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

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

This list includes James Arness, Don Bolles and more.

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

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Don Bolles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Journalist Don Bolles was an American investigative reporter whose murder in a car bombing is linked to the Mafia.

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James Arness is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Soldier, Television producer, Actor James King Arness was an American actor, best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon in the television series Gunsmoke for 20 years. Arness has the distinction of having played the role of ...more

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Kerwin Mathews is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Actor, Teacher Kerwin Mathews was an American actor best known for playing the titular heroes in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Three Worlds of Gulliver and Jack the Giant Killer.

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Adolph Dubs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Diplomat Adolph "Spike" Dubs was the United States Ambassador to Afghanistan from May 13, 1978 until his death in 1979. He was killed in an exchange of gunfire after a kidnapping attempt.

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Charles Eastman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Physician, Writer, Social activist Charles Alexander Eastman was a Santee Dakota physician educated at Boston University, writer, national lecturer, and reformer. In the early 20th century, he was "one of the most prolific ...more

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Jameson Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Actor Francis Jameson Parker Jr. is an American actor, best known for his role of A.J. Simon on the 1980s television series Simon & Simon.

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Roy Chapman Andrews is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Roy Chapman Andrews was an American explorer, adventurer and naturalist who became the director of the American Museum of Natural History. He is primarily known for leading a series of ...more

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John Sall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
John Sall Businessperson John P. Sall is a businessman and computer software developer, who cofounded SAS Institute and created the JMP statistical software. Sall grew up in Rockford, Illinois and earned degrees in ...more

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Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Journalist, Science writer, Geologist Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin was an influential American geologist and educator. In 1893 he founded the Journal of Geology, of which he was editor for many years.

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Rollin D. Salisbury is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Science writer, Geologist Rollin Daniel Salisbury was an American geologist and educator.

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Pat Kilbane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Writer Patrick F. "Pat" Kilbane is an American actor, comedian, and writer best known for his three seasons as a cast member on MADtv from 1997–2000, as well his memorable appearance in the ...more

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W. Willard Wirtz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Politician, Professor, Civil servant William Willard Wirtz was a U.S. administrator, cabinet officer, attorney, and law professor. He served as the Secretary of Labor between 1962 and 1969 under the administrations of Presidents ...more

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Edward R. Burke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Edward Raymond Burke was a Nebraska Democratic Party politician. Burke moved to Sparta, Wisconsin with his parents and then Beloit, Wisconsin where he went to Beloit College. Burke graduated in ...more

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Eric McHenry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Poet Eric McHenry is an American poet.

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Jay Norwood Darling is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Jay Norwood Darling Journalist, Cartoonist Jay Norwood Darling, better known as Ding Darling, was an American cartoonist who won two Pulitzer Prizes. Darling was born in Norwood, Michigan, where his parents, Marcellus and Clara, had ...more

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Emma Bull is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Emma Bull is an American science fiction and fantasy author whose best-known novel is War for the Oaks, one of the pioneering works of urban fantasy. She has participated in Terri Windling's ...more

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Todd Strasser is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Todd Strasser Novelist, Author Todd Strasser is an American writer of more than 140 young-adult and middle grade novels and many short stories and works of non-fiction, some written under the pen names Morton Rhue and T.S.

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Amy Wright is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Actor Amy Wright is an American actress. She has appeared in such films as The Deer Hunter, Breaking Away, The Amityville Horror, Heartland, Wise Blood, Stardust Memories, The Accidental Tourist, Hard ...more

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Lawrence Jegen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Lawrence Jegen Lawrence A. Jegen III is the Thomas F. Sheehan Professor of Tax Law and Policy at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He joined the faculty in 1962 as an Assistant Professor ...more

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Lorine Niedecker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Lorine Niedecker Writer Lorine Faith Niedecker was a Wisconsin poet and the only woman associated with the Objectivist poets. She is widely credited for demonstrating how an Objectivist poetic could handle the personal ...more

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William Wohlforth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
William Wohlforth William Curti Wohlforth is the Daniel Webster Professor of Government in the Dartmouth College Department of Government, of which he was chair for three academic years. He is the author of ...more

