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

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

Examples of graduates on this list: Viggo Mortensen, Kirk Douglas and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Lawrence University?” and “Which celebrities are Lawrence University alumni?”

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Willem Dafoe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Model, Actor, Voice acting William J. "Willem" Dafoe is an American actor. He is a member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group and he has appeared in films such as Platoon, Shadow of the ...more

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Edna Ferber is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Edna Ferber was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her novels were especially popular and included the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big, Show Boat, Cimarron, and Giant.

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Jennifer Baumgardner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Public speaker, Cultural critic, Journalist Jennifer Baumgardner is a writer, activist, filmmaker, and lecturer whose work explores abortion, sex, bisexuality, rape, single parenthood, and women’s power. She is the Executive ...more

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David Mulford is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
David Campbell Mulford was the United States Ambassador to India from January 23, 2004 to February 2009. He is currently Vice-Chairman International of Credit Suisse. Mulford was born in ...more

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Justus Henry Nelson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
The Revd Justus Henry Nelson established the first Protestant church in the Amazon basin and was a self-supporting Methodist missionary in Belém, Pará, Brazil for 45 years.

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Samuel G. Plantz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Samuel G. Plantz was a Methodist minister and seventh president of Lawrence University. He was born in Gloversville, New York on June 13, 1859, second child of James and Elsie Ann Plantz. He was ...more

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Campbell Scott is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting Campbell Scott is an American actor, director, producer, and voice artist.

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Jeffrey Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Jeffrey Duncan Jones is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Emperor Joseph II in Amadeus, Edward R. Rooney in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Charles Deetz in Beetlejuice. Jones' ...more

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Earnest Hooton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Anthropologist Earnest Albert Hooton was a U.S. physical anthropologist known for his work on racial classification and his popular writings such as the book Up From The Ape. Hooton sat on the Committee on the ...more

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Terry Moran is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Journalist, Actor Terry Moran is an American journalist, formerly the co-anchor of the ABC-TV network news show Nightline. In 2013, he was named ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent, based in London.

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Robert J. Gamble is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Robert J. Gamble Lawyer Robert Jackson Gamble was a U.S. Representative and Senator from South Dakota. He was the father of Ralph Abernethy Gamble and brother of John Rankin Gamble. He was born in Genesee County, near ...more

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Walter Samuel Goodland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Walter Samuel Goodland was an American politician and the 31st Governor of Wisconsin. He was a Republican. He attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Goodland, born in Sharon, ...more

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James Merrell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Professor, Author James Hart Merrell is the Lucy Maynard Salmon Professor of History at Vassar College. Professor Merrell is one of the leading scholars of early American history, and has written extensively on ...more

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Scott L. Klug is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Journalist Scott L. Klug is an American politician who served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin, representing Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district. Klug ...more

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Fred Lerdahl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Professor, Music Theorist, Author Alfred Whitford Lerdahl is the Fritz Reiner Professor of Musical Composition at Columbia University, and a composer and music theorist best known for his work on pitch space and cognitive ...more

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Jessica Nelson North is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Novelist, Writer Jessica Nelson North was an American author, poet and editor.

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Josh Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Video game designer Joshua Eric "J.E." Sawyer is an American video game designer, known for his work on games in the role-playing video game genre.

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Barbara Lawton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Barbara Lawton is an American politician from Green Bay, Wisconsin who is the President and CEO of Americans for Campaign Reform. Lawton was the 43rd Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin. She became ...more

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Thomas A. Steitz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Chemist, Professor Thomas Arthur Steitz is a biochemist, a Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University, and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Steitz was ...more

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Charles F. Marsh is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Charles F. Marsh Economist Charles Franklin Marsh was an American economist and academic who became the seventh president of Wofford College on September 1, 1958 and served until his retirement in 1968. A 1925 graduate of ...more

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Cynthia Estlund is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Cynthia Estlund Cynthia Estlund is the Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law.

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Louis B. Butler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Judge Louis Bennett Butler, Jr. is a former justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Butler was appointed to the Supreme Court by Governor Jim Doyle in August 2004; his term expired on July 31, 2008. ...more

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Kathleen Krull is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Kathleen Krull Writer Kathleen Krull is an author of children's books. Krull was born in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri in 1952 and grew up in Wilmette, Illinois. She graduated from Regina Dominican High School in ...more

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Dale Duesing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Singer Dale Duesing is an American baritone. As an opera singer, he has had an international career spanning five decades. Duesing grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He studied piano throughout ...more

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Marie Hall Ets is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Lawrence University Alumni
Illustrator, Author, Writer Marie Hall Ets is an American writer and illustrator best known for children's picture books. She attended Lawrence College, and in 1918, Ets journeyed to Chicago where she became a social ...more