READ Famous Duquesne University Alumni

Reference
6.5k views 139 items

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?”

1
Jenna Morasca is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Jenna Morasca Wrestler, Model, Actor Jenna Morasca is an American actress, former swimsuit model, former professional wrestler and American reality TV contestant who was the million-dollar grand prize winner of Survivor: The Amazon ...more

2
Zola Levitt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Zola Levitt Televangelist Zola Levitt was a Jewish convert to evangelical Christianity who founded a church, Zola Levitt Ministries, in Dallas, Texas.

3
Mike James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Mike James Basketball player Michael Lamont James is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League.

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

5
Keith Donohue is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Keith Donohue Speechwriter, Novelist, Bureaucrat Keith Donohue is an American novelist. He is the author of four novels: "The Boy Who Drew Monsters", "Centuries of June", "Angels of Destruction", and "The ...more

6
Donald A. Bailey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Donald A. Bailey Politician, Soldier, Lawyer Donald Allen "Don" Bailey is an American politician and lawyer, from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from ...more

7
Ed Grier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Ed Grier Businessperson Ed Grier was named dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business on February 8, 2010. Previously, he was President of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, which ...more

8
Thomas Hopko is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Thomas Hopko Priest, Theologian Thomas Hopko was an Eastern Orthodox Christian priest and theologian. He was the Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary from September 1992 until July 1, 2002 and taught dogmatic ...more

9
Sammy Nestico is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Sammy Nestico Arranger, Composer, Trombonist Sammy Nestico is a composer and arranger of big band music. Nestico is best known for his arrangements for the Count Basie orchestra.

10
Derrick Bell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Derrick Bell Professor, Author, Law professor Derrick Albert Bell, Jr. was the first tenured African-American Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and is largely credited as one of the originators of critical race theory. He was a ...more

11
John Patrick is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
John Patrick TV Meteorologist, Journalist, Newsreader John Patrick is the Chief Meteorologist at WZVN-TV in Fort Myers, Florida. John delivers the forecast weekday evenings on ABC7 News at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm & 11pm. Prior to officially being named ...more

12
Art Rooney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Art Rooney Businessperson Arthur Joseph "Art" Rooney, Sr., often referred to as "The Chief", was the founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers American football franchise in the National Football ...more

13
Edward Pulgar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Edward Pulgar Conductor Edward Pulgar is a Venezuelan violinist and conductor.

14
Jay Costa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Jay Costa Lawyer Jay Costa 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 Pittsburgh. On November 17, ...more

15
Leigh Bodden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Leigh Bodden American football player Leigh Edmond Bodden is a former American football cornerback. He was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He played college football at Duquesne. Bodden ...more

16
Bobby Vinton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Bobby Vinton Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor Stanley Robert "Bobby" Vinton, Jr. is an American pop music singer of Polish and Lithuanian ethnic background. In pop music circles, he became known as "The Polish Prince of ...more

17
Matthew H. Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Matthew H. Smith Lawyer Matthew Hayden "Matt" Smith is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party. From 2007 to 2012, he served in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In 2012, he was ...more

18
Bud Shuster is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Bud Shuster Politician Elmer Greinert "Bud" Shuster is an American politician who represented Pennsylvania in the United States House of Representatives as a Republican from 1973 to 2001. He is best known ...more

19
Catherine Baker Knoll is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Catherine Baker Knoll Businessperson, Politician Catherine Baker Knoll was an American politician and member of the Democratic Party. She was the 30th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, serving under Governor Ed Rendell from 2003 to 2008.

20
Terry McGovern is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Terry McGovern Radio personality, Actor, Disc jockey Terence "Terry" McGovern is an American film actor, television broadcaster, radio personality, voice-over specialist, and acting instructor.

21
Chip Ganassi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Chip Ganassi Race car driver Floyd "Chip" Ganassi, Jr is a former American racing driver and a current team owner. He has been involved with the North American auto racing scene for over 30 years and is considered ...more

22
Daniel DiNardo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Daniel DiNardo Daniel Nicholas Cardinal DiNardo is an American cardinal of the Catholic Church. He is the second and current Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, serving since 2006. He previously served as Bishop ...more

23
Norm Nixon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Norm Nixon Talent agent, Basketball player, Actor Norman Ellard "Norm" Nixon is a retired American professional basketball player for the NBA, who spent twelve seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Diego/Los Angeles

24
Dan Rooney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Dan Rooney Businessperson, Diplomat Daniel Milton "Dan" Rooney, is the former United States Ambassador to Ireland from July 3, 2009 until his resignation in 2012. He is chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team ...more

25
Robert Armen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Robert Armen Judge Robert N. Armen, Jr. is a special trial judge of the United States Tax Court.

