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

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

Items include everything from Don McLean to Richie Guerin.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Iona College?” and “Which celebrities are Iona College alumni?”
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Eileen Ivers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
Fiddler, Violinist

Age: 53

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Eileen Ivers (born July 13, 1965) is an American fiddler. Ivers was born in New York City of Irish-born parents, grew up in the Bronx and attended St. Barnabas High School. She spent summers in ...more
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John Bonacic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni

Age: 76

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

John J. Bonacic (born June 14, 1942 in New York City) is a retired politician from New York. A Republican, Bonacic represented New York State Senate District 42 (which includes all or parts of ...more
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Don McLean is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 73

Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York, USA

Donald McLean III (born October 2, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, best known for his 1971 hit song "American Pie", an 8.5-minute folk rock "cultural touchstone" ...more

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Jason Motte is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Port Huron, Michigan

Jason Louis Motte (born June 22, 1982) is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, ...more
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John Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
John Sweeney

Age: 84

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

John Joseph Sweeney (born May 5, 1934) is a labor leader and served as president of the AFL-CIO from 1995 to 2009.
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Jeff Ruland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
Basketball player, Coach

Age: 60

Birthplace: Bay Shore, New York

Jeffrey George Ruland (born December 16, 1958) is a retired American basketball player and current coach. He is the former head coach of the Iona Gaels men's basketball team and the UDC ...more
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John W. Diercksen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
John Diercksen is executive vice president - Strategy, Development and Planning for Verizon, a position he has held since June 2003.
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John J. Falconi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
John J. Falconi is vice president and chief financial officer of GE Infrastructure, a position he has held since July 2005. GE Infrastructure is a $43 billion business comprised of Aviation, ...more
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Mindaugas Timinskas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni

Age: 44

Birthplace: Šilutė, Lithuania

Mindaugas Timinskas (born March 28, 1974) is a Lithuanian former professional basketball player and basketball coach. He represented the senior Lithuanian national basketball team.
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Richie Guerin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
Basketball Coach

Age: 86

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Richard Vincent Guerin (born May 29, 1932) is an American retired professional basketball player and coach. He played with the National Basketball Association's (NBA) New York Knicks from 1956 ...more

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Robert Greifeld is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
Robert Greifeld Businessperson

Age: 62

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Robert Greifeld (born 1957) is an American businessman and was the chairman of Nasdaq, the largest electronic screen-based equity securities market in the United States. He served as CEO from ...more
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Tariq Kirksay is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni

Age: 39

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Tariq Kinte Kirksay (born September 7, 1979) is a French American professional basketball player for Fos Provence Basket of the French LNB Pro A.
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Rob Spence is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
Rob Spence Coach, American football player

Age: 60

Rob Spence is an American football coach who is currently the head coach for Chattanooga Christian School located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Previously, he was the Wide Receivers coach at ...more
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Timothy A. McDonnell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni

Age: 81

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Timothy Anthony McDonnell (born December 23, 1937) is a retired American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts from ...more
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Dennis Leonard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 67

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Dennis Patrick Leonard (born May 8, 1951) is a former pitcher for the Kansas City Royals in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He retired in 1986 due to injuries. Born in Brooklyn, Leonard attended ...more
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Donald Spoto is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
Biographer, Theologian, Film Producer

Age: 77

Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York

Donald Spoto (born June 28, 1941) is an American biographer and theologian. He is known for his best-selling biographies of people in the worlds of film and theater, and more recently for his ...more
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Adam Hock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
Adam Hock

Age: 54

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Adam Hock is an American businessman who has founded and co-founded several companies in the financial sector. He is married to Latvian model Ginta Lapiņa.
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Randy Falco is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
Randy Falco Businessperson

Age: 65

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Randel A. Falco (born December 26, 1953) is an American media executive. Falco was President and CEO of Univision Communications Inc. from June 2011 until retiring in June 2018. Before joining ...more
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Catherine R. Kinney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
Catherine R. Kinney
Catherine R. Kinney was President of the New York Stock Exchange from 2002-08.
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Laurence Boschetto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
Laurence Boschetto

Age: 64

Laurence Boschetto (born July 28, 1954) is Senior Advisor to the Interpublic Group. He used to be the CEO and President of Draftfcb, a global advertising agency network. He assumed this role in ...more
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Chris Martin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
Chris is responsible for Compliance and Treasury operations. His professional career spans 22 years in leadership roles at Yahoo!, Unisys, Allstate and EF Hutton Company supporting both Finance ...more
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Michael Benedetto is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
Michael Benedetto

Age: 72

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Michael Benedetto (born June 2, 1947) is a Member of the New York State Assembly representing the 82nd Assembly District, which covers the Co-op City, Throggs Neck, Westchester Square, City ...more
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James J. Tietjen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
James J. Tietjen
James J. Tietjen was dean of the Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management at Stevens Institute of Technology from 1996 to 2000, and was president and CEO of SRI International from 1990 to
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Daniel Tobin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
Daniel Tobin

Age: 61

Daniel Tobin is an American poet. He graduated from Iona College with a B.A., from Harvard University with a M.T.S., from Warren Wilson College with an M.F.A., and from University of Virginia ...more
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James P. Hynes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Iona College Alumni
James P. Hynes

Age: 71

James P. Hynes (born 1948) is the founder of COLT Group, one of the United Kingdom's largest telecommunications businesses.