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

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

Alumni include Billy Bush, Robert B. Parker and many additional graduates as well.

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

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Robert B. Parker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Crime writer, Novelist, Writer
Robert Brown Parker was an American crime writer. His most famous works were the novels about the private detective Spenser. ABC television network developed the television series Spenser: For ...more

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Margaret Chase Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Margaret Madeline Chase Smith was an American politician. A member of the Republican Party, she served as a U.S Representative and a U.S. Senator from Maine. She was the first woman to serve in ...more

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Alan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Historian, Professor, Author
Alan Shaw Taylor is an American historian specializing in early United States history. He is the author of a number of books about the colonial history of the United States, the American ...more

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Billy Bush is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Television Show Host, Journalist, Actor
William Hall "Billy" Bush is an American radio and television host. He hosts The Billy Bush Show, a nationally syndicated radio show that airs throughout the U.S. through Dial Global. ...more

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Nelson Dingley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Politician, Journalist
Nelson Dingley, Jr. was a journalist and politician from the U.S. state of Maine. Dingley was born in Durham, Maine and attended the common schools at Unity, Maine and Waterville College. He ...more

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Joel Cutler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
As a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, Joel invests in both new and existing technology businesses. Areas of special interest include: Internet and new media; financial services; ...more

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Charles H. Pepper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Painter, Artist
Charles Hovey Pepper (1864 - 1950) was an American Modernist painter and woodblock printmaker.

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Edward Gurney is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Lawyer
Edward John Gurney was an American politician from Florida, where he served as a Representative and a United States Senator. He was the first Republican Senator elected from Florida since ...more

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Devin Beliveau is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Devin Beliveau Teacher
Devin Beliveau is an American politician and schoolteacher from Maine. In 2010, he was elected to the Maine House of Representatives from District 151 when he defeated Republican John Carson and ...more

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Marston Morse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Mathematician
Harold Calvin Marston Morse was an American mathematician best known for his work on the calculus of variations in the large, a subject where he introduced the technique of differential topology ...more

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Wylie Dufresne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
TV chef, Chef
Wylie Dufresne is the chef and owner of the wd~50 and Alder restaurants in Manhattan. Dufresne is a leading American proponent of molecular gastronomy, the movement to incorporate science and ...more

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Pete Rouse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Lawyer
Peter Mikami "Pete" Rouse is an American political consultant who served as interim White House Chief of Staff to U.S. President Barack Obama. Rouse has spent years on Capitol Hill, ...more

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Doris Kearns Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Journalist, Historian, Author
Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American biographer, historian, and political commentator. She is the author of biographies of several U.S. Presidents, including Lyndon Johnson ...more

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Andrew Rice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Statesman, Politician
Andrew Monroe Rice is a civic leader and American politician from Oklahoma. He represented Senate District 46 in the Oklahoma State Senate. He was also a failed candidate for the United States ...more

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Ted Snyder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Economist
Edward Adams "Ted" Snyder is currently Dean of Yale School of Management. He has held two other business school deanships and was Senior Associate Dean at University of Michigan Ross ...more

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Kenneth R. Melvin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Lawyer
Kenneth Ronald "Ken" Melvin is an American politician, lawyer and jurist. He served as a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Portsmouth from 1985 to 2009. On May ...more

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Bob Diamond is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Businessperson, Banker
Robert "Bob" Edward Diamond Jr. is a British-American banker and former group chief executive of the British bank, Barclays Plc. Diamond, who holds a B.A. in Economics from Colby ...more

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Elijah Parish Lovejoy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Editor, Journalist, Writer
Elijah Parish Lovejoy was an American Presbyterian minister, journalist, newspaper editor and abolitionist. He was murdered by a pro-slavery mob in Alton, Illinois, during their attack on his ...more

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David Barr Kirtley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Writer
David Barr Kirtley is an American short story writer and the host of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast.

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Louis M. Lyons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Journalist, Curator
Louis M. Lyons was an American journalist and curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Lyons wrote articles and columns for the Boston Globe starting in the 1920s. He also wrote for the ...more

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E. Annie Proulx is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Journalist, Novelist, Author
Edna Annie Proulx is an American journalist and author. She has written most frequently as Annie Proulx but has also used the names E. Annie Proulx and E.A. Proulx. Her second novel, The ...more

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Benjamin Butler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Lawyer
Benjamin Franklin Butler was an American lawyer, politician and soldier. Born in New Hampshire and raised in Massachusetts, Butler served in the Massachusetts legislature and as an officer in ...more

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Jeff Gottesfeld is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Essayist
Jeff Gottesfeld is an American novelist, playwright, and screen and television writer.

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Sarah Lee is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Journalist, TV Journalist
Sarah Choi Lee is a Korean American reporter for CNN. Prior to working at CNN, Lee was a reporter for WJLA-TV, an ABC affiliate in Washington, DC from 2003-2009. She appeared on NewsChannel 8, ...more

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Tim O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Colby College Alumni
Musician, Singer-songwriter
Tim O'Brien is an American country and bluegrass musician. In addition to singing, he plays guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, bouzouki and mandocello. He has released more than ten studio albums, ...more