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Famous Canisius College Alumni

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

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

This is a list that features graduates like Beth Phoenix and John Axford.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Canisius College?” and “Which celebrities are Canisius College alumni?”
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Beth Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Wrestler
Elizabeth "Beth" Kocianski is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by her ring name Beth Phoenix. She is best known for her time with WWE, where she is a former WWE ...more
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Alex R. Dzierba is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Physicist, Professor
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Bill Paxon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Politician
L. William "Bill" Paxon is a lobbyist and former member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.
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Dennis F. Strigl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Dennis F. Strigl is the retired President and Chief Operating Officer of Verizon Communications, responsible for operations at Verizon Telecom, Verizon Wireless and Verizon Business. He assumed ...more
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Dick Poillon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
American football player
Richard Charles Poillon was an American football halfback in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He scored a career 247 points and was the Redskin's lead scorer for three ...more
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John J. LaFalce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
John J. LaFalce Politician
John Joseph LaFalce is a former congressman from the state of New York; he served from 1975 to 2003. LaFalce was first elected to the 94th United States Congress in 1974 and re-elected to each ...more
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Mary Wittenberg is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Mary Wittenberg Lawyer
Mary Wittenberg is the President and Chief Executive Officer of New York Road Runners. As leader of the organization, Wittenberg oversees the ING New York City Marathon and several other races, ...more
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Elaine Sciolino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Journalist, Writer
Elaine Sciolino is a contributing writer and former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times, writing from France since 2002. Her new book, "The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des ...more
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Anne Burrell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Chef
Anne W. Burrell is an American chef, TV personality, and was an instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City until 2007. She is the host of the Food Network show Secrets Of ...more
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Anthony Masiello is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Politician
Anthony M. Masiello was Mayor of Buffalo, New York from 1994 to 2005. Prior to being mayor, he served as a New York State Senator.
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Paul G. Bulger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Paul G. Bulger
Dr. Paul Grutzner Bulger was the third president of Buffalo State College, serving from July 1, 1959 until January 1, 1967. Known as "a gentleman and a scholar", President Bulger led ...more
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Michael Scheuer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Historian, Professor, Author
Michael F. Scheuer is a former CIA intelligence officer, American blogger, author, historian, foreign policy critic, and political analyst. He is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown ...more
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Denise O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Denise O'Donnell Politician
Denise O'Donnell is the Director of Justice Assistance at the US Department of Justice in the Obama Administration. She is also an attorney and Democratic politician from Buffalo, New York. She ...more
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Tommy Colella is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
American football player
Thomas Anthony Colella was an American football halfback and punter in the National Football League and All-America Football Conference for the Detroit Lions, Cleveland Rams, Cleveland Browns ...more
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Henry J. Nowak is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Henry J. Nowak Politician, Lawyer
Henry James Nowak is an American politician and a former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York between 1975 and 1993.
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Michael Meeks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Michael Meeks is a former Canadian professional basketball player. Meeks currently work as assistant coach in S.Oliver Baskets. He is a former member of the Canadian national men's basketball
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Johnny McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
John Joseph "Johnny" McCarthy is an American former basketball player and coach. A 6'1" guard, he played college basketball and was an All-American at Canisius College. He was ...more
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Andrew Anderson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Andrew Anderson
Andrew Emil "Andy" Anderson is a retired American basketball player. He played collegiately for Canisius College. He was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 8th round of the 1967 NBA ...more
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Michael Liebel, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Michael Liebel, Jr.
Michael Liebel, Jr. was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. Liebel was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo, ...more
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Mike Smrek is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Michael Frank Smrek is a retired Canadian professional basketball player. He played in the NBA.
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Peter Hans Kolvenbach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Peter Hans Kolvenbach
Very Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., S.T.D. was the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, the largest male Catholic religious order.
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Calvin Darden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Calvin Darden Businessperson
Calvin (Cal) Darden served as Senior Vice President of U.S. Operations of United Parcel Service Inc. from 1998 to March 31, 2005. Mr. Darden joined United Parcel Service Inc. in 1971 as a ...more
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Bhaktisvarupa Damodar Swami is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Bhaktisvarupa Damodar Swami Writer
Srila Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami Maharaja, also known as Dr. Thoudam Damodara Singh, was a Gaudiya Vaishnava spiritual leader, scientist, writer and poet. In 1971 he received spiritual ...more
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Dan Carey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Dan Carey
Dan Carey is a former professional lacrosse player. Carey played six seasons in the National Lacrosse League for both the Colorado Mammoth and the Toronto Rock. Carey was selected in the first ...more
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Richard Jacob is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Canisius College Alumni
Richard Jacob
Richard L. Jacob Ph.D., is a sports coach and educator. He was head coach of Buffalo's Professional Basketball Team Buffalo Rapids from 2005 through 2006. He left the position in November 2006 ...more