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Famous DePauw University Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • Joseph P. Allen1

    Joseph P. Allen

    Physicist, Astronaut


    BirthplaceCrawfordsville, Indiana

    Joseph Percival "Joe" Allen IV, Ph.D. (born June 27, 1937) is a former NASA astronaut. He...  more
  • Margaret Mead2

    Margaret Mead

    Cultural Anthropologist, Anthropologist

    AgeDec. at 77 (1901-1978)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist...  more

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  • Barbara Kingsolver3

    Barbara Kingsolver

    Poet, Novelist


    BirthplaceAnnapolis, Maryland

    Barbara Kingsolver (born April 8, 1955) is an American novelist, essayist and poet. She was...  more

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  • John Gardner4

    John Gardner

    Literary critic, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 49 (1933-1982)

    BirthplaceBatavia, New York

    Not to be confused with John Gardner (British writer)John Champlin Gardner Jr. (July 21, 1933...  more
  • Phil Crane5

    Phil Crane



    BirthplaceChicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States

    Philip Miller Crane (November 3, 1930 – November 8, 2014) was an American politician. He was a...  more
  • James B. Stewart6

    James B. Stewart

    Journalist, Author


    BirthplaceQuincy, Illinois

    James Bennett Stewart (born c. 1952) is an American lawyer, journalist, and author....  more
  • 7

    John McWethy


    AgeDec. at 61 (1947-2008)

    BirthplaceAurora, Illinois, United States of America

    John Fleetwood McWethy (February 28, 1947 – February 6, 2008) was an American...  more
  • 8

    Steven M. Rales

    Businessperson, Film Producer


    Steven M. Rales (born March 31, 1951) is an American businessman, film producer and chairman...  more
  • Eli Lilly9

    Eli Lilly

    Business magnate, Businessperson

    AgeDec. at 60 (1838-1898)

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Eli Lilly (July 8, 1838 – June 6, 1898) was an American soldier, pharmacist, chemist, and...  more
  • Alexander Vraciu10
    Alexander Vraciu (November 2, 1918 – January 29, 2015) was a United States Navy fighter ace, a...  more
  • Percy Lavon Julian11

    Percy Lavon Julian

    Chemist, Professor

    AgeDec. at 76 (1899-1975)

    BirthplaceMontgomery, Alabama

    Percy Lavon Julian (April 11, 1899 – April 19, 1975) was a research chemist and a pioneer in...  more
  • Dan Quayle12

    Dan Quayle

    Politician, Jurist


    BirthplaceIndianapolis, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Indiana

    James Danforth Quayle (born February 4, 1947) is an American politician and lawyer who served...  more

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  • Tom Colten13

    Tom Colten

    Publisher, Businessperson

    AgeDec. at 82 (1922-2004)

    BirthplaceArea code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States

    Arthur Thomas Colten, known as Tom Colten (October 21, 1922 – December 5, 2004), was a...  more
  • Mary Ritter Beard14

    Mary Ritter Beard

    Archivist, Historian

    AgeDec. at 82 (1876-1958)

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Mary Ritter Beard (August 5, 1876 – August 14, 1958) was an American historian and archivist,...  more
  • 15

    AgeDec. at 81 (1866-1947)


    Charles Wilson Greene (1866–1947) was an American professor of physiology and pharmacology...  more
  • James Harlan16

    James Harlan


    AgeDec. at 79 (1820-1899)

    BirthplaceIllinois, United States of America

    James Harlan (August 26, 1820 – October 5, 1899) was an attorney and politician, a member of...  more
  • Bob Franks17

    Bob Franks


    AgeDec. at 59 (1951-2010)

    BirthplaceHackensack, New Jersey, United States of America

    Robert Douglas Franks (September 21, 1951 – April 9, 2010) was an American Republican...  more
  • Ferid Murad18

    Ferid Murad

    Professor, Scientist


    BirthplaceWhiting, Indiana

    Ferid Murad (born September 14, 1936) is an Albanian American physician and pharmacologist,...  more
  • Max Ehrmann19

    Max Ehrmann

    Poet, Businessperson

    AgeDec. at 73 (1872-1945)

    BirthplaceTerre Haute, Indiana

    Max Ehrmann (September 26, 1872 – September 9, 1945) was an American writer, poet, and...  more
  • Charles A. Beard20

    AgeDec. at 74 (1874-1948)

    BirthplaceKnightstown, Wayne Township, Indiana

    Charles Austin Beard (November 27, 1874 – September 1, 1948) was an American historian,...  more
  • Joseph E. McDonald21

    Joseph E. McDonald

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 72 (1819-1891)

    BirthplaceOhio, United States of America, Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area, United States

    Joseph Ewing McDonald (August 29, 1819 – June 21, 1891) was a United States Representative and...  more
  • Thomas M. Patterson22

    Thomas M. Patterson


    AgeDec. at 77 (1839-1916)

    BirthplaceCounty Carlow, Republic of Ireland

    Thomas MacDonald Patterson (November 4, 1839 – July 23, 1916) was an American politician and...  more
  • Mike Raab23

    Mike Raab

    Venture capitalist
    Mike joined NEA in 2002 as a Partner. He specializes in healthcare investments focusing on...  more
  • Randy K. Lohoff24
    Mr. Lohoff is vice president of Corporate Responsibility for Marathon Petroleum Company LLC....  more
  • Newton Booth25

    Newton Booth

    Politician, Entrepreneur

    AgeDec. at 67 (1825-1892)

    BirthplaceWashington Township, Salem, Indiana, USA

    Newton Booth (December 30, 1825 – July 14, 1892) was an American entrepreneur and...  more