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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?”

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Kurt Vonnegut is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. was an American writer. His works, such as Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, and Breakfast of Champions, blend satire, gallows humor, and science fiction. As a citizen, he ...more
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Jim Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
James Warren "Jim" Jones was an American religious leader and community organizer. Jones was the founder and the leader of the Peoples Temple, best known for the mass murder-suicide in ...more
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Janet Langhart is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Journalist, Model
Janet Langhart Cohen is an American model, television journalist and author. She serves as President and CEO of Langhart Communications and is the spouse of former Defense Secretary William ...more
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Walter Bedell Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Walter Bedell "Beetle" Smith was a senior U.S. Army general who served as General Dwight D. Eisenhower's chief-of-staff at Allied Forces Headquarters during the Tunisia Campaign and ...more
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David Starr Jordan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Science writer
David Starr Jordan was a leading ichthyologist, educator, eugenicist, and peace activist. He was president of Indiana University and was the founding president of Stanford University.
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Sarah Fisher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Sarah Fisher Race car driver
Sarah Marie Fisher is a retired American professional racecar driver who competed in the IZOD IndyCar Series and Indianapolis 500. Born in Columbus, Ohio, and raised in Commercial Point, Ohio, ...more
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Harry Stewart New is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Politician, Journalist
Harry Stewart New was a U.S. politician, journalist, and Spanish–American War veteran.
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George Ryan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Pharmacist, Businessperson, Politician
George Homer Ryan, Sr. was the 39th Governor of the U.S. state of Illinois from 1999 until 2003. He was a member of the Republican Party. Ryan received national attention for his 1999 moratorium ...more
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Scott Drew is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Basketball Coach, Coach
Scott Homer Drew is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach of Baylor University Bears men's basketball team.
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Pat Neshek is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Baseball player
Patrick J. Neshek is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball. The Minnesota Twins selected him in the sixth round of the 2002 MLB draft from ...more
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Ryan Ward is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Actor
Ryan Ward is a former lacrosse player in the National Lacrosse League. Ward played 11 seasons in the NLL with the Philadelphia Wings, Minnesota Swarm, and Edmonton Rush. He retired after the ...more
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Garo Yepremian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
American football player
Garabed Sarkis "Garo" Yepremian is an Armenian-American former football placekicker in the National Football League for the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, and Tampa ...more
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Thad Matta is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Basketball Coach, Coach
Thad Michael Matta is an American college basketball coach and the current head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team. He was hired as the 13th head coach in Ohio State history ...more
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Jay Stewart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Announcer, Actor
Jay Stewart Fix, known professionally as Jay Stewart, was an American television and radio announcer known primarily for his work on game shows. One of his longest-lasting roles was as the ...more
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Alberto Díaz, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Alberto Díaz, Jr.
Rear Admiral Alberto Díaz, Jr. is the first Hispanic to become the Director of the San Diego Naval District and Balboa Naval Hospital.
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Ed Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Race car driver
Everette Edward Carpenter, Jr. is an American IndyCar driver. He is the stepson of Indy Racing League founder Tony George and is currently competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series, driving for ...more
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Leroy Edgar Burney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Leroy Edgar Burney
Leroy Edgar Burney was an American physician and public health official. He was appointed the eighth Surgeon General of the United States from 1956 to 1961.
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Becky Lyne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Rebecca "Becky" Lyne, is an English middle-distance runner, specialising in 800 and 1,500 metre races. Lyne attended Tapton School in Sheffield. Professionally, Lyne teaches athletics ...more
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Maurice Kenney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Poet, Writer
Maurice Kenny is a Mohawk poet.
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Dan Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Dan Johnson Baseball player
Daniel Ryan Johnson is an American professional baseball first baseman in the Cincinnati Reds organization. He has played in all or part of ten seasons in Major League Baseball and Nippon ...more
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S. U. Hastings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
S. U. Hastings
Selvin Uriah Hastings was the first Jamaican national consecrated as a bishop of the Moravian Church and the first Jamaican to be elected head of the Moravian Church Unity Board.
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Johann Sebastian Paetsch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Johann Sebastian Paetsch
Johann Sebastian Paetsch is an American cellist and musician.
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Richard L. Roudebush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Richard L. Roudebush
Richard Lowell Roudebush was a U.S. Representative from Indiana. Born on a farm in Hamilton County, near Noblesville, Indiana, Roudebush attended Hamilton County schools. He graduated from ...more
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Todd Duncan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Singer
Robert Todd Duncan was an American baritone opera singer and actor.
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David Clarke is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Butler University Alumni
Actor
David Clarke was an American Broadway and motion picture actor. A native of Chicago and graduate of Butler University, Clarke was most well known for his film noir roles as a character actor. He ...more