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Famous New Mexico State University Alumni

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

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

The list you're viewing has a variety of graduates, like Charley Johnson and Sam Lacey, in it.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to New Mexico State University?” and “Which celebrities are New Mexico State University alumni?”
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Paul Wilbur Klipsch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 98 (1904-2002)

Birthplace: Elkhart, Indiana

Paul Wilbur Klipsch (born March 9, 1904 in Elkhart, Indiana – died: May 5, 2002 in Hope, Arkansas) was an American engineer and high fidelity audio pioneer, known for developing a ...more
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Cyrus Nowrasteh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Director

Age: 62

Birthplace: Boulder, Colorado

Cyrus Nowrasteh (Persian: سیروس نورسته‎; born (1956-09-19)September 19, 1956) is an American screenwriter and director of theatrical films, television shows, and made-for-TV movies. He is best ...more
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Tony Wragge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 39

Birthplace: Creighton, Nebraska

Tony James Wragge (born August 14, 1979) is a former American football center. He was originally signed by the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played college football ...more
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Steve Pearce is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
Steve Pearce Businessperson, Politician

Age: 71

Birthplace: Lamesa, Texas, United States of America

Steve Pearce is the name of: Steve Pearce (politician) (born 1947), American politician Steve Pearce (baseball) (born 1983), American baseball player Stephen Pearce (1819–1904), English painter
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Edwin L. Mechem is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
Judge, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 90 (1912-2002)

Birthplace: Alamogordo, New Mexico, United States of America

Edwin Leard Mechem (July 2, 1912 – November 27, 2002) was a prominent Republican politician from New Mexico. He served as the 15th, 17th and 19th governor of New Mexico and represented the state ...more
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Kenton Keith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
Kenton Keith American football player

Age: 38

Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska

Kenton Jermaine Keith (born July 14, 1980) is a former American football running back. He was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) as an undrafted free ...more
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Nick Cole is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 34

Birthplace: Lawton, Oklahoma

Nicholas Darnell "Nick" Cole (born July 28, 1984) is a former American football guard and center. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played ...more
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Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
American football player

Age: Dec. at 57 (1942-1999)

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

Walter Johnson III (November 13, 1942 – June 29, 1999) was an American football defensive tackle who was drafted in the second round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He was a ...more
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Charley Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 80

Birthplace: Big Spring, Texas

Charley Lane Johnson (born November 22, 1938) is a former American football quarterback and retired professor of chemical engineering. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 ...more
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Mark W. Spong is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni

Age: 66

Birthplace: Warren, Ohio

Mark W. Spong (born November 5, 1952 in Warren, Ohio) is an American roboticist. He is a Professor of Systems Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Erik Jonsson School of ...more
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Courtney Bryan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 34

Birthplace: San Jose, California

Courtney Bryan (born October 2, 1984) is an American football safety. He was born in San Jose, California, and played college football at New Mexico State. He was signed by the Miami Dolphins as ...more
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Buck Pierce is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni

Age: 37

Birthplace: Hutchinson, Kansas

Buck James Pierce (born November 15, 1981) is the quarterbacks coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and a retired professional quarterback who played nine seasons for the BC Lions and Winnipeg ...more
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Sam Lacey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: Dec. at 66 (1948-2014)

Birthplace: Indianola, Mississippi

Samuel Lacey (March 8, 1948 – March 14, 2014) was an American basketball player.

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Fredd Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 57

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

Frederick Kimball Young (born November 14, 1961) is a former professional American football player who played linebacker for seven seasons for the Seattle Seahawks and the Indianapolis Colts. He ...more
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Randy Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
Randy Brown Basketball player

Age: 50

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Randy Brown (born May 22, 1968) is a retired American basketball player and former coach for the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Brown was a guard who played at New ...more

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Garrey Carruthers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
Garrey Carruthers Businessperson, Politician

Age: 79

Birthplace: Alamosa, Colorado, United States of America

Garrey Edward Carruthers (born August 29, 1939) is an American politician, academic, who served as the 27th governor of New Mexico and the Chancellor of New Mexico State University (NMSU). He ...more
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Roosevelt Skerrit is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
Roosevelt Skerrit Politician

Age: 46

Birthplace: Roseau, Dominica

Roosevelt Skerrit (born 8 June 1972) is a Dominican politician who has been Prime Minister of Dominica since 2004; he has also been the Member of Parliament for the Vieille Case constituency ...more
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Rose Marie Pangborn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
Scientist

Age: Dec. at 58 (1932-1990)

Birthplace: Las Cruces, New Mexico

Rose Marie Valdes Pangborn (1932 – March 17, 1990) was an American food scientist, food technologist, professor, and a pioneer in the field of sensory analysis of food attributes. She worked as ...more
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Roy Gerela is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 70

Birthplace: Alberta, Canada

Roy Gerela (born April 2, 1948 in Sarrail, Alberta) is a former American football placekicker best known for his years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, with whom he won three Super Bowl rings. ...more
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Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 68

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

Joe or Joseph Jackson may refer to:
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Joe Pisarcik is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 66

Birthplace: Kingston, Pennsylvania

Joseph Anthony Pisarcik (born July 2, 1952) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for eight seasons, from 1977 through 1984 after playing high ...more
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Siddeeq Shabazz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 38

Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

Siddeeq Muneer Shabazz (born February 5, 1981) is a former gridiron football safety and linebacker. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played ...more
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Willard Hughes Rollings ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
Willard Hughes Rollings Historian

Age: Dec. at 60 (1948-2008)

Birthplace: Farmington, New Mexico

Willard Hughes Rollings (September 8, 1948 – July 30, 2008) was a scholar of Native American history and of the Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. Rollings was born in Farmington in ...more
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Danny Villanueva is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 81

Birthplace: Tucumcari, New Mexico

Daniel Dario Villanueva (November 5, 1937 – June 18, 2015) was an American football professional player, television and Major League Soccer executive. Villanueva was a placekicker and punter who ...more

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Kyle Nelson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous New Mexico State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 32

Birthplace: Norman, Oklahoma

Kyle Nelson is an American football long snapper.