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Famous Reed College Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 13.0k views159 items

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?”
  • Steve Jobs1

    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,...  more

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  • Daniel Kottke2

    Daniel Kottke

    Programmer, Businessperson


    BirthplaceBronxville, New York

    Daniel Kottke () was a college friend of Steve Jobs and one of the first employees of Apple...  more
  • Emilio Pucci3

    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....  more

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    #35 of 69 The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time#96 of 96 The Best Clothing Brands For Teenagers

  • James Beard4

    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,...  more
  • Hope Lange5

    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...  more
  • Dr. Demento6

    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...  more
  • Don Miller7

    Don Miller

    Public speaker, Author


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Donald "Don" Miller (born August 12, 1971) is an American author, public speaker, and business...  more
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    Peter Burlingham Child (born 6 May 1953) is an American composer, teacher, and musical...  more
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    Donald Niven Wheeler (1913–2002) was an American social activist, teacher, and Communist Party...  more
  • Venky Ganesan10
    Venky is a Managing Director based in Globespan’s Palo Alto office where he focuses on...  more
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  • Alexander Botero-Lowry15

    Alexander Botero-Lowry

    Software Engineer


    BirthplaceAustin, Texas

  • Richard J. Danzig16


    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...  more
  • Ry Cooder17

    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...  more

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  • Leslie Scalapino18

    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...  more
  • Michael E. Levine19

    Michael E. Levine

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur


    Michael E. Levine (Born New York, NY, United States) was a "Distinguished Research Scholar" at...  more
  • Barbara Ehrenreich20

    Barbara Ehrenreich

    Journalist, Historian


    BirthplaceButte, Montana, United States of America

    Barbara Ehrenreich (; born August 26, 1941) is an American author and political activist who...  more

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  • Arlene Blum21

    Arlene Blum

    Environmental Health Scientist, Climber


    BirthplaceDavenport, Iowa

    Arlene Blum (born March 1, 1945) is an American mountaineer, writer, and environmental health...  more
  • Elizabeth Warnock Fernea22

    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...  more
  • Steven Raichlen23

    Steven Raichlen

    TV chef, Food writer


    BirthplaceNagoya, Japan

    Steven Raichlen (born March 11, 1953, in Nagoya, Japan) is an American culinary writer, TV...  more
  • Peter Norton24

    Peter Norton



    BirthplaceAberdeen, Washington

    Peter Norton (born November 14, 1943) is an American programmer, software publisher, author,...  more
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    Robert A. Brightman



    Robert A. Brightman is an American anthropologist and the Greenberg Professor of Native...  more