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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Pomona College and be of some renown.

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

Examples of graduates on this list include Kris Kristofferson and Richard Chamberlain.

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

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Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Kris Kristofferson Film Score Composer, Musician, Military Officer Kristoffer "Kris" Kristofferson is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and former soldier. He is known for writing and recording such hits as "Me and Bobby ...more

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Richard Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Richard Chamberlain Actor, Singer George Richard Chamberlain is an American stage and screen actor and singer, who became a teen idol in the title role of the television show Dr. Kildare. Since then, he has appeared in several ...more

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John Cage is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
John Cage Film Score Composer, Musician, Author John Milton Cage Jr. was an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage ...more

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Rosalind Chao is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Rosalind Chao Actor Rosalind Chao is an American actress. Chao's best-known roles have been as a star of CBS's AfterMASH portraying South Korean refugee Soon-Lee Klinger for both seasons, and the recurring ...more

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John Whitney Sr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
John Whitney Sr. Inventor John Whitney, Sr. was an American animator, composer and inventor, widely considered to be one of the fathers of computer animation.

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Robert Taylor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Robert Taylor Actor Robert Taylor was an American film and television actor who was one of the most popular leading men of his time. Taylor began his career in films in 1934 when he signed with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. ...more

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Art Clokey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Art Clokey Screenwriter, Animator, Film Director Arthur "Art" Clokey was an American pioneer in the popularization of stop motion clay animation, best known as the creator of the character Gumby. Clokey's career began in 1955 with a ...more

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George C. Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
George C. Wolfe Television director, Theatre Director, Screenwriter George Costello Wolfe is an American playwright and director of theater and film. He won a Tony Award in 1993 for directing Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and another Tony Award in ...more

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Joel McCrea is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Joel McCrea Actor Joel Albert McCrea was an American actor whose career spanned 50 years and appearances in over 90 films.

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Jason Beghe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Jason Beghe Model, Actor Jason Beghe is an American film and television actor and critic of Scientology. As a young man he attended the Collegiate School in New York City, where he became best friends with John F. ...more

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Bill Keller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Bill Keller Editor, Columnist, Journalist Bill Keller is an American journalist. He is a writer for The New York Times, where he was executive editor from July 2003 until September 2011. He announced on June 2, 2011, that he would step ...more

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Charles E. Fuller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Charles E. Fuller Televangelist Charles Edward Fuller was an American Christian clergyman and a radio evangelist. Charles Fuller was born in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Pomona College in 1910, he worked in ...more

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Kelly Perine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Kelly Perine Comedian, Actor Kelly Perine is an American television actor and a comedian. Perine attended Lake Forest Academy near Chicago, Illinois, where he studied stage acting. He spent his undergraduate years at Pomona ...more

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Roy O. Disney is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Roy O. Disney Businessperson Roy Oliver Disney was an American businessman, becoming the partner and co-founder, along with his younger brother Walt Disney, of Walt Disney Productions, now known as The Walt Disney Company.

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Chen Hansheng is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Chen Hansheng Chen Hansheng, also known as Chen Han-seng and Geoffrey Chen, was a Chinese sociologist and considered a pioneer of modern Chinese social science, and also a member of legendary Soviet ...more

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Twyla Tharp is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Twyla Tharp Television director, Theatre Director, Choreographer Twyla Tharp is an American dancer, choreographer, and author who lives and works in New York City. In 1966, she formed her own company Twyla Tharp Dance. Her work often utilizes classical music, ...more

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Robert Towne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Robert Towne Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director Robert Towne is an American screenwriter, producer, director and actor. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking. His most notable work was his Academy Award-winning original ...more

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Roger Revelle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Roger Revelle Professor, Political scientist, Scientist Roger Randall Dougan Revelle was a scientist and scholar who was instrumental in the formative years of the University of California, San Diego and was one of the first scientists to study ...more

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Roy E. Disney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Roy E. Disney Television director, Businessperson, Television producer Roy Edward Disney, KCSG was a longtime senior executive for The Walt Disney Company, which his father Roy Oliver Disney and his uncle Walt Disney founded. At the time of his death he was a ...more

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Alan Cranston is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Alan Cranston Journalist Alan MacGregor Cranston was an American journalist and Democratic Senator from California.

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James Turrell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
James Turrell Light Sculptor, Artist James Turrell is an American artist primarily concerned with light and space. Turrell was a MacArthur Fellow in 1984. Turrell is best known for his work in progress, Roden Crater, a natural ...more

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Norris Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Norris Bradbury Physicist Norris Edwin Bradbury, was an American physicist who served as Director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 25 years from 1945 to 1970. He succeeded Robert Oppenheimer, who personally ...more

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Karen N. Horn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Karen N. Horn Businessperson Karen N. Horn, Ph.D., is a senior managing director of Brock Capital Group LLC, an advisory and investment firm, a position she has held since 2003. Ms. Horn has been a Fannie Mae director since ...more

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Don Daglow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Don Daglow Programmer Don Daglow is an American computer game and video game designer, programmer and producer. He is best known for being the creator of early games from several different genres, including ...more

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Louis Menand is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Louis Menand Author Louis Menand is an American writer and academic, best known for his book The Metaphysical Club, an intellectual and cultural history of late 19th and early 20th century America.

