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Famous Duquesne University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 8.3k views139 items

List RulesPeople 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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  • 1
    Wrestler, Model

    Age40

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

    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 2003....  more
  • 2
    Televangelist

    AgeDec. at 67 (1938-2006)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Zola Levitt was a Jewish convert to evangelical Christianity who founded a church, Zola Levitt Ministries, in Dallas, Texas....  more
  • 3
    Basketball player

    Age46

    BirthplaceCopiague, 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, American...  more
  • 4
    Businessperson

    Age74

    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
    Speechwriter, Novelist

    Age62

    BirthplacePittsburgh, 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 Destruction...  more
  • 6
    Politician, Soldier

    Age76

    BirthplaceGreensburg, 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 Representatives...  more
  • 7
    Businessperson

    Age65

    BirthplaceAtlanta, 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....  more
  • 8
    Priest, Theologian

    Age82

    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
  • 9
    Arranger, Composer

    Age97

    BirthplacePittsburgh, 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....  more
  • 10
    Professor, Author

    AgeDec. at 80 (1930-2011)

    BirthplaceHill 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 at...  more
  • 11
    TV Meteorologist, Journalist

    Age47

    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 officially...  more
  • 12
    Businessperson

    AgeDec. at 87 (1901-1988)

    BirthplaceCoulter, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    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 the National...  more
  • 13
    Conductor

    Age47

    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela

    Edward Pulgar is a Venezuelan violinist and conductor....  more
  • 14
    Lawyer

    Age63

    BirthplacePittsburgh, 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
  • 15
    American football player

    Age40

    BirthplaceHyattsville, 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 football...  more
  • 16
    Musician, Singer-songwriter

    Age86

    BirthplaceCanonsburg, 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 became...  more

    #253 of 376 Musicians Who Belong In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame#237 of 656 The Best Singers Of All Time#150 of 206 The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

  • 17

    Age49

    BirthplaceBethel 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 37th district...  more
  • 18
    Politician

    Age89

    BirthplaceGlassport, 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 2001. He is...  more
  • 19
    Businessperson, Politician

    AgeDec. at 78 (1930-2008)

    BirthplaceMcKees 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
  • 20
    Radio personality, Actor

    Age79

    BirthplaceBerkeley, 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 as a...  more
  • 21
    Race car driver

    Age63

    BirthplacePittsburgh, 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 involved with the...  more
  • 22
    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 as...  more
  • 23
    Talent agent, Basketball player

    Age66

    BirthplaceMacon, 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 the...  more
  • 24
    Businessperson, Diplomat

    Age89

    BirthplacePittsburgh, 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 National...  more
  • 25

    Age74

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