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

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

Alumni range from Michelle Branch to Seamus Dever.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Northern Arizona University?” and “Which celebrities are Northern Arizona University alumni?”
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Michelle Branch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter

Age: 35

Birthplace: Sedona, Coconino County, United States of America, Yavapai County, United States, + more

Michelle Jacquet DeSevren Branch (born July 2, 1983) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. During the early 2000s, she released two top-selling albums: The Spirit Room and Hotel Paper. ...more

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Clyde Tombaugh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
Astronomer

Age: Dec. at 91 (1906-1997)

Birthplace: Streator, Illinois

Clyde William Tombaugh (; February 4, 1906 – January 17, 1997) was an American astronomer. He discovered Pluto in 1930, the first object to be discovered in what would later be identified as the ...more
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Rick Renzi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
Politician

Age: 60

Birthplace: Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, United States of America

Richard George Renzi (born June 11, 1958) is a former American politician who was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives representing Arizona's 1st congressional ...more
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Raúl Hécto... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer

Age: 102

Birthplace: Cananea, Cananea Municipality, Mexico

Raúl Héctor Castro ( (listen); June 12, 1916 – April 10, 2015) was a Mexican American politician, diplomat and judge. In 1964, Castro was selected to be U.S. Ambassador to El ...more
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Elizabeth Hadly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
Professor
Elizabeth Hadly is the Paul S. and Billie Achilles Professor in Environmental Biology, Sr Fellow at the Woods Institute and Prof., by courtesy, of Geological Environmental Sciences at Stanford ...more
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John Huppenthal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
John Huppenthal Politician

Age: 64

Birthplace: Michigan City, Indiana, United States of America

John Huppenthal (born March 3, 1954) is an American politician who served Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction from 2011–2015. Prior to being elected Superintendent, Huppenthal served as ...more
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R. C. Gorman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
Artist

Age: Dec. at 74 (1931-2005)

Birthplace: Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona

Rudolph Carl Gorman (July 26, 1931 – November 3, 2005) was a Native American artist of the Navajo Nation. Referred to as "the Picasso of American Indian artists" by The New York Times, ...more
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Diana Gabaldon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 67

Birthplace: Arizona, United States of America

Diana J. Gabaldon (; born January 11, 1952) is an American author, known for the Outlander series of novels. Her books merge multiple genres, featuring elements of historical fiction, romance, ...more

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Keith O'Neil is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
Keith O'Neil American football player

Age: 38

Birthplace: Rochester, Michigan

Keith Daniel O'Neil (born August 26, 1980 in Rochester, Michigan) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and New York ...more
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Clarence Moore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
Clarence Moore American football player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Bellflower, California

Clarence Kelly Moore (born September 24, 1982) is an American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League; he is currently a free agent.
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Marjean Holden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
Stunt Performer, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 54

Birthplace: Minneapolis, USA, Minnesota

Marjean Holden (born November 3, 1964) is an American actress, stuntwoman and martial artist.
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Darren Carrington is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
American football player

Age: 49

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Darren Carrington (born October 10, 1966 in Bronx, New York) is a former safety who played 8 seasons in the National Football League for five different teams. He started in Super Bowl XXIX for ...more
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Michael Haynes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
American football player

Age: 50

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Michael David Haynes (born December 24, 1965) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the seventh round of the 1988 ...more
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Travis Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
Travis Brown American football player

Age: 41

Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona

Travis Martin Brown (born July 17, 1977) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League. Brown played college football for Northern Arizona University. He is now a ...more
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David Lang is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
American football player

Age: Dec. at 38 (1967-2005)

Birthplace: Loma Linda, California

David Lang (March 28, 1967 – May 21, 2005) was an American football running back in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at ...more
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Mike Mercer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
American football player

Age: 80

Birthplace: Algona, Iowa

Michael Mercer (born November 21, 1935) is a former American football kicker and punter who played for six teams from (1961–1970). In the American Football League, he played for the Oakland ...more
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Cathy Small is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
Anthropologist, Writer

Age: 66

Cathy A. Small is a cultural anthropologist, with a Ph.D. from Temple University, and a professor and graduate coordinator of anthropology at Northern Arizona University. She has written under ...more
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Dia Cha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
Dia Cha Anthropologist

Age: 57

Dia Cha (born c. 1962) is a notable Hmong American author and academic who has written books for both children and adults.
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Paul Ernster is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
American football player

Age: 33

Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona

Paul T. Ernster (born January 26, 1982 in Phoenix, Arizona) is a former American football punter. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played ...more
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Eleanor Pilgrim is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
Golfer

Age: 42

Birthplace: Newport, United Kingdom

Eleanor Pilgrim (born 15 February 1977) is a Welsh professional golfer and a member of the Ladies European Tour.
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Pete Mandley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
American football player

Age: 54

Birthplace: Mesa, Arizona

William "Pete" H. Mandley (born July 29, 1961 in Mesa, Arizona), is a former professional American football player who was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 2nd round of the 1984 ...more
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Greg Adams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni

Age: 55

Birthplace: Nelson, Canada

Gregory Daren Adams (born August 15, 1963) is a Canadian former ice hockey winger who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1984 to 2001.
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Andre Spencer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 54

Birthplace: Stockton, California

Andre Devell Spencer (born July 20, 1964) is a retired American professional basketball player. He was a 6'6" (198 cm) 210 lb (95 kg) forward and played collegiately at Bakersfield College, ...more
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Rusty Tillman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
American football player

Age: 73

Birthplace: Beloit, Wisconsin

Russell Arthur Tillman (born February 27, 1946) is a former American football player who played linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins from 1970 to 1977. Tillman ...more
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Lopez Lomong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Northern Arizona University Alumni
Track and field athlete

Age: 34

Birthplace: Kimotong, Sudan

Lopez Lomong (born January 5, 1985) is a South Sudanese-born American track and field athlete. Lomong, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, came to the United States at the age of 16 and became a U.S. ...more