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Famous Duquesne University Alumni

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

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

List is made up of many different graduates, including Jenna Morasca and Bobby Vinton.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Duquesne University?” and “Which celebrities are Duquesne University alumni?”
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Jenna Morasca is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Wrestler, Model, Actor

Age: 38

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Jenna Morasca (born February 15, 1981) is an American actress, former swimsuit model and American reality TV contestant who was the million-dollar grand prize winner of Survivor: The Amazon in ...more

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Zola Levitt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Televangelist

Age: Dec. at 68 (1938-2006)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Zola Levitt was a Jewish convert to evangelical Christianity who founded a church, Zola Levitt Ministries, in Dallas, Texas.
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Mike James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 43

Birthplace: Copiague, New York

Mike James or Michael James may refer to: Mickie James (born 1979), American professional wrestler Mike James (American football) (born 1991), American football running back Michael James, ...more

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William R. Spivey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 72

William R. Spivey served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Luminent Inc., a provider of fiber-optic components to the communications industry from July 2000 to September 2001. He is an ...more
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Keith Donohue is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Speechwriter, Novelist, Bureaucrat

Age: 60

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Keith Donohue (born 1959) is an American novelist. He is the author of five novels: The Motion of Puppets (2016), The Boy Who Drew Monsters (2014), Centuries of June (2011), Angels of ...more
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Donald A. Bailey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Politician, Soldier, Lawyer

Age: 73

Birthplace: Greensburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Donald Allen "Don" Bailey (born July 21, 1945) is an American politician and lawyer, from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was a Democratic member of the United States House of ...more
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Ed Grier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 63

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia

Ed Grier is the dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business. Before coming to VCU, he was an executive at The Walt Disney Company.
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Thomas Hopko is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Priest, Theologian

Age: 79

Thomas John Hopko (March 28, 1939 – March 18, 2015) was an Eastern Orthodox Christian priest and theologian. He was the Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary from September 1992 ...more
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Sammy Nestico is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Arranger, Composer, Trombonist

Age: 95

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sammy Nestico (born Samuel Louis Nistico, February 6, 1924) is an American composer and arranger. Nestico is best known for his arrangements for the Count Basie orchestra.
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Derrick Bell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Professor, Author, Law professor

Age: Dec. at 81 (1930-2011)

Birthplace: Hill District

Derrick Albert Bell Jr. (November 6, 1930 – October 5, 2011) was an American lawyer, professor, and civil rights activist. In 1971, he became the first tenured African-American professor of law ...more
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John Patrick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
TV Meteorologist, Journalist, Newsreader

Age: 44

John Patrick (born April 16, 1974) is the Chief Meteorologist at WZVN-TV in Fort Myers, Florida. John delivers the forecast weekday evenings on ABC7 News at 6pm, 7pm & 11pm. Prior to ...more
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Art Rooney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: Dec. at 87 (1901-1988)

Birthplace: Coulter, Pennsylvania, USA

Arthur Joseph Rooney Sr. (January 27, 1901 – August 25, 1988), often referred to as "The Chief", was the founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, an American football franchise in ...more
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Edward Pulgar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Conductor

Age: 44

Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

Edward Pulgar is a Venezuelan violinist and conductor.
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Jay Costa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 61

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Jay Costa (born November 17, 1957) is a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania State Senate who has represented the 43rd District since 1996. He is a member of the Costa political family in ...more
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Leigh Bodden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
American football player

Age: 34

Birthplace: Hyattsville, Maryland

Leigh Edmond Bodden (born September 24, 1981) is a former American football cornerback. He was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He played college ...more
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Bobby Vinton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Bobby Vinton Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor

Age: 83

Birthplace: Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Stanley Robert Vinton Jr. (born April 16, 1935), known professionally as Bobby Vinton, is a Polish American singer and songwriter who also briefly appeared in films. In pop music circles, he ...more

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Matthew H. Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 46

Birthplace: Bethel Park, Pennsylvania

Matthew Hayden "Matt" Smith (born September 19, 1972 in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania) is an American politician. He served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate, representing the ...more
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Bud Shuster is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Politician

Age: 87

Birthplace: Glassport, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Elmer Greinert "Bud" Shuster (; born January 23, 1932) is an American politician who represented Pennsylvania in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican from 1973 to ...more
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Catherine Baker Knoll is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician

Age: Dec. at 78 (1930-2008)

Birthplace: McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Catherine Baker Knoll (September 3, 1930 – November 12, 2008) was an American politician and member of the Democratic Party. She was the 30th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, serving under ...more
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Terry McGovern is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Radio personality, Actor, Disc jockey

Age: 76

Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America

Terence Sean McGovern (born May 11, 1942) is an American actor, voice actor, television broadcaster, radio personality and acting instructor. He was elected into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame ...more
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Chip Ganassi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Race car driver

Age: 60

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Floyd "Chip" Ganassi Jr. (born May 24, 1958) is an American businessman, former racing driver, current team owner and member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. He has been ...more
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Daniel DiNardo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Daniel DiNardo

Age: 69

Birthplace: Steubenville, Ohio

Daniel Nicholas DiNardo (born May 23, 1949) is an American cardinal of the Catholic Church. He is the second and current Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, serving since 2006. He previously served ...more
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Norm Nixon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Norm Nixon Talent agent, Basketball player, Actor

Age: 63

Birthplace: Macon, Georgia

Norman Ellard Nixon (born October 11, 1955) is an American retired professional basketball player who spent twelve seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers in ...more

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Dan Rooney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Businessperson, Diplomat

Age: 86

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Daniel Milton Rooney (July 20, 1932 – April 13, 2017) was an American executive and diplomat best known for his association with the Pittsburgh Steelers, an American football team in the ...more
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Robert Armen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Robert Armen Judge

Age: 72

Robert N. Armen, Jr. (born Pennsylvania, 1947) is a special trial judge of the United States Tax Court.