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Famous Old Dominion University Alumni

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

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

This list includes Justin Verlander, Bruce Sutter and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Old Dominion University?” and “Which celebrities are Old Dominion University alumni?”
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Alex Sánchez is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 62

Birthplace: Mexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas

Alex Sánchez (born 1957) is a Mexican American author of award-winning novels for teens and adults. His first novel, Rainbow Boys (2001), was selected by the American Library Association ...more
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Michael J. Bloomfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Astronaut, Athlete, Test pilot

Age: 59

Birthplace: Flint, Michigan

Michael John "Bloomer" Bloomfield (born March 16, 1959) is an American former astronaut and a veteran of three Space Shuttle missions.
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Magnum T.A. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Wrestler, Actor

Age: 59

Terry Wayne Allen (born June 11, 1959) is an American retired professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Magnum T.A.

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Jodi Rell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Politician, Official, Legislator

Age: 72

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

Mary Jodi Rell (born June 16, 1946) is an American former Republican politician and the 87th Governor of the U.S. state of Connecticut from 2004 until 2011. Rell also served as the state's 85th ...more
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Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Manakin-Sabot, Virginia

Justin Brooks Verlander (born February 20, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the Detroit ...more

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Richard C. McCarty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Psychologist

Age: 71

Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia

Richard C. McCarty (born July 12, 1947) is a professor of psychology and the former provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to ...more
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Thelma Drake is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Thelma Drake Politician

Age: 69

Birthplace: Elyria, Ohio, United States of America

Thelma Day Drake (born November 20, 1949) is an American politician and former member of Congress for Virginia's 2nd Congressional District. A Republican, she represented Virginia's 2nd ...more
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Oliver Purnell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Coach

Age: 65

Birthplace: Berlin, Maryland

Oliver Gordon Purnell Jr. (born May 19, 1953) is an American former college basketball coach. He served as the head men's basketball coach at Radford University from 1988 to 1991, Old Dominion ...more
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Kenneth Cooper Alexander... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Funeral director, Teacher

Age: 52

Birthplace: Virginia

Kenneth Cooper Alexander (born October 17, 1966, in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American politician, serving as the mayor of Norfolk, Virginia. From 2002 - 2012, he was a member of the Virginia ...more
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George Thomas Coker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni

Age: 75

Birthplace: Amarillo, Texas, United States of America

George Thomas Coker (born July 14, 1943) is a retired United States Navy commander who was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism as a prisoner of war (POW) during the Vietnam War. An ...more
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Tzipora Obziler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Tennis player

Age: 45

Birthplace: Giv'atayim, Israel

Tzipora "Tzipi" Obziler (Hebrew: ציפורה אובזילר‎) (born April 19, 1973) is a former Israeli professional right-handed tennis player. She reached her career-high singles world ranking ...more
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Winsome Sears is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Politician

Age: 54

Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica

Winsome Earle Sears (born March 11, 1964) is an American politician. She was a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates 2002–2004, and ran unsuccessfully for the United States House ...more
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Tom DiCillo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Television director, Musician, Screenwriter

Age: 65

Birthplace: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, United States of America

Thomas A. "Tom" DiCillo (born August 14, 1953) is an American film director, screenwriter and cinematographer.
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Benjamin S. Griffin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni

Age: 72

Birthplace: Virginia

Benjamin S. Griffin, (born August 11, 1946) was a four-star general in the United States Army. He served as the Commanding General, United States Army Materiel Command from November 5, 2004 to ...more
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Kenny Gattison is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 54

Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina

Kenneth Clay Gattison (born May 23, 1964) is an American former professional basketball player and National Basketball Association (NBA) assistant coach.

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Ben Bailey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Game Show Host

Age: 48

Birthplace: Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States of America

Benjamin Ray Bailey (born October 30, 1970) is an American comedian, licensed taxi cab driver, and Emmy Award winning game show host and executive producer for Discovery Channel's Cash Cab in ...more

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Meyera E. Oberndorf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Politician

Age: 78

Meyera E. Oberndorf (February 10, 1941 – March 13, 2015) was the 23rd Mayor of Virginia Beach, Virginia. She was Virginia Beach's longest-serving mayor, and she previously served as the city's ...more
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Brandon Vera is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni

Age: 41

Birthplace: USA, Virginia, Norfolk

Brandon Michael Vera (born October 10, 1977) is an American-born Filipino mixed martial artist currently signed with ONE Championship. A professional competitor since 2002, he has formerly ...more
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Kenneth R. Plum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Educator, Teacher

Age: 77

Birthplace: Shenandoah, Virginia

Kenneth Ray Plum (born November 3, 1941) is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 36th District since 1982. He earlier served from 1978 through 1980. His ...more
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Harry Purkey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Stock broker

Age: 84

Birthplace: Parsons, West Virginia

Harry Robert "Bob" Purkey (July 13, 1934 – February 16, 2018) was an American politician. Starting in 1986, he was a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing ...more
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Jim McGovern is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Jim McGovern Golfer

Age: 54

Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey

James David McGovern (born February 5, 1965) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and the Nationwide Tour. McGovern was born in Teaneck, New Jersey. He grew up in ...more
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LaShawn Merritt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Track and field athlete

Age: 32

Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia

LaShawn Merritt (born June 27, 1986) is an American track and field athlete who competes in sprinting events, specializing in the 400 metres. He is a former Olympic champion over the distance ...more
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Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 66

Birthplace: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Howard Bruce Sutter (; born January 8, 1953) is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) between 1976 and 1988. He was one of the ...more

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Ashton Lewis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Race car driver

Age: 47

Birthplace: Chesapeake, Virginia

Ashton Lewis Jr. (born January 22, 1972 in Chesapeake, Virginia) is a former NASCAR Busch Series driver competing in 226 races over 11 seasons. Lewis earned a degree in mechanical engineering ...more
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Joe Daley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Old Dominion University Alumni
Joe Daley Golfer

Age: 58

Birthplace: Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Joe Daley (born October 30, 1960) is an American professional golfer formerly of the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour. He now plays on the PGA Tour Champions. On 1 July 2012, Daley won the Senior ...more