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Famous Carleton College Alumni

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

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

Alumni include E. G. Marshall, Jack Carson and more.

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

    Robert Gottschalk

    Film Producer, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 64 (1918-1982)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Robert Gottschalk (March 12, 1918 – June 3, 1982) was an American camera technician and... more on Wikipedia
  • Jack Carson2

    AgeDec. at 53 (1910-1963)

    BirthplaceCarman, Canada

    John Elmer "Jack" Carson (October 27, 1910 – January 2, 1963) was a Canadian-born, American... more on Wikipedia
  • Robert Larson3
    Robert Larson may refer to: Robert L. Larson (1898 – 1986), a former Justice of the Iowa... more on Wikipedia
  • Pierce Butler4

    AgeDec. at 73 (1866-1939)

    BirthplaceNorthfield, Minnesota, United States of America

    Pierce Butler (March 17, 1866 – November 16, 1939) was an American jurist who served as an... more on Wikipedia
  • E. G. Marshall5

    E. G. Marshall

    Activist, Actor

    AgeDec. at 84 (1914-1998)

    BirthplaceOwatonna, Minnesota, United States of America

    E. G. Marshall (born Everett Eugene Grunz, June 18, 1914 – August 24, 1998) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 6

    Mike Fortner


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Mike Fortner (born June 6, 1958) is a Republican member of the Illinois House of... more on Wikipedia
  • Stephen Thorsett7

    Stephen Thorsett

    Astrophysicist, Physicist


    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut

    Stephen Erik Thorsett (born December 3, 1964) is an American professor and astronomer. His... more on Wikipedia
  • Rush D. Holt Jr.8

    Rush D. Holt Jr.

    Politician, Physicist


    BirthplaceWeston, West Virginia, United States of America

    Rush Dew Holt Jr. (born October 15, 1948) is an American scientist and politician. He was the... more on Wikipedia
  • 9

    Eleanor Kinnaird

    Librarian, Politician


    BirthplaceRochester, Minnesota, United States of America

    Eleanor G. 'Ellie' Kinnaird (born November 14, 1931) is a North Carolina politician who served... more on Wikipedia
  • Thorstein Veblen10

    Thorstein Veblen

    Sociologist, Economist

    AgeDec. at 72 (1857-1929)

    BirthplaceCato, Wisconsin

    Thorstein Veblen (30 July 1857 – 3 August 1929) was a Norwegian-American economist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Walter Alvarez11


    BirthplaceBerkeley, California

    Walter Alvarez (born October 3, 1940) is a professor in the Earth and Planetary Science... more on Wikipedia
  • 12

    Barrie M. Osborne

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Barrie Mitchell Osborne (born February 7, 1944) is a film producer, production manager and... more on Wikipedia
  • Peter Tork13

    Peter Tork

    Television director, Guitarist


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Peter Halsten Thorkelson (February 13, 1942 – February 21, 2019), better known as Peter Tork,... more on Wikipedia


    #288 of 603 The Best Rock Vocalists#188 of 212 The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

  • Stephen Six14


    BirthplaceLawrence, Kansas, United States of America

    Stephen N. Six (born December 11, 1965) is an American attorney and former judge from Kansas... more on Wikipedia
  • 15

    Donella Meadows

    Environmental Writer, Science writer

    AgeDec. at 60 (1941-2001)

    BirthplaceElgin, Illinois

    Donella H. "Dana" Meadows (March 13, 1941 – February 20, 2001) was a pioneering American... more on Wikipedia
  • Alfred R. Lindesmith16

    AgeDec. at 86 (1905-1991)

    BirthplaceClinton Falls Township, Minnesota

    Alfred Ray Lindesmith (August 3, 1905 – February 14, 1991) was an Indiana University professor... more on Wikipedia
  • Ernest Lundeen17

    Ernest Lundeen


    AgeDec. at 62 (1878-1940)

    BirthplaceBeresford, South Dakota, United States of America

    Ernest Lundeen (August 4, 1878 – August 31, 1940) was an American lawyer and... more on Wikipedia
  • Patricia Wrede18

    Patricia Wrede

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Patricia Collins Wrede (; born March 27, 1953) is an American author of fantasy literature.... more on Wikipedia
  • Max Baucus19

    Max Baucus

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceHelena, Montana, USA

    Maxwell Sieben Baucus (né Enke; born December 11, 1941) is a retired American politician and... more on Wikipedia
  • Jane Elizabeth Hodgson20

    AgeDec. at 91 (1915-2006)

    BirthplaceCrookston, Minnesota

    Jane Elizabeth Hodgson (January 23, 1915, Crookston, Minnesota – October 23, 2006, Rochester,... more on Wikipedia
  • Laura Veirs21

    Laura Veirs

    Film Score Composer, Singer-songwriter


    BirthplaceColorado Springs, Colorado

    Laura Pauline Veirs (born October 24, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter based out of... more on Wikipedia
  • Garrick Utley22

    Garrick Utley

    Journalist, Newsreader

    AgeDec. at 75 (1939-2014)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Clifton Garrick Utley (November 19, 1939 – February 20, 2014) was an American television... more on Wikipedia
  • James Loewen23

    James Loewen

    Sociologist, Historian


    BirthplaceDecatur, Illinois

    James William Loewen (born February 6, 1942) is an American sociologist, historian, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Jane Hamilton24

    Jane Hamilton

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois

    Jane Hamilton (born July 13, 1957) is an American novelist.
  • Kai Bird25

    Kai Bird

    Biographer, Author


    BirthplaceEugene, Oregon

    Kai Bird (born September 2, 1951) is an American author and columnist, best known for his... more on Wikipedia