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Brian Schatz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Brian Schatz Politician, Manager, Teacher Brian Emanuel Schatz is an American politician who is the senior United States Senator for Hawaii. Schatz was appointed by Governor Neil Abercrombie to replace the U.S. senator Daniel Inouye ...more

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Jim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Jim Taylor Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Director Jim Taylor is an American producer and screenwriter who has often collaborated on projects with Alexander Payne. The two are business partners in the Santa Monica based Ad Hominem Enterprises, ...more

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Chris Burden is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Chris Burden Artist Christopher "Chris" Burden is an American artist working in performance, sculpture, and installation art.

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Will Hutchins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Will Hutchins Actor Will Hutchins is an American actor most noted for playing the lead role of the young lawyer from the Oklahoma Territory, Tom Brewster, in the Warner Brothers Western television series Sugarfoot, ...more

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Stephen Reinhardt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Stephen Reinhardt Judge Stephen Roy Reinhardt is a circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, with chambers in Los Angeles, California. He was appointed in 1980 by President Jimmy

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David Keirsey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
David Keirsey Psychologist David West Keirsey was an American psychologist, a professor emeritus at California State University, Fullerton, and the author of several books. In his most popular publications, Please ...more

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Mary GrandPré is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Mary GrandPré Illustrator, Children's book illustrator, Artist Mary GrandPré is an American illustrator best known for her cover and chapter illustrations of the Harry Potter books in their U.S. editions published by Scholastic. She received a ...more

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David S. Ward is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
David S. Ward Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Director David Schad Ward is an American film director and screen writer.

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Verne Orr is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Verne Orr Verne Orr, born George Vernon Orr, Jr., was the 14th Secretary of the Air Force, appointed by President Ronald Reagan. From California, he was a businessman and educator who served in both state ...more

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Marcia J. Bates is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Marcia J. Bates Information scientist, Professor Marcia J. Bates is Professor VI Emerita of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.

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Paul Fussell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Paul Fussell Historian, Author, Teacher Paul Fussell was an American cultural and literary historian, author and university professor. His writings cover a variety of topics, from scholarly works on eighteenth-century English ...more

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Frank Capra, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Frank Capra, Jr. Television producer, Film Producer Frank Warner Capra, known as Frank Capra, Jr., was an American studio executive. He was one of the three children of film director Frank Capra and his second wife, Lucille. His own son, Frank ...more

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Wright Morris is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Wright Morris Novelist, Essayist, Photographer Wright Marion Morris was an American novelist, photographer, and essayist. He is known for his portrayals of the people and artifacts of the Great Plains in words and pictures, as well as for ...more

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Garrett Hongo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Garrett Hongo Poet, Professor, Writer Garrett Kaoru Hongo is an American poet and author. He graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in 1973, and from University of California, Irvine with an M.F.A. in 1980. He studied at ...more

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Thomas E. Crow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Thomas E. Crow Art Historian, Art critic Thomas Crow received his Ph.D. from the University of North Texas and works with The Boys and Girls Club of America.

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Robert Shaw is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Robert Shaw Conductor Robert Shaw was an American conductor most famous for his work with his namesake Chorale, with the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Shaw received 14 ...more

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Vikram Chandra is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Vikram Chandra Novelist, Author, Writer Vikram Chandra is an Indian-American writer. His first novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain, won the 1996 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book. He is sometimes confused with Vikram A ...more

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R. Stanton Hales is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
R. Stanton Hales Mathematician R. Stanton Hales, Jr. is an American mathematician and educator, specializing in combinatorics. He was named president of The College of Wooster in 1995, and retired from the College in July ...more

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Revilo P. Oliver is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Revilo P. Oliver Philosopher Revilo Pendleton Oliver was an American professor of Classical philology, Spanish, and Italian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, who wrote and polemicized extensively for white ...more

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Tricia Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Tricia Tomlinson As Vice President of Human Resources, Tricia Tomlinson has worldwide responsibility for all human resources functions and activities as well as driving the culture, environment, organizational ...more

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Ron Sege is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Ron Sege Ron Sege is President and Chief Executive Officer of Tropos Networks. He has over 20 years of experience managing high-growth businesses in the networking industry, bringing exceptional business ...more

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Mrs. Miller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Mrs. Miller Singer Elva Ruby Connes Miller, who recorded under the name "Mrs. Miller", was an American singer who gained some fame in the 1960s for her series of shrill and off-key renditions of ...more

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Eddie Dombrower is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Eddie Dombrower Programmer Eddie Dombrower is an American computer game and video game designer, programmer and producer. He is best known as the co-creator of the seminal baseball games Earl Weaver Baseball and ...more

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Lynda Obst is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Lynda Obst Television producer, Film Producer, Writer Lynda Rosen Obst is an American feature film producer and author.

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Myrlie Evers-Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Pomona College Alumni
Myrlie Evers-Williams Civil rights activist Myrlie Evers-Williams is a civil rights activist and journalist who worked for over three decades to seek justice for the murder of her civil rights activist husband Medgar Evers in 1963. She ...more