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List Rules People 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?”

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Robert Gottschalk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Inventor Robert E. Gottschalk was the winner of the 32nd Category II Scientific and Technical Academy Award.

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Jack Carson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Actor John Elmer "Jack" Carson was a Canadian-born American-based film actor. Carson was one of the most popular character actors during the "golden age of Hollywood", with a film ...more

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Robert Larson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni

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Pierce Butler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Lawyer Pierce Butler was an American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1923 until his death in 1939. He is notable for being the first Justice ...more

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E. G. Marshall is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Activist, Actor E. G. Marshall was an American actor, best known for his television roles as the lawyer Lawrence Preston on The Defenders in the 1960s and as neurosurgeon David Craig on The Bold Ones: The New ...more

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Mike Fortner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Mike Fortner Physicist Mike Fortner is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, currently representing the 49th district. He has also been a researcher at Fermilab since 1987, and a professor at ...more

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Stephen Thorsett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Astrophysicist, Physicist Stephen Erik Thorsett is an American professor and astronomer. His research interests include radio pulsars and gamma ray bursts. He is known for measurements of the masses of neutron stars and ...more

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Rush D. Holt Jr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Politician, Physicist Rush Dew Holt, Jr. was the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 12th congressional district from 1999 to 2015. He is a member of the Democratic Party and son of former Senator Rush D. Holt, Sr. ...more

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Eleanor Kinnaird is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Librarian, Politician, Musician Eleanor G. 'Ellie' Kinnaird is a North Carolina politician who served as a Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's 23rd Senate district from January ...more

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Thorstein Veblen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Sociologist, Economist Thorstein Bunde Veblen was an American economist and sociologist, and leader of the institutional economics movement. Veblen is credited for the main technical principle used by institutional ...more

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Walter Alvarez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Geologist Walter Alvarez is a professor in the Earth and Planetary Science department at the University of California, Berkeley. He is most widely known for the theory that dinosaurs were killed by an ...more

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Barrie M. Osborne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Film Director Barrie M. Osborne is a film producer, executive producer, production manager and director.

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Peter Tork is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Television director, Guitarist, Songwriter Peter Tork is an American musician and actor, best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist of the Monkees.

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Stephen Six is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Lawyer Stephen N. Six is an American attorney and former judge from Kansas who served as Kansas' 43rd Attorney General. He was nominated to serve as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for ...more

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Donella Meadows is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Environmental Writer, Science writer Donella H. "Dana" Meadows was a pioneering American environmental scientist, teacher, and writer. She is best known as lead author of the influential book The Limits to Growth.

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Alfred R. Lindesmith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Psychologist Alfred Ray Lindesmith was an Indiana University professor of sociology. He was among the early scholars providing a rigorous and thoughtful account of the nature of addiction. Lindesmith's ...more

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Ernest Lundeen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Politician Ernest Lundeen was an American lawyer and politician. Lundeen was born and raised on his father's homestead in Brooklyn Township of Lincoln County near Beresford, South Dakota. His father, C. H. ...more

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Patricia Wrede is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Patricia Collins Wrede is an American fantasy writer from Chicago, Illinois. The eldest of five children, she graduated from Carleton College in 1974 with a BA in biology, married James Wrede in ...more

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Max Baucus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Max Sieben Baucus is the United States Ambassador to China. He served as a United States Senator from Montana from December 15, 1978, until shortly after being confirmed as Ambassador on ...more

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Jane Elizabeth Hodgson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Physician Jane Elizabeth Hodgson was an American obstetrician and gynecologist. She is the only person ever convicted in the United States of performing an abortion in a hospital. Hodgson received a ...more

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Laura Veirs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Film Score Composer, Singer-songwriter Laura Pauline Veirs is an American singer-songwriter.

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Garrick Utley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, TV Journalist Clifton Garrick Utley was an American television journalist. He established his career reporting about the Vietnam War and has the distinction of being the first full-time television ...more

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James Loewen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Sociologist, Historian, Professor James W. "Jim" Loewen is an American sociologist, historian, and author, best known for his 1995 book, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, ...more

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Jane Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Jane Hamilton is an American novelist.

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Kai Bird is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Biographer, Author Kai Bird is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning author and columnist, best known for his biographies of political figures.

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Pamela Dean is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Author Pamela Collins Dean Dyer-Bennet, better known as Pamela Dean, is an American fantasy author whose most notable book is Tam Lin, based on the Child Ballad of the same name, in which the Scottish ...more

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Frank Edward Brown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Archaeologist Frank Edward Brown was a preeminent Mediterranean archaeologist.

