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

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

List ranges from Dixie Carter to Allison Miller and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Rhodes College?” and “Which celebrities are Rhodes College alumni?”
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Dixie Carter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 71 (1939-2010)

Birthplace: McLemoresville, Tennessee, United States of America

Dixie Virginia Carter (May 25, 1939 – April 10, 2010) was an American film, television and stage actress and singer. She starred as Julia Sugarbaker on the sitcom Designing Women (1986–93), and ...more

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Abe Fortas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 72 (1910-1982)

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Abraham "Abe" Fortas (June 19, 1910 – April 5, 1982) was a U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice from 1965 to 1969. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Fortas became a law professor at Yale ...more
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Allison Miller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Actor

Age: 33

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Allison Miller (born September 2, 1985) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Michelle Benjamin on the NBC series Kings, Skye Tate on the Fox series Terra Nova, and Carrie on the ...more
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Charlaine Harris is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 67

Birthplace: Tunica, Mississippi, United States of America

Charlaine Harris Schulz (born November 25, 1951) is an American author who specializes in mysteries. She is best known for the adaptations of her series The Southern Vampire Series, which was ...more
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William Vollie Alexander... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Politician

Age: 85

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

William Vollie Alexander Jr. (born January 16, 1934) is a retired American politician who represented the U.S. state of Arkansas in the United States House of Representatives from 1969 to 1993, ...more
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Claudia Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Claudia Kennedy

Age: 71

Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

Claudia Jean Kennedy (born July 14, 1947) is a retired lieutenant general in the United States Army. She is the first woman to reach the rank of three-star general in the U.S. Army. She retired ...more
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John H. Bryan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Businessperson
For the congressman, see John Heritage Bryan.John H. Bryan (October 5, 1936 – October 1, 2018) was an American businessman who was the chairman and CEO of Sara Lee Corporation from 1975 until ...more
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J. Baird Callicott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
J. Baird Callicott Philosopher

Age: 78

J. Baird Callicott (born 1941) is an American philosopher whose work has been at the forefront of the new field of environmental philosophy and ethics. He is a University Distinguished Research ...more
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Lara Parker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Actor

Age: 81

Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

Lara Parker (born October 27, 1938) is an American television, stage, and film actress known for her role as Angelique on the ABC-TV serial Dark Shadows which aired from 1966 to 1971.
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Gray Tollison is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 54

Birthplace: Area code 901, Tennessee, Shelby County, United States of America, United States, + more

Grady Franklin "Gray" Tollison (born September 8, 1964) is a Republican member of the Mississippi Senate, representing District 9 since 1996. In January 2012, Tollison was appointed ...more
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Thomas Gieselmann is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Venture capitalist
Thomas has been a Partner at BV Capital for more than 8 years. His areas of interest include scalable Business to Consumer (B2C) platforms with a strong viral component such as collaborative ...more
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Thomas Watt Gregory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Thomas Watt Gregory Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 72 (1861-1933)

Birthplace: Indiana

Thomas Watt Gregory (November 6, 1861 – February 26, 1933) was a political progressive and American attorney who served as United States Attorney General from 1914 to 1919, during President ...more
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Charles K. Wheeler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 70 (1863-1933)

Birthplace: Kentucky, United States of America

Charles Kennedy Wheeler (April 18, 1863 – June 15, 1933) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.
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Mark D. West is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Mark D. West

Age: 50

Mark D. West (born July 26, 1968) is a U.S. legal scholar, Nippon Life Professor of Law and Dean of the University of Michigan Law School. In January 2013, he was named as the 17th Dean of ...more
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Tom Mullady is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Tom Mullady

Age: 58

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio

Thomas Francis Mullady (born January 30, 1957) is a former American football tight end and wide receiver who played in the National Football League for the New York Giants from 1979-1984. He was ...more
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Cary Fowler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Cary Fowler

Age: 70

Birthplace: Tennessee

Morgan Carrington "Cary" Fowler Jr. (born 1949) is an American agriculturalist and the former executive director of the Crop Trust, currently serving as a Senior Advisor to the trust.
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Robert L. Echols is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Robert L. Echols Judge

Age: 78

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee

Robert Lynn Echols (born January 13, 1941) is a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
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Joe M. McCord is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Joe M. McCord

Age: 73

Joe Milton McCord (born March 3, 1945) is an American biochemist. While serving as a graduate student, he and his supervisor Irwin Fridovich were the first to describe the enzymatic activity of ...more
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Catherine Eagles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Catherine Eagles

Age: 61

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee

Catherine Caldwell Eagles (born August 30, 1958) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina and a former Superior Court judge ...more
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Ben Mathes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Ben Mathes

Age: 65

Ben Mathes is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) who has been actively involved in providing health care in remote regions throughout the world. He is the founder and ...more
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Chris W. Cox is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Chris W. Cox
Christopher William Cox is an American lobbyist and public relations consultant. From April 2002 to June 2019 he had served as chief lobbyist and principal political strategist for the Institute ...more
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John McMillan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
John McMillan
John Murphy McMillan Jr. is a prominent Alabama leader in forestry, agriculture, and natural resource and wildlife conservation who is the 40th Treasurer of Alabama. He was elected as a ...more
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Margaret Cogswell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Margaret Cogswell

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee

Margaret Cogswell (born in Memphis, Tennessee) is a mixed media installation artist. She was raised in Japan. She graduated from Rhodes College with a B.A. degree in English literature in 1969, ...more
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Alison Lundergan Grimes ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 40

Birthplace: Kentucky, Maysville, KY Micropolitan Statistical Area, United States of America, United States, + more

Alison Case Lundergan Grimes is an American attorney and Democratic politician who is the Secretary of State of Kentucky, having defeated incumbent Elaine Walker in the May 17, 2011 primary ...more
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Katie Jacobs Stanton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Rhodes College Alumni
Katie Jacobs Stanton
Katie Jacobs Stanton (born October 17, 1970) is an American executive. She is the CMO of Color Genomics. Prior to her role at Color, Stanton was the Vice President of Global Media at Twitter. ...more