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

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

This list features John Fenn, Muse Watson and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Berea College?” and “Which celebrities are Berea College alumni?”
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Carter G. Woodson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Journalist, Historian, Author

Age: Dec. at 75 (1875-1950)

Birthplace: New Canton, Virginia

Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950) was an American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He ...more
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John Fenn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Chemist

Age: Dec. at 93 (1917-2010)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

John Bennett Fenn (June 15, 1917 – December 10, 2010) was an American research professor of analytical chemistry who was awarded a share of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002. Fenn shared half ...more
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Muse Watson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Actor

Age: 70

Birthplace: USA, Alexandria, Louisiana

Muse Watson (born July 20, 1948) is an American stage and screen actor. He became known for his roles as Ben Willis, the primary antagonist in the I Know What You Did Last Summer franchise, ...more

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Juanita M. Kreps is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Juanita M. Kreps

Age: Dec. at 89 (1921-2010)

Birthplace: Lynch, Kentucky, United States of America

Clara Juanita Morris Kreps (January 11, 1921 – July 5, 2010) was an American government official and businesswoman. She served as the United States Secretary of Commerce from January 23, 1977 ...more
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Harriette Simpson Arnow ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 78 (1908-1986)

Birthplace: Kentucky

Harriette Simpson Arnow (July 7, 1908 – March 22, 1986) was an American novelist, who lived in Kentucky and Michigan. Arnow has been called an expert on the people of the Southern Appalachian ...more
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Esfandiar Lohrasbpour is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Since joining INVESCO in 1998, Esfandiar Lohrasbpour has led investments in AccountNow, Cortina, ConSentry, Touchdown Technologies, Chelsio, Omneon, ONI Systems, Resonext and Sigmatel. He is a ...more
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John "Bam" Car... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Teacher

Age: 49

Birthplace: Campbellsville, Kentucky, United States of America

John Mitchel Owen Carney, known as Bam Carney (born September 30, 1969), is the Republican member of the Kentucky House of Representatives from District 51 (Taylor and Adair counties), Carney ...more
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John Gregg Fee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
John Gregg Fee

Age: Dec. at 85 (1816-1901)

Birthplace: Kentucky

John Gregg Fee (September 9, 1816 – January 11, 1901) was an abolitionist, minister and educator, the founder of the town of Berea, Kentucky, and Berea College (1855), the first in the U.S. ...more
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Billy Edd Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Playwright

Age: 86

Birthplace: West Virginia

Billy Edward "Edd" Wheeler (born December 9, 1932, Boone County, West Virginia, United States) is an American songwriter, performer, writer, and visual artist. His songs include ...more
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Jack Roush is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Jack Roush Engineer

Age: 76

Birthplace: Covington, Kentucky, United States of America

Jack Roush (born John Earnest Roush on April 19, 1942) is the founder, CEO, and co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing, a NASCAR team headquartered in Concord, North Carolina, and is Chairman of the ...more
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Homer Ledford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Homer Ledford

Age: Dec. at 79 (1927-2006)

Birthplace: Tennessee

Homer C. Ledford (September 26, 1927 – December 11, 2006) was an instrument maker and bluegrass musician from Kentucky who specialized in making dulcimers. Born in Alpine, Tennessee, he started ...more
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Leonard W. Roberts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Leonard W. Roberts

Age: Dec. at 71 (1912-1983)

Birthplace: Kentucky

Leonard W. Roberts (January 28, 1912 - April 29, 1983) was an early folklorist, professor, and publisher. Roberts was born in Floyd County, Kentucky to Lewis Jackson and Rhoda Jane (Osborn) ...more
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Tharon Musser is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Lighting designer

Age: Dec. at 84 (1925-2009)

Birthplace: Roanoke, Virginia

Tharon Musser (January 8, 1925 – April 19, 2009) was an American lighting designer who worked on more than 150 Broadway productions. She was termed the "Dean of American Lighting ...more
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Thomas W. Phillips is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Thomas W. Phillips

Age: 76

Birthplace: Oneida, Tennessee

Thomas W. Phillips (born 1943) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
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Julia Britton Hooks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Pianist

Age: Dec. at 90 (1852-1942)

Birthplace: Frankfort, Kentucky

Julia Britton Hooks (May 4, 1852 – March 10, 1942), known as the "Angel of Beale Street," was a musician and educator whose work with youth, the elderly, and the indigent was highly ...more
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Robert G. Lawson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Robert G. Lawson Professor, Author, Law professor

Age: 81

Birthplace: Kentucky

Robert "Bob" G. Lawson is a professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law, Kentucky, United States.
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Helen Maynor Scheirbeck ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Helen Maynor Scheirbeck

Age: Dec. at 75 (1935-2010)

Birthplace: North Carolina

Helen Maynor Scheirbeck (August 21, 1935 – December 19, 2010) was a Native American educator and activist. Born in Lumberton, North Carolina, she was Assistant Director for Public Programs at ...more
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W. Robert Parks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
W. Robert Parks

Age: Dec. at 88 (1915-2003)

William Robert Parks (October 13, 1915 – July 13, 2003) was the 11th president of Iowa State University, and the first social scientist to become president of the university.
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Robert R. Blake is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Robert R. Blake

Age: Dec. at 86 (1918-2004)

Robert R. Blake (January 21, 1918 – June 20, 2004) was an American management theoretician. He did pioneer work in the field of organizational dynamics. Together with Jane S. Mouton, he ...more
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Beatrice Hatcher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Beatrice Hatcher

Age: 34

Birthplace: Redwood City, California

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Don S.S. Goodloe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Don S.S. Goodloe

Age: Dec. at 81 (1878-1959)

Rev. Don Speed Smith Goodloe (June 2, 1878 – September 2, 1959), born in the Lowell community, near Paint Lick, Kentucky, was a black teacher who became a pioneer for racial integration in the ...more
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C.E. Morgan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
C.E. Morgan

Age: 43

C. E. Morgan (born 1976) is an American author. She was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Sport of Kings, winner of the 2016 Kirkus Prize and Windham–Campbell Literature ...more
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Bob Warming is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
Bob Warming Coach
Bob Warming is an American soccer coach who presently coaches the men's soccer program at the University of Nebraska Omaha. A veteran college soccer coach, Warming has coached eight other men's ...more
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James Thindwa is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
James Thindwa
James Thindwa is a community organizer in the Chicago, Illinois area. He heads Chicago Jobs with Justice, where he organizes for workers rights. He was born to Malawian parents in ...more
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Joan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Berea College Alumni
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