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Famous Rhodes College Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 10.4k views25 items

List RulesPeople 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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    AgeDec. at 70 (1939-2010)

    BirthplaceMcLemoresville, Tennessee, USA

    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 as...  more

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  • 2

    Abe Fortas

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 71 (1910-1982)

    BirthplaceMemphis, 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 University,...  more
  • 3


    BirthplaceRome, 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 NBC...  more
  • 4

    Charlaine Harris

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceTunica, 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
  • 5


    BirthplaceMemphis, 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
  • 6

    Claudia Kennedy

    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 in...  more
  • 7

    John H. Bryan

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  • 8

    J. Baird Callicott



    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
  • 9


    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Knoxville

    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....  more
  • 10


    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    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 Chairman of the...  more
  • 11

    Thomas Gieselmann

    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 Internet...  more
  • 12

    Thomas Watt Gregory

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 71 (1861-1933)


    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 Woodrow...  more
  • 13

    AgeDec. at 70 (1863-1933)

    BirthplaceKentucky, United States of America

    Charles Kennedy Wheeler (April 18, 1863 – June 15, 1933) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky....  more
  • 14

    Mark D. West

    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 Michigan...  more
  • 15

    Tom Mullady

    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
  • 16

    Cary Fowler

    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....  more
  • 17

    Robert L. Echols



    BirthplaceMemphis, 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....  more
  • 18

    Joe M. McCord

    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
  • 19

    Catherine Eagles

    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 in...  more
  • 20

    Ben Mathes

    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 president of...  more
  • 21

    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 for...  more
  • 22

    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 Republican in...  more
  • 23

    Margaret Cogswell

    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, and...  more
  • 24

    Alison Lundergan Grimes

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceMaysville, Kentucky, United States of America

    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 election...  more
  • 25

    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. She...  more