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Famous Bates College Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • David Hasselhoff1

    David Hasselhoff

    Businessperson, Television producer


    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952), nicknamed "The Hoff", is an American actor,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Robert F. Kennedy2

    Robert F. Kennedy

    Politician, Writer

    AgeDec. at 43 (1925-1968)

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, USA

    Robert Francis Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968) was an American politician and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Buckminster Fuller3

    Buckminster Fuller

    Industrial designer, Poet

    AgeDec. at 88 (1895-1983)

    BirthplaceMilton, Massachusetts

    Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist,... more on Wikipedia
  • Robert Frost4

    Robert Frost

    Poet, Playwright

    AgeDec. at 89 (1874-1963)


    Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. His work was... more on Wikipedia

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  • Dean Kamen5

    Dean Kamen

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceRockville Centre, New York, United States of America

    Dean Lawrence Kamen (born April 5, 1951) is an American engineer, inventor, and businessman.... more on Wikipedia
  • Bryant Gumbel6

    Bryant Gumbel

    Announcer, Journalist


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Bryant Charles Gumbel (born September 29, 1948) is an American television journalist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Maria Bamford7

    Maria Bamford

    Comedian, Screenwriter


    BirthplacePort Hueneme, California, United States of America

    Maria Elizabeth Sheldon Bamford (born September 3, 1970) is an American stand-up comedian,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Leo Ryan8

    Leo Ryan


    AgeDec. at 53 (1925-1978)

    BirthplaceLincoln, Nebraska, United States of America

    Leo Joseph Ryan Jr. (May 5, 1925 – November 18, 1978) was an American teacher and politician.... more on Wikipedia
  • Owen Dodson9

    Owen Dodson

    Novelist, Writer

    AgeDec. at 69 (1914-1983)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Owen Vincent Dodson (November 28, 1914 – June 21, 1983) was an American poet, novelist, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Donald Hall10

    Donald Hall

    Editor, Poet


    BirthplaceHamden, Connecticut

    Donald Andrew Hall Jr. (September 20, 1928 – June 23, 2018) was an American poet, writer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Nelson Dingley, Jr.11

    Nelson Dingley, Jr.

    Politician, Journalist

    AgeDec. at 67 (1832-1899)

    BirthplaceDurham, Maine, United States of America

    Nelson Dingley Jr. (February 15, 1832 – January 13, 1899) was a journalist and politician from... more on Wikipedia
  • Olympia Snowe12

    Olympia Snowe



    BirthplaceAugusta, Maine, United States of America

    Olympia Jean Snowe (née Bouchles; born February 21, 1947) is an American businesswoman and... more on Wikipedia
  • George Putnam13

    George Putnam

    Journalist, Actor

    AgeDec. at 94 (1914-2008)

    BirthplaceBreckenridge, Minnesota, United States of America

    George Putnam (July 14, 1914 – September 12, 2008) was an American television news reporter... more on Wikipedia
  • Jeffrey Lynn14

    Jeffrey Lynn

    Actor, Teacher

    AgeDec. at 86 (1909-1995)

    BirthplaceAuburn, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Jeffrey Lynn (born Ragnar Godfrey Lind; February 16, 1909 – November 24, 1995) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Robert E. Witt (born September 16, 1940) is an American businessman, and academic... more on Wikipedia
  • Freeman Dyson16

    Freeman Dyson

    Mathematician, Physicist


    BirthplaceCrowthorne, United Kingdom

    Freeman John Dyson (born 15 December 1923) is an American theoretical physicist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 17

    Donald F. Mchenry

    Businessperson, Diplomat


    BirthplaceArea code 557, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Area code 314, United States of America

    Donald Franchot McHenry is an American former diplomat. He was the United States Ambassador... more on Wikipedia
  • 18


    BirthplaceTallahassee, Florida

    Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum (born September 27, 1954) is a psychologist, administrator, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Minoru Yamasaki19

    AgeDec. at 74 (1912-1986)

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Minoru Yamasaki was an American architect, best known for designing the original World Trade... more on Wikipedia
  • Peter J. Gomes20

    Peter J. Gomes

    Theologian, Professor

    AgeDec. at 69 (1942-2011)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Peter John Gomes (May 22, 1942 – February 28, 2011) was an American preacher and theologian,... more on Wikipedia
  • Scott Wilson21

    Scott Wilson

    Bodybuilder, Judge

    AgeDec. at 72 (1870-1942)

    Scott Wilson (January 11, 1870 – October 22, 1942) was a United States Circuit Judge of the... more on Wikipedia
  • 22

    John Irwin Hutchinson

    Mathematician, Science writer

    AgeDec. at 68 (1867-1935)

    BirthplaceBangor, Maine

    John Irwin Hutchinson (12 April 1867 – 1 December 1935) was an American mathematician born in... more on Wikipedia
  • William P. Frye23

    AgeDec. at 81 (1830-1911)

    BirthplaceLewiston, Maine, United States of America

    William Pierce Frye (September 2, 1830 – August 8, 1911) was an American politician from the ... more on Wikipedia
  • John Ciardi24

    John Ciardi

    Poet, Translator

    AgeDec. at 70 (1916-1986)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    John Anthony Ciardi ( CHAR-dee; Italian: [ˈtʃardi]; June 24 (St. John the Baptist's Nativity),... more on Wikipedia
  • John P. Davis25

    John P. Davis

    Journalist, Writer

    AgeDec. at 68 (1905-1973)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    John Preston Davis (January 19, 1905 – September 11, 1973) was an American journalist, lawyer... more on Wikipedia