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Famous Butler University Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Butler University and be of some renown.

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

This list below has everything from Kurt Vonnegut, Gordon Hayward and other famous Butler Bulldogs! 

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

Check out this list of famous Butler alumni!
  • 1

    Kurt Vonnegut

    Novelist, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 85 (1922-2007)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

    Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (; November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and...  more

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  • 2
    James Warren Jones (May 13, 1931 – November 18, 1978) was an American civil rights preacher, faith healer, and cult leader who conspired with his inner circle to direct a mass suicide and mass murder...  more

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  • 3

    Janet Langhart

    Journalist, Model


    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Janet Leola Langhart Cohen (née Floyd; born December 22, 1940) is an American television journalist and anchor, and author. Beginning her career as a model, she started in television reporting the...  more
  • 4
    General Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith (5 October 1895 – 9 August 1961) was a senior officer of the United States Army who served as General Dwight D. Eisenhower's chief of staff at Allied Forces...  more
  • 5

    David Starr Jordan

    Science writer

    AgeDec. at 80 (1851-1931)

    BirthplaceGainesville, New York

    David Starr Jordan (January 19, 1851 – September 19, 1931) was an American ichthyologist, educator, eugenicist, and peace activist. He was president of Indiana University and the founding president...  more
  • 6

    Sarah Fisher

    Race car driver


    BirthplaceColumbus, Ohio, USA

    Sarah Marie Fisher (born October 4, 1980) is an American retired professional race car driver who competed in the Indy Racing League (IRL) (now IndyCar Series) and the Indianapolis 500 intermittently...  more
  • 7

    Harry Stewart New

    Politician, Journalist

    AgeDec. at 79 (1858-1937)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Indiana

    Harry Stewart New (December 31, 1858 – May 9, 1937) was a U.S. politician, journalist, and Spanish–American War veteran. He served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee, a United States...  more
  • 8

    George Ryan

    Pharmacist, Businessperson


    BirthplaceMaquoketa, Iowa, United States of America

    George Homer Ryan Sr. (born February 24, 1934) is an American former politician who was the 39th Governor of the U.S. state of Illinois from 1999 until 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party....  more
  • 9

    Scott Drew

    Basketball Coach, Coach


    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

    Scott Homer Drew (born October 23, 1970) is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach of Baylor University Bears men's basketball team....  more
  • 10

    Pat Neshek

    Baseball player


    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin

    Patrick John Neshek (pronounced NEE-shehk; born September 4, 1980), is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for...  more

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  • 11


    BirthplaceVictoria, Canada

    Ryan Ward may refer to: Ryan Ward (lacrosse) (born 1980), Canadian lacrosse player Ryan Ward (gymnast) (born 1989), American acrobatic gymnast Ryan Zachary Ward, actor in Naomi and Ely's No Kiss...  more
  • 12

    Garo Yepremian

    American football player


    BirthplaceLarnaca, Cyprus

    Garabed Sarkis "Garo" Yepremian (June 2, 1944 – May 15, 2015) was an American football placekicker in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa...  more
  • 13

    Thad Matta

    Basketball Coach, Coach


    BirthplaceHoopeston, Illinois

    Thad Michael Matta (born July 11, 1967) is an American college basketball coach. From 2004 to 2017, Matta led the Ohio State Buckeyes to five Big Ten Conference regular season championships, four Big...  more
  • 14

    Jay Stewart

    Announcer, Actor

    AgeDec. at 71 (1918-1989)

    BirthplaceSummitville, Van Buren Township, Indiana, United States of America

    Jay Stewart Fix (September 6, 1918 – September 17, 1989), known professionally as Jay Stewart, was an American television and radio announcer known primarily for his work on game shows. One of his...  more
  • 15

    Alberto Díaz, Jr.

    Rear Admiral Alberto Díaz Jr. (born 1943) is the first Hispanic to become the Director of the San Diego Naval District and Balboa Naval Hospital. ...  more
  • 16

    Ed Carpenter

    Race car driver


    BirthplaceParis, Illinois

    Everette Edward Carpenter, Jr. (born March 3, 1981) is an American auto racing driver, currently competing in the IndyCar Series for his own team, Ed Carpenter Racing. He is the stepson of Indy...  more
  • 17

    Leroy Edgar Burney

    Leroy Edgar Burney (December 31, 1906 – July 31, 1998) was an American physician and public health official. He was appointed the eighth Surgeon General of the United States from 1956 to 1961....  more
  • 18
    Becky Lyne is a former international middle-distance runner from Great Britain, who won a bronze medal in the 800 metres at the 2006 European Athletics Championships. ...  more
  • 19

    Maurice Kenney

    Poet, Writer


    BirthplaceWatertown, New York

    Maurice Frank Kenny (August 16, 1929 – April 16, 2016) was a poet with strong ties to the Mohawk people....  more
  • 20

    Dan Johnson

    Baseball player


    BirthplaceCoon Rapids, Minnesota

    Daniel Ryan "Dan" Johnson (born August 10, 1979) is an American professional baseball pitcher and designated hitter who is currently a free agent. He has played most of his ten seasons in Major...  more
  • 21

    S. U. Hastings

    Selvin Uriah Hastings (26 September 1916 – 19 September 1991) was the first Jamaican national consecrated as a bishop of the Moravian Church and the first Jamaican to be elected head of the Moravian...  more
  • 22

    Johann Sebastian Paetsch

    Johann Sebastian Paetsch (born in Colorado Springs, U.S. on April 11, 1964) is an American cellist and musician....  more
  • 23

    Richard L. Roudebush

    Richard Lowell Roudebush (January 18, 1918 – January 28, 1995) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana. Born on a farm in Hamilton County, near Noblesville, Indiana, Roudebush attended Hamilton County...  more
  • 24

    AgeDec. at 95 (1903-1998)

    BirthplaceDanville, Kentucky, United States of America

    Robert Todd Duncan (February 12, 1903 – February 28, 1998) was an American baritone opera singer and actor. One of the first African-Americans to sing with a major opera company, Duncan is also noted...  more
  • 25

    AgeDec. at 96 (1908-2004)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    David Gainey Clarke (30 August 1908 – 18 April 2004) was an American Broadway and motion picture actor....  more