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

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

Emily Dickinson and Lucy Stone are only the beginning of the graduates on this list.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Mount Holyoke College?” and “Which celebrities are Mount Holyoke College alumni?”
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Lucy Stone is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 75 (1818-1893)

Birthplace: West Brookfield, Massachusetts

Lucy Stone (August 13, 1818 – October 18, 1893) was a prominent U.S. orator, abolitionist, and suffragist, and a vocal advocate and organizer promoting rights for women. In 1847, Stone became ...more
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Emily Dickinson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Poet, Writer

Age: Dec. at 56 (1830-1886)

Birthplace: Amherst, Massachusetts

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet. Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, into a prominent family with strong ties to its community. After ...more

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Virginia Apgar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Scientist, Physician

Age: Dec. at 65 (1909-1974)

Birthplace: Westfield, New Jersey

Virginia Apgar (June 7, 1909 – August 7, 1974) was an American obstetrical anesthesiologist, best known as the inventor of the Apgar Score, a way to quickly assess the health of a newborn child ...more

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Frances Perkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 85 (1880-1965)

Birthplace: Eastern United States, Boston, Area code 617, New England, United States of America, + more

Frances Perkins (born Fannie Coralie Perkins; April 10, 1880 – May 14, 1965) was an American sociologist and workers-rights advocate who served as the U.S. Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, ...more
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Elaine Chao is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Politician, Economist

Age: 65

Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan

Elaine Lan Chao (Chinese: 趙小蘭; pinyin: Zhào Xiǎolán; born March 26, 1953) is the United States Secretary of Transportation who assumed her office on January 31, 2017. A member of ...more
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Elizabeth Holloway Marst... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Editor, Psychologist, Author

Age: Dec. at 100 (1893-1993)

Birthplace: Isle of Man

Elizabeth Holloway Marston (February 20, 1893 – March 27, 1993) was an American attorney and psychologist. She is credited, with her husband William Moulton Marston, for the development of the ...more
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Julia Phillips is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Film Producer, Writer

Age: Dec. at 58 (1944-2002)

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

Julia Phillips (April 7, 1944 – January 1, 2002) was an American film producer and author. She co-produced with her husband, Michael (and others), three prominent films of the 1970s — The Sting, ...more
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Olympia Brown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 91 (1835-1926)

Birthplace: Prairie Ronde Township, Michigan

Olympia Brown (January 5, 1835 – October 23, 1926) was an American minister and suffragist. She is regarded as the first woman to graduate from a theological school, as well as the first ...more
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Barbara J. Desoer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Businessperson
Barbara J. Desoer was CEO for Citibank, N.A. beginning April 1, 2014 and finished as CEO on May 10th, 2019, and was the COO for Citibank, N.A. from October 2013 to April 1, 2014. She was ...more
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Rachel Fuller Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Chemist

Age: Dec. at 82 (1898-1980)

Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts

Rachel Fuller Brown (November 23, 1898 – January 14, 1980) was a chemist best known for her long-distance collaboration with microbiologist Elizabeth Lee Hazen in developing the first useful ...more
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C. Leigh Purtill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni

Birthplace: Germany

C. Leigh Purtill (b. May 26,) is an American author of young adult fiction.
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Barbara Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Writer

Age: 72

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Barbara Smith is an American lesbian feminist and socialist who has played a significant role in building and sustaining Black Feminism in the United States (US). Since the early 1970s, she has ...more
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Jean Picker Firstenberg ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Jean Picker Firstenberg, is an American who served as the CEO and Director of the American Film Institute from 1980 through 2007. She was the Institute's second and first female CEO. At the time ...more
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Joan E. Biren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Artist, Film Director, Photographer

Age: 75

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Joan E. Biren or JEB (born 1944 in Washington, DC), is an internationally recognized documentary artist. Her photographic and film work has chronicled the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and ...more
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Jean E. Sammet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Computer scientist, Scientist

Age: 90

Jean E. Sammet (March 23, 1928 – May 20, 2017) was an American computer scientist who developed the FORMAC programming language in 1962. She was also one of the developers of the influential ...more
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Jill Ker Conway is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Historian, Professor, Novelist

Age: 84

Birthplace: Hillston, Australia

Jill Ker Conway (9 October 1934 – 1 June 2018) was an Australian-American scholar and author. Well known for her autobiographies, in particular her first memoir, The Road from Coorain, she also ...more
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Susan Kare is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Graphic Designer

Age: 65

Birthplace: Ithaca, New York

Susan Kare (; born February 5, 1954) is an artist and graphic designer who created many of the interface elements and typefaces for the Apple Macintosh in the 1980s. She was also Creative ...more
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Helen Sawyer Hogg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Astronomer

Age: Dec. at 88 (1905-1993)

Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts

Helen Battles Sawyer Hogg, CC (1 August 1905 – 28 January 1993) was an astronomer noted for pioneering research into globular clusters and variable stars. She was the first female president of ...more
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Suzan-Lori Parks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author

Age: 55

Birthplace: Fort Knox, Kentucky

Suzan-Lori Parks is an American playwright, screenwriter, musician and novelist. Her 2001 play Topdog/Underdog won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2002; Parks is the first African American woman ...more
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Wendy Wasserstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Professor, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: Dec. at 56 (1950-2006)

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

Wendy Wasserstein (October 18, 1950 – January 30, 2006) was an American playwright. She was an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. She received the Tony Award for Best ...more
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Mildred Trotter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Anthropologist

Age: Dec. at 92 (1899-1991)

Birthplace: Monaca, Pennsylvania

Mildred Trotter (February 3, 1899 – August 23, 1991) was an American pioneer as a forensic historian and forensic anthropologist.Trotter was born in Monaca, Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. ...more
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Katheryn Curi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Professional Road Racing Cyclist

Age: 44

Katheryn Curi (born May 29, 1974 in Goshen, Connecticut) is an American racing cyclist who rides for the Webcor Builders Women's Professional Cycling Team. She won the United States National ...more
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Susan Shirk is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Diplomat, Professor
Susan L. Shirk (born c. 1945) is an expert on Chinese politics and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State during the Clinton administration. She was in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific ...more
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Elizabeth Topham Kennan ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Historian, Novelist

Age: 81

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Topham Kennan (born February 25, 1938) is an American academic who served as the 16th president of Mount Holyoke College from 1978 to 1995. She also served as president of the Five ...more
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Nita Lowey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Mount Holyoke College Alumni
Politician

Age: 81

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

Nita Sue Melnikoff Lowey (; LOH-ee; born July 5, 1937) is an American politician who has served as a U.S. Representative from New York since 1989. She is a member of the Democratic Party. ...more