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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different graduates, like Steve Jobs and Ry Cooder.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Reed College?” and “Which celebrities are Reed College alumni?”
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Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor
Steven Paul Jobs was an American entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor, who was the cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. Through Apple, he was widely recognized as a charismatic and ...more
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Daniel Kottke is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Daniel Kottke is an American computer engineer and one of the earliest employees of Apple Inc.
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Emilio Pucci is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Fashion designer, Designer
Emilio Pucci, Marchese di Barsento, was a Florentine Italian fashion designer and politician. He and his eponymous company are synonymous with geometric prints in a kaleidoscope of colours.
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James Beard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Author, Chef
James Andrew Beard was an American cookbook author, teacher, syndicated columnist and television personality. Beard was a champion of American cuisine who taught and mentored generations of ...more
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Hope Lange is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Actor
Hope Elise Ross Lange was an American film, stage, and television actress. Lange was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for ...more
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Dr. Demento is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Actor, Disc jockey
Barret Eugene "Barry" Hansen, better known as Dr. Demento, is an American radio broadcaster and record collector specializing in novelty songs, comedy, and strange or unusual ...more
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Don Miller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Public speaker, Author, Writer
Donald "Don" Miller is a best-selling American author and public speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee who focuses on Christian spirituality as "an explanation for beauty, ...more
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Peter Child is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Peter Burlingham Child is an American composer, teacher, and musical analyst. He is Professor of Music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was a composer in residence with the New ...more
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Donald Niven Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Donald Niven Wheeler was a lifelong social activist, teacher and member of the Communist Party, as well as an accused Soviet spy. Allegations of espionage made against him were never proved, and ...more
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Venky Ganesan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Venky is a Managing Director based in Globespan’s Palo Alto office where he focuses on enterprise software and infrastructure investments. His active portfolio consists of investments in Exeros, ...more
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Matthew Pearson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
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Nicholas A. Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
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Jonathan Tadashi Naito is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
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Joel Franklin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
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Alexander Botero-Lowry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Software Engineer
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Richard J. Danzig is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Lawyer
Richard Jeffrey Danzig is an American lawyer who served as the 71st Secretary of the Navy under President Bill Clinton. He served as an advisor to President Barack Obama during his presidential ...more
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Ry Cooder is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist
Ryland Peter "Ry" Cooder is an American musician and composer. He is a multi-instrumentalist, but is known for his slide guitar work, his interest in roots music from the United ...more
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Leslie Scalapino is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Editor, Publisher, Poet
Leslie Scalapino was a United States poet, experimental prose writer, playwright, essayist, and editor, sometimes grouped in with the Language poets, though she felt closely tied to the Beat ...more
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Michael E. Levine is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Michael E. Levine is a "Distinguished Research Scholar" at the New York University School of Law. He has been involved in the world of air transportation and its regulation as a senior ...more
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Barbara Ehrenreich is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Journalist, Historian, Author
Barbara Ehrenreich is an American author and political activist who describes herself as "a myth buster by trade", and has been called "a veteran muckraker" by The New ...more
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Arlene Blum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Environmental Health Scientist, Climber, Writer
Arlene Blum is an American mountaineer, writer, and environmental health scientist. She is best known for leading an all-woman ascent of Annapurna, a climb that was also the first successful ...more
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Elizabeth Warnock Fernea is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Anthropologist, Film Producer, Filmmaker
Elizabeth Warnock Fernea was an influential writer and filmmaker who spent much of her life in the field producing numerous ethnographies and films that capture the struggles and turmoil of ...more
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Steven Raichlen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
TV chef, Food writer, Author
Steven Raichlen is an American culinary writer, TV host, and most recently novelist.
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Peter Norton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Programmer
Peter Norton is an American programmer, software publisher, author, and philanthropist. He is best known for the computer programs and books that bear his name and portrait. Norton sold his PC ...more
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Robert A. Brightman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Reed College Alumni
Anthropologist
Robert A. Brightman is an American anthropologist known for his work among the Cree Indians in Manitoba, Canada. He received his undergraduate education at Reed College, graduating in 1973. He ...more