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Famous Beloit College Alumni

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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