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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

Age: Dec. at 48 (1928-1976)

Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey

Donald Fifield Bolles (July 10, 1928 – June 13, 1976) was an American investigative reporter for The Arizona Republic whose murder in a car bombing has been linked to his coverage of the Mafia, ...more
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James Arness is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Soldier, Television producer, Actor

Age: Dec. at 88 (1923-2011)

Birthplace: Minneapolis, USA, Minnesota

James Arness (born James King Aurness, May 26, 1923 – June 3, 2011) was an American actor, best known for portraying Marshal Matt Dillon for 20 years in the CBS television series Gunsmoke. ...more

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Kerwin Mathews is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Actor, Teacher

Age: Dec. at 81 (1926-2007)

Birthplace: USA, Washington, Seattle

Kerwin Mathews (January 8, 1926 – July 5, 2007) was an American actor best known for playing the titular heroes in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), The Three Worlds of Gulliver (1960) and Jack ...more
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Adolph Dubs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Diplomat

Age: Dec. at 59 (1920-1979)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Adolph "Spike" Dubs (August 4, 1920 – February 14, 1979) was the United States Ambassador to Afghanistan from May 13, 1978, until his death in 1979. He was killed during a rescue ...more
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Charles Eastman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Physician, Writer, Social activist

Age: Dec. at 81 (1858-1939)

Birthplace: Redwood Falls, Minnesota

Charles Alexander Eastman (born Hakadah and later named Ohíye S'a; February 19, 1858 – January 8, 1939) was a Santee Dakota physician educated at Boston University, writer, national ...more
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Jameson Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Actor

Age: 71

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Francis Jameson Parker Jr. (born November 18, 1947) 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

Age: Dec. at 76 (1884-1960)

Birthplace: Beloit, Wisconsin

For the former professional American football coach see LeRoy AndrewsRoy Chapman Andrews (January 26, 1884 – March 11, 1960) was an American explorer, adventurer and naturalist who became the ...more
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John Sall is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
John Sall Businessperson

Age: 71

Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois

John P. Sall (born 1948) is an American billionaire businessman and computer software developer, who co-founded SAS Institute and created the JMP statistical software. Sall grew up in Rockford, ...more
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Thomas Chrowder Chamberl... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Journalist, Science writer, Geologist

Age: Dec. at 85 (1843-1928)

Birthplace: Mattoon, Illinois

Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin (; September 25, 1843 – November 15, 1928) was an 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

Age: Dec. at 64 (1858-1922)

Birthplace: Spring Prairie, Wisconsin

Rollin Daniel Salisbury (August 17, 1858 – August 15, 1922) 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

Age: 49

Birthplace: Lakewood, Ohio, USA

Patrick F. "Pat" Kilbane (born November 5, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his three seasons as a cast member on MADtv (1997–2000), as well his ...more
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W. Willard Wirtz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Politician, Professor, Civil servant

Age: Dec. at 98 (1912-2010)

Birthplace: DeKalb, Illinois, United States of America

William Willard Wirtz Jr. (March 14, 1912 – April 24, 2010) was a U.S. administrator, cabinet officer, attorney, and law professor. He served as the Secretary of Labor between 1962 and 1969 ...more
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Edward R. Burke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 88 (1880-1968)

Birthplace: South Dakota, United States of America

Edward Raymond Burke (November 28, 1880 – November 4, 1968) was a Nebraska Democratic Party politician. Burke moved to Sparta, Wisconsin with his parents and then Beloit, Wisconsin where he went ...more
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Eric McHenry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Poet

Age: 46

Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas

Eric McHenry (born April 12, 1972 Topeka, Kansas) is an American poet. He is the Poet Laureate of Kansas.
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Jay Norwood Darling is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Jay Norwood Darling Journalist, Cartoonist

Age: Dec. at 86 (1876-1962)

Birthplace: Norwood Township, Michigan

Jay Norwood Darling (October 21, 1876 – February 12, 1962), better known as Ding Darling, was an American cartoonist who won two Pulitzer Prizes. Darling was born in Norwood, Michigan, where his ...more
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Emma Bull is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 64

Birthplace: Torrance, California

Emma Bull (born December 13, 1954) is an American science fiction and fantasy author. Her novels include the Hugo- and Nebula-nominated Bone Dance and the urban fantasy War for the Oaks. She is ...more
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Todd Strasser is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Todd Strasser Novelist, Author

Age: 68

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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

Age: 68

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Amy Wright (born April 15, 1950) is an American actress and former model. She has appeared in such films as The Deer Hunter, Breaking Away, The Accidental Tourist, Hard Promises, Crossing ...more
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Lawrence Jegen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Lawrence Jegen

Age: 85

Jegen leads here. For airport in Bosnia Herzegovina, see Tuzla Jegen Lug AirportLawrence A. Jegen III (November 16, 1934 – May 17, 2018) was the Thomas F. Sheehan Professor of Tax Law and Policy ...more
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Lorine Niedecker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Lorine Niedecker Writer

Age: Dec. at 67 (1903-1970)

Birthplace: Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

Lorine Faith Niedecker (English: pronounced Needecker) (May 12, 1903 – December 31, 1970) was a Wisconsin poet and the only woman associated with the Objectivist poets. She is widely credited ...more

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William Wohlforth is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
William Wohlforth

Age: 60

William Curti Wohlforth (born 1959) is the Daniel Webster Professor of Government in the Dartmouth College Department of Government, of which he was chair for three academic years (2006-2009). ...more
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Walter Parr is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Walter Parr

Age: Dec. at 51 (1871-1922)

Rev. Walter Robinson Parr (May 3, 1871 – March 24, 1922) was an English-born preacher and author. The son of Alexander and Matilda (Richards) Parr, Walter Parr was born in Liverpool, England, ...more
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Johnny Orr is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Beloit College Alumni
Coach

Age: Dec. at 86 (1927-2013)

Birthplace: Kansas

John or Johnny Orr may refer to: John Boyd Orr, 1st Baron Boyd-Orr (1880–1971), Scottish doctor, biologist, politician and Nobel peace laureate John Henry Orr (1918–1995), Scottish police ...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

Age: 70