26
Paul Sciullo III is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Paul Sciullo III Police officer Paul Sciullo was a Pittsburgh police officer killed in the 2009 Pittsburgh Police Officer Shootings.

27
Lionel Conacher is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Lionel Conacher Baseball player Lionel Pretoria Conacher, MP, nicknamed "The Big Train", was a Canadian athlete and politician. Voted the country's top athlete of the first half of the 20th century, he won ...more

28
Diane Stein is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Diane Stein Writer Diane Stein is a feminist, Wiccan, a Reiki practitioner, and an author. Stein was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Duquesne University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in ...more

29
Paul McCandless is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Paul McCandless Oboist Paul McCandless, Jr. is an American jazz woodwind player and composer. He is one of few expert jazz oboists, and also plays English horn, soprano saxophone, sopranino saxophone, bass clarinet, ...more

30
George Savarese is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
George Savarese Teacher George Savarese is an educator and radio personality.

31
Delfin Carbonell Basset is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Delfin Carbonell Basset Lexicographer Delfin Carbonell Basset is a contemporary lexicographer in the United States and creator of the Unialphabet system.

32
Joseph Carl Breil is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Joseph Carl Breil Conductor, Film Score Composer, Theatre Director Joseph Carl Breil was an American lyric tenor, stage director, composer and conductor. He was one of the earliest American composers to compose specific music for motion pictures. His first film ...more

33
Michael Hayden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Michael Hayden Military Officer Michael Vincent Hayden is a retired United States Air Force four-star general and former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence and Director ...more

34
Tanya Lehman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Tanya Lehman Tanya Justine Lehman Jarrett is an American model, actress, and beauty pageant titleholder from York, Pennsylvania. She was crowned Miss Pennsylvania USA 2006 and competed in the Miss USA 2006 ...more

35
Mark Madden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Mark Madden Journalist, Radio personality Mark Madden is an American trashboy talk-show host in Pittsburgh and also a former World Championship Wrestling color commentator.

36
Samuel John Hazo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Samuel John Hazo Poet, Novelist, Author Dr. Samuel John Hazo is an author of books, including poetry, fiction, essays and plays, and the founder and director of the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also ...more

37
Janice M. Holder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Janice M. Holder Lawyer Janice M. Holder is an American judge who is a Tennessee Supreme Court justice and was Chief Justice of Tennessee from 2008 to 2010. She is the first woman ever to hold the chief justice ...more

38
Donn Clendenon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Donn Clendenon Baseball player, Lawyer Donn Alvin Clendenon was a Major League Baseball first baseman. He is best remembered as the World Series MVP for the 1969 "Amazin' Mets."

39
Steve Sinko is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Steve Sinko American football player Stephen Patrick Sinko was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Boston Redskins. He played college football at Duquesne University.

40
Don Panoz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Don Panoz Businessperson, Entrepreneur Donald Panoz PAY-nohz or PAH-nohz is an American entrepreneur who made his name in pharmaceuticals and has since become well known as a successful owner of various motorsport ventures.

41
Elisabeth Bennington is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Elisabeth Bennington Lawyer Elisabeth "Lisa" Bennington was a Democratic member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 21st District. She was elected in 2006. She retired prior to the 2008

42
Mike Basrak is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Mike Basrak American football player Michael J. Basrak was an All-American US collegiate football player in the mid-1930s. Basrak was Duquesne University's first All-American selection, and the Most Valuable Player of the 1937 ...more

43
Jaret Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Jaret Gibbons Lawyer Jaret A. Gibbons is a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, representing the 10th legislative district. He was elected in 2006. Prior to elective office, Gibbons graduated from ...more

44
Damien Pottinger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Damien Pottinger Damien Pottinger is a former professional soccer player who played the majority of his career in the United Soccer Leagues and the Major Indoor Soccer League

45
Aldo Donelli is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Aldo Donelli American football player Aldo "Buff" Teo Donelli was an American football and soccer player. He is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

46
Dave Ricketts is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Dave Ricketts Baseball player, Coach David William Ricketts was an American catcher and coach in Major League Baseball who played parts of six seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates. Ricketts was a reserve ...more

47
James Renshaw Cox is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
James Renshaw Cox Chaplain Father James Renshaw Cox was an American Roman Catholic priest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, known for his pro-labor activism. He was a candidate for President of the United States in 1932, and ...more

48
Al DeMao is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Al DeMao American football player Albert Marcellus DeMao was an American football center in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins from 1945 to 1953. He played college football at Duquesne University and was ...more

49
Austin Murphy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Austin Murphy Politician Austin John Murphy was a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania from 1977 to 1995. Born in North Charleroi, Pennsylvania, Murphy grew up in New London, ...more

50
Harold Cotton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Duquesne University Alumni
Harold Cotton William Harold "Baldy" Cotton was a Canadian professional ice hockey player who played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Maple Leafs and New