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

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

This list features Dan Quayle, Barbara Kingsolver and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to DePauw University?” and “Which celebrities are DePauw University alumni?”
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Joseph P. Allen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Physicist, Astronaut

Age: 81

Birthplace: Crawfordsville, Indiana

Joseph Percival "Joe" Allen IV, Ph.D. (born June 27, 1937) is a former NASA astronaut. He logged more than 3,000 hours flying time in jet aircraft. Allen is married to the former ...more
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Margaret Mead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Cultural Anthropologist, Anthropologist, Professor

Age: Dec. at 77 (1901-1978)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist who featured frequently as an author and speaker in the mass media during the 1960s and 1970s. She ...more

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Barbara Kingsolver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author

Age: 63

Birthplace: Annapolis, Maryland

Barbara Kingsolver (born April 8, 1955) is an American novelist, essayist and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in the Congo in her early childhood. Kingsolver earned ...more
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John Gardner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Literary critic, Novelist, Essayist

Age: Dec. at 49 (1933-1982)

Birthplace: Batavia, New York

Not to be confused with John Gardner (British writer)John Champlin Gardner Jr. (July 21, 1933 – September 14, 1982) was an American novelist, essayist, literary critic and university professor. ...more
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Phil Crane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Politician

Age: 88

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Philip Miller Crane (November 3, 1930 – November 8, 2014) was an American politician. He was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1969 to 2005, representing the ...more

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James B. Stewart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer

Age: 67

Birthplace: Quincy, Illinois

James Bennett Stewart (born c. 1952) is an American lawyer, journalist, and author.
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John McWethy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Journalist

Age: Dec. at 61 (1947-2008)

Birthplace: Aurora, Illinois, United States of America

John Fleetwood McWethy (February 28, 1947 – February 6, 2008) was an American journalist. McWethy was born in Aurora, Illinois and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1969 from DePauw ...more
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Steven M. Rales is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Businessperson, Film Producer, Voice acting

Age: 68

Steven M. Rales (born March 31, 1951) is an American businessman, film producer and chairman of Danaher Corporation. In 2018 Forbes listed him as the 88th richest person in America, with a net ...more
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Eli Lilly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Business magnate, Businessperson, Soldier

Age: Dec. at 60 (1838-1898)

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Eli Lilly (July 8, 1838 – June 6, 1898) was an American soldier, pharmacist, chemist, and businessman who founded the Eli Lilly and Company pharmaceutical corporation. Lilly enlisted in the ...more
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Alexander Vraciu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni

Age: 100

Birthplace: East Chicago, Indiana

Alexander Vraciu (November 2, 1918 – January 29, 2015) was a United States Navy fighter ace, a Navy Cross recipient (having been downgraded from a Medal of Honor) during World War II. At the end ...more
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Percy Lavon Julian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Chemist, Professor, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 76 (1899-1975)

Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama

Percy Lavon Julian (April 11, 1899 – April 19, 1975) was a research chemist and a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants. He was the first to synthesize the natural ...more
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Dan Quayle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Politician, Jurist

Age: 72

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

James Danforth Quayle (born February 4, 1947) is an American politician and lawyer who served as the 44th vice president of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Quayle was also a U.S. ...more

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Tom Colten is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Publisher, Businessperson, Politician

Age: Dec. at 82 (1922-2004)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Arthur Thomas Colten, known as Tom Colten (October 21, 1922 – December 5, 2004), was a Louisiana newspaperman and politician from the 1950s to the 1990s who rose from a small-town mayoralty ...more
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Mary Ritter Beard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Archivist, Historian, Women's rights activist

Age: Dec. at 82 (1876-1958)

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana

Mary Ritter Beard (August 5, 1876 – August 14, 1958) was an American historian and archivist, who played an important role in the women's suffrage movement and was a lifelong advocate of social ...more
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Charles Wilson Greene is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Physician

Age: Dec. at 81 (1866-1947)

Birthplace: Indiana

Charles Wilson Greene (1866–1947) was an American professor of physiology and pharmacology from Indiana.
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James Harlan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 79 (1820-1899)

Birthplace: Illinois, United States of America

James Harlan (August 26, 1820 – October 5, 1899) was an attorney and politician, a member of the United States Senate, a U.S. Cabinet Secretary at the United States Department of Interior under ...more
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Bob Franks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 59 (1951-2010)

Birthplace: Hackensack, New Jersey, United States of America

Robert Douglas Franks (September 21, 1951 – April 9, 2010) was an American Republican politician who served as a U.S. Representative from New Jersey.
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Ferid Murad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Professor, Scientist, Physician

Age: 82

Birthplace: Whiting, Indiana

Ferid Murad (born September 14, 1936) is an Albanian American physician and pharmacologist, and a co-winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
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Max Ehrmann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Poet, Businessperson, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 73 (1872-1945)

Birthplace: Terre Haute, Indiana

Max Ehrmann (September 26, 1872 – September 9, 1945) was an American writer, poet, and attorney from Terre Haute, Indiana, widely known for his 1927 prose poem "Desiderata" (Latin: ...more
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Charles A. Beard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Historian

Age: Dec. at 74 (1874-1948)

Birthplace: Knightstown, Wayne Township, Indiana

Charles Austin Beard (November 27, 1874 – September 1, 1948) was an American historian, writing primarily during the first half of the 20th century. For a while he was a history professor at ...more
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Joseph E. McDonald is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 72 (1819-1891)

Birthplace: Ohio, United States of America

Joseph Ewing McDonald (August 29, 1819 – June 21, 1891) was a United States Representative and Senator from Indiana.
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Thomas M. Patterson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Thomas M. Patterson Politician

Age: Dec. at 77 (1839-1916)

Birthplace: County Carlow, Republic of Ireland

Thomas MacDonald Patterson (November 4, 1839 – July 23, 1916) was an American politician and newspaper publisher from the 1870s through the 1910s.
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Mike Raab is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Venture capitalist
Mike joined NEA in 2002 as a Partner. He specializes in healthcare investments focusing on biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors. Current board memberships include Amicus Therapeutics ...more
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Randy K. Lohoff is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Mr. Lohoff is vice president of Corporate Responsibility for Marathon Petroleum Company LLC. He joined Ashland Inc. in 1977 and assumed his current responsibilities in August 2005.
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Newton Booth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Politician, Entrepreneur

Age: Dec. at 67 (1825-1892)

Birthplace: Salem, Washington Township, Indiana, United States of America

Newton Booth (December 30, 1825 – July 14, 1892) was an American entrepreneur and politician. Born in Salem, Indiana, he attended the common schools. In 1841, his parents Beebe and Hannah Booth ...more