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Famous Gettysburg College Alumni

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

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

This list contains graduates like Ron Paul and Eddie Plank.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Gettysburg College?” and “Which celebrities are Gettysburg College alumni?”
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Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Politician, Author, Physician

Age: 83

Birthplace: Green Tree, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Ronald Ernest Paul (born August 20, 1935) is an American author, physician, and retired politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Texas's 22nd congressional district from 1976 to 1977 ...more

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Stephanie Sellars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Stephanie Sellars Writer
Stephanie Sellars is an American columnist, screenwriter, actress, singer, director, and producer. She wrote the Lust Life column for the New York Press from February 2006 to October 2007.
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Ritch Shydner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 66

Birthplace: Pennsville, New Jersey, United States of America

Ritchie A. "Ritch" Shydner (born December 3, 1952) is an American stand-up comedian, comic writer, and actor.
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Bruce S. Gordon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni

Age: 73

Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey

Bruce Scott Gordon (born February 15, 1946) is a business executive who spent most of his career with Verizon and currently serves as a corporate director of CBS, Northrop Grumman, and Tyco ...more
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Carol Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Businessperson, Lawyer

Age: 77

Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, United States of America

Carol Bellamy (born January 14, 1942) is the Chair of the Board of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF). Previously, she was Director of the Peace Corps, Executive ...more
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J. Michael Bishop is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Virologist

Age: 83

Birthplace: York, Pennsylvania

John Michael Bishop (born February 22, 1936) is an American immunologist and microbiologist who shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Harold E. Varmus and was co-winner of ...more
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Carson Kressley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Fashion designer, Author, Actor

Age: 49

Birthplace: USA, Pennsylvania

Carson Lee Kressley (born November 11, 1969) is an American television personality, actor and designer. He was the fashion expert on the American television program Queer Eye, where he was one ...more
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George M. Leader is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Businessperson, Politician

Age: Dec. at 95 (1918-2013)

Birthplace: York, Pennsylvania, United States of America

George Michael Leader (January 17, 1918 – May 9, 2013) was an American politician. He served as the 36th Governor of Pennsylvania from January 18, 1955 until January 20, 1959. He was a member of ...more
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Jerry Spinelli is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Author, Writer

Age: 78

Birthplace: Norristown, Pennsylvania

Jerry Spinelli (born February 1, 1941) is an American writer of children's novels that feature adolescence and early adulthood. He is best known for Maniac Magee, Stargirl and Wringer.
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Fred F. Fielding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 79

Birthplace: Pennsylvania, Area code 215, Contiguous United States, Philadelphia, United States of America, + more

Fred Fisher Fielding (born March 21, 1939) is an American lawyer. He held the office of White House Counsel for US Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush in addition to serving as an ...more
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Owen Roizman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Cinematographer

Age: 82

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Owen Roizman, ASC (born September 22, 1936) is an American cinematographer. He has received five Academy Award nominations for Best Cinematography, for the films The French Connection (1971), ...more
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Jeffrey Piccola is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Politician

Age: 70

Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Jeffrey E. Piccola (born May 16, 1948) is an American politician from Pennsylvania who served as a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 15th District from 1995 to 2012 ...more
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Charles A. Willoughby is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 80 (1892-1972)

Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany

Charles Andrew Willoughby (March 8, 1892 – October 25, 1972) was a major general in the U.S. Army, serving as General Douglas MacArthur's chief of intelligence during most of World War II and ...more
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James Glenn Beall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 77 (1894-1971)

Birthplace: Frostburg, Maryland, United States of America

James Glenn Beall (June 5, 1894 – January 14, 1971) was an American businessman and politician. A member of the Republican Party, he served as a U.S. Representative (1943–1953) and a U.S. ...more
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Keller E. Rockey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Keller E. Rockey

Age: Dec. at 82 (1888-1970)

Birthplace: Columbia City, Columbia Township, Indiana

Keller Emrick Rockey (September 22, 1888 – June 6, 1970) was a highly decorated Lieutenant General in the United States Marine Corps, who commanded the Fifth Marine Division in the Battle of Iwo ...more
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Arthur Byron Coble is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Mathematician

Age: Dec. at 88 (1878-1966)

Birthplace: Williamstown, Pennsylvania

Arthur Byron Coble (November 3, 1878 – December 8, 1966) was an American mathematician. He did research on finite geometries and the group theory related to them, Cremona transformations ...more
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Frederick Augustus Muhle... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Architect

Age: Dec. at 93 (1887-1980)

Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Frederick Augustus Muhlenberg II, FAIA was a leading architect, an American military and political leader who served one term as a US Congressman from Pennsylvania, and a member of the ...more
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Conrad Baker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Conrad Baker

Age: Dec. at 68 (1817-1885)

Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States of America

Conrad Baker (February 12, 1817 – April 28, 1885) was a state representative, 15th Lieutenant Governor, and the 15th Governor of the U.S. state of Indiana from 1867 to 1873. Baker had served in ...more
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Kevin Schaeffer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni

Age: 31

Kevin Schaeffer, of Oley, Berks County, was charged with criminal homicide in the death of Emily Silverstein, of Roosevelt, N.J. his girlfirend, at Gettysburg College, April 9, 2009.
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Emily Silverstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni

Birthplace: Roosevelt, New Jersey

Emily Silverstein was a Gettysburg College student that was stabbed and strangled to death early in the morning of April 9, 2009. Her boyfriend Kevin Schaeffer was charged with criminal homicide ...more
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David R. Brinkley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Politician

Age: 59

Birthplace: Frederick, Maryland, United States of America

David R. Brinkley (born September 24, 1959) is the Secretary of Budget and Management for the U.S. state of Maryland. He was appointed to the position by Governor Larry Hogan in 2015.
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Eddie Plank is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Baseball player

Age: Dec. at 51 (1875-1926)

Birthplace: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Edward Stewart Plank (August 31, 1875 – February 24, 1926), nicknamed "Gettysburg Eddie", was an American professional baseball player. A pitcher, Plank played in Major League Baseball ...more

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Edgar Fahs Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Edgar Fahs Smith Chemist

Age: Dec. at 74 (1854-1928)

Birthplace: York, Pennsylvania

Edgar Fahs Smith (May 23, 1854 – May 3, 1928) was an American scientist who is best known today for his interests in the history of chemistry. He served as provost of the University of ...more
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Joseph H. Himes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Joseph H. Himes

Age: Dec. at 75 (1885-1960)

Birthplace: New Oxford, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Joseph Hendrix Himes (August 15, 1885 – September 9, 1960) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
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Luther P. Eisenhart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Gettysburg College Alumni
Mathematician

Age: Dec. at 89 (1876-1965)

Birthplace: York, Pennsylvania

Luther Pfahler Eisenhart (13 January 1876 – 28 October 1965) was an American mathematician, best known today for his contributions to semi-Riemannian geometry.