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Famous Oberlin College Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 30.1k views591 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Oberlin College and be of some renown.

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

List is made up of many different graduates, including Liz Phair and Lena Dunham.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Oberlin College?” and “Which celebrities are Oberlin College alumni?”
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  • 1

    Sinclair Lewis

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 66 (1885-1951)

    BirthplaceSauk Centre, Minnesota, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Harry Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 – January 10, 1951) was an American novelist,...  more
  • 2

    Thornton Wilder

    Novelist, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 78 (1897-1975)

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin

    GenderMale

    Thornton Niven Wilder (April 17, 1897 – December 7, 1975) was an American playwright and...  more

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    #331 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#80 of 342 The Greatest American Writers of All Time

  • 3
    Lucy Stone (August 13, 1818 – October 18, 1893) was a prominent U.S. orator, abolitionist, and...  more
  • 4

    Liz Phair

    Guitarist, Songwriter

    Age53

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

    GenderFemale

    Elizabeth Clark Phair (born April 17, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist,...  more

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    #602 of 1,891 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time#401 of 602 The Best Female Vocalists Ever

  • 5

    Age92

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    GenderMale

    Charles Alan Reich (; May 20, 1928 – June 15, 2019) was an American academic and writer best...  more
  • 6

    Elisha Gray

    Inventor

    AgeDec. at 66 (1835-1901)

    BirthplaceBarnesville, Ohio

    GenderMale

    Elisha Gray (August 2, 1835 – January 21, 1901) was an American electrical engineer who...  more
  • 7

    AgeDec. at 82 (1919-2001)

    BirthplacePlainfield, New Jersey, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Harrison Arlington "Pete" Williams Jr. (December 10, 1919 – November 17, 2001) was an American...  more
  • 8

    Matthew Stadler

    Editor, Writer

    Age61

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    GenderMale

    Matthew Stadler (born 1959) is an American author who has written six novels and received...  more
  • 9

    Lynn Kohlman

    Photographer

    AgeDec. at 62 (1946-2008)

    BirthplaceTeaneck, New Jersey

    GenderFemale

    Lynn Eleanor Kohlman (August 12, 1946 – September 14, 2008) was a fashion model, photographer,...  more
  • 10

    John Wesley Powell

    Soldier, Geologist

    AgeDec. at 68 (1834-1902)

    BirthplaceMount Morris, New York

    GenderMale

    John Wesley Powell (March 24, 1834 – September 23, 1902) was a U.S. soldier, geologist,...  more
  • 11

    Robert Andrews Millikan

    Mathematician, Physicist

    AgeDec. at 85 (1868-1953)

    BirthplaceMorrison, Illinois

    GenderMale

    Robert Andrews Millikan (March 22, 1868 – December 19, 1953) was an American experimental...  more
  • 12

    Paul Horn

    Flautist

    AgeDec. at 84 (1930-2014)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Paul Horn (March 17, 1930 – June 29, 2014) was an American flautist, saxophonist, composer and...  more
  • 13

    John Mercer Langston

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 68 (1829-1897)

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    GenderMale

    John Mercer Langston (December 14, 1829 – November 15, 1897) was an abolitionist, attorney,...  more
  • 14

    Alison Bechdel

    Novelist, Cartoonist

    Age60

    BirthplaceLock Haven, Pennsylvania

    GenderFemale

    Alison Bechdel ( BEK-dəl; born September 10, 1960) is an American cartoonist. Originally best...  more

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    #129 of 250 The Best Gay Authors#263 of 319 The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

  • 15

    AgeDec. at 91 (1863-1954)

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    GenderFemale

    Mary Church Terrell (September 23, 1863 – July 24, 1954) was one of the first African-American...  more
  • 16

    Seth Rudetsky

    Journalist, Musician

    BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Seth Dennis Rudetsky (born February 28, 1967) is an American musician, actor, writer, and...  more
  • 17

    AgeDec. at 49 (1920-1969)

    BirthplaceManjacaze, Mozambique

    GenderMale

    Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane (20 June 1920 – 3 February 1969) served as the founding President of...  more
  • 18

    Eric Bogosian

    Novelist, Screenwriter

    Age67

    BirthplaceUSA, Massachusetts, Woburn

    GenderMale

    Eric Bogosian (arm. Էրիկ Բոգոսյան) (born April 24, 1953) is an American actor, playwright,...  more
  • 19

    Edward Everett Horton

    Actor, Voice acting

    AgeDec. at 84 (1886-1970)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    GenderMale

    Edward Everett Horton Jr. (March 18, 1886 – September 29, 1970) was an American character...  more
  • 20

    Bill Irwin

    Theatre Director, Screenwriter

    Age70

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    GenderMale

    William Mills Irwin (born April 11, 1950) is an American actor, clown, and comedian. He began...  more
  • 21

    Jon Theodore

    Musician, Drummer

    Age46

    BirthplaceMaryland, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Jon Philip Theodore (born December 30, 1973) is an American drummer. He is best known as a...  more
  • 22

    Barbara Seaman

    Journalist, Author

    AgeDec. at 73 (1935-2008)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    GenderFemale

    Barbara Seaman (September 11, 1935 – February 27, 2008) was an American author, activist, and...  more
  • 23

    Ed Helms

    Comedian, Television producer

    Age46

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Edward Parker Helms (born January 24, 1974) is an American actor, comedian, and singer. He is...  more

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    #7 of 70 The Greatest Daily Show Correspondents Of All Time#6 of 9 15 Celebrities With Chipped Teeth

  • 24

    AgeDec. at 75 (1898-1973)

    BirthplaceSeneca Falls, New York

    GenderMale

    Ira Sprague Bowen (December 21, 1898 – February 6, 1973) was an American physicist and...  more
  • 25

    AgeDec. at 43 (1935-1978)

    BirthplaceRevere, Massachusetts, United States of America

    GenderMale

    John Holland Cazale (, Italian: [kadˈdzaːle]; August 12, 1935 – March 13, 1978) was an...  more

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    #623 of 1,017 The Best Actors In Film History#195 of 285 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won An Oscar (For Acting)