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Famous Gallaudet University Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 7.4k views20 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Gallaudet University and be of some renown.

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

This list includes Shoshannah Stern, Christy Smith and more graduates.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Gallaudet University?” and “Which celebrities are Gallaudet University alumni?”
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    Irving King Jordan (born June 16, 1943 in Glen Riddle, Pennsylvania), in 1988, became the first deaf president of Gallaudet University, the world's only university with all programs and services...  more
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    Dr. Robert Davila (born July 19, 1932) served as the ninth president of Gallaudet University, the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate...  more
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    Christy Smith (born September 13, 1978, in Aspen, Colorado) originally from Basalt, Colorado is the first deaf contestant on the CBS reality television series Survivor: The Amazon and co-founder of...  more
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    Age41

    BirthplaceWalnut Creek, California, USA

    Shoshannah Stern (born July 3, 1980) is an American actress....  more
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    Age75

    BirthplaceGarfield, New Jersey, USA

    Linda Bove (born November 30, 1945) is a deaf American actress who performed as Linda the Librarian on the PBS children's series Sesame Street from 1971 to 2002....  more
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    AgeDec. at 70 (1944-2014)

    BirthplaceDevils Lake, North Dakota, United States of America

    Phyllis Annetta Frelich (February 29, 1944 – April 10, 2014) was a deaf American actress....  more
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    Age45

    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, USA

    Tyrone Giordano (born 1976) is a deaf American film, television, and stage actor. He is known for his roles in the musical Big River and the movie The Family Stone....  more
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    AgeDec. at 75 (1861-1937)

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    George William Veditz (August 13, 1861 – March 12, 1937) was a former president of National Association of the Deaf of the United States and was one of the first to film American Sign Language....  more
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    Olof Hanson

    Architect

    AgeDec. at 70 (1862-1933)

    BirthplaceFjälkinge, Sweden

    Olof Hanson (September 10, 1862 – September 8, 1933) was a deaf American architect....  more
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    Andrew Foster

    Andrew Jackson Foster (1925–1987) was a missionary to the deaf in Ghana, Rwanda and other countries in Africa from 1956 until his death in 1987. In 1954, he became the first Deaf African American to...  more
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    Ángel Ramos

    Doctor Ángel Ramos (born December 30, 1949) is current Principal of Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind. He was the founder of the National Hispanic Council of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, He...  more
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    Troy Kotsur

    Actor

    Age53

    BirthplaceUnited States of America

    Troy Kotsur (born c. 1968) is a deaf American actor....  more
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    Frank Bowe

    Frank G. Bowe was the Dr. Mervin Livingston Schloss Distinguished Professor for the Study of Disabilities at Hofstra University. As a disability rights activist, author, and teacher, he accomplished...  more
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    Gary Malkowski

    Politician

    Age63

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Gary Malkowski (born July 26, 1958) is a former Canadian provincial politician. He represented the riding of York East in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 1995, as a member of the...  more
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    Francis Maginn

    Francis Maginn (1861–1918) was a Church of Ireland missionary who worked to improve living standards for the deaf community by promoting sign language and was one of the co-founders of the British...  more
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    Clayton Valli

    Clayton Valli (May 25, 1951 – March 7, 2003) was an American prominent deaf linguist and American Sign Language (ASL) poet whose work helped further to legitimize ASL and introduce people to the...  more
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    Heidi Zimmer

    Heidi Zimmer is an American deaf mountaineer who has accomplished several notable firsts in mountaineering. She was born deaf, and became the first deaf woman in history to reach the top of Mt....  more
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    Age40

    BirthplacePasadena, Texas, United States of America

    Russell Wayne Harvard (born April 16, 1981) is an American actor. He made his feature film debut in Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood (2007), playing opposite Daniel Day-Lewis as his adopted...  more
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    Ed Waterstreet

    Ed Waterstreet (born May 5, 1943 in Algoma, Wisconsin) is the founder and artistic director of Deaf West Theatre, which was established in 1991, and was the first resident theatre company in America...  more
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    Kevin Cook

    Kevin Lee Cook is an American basketball coach, and former collegiate athlete, who is now the women's basketball head coach at Winthrop University.* He also serves as head coach/technical advisor of...  more