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Famous Colby College Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • 1
    Crime writer, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 77 (1932-2010)

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Robert Brown Parker (September 17, 1932 – January 18, 2010) was an American writer of fiction, primarily of the mystery/detective genre. His most famous works were the 40 novels written about the  ...more
  • 2
    Margaret Madeline Chase Smith (December 14, 1897 – May 29, 1995) was a United States politician. A member of the Republican Party, she served as a U.S Representative (1940–49) and a U.S. Senator  ...more
  • 3
    Historian, Professor


    BirthplacePortland, Maine

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Alan Shaw Taylor (born June 17, 1955) 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  ...more
  • 4
    Television Show Host, Journalist


    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    William Hall Bush (born October 13, 1971) is an American former radio and television host, and a member of the Bush family, which includes two former U.S. presidents and other political  ...more

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  • 5
    Politician, Journalist

    AgeDec. at 66 (1832-1899)

    BirthplaceDurham, Maine, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Nelson Dingley Jr. (February 15, 1832 – January 13, 1899) 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,  ...more
  • 6
    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
  • 7
    Painter, Artist


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Charles Hovey Pepper (1864 - 1950) was an American Modernist painter and woodblock printmaker.  ...more
  • 8

    AgeDec. at 82 (1914-1996)

    BirthplacePortland, Maine, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Edward John Gurney (January 12, 1914 – May 14, 1996) was an attorney and an American politician based in Florida, where he served as a Representative and a United States Senator. Born and reared in  ...more
  • 9
    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
  • 10

    AgeDec. at 85 (1892-1977)

    BirthplaceWaterville, Maine

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Harold Calvin Marston Morse (March 24, 1892 – June 22, 1977) was an American mathematician best known for his work on the calculus of variations in the large, a subject where he introduced the  ...more
  • 11
    TV chef, Chef


    BirthplaceProvidence, Rhode Island, USA

    NationalityFrance, United States of America

    Wylie Dufresne (born 1970) is the chef and owner of Du's Donuts and the former chef and owner of the wd~50 and Alder restaurants in Manhattan. Dufresne is a leading American proponent of molecular  ...more

    #36 of 54 The Most Entertaining Celebrity Chefs#19 of 19 19 Celebrities with Rhode Island Ties

  • 12


    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Peter Mikami Rouse (born April 15, 1946) 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
  • 13
    Journalist, Historian


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Doris Helen Kearns Goodwin (born January 4, 1943) is an American biographer, historian, and political commentator. Goodwin has written biographies of several U.S. presidents, including Lyndon Johnson  ...more

    #123 of 345 The Greatest American Writers of All Time#148 of 241 The Best Female Authors of All Time#20 of 20 20 Celebrities Who Were Tri Deltas

  • 14
    Statesman, Politician


    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Andrew Monroe Rice (born April 23, 1973) 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  ...more
  • 15


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Edward Adams "Ted" Snyder (born 1953) is currently the Indra K. Nooyi Dean and William S. Beinecke Professor of Economics and Management at Yale School of Management. He has held two other business  ...more
  • 16


    BirthplaceFayetteville, North Carolina

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Kenneth Ronald "Ken" Melvin (born September 18, 1952, in Fayetteville, North Carolina) is an American politician, lawyer and jurist. He served as a Democratic member of the Virginia House of  ...more
  • 17
    Businessperson, Banker


    BirthplaceConcord, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Robert Edward Diamond, Jr. (born July 27, 1951) is a British-American banker and former group chief executive of Barclays plc. In 2010, he became its president and deputy group chief executive; and  ...more
  • 18
    Editor, Journalist

    AgeDec. at 34 (1802-1837)

    BirthplaceAlbion, Maine

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Elijah Parish Lovejoy (November 9, 1802 – November 7, 1837) was an American Presbyterian minister, journalist, newspaper editor and abolitionist. He was shot and killed by a pro-slavery mob in  ...more
  • 19


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    NationalityUnited States of America

    David Barr Kirtley (born 1977) is an American short story writer and the host of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast.  ...more
  • 20
    Journalist, Curator

    AgeDec. at 84 (1897-1982)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Louis M. Lyons (1 September 1897 – 11 April 1982) was an American journalist and curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism. Lyons wrote articles and columns for the Boston Globe starting in the  ...more
  • 21
    Journalist, Novelist


    BirthplaceNorwich, Connecticut

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Edna Ann Proulx (; born August 22, 1935) is an American novelist, short story writer, and journalist. She has written most frequently as Annie Proulx but has also used the names E. Annie Proulx and  ...more
  • 22

    AgeDec. at 74 (1818-1893)

    BirthplaceDeerfield, New Hampshire, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Benjamin Franklin Butler (November 5, 1818 – January 11, 1893) was a major general of the Union Army, politician, lawyer and businessman from Massachusetts. Born in New Hampshire and raised in  ...more

    #13 of 16 16 Lesser-Known Historical Figures Who Deserve Their Own Biopic#7 of 11 How The Vanquished Saw 11 Major Historical Events

  • 23
    Novelist, Screenwriter


    Jeff Gottesfeld is an American novelist, playwright, and screen and television writer.  ...more
  • 24
    Journalist, TV Journalist


    NationalityUnited States of America

    Sarah Choi Lee (born 1971) is a Korean American reporter for CNN. Prior to working at CNN, Lee was a reporter for WJLA-TV, an ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. from 2003-2009. She appeared on  ...more
  • 25
    Musician, Singer-songwriter


    BirthplaceWheeling, West Virginia, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Tim O'Brien (born March 16, 1954) 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  ...more

    #16 of 58 The Best Mandolinists in the World#32 of 160 The Best Bluegrass Bands and Artists

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