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Famous Lafayette College Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 12.2k views104 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Lafayette College and be of some renown.

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

List ranges from Joel Silver to Lorene Scafaria, plus much more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Lafayette College?” and “Which celebrities are Lafayette College alumni?”
  • 1

    Joel Silver

    Television producer, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceSouth Orange, New Jersey, United States of America


    Joel Silver (born July 14, 1952) is an American film producer, most well known for action films including the Lethal Weapon series, The Matrix trilogy, the first two Die Hard films and the first two...  more
  • 2

    William Harkness

    Inventor, Surgeon

    AgeDec. at 66 (1837-1903)

    BirthplaceEcclefechan, United Kingdom


    William Harkness (December 17, 1837 – February 28, 1903) was an astronomer. He was born at Ecclefechan, Scotland, a son of James (1803–78) and Jane (née Wield) Harkness. His father was a pastor and...  more
  • 3

    M. K. Asante

    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceHarare, Zimbabwe


    M. K. Asante (born c. 1982) is an American author, filmmaker, recording artist, and professor. He is best known for his best-selling memoir Buck....  more
  • 4
    William Edward Simon (November 27, 1927 – June 3, 2000) was an American businessman, a Secretary of Treasury of the U.S. for three years, and a philanthropist. He became the 63rd Secretary of the...  more
  • 5


    Robert Spagnoletti is the former Attorney General of the District of Columbia, United States, appointed 2004. He previously served as District of Columbia Corporation Counsel, and as an Assistant...  more
  • 6

    Bryan Culbertson

    Software Engineer


    BirthplaceCorpus Christi, Texas


  • 7

    Angel L. Mendez

    Businessperson, Engineer



    Angel L. Mendez is Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain Management at Cisco. He leads a global organization who are responsible for helping enable Ciscos growth and innovation in supply chain...  more
  • 8

    Alexander Ramsey

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 88 (1815-1903)

    BirthplaceHummelstown, Pennsylvania, United States of America


    Alexander Ramsey (September 8, 1815 – April 22, 1903) was an American politician. He served as a Whig and Republican over a variety of offices between the 1840s and the 1880s. He was the first...  more
  • 9

    Charlie Berry

    Umpire, Baseball player

    AgeDec. at 70 (1902-1972)

    BirthplacePhillipsburg, New Jersey


    Charles Francis Berry (October 18, 1902 – September 6, 1972) was an American athlete and sports official who enjoyed careers as a catcher and umpire in Major League Baseball and as an end and...  more
  • 10

    John W. Griggs

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 78 (1849-1927)

    BirthplaceNewton, New Jersey, United States of America


    John William Griggs (July 10, 1849 – November 28, 1927) was an American Republican Party politician, who served as the 29th Governor of New Jersey, from 1896 to 1898, stepping down to assume the...  more
  • 11

    Mike Gazella

    Baseball player

    AgeDec. at 83 (1895-1978)

    BirthplaceOlyphant, Pennsylvania


    Michael Gazella (October 13, 1895 – September 11, 1978) was an American major league baseball player who played for the New York Yankees on several championship teams in the 1920s.Born in Olyphant,...  more
  • 12

    Joseph Force Crater

    Associate Justice, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 41 (1889-1930)

    BirthplaceEaston, Pennsylvania


    Joseph Force Crater (January 5, 1889 – disappeared August 6, 1930, declared legally dead June 6, 1939) was a New York State Supreme Court Justice who vanished amid political scandal. He was last seen...  more
  • 13

    Larry Fast

    Keyboard player



    Lawrence Roger 'Larry' Fast (born December 10, 1951) is a synthesizer expert and composer. He is best known for Synergy, his 1975–1987 series of synthesizer music albums, and for his contributions to...  more
  • 14

    Stephen Crane

    Journalist, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 29 (1871-1900)

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey


    Stephen Crane (November 1, 1871 – June 5, 1900) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Prolific throughout his short life, he wrote notable works in the Realist tradition as well as...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceHay Springs, Nebraska


    Stanley Donald Stookey (May 23, 1915 – November 4, 2014) was an American inventor. He had 60 patents in his name related to glass and ceramics, some patents solely his and others shared as joint...  more
  • 16

    AgeDec. at 80 (1903-1983)

    BirthplaceBloomsburg, Pennsylvania


    Haldan Keffer Hartline (December 22, 1903 – March 17, 1983) was an American physiologist who was a co-recipient (with George Wald and Ragnar Granit) of the 1967 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine...  more
  • 17

    Horatio Stockton Howell


    AgeDec. at 43 (1820-1863)

    BirthplaceTrenton, New Jersey


    Horatio Stockton Howell (August 14, 1820 – July 1, 1863) was a Union Army chaplain killed in downtown Gettysburg on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg....  more
  • 18

    George Decker

    George Henry Decker (February 16, 1902 – February 6, 1980) was a general in the United States Army, who served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1960 to 1962....  more
  • 19

    Orvan Hess


    AgeDec. at 96 (1906-2002)

    BirthplaceLackawaxen Township, Pennsylvania


    Orvan Walter Hess (June 18, 1906 – September 6, 2002) was an American physician noted for his early use of penicillin and the development of the fetal heart monitor. Hess was born in Baoba,...  more
  • 20

    AgeDec. at 84 (1860-1944)

    BirthplaceEaston, Pennsylvania


    James McKeen Cattell (May 25, 1860 – January 20, 1944), American psychologist, was the first professor of psychology in the United States, teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, and long-time...  more
  • 21


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York


    Eric A. Kimmel (born 1946) is an American author of more than 50 children's books. His works include Caldecott Honor Book Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman), Sydney...  more
  • 22

    Henry M. Hoyt

    Judge, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 62 (1830-1892)

    BirthplaceKingston, Pennsylvania, United States of America


    Henry Martyn Hoyt, Sr. (June 8, 1830 – December 1, 1892) was the 18th Governor of Pennsylvania from 1879 to 1883, as well as an officer in the Union army during the American Civil War....  more
  • 23

    Barry Wellman




    Barry Wellman, FRSC (born 1942) is a Canadian-American sociologist and is the co-director of the Toronto-based international NetLab Network. His areas of research are community sociology, the...  more
  • 24
    Peyton Conway March (December 27, 1864 – April 13, 1955) was a United States Army officer who served as Chief of Staff of the United States Army from 1918 until 1921. He is largely responsible for...  more
  • 25

    AgeDec. at 69 (1896-1965)

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania


    Philip Showalter Hench (February 28, 1896 – March 30, 1965) was an American physician. Hench, along with his Mayo Clinic co-worker Edward Calvin Kendall and Swiss chemist Tadeus Reichstein was...  more