, Translator, Presenter
John Anthony Ciardi was an American poet, translator, and etymologist. While primarily known as a poet, he also translated Dante's Divine Comedy, wrote several volumes of children's poetry, ...more

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John P. Davis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Bates College Alumni
Journalist, Writer, Lawyer
John Preston Davis was an American journalist, lawyer and activist intellectual, who became prominent for his work with the Joint Committee on National Recovery. He co-founded the National Negro ...more