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Peter Schjeldahl is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Art critic, Writer, Critic Peter Schjeldahl, is an American art critic, poet, and educator. Schjeldahl was born in Fargo, North Dakota. He grew up in small towns throughout Minnesota, and attended Carleton College and The ...more

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Warren P. Knowles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Veteran, Lawyer Warren Perley Knowles, was an American lawyer and politician from River Falls, Wisconsin,who served as 32nd Lieutenant Governor from January 3, 1955 - January 5, 1959; and as 34th from January ...more

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Clara Jeffery is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Editor, Journalist Clara Jeffery is a co-editor of Mother Jones magazine. Monika Bauerlein is the other co-editor.

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Mary-Claire King is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Mary-Claire King is an American human geneticist. She is a professor at the University of Washington, where she studies the genetics and interaction of genetics and environmental influences on ...more

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Todd Golub is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Scientist, Author Todd R. Golub is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School, the Charles A. Dana Investigator in Human Cancer Genetics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and a founding member of ...more

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Karl E. Mundt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Politician, Educator Karl Earl Mundt was an American educator and a Republican member of the United States Congress, representing South Dakota in the United States House of Representatives from 1938 to 1948 and in ...more

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Jack Lew is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Businessperson, Lawyer Jacob Joseph "Jack" Lew is an American government administrator and attorney who is the 76th and current United States Secretary of the Treasury, serving since 2013. He served as the ...more

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Melvin R. Laird is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Melvin Robert "Bom" Laird is an American politician and writer. He was a U.S. congressman from Wisconsin before serving as Secretary of Defense from 1969 to 1973 under President ...more

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Dennis Meadows is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Scientist, Economist, Writer Dennis L. Meadows is an American scientist and Emeritus Professor of Systems Management, and former director of the Institute for Policy and Social Science Research at the University of New ...more

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Michael Gartner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Michael Gartner Businessperson, Journalist, Writer Michael Gartner is an American journalist and businessman. He was President of the Iowa Board of Regents. He is a graduate of Carleton College and the New York University School of Law. His long ...more

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Karen Tei Yamashita is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Karen Tei Yamashita Writer, Playwright Karen Tei Yamashita is a Japanese-American writer. She is an Associate Professor of Literature at University of California, Santa Cruz, where she teaches creative writing and Asian American ...more

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Lincoln Child is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Lincoln Child Novelist, Writer Lincoln Child is an American author of multiple techno-thriller and horror novels. Though he is most well known for his collaborations with Douglas Preston, he has also written five solo novels, ...more

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W. G. Ernst is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Chemist, Geologist W. Gary Ernst is an American geologist specializing in petrology and geochemistry. He currently is the Benjamin M. Page Professor Emeritus in Stanford University's Department of Geological and ...more

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Robert Kastenmeier is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Robert Kastenmeier Politician, Lawyer Robert William Kastenmeier was a United States politician. He represented Wisconsin in the United States House of Representatives from 1959 to 1991, and was a member of the Democratic Party.

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Lynn Hunt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Historian Lynn Avery Hunt is the Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her area of expertise is the French Revolution, but she is also well known ...more

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Eric Pianka is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Professor Eric Rodger Pianka is an American biologist, whose work includes herpetology and evolutionary ecology. His textbook, Evolutionary Ecology is considered a classic, and his writings for the ...more

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Parker J. Palmer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Parker J. Palmer Parker J. Palmer is an author, educator, and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change.

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Arthur G. Crane is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Arthur Griswold Crane was an American teacher and politician. He was the 20th Governor of Wyoming from 1949 to 1951. Born in New York, Crane attended Carleton College and Teachers College, ...more

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Claire Levy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Claire Levy Politician Claire Levy is a former legislator in the U.S. state of Colorado. Elected to the Colorado House of Representatives as a Democrat in 2006, Levy represented House District 13, which encompasses ...more

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Anthony Downs is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Economist Anthony Downs is an American economist specializing in public policy and public administration. He has been a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., since 1977. Before ...more

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William Benton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Politician William Burnett Benton was a U.S. senator from Connecticut and publisher of the Encyclopædia Britannica.

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Chris Kratt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter Christopher F. "Chris" Kratt is an American educational nature show host. He and his older brother Martin grew up in Warren Township, New Jersey, and together created children's ...more

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Hamilton Cady is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Carleton College Alumni
Chemist Hamilton Perkins Cady, was an American chemist who in 1907 in collaboration with David McFarland discovered that helium could be extracted from natural gas.