Famous Gallaudet University Alumni

List Rules
People 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?”
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Shoshannah Stern (born July 3, 1980) is an American actress.
  • 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.
  • Phyllis Annetta Frelich (February 29, 1944 – April 10, 2014) was a deaf American actress.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Olof Hanson (September 10, 1862 – September 8, 1933) was a deaf American architect.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Troy Kotsur (born c. 1968) is a deaf American actor.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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