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Famous Lawrence University Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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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  • 1
    Model, Actor

    Age66

    BirthplaceAppleton, Grand Chute, Wisconsin, United States of America

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    William James "Willem" Dafoe (born July 22, 1955) is an American actor. Dafoe has received multiple awards and nominations, including four Academy Award nominations. Dafoe has frequently collaborated...  more

    18 Unexpected Facts About Willem Dafoe Most People Don't Know#30 of 264 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today#39 of 1,017 The Best Actors In Film History

  • 2
    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 82 (1885-1968)

    BirthplaceKalamazoo, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Edna Ferber (August 15, 1885 – April 16, 1968) was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her novels included the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big (1924), Show Boat (1926; made into...  more

    #118 of 345 The Greatest American Writers of All Time#110 of 241 The Best Female Authors of All Time#73 of 145 The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

  • 3
    Public speaker, Cultural critic

    Age51

    BirthplaceFargo, North Dakota

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jennifer Baumgardner (born 1970) is a writer, activist, filmmaker, and lecturer whose work explores abortion, sex, bisexuality, rape, single parenthood, and women's power. From 2013 to 2017, she...  more
  • 4
    David Campbell Mulford (born June 1937) was the United States Ambassador to India from January 23, 2004 to February 2009, and served as Vice-Chairman International of Credit Suisse from 2009 to 2016....  more
  • 5
    Justus Henry Nelson (1850–1937) established the first Protestant church in the Amazon basin and was a self-supporting Methodist missionary in Belém, Pará, Brazil for 45 years....  more
  • 6
    Samuel G. Plantz (1859–1924) 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...  more
  • 7
    Film Producer, Actor

    Age60

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Campbell Scott (born July 19, 1961) is an American actor, director, producer, and voice artist. He is known for his roles as George Tunner on The Sheltering Sky, Boris Kuester von Jurgens-Ratenicz on...  more
  • 8
    Actor, Voice acting

    Age75

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jeffrey Duncan Jones (born September 28, 1946) is an American character actor best known for his roles as Emperor Joseph II in Amadeus (1984), Edward R. Rooney in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986),...  more

    #178 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#4 of 11 Wholesome TV Dads Who Turned Out To Be Pervs In Real Life#34 of 50 50 Famous People Charged With Sex Crimes

  • 9
    Anthropologist

    AgeDec. at 66 (1887-1954)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Earnest Albert Hooton (November 20, 1887 – May 3, 1954) was an American physical anthropologist known for his work on racial classification and his popular writings such as the book Up From The Ape....  more
  • 10
    Journalist, Actor

    Age61

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Terry Moran (born December 9, 1959) is an American journalist, currently Senior National Correspondent at ABC News. Based in Washington, D.C., Moran covers national politics and policy, reporting...  more
  • 11

    AgeDec. at 73 (1851-1924)

    BirthplaceNew York, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Robert Jackson Gamble (February 7, 1851 – September 22, 1924) was a U.S. Representative and Senator from South Dakota. He was the father of Ralph Abernethy Gamble and brother of John Rankin Gamble,...  more
  • 12
    Walter Samuel Goodland (December 22, 1862 – March 12, 1947) was an American politician and the 31st Governor of Wisconsin. He was a Republican. He attended Lawrence University in Appleton,...  more
  • 13
    Professor, Author

    Age68

    BirthplaceMinnesota

    NationalityUnited States of America

    James Hart Merrell (born 1953 in Minnesota) is the Lucy Maynard Salmon Professor of History at Vassar College. Merrell is primarily a scholar of early American history, and has written extensively on...  more
  • 14
    Businessperson, Politician

    Age68

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Scott L. Klug (born January 16, 1953) is an American politician who served as a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin, representing Wisconsin's 2nd...  more
  • 15
    Professor, Music Theorist

    Age78

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Alfred Whitford (Fred) Lerdahl (born March 10, 1943, in Madison, Wisconsin) is the Fritz Reiner Professor of Musical Composition at Columbia University, and a composer and music theorist best known...  more
  • 16
    Novelist, Writer

    AgeDec. at 96 (1891-1988)

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jessica Nelson North (September 7, 1891 – June 3, 1988) was an American author, poet and editor....  more
  • 17
    Video game designer

    Age46

    BirthplaceWisconsin

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Josh Sawyer (born October 18, 1975), is an American video game designer, known for his work on role-playing video games....  more
  • 18
    Barbara Lawton (born July 5, 1951) is an American businesswoman and politician from Green Bay, Wisconsin who is the President and CEO of Americans for Campaign Reform. Lawton was the 43rd Lieutenant...  more
  • 19
    Chemist, Professor

    Age81

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Thomas Arthur Steitz (August 23, 1940 – October 9, 2018) was an American biochemist, a Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University, and investigator at the Howard...  more
  • 20

    AgeDec. at 81 (1903-1984)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Charles Franklin Marsh (August 18, 1903 – January 15, 1984) was an American economist and academic who became the seventh president of Wofford College on September 1, 1958 and served until his...  more
  • 21
    Cynthia Estlund (born 1957) is the Catherine A. Rein Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law....  more
  • 22

    Age69

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Louis Bennett Butler, Jr., (born February 15, 1952) 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...  more
  • 23

    Age69

    BirthplaceFort Leonard Wood, Missouri

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Kathleen Krull (born July 29, 1952) 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...  more
  • 24

    Age74

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Dale Duesing (born September 26, 1947) 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...  more
  • 25
    Illustrator, Author

    AgeDec. at 88 (1895-1984)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Marie Hall Ets (December 16, 1895 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – January 17, 1984 in Inverness, Florida) was an American writer and illustrator who is best known for children's picture books. She attended...  more