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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
Joseph P. Allen Physicist, Astronaut Joseph Percival "Joe" Allen IV, Ph.D. is a former NASA astronaut. He logged more than 3,000 hours flying time in jet aircraft. Allen is married to the former Bonnie Jo Darling of ...more

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Margaret Mead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Margaret Mead Cultural Anthropologist, Anthropologist, Professor Margaret Mead was an American cultural anthropologist who featured frequently as an author and speaker in the mass media during the 1960s and 1970s. She earned her bachelor degree at Barnard ...more

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Barbara Kingsolver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Barbara Kingsolver Poet, Novelist, Author Barbara Kingsolver 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 degrees in biology at ...more

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John Gardner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
John Gardner Literary critic, Novelist, Essayist John Champlin Gardner Jr. was an American novelist, essayist, literary critic and university professor. He is perhaps most noted for his novel Grendel, a retelling of the Beowulf myth from the ...more

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Phil Crane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Phil Crane Politician Philip Miller "Phil" Crane was an American politician. He was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1969 to 2005, representing the 8th District of ...more

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James B. Stewart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
James B. Stewart Journalist, Author, Writer James Bennett Stewart 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
John McWethy Journalist John Fleetwood McWethy was an American journalist. McWethy was born in Aurora, Illinois and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1969 from DePauw University, where he was a member of ...more

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Steven M. Rales is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Steven M. Rales Businessperson, Film Producer, Voice acting Steven M. Rales is an American businessman and film producer, and chairman of Danaher Corporation. He is listed as the 118th richest person in America, with a value of $3.2 billion.

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Eli Lilly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Eli Lilly Business magnate, Businessperson, Soldier Eli Lilly was an American soldier, pharmaceutical chemist, industrialist, entrepreneur, and founder of the Eli Lilly and Company pharmaceutical corporation. Lilly enlisted in the Union Army ...more

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Alexander Vraciu is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Alexander Vraciu Alexander Vraciu was a United States Navy fighter ace, Navy Cross recipient and Medal of Honor nominee during World War II. He once shot down six Japanese dive bombers in eight minutes.

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Percy Lavon Julian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Percy Lavon Julian Chemist, Professor, Scientist Percy Lavon Julian was an American research chemist and a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs from plants. He was the first to synthesize the natural product physostigmine, and ...more

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Dan Quayle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Dan Quayle Politician, Jurist James Danforth "Dan" Quayle, the 44th Vice President of the United States, served with President George H. W. Bush. He served as a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from the state ...more

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Tom Colten is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Tom Colten Publisher, Businessperson, Politician Arthur Thomas Colten, known as Tom Colten, was a Louisiana newspaperman and politician from the 1950s to the 1990s who rose from a small-town mayoralty position to head his state's Department of ...more

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Mary Ritter Beard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Mary Ritter Beard Archivist, Historian, Women's rights activist Mary Ritter Beard was an American historian and archivist, who played an important role in the women's suffrage movement and was a lifelong advocate of social justice through educational and ...more

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Charles Wilson Greene is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Charles Wilson Greene Physician Charles Wilson Greene 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
James Harlan Politician James Harlan was an attorney and politician, a member of the United States Senate, and a U.S. Cabinet Secretary at the United States Department of Interior under President Andrew Johnson.

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Bob Franks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Bob Franks Politician Robert Douglas "Bob" Franks was a Republican politician. He was a former U.S. Representative from New Jersey.

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Ferid Murad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Ferid Murad Professor, Scientist, Physician Ferid Murad is a physician and pharmacologist, and a co-winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He is also an honorary member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Kosovo.

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Max Ehrmann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Max Ehrmann Poet, Businessperson, Lawyer Max Ehrmann was an American writer, poet, and attorney from Terre Haute, Indiana, widely known for his 1927 prose poem "Desiderata". He often wrote on spiritual themes.

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Charles A. Beard is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Charles A. Beard Historian Charles Austin Beard was, with Frederick Jackson Turner, one of the most influential American historians of the first half of the 20th century. He published hundreds of monographs, textbooks and ...more

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Joseph E. McDonald is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Joseph E. McDonald Politician, Lawyer Joseph Ewing McDonald 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 Thomas MacDonald Patterson 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
Mike Raab 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
Randy K. Lohoff 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
Newton Booth Politician, Entrepreneur Newton Booth was an American politician. Born in Salem, Indiana, he attended the common schools. In 1841, his parents Beebe and Hannah Booth moved from Salem to Terre Haute, Indiana. Newton ...more

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James Eli Watson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
James Eli Watson Lawyer James Eli Watson was a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from Indiana. He was the Senate's second official majority leader. While an article published by the Senate gives his year of birth as ...more

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Albert J. Beveridge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Albert J. Beveridge Politician, Orator, Historian Alberto Jeremiah Beveridge was an American historian and United States Senator from Indiana. He was an intellectual leader of the Progressive Era, and a biographer of justice John Marshall and ...more

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Alice Ripley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Alice Ripley Songwriter, Actor, Singer Alice Ripley is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and mixed media artist. She is known, in particular, for her various roles on Broadway in musicals, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning ...more

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Pharez Whitted is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Pharez Whitted Professor, Musician, Trumpeter Pharez Whitted is an American jazz trumpeter, composer, and producer.

