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

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

Examples include Jackie Smith and Ed Orgeron.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Northwestern State University?” and “Which celebrities are Northwestern State University alumni?”
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Joe Delaney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
American football player
Joe Alton Delaney (; October 30, 1958 – June 29, 1983) was an American football running back who played two seasons in the National Football League (NFL). In his two seasons with the Kansas City ...more
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Speedy Long is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Judge, Politician, Lawyer
Speedy Oteria Long (June 16, 1928 – October 5, 2006) was an American politician who served in the United States House of Representatives for Louisiana's 8th congressional district from January ...more
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Jimmy D. Long is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Politician, Farmer
Jimmy Dale Long Sr. (October 6, 1931 – August 9, 2016) was a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives for District 23 (Winn and Natchitoches parishes) from 1968 until 2000. He ...more
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Henry C. Dethloff is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Historian, Author, Writer
Henry Clay Dethloff (August 10, 1934 – January 25, 2019) was a professor emeritus of history at Texas A&M University in College Station who wrote more than two dozen books on such topics as ...more
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Arnold R. Kilpatrick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Businessperson, Banker
Arnold Roy Kilpatrick (August 5, 1920 – December 12, 2005) was a Louisiana educator, coach, and businessman who was the president of Northwestern State University from 1966 to 1978.
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Politician, Lawyer
Charles Emmett Barham, known as Cap Barham (September 28, 1904 – February 23, 1972) was the Democratic lieutenant governor of Louisiana from 1952 to 1956, who is credited with having made the ...more
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John B. Fournet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Lawyer, Teacher
John Baptiste Fournet (July 27, 1895 – June 3, 1984) was a Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives, lieutenant governor (1932–1935) of his state, and associate justice (1935–1949) and ...more
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Bill Dodd is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
William Joseph "Bill" Dodd (November 25, 1909 – November 16, 1991) held five important positions in Louisiana government in the mid-20th century, including the offices of state ...more
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Dennis Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Insurance broker, Businessperson, Politician
Harold Dennis Freeman, known as Dennis Freeman, was the mayor of Logansport, a town adjacent to the Sabine River in DeSoto Parish in northwestern Louisiana from 1984 until his death. His ...more
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Donald G. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Lawyer
Donald Gene Kelly, usually known as Don Kelly (born May 23, 1941), is a prominent trial lawyer and American Quarter Horse breeder in Natchitoches, Louisiana, who served as a Democratic member of ...more
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Terrence McGee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
American football player
Terrence Dewayne McGee (born October 14, 1980) is a former American football cornerback and kick returner in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by Buffalo Bills in the fourth ...more
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Sammy Joe Odom is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Insurance broker, Businessperson, Official
Samuel Joseph Odom, known as Sammy Joe Odom (November 13, 1941 – January 18, 2001), was an American football player for the Houston Oilers. He played college football at Northwestern State
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Kenny Wright is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Kenny Wright American football player
Kenneth Dewayne "Kenny" Wright (born September 14, 1977) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He ...more
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Mike Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
American football player
Michael Wayne Green (born December 6, 1976) is a former American football safety and cornerback. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college ...more
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Jean M. Doerge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Politician, Teacher
Jean McGlothlin Doerge is a retired school teacher and a Democratic former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from Minden, who represented District 10 from the death in 1998 of her ...more
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A. A. Fredericks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Politician
Albert Asa Fredericks (February 22, 1891 – October 22, 1975) was an educator and a Democratic politician from Natchitoches, Louisiana, who was affiliated with the powerful Long political ...more
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Mark Duper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Mark Duper American football player
Mark "Super" Duper (born January 25, 1959) is an American former football wide receiver who played for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League from 1982 to 1992. He played ...more
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Jackie Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
American football player
Jackie Larue Smith (born February 23, 1940) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League for the St. Louis Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at ...more
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Jerry Fowler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Athlete
Jerry Marston Fowler (April 26, 1940 – January 26, 2009) was a Baton Rouge businessman who served as Louisiana's state Elections Commissioner from 1980 until his defeat in the 1999 nonpartisan ...more
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David Pittman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
American football player
David Earl Pittman (born October 14, 1983) is a former American Football and Canadian football cornerback. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He ...more
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D. C. Wimberly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Teacher
Duvall Cortez Wimberly, Sr. (September 14, 1917 – January 27, 2007), was a United States Army soldier taken prisoner of war in the European theater of World War II and a past national commander ...more
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Everett Doerge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Politician, Teacher
Everett Gail Doerge (May 6, 1935 – April 17, 1998) was an American state legislator who served as a Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from District 10 (Webster Parish) ...more
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Mary Evelyn Parker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Journalist
Mary Evelyn Dickerson Parker (November 8, 1920 – January 17, 2015) was a Democrat who served as the Louisiana State Treasurer from 1968 to 1987, the first woman to have held the position.Prior ...more
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W. Ray Scott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Insurance
Walter Ray Scott, Sr., usually known as W. Ray Scott, was from 1960 to 1976 the Democratic mayor of Natchitoches, the oldest city in Louisiana. As mayor, he is primarily remembered for his work ...more
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Robert DeBlieux is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Northwestern State University Alumni
Historian
Robert Buford DeBlieux (January 26, 1933 – January 31, 2010), usually known as Bobby DeBlieux, was a historian, preservationist, painter, an author, businessman, and a former Democratic mayor of ...more