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Famous Emory University Alumni

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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different graduates, like Newt Gingrich and Keri Hilson.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Emory University?” and “Which celebrities are Emory University alumni?”
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Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich is an American politician, historian, author and political consultant. He represented Georgia's 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1979 until ...more
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Bobby Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Golfer, Architect, Lawyer
Robert Tyre "Bobby" Jones Jr. was an American amateur golfer, and a lawyer by profession. Jones founded and helped design the Augusta National Golf Club, and co-founded the Masters ...more
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Sonny Carter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Astronaut, Physician
Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter, Jr. was an American physician, professional soccer player, United States Navy officer, and NASA astronaut who flew on STS-33.
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Amy Ray is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Record producer, Singer-songwriter
Amy Elizabeth Ray is an American singer-songwriter and member of the contemporary folk duo Indigo Girls. She also pursues a solo career and has released six albums under her own name, and ...more
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Keri Hilson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Singer-songwriter, Actor, Dancer
Keri Lynn Hilson is an American singer, songwriter, actress and record producer. She was born and raised in Decatur, Georgia, and spent most of her youth working with producer Anthony Dent, as a ...more
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Christopher Johnson McCandless is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Hobo
Christopher Johnson McCandless was an American adventurer. He ventured into the Alaskan wilderness in April 1992 with little food and equipment, hoping to live simply for a time in solitude. ...more
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Emily Saliers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Restaurateur
Emily Saliers is an American singer-songwriter and member of the Indigo Girls. Saliers plays lead guitar as well as banjo, piano, mandolin, ukulele, bouzouki and many other instruments.
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Natalia Livingston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Actor
Natalia Livingston is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Emily Quartermaine and Rebecca Shaw on ABC's General Hospital and the role of Taylor Walker on the NBC soap opera ...more
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Peter Buck is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Peter Lawrence Buck is an American rock musician who is best known as co-founder and lead guitarist of the alternative rock band R.E.M. Throughout his career with R.E.M., as well as during his ...more
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Bob Varsha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Announcer
Bob Varsha is an American motorsport announcer who most recently worked for the now defunct Speed Channel. He was one of the on-air personalities for the network's Formula One live coverage.
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Jody Powell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Joseph Lester "Jody" Powell, Jr. was the White House Press Secretary during the presidency of Jimmy Carter. He later founded a public relations firm.
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Julian Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Physician, Writer
Julian M. Whitaker is a practitioner of alternative medicine who promotes vitamin cures and other alternative therapies through the Internet, self-published newsletters, and books. He operates ...more
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Mitch Caplan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Businessperson
Mitchell H. Caplan is a former CEO of E-Trade Financial Corporation.
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Arthur James Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Arthur James Armstrong
Arthur James Armstrong was an American Bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 1968 to become the youngest United Methodist bishop in the United States at the age of 44. He was the son ...more
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Olin Wellborn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Lawyer
Olin Wellborn was an American politician. He served in the United States House of Representatives from Texas.
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Marion L. Brittain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Marion Luther Brittain, Sr. was an American academic administrator and president of the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1922 to 1944. Brittain was born in Georgia and, aside from a brief ...more
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David Brinkley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Journalist, Screenwriter
David McClure Brinkley was an American newscaster for NBC and ABC in a career lasting from 1943 to 1997. From 1956 through 1970, he co-anchored NBC's top-rated nightly news program, The ...more
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Alben W. Barkley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Alben William Barkley was a lawyer and politician from Kentucky who served in both houses of Congress and as the 35th Vice President of the United States from 1949 to 1953. In 1905, he was ...more
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C. Vann Woodward is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Historian, Professor, Writer
Comer Vann Woodward was a preeminent American historian focusing primarily on the American South and race relations. He was considered, along with Richard Hofstadter and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., ...more
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Allen Hunt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Author
Allen R. Hunt is an American author and speaker. Hunt, a former Methodist pastor, is now a Roman Catholic.
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Sanford Bishop is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Sanford Dixon Bishop, Jr. is the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 2nd congressional district, serving since 1993. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district is located in the ...more
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Bernice King is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Public speaker, Minister of religion, Lawyer
Bernice Albertine King is an American minister best known as the youngest child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. She was only five years old when her ...more
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Phil Gochenour is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Technical writer
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Hamilton E. Holmes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Physician
Hamilton E. Holmes was an American orthopedic physician. He and Charlayne Hunter-Gault were the first two African-American students admitted to the University of Georgia. Additionally, Holmes ...more
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D. L. Dykes, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Emory University Alumni
Author, Televangelist, Writer
Dykes. David Leroy Dykes, Jr., known as D. L. Dykes, was the senior pastor from 1955-1984 of the large First United Methodist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. He is remembered for his early ...more