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James P. Goodrich is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
James P. Goodrich James Putnam Goodrich, a Republican, was the 29th Governor of Indiana from 1917 to 1921. His term focused on reforming the operations of the state government and overseeing the state's ...more

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Julie McWhirter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Julie McWhirter Comedian, Actor, Voice acting Julie McWhirter is an American voice actress and impressionist best known for her work as Jeannie in the animated version of Jeannie and as Bubbles in Jabberjaw.

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Jane E Buikstra is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Jane E Buikstra Anthropologist Jane Ellen Buikstra is an American anthropologist and bioarchaeologist. She is credited with coining and defining bioarchaeology in the US as the application of biological anthropological ...more

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Martha W. Bark is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Martha W. Bark Martha W. Bark is an American Republican Party politician, who served in the New Jersey State Senate from 1997 to 2008, where she represented the 8th Legislative District. She served as Deputy ...more

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Scott Adsit is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Scott Adsit Television director, Comedian, Television producer Robert Scott Adsit is an American actor, writer, voice actor and improvisational comedian. Born on the North Shore, Adsit joined the mainstage cast of Chicago's The Second City in 1994 after ...more

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Ford Frick is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Ford Frick Ford Christopher Frick was an American sportswriter and baseball executive. After working as a teacher and as a sportswriter for the New York American, he served as public relations director of ...more

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John Jakes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
John Jakes Novelist, Author, Writer John William Jakes is an American writer, best known for American historical fiction. He has used the pen name Jay Scotland.

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Stephen Sanger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Stephen Sanger Stephen W. Sanger is the Chairman of the Board of General Mills, and until September 2007 was also the CEO.

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Mark Cox is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Mark Cox Poet, Writer Mark Cox is an American poet.

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Daniel W. Voorhees is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Daniel W. Voorhees Daniel Wolsey Voorhees was a lawyer and United States Senator from Indiana, who was leader of the Democratic party and an anti-war Copperhead during the American Civil War.

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Joseph W. Barr is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Joseph W. Barr Politician Joseph Walker Barr was an American businessman and politician. He served as the United States Secretary of the Treasury from December 21, 1968 until January 20, 1969, in President Lyndon B. ...more

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Lee H. Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Lee H. Hamilton Statesman, Politician Lee Herbert Hamilton is a former member of the United States House of Representatives and currently a member of the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council. A member of the Democratic Party, ...more

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Roy Owen West is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Roy Owen West Politician Roy Owen West was a Chicago politician who served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior from 1928 until 1929 with the President Calvin Coolidge's cabinet.

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Gretchen Cryer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Gretchen Cryer Songwriter, Screenwriter, Lyricist Gretchen Cryer is an American playwright, lyricist, and actress.

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Thomas H. Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Thomas H. Hamilton Thomas Hale Hamilton was an American academic administrator who served as president of the State University of New York and the University of Hawaii. A native of Marion, Indiana, Hamilton ...more

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Terry Lester is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Terry Lester Actor, Presenter Terry Lester was an American actor. Lester was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, graduating from high school at Southport High School, and began an acting career while at DePauw University in ...more

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Julie K. Underwood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Julie K. Underwood Julie K. Underwood is the dean of the University of Wisconsin School of Education. A nationally recognized authority on school law, she became the eighth dean of UW's school of education in ...more

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Philip Sharp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Philip Sharp Politician Philip Riley Sharp is an American politician and nonprofit executive who served in the United States House of Representatives as a Democratic representative from Indiana from 1975 to 1995.

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Vernon Jordan Jr. is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Vernon Jordan Jr. Lawyer Vernon Eulion Jordan, Jr. is an American business executive and civil rights activist in the United States. A leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement, he was chosen by President Bill Clinton ...more

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Bill Hayes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Bill Hayes Actor, Singer William "Bill" Foster Hayes III is a long-time American dramatic actor and former Billboard Hot 100 #1 recording artist. Following a 20-year-long successful career as a musician, he ...more

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Henry Augustus Buchtel is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous DePauw University Alumni
Henry Augustus Buchtel Henry Augustus Buchtel was an American minister, educator, and public official, born near Akron, Ohio. He was the seventeenth governor of Colorado. Henry Buchtel was the son of Jonathan B. ...more