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Walter Parr is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Walter Parr Rev. Walter Robinson Parr was an English-born preacher and author. The son of Alexander and Matilda Parr, Walter Parr was born in Liverpool, England, and graduated from the Beloit Academy in ...more

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Johnny Orr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Coach John Michael "Johnny" Orr was an American basketball player and coach, best known as the head coach of men's basketball at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of ...more

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Christina Kramer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Christina Kramer Christina Elizabeth Kramer is Professor of Slavic and Balkan languages and linguistics at the University of Toronto and Chair of the university's Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures ...more

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Margie Planton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Margie Planton Politician

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Evan Montvel Cohen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Evan Montvel Cohen Evan Montvel Cohen is an American businessman from the island of Guam. He was a founder and the first chairman of the liberal Air America Radio. Cohen has worked primarily in the broadcasting ...more

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James A. Blaisdell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
James A. Blaisdell James Arnold Blaisdell was a minister, theologian and most notably the third president of Pomona College and founder and “Head Fellow” of the Claremont Colleges. He was born in Beloit, ...more

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John Thorn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
John Thorn Historian, Author John Thorn is a sports historian, author, and cultural commentator. Since March 1, 2011, he has been the Official Baseball Historian for Major League Baseball. He lives in Saugerties, New York

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Larry MacPhail is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Larry MacPhail Leland Stanford "Larry" MacPhail, Sr. was an American lawyer and an executive and innovator in Major League Baseball. He served as an executive with several professional baseball ...more

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David Goodfriend is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
David Goodfriend David Goodfriend is an American attorney and advocate in Washington, D.C. He is a former Clinton Administration aide, where he served as Deputy Staff Secretary to President William J. Clinton. ...more

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Robert Lee Morris is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Robert Lee Morris Robert Lee Morris is a jewelry designer and sculptor who attributes much of his inspiration to forms he admires in nature. His designs have been made in gold, silver and bronze and he is known ...more

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Stephen A. Cobb is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Stephen A. Cobb Stephen Alonzo Cobb was a U.S. Representative from Kansas. Born in Madison, Maine, Cobb attended the common schools. He moved with his father to Minnesota in 1850, where Stephen found work in ...more

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Gordon Myse is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Gordon Myse Gordon Myse is a former Judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.

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Gerald L. Geison is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Gerald L. Geison Gerald L. Geison, historian, born in Savanna, Illinois, died at 58 in 2001.

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Michael Schuck Bebb is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Michael Schuck Bebb Michael Schuck Bebb was an amateur systematic botanist in the 19th century with a reputation as the leading salicologist in both America and Europe. His extensive work on the genus Salix led to ...more

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David Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
David Johnson David Johnson is the Iowa State Senator from the 3rd District and is an assistant minority leader. A Republican, he has served in the Iowa Senate since 2003 and served in the Iowa House of ...more

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James Zwerg is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
James Zwerg James Zwerg is an American former minister who was involved with the Freedom Riders in the early 1960s.

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Noreen Connell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Noreen Connell Noreen Connell is an American feminist organizer and writer/editor, known for producing, with fellow New York Radical Feminists member Cassandra Wilson, the 1974 New American Library book Rape: ...more

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Graham Foust is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Graham Foust Graham W. Foust is an American poet and currently is an assistant professor at the University of Denver.

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Ray Metzker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Ray Metzker Ray K. Metzker was a major American photographer known for both his work in cityscape and landscape photography and for his large "multiples", assemblages of printed strips and single

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Robyn Gabel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Robyn Gabel Robyn Gabel is a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives, representing the 18th District since April 19, 2010. The district includes the Chicago neighborhood of Rogers Park ...more

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Robben Wright Fleming is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Robben Wright Fleming Robben Wright Fleming was the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1964 to 1967, and the President of the University of Michigan from 1968 to 1978.

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Robert A. Buethe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Robert A. Buethe Robert A. Buethe, is a retired Major General and former Acting Surgeon General of the United States Air Force. He is a graduate of Beloit College and the Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Mark W. Moffett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Mark W. Moffett Photographer Mark Moffett “…has developed a career that combines science and photography, in spite of being a high school dropout. Although his family was not academic, encouraged by his parents he sought ...more

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Eric Spitznagel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
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Troy Denning is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
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