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Famous Calvin College Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Calvin College and be of some renown.

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

Alumni include Paul Schrader, Wayne Huizenga and many more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Calvin College?” and “Which celebrities are Calvin College alumni?”
  • 1
    Patricia Rozema

    Patricia Rozema

    Television director, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceCanada, Kingston, Ontario, Americas, Southern Ontario

    Patricia Rozema (born August 20, 1958) is a Canadian film director, writer and producer. She... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Wayne Huizenga

    Wayne Huizenga

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceEvergreen Park, Illinois

    Harry Wayne Huizenga Sr. (; December 29, 1937 – March 22, 2018) was an American businessman... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Paul Schrader

    Paul Schrader

    Film critic, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Grand Rapids

    Paul Joseph Schrader () (born July 22, 1946) is an American screenwriter, film director, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Todd Martinez


    BirthplaceNew York

    Todd J. Martínez is a David Mulvane Ehrsam and Edward Curtis Franklin Professor of Chemistry... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Michael Marissen (born July 31, 1960, Hamilton, Ontario) is professor of music at Swarthmore... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Jeannine Oppewall

    Jeannine Oppewall

    Scenic Designer, Film Art Director


    BirthplaceUxbridge, Massachusetts

    Jeannine Claudia Oppewall (born November 28, 1946) is an American film art director. She has... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Vern Ehlers

    Vern Ehlers



    BirthplacePipestone, Minnesota, United States of America

    Vernon James Ehlers (February 6, 1934 – August 15, 2017) was an American physicist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    William Frankena

    William Frankena


    AgeDec. at 86 (1908-1994)

    BirthplaceManhattan, Montana

    William Klaas Frankena (June 21, 1908 – October 22, 1994) was an American moral philosopher.... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Alvin Plantinga

    Alvin Plantinga

    Physician, Philosopher


    BirthplaceAnn Arbor, Michigan

    Alvin Carl Plantinga (born 1932) is an American analytic philosopher who works primarily in... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Cornelius Van Til

    Cornelius Van Til

    Writer, Philosopher

    AgeDec. at 92 (1895-1987)

    BirthplaceNetherlands, Groningen, European Netherlands, Grootegast, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Cornelius Van Til (May 3, 1895 – April 17, 1987) was a Dutch-American Christian philosopher... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Bernard Ebbers

    Bernard Ebbers

    Businessperson, Teacher


    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

    Bernard John "Bernie" Ebbers (born August 27, 1941) is a Canadian businessman who was... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Eric Jager (born 27 April 1957) is an American literary critic and a specialist in medieval... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    William Spoelhof
    William Spoelhof (December 8, 1909 – December 3, 2008) was the President of Calvin College,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14

    Keith DeRose



    Keith DeRose (born April 24, 1962) is an American philosopher teaching at Yale University in... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Meindert DeJong

    Meindert DeJong

    Author, Writer

    AgeDec. at 85 (1906-1991)

    BirthplaceWierum, Kingdom of the Netherlands

    Meindert De Jong, sometimes spelled de Jong, DeJong or Dejong (4 March 1906 – 16 July 1991)... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Gerald Gabrielse is an American physicist. He is Board of Trustees Professor of Physics and... more on Wikipedia
  • 17

    Frederick Manfred

    Novelist, Writer

    AgeDec. at 82 (1912-1994)

    BirthplaceDoon, Iowa

    Frederick Feikema Manfred (January 6, 1912 – September 7, 1994) was a noted Western author.... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Nicholas Wolterstorff

    Nicholas Wolterstorff



    BirthplaceBigelow, Minnesota

    Nicholas Wolterstorff (born January 21, 1932) is an American philosopher and a liturgical... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Paul Brentwood Henry (July 9, 1942 – July 31, 1993) was a professor of political science and... more on Wikipedia
  • 20

    Peter De Vries

    Editor, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 83 (1910-1993)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Peter De Vries (February 27, 1910 – September 28, 1993) was an American editor and novelist... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Betsy DeVos

    Betsy DeVos

    Elisabeth Dee DeVos (; née Prince; born January 8, 1958) is the 11th and current United States... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Peter Kreeft

    Peter Kreeft

    Professor, Christian Theologian


    Peter John Kreeft (; born 1937) is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King's... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Alain Tanner

    Alain Tanner

    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceGeneva, Switzerland

    Alain Tanner (born 6 December 1929) is a Swiss film director.
  • 24
    Jay Van Andel

    Jay Van Andel

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur

    AgeDec. at 80 (1924-2004)

    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Michigan

    Jay Van Andel (June 3, 1924 – December 7, 2004) was an American businessman, best known as... more on Wikipedia
  • 25

    Kenneth Ryskamp



    Kenneth Lee Ryskamp (August 10, 1932 – November 16, 2017) was a United States District Judge... more on Wikipedia