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Famous Reed College Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur

    AgeDec. at 56 (1955-2011)

    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America


    Steven Paul Jobs (; February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American business magnate, entrepreneur and investor. He was the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and co-founder of Apple Inc.,...  more

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    Daniel Kottke

    Programmer, Businessperson


    BirthplaceBronxville, New York


    Daniel Kottke () was a college friend of Steve Jobs and one of the first employees of Apple Inc....  more
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    Emilio Pucci

    Fashion designer, Designer

    AgeDec. at 78 (1914-1992)

    BirthplaceNaples, Italy


    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....  more

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    James Beard

    Author, Chef

    AgeDec. at 82 (1903-1985)

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon


    James Andrews Beard (May 5, 1903 – January 23, 1985) was an American cook, cookbook author, teacher and television personality. Beard was a champion of American cuisine who taught and mentored...  more
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    AgeDec. at 70 (1933-2003)

    BirthplaceRedding, Connecticut, United States of America


    Hope Elise Ross Lange (November 28, 1933 – December 19, 2003) was an American film, stage, and television actress. Lange was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe and the Academy...  more
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    Dr. Demento

    Actor, Disc jockey


    BirthplaceMinneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America


    Barret Eugene "Barry" Hansen (born April 2, 1941), 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

    Public speaker, Author


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas


    Donald "Don" Miller (born August 12, 1971) is an American author, public speaker, and business owner. He is the CEO of StoryBrand, a company that helps businesses clarify their messages. He made his...  more
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    Peter Burlingham Child (born 6 May 1953) is an American composer, teacher, and musical analyst. He is Professor of Music at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a composer in...  more
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    Donald Niven Wheeler (1913–2002) was an American social activist, teacher, and Communist Party member, as well as an alleged Soviet spy....  more
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    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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    Alexander Botero-Lowry

    Software Engineer


    BirthplaceAustin, Texas


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    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America


    Richard Jeffrey Danzig (born September 8, 1944) 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...  more
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    Ry Cooder

    Film Score Composer, Record producer


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America


    Ryland Peter "Ry" Cooder (born March 15, 1947) is an American musician, songwriter, film score composer and record producer. He is a multi-instrumentalist but is best known for his slide guitar work,...  more

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    Leslie Scalapino

    Editor, Publisher

    AgeDec. at 66 (1944-2010)

    BirthplaceSanta Barbara, California


    Leslie Scalapino (July 25, 1944 – May 28, 2010) was a United States poet, experimental prose writer, playwright, essayist, and editor, sometimes grouped in with the Language poets, though she felt...  more
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    Michael E. Levine

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur



    Michael E. Levine (Born New York, NY, United States) was a "Distinguished Research Scholar" at the New York University School of Law. He was involved in the world of air transportation and its...  more
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    Barbara Ehrenreich

    Journalist, Historian


    BirthplaceButte, Montana, United States of America


    Barbara Ehrenreich (; born August 26, 1941) 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 Yorker....  more
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    Arlene Blum

    Environmental Health Scientist, Climber


    BirthplaceDavenport, Iowa


    Arlene Blum (born March 1, 1945) is an American mountaineer, writer, and environmental health scientist. She is best known for leading an all-woman ascent of Annapurna (I), a climb that was also the...  more
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    Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

    Anthropologist, Film Producer

    AgeDec. at 81 (1927-2008)

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin


    Elizabeth Warnock Fernea (October 21, 1927 – December 2, 2008) was an influential writer and filmmaker who spent much of her life in the field producing numerous ethnographies and films that capture...  more
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    Steven Raichlen

    TV chef, Food writer


    BirthplaceNagoya, Japan


    Steven Raichlen (born March 11, 1953, in Nagoya, Japan) is an American culinary writer, TV host, and most recently novelist....  more
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    Peter Norton



    BirthplaceAberdeen, Washington


    Peter Norton (born November 14, 1943) 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....  more
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    Robert A. Brightman




    Robert A. Brightman is an American anthropologist and the Greenberg Professor of Native American Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Brightman is known for...  more