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Famous DePauw University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 10.0k views128 items

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?”
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    Joseph P. Allen

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

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

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    Barbara Kingsolver

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

    Literary critic, Novelist
    Not to be confused with John Gardner (British writer)John Champlin Gardner Jr. (July 21, 1933...  more
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    Phil Crane

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

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    James B. Stewart

    Journalist, Author
    James Bennett Stewart (born c. 1952) is an American lawyer, journalist, and author....  more
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    John McWethy

    Journalist
    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
  • 9

    Eli Lilly

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

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

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

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    Tom Colten

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

    Archivist, Historian
    Mary Ritter Beard (August 5, 1876 – August 14, 1958) was an American historian and archivist,...  more
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    Charles Wilson Greene (1866–1947) was an American professor of physiology and pharmacology...  more
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    James Harlan

    Politician
    James Harlan (August 26, 1820 – October 5, 1899) was an attorney and politician, a member of...  more
  • 17

    Bob Franks

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

    Professor, Scientist
    Ferid Murad (born September 14, 1936) is an Albanian American physician and pharmacologist,...  more
  • 19

    Max Ehrmann

    Poet, Businessperson
    Max Ehrmann (September 26, 1872 – September 9, 1945) was an American writer, poet, and...  more
  • 20
    Charles Austin Beard (November 27, 1874 – September 1, 1948) was an American historian,...  more
  • 21

    Joseph E. McDonald

    Politician, Lawyer
    Joseph Ewing McDonald (August 29, 1819 – June 21, 1891) was a United States Representative and...  more
  • 22

    Thomas M. Patterson

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

    Mike Raab

    Venture capitalist
    Mike joined NEA in 2002 as a Partner. He specializes in healthcare investments focusing on...  more
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    Newton